QNAP Added Netflix Support to TAS-x68 Dual-Systems

QNAP released their new innovative dual QTS and Android-based NAS a little while ago now they’ve improved more upon it with the addition of Netflix support. Android has grown into on of the largest app platform that can run on a lot of different types of hardware, including NAS servers. The QNAP TAS-168/268 uses this to its advantage and it is the first Android-based NAS that supports Netflix. Users can now simply download the free Netflix app from Google Play and get all the benefits from streaming service directly on their TV or monitor.

Users will simply need to connect their TAS-168/268 NAS to an HDMI display and they’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of this dual-system. Enjoy the numerous programs and multimedia content on Netflix with a smooth and convenient streaming experience. You can also attach a keyboard and mouse to directly to the NAS besides using the included remote control to take control of the playback.

“Netflix is one of the most popular Internet video streaming services in the world, and we are pleased to announce that it is compatible with our Android-based TAS-168/268 NAS.” said Hanz Sung, Product Manager of QNAP, “with the addition of Netflix, TAS-168/268 users can further maximize their home entertainment options by streaming their favorite movies and TV shows to a big screen in their living room.”

The QNAP TAS-168/268 are powered by an ARM v7 dual-core processor and come with 2GB DDR3 RAM. It is officially certificated by Google and Netflix isn’t the only available multimedia app. With access to the entire Google Play library, you got nearly endless possibilities in games and applications. There is no need to purchase an extra android TV box when your NAS already has these capabilities on top of terabytes of storage. The system can handle 4K (H.265 & H.264) HDMI output which makes it the optimal budget-friendly multimedia NAS that provides near-unlimited entertainment possibilities.

We will also have a full review ready for you shortly on the QNAP TAS-268, so stay tuned for more.

Has Sony Already Given the PS4 a PS2 Emulator?

Each generation of consoles comes with some dilemma, should we let you play the last generation? While new hardware and software can let you play the games at a faster speed with upscaled graphics, the same features mean that bringing them up to date requires more work than they are deemed worth. So why would Sony release their PS2 emulator without any real declaration and celebration?

If you were eagle-eyed you may notice that the PS4 has a new Star Wars bundle featuring four games; Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Bundled inside a single pack via download only, three of these games are however from an older generation, the generation of the PS2.

The reason you can tell they are being run through an emulator? Firstly the system uses an emulated storage system to replace the old 8MB memory cards you desperately searched for hours before your friends came over to play. Secondly, the game alerts you that it has mapped the start and select buttons to the right and left-side of the Dual Shock 4 trackpad, a feature and ability that is locked out to anyone but Sony themselves.

Check out the video from Digital Foundry below and see the difference yourself.

ASUSTOR Adds Compatibility for All PLANET’s IP Cameras

ASUSTOR partnered up with PLANET to Create an even better cloud surveillance solution. ASUSTOR added compatibility for all of PLANET’s IP camera models, giving users that utilize the Surveillance Station functionality to turn their NAS into an NVR even more choices when it comes to cameras that they can use. All ASUSTOR NAS devices are now compatible with world renowned PLANET IP cameras. Traditional surveillance systems are a thing of the past thanks to the increased network bandwidth that has become available, both wired and wireless, making IP cameras the optimal choice.

ASUSTOR NAS not only provides a highly stable network storage system but also allows users to easily setup and install a surveillance management system. This is the first time that PLANET teams up with ASUSTOR, so it is quite nice to see that all their high-quality IP camera products now are compatible with ASUSTOR’s network storage servers.

Users that require a complete network surveillance solutions can get their high-quality surveillance feeds transferred and stored on ASUSTOR NAS via PLANET’s smart energy-saving PoE switches and related equipment. Furthermore, smart system functions help administrators with remote management while maintaining high-quality surveillance and productivity in any usage environment.

ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center is a free, but you may need to purchase additional camera licenses, and it can be installed on all ASUSTOR NAS devices, instantly turning the NAS into a Network Video Recorder. Surveillance Center features a simple 5 step quick installation wizard that can complete camera additions within 90 seconds and configure recording, viewing and management settings.

A full list of compatible cameras can be found here.

ASRock Rack 2U & 3U Server Solution Supports the Latest NVIDIA GRID 2.0

Nvidia recently released their GRID 2.0 at the VMWorld and ASRock Rack now announced that their 2U and 3U server solutions support just this. Nvidia GRID 2.0 is a big step up as it delivers double the application performance as well as double the user density over the previous version. Not only that, it also offers support for Linux OS and blade servers to provide unprecedented speed and efficiency for virtualized graphics. Users can work from almost anywhere with virtually no delays and thereby increase their productivity. IT departments can equip workers with instant access to powerful applications, improving resource allocation. And data can be stored more securely by residing in a central server rather than individual systems.

The two ASRock Rack solution compatible with the new GRID 2.0 are the 2U2N-F and the 3U8G-C612 and both are configurable with four to eight GPU cards; and four are the recommended minimum. Next to the up-to-eight Tesla M60 GPUs, the server units also feature numerous other PCIe slots for further expansion and acceleration by PCIe SSDs, Remote Direct Memory Access by SFP+ or InfiniBand, NVR or facial recognition systems by capture cards and much more.

ASRock Rack fans might have noticed that the mentioned 2U2N-F is a new rack unit. The 2U rack-mounted server features eight 2.5-inch HDD bays and redundant 1600W Platinum PSU. The server supports Intel Xeon E5-2600/4600 series with a TDP of up to 120W and narrow-type CPU cooler. The eight DIMM slots support up to 2133MHz and you’ll also get an ASpeed AST2400 onboard graphic solution with dedicated Realtek IPMI network connection. The 2U2N-F is definitely worth a closer look if you’re about to set up a new powerful virtualization system or plan to upgrade the old.

Xbox One Now Supports Borderlands

There are many games which claim to be “game of the year” or even claim to be unique. Borderlands is one that can claim both these titles with ease. With Gearbox’s popular first person shooter game built for the previous generation only PC gamers have been able to enjoy the series in its entirety without switching consoles. Come November that is set to change with the introduction of backwards compatibility to the Xbox One.

Borderlands has officially been announced as joining the roster of games that people can enjoy and play in November when 360 games will become playable on the Xbox  One.

Not only does the core game gain support but also the DLC’s that include such great areas as The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, The Underdome Riot led by Mad Moxxi and even the Claptrap Robot Revolution. The game will support Xbox live, so be it on 360 or Xbox One, you and your friends can get back to freeing Pandora. Alongside the Xbox One playable version you will also be able to carry over your achievements and your save game files, meaning that bit you were stuck waiting for your friend to log in for, can now be completed with friends from all over the world.

I don’t know about you, but more Borderlands can never be bad news, I am currently dusting off my copy of Borderlands 2 and will see you all on Pandora.

Thank you Xbox news for the information.

Image courtesy of Steam and Gearbox.

Xbox One Gets 360 Backward Compatibility

When the latest generation of consoles were released a lot were upset, with only the Wii U offering compatibility with its older sibling the Wii. With the Xbox One not letting you play all those old games you had for the last consoles on them, this may change though as it looks like that will shortly change for the Xbox One.

Revealed at the Microsoft E3 press conference, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox Chief stated that their goal was to “deliver the largest games catalog ever on Xbox and Xbox compatibility allows us to do that just”.

The reveal also came with details on how it will work in regards to your old games and for game creators and publishers. On the Xbox store titles will begin appearing that were once only available on the 360, but if your one for purchasing disks they will continue to work. After placing your disk into the console, you’ll be prompted to download the game (Xbox One variation) and can start playing the second it’s finished.

This also works well for developers with it being a simple, “we accept”, clause. No effort required on the developer’s side they just have to accept and sign off that their games can play on the Xbox One. This includes with the Xbox One features such as broadcasting and streaming, and you can even still playing multiplayer with your friends playing it on the Xbox 360.

Xbox Preview members will even get a set of titles out today, with everyone else getting access over the holidays. They’ve stated this new compatibility will come at no extra cost, except maybe the price of having to grab an extra hard drive or two for all your games you have to (re)download onto your Xbox.

Thank you PCWorld for the information.

Image courtesy of Gameranx.

Gigabyte Updates With Support for Upcoming 5th Gen Intel Core Processors

One of the real pains in building computers comes at the times where you need to upgrade several components in order to keep everything compatible to the one new component that you actually had the intention to upgrade. This won’t be an issue if you plans are to invest in the upcoming and fifth generation of Intel Core processors and you own a Gigabyte Z97 or H97 based motherboard.

GIGABYTE’s engineers have been busy in their labs and they have tested and verified that the new generation of Intel Core processors all work perfectly on their H97 and Z97 chipset based motherboards and offer an optimal performance.

So users who wish to take advantage of Intel’s new processor generation as soon as possible can rest assured that their GIGABYTE motherboards will support it. You will need to download and install the latest BIOS to make sure that everything runs smoothly and that every function is properly supported, but that is kind of a normal thing and one that you have to do with each new generation of processors.

You can find and download the latest UEFI BIOS files for your 9 Series motherboards directly on GIGABYTE’s own website and be ready for the upcoming launch.

ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution

ASUSTOR has announced that all their Network Attached Storage solutions now are compatible with all DIGIEVER Network Video Recorders, providing a stable backup and storage solution for digital surveillance.

DIGIEVER might not be known by as many as ASUSTOR is, but they are a leading company dedicated to integrating IP video surveillance solutions and providing world-class network video recorder (NVR).

“DIGIEVER NVR’s exceptional surveillance management platform combined with ASUSTOR’s innovative network storage devices, allow us to provide an optimal solution for professional management and storage expansion,” said Allen Tseng, Product Manager at DIGIEVER. “No matter if for personal or business use, this solution offers a lot of added value for both ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER users with video surveillance and backup needs. Users will be able to complete configurations and setup in just a few easy steps. We are delighted to be cooperating with ASUSTOR and are looking forward to providing even more surveillance and storage solutions for the market.”

The new cooperation allows for comparable high-quality and large-scale surveillance NVR solutions at a tremendous price to performance ratio.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

USB 3.Optical Cables By Corning Now Available

Corning, the same people who make the popular Gorilla Glass front to many of today’s mobile handsets, have today announced the availability of their latest USB 3.Optical cables which allow USB devices to be connected at far greater distances than with a traditional copper based alternative.

Using the latest fibre optic technology the 3.Optical cable connects just as normal via a standard USB2.0 or 3.0 port, but instead of having copper wire running between the two terminals, an optical cable is used instead and this means that the standard limitation of 3 metres from point-to-point is nor longer a worry nor a restriction with distances of up to 30m easily achievable.

Since their introduction in the early stages of last year, Corning have been developing the cables with thinner and lighter designs being introduced and thanks to the of their ClearCurve VSDN fibre, they are able to withstands a “zero-bend” radius which allows the to withstand a lot of punishment such as being squeezed and tangled with out damage or loss of connectivity.

“With longer, thinner, and lighter cables, USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning give users the freedom to max out data connection speeds for a more enjoyable creative workflow,” said Bernhard Deutsch, vice president, product line management, Optical Connectivity Solutions for Corning Optical Communications. “Imagine having your computer at your workstation and the whir of back-up hard drives, printers, and other noisy peripherals in an entirely different room – and still benefiting from unbelievable transmission speeds.”

With many of todays external devices utilising the humble USB connection, the USB 3.Optical cables are ideal for a whole multitude of operations and scenarios, whether it be in the home, or in a commercial setting such as an office or bar.

“For example, restaurants can connect order-entry stations to USB-equipped printers located in both the bar and kitchen areas. The system then splits out the orders, printing food tickets in the kitchen and drink orders at the bar, resulting in faster service and happier customers.”

Currently the cables are only available in 10m lengths with “A-to-receptacle-A” terminals on either end (in other words they are just like a USB extension cable, but this means that they will work with any form of USB terminal when a short connecting cable is used. Priced at around $129, stock is available through the US Amazon store and Accu-Tech with more suppliers appearing in the future, along with 15 and 30m lengths also appearing on the shelves later this year.

Source: Press Release

Galaxy Gear To Work With Other Android Devices Besides The Note 3

When they unveiled the Galaxy Gear, Samsung announced that it can exclusively pair with only the newly released Galaxy Note 3, and other devices such as the Galaxy S4 after receiving a software update. There has not been any word about any update for android devices, especially Samsung android device, to make the Galaxy Gear compatible with something else rather than the Galaxy Note 3.

It comes to no surprise that the Korean electronics company lied about that. But who would not try to hide the compatibility options available for the device if you are a company like Samsung which wants to sell its newly released toys. Recently, a developer from the  XDA Developers forums was successful in modifying and then installing the Galaxy Gear compatibility app onto his HTC One, which was running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. He reported that every single feature was working, except for S-Voice.

However, after installing the same app on a HTC One with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Gear remained incompatible. To mention here is that the app installed on the Android 4.2.2 HTC was installed by another developer and it is not yet clear if the issue is the app itself or the Android version. But of course, the results of the first test still remain valid.

It comes to the conclusion that Samsung has intentionally restricted the Galaxy Gear to be compatible only with the Galaxy Note 3. But since the Android platform is open-source and developers can easily “play” with the software, it is a matter of time until an unofficial version of the app that is compatible with multiple Android devices surfaces.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp.