Facebook is Testing a Super-Speed Wi-Fi System

When it comes to technology, Facebook wants to be standing at the front of innovation with creating tools to help blind people make sense of their news feeds and their free internet service being used around the globe, but if you really want to see something then you should check out their super-speed wi-fi system they have installed at their campus.

Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California has a super wi-fi. What do we mean by a super wi-fi? Well, anything that servers speeds of over one gigabit per second would count as super. This means its more than 100 times the average speed of a typical house’s internet speed in the US!

Facebook doesn’t want to stop there, looking to expand the test to a large scale system in downtown San Jose later this year and then in other areas around the world. Jay Parikh, head of infrastructure and engineering at Facebook says that rolling over other high-speed options, such as Google Fiber, can prove to be difficult in urban areas, so creating a wireless infrastructure would be both cheaper and easier to deploy.

The problems title is named Terragraph and is based on the technology known as WiGig. By placing WiGig hubs on light poles and common street furnishings, Facebook hopes to create a fast wireless network that anyone can use to send and receive information on the 60 GHz radio waves the systems designed around.

How Much Ram Does Your PC Have? Why Not Get The New 128GB DDR4 Kit?

RAM. One of the many pieces that people compare when buying new PC’s or laptops. With SSD’s, USB 3.1 and the latest generation of processors looking to speed up everything from your facebook browsing machine to your ultra-high gaming rig, it’s always nice to have a little more memory, be it your new hard drive or your latest RAM upgrade. So why not look at Corsairs new 128GB DDR4 Kit? Well the price may put a lot off of them.

DDR4 was introduced to the public last year, promising higher speed and memory while using less power, basically it was going to improve on everything that DDR3 was starting to slow in terms of progress. With the starter model in the Dominator line allowing you to own 128GB of RAM (8 sticks of 16GB RAM running at 2400MHZ) for the little price of £989.99 while the higher up model will set you back a whopping £1059.99. With other companies like Kingston also announcing their version, offering up to DDR4/3000 in terms of speed, but with no sign of a price tag yet.

With each kit costing the same as a high-end graphics card or even an entire PC, how many people think they will be upgrading their home machines with a little extra RAM in the near future? How much RAM does your machine have and is it enough for what you do?

Thanks to PCWorld and Corsair for the information.

Image courtesy of Corsair.

Dropbox Users Can Get 100GB Free OneDrive Storage

In an attempt to pull Dropbox users over to OneDrive, Microsoft is offering anyone with a Dropbox account 100GB of free storage (for one year). If you visit the OneDrive site and register your Dropbox account, you’ll immediately get your big storage increase – a massive amount compared to the measly 2GB you get for free with Dropbox.

It is only for a year though, so who knows what would happen to the stuff you have stored over the standard 25GB when that year is up. With that in mind though, it’s pretty clear Microsoft isn’t being totally a good samaritan, such a deal will undoubtedly lure in more OneDrive users who will then feel inclined to pay the subscription fees once their free year is up.

Still, if you need 125GB right now, there’s no better place for you. Be sure to have a fast upload speed if you’re thinking of using it all at once though.

Source: The Next Web

Download iOS 8.1.1, Get 500MB Free

Remember how a number of people complained about iOS 8 requiring a massive 5GB of extra storage space?

Well it appears that Apple is trying to pay everyone back, slightly. According iMore, an iPad owner could on average get back an extra 500MB of storage space, with some devices, such as the iPad 2, getting up to 2GB back.

It appears that Apple has been working hard on compressing the operating system, throwing out unnecessary bits and pieces, in an effort to save everyone’s storage space – something that can be quite vital on a 16GB iPad or an 8GB iPhone 5c.

 Source: iMore

Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


Coming off the back of our look at the 512GB model of Crucial’s new MX100 line of drives, our review today focusses on the mid-range 256GB drive which comes in at a level that many users tend to adopt due to the balance between performance and capacity. As we saw with the 512GB though, Crucial have re-written the pricing rule book with a drive that is priced lower per GB than any other drive on the market and overall costing around the same as a 256GB drive from many other brands.

Keeping with the trend of bargain bucket pricing, the 256GB MX100 comes in with a banker approved price of $109.99 in the states and £78.99 over here in the UK, making it once again the ideal solution for the upgrade market; where users want to get a good boost in their systems performance, but without a hefty price that is associated with many performance products.

Similar to the 512GB drive, the 256GB model utilises Micron’s latest 16nm NAND design with a Marvell 88SS9189 controller at the heart of the drive and performance wise we see the same 550MB/s read speeds, whilst the write speed is a little lower at a more modest 330MB/s. The IOPs performance is also down a little from the top line 512GB drive at 85k read and 70k write, however we do still get the same 72TB lifespan and the same three-year warranty as before.

We know the read speeds that the MX100 has to offer are very competitive throughout the market, so our focus in this review will be aimed more at the write performance. This drive may be cheap, but the last thing we want is a drive that is cheap and cheerful.

Crucial MX100 512GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


The SSD market these days is flooded with high performance drives that are geared to push the boundaries of what is possible both on the SATA interface, but now also on the mSATA and M.2 platforms as the desktop market moves forward in an era where speed is everything and where the focus in my eyes is too concentrated. There are, however loads of options out there on the budget end of the scale and it comes as no surprise, due to the leaking of information from a handful of sources, that Crucial have been working away to update their SSD portfolio to bring a fresher and better performing budget drive to the market.

Set to replace the M500, which I took a look at little over a year ago, the MX100 is Crucial’s answer to the growing demand for budget drives that offer both strong levels of performance and high capacities – 128GB drives, for some users, simply does not cut it any more. Built on a platform comprising of Marvell’s latest 88SS9189 controller with a custom revision of the firmware, specifically for the MX100, the drive features Micron’s latest 16nm NAND design with capacities ranging from 128GB right up to 512GB as we have in this review. Crucial are pushing this drive towards the upgrade market, where users may have a small, older SSD already in their systems, or more commonly as a performance upgrade to a system which is running on an ageing hard drive. Whichever background the user is coming from, with speeds of up to 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write (on the 512GB drive) with IOPs levels of around 90k read and 85k write – again on the 512GB model, users are certainly set to see a significant boost in performance over their current setup.

In addition to high performance levels, Crucial have also made the drive cheaper to run, with a design over the M500 which is reportedly 94% more efficient, requiring around 150mW of power under full load and around 100mW when sat idle and with a high level of endurance that tops 72TB – that’s 40GB of data being written to the drive each day for 5 years straight, a 3-year warranty is added on top – just in case anything does go wrong.

In order to make the upgrade process as easy as possible, a copy of Acronis True Image Home is bundled in with each drive, allowing the users current installation of Windows and all of their data to be moved over to the drive with ease and this can mean that in under an hour you can have your system upgraded to a high performance SSD whilst leaving you with the desktop environment and setup that you had with the older drive. For laptops that require a 9.5mm drive for installation, a 2.5mm spacer is included which can be stuck on to the drive in a couple of seconds.