Apacer Unveils 128GB microSDXC U1 Memory Card

It might be tempting to take along the old memory card when getting a new smartphone or tablet, and while that choice might save you a couple of bucks to begin with, it might cost you your time instead. A great example would be LTE users, it doesn’t help you much to have a fast mobile connection when your storage can’t handle the same speeds.

Apacer has just unveiled their latest memory card, a microSDXC UHS-I U1 memory card with 128GB capacity. The new U1 rated card can achieve speeds up to 80MB/s reading and 20MB/S writing while having enough storage space to keep a lot of captured moments stored. A 128GB card like this can store around 32 thousand JPG photos or 45 hours of HD video.

Apacer will also make smaller capacities available: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

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MSI Launches Two New AMD FM2+ Motherboards

MSI has launched two new AMD A68H series FM2+/FM2 socket based motherboards, the MSI A68HM-P33 and MSI A68HM-E33. The two new boards present a rich blend of features and technologies, offering the most stable and best cost/performance solution available.

Both of the two new motherboards are of the mircoATX form-factor and powered by the AMD A68H chipset. They support up to 32GB dual-channel memory with speeds up to 2133 MHz.

The two DDR3 memory slots support non-ECC and unbuffered memory with both the AMD Memory Profile (AMP) and Intel’s Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).

There are a lot of similarities between the two board but also a couple of differences. Mainly on the expansion slots. The A68HM-P33 has one PCIe 3.0 x16 and three PCIe 2.0 x1 slots where the E33 has one PCIe 3.0 x16, one PCIe 2.0 x1 and one legacy PCI slot.

Another difference is the monitor connectivity as the P33 has a VGA and DVI-D port with a maximum resolution of 2560×1600 where the M33 has an HDMI port instead of the DVI to support up to 4K resolutions.

Both boards have four on-board SATA3 ports with RAID 0,1 and 10 support, plenty of USB connections and have both Gigabit Ethernet and surround sound from Realtek. To ensure the best quality, MSI used their Military Class 4 components on these motherboards and added their ClickBIOS feature.

Thanks to MSI for providing us with this information

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Logitech G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Mouse Unveiled

Logitech has unveiled their latest product in the Logitech G series; the G302 Daedalus Prime MOBA Gaming mouse. As the name suggests, this mouse is developed with competitive gaming in mind. Logitech has worked with a long line of professional eSport gamers to make sure it has all the features and responsiveness that is needed for this area of usage.

The new mouse uses Logitech’s Delta Zero sensor for the most accurate translation of hand movement to on-screen actions.It has an adjustable resolution between 240 and 4000 dpi that is adjustable on the fly from assigned buttons. The G302 can handle a maximum acceleration over 20G and a maximum speed of 3 m/sec.

The six programmable buttons are designed for high-speed clicking and are using a metal-spring tension-system to improve the responsiveness with up to five clicks per second. The buttons are tested for more than 20 million clicks, that would equal an eSport gamer playing for 15hours a day for 2 years.

The new lightweight gaming mouse will be available beginning of November at a suggested retail price of $49.99 and comes with a 2-year limited hardware warranty.

Thanks to Logitech for providing us with this information

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Samsung Uncovers Curved 27-Inch Monitor

Samsung have revealed details of their new 1080p curved monitor; which is geared towards a more immerse entertainment experience. The 27-inch Samsung S27D590CS is aimed at gamers and heavy video-watchers where the curved screen is meant to create a more subtle 3D effect with a greater sense of depth and wider field of view.

The monitor has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. The grey-to-grey response time is 4 ms and the screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It has plenty of connection options with VGA D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort. Besides a set of 5 watts dual speaker the monitor also has pass-through for headphones.

The monitor has a sleek design with a metallic silver stand and the thin black bezel; it doesn’t have many ergonomic options or abilities, but it can be tilted up and down from -2 to +20 degrees and it also supports 100 mm VESA wall mounts. I believe the size to be very fitting for a curved display, as the larger screens the effect is barely noticeable due to the width and on phones it’s more of a gimmick than anything else.

In theory at least, the curved design should allow for a smother view to the corners of the screen, as your eyes don’t need to refocus for the change in distance. This factor will be heavily increased when running multi-monitor setups, giving you a smooth view all the way to your peripheral vision.

The monitor has a MSRP of $430 and will go on sale in the US on October 1st. As for the rest of the world, your guess is a good as mine. While the specification don’t impress too much when looking at the price, you have to consider the fact that curved monitors still are a niche market; a premium has to be expected, but does it offer enough to convince you?

Thank you Samsung for providing us with this information

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Apple Unveil Their New Smart Watch

Apple’s live event is over and we’ve been presented with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and they look great. The live event-stream had some trouble with blackouts and the wrong audio, but the viewers hung in to see the next big thing, and I think this is what most people were waiting to see. The excitement is over and it’s here.

The new Apple Watch is a reality and not only does it looks gorgeous, it’s also highly customizable, to fit your own personal style. It doesn’t matter if you prefer your Apple Watch in 24-carat gold or in a simple aluminium case with a black leather strap. Apple has it all covered with custom alloys and thoughtfully designed bands.

“Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created”, said Tim Cook during the presentation. “A comprehensive health and fitness companion and it’s an extremely precise and customizable timepiece.”

Once again Tim Cook takes the audience on a trip down the memory lane to some of Apple’s previous inventions. First it’s the computer mouse, then it’s the clock wheel on the iPod and finally the iPhone with its multi-touch. The new invention on the Apple Watch is the Digital Crown. A versatile utility that answers the fundamental challenge of how to magnify content on a small display. The digital crown can scroll, zoom and navigate the Apple Watch without covering the display.

The screen has a flexible Retina display, curved around the edges and laminated to a single crystal of sapphire. Sapphire is the hardest transparent material known after diamond. There are a range of watch faces to chose from and millions of ways to personalize them, to fit your specific needs and preferences.

On the inside of the watch, it has infra-red and visible-light LEDs along with photo-sensors to detect your pulse rate and physical condition. Working with other technologies in Apple Watch, these help provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity.

The home screen looks very familiar, yet slightly different. It’s of course optimized for the small display and navigational options. A press on the Digital crown and it’s launched. The Apple Watch also allows you to receive and send messages in new ways, directly from your wrist. Pre-set phrases, smart responses based on your conversation, audio messages, your location and even interactive emoticons. Apple Watch of course also features Siri; the voice based assistant.

There are a lot of useful apps that have been ported to the new format; Maps for example. It can show your current location in case you should get lost, give you turn-by-turn directions and tell you how long it will take you to get to your destination. It doesn’t just show and tell you where to go, it also gives you a tap if you need to change direction.

For the quick and personal message to the one you care about, the Apple Watch comes with some funny alternatives to just a text. It allows you to draw a fish or a flower, or what ever you’d like, with your finger and send it to someone. If it has to be really personal, you can even send your own heartbeat by just pressing and holding two fingers onto the screen.

Another big aspect of the Apple Watch is fitness and as such the watch comes with two apps that give you a complete picture of your health and fitness. The activity app monitors movement throughout the day and the workout app tracks dedicated workouts. An everyday, all-day fitness tracker and highly advanced sports watch designed in cooperation with some of the leading experts within the field.

The Apple Watch has built in accelerometers and a lot of other sensors, but still rely on your iPhone for WiFi and GPS to track your distance.

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Thank you Apple for providing us with this information

Images and video courtesy of Apple

GT Omega Racing Unveils New Line of EVO Office Chairs

The manufacturer of high-end gaming chairs, GT Omega Racing, has unveiled their new line of Office chairs. The GT Omega EVO Racing Office Chair comes in 13 different colour layouts and all the comfort you’ll need while doing your office work, or gaming.

Design to offer a combination of luxurious comfort and high-performance style, the GT Omega EVO Racing Office chairs provides outstanding lumbar support because its design encompasses the traditional deep-sided ‘body-hugging’ back.

Build with a reclining mechanism to allow 90 to 180 degree backwards and forwards tilting, the chair can be positioned for a small nap, making it very suitable for gamers as the product page says. Shoulder and lumbar support is covered and it also features a removable head rest pillow and lumbar cushion for extended comfort. The Steel Start Base is fitted with high quality ball bearing castors.

The new chairs will be available from September the 13th and are priced at £169,95. Add another £9,95 if you want the optional lockable wheels.

Thank you GT Omega Racing for providing us with this information

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HGST Sets New World Record with 3 Million IOPS SSD

HGST has announced a new PCI Express SSD with 3 million IOPS in queued environments and a random read access latency of 1.5 ms in non-queued settings. HGST demonstrated this new technology at the Flash Memory Summit 2014.

“The PCM SSD demonstration is a great example for how HGST sets the pace of the rapidly evolving storage industry,” said Steve Campbell, chief technology officer, HGST. “This technology is the result of several years of research and advanced development aimed at delivering new levels of acceleration for enterprise applications. The combination of HGST’s low-latency interface protocol and next-generation non-volatile memories delivers unprecedented performance, and creates exciting opportunities for new software and system architectures that HGST is exploring with our customers and industry partners.”

The memory used in this SSD consists of Phase Change Memory (PCM) components with a capacity of 1Gb. PCM is one of several new classes of high-density, non-volatile memories that exhibit dramatically faster read access times when compared to NAND Flash memory.

In order to fully expose the capabilities of these new memory technologies to the server system and its software applications, HGST has also developed a low-latency interface architecture that is fully optimized for performance and is agnostic to the specific underlying memory technology. HGST used its controller expertise to integrate the 45 nm 1Gb PCM chips to build a prototype full height, full length PCIe Gen 2×4 SSD card.

To achieve latencies close to 1us, HGST devised, in conjunction with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, a new communication protocol. This new interface protocol was introduced earlier this year at the 2014 Usenix conference on File and Storage Technologies (FAST).

“Three million IOPs is exceptional, but that is not the most exciting part of the demonstration,” said Dr. Zvonimir Bandic, manager of Storage Architecture at HGST Research. “What is really exciting is to be able to deliver latencies close to 1us for small block random reads. This is something that just cannot be done with NAND Flash and current controller and interface technologies.”

The HGST PCM SSD will be demonstrated in the HGST booth #316 at the 2014 Flash Memory Summit in the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday and Thursday.

Thank you HGST for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of HGST

 

Overclocker 8Pack Introduces His Three New Custom Overclocked Systems

Overclocker 8Pack Introduces His Three New Custom Overclocked Systems


It’s been a busy week for pro overclocker Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry. Following his achievement of breaking a benchmarking world record first thing Tuesday morning, followed by his appearance at the O2 arena in London to take part in an overclocking workshop he has now launched a line of three systems that are custom built to his own specifications with selected components specifically for these systems.

We’ve already shown you what these three systems entail here, and whilst some people have regarded them as being expensive, what has to be taken into account is that you are also paying for an after care service that is not like any after sales service program at the moment.

Following the unveiling of the three systems in Stoke-On-Trent, Ian was kind enough to give us an overview of his new systems and what each has to offer:

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