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September 26, 2016

Google Chromecast Ultra Images Leaked Ahead of Launch

Images of Google’s upcoming Chromecast Ultra device have been leaked by VentureBeat prior to its October 4th launch where Google also plans to launch a number of other devices including the highly anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.

The Google Chromecast Ultra is expected to be a 4K ready version of the original Google Chromecast. As such the device will feature significantly powerful hardware which will allow it to stream 4K content from your smartphone, tablet, PC, Mac, etc. to your HDMI equipped display.

The Google Chromecast Ultra is rumored to retail for $69 when it launches next week. The Google Chromecast Ultra is not expected to [...]

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September 26, 2016

Fitbit Releases Charge 2 Fitness Wristband, Now Available for $149.95

Fitbit, one of the most popular wearable device makers on the planet, recently released the Fitbit Charge 2 fitness wristband which is the successor to the wildly popular Fitbit Charge HR.

The new Fitbit Charge 2 now sports an OLED display that’s 4x larger than the Charge HR, sports their PurePulse Heart Rate sensor and contains up to 5 days worth of battery life depending on usage. The Fitbit Charge 2 also features connected GPS functionality to utilize the GPS on your phone for better tracking of your outdoor workouts.

The Fitbit Charge 2 will MSRP for $149.95 and is available in black, plum, blue or teal. One feature of the Fitbit Charge 2 is [...]

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September 26, 2016

Microsoft Offers Free Game with Xbox One S Bundle Purchase

Still on the fence whether to pick up a Xbox One S or not? We understand your pain and I think Microsoft does too.

To ease that pain a bit, Microsoft recently announced a new Xbox One S bundle promotion where they’re giving out a free game in addition to any Xbox One S bundle purchase. The free game will include a choice of either NBA 2K17, FIFA 17, Destiny: Rise of Iron, or Forza Horizon 3.

This means if you opt for say the Xbox One S Minecraft bundle, you could get the Xbox One S, Minecraft and NBA 2K 17 for $299. Minecraft doesn’t float your boat? Well, you could also opt for the Xbox One S Halo Collection bundle and get Halo along with [...]

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September 26, 2016

Chromecast Audio Available for $25 for Limited Time

Been looking for a great way to tap into that high end audio system of yours? Here’s one. The Chromcast Audio.

For those unfamiliar with the Chromecast Audio, it’s a device similar to the original Chromecast except it’s designed to connect to your speaker or home audio system (via 3.5mm jack, RCA, or optical) to stream audio from your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Just like the Chromecast, the Chromecast Audio works over Wi-Fi rather than typical Bluetooth adapters, so it has a much better connection, better audio quality, and with multi-room functionality, you can even stream music to multiple Chromecast Audios at once for full home [...]

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September 26, 2016

Sony Xperia X Compact Unlocked Now Available for $499.99

The Sony Xperia X Compact is now officially available for purchase. The Sony Xperia X Compact, which is a more compact version of the Sony Xperia X will feature a Gorilla Glass 4 coated 4.6″ 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 CPU/Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage expandable via microSD, a 2700mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility, and support for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box.

The biggest feature of the Xperia X Compact however, is the camera which is a 23MP camera featuring Sony’s Exmor RS sensor paired with a 24mm wide angle Sony G Lens. The camera also features Sony’s Predictive Hybrid AutoFocus along [...]

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September 26, 2016

Possible Google Pixel, Pixel XL Images Leaked Ahead of Oct 4 Launch

Courtesy of Android Police, possible images of Google’s highly anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been leaked ahead of launch. Looking at the front of the two devices, we can see the lockscreen on the Pixel XL on the left and some portion of the boot animation on the Pixel on the right. These phones have some pretty seriously thick bezels, so hopefully there’s a reason for this.

Swinging around the back, the phones will feature an aluminum finish throughout, but the the upper portion of the rear is expected to feature a glass finish. Strange. There’s also a fingerprint sensor clearly visible on the rear of the phone and at [...]

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September 26, 2016

Twitter Interested in Selling – Google, Verizon, Salesforce Rumored Interested in Acquisition

According to a recent report from Reuters, Twitter has recently initiated talks with several technology companies to explore a possible acquisition.

This is not surprising as a sale of Twitter has been a subject of discussion for many years. Despite Twitter being one of the biggest names in social media, the company is hemorrhaging money and according to their 2015 annual report, they’ve managed to lose just over $2 Billion in its 10 years in existence. With a declining user base and ineffective monetization strategy, many have wondered how Twitter will continue to stay in business.

Companies rumored to be interested in the acquisition [...]

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September 25, 2016

Samsung Expects 512GB SSD, 1TB HDD to Reach Price Parity in 2020, 236% PCIe SSD Growth by 2018 – Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 Keynote

At the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 event in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung not only introduced two of the most highly anticipated SSDs of this year, but they also shared a number of insights into the rapidly growing industry.

Kicking off the keynote was Willow You, Director of Branded Marketing at Samsung Semiconductor who discussed a number of current SSD industry trends. Among the first is the growth of the SSD market. According to Willow You, the SSD market has grown by 54% over the past 5 years which is significantly larger than the growth of the smartphone market which has grown just 19.1% over the same period. Samsung expects this trend to [...]

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September 25, 2016

Review: Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSD

It’s Big. Really Big.

At Flash Memory Summit earlier this year, Samsung announced their new 48-layer 3D V-NAND and along with that they announced that they’ll be using the new NAND in their 850 EVO SSD, pushing capacities up to a staggering 4TB. Considering 1TB was the largest capacity just 4-5 years ago, a 4TB drive designed for the consumer is a really huge deal, no pun intended. As such, when we got the opportunity to test the monstrous 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD, we jumped on it.

Samsung 850 EVO Specifications Manufacturer Samsung Model 850 EVO Capacity 120GB 250GB 500GB 1TB 2TB 4TB Controller Samsung MGX Samsung MHX NAND Samsung 32-layer TLC 3D [...]
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September 21, 2016

Samsung 960 EVO, PRO, Advanced Packaging, Polaris, Magician and More

Following up on Samsung’s earlier announcement on the 960 PRO and EVO SSDs, Samsung shared additional details on their new SSDs as well as some of their new underlying technologies powering them at the 2016 SSD Global Summit.

 

Samsung 960 Series SSDs

Samsung 960 PRO Performance Specs

As we saw previously in the announcement, the Samsung 960 PRO will feature 3 capacities 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The drive will be powered by Samsung’s Polaris controller and 3rd Generation 2-bit MLC 3D V-NAND. It’ll also feature advanced packaging technology to reach its 2TB capacity which we discuss [...]

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September 20, 2016

Samsung Announces 960 EVO, PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs at SSD Global Summit 2016

Today, Samsung is kicking off their 2016 Global SSD Summit in Seoul, Korea. As anticipated from yesterday’s banners spotted around the halls of the Shilla Hotel in South Korea, Samsung is introducing two new drives, the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO.

 

Samsung 960 PRO

Based on NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x4, the Samsung 960 PRO will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. The new 2TB capacity makes the Samsung 960 PRO the highest capacity M.2 NVMe SSD on the market. Samsung is able to achieve this through a “uniquely restructured package design” which we’ll likely be hearing about as the presentations kick off in just a few [...]

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September 20, 2016

WD Demos SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO SDXC Card Prototype

Western Digital recently announced that they’re now demoing the new 1TB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC memory card prototype at the Photokina show now happening in Cologne, Germany.

“Showcasing the most advanced imaging technologies is truly exciting for us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product management, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD™ card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB. Over the years our goal has remained the same; continue to innovate and set the pace for the imaging industry. The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant [...]

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