As a hardware reviewer, there comes a time when the “wow, I didn’t know I needed this” epiphany hits. Generally we stick with reviewing certain types of hardware that we review often and we tend to forget about some of the smaller, essential products until they are presented right before us.
Case in point. VisionTek’s new Charge & Sync USB 3.0 Seven Port Hub.
My Cicero four-port USB 2.0 hub lasted well over a decade and back when I bought it, the USB 2.0/1.1 conversion was a brand-new concept. When Windows 7 overtook XP, I thought my now driverless hub would need to be retired, but instead, it has far outlived its useful [...]
According to a recent press release, LSI Corporation has recently announced the introduction of the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i PCIe flash card, further extending the Nytro product line. The new card is primarily designed for scale-out server storage environments and hyperscale cloud/hosting companies with capability of supporting up to 236 SAS/SATA devices via 8 internal and 8 external ports (as indicated by the ‘8e8i’ in the product name). As the Nytro name implies, LSI has also included a whopping 1.6TB of onboard eMLC NAND flash with their Flexible Flash technology to handle even the most demanding of storage needs.
With the new Nytro [...]
The biggest tech news this past week has been Facebook’s unexpected $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, and with that the Oculus Rift VR assets. Without a doubt there has been a lot of community backlash from donors, devs, and the general public – a lot of it unfortunately being overwhelmingly negative.
Personally, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the acquisition. People definitely have a point in their dissatisfaction of this acquisition primarily due to what Facebook has become over the past few years. Just looking at the obtrusive advertising and privacy infiltration Facebook has adopted recently is certainly enough of a reason why. [...]