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NVIDIA has announced a pivotal partnership today with Hyundai, which will see its DRIVE platform find its way into all of the automaker’s vehicles. This includes the mainstream Hyundai and Kia brands along with the luxury-oriented Genesis brand, which is now starting to gain traction in the United States. That means that whether you purchase a lowly Kia Rio or a top-of-the-line Genesis G80, you'll have access to NVIDIA's powerful in-vehicle infotainment platform within the coming years. According to NVIDIA, DRIVE will be standard in all models starting in 2022, and will power audio, video, navigation and "AI-enhanced connect car services" within the vehicles. NVIDIA is providing... Read more...
Google has announced a new program for those who are most vulnerable to targeted attacks on via its services. Google says that the Advanced Protection Program is aimed directly at journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams. Advanced Protection Program gives these users a physical Security Key promising the strongest possible phishing protection. The program limits access to emails and files from non-Google services and blocks fraudulent account access with extra steps needed to prove you are the one accessing your account. Protection against phishing attacks sees the physical Security Key in the form of a USB key required to access your account. Other authentication factors are... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang hosted a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas this evening, to officially kick off the company’s Consumer Electronics Show activities.  Jen Hsun began the press conference with a bit of back story on the Tegra K1 and how it took NVIDIA approximately 2 years to get Kepler-class graphics into Tegra, but that it was able to cram a Maxwell-derived GPU into the just announced Tegra X1 in just a few months. We’ve got more details regarding the Tegra X1 in this post, complete with pictures of the chip and reference platform, game demos, benchmarks and video of the Tegra X1 in action with a variety of workloads, including 4K 60 FPS video playback. Over... Read more...
In the world of storage, there are natural tradeoffs. Usually, you'll trade a bit of capacity for size, or perhaps size for speed. HGST, which presently sits under the Western Digital umbrella, is pushing the enterprise boundaries a bit with the world's highest capacity 10K RPM hard drive in the 2.5-inch form factor. Designed for compact server use and mission critical applications, the new drive holds a staggering 1.8TB of information (with smaller sizes available if you aren't willing to pony up for the flagship). The Ultrastar C10K1800 holds 50% more than prior generations of the same drive family, 2.5x better random write performance, and 23% faster sequential performance over prior generation... Read more...
It was a big deal when Microsoft finally pushed out Office apps for the iPad, but already Redmond has a Mountain View problem. Google is in hot pursuit of Microsoft on the desktop/cloud office productivity front with Drive apps, but the search giant has also now debuted mobile app versions of its Docs and Sheets products, too. These won’t exactly replace the Google Drive app, but they represent much better integration into the mobile platform; accessing Docs or Sheets from within Drive felt like having to enter into a secondary environment. With native apps, you can get to your various documents with a single tap. Predictably, the apps will open with the most recently edited files shown... Read more...
A few months back, we took a look at Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives. At the time, we found their performance to be quite good, and the drives were competitively priced too. Shortly after the 2.5” versions of Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO drives hit the scene, the company prepared an array of mSATA drives featuring the same controller and NAND flash. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA series of drives would be essentially identical to their 2.5” counterparts, save for the mSATA drives’ much smaller form factor. We’ve got a 500GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA drive on tap for you here... Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive Review... Read more...
A few months back, we took a look at Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives. At the time, we found their performance to be quite good, and the drives were competitively priced too. Shortly after the 2.5” versions of Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO drives hit the scene, the company prepared an array of mSATA drives featuring the same controller and NAND flash. The Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA series of drives would be essentially identical to their 2.5” counterparts, save for the mSATA drives’ much smaller form factor. We’ve got a 500GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO mSATA drive on tap for you here. Since the original release of the Samsung SSD 840 EVO series,... Read more...
The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise, because their systems can accommodate multiple drives of different form factors without issue. But SFF and mobile systems are usually outfitted with only a single 2.5” drive bay, so if you want the performance of an SSD, but need a large capacity drive, you’ve got to shell out big bucks for a high-capacity SSD or settle for the lower performance of a hard drive. WD recently released a totally new class of product that aims to resolve... Read more...
Solid state drives continue to be all the rage, due to their durability, silence, and high performance versus traditional hard drives, with spinning magnetic media. And while SSD prices have dropped significantly this past year, they remain relatively expensive in terms of cost per gigabyte, and are still many times the price of a hard disk drive. The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise, because their systems can accommodate multiple drives of different form factors without issue.... Read more...
In the grand scheme of things, Google Drive is a relatively new product in the company's portfolio. And on Android, things are getting a little smoother today. This week, the Android Drive app got several enhancements to make creating and viewing cloud-hosting material even easier. To help you find the content you care about, Drive files will now be displayed in a clean, simple card-style. You can swipe between files to see large previews that let you quickly review and discover the information you’re looking for. And if you want to keep some Drive files on your Android device, you’ll now be able to “download a copy” from the actions menu inside settings. The updated Drive... Read more...
Google’s various free cloud services are tremendous in terms of what you get for what you pay, but now the deal is getting even better. The company announced today that it will unify storage between Drive, Gmail, and Google+, which both gives users a shared pool of storage that they can distribute among those services as they fit and also integrates those services even deeper with each other than they were before. Now, it doesn’t matter if your Gmail account is sparse and your Google+ page is loaded with photos--your 15GB of storage is your 15GB, no matter where you’re using it. It’s a simple yet brilliant tweak--and it’s one that Google (smartly) swiped from Microsoft.... Read more...
For those Google Apps for Business users who still use Microsoft Office documents instead of Google’s similar cloud-based offerings, Google created Quickoffice for the iPad, which allows users to open, edit, and save Office documents to and from Drive. Now, the tool is available on the iPhone as well as Android devices, too. Another new feature of Quickoffice is the ability to more easily locate files from within the app, including helpful organization into Starred, Recent, Shared With Me, and other folders. Quickoffice supports Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--including some older versions of those programs. Quickoffice doesn’t come cheap, though; there is a free version for both iOS... Read more...
There's no shortage of note-keeping apps on the market today -- items like Remember The Milk and Evernote are pretty popular terms amongst the tech-savvy contingent. But then, there's Google. While "Tasks" has been an integrated part of Gmail for quite some time, it looks as if Google is aiming to encroach on Evernote's territory with a new feature dubbed Keep. Much like it encroached on Dropbox with Drive, Keep looks to give avid Google service users the ability to jot down notes as they go, organize them into lists, and make them available across platforms. Regardless of whether you're adding or editing a note on your PC, tablet, or phone, changes are instantly synced across all of them. There's... Read more...
Google’s numerous and mostly excellent apps, which include Gmail and Drive, will not be getting the Windows 8 nor Windows Phone 8 treatment. Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps, told V3 that the company currently isn’t planning to develop its apps for the new Windows platform. "We have no plans to build out Windows apps,” he said. “We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8" Google has been working on improving its apps on iOS and Android--Bavor noted in particular the ability to natively edit spreadsheets on mobile devices--and plans to keep pushing itself to create a better... Read more...
Up to now, there’s been a free version of Google Apps for Business and a premium version, but Google is changing that policy. Henceforth, all new Google Apps for Business customers will be required to pay $50 per user per year. Although customers will no doubt be a bit unhappy with the new structure, they are getting a little something for that money, including a 25GB Gmail inbox, 24/7 phone support, and a guaranteed 99.9% uptime guarantee. These are of course in addition to Drive, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, Sites, and Vault. Grating as it may be, all things considered fifty bucks a year per person isn’t exactly going to put most small businesses under. Further, note that... Read more...
For major players like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, the ongoing race to lock customers into their online services is intensifying. One benefit of the competition is that services are working to make their own tools work better together, and a recent example of that is Gmail’s new support for sharing files from Google Drive. Until recently, sharing files on your Google Drive account was generally done by opening Drive and starting an email (or by copying a link). Now, you don’t have to jump into Drive at all. So long as you’re using the new version of Gmail’s Compose Message tool (that would be the little message in the bottom-right corner of your Gmail window), you can... Read more...
Accessories are a dime a dozen, but this one's a notch above the rest. Velocity Micro, a well-known company when it comes to building gaming rigs, has just introduced an interesting new device called VMultra. It's an all-in-one external drive that combines four different peripheral devices in order to create a major accessibility hub. It's designed for use with Ultrabooks, laptops and netbooks that lack an optical drive, as it includes an external DVD±RW drive, USB 3.0 hub, SD card slot, and 500GB of backup storage. That's particularly useful for SSD-based products with limited internal storage, and it's actually pretty compact given all that it does. If you're sold, you can grab one this... Read more...
Smartphones, tablets and computers are constantly consuming (and creating) more and more content. And with that comes massive amounts of data consumption. The amount of sharing that takes place on today's smartphones and tablets is astounding, and every instance of that requires data -- and storage. Lately, it seems as if companies are dealing with these new realities by leaning heavily on the cloud. But trusting your precious data solely to the cloud can be a risky bet... Head Out Of The Clouds: Why Local Storage Still Matters... Read more...
Smartphones, tablets and computers are constantly consuming and creating more and more content. And with that comes massive amounts of data consumption. The amount of sharing that takes place on today's smartphones and tablets is astounding, and every instance of that requires data -- and storage. Lately, it seems as if companies are dealing with these new realities by leaning heavily on the cloud. But trusting your precious data solely to the cloud can be a risky bet. Looking specifically at the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the new iPad and pretty much every flagship mobile device that has shipped in the last six months, one thing that we expected was more local storage. After... Read more...
New SSDs, anyone? Sure, why not? Super Talent has just unveiled their newest solid state drive, the TeraNova SSD. It's also the company's fastest SSD to data, a SATA3 product designed for super-duper small computers. There's also a SandForce 2200 processor with "optimized firmware," and the company claims that you'll see transfer rates of over 500MB/sec on both the read and write side. It'll be available in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB sizes, with shipments starting today. Sadly, pricing remains a mystery. Super Talent's SATA III TeraNova SSD Boasts Blistering Fast Speeds & Enduring Reliability San Jose, California - June 11, 2012 - Super Talent Technology, a leader of NAND Flash storage... Read more...
RunCore has spent loads of time over the years trumpeting their high-speed SSDs, but here's something else that's probably even more novel. The company has just launched its InVincible Solid State Disc drive. A cute name, yes, but there's some serious horsepower underneath. The SATA SSD has quite the unique feature, too, with a special button that "allows for total physical destruction with a single click." That's no James Bond reference; that's a legitimate feature! It's designed with protection in mind, but honestly, we can't think of too many folks outside of secret intelligence that would need that level of oversight. Here's RunCore's statement on it: "The RunCore InVincible SSDs allow you... Read more...
The wide open worlds of 3D and Blu-ray are combining, and it's Asus that's bringing the two closer than ever. The company's new SBW-06C2X-U is a 3D Blu-ray writer, fully supporting BDXL, 6x Blu-ray writes, Blu-ray 3D playback, 2D-to-3D conversions, DVD upscaling to 1080p HD, 5.1 channel Dolby EX and DTS-HD and the ability to even play nice with Mac machines -- which cannot be ordered with Blu-ray from the factory, strangely enough. The device can be used upright or horizontal, and the sleek black form factor is certainly nice to look at. The unit is aimed at those who need to archive massive amounts of data, with the ability to burn up to 100GB on BD-R(TL), and 128GB of BD-R(QL). There's no word... Read more...
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