Items tagged with serve

Rather than using cash or a typical credit card, many tech-savvy consumers are relying on something very different to make payments these days: contactless payment solutions. While NFC has grabbed the lion's share of the hype surrounding this movement, there are actually quite a few options when it comes to "tap-to-pay." Serve, by American Express, is Verizon Wireless' new approach to the payment method, and will soon be integrated on wireless phones and tablets. Serve is listed as a next-generation digital payment and commerce platform, and in the coming months it will hit "select" devices on their network. Over the coming months, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to establish Serve... Read more...
As we've mentioned previously, Marco has been working on a Storage Media Server build for a project showcase at Symantec's Security with Speed site.  The purpose of the site is an effort by Symantec to create awareness that their new Norton Security 2009 product has been completely engineered from the ground up with speed and low system resource utilization in mind.  As a side benefit to their campaign, the Security with Speed site is also a pretty good resource for multitude of PC tech info, including HotHardware's contribution to the Storage Media Server project that Marco has been working on.  Today we offer you the next installation of BigWop's video journal on building... Read more...
Our man Marco BigWop Chiappetta has been doing a little bit of moonlighting on us, at the Symantec Security with Speed site.  One of his projects there has been to put together a Storage Media Server build as a showcase of sorts that takes a DYI approach.  In one of his first episodes, Marco steps us through component selection and there are some pretty interesting choices here.  Take a look... We'll keep you updated on the project in the weeks ahead but thought you might enjoy this little walk-through of the setup of his self-made storage server mayhem. ... Read more...
Thecus Announces N8800 Rackmount NAS ServerUnbeatable performance, security and capacity in a 2U form factor 11/05/2008 – The 1U4500 from Thecus shook the world of rackmount storage by bringing fast and affordable SATA storage to a 1U form factor. Today, Thecus is pleased to release its latest rackmount NAS device, the N8800. Offering massive storage capacity, advanced features, and blazingly-fast performance in a 2U unit, the N8800 is poised to be the favorite NAS device for IT departments everywhere. The N8800 delivers the performance and capacity that businesses demand. Under the hood is an Intel® Celeron™ processor and 1GB of DDR2 memory for snappy performance, faster response,... Read more...
Thecus Unleashes N7700 7-Bay NAS ServerStorage leader reveals no-compromise enterprise class NAS device 10/10/2008 – Beginning with the venerable N4100 to the legendary N5200, Thecus NAS devices have established the company as a worldwide leader in digital storage. Today, Thecus is proud to release details about its latest NAS breakthrough – the N7700. Bringing together the cutting-edge technology and years of NAS experience, the N7700 is an enterprise class NAS server that makes no compromises.The N7700 brings the latest technologies to the table. Headlining is its whopping seven SATA hard disk bays that accommodate up to a massive 7TB of storage. If that isn’t enough, the N7700 also comes equipped... Read more...
Ken Brill at Forbes does a little arithmetic to examine the true cost of running a server, and the numbers are a bit of a surprise. Since we're in the midst of something of a boom in data center construction, shouldn't someone be figuring out what they really cost before they buy a bunch of servers and roll out the plans? Because of the weird way accounting departments compartmentalize costs, server farms might seem awfully cheap. Until you plug it all in, of course.Data-center building depreciation is often carried separately from data-center mechanical and electrical equipment. Utility bills often go to a centralized energy function. Site operation costs for technicians, security staff, power... Read more...
For the month of May, comScore reports that U.S. users watched over 12 billion videos over the Internet--a 45 percent increase in the number of videos viewed online a year ago. Not surprisingly, YouTube garnered the lion's share with almost 35 percent of May's videos viewed online--that's roughly 4.1 billion YouTube videos watched just in the month of May."Nearly 142 million U.S. Internet users watched an average of 85 videos per viewer in May. Google Sites [mostly from YouTube] also attracted the most viewers (83.8 million), who watched an average of 50 videos per person. Fox Interactive attracted the second most viewers (60.8 million), followed by Yahoo! Sites (40.2 million) and Microsoft Sites... Read more...
It seemed obvious, didn't it?  With the new in-store activation process, not only would it take longer, it would also be prone to the same sorts of server issues as last year, when customers would go home and be unable to activate.  Only this time, it would in the store.  Ah, the joys of early adoption.It seems that not only was the process taking a long time, now the servers have crashed, meaning that AT&T is sending people home unactivated.  As AT&T said:We have had reports that customers attempting to download new iTunes 7.7 software to their new iPhone may get an error message saying “page not found.” We have reported this issue to Apple. While Apple works to resolve... Read more...
The Thecus N5200BR NAS Server is targeted at end-users with demanding network storage needs.  To offer a more universal solution, Thecus designed the N5200BR with five SATA II bays supporting numerous RAID options, an LED status read-out, router capabilities and a host of other features to make it a serious contender for home users and in the commercial environment where a highly configurable NAS unit is a must.  On the surface, the Thecus N5200BR looks to have what it takes to fit a wide variety of NAS needs.  In the article, we'll look below the surface to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the Thecus N5200BR NAS Server, with a goal of providing a complete and... Read more...
As digital media increases in popularity, so will the demand for larger storage options, whether in the form of increased hard drives capacities or through the use of expandable network storage devices.  The last time we broached the topic of NAS was with our article on two impressive SOHO units from QNAP.  While not industrial strength solutions, both QNAP models offered a balance of hardware and software features that made them excellent solutions for both home and small business users.  However, with the TS-101 being a single drive solution and the TS-201 being a two-drive option, they are limited when it comes to ease of expansion and growth in a user's storage needs. ... Read more...
Ever lose your saved games? Frustrating, right? On Thursday Valve Software announced a solution, the Steam Cloud.  It will be an an upcoming update to their Steam download service and it will not only store saved games, but also graphics settings, and key binding in the "cloud," or server-side.The biggest news is that game-generated data will now be stored with your Steam accounts in Valve servers. This includes game profiles, configuration settings, and even savegames! Valve will first be rolling this feature out to existing games like the Half-Life franchise, TF2, Counter-Strike. Left4Dead will be the first new game to remotely save your progress.This system will be completely transparent... Read more...
IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors - Enterprise Customers have Choice of 28 Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based OEM Server Platforms - SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 28, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor among global OEMs continues with IBM’s launch of three updated System x servers.  Designed to address customer priorities such as energy efficiency, performance, scalability, and virtualization, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from IBM offer an exceptional power-efficient platform for today’s most demanding datacenters. “Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based... Read more...
Hewlett Packard announced its new blade setup today, and the ProLiant BL2X220c G5 is something of a breakthrough. HP has been able to put two servers into one blade, cutting energy consumption and shrinking the space needed down on the server farm. The two servers are completely independent of each other, but share the same shell. That setup allows the BL2×220c G5 to offer 60 percent better performance per watt than similar configurations. As for HP’s 60 percent improvement claim: In “internal testing the BL2×220c achieves 1582.73 bops/watt compared to 958.86 bops/watt on a cluster of Dell PowerEdge 1955 servers.”But even if you quibble over the energy savings claim it’s clear that... Read more...
We have a request that we were hoping you could all help us with.  First off, we want to thank you for being a part of the community here.  Our forum members and readers are what we're all about at HotHardware, and we very much value your opinions. If you haven't noticed yet, HotHardware partnered with Federated Media for our ad campaigns recently, as well as other services, to help keep the lights on around here. If you enjoy HotHardware and have a few minutes, please consider filling out this brief survey.  It is completely annonymous and respects all standard privacy terms for our publication.HotHardware Reader SurveryWe'd like to ensure the best... Read more...
Sun Microsystems is a long-time player in the enterprise-level world of servers, software, and services. While the company prides itself on its Java technology, Solaris operating system, and UltraSPARC processors, its true bread-and-butter comes from its servers--including rackmount, x64, blade, enterprise, among other types of servers. Sun's server options seem endless with multi-processor solutions featuring CPU choices from Sun UltraSPARCs, Intel Xeons, and AMD Opterons. Today, Sun's Opteron processor-based options just expanded even more:"AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced enterprise customers now have more choices for rack-mount and blade systems based upon Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors... Read more...
Wayport, a corporate Wi-Fi provider, announced today that it is now providing Wi-Fi in over 10,000 McDonalds restaurants in the United States--of which, 9,300 are available for access by customers (for a fee, of course). Wayport starting providing Wi-Fi for McDonalds restaurants in 2004. "This milestone continues McDonald’s position as the largest Wi-Fi network in the U.S. under a single brand, and as a leader in their industry with the integration of public and private networks on one platform." According to Wayport's own Hotspot finder, we found at least 50 Wi-Fi enabled McDonalds within 3 miles of midtown Manhattan (Wayport's tool only counts up to 50 locations).... Read more...
Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Qualification for VMware Virtualization now Completed; 13 Global OEM Platforms now Shipping SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron(tm) processors. This news follows last week's announcement that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are generally available, and brings the number of available global OEM platforms based on the new processors to 13. Additionally, AMD is announcing today that VMware has completed qualification of Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors... Read more...
Hello Everyone.  First off, we want to thank all of you for being a part of the community here.  Our readers and forum members are a big part of the process here at HH, and as a result, we very much value your opinion.  If you haven't noticed, HotHardware has partnered with Federated Media for our ad campaigns, as well as other services to help keep the lights on around here.If you enjoy HotHardware, please consider filling out this brief survey...HotHardware Survey -- April 2008We're asking you to do this because we'd like to ensure the best possible matches between advertisers, marketers, and the site's readership - namely you.  Your answers are invaluable to help us better... Read more...
AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008 to Deliver Industry Leading Solution to Customers - Microsoft's New Operating System Paired with AMD Processors Provides a Solid Business Foundation with Better Investment Protection, Low Energy Usage and Unmatched Performance - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution. Through their strong partnership, both companies have optimized their respective hardware and software technologies to work together to address the demands of today's global digital economy and meet the computing... Read more...
John “Jack” Bruce Thompson is a name you might have heard but don't exactly know who he is.  He is a lawyer from Florida who is well known for stirring up as much trouble as he can for the video game industry.  Mr Thompson has, on many occasions, associated various high-profile violent crimes with video games, often when it is clear that the perpetrator didn't even play games.His latest comments about the NIU shooting apparently went against a warning issues to him last April by the Supreme Court.  As a result, the Supreme Court sent Thompson the following:02/19/2008  ORDER-SHOW CAUSETO: JOHN BRUCE THOMPSONIt appears to the Court that you have abused the legal system by submitting... Read more...
Microsoft's troubles don't all revolve around Vista.  In fact the Redmond firm's Windows Home Server has been corrupting user's data for  few months now with no end in sight.  Microsoft claimed to burning the midnight oil during the holiday season in order to resolve this issue.  So what are the results of all that burnt oil?Two months have passed and the issue has not been resolved.  Instead, Microsoft conceded that the scope of the problem is much bigger than initially estimated.  Microsoft acknowledged numerous customer reports of corruption in the following programs, though it says it has thus far been unable to replicate them:Apple iTunesZune SoftwarePhotoshop... Read more...
Some things seem inevitable in hindsight. "Web Hot or Not" is one of those things that seems like an idea you should have come up with years ago. Created by Technorati founder David Sifry, the site is about as barebones as they come - there isn't even an 'About' page yet. All you get is a screenshot of a site and below that a scale of 1 to 10 of how "hot" it is. If you've ever used the actual Hot or Not site before, it's exactly the same. Once you vote, you are taken to a new site's screenshot to vote on while the last one you just voted on has it's "official rating" updated in the upper left hand corner. Best of all, you don't have to register to vote (it's not even an option).The best part... Read more...
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