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Seagate announces the first 8TB 3.5″ HDD for enterprises

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Following the launch of its 6TB hard drive, Seagate today announced its 8TB HDD. Unlike Western Digital, which uses helium for its high-capacity HDDs, Seagate has opted for an alternative method.

Sadly, the company is mum on the method in question. Seagate has been known to use a shingled magnetic recording technology to bump the areal density of its disk platters. Read more »

AMD announces R7 Series SSD

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AMD has decided to jump into the storage business with its own series of gaming-focused series of solid state drives, called the R7 Series SSD.

Although these drives carry the AMD name, they will be designed and manufactured by OCZ, who will also be handling the servicing, so really you are just buying OCZ drive with a different label on top. Read more »

LG will unveil world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at IFA next month

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LG has let us know that it will be showcasing the world’s first 21:9 curved IPS monitor at the IFA trade show in Berlin at the beginning of September.

As you may have gathered from the above, this is a new monitor that features ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and comes with a curved IPS panel. Its size is 34″, by the way. Read more »

Newegg expands to asian and european markets

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E Commerce site Newegg, which specializes in technology products, especially computer hardware, has announced that it will be expanding its reach to certain asian and european markets. The service will now be available in India, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Poland and the Netherlands.

If you live in one of these countries, you will see that the site now goes directly to the designated homepage for your country, with all the prices in the local currency. Unfortunately, as of now, some of these markets don’t have the same range of products that you will find on, say, the US website. But that is to be expected. You can still choose from a decent range of products, including CPU, motherboard, graphics cards, hard drives, RAM, cases, and other things you might need to upgrade or build your PC. Read more »

PC vs Mac turf wars are back

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Looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in taking the high road, and are launching a new set of PC vs Mac advertisements.

In the 3 ads, MS compares its Surface Pro 3 to the Macbook Air. Read more »

AMD will start producing Solid State Drives

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Looks like AMD won’t just be focusing on Graphics Cards and processors anymore.

The tech manufacturer will now start producing Solid State Drives. Read more »

Philips launches affordable 28″ 4K monitor for $599

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Philips is launching a budget-oriented 28-inch 4K monitor (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution). The company’s asking price for the high-resolution monitor is $599/€599, making it one of the most affordable 4K displays out there.

The Philips 288P6LJEB outputs the UHD resolution at 60Hz and comes with VGA, DVI, HDMI 1.4 (with MHL support) and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. Read more »

China takes Apple devices off its government’s procurement list

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China has reportedly ousted Apple devices from its government’s official procurement list. This means that the company’s wares can no longer be purchased by Chinese institutions using public money.

The reason cited for the move apparently has to do with “security concerns”, according to some government officials familiar with the matter. Read more »

Western Digital introduces 6TB HDD, Red Pro line

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Disk maker Western Digital has expanded its NAS-centric Red line with 6TB hard disks (the increased capacity is headed to the consumer-oriented Green line). WD has also introduced the new Red Pro line for medium to large businesses.

The Western Digital Red disks now range from 1TB to 6TB and support 1 to 8-bay NAS setups. Read more »

Pinch-to-zoom functionality comes to Chrome OS

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It looks like Chrome OS is taking a few functionality cues from Android.

Google has just added pinch-to-zoom functionality to its Chrome OS, which makes browsing the web on a touchscreen Chromebook a bit cooler now. Read more »

AMD reports dissatisfying Q2 financial results due to debt

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AMD reported less-than-expected second quarter results with a net loss of $36 million, despite an increase in quarterly revenue. AMD made $1,44 billion for Q2, 24% more than it did for the same period in 2013.

Because of the net loss, AMD’s stock fell 15%. The company also reported that revenue from its Computing Solutions Group dropped 20% from a year ago, to $669 million. Read more »

Windows launches Chromebook competition campaign

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Chromebooks are doing well in the $200 computing arena, but it looks like Microsoft is trying to nip that in the bud.

A new line of cheap, Windows machines are going to be hitting the market, including a $199 HP laptop, called the Stream. Read more »

Raspberry Pi Model B+ brings neat new features, still costs $35

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The Raspberry Pi Model B has been selling for over 2 years now and today the company behind the popular single-board computer has launched a new version called Raspberry Pi Model B+.

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As you can deduce from the name of the new product, the Model B+ is not a big leap on features from its predecessor. It packs the same BCM2835 application processor and 512MB RAM, but there’s quite a few novelties. Read more »

Acer C720 Chromebook gets a hardware refresh

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Acer has a launched a slightly upgraded version of its C720 Chromebook. The new model now comes with Intel’s powerful Core i3 processor.

The new Acer C720 will be up for grabs in two options – 1.7GHz Core i3 processor with 2GB of RAM or 4GB of RAM. The new versions are priced at $350 and $380 respectively. Read more »

Samsung 850 PRO SSDs prices unveiled, start at $130

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Samsung unveiled its new 850 PRO SSDs a week ago and now we have the official prices of the new drives. They are built using a 3D V-NAND technology, which improves performance and energy efficiency. The drives achieve 550MB/s reads (100K IOPS) and 520MB/s writes (90K IOPS).

The 850 PRO series is launching in 53 countries in capacities ranging from 128GB to 1TB. Read more »