Samsung's been on a roll with releasing solid state drives that offer high performance at comparatively reasonable price points. One of those drive series is the 850 Evo, which Samsung is now offering in M.2 and mSATA form factors. They're about one-tenth the weight of a traditional 2.5-inch SSD, and of course smaller, making them ideal candidates for high performing ultrathin systems.
The third generation small form factor (SFF) Bolt from Digital Storm is arguably the best looking version yet, assuming you like side windows. If you do, you'll probably love Digital Storm's Bolt 3 featuring an edge-to-edge glass side panel, brushed aluminum chassis, "enthusiast level cooling," and relatively small footprint measuring 18.3 inches (H) by 5.4 inches (W) and 15.1 inches (L).
It was in 1995 that Asus introduced its first graphics card, and to celebrate 20 years of graphics card production, Asus is releasing a limited edition 20th Anniversary Golden Edition GTX 980 that it claims is the fastest of its kind. How fast? Asus cranked the GPU to 1,431MHz, up from Nvidia's reference specification of 1,126MHz. It's even higher than Nvidia's 1,216MHz reference boost clockspeed.
Small size aluminum case supports full size graphics cards
Boutique system builder Velocity Micro sent word today that its new NX chassis is available immediately, provided you let the company fill it with parts with configurations starting out at $879. In other words, you can't buy the compact case on its own, though if you're looking for a small form factor system, Velocity Micro will happily assemble one for you inside the NX chassis.
It was rumored earlier this month that Samsung and Hewlett-Packard were both working on Chrome OS all-in-one desktops, but it looks like Acer has beat them to the punch. Not only that, but Acer's new Chromebase AIO is the first of its kind to sport a touchscreen display, the company says. Acer was also the first to launch a 15.6-inch Chromebook as it tries to solidify itself as a top Chrome OS player.
It was just over two years ago that Nvidia unveiled plans to build a futuristic campus located across the street from where it is now. The reason? What started off as a three-person startup some two decades ago has grown to over 9,000 employees spread out across 40 sites. Following the delay, it appears that Nvidia is now ready to begin work on its new campus, starting with the demolition of the area where the triangular building will ultimately reside.
The busy bodies at Intel released over half a dozen new Braswell SoCs and Broadwell CPUs ranging in price from $107 to $281, presumably in trays of 1,000 units (meaning retail prices will be a bit higher). Starting with Intel's Braswell lineup, the new parts are based on a 14nm manufacturing process and sport new CPU and GPU architectures that offer higher performance at the same or lower TDPs than Intel's previous generation SoCs.
Of the many notable social networking services out there, Twitter has been one of the most popular ones for a while. However, it has come to the point where its user numbers have begun to stagnate. A problem that hasn’t been helped by the company’s CEO admitting that the platform sucks when it comes to dealing with trolls. As a result, it is looking for new ways to generate revenue. So to help keep the money rolling in, Twitter has publicly launched Curator, a tool for media partners to help search, filter, and curate Twitter for content that they can then display on their website, mobile apps, and even TV.
Higher prices for customers when there is no competition
Competition between rival services might be bad for a business, but it usually ends up being good for the consumer. In the case of Google Fiber expanding, competition between Google and other ISPs tend to result in lower prices between rival gigabit services. AT&T, for example, has had to offer its own gigabit service at a matching price in areas that Google Fiber has entered. But when there is no competition, things change. So while AT&T’s gigabit service is now available in Cupertino, it comes with a starting price of $110 a month according to the company's press release.
Last year, Comcast caused quite a stir when it announced that it would purchase Time Warner Cable. So far, the merge has yet to take place as Comcast is still waiting for the government to approve of the merger. But now, two more cable providers are looking to merge. Today, Charter Communications announced that it will purchase Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion in cash and stock.