Samsung's caching technology unlocks an insane speed boost on select SSDs
One thing we didn't cover in Samsung's earlier unveiling of a 1TB 840 Evo mSATA solid state drive (SSD) is the immediate availability of the company's Magician (version 4.3) software. This is notable because it introduces two big upgrades to Samsung's current SSD product lineup, including RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) Mode for Samsung's 840 Pro family of SSDs, and a security features for the company's Evo SSD line. It's the RAPID Mode that really excites us, however, as it offers a significant speed boost to an already insanely fast SSD lineup.
It's fair to say that Intel missed the boat on mobile in terms of tablets and smartphones, and in doing so, inadvertently conceded the market to ARM. The good news for Intel is that it's early in the game, and the bad news for ARM is that we're going to see a much more aggressive Intel target the mobile sector in 2014 than what we've seen before. From entry-level tablets to high-end slates, Intel's processor roadmap has them all covered.
Ultrabooks and laptops in general aren't getting any chunkier these days, and to accommodate increasingly thin profiles, mSATA form factor solid state drives (SSDs) are taking the place of 2.5-inch drives. That doesn't mean you'll need to give up storage space. Samsung today launched its 840 Evo mSATA SSD line, among which is the industry's first 1TB mSATA-based SSD, the company claims.
Claptrap and his posse return in Telltale's new project
Can't get enough Borderlands or Telltale Games? You're in luck! An announcement from Spike TV's VGX awards reveals Tales from the Borderlands, Telltale Games' latest game taking place in the Borderlands universe.
Tweeting without internet access will soon be a reality for some
Tweeting is best done with an internet connection, as we all know. How else can you stay up-to-date with your feed, share your updates, and discover new friends and faces to follow? That's all about to change, as Twitter has partnered with a Singapore business that would aid the social network site to grow in smaller markets.
Sick of seeing that same badly-Photoshopped meme about 'Merica with bald eagles and something or other about freedom for the third time? What about pictures of babies? Great news -- Facebook is working to prioritize "high quality" news stories on user feeds rather than memes or similar types of content.
With Valve's upcoming systems and the various "Steam Machine" models on the horizon, the road to becoming a PC gamer is quickly becoming a clear path unmuddied by confusing hardware or frustrating setups. Now, Piixl wants to get in on the action with its new Jetpack PC, which seeks to offer a different sort of convenience: the kind you don't even have to see.
This whole "Scroogled" campaign Microsoft has going reeks of pettiness and misguided priorities. The latet ad has a company pitchman walking up to seemingly complete strangers with a Chromebook in hand and asking them what kinds of things they do on a laptop. He then uses their answers to explain why a Chromebook is a poor choice, be it because it can't install Microsoft Office (though he neglects to mention you can run Office 365) or whatever other specific app isn't supported.
Some variance in performance is to be expected, AMD says
Following the launch of AMD's Radeon R9 290X graphics card, a handful of sites noticed that the sample cards sent to the press were performing faster than their retail counterparts. It has been suggested by some that AMD essentially cherry picked the best cards for reviewers, though AMD says there's a valid reason for the performance gap. According to AMD, it has to do with the new PowerTune mechanism in the R9 290 Series.
Microsoft's 12 days of deals promotion kicks off on Monday
If you're reading this, it means you're interested in finding out how to get a Dell Venue 8 Pro for $99. The answer is simple: Be fast. Starting Monday, December 9, Microsoft will begin its 12 days of deals promotion in which it will offer up a new item each day at a discount. Dell's Venue 8 Pro is kicking off the promotion, though you'll have to be super fast to snag one for a Benjamin. Here's how it works.