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Archive for December 2nd, 2021

Editorial: BitCoins & LiteCoins; Mining the Future?

  We have a slightly off-topic story to share with you guys today, but it is a subject that is garnering great interest around the world especially in the technology and financial sectors. That subject is the new internet digital currency called bitcoins and/or litecoins. Interest in this subject has been growing at a rapid pace and it has even been showing up in the main-stream media very often lately. News organizations from Yahoo! and Bloomberg to CNNMoney and the Wall Street Journal have been increasing their coverage of the strange virtual money phenomenon. If you haven’t heard of bitcoins or litecoins, don’t feel too bad, it’s still a fledgling trend despite having been around since 2009, you can still learn how to buy bitcoin. Furthermore, it has mostly been the purview of very computer/tech savvy folks. Let me attempt a brief and crude summation to help you understand the concept. A developer using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto created bitcoins in 2009. The true identity of this developer has still never been conclusively found. The idea he/she started was a digital virtual currency that exists because of its relative value due to its rarity and the faith that backers are willing to put into it. This virtual currency has no central banking nor any controlling central authority. It instead relies on peer-to-peer network sharing. No one knows who actually started it, nor why, but it appears it was an idea to create a truly democratized monetar...

Crucial M500 SSD Now Available

Crucial started shipping its M500 line of consumer SSDs. Available in 2.5-inch SATA (7 mm-thick), mSATA, and NGFF M.2 form-factors, the drives combine Micron 20 nm MLC NAND flash with a Marvell-made processor. All three form-factors take advantage of 6 Gb/s SATA. The drive is available in 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacities for all three form-factors, while the 2.5-inch gets a 960 GB “terabyte-class” capacity option, as well. Sequential read speeds on all capacities are as high as 500 MB/s, while sequential write speeds cap out at 130 MB/s and 250 MB/s for the 120 GB and 240 GB variants, respectively; and reach 400 MB/s on the 480 GB and 960 GB variants. The drives are backed by 3-year limited warranties, 1.2 million hours MTBF, and 72 TB total bytes written (TBW) write endurance (that’s 40 GB per day). TRIM, NCQ, and SMART are standard issue. The 120 GB, 240 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB variants are priced at US $129.99, $219.99, $399.99, and $599.99, respectively.

LUXA2 Introduces Accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S4

Taipei, Taiwan– April 9, 2013– LUXA2, a premier designer and manufacturer of unique and functional mobile accessories including holders and cases, is proud to announce a brand new product line for Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories to improve the mobile experience for Samsung Galaxy S4 users. All accessories will be available when Galaxy S4 is released in mid April. LUXA2 Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories include: Protection leather cases LUXA2 will release a series of cases specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy S4. All cases feature genuine leather construction and functional designs. New cases include: Signature Samsung S4 Leather Wallet Case – A genuine leather wallet-style case for every day carry with convenient pockets for ID or credit cards. The exterior also feature a pocket specifically designed for money bills. The magnetic Galaxy S4 hard shell is detachable from the wallet case. Chief Samsung S4 Leather Stand Case – A sleek leather case with soft leather and built-in 3-card pocket for your ID/currency/cards. The case stands in multiple angles, and it is designed to give your new device an all around protection. Screen protector AFP Samsung Galaxy S4 Screen Protector – LUXA2’s AFP Samsung Galaxy S4 screen protector offers the best anti-fingerprints protection your mobile device deserves! Made from superior quality 3-layer PET film, it is easy to apply. The film also ensures zero-to-minimal air bubbles. Most importantly, LUXA2’s AFP protects your scree...


ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 Motherboard Review

When it comes to looking for an AMD motherboard with the 990FX chipset, there are few new options right now. The 990FX chipset from AMD has been around for more then a few years now and we have recently only seen manufacturers doing revisions to the existing chipset boards. We are unsure on when the launch of a possible new chipset will be for AMD so for now it looks like it will remain at the top. Today we will take a look at one of the newest of these current top-tier motherboards, the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9. ASRock's previous top motherboard was the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional. How will this board stack up with today's new FX series processors and the piledriver architecture? We will put that to the test.

GELID Launches SlimHero Silent Low-Profile CPU Cooler

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils the SlimHero which is a low profile CPU Cooler of its SILENT product line. The SlimHero features 4 sintered power heatpipes with a silent and slim 120 mm fan. The copper heatpipes ensure maximum heat transfer from CPU to the aluminum fins. The heatsink is built in a unique shape to lower the air flow resistance. The cooler can be mounted on each directions of the AMD socket. The low profile cooler SlimHero is especially designed for compact PC cases where space can be the key problem. With a total height of 5.9 cm this cooler can fit almost all smaller cases and is able to cool up to 136W (TDP). The heatsink is bundled with a silent and slim 120mm fan with high airflow. The fan comes with an intelligent PWM control which allows users to set the fan speed in their BIOS accordingly. The cooler is compatible to Intel 775/ 1155/ 1156/ 1366 (LGA 1155) and AMD AM2/ AM2+/AM3/ AM3+/ FM1/ FM2 sockets, is RoHS and WEEE conform and has warranty of 5 years. “A Mini-PC provides entertainment in today’s living room and a powerful but silent low profile cooler such as the SlimHero makes it happen,” says VC Tran, Marketing Director of GELID Solutions. The SlimHero is now available and has a MSRP of USD 32 or Euro 25.

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