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QNAP to Showcase Private IoT Cloud Platform at IoT World 2016

QNAP to Showcase Private IoT Cloud Platform at IoT World 2016 Taipei, Taiwan, April 29, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. has redefined NAS for IoT and will be showcasing its grand vision of “NAS as Private IoT Cloud Platform” at IoT World 2016 – at Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley, California. QNAP’s NAS has catapulted the company to a commanding leadership position by offering the broadest lineup of products and solutions that are feature-packed yet affordable for home users, SMBs, and enterprises. QNAP now envisions “QIoT Containers” – a Private IoT Cloud Platform based on QNAP NAS – to prove that NAS, with its diversified applications, is more than just a storage management device. This platform is primarily targeted towards IoT application developers. IoT (Internet of Things) is the next big IT revolution and multiple public cloud platform providers such as Amazon® and Microsoft® are extending their product portfolio to public IoT cloud platforms. “QNAP is bringing QIoT Containers to complement these public IoT cloud platforms,” said Amol Narkhede, Product Manager of QNAP. “With QIoT Containers, developers can design their own private IoT cloud platform, and can be up and running within a few minutes.” QIoT Containers is extension to QNAP’s robust Container Station. Container Station provides lightweight virtualization technologies such as LXC and Docker®. With QIoT Containers, QNAP is launching multiple containers such as Ponte,...



TRENDnet revamps mobile app for IP cameras and NVRs

TRENDnet revamps mobile app for IP cameras and NVRs New version features sleek user interface for simpler camera management at work and at home TORRANCE, Calif. – April 13, 2016 – TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking solutions, announced the relaunch of its TRENDnet IPView mobile app which allows remote access to your IP cameras and NVRs. TRENDnet IPView is designed to bring live video from your TRENDnet IP cameras and NVRs to your AndroidT or Apple® mobile device. The new version features an improved interface to help manage cameras more easily. The latest update also includes minor stability and performance patches. App features: Take video snapshots Zoom in and out Preset PTZ patrol (select cameras only) Real-time pan and tilt (select cameras only) View video thumbnails Two-way audio (select cameras only) In-app upgrade unlocks: Record to mobile device / DropboxT Multi-view Auto-scan TRENDnet IPView is available for free on the Google PlayT and on the App store; the in-app upgrade is available for USD $3.99. The majority of TRENDnet’s latest home and business IP cameras and NVRs will be supported on the TRENDnet IPView app. About TRENDnet TRENDnet is a global provider of award-winning networking and surveillance solutions to small and medium-sized business and home users. Building networking solutions since 1990, TRENDnet enables users to share broadband access, multimedia content and networked periphe...



Hitman Taking a Contract on Asynchronous Shaders

AMD has been talking up the Asynchronous Compute Engines pretty much since DirectX 12 has been announced. In short, these are hardware components in AMD GPUs that can hopefully be leveraged to add significant performance in games. We’ve been waiting for the final say for some time and while certain Beta releases have shown some promise, it’s only official releases that will not only prove the benefit of Asynchronous Shaders, but will also help determine how legit DirectX 12 is for being the next big thing for gaming. AMD just shared some info that Hitman has been working specifically with them to take advantage of their Asynchronous Shaders and it looks like we have about a month before the official release date. Whether or not Hitman is your kind of game, this will certainly be a big moment in the PC gaming industry. So keep your eyes peeled because March 11th is the official release day for Hitman and I’m sure tech sites will be looking into the performance with DirectX 12 and various AMD and NVIDIA GPUs. Below is the full statement from AMD. AMD is once again partnering with IO Interactive to bring an incredible Hitman gaming experience to the PC. As the newest member to the AMD Gaming Evolved program, Hitman will feature top-flight effects and performance optimizations for PC gamers. Hitman will leverage unique DX12 hardware found in only AMD Radeon GPUs—called asynchronous compute engines—to handle heavier workloads and better image quality with...



QNAP Releases QTS 4.2 for QTS-Android Dual-system NAS TAS-168/268: Empowering Home Entertainment with New Features

QNAP Releases QTS 4.2 for QTS-Android Dual-system NAS TAS-168/268: Empowering Home Entertainment with New Features Taipei, Taiwan, February 4, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today officially released QTS 4.2, the smart NAS operating system, for the QTS-Android Combo NAS TAS-168 and TAS-268. Now users can enjoy the streamlined UI design and enhanced new features on TAS-168/268 for rich multimedia entertainment and for smarter, smoother and more spectacular cloud experiences with stronger security. “QTS 4.2 introduces a new interface design for its desktop, Storage Manager, and multiple other applications for an improved user experience. The TAS-168/268 combines QTS 4.2 and Android™ dual systems to further enrich users’ needs for multimedia applications,” said Hanz Sung, Product Manager of QNAP, adding “The system core of QTS 4.2 is more streamlined and efficient compared with previous versions, providing the Android system with additional resources to run apps smoother, bringing better home entertainment experiences.” TAS-168/268 is the world’s first NAS-Android Combo. Supporting QTS & Android dual systems that share the same storage database, the TAS-168/268 allows users to simultaneously access media files and documents from either system. With a compact mini-tower design, the TAS-168/268 comfortably fits in homes and small offices/workspaces. Coupled with up to terabytes of storage capacity and 4K (H.264 & H.265) HDMI-out, the TAS-168/268 is the o...



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Everything else we saw at CES 2016

Intro CES was a ton of fun and we already saw a ton of great releases coming up. Now it’s time to sum up the rest of what we could get to. Some parts of the show may not have been as relevant to high end computer components as others, but it didn’t stop the exhibitors from showing us some impressive feats. If you want to jump to a specific page, just click on the exhibitor below to take you straight there, or you can see each one by going through each page. So without further ado, here’s the rest of what we were able to see at CES 2016!   ADATA MSI INTEL NZXT CREATIVE D-LINK MYCHARGE



ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta

ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta The next evolution in ASUSTOR’s Photo Gallery brings support for multi-level folder structures, increased thumbnail processing speeds, more sorting functions, auto rotation to correct orientation of uploaded images, a concealable side navigation bar that shows album folder structures, an intuitive search function and customizable browsing quality based on device and network environment which provides for an optimal browsing experience. All ASUSTOR users are welcome to upgrade to the newest version of Photo Gallery to experience all the new functions firsthand. Taipei, Taiwan, January 21st, 2016 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of its Photo Gallery 2.0 beta version App, which significantly upgrades the foundational database technology of the previous version, provides a more intuitive interface and enhances overall performance. Photo Gallery provides an extremely efficient cloud photo album management platform for users who enjoy engaging in digital photography with their cameras, phones and other mobile devices. The latest version of Photo Gallery offers significant upgrades, using new database technology, adding support for multiple levels of folders, and greatly increasing thumbnail processing speeds for a smoother browsing experience. Furthermore, a variety of intuitive features have been added to the user interface. Users can now choose between “Album...



QNAP Supports Netflix: the QTS-Android Dual-system TAS-168/268 Supports Netflix Video Streaming to TV

QNAP Supports Netflix: the QTS-Android Dual-system TAS-168/268 Supports Netflix Video Streaming to TV Taipei, Taiwan, January 21, 2016 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced that the QTS & Android™ dual-system TAS-168/268 NAS now supports Netflix. The TAS-168/268 is the first Android-based NAS that supports Netflix, and users can download the free Netflix app from Google Play™ on Android™. Simply connect a TAS-168/268 to an HDMI display to enjoy the numerous programs and multimedia content on Netflix with a smooth and convenient streaming experience. ”Netflix is one of the most popular Internet video streaming services in the world, and we are pleased to announce that it is compatible with our Android-based TAS-168/268 NAS.” said Hanz Sung, Product Manager of QNAP, “with the addition of Netflix, TAS-168/268 users can further maximize their home entertainment options by streaming their favorite movies and TV shows to a big screen in their living room.” Powered by an ARM® v7 dual-core processor with 2GB DDR3 RAM, the TAS-168/268 is designed as a compact media NAS optimized for home use. Certificated by Google®, users can download Netflix and many other multimedia apps from Google Play on TAS-168/268. Coupled with terabytes of storage capacity and 4K (H.265 & H.264) HDMI output, the TAS-168/268 is the optimal budget-friendly multimedia NAS that provides near-unlimited entertainment possibilities for modern digital lifestyles. Learn more from QNAP o...



PCMark 8 update – changes to Adobe Applications and Storage benchmarks

PCMark 8 update – changes to Adobe Applications and Storage benchmarks   PCMark 8 v2.6.512 This major update accommodates a change in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC and provides better support for NVMe SSDs. These changes affect the workloads in the Adobe Applications benchmark and the Storage benchmark. Scores from the new versions of these tests should not be compared with older versions. Home, Creative, and Work benchmark scores are not affected. Adobe Applications benchmark Adobe Applications benchmark has been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions. The After Effects test output has been changed to uncompressed AVI format as the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC no longer supports output to compressed Windows Media Video format. Use Compatibility mode to compare scores with historical result data. This also requires an older version of After Effects that supports Windows Media Video. Storage benchmark The Storage and Expanded Storage benchmarks have been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions. The tests now provide better support for NVMe drives. Scores from NVMe drives will improve in some cases. The faster the drive, the bigger the difference. Other types of drive are unaffected. Improved General stability and error handling have been improved. SystemInfo module updated to 4.41 for improved hardware compatibility. Fixed Video Chat test now works even when there ...



3DMark Holiday Beta adds VR experience and new UI

Available now on Steam, the 3DMark Holiday Beta is your chance to try some of the new features coming to 3DMark in 2016.   Explore classic 3DMark scenes in VR Explore classic 3DMark scenes in VR. Join the Holiday Beta and experience an interactive preview of VRMark, our upcoming virtual reality benchmark. In this exclusive preview, you can move freely within one of VRMark’s test environments. Get up close to four classic 3DMark scenes in VR with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But don’t worry if you don’t have a headset. The VRMark Preview works with your monitor too. The VRMark preview is for entertainment only. It does not produce a score. Try 3DMark’s new interface for 2016 3DMark has a new interface for 2016 3DMark grows bigger every year with new tests. Since launch, we’ve added Fire Strike Ultra, Sky Diver, and the API Overhead feature test. With more tests coming soon, we’ve created a new UI for 2016 that’s faster, more flexible and more intuitive. The new Home screen shows the recommended benchmark for your system. No more guessing which benchmark is right for your PC. You can install and run other tests from the Benchmarks screen. More flexibility, faster downloads, smaller updates You can now install benchmarks individually. We’ve also rebuilt the internals of the 3DMark app. You can now download, install and update benchmarks independently. This makes the initial download much smaller. And it means you can choose to ins...



Radeon Technologies Group

AMD has a Response to Gameworks with GPUOpen

We all want better graphics in games, but we like those improvements to not utterly destroy our framerates. We’re beginning a new era of PC gaming that is bringing better performance from a software side, rather than completely relying on GPU manufacturers to make beefier chips. NVIDIA GameWorks is an API released in 2014 that was not only supposed to give developers better hardware control, but also offer some rich features for better graphics in game. Unfortunately, the results led to some performance hits in various situations causing varied opinions of the benefit. Now AMD is finally responding with there own developer tool called GPUOpen. AMD seems to be stepping up their game big time and I think GPUOpen will end being a great thing for PC Gamers. As the name implies, GPUOpen is open source, which means there will be a lot more minds trying to optimize the features for performance, as well as being able to share the code without repercussion. This is a good way to bring developers on board with AMD, and should help with some of the disparity we’ve seen in performance from NVIDIA and AMD GPUs from certain game titles. The other interesting thing about GPUOpen is what it could mean for console ports. Radeon Tech is in just about every console right now, but particularly the XBox One and PS4. If the developer tool makes porting to PC that much easier, we may see more console exclusives make their way to PC since development costs can be a major detractor. S...



QNAP’s HD Station Adds JRiver Media Center Support for a Comprehensive Multimedia Experience

QNAP’s HD Station Adds JRiver Media Center Support for a Comprehensive Multimedia Experience Taipei, Taiwan, December 7, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. has further improved its HybridDesk Station (HD Station) 3.0 app by integrating the renowned JRiver Media Center, providing users with better audio experience and greater choice to complete their home theater environment. With the exclusive QvPC Technology, QNAP NAS can be used as a PC and run multiple applications on the HD Station by simply connecting a keyboard, mouse and HDMI display. “We are happy to work with QNAP to enrich the multimedia applications on their NAS devices. JRiver Media Center provides excellent media management and works perfectly in QNAP’s HD Station to provide users with greater flexibility in their multimedia experience,” said Jim Hillegass, CEO of JRiver, Inc. “QNAP constantly strive to provide complete multimedia solutions for our users,” commented Bobby Chen, product manager of QNAP. “We are proud to add a renowned application like JRiver Media Center to HD Station to provide our users with greater choice and more high-quality applications for storing, managing and playing the multimedia on their NAS.” With JRiver Media Center in the HD Station, users can manage a large library of media files and multiple media servers within the same network. The Media Center features cover art and metadata options to make media management extremely easy. QNAP NAS can be used as a powerful med...



DirectX 12

DirectX 12 is a Great Thing for AMD

And everyone for that matter! But let’s not harsh on my sacrifice of proper grammar for stylistic writing when we can focus on good things from DirectX 12. I’m a firm believer that by the end of next year, DirectX 12 and Vulcan are going to be taking the gaming world by storm. I got a chance to play around with Fable Legends and the graphics were down right amazing! Techspot recently did a comparison of DirectX 11 and 12 to show the FPS gain from a couple of different configurations in Ashes of the Singularity. While the improvements were nice overall, there were some particular gains with FX CPUs that I’ve been waiting to see for quite some time now. Let’s start with the bad news. DirectX 12 is not Bulldozer’s salvation. If anything DirectX 12 is the final nail in that coffin, in the sense that new architecture is long overdue. Shifting away from single-thread performance was never a good move. I still believe AMD was on the right track in that we needed to move to more utilization of multi-threading, especially in gaming, but that shouldn’t have been at the sacrifice of single-thread. Zen is looking to solve these issues, but these initial results are showing an 8350 struggling to keep up with an i3. Even though the i3 is later gen, we’re still talking about a low budget range CPU beating out an enthusiast one for gaming. Now that we got that out of the way though, let’s get on to the good news for AMD. We still have only o...



How we protect our benchmarks from cheating

How we protect our benchmarks from cheating Have you been following the VW scandal? It’s a timely reminder to be wary of manufacturers’ claims. Our benchmarks help people see their hardware’s true performance, but you might wonder how we ensure that the scores are honest and accurate? Our commitment to providing you with benchmarks you can trust means that: Futuremark has public rules for manufacturers. In short, a platform must treat the benchmark as if it were any other application. You can only get a valid 3DMark score for a Windows PC by using WHQL drivers that Futuremark has checked and approved. Futuremark was the first benchmark developer to delist and remove mobile devices with hidden optimizations from its performance rankings. All Futuremark benchmarks are backed by detailed technical guides that explain exactly what’s being measured and how the scores are calculated. Futuremark’s Hardware Channel and Best Mobile Devices lists only show publicly available models. Futuremark never lists or leaks unverified scores from pre-release hardware. If you’ve been writing about PC hardware for more than a decade, you’ll remember the outcry when various vendors were caught making dubious driver optimizations. And more recently, some smartphone manufacturers have tried, and failed, to cheat their way to higher benchmark scores. So if there is one thing to take away, it’s that the cheaters always get caught. Not only because it ...



QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download

QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download Taipei, Taiwan, October 1, 2015 – Thanks to many participants’ valuable feedback and suggestions for QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5, QNAP have completed several enhancements for its latest NAS operating system and today announced QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download. QNAP sincerely invite users to install QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 to experience the evolution of QTS and extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. Users can also activate the live update function to receive any new firmware update notification by installing QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5. To download QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5, please visit http://www.qnap.com/event/qts-4.2/public-beta/en/ For more information about QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 Release Note, please visit https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.2-beta-release-note/en/ Availability & Compatibility QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for the following QNAP NAS models: 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP,TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP,...



QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download

QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download Taipei, Taiwan, September 21, 2015 – Thanks to many participants’ valuable feedback and suggestions for QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3, QNAP have completed several enhancements for its latest NAS operating system and today announced QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download. QNAP sincerely invite users to install QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 to experience the evolution of QTS and extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. Users can also activate the live update function to receive any new firmware update notification by installing QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3. To download QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3, please visit http://www.qnap.com/event/qts-4.2/public-beta/en/ For more information about QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 Release Note, please visit https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.2-beta-release-note/en/ Availability & Compatibility QTS 4.2 Beta 2 is now available for the following QNAP NAS models: 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP,TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U...






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