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BIOSTAR announces support for AMD’s FM2+ “Godavari” APU

BIOSTAR Offers support on New AMD FM2+ “Godavari” APU  May 11th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – With AMD’s launch of the FM2+ “Godavari” class of APUs today, Biostar has been in preparation of a complete series of mainboards for the supporting chipsets such as the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A88W 3D, Hi-Fi A70U3P and Hi-Fi A68U3P. To make upgrading even easier, these boards also have backwards support for previous generation FM2+ / FM2 APUs. These new Godavari AMD APUs are AMD socket FM2+ and will feature an upgraded CPU and GPU architecture. The new Godavari APU are part of the Kaveri-Refresh platform which is aimed to re-fresh the current Kaveri APUs with the new 8000 series branding utilizing the x86 Steamroller core and GCN graphics architecture. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A88W 3D, Hi-Fi A70U3P and Hi-Fi A68U3P all have features such as onboard LAN, PCI Express 3.0 x16, SATA 6Gb/s, and USB 3.0. And with BIOSTAR’s enhancements to these new FM2+ boards users will enjoy mainboards that excel in additional areas of BIOSTAR expertise such as the BIOSTAR Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+ and DIY+. For more info on BIOSTAR’s AMD motherboards go to: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/socket.php?S_ID=21 About BIOSTAR BIOSTAR is a manufacturer dedicated to the production of motherboards, graphics cards and industrial computing systems. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the PC industry. In order to pursue continuous gr...



TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software

TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software TORRANCE, Calif. – April 14, 2015 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, from ISC West 2015 launches video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software modules for TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software.TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software offers advanced camera management, recording, search, and playback functionality. It supports all TRENDnet cameras and over 3,000 other cameras from over 100 brands. It’s compatible with Windows and Windows Server operating systems and features Run as Service support. Four TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software packages are available: 4-Channel (TV-VMS004), 9-Channel (TV-VMS009), 16-Channel (TV-VMS016), and Unlimited-Channel (TV-VMS999) solutions. “Video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software increases the potential applications of our TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software,” stated Sonny Su, technology director for TRENDnet. “The add-on solutions are easily integrated and configured.” TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics Add-On Modules TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics add-on modules enhance surveillance by monitoring and reporting the associated behavior of people, vehicles, and objects. Common applications include intruder/perimeter protection, theft detection, vehicle monitoring, crowd management, abandoned object recognition, and pedestrian/vehicle counting. Add-on module to TRENDnet Luxriot VMS sof...



QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi

QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi Taipei, Taiwan, 14 April, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced that its NAS officially supports Kodi (formerly XBMC) Entertainment Center. Users of x51, x53, x70, x71, x79 and x80 series NAS now can install Kodi in HD Station to enjoy an improved entertainment experience. As of version 14, XBMC has been renamed “Kodi”. If users have XBMC v13 installed, they can install Kodi separately to use its beautiful unified interface to enjoy pictures, videos and music. Both versions can be installed to provide users with greater choice. “Multimedia entertainment has become a major part of QNAP NAS, and we will continue to offer up-to-date applications and technology to provide our users with the best multimedia experience,” said Ken Cheah, product manager of QNAP. QNAP will also rename XBMC v13 to “HD Player” in its HD Station platform. HD Player introduces a revamped user interface for more intuitive operations and integrates the QTS Media Library and user authentication for securing NAS data. HD Station is a free app available in QTS, and integrates multiple applications including Kodi, HD Player, YouTube, Spotify, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, DeaDBeeF, and more. By installing HD Station and connecting the QNAP NAS to an HDMI display, users can directly enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their QNAP NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experienc...



High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced

High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced NetSwap and RAIDFrame Firmware Update Adds Important New Speed-Saving Backup Synchronization Feature COLUMBUS, OH – 26 MARCH 2015 – Highly Reliable Systems, the innovative American-made server backup storage experts, have announced at the ASCII Group Success Summit immediate availability of NetSwap firmware release 2.13. This update includes a newly developed High-Rely DeltaSync Technology, which enhances synchronization functionality for NetSwap and RAIDFrame server backup appliances. DeltaSync is a file-level tracking feature that queues changes in memory, and promotes significantly improved synchronization times between High-Rely backup devices and their targets. “A key feature of our products is our Automatic Mirroring Technology (AMT), which allows our backup systems to be continuously connected while creating automatic backups onto removable media. Our new DeltaSync feature was designed in direct response to the needs of our customers using today’s larger hard drives” explained Derry Bryson, senior software engineer at Highly Reliable Systems. “High-capacity hard drives translate into longer rebuild times using block-by-block mirroring technology that copies the entire disk – even if only a small portion of the data changed. DeltaSync copies only the data that has changed, leading to rebuild times that are a fraction of what they were using mirroring.&...



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Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test

Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test  Introducing our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test – the world’s first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It’s also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff! Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.) Why is API overhead important? There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code ‘close to the metal.’ And though it’s natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls. A draw call happens when the CPU tells the GPU to draw an object on the scre...



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First DirectX 12, Now Vulkan

About a week ago, I posted my thoughts on AMD putting an end to Mantle and what that could mean for DirectX 12. While I was pretty excited, some people were quick to remind me that while DirectX 12 is low-level, it’s still proprietary. Well the good news is that I only had half of the story. Not only was AMD pointing developers to DirectX 12, but they also started pointing them to the new API from Khronos Group, Vulkan. For those unfamiliar with the Khronos Group (as I was a few days ago), they are the people responsible for OpenGL. In short, this API was originally designed for graphics workstations and while it could be used for gaming purposes, the code was built up over the span of 20 years making it difficult to program to. OpenGL ES was cleaner, but was only designed towards mobile devices. This is where Vulkan comes in. Vulkan has taken the best and brightest features of Mantle and brought the “close to the metal” concept to a completely open and cross-platform API. To put it simply, what DirectX 12 is accomplishing for Windows, Vulkan should be able to accomplish for pretty much every major graphics player in the industry including the Big 3 (INTEL, AMD, NVIDIA). Those of you who wanted something non-proprietary; it looks like you got it and it isn’t fragmenting the industry, which was a concern back in the early days of Mantle. The other really interesting thing about Vulkan is what it could mean for the future of SLI and Crossfire. Rumors ...



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DirectX 12 Looking Better with an End to Mantle

News just arrived that AMD is ending the Mantle API and directing developers to start working towards DirectX 12 instead. I’m sure the thought that comes to everyone’s mind is, “What on earth is going on!?!” When I first saw the end to Mantle, even I was slightly disappointed but as that segued into the appeal to start using DirectX 12, I felt the rush of excitement again. It may not seem like it, but I have a feeling this is really good news for what’s in store for the future of gaming. Let’s review what’s been happening in the API world a bit. A couple years back, Mantle starts claiming how it can boost performance on AAA titles and as results start flowing in, the potential for the gaming industry looked promising even if more work was needed. Fast forward to GDC 2014 and Microsoft announces DirectX 12 coming to the next version of Windows. What everyone was scratching their heads at was the inclusion of AMD, along with NVIDIA, INTEL and QUALCOMM, as one of the major supporters for the new Microsoft API. Why would AMD support something that was seemingly in direct competition with Mantle? Now, it looks like AMD saw potential to get in on the ground floor, which not only allowed them to make sure performance was going to reach their standards, but also allowed them to determine if they needed to spend resources keeping Mantle in the mix if their GPUs could benefit just as well from DirectX 12. So is this good news? At first, it ...



QNAP updates its 7-in-1 Mobile NAS QGenie with File Station Lite and FTP Server

QNAP updates its 7-in-1 Mobile NAS QGenie with File Station Lite and FTP Server Taipei, Taiwan, 2, February 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced the release of firmware v3.2.0 for the QGenie Mobile NAS, adding File Station Lite and supporting FTP servers for remote access and for faster file transfers. “We are pleased to introduce File Station Lite for QGenie. It provides a simple way for users to upload, download, and share a large number of files to and from their QGenie,” said Hanz Sung, product manager of QNAP, adding “File Station Lite is a great utility for easily managing the files on a QGenie from a web browser, and by adding this new feature we hope that every QGenie user can take full advantage of its file management to enhance their digital life.” Besides File Station Lite, QGenie now supports FTP server functionality to provide a new way to transfer files between QGenie and desktop computers by using FTP applications such as FileZilla. Availability QGenie Firmware v3.2.0 can be downloaded from here.   About QNAP QNAP Systems, Inc., as its brand promise “Quality Network Appliance Provider”, aims to deliver comprehensive offerings of cutting edge network attached storage (NAS) and network video recorder (NVR) solutions featured with ease-of-use, robust operation, large storage capacity, and trustworthy reliability. QNAP integrates technologies and designs to bring forth quality products that effectively improve business...



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Free Windows 10…For a Year?

If you’re following any of the tech news happening today, then I’m sure you’ve heard something about Microsoft’s Windows 10 event. We’re seeing some cool things coming into focus as more user features are being displayed. The Continuum interface calms the conflict that involves touch screens versus keyboards and mice, Cortana is integrated into everything, and the Spartan browser is looking like it’s going to do some great things for web browsing, but the one bit of news that keeps popping up is the free version of Windows 10 for 7, 8 and 8.1 users. This seems like great news, but I keep sniffing a trap here. Seriously, am I the only one here who feels like the phrase, “for a year” is a very bad sign? In all honesty, I know I’m not the only one, but I do want to share my cautions with the computing community since nobody likes to be blind-sided. A few months back, rumors came out that Microsoft might be looking into a subscription model with the release of Windows 10. The thing was, there wasn’t a whole lot evidence to substantiate that rumor back then and consumers always hope that dissatisfaction with particular announcements cause companies to rethink their stance and sweep things under the rug. However, with the announcement that Windows 10 will only be free for a year makes it very hard to imagine that this will fit in with anything but a subscription fee. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is very ...



CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds

CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds! 21.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal products is always looking for new ways to innovate and improve the user experience. Beginning with the recently announced CRYORIG H7, checking step-by-step installation videos will be as easy as holding your phone up. Most users cannot access the web through their PC when they’re installing a new heatsink. So once you’re stuck on a step while installing, there’s no way to ask for help or check out the manufacturer’s site for tips and tutorials. Now CRYORIG users can just pick up their phone and scan the QR Code on their user manual to be directly linked to a video demonstration. Each step has a separate QR code available that corresponds to the exact video demo of that step. All that’s needed is an Android, iOS or Windows Phone compatible device and working internet connection to view detailed demos on how to install your CRYORIG CPU cooler correctly. CRYORIG Animated Install Guide CRYORIG’s Offizielle Facebookseite About CRYORIG Officially founded in 2013, CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and Cooling market with a core team of seasoned veterans. The team’s resumes include experiences with renowned brands such as Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. The members are overclockers and PC modding enthusiasts, with a passion to strive for nothing but the best. With the long experience and drive for innovation and improvement, ...



The Hardware Hound

The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!



Minor updates for 3DMark and PCMark 8

Minor updates for 3DMark and PCMark 8 3DMark v1.4.828 (Windows) This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected. IMPROVED SystemInfo module updated to 4.32 for improved hardware detection. Reduced hardware monitoring overhead (was already negligible). Product key is no longer visible on the Help tab unless you choose to reveal it. FIXED Fixed a memory access violation issue with Ice Storm and Cloud Gate that could occasionally cause crashes in stress testing scenarios. Letterboxed scaling mode now retains a 16:9 aspect ratio even when selecting a non-default Output Resolution on the Help tab. PROFESSIONAL EDITION ONLY Fixed the “No outputs found on DXGI adapter” issue in the Command Line application affecting laptops with NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology. Fixed custom_x.3dmdef files to use the centred scaling mode by default. You can now change the scaling mode from a .3dmdef file and via command line. DOWNLOAD http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark#windows PCMark 8 v2.3.293 A bug fix in this update means that scores from the Storage Consistency and Storage Adaptivity tests included in PCMark 8 Professional Edition may improve slightly on some hardware. Other benchmark scores are not affected. IMPROVED SystemInfo module updated to 4.32 for improved hardware compatibility. FIXED Fixed an issue that could cause the Adobe After Effects test to fail. Fixed an issue that prevented the Storage benchmark from running on dynamic disks, includin...



QNAP Qnotes App Allows Users to Take Notes On-The-Go

QNAP Qnotes App Allows Users to Take Notes On-The-Go Taipei, Taiwan, November 26, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the Qnotes mobile app to enable users to take and share notes anywhere and anytime. In addition to synchronizing content with the Notes Station on a Turbo NAS, Qnotes allows offline note-taking as an easy-to-use tool to help users organize things in their work and personal life. “Qnotes is perfect for conveniently capturing ideas on the go and to save notes on the secure personal cloud provided by a Turbo NAS,” said Willy Kuo, product manager of QNAP. “Even when there is no access to the Internet, users can still take notes on their mobile devices,” added Kuo. Qnotes is designed with user friendliness and is a handy tool for productive note-taking. Users can flexibly insert photos, audio, and videos saved on their mobile device and attached SD card, directly add photos to their notes using their device camera, instantly create meeting minutes using templates, quickly add calendar events and to-do lists, and easily access all of the events and to-do’s from different notes from one place. Qnotes is beneficial for communication and teamwork in workplaces and in daily life. Along with sharing notes using social networks and messaging apps, users can also invite others to edit notes for productive communication and teamwork. Availability Qnotes & Qnotes HD is now available for Android on Google Play and for iPad f...



ASUSTOR Officially Joins AXIS’s Application Development Partner (ADP) Program

ASUSTOR Officially Joins AXIS’s Application Development Partner (ADP) Program ASUSTOR joins AXIS’s Application Development Partner (ADP) Program. A close technical integration provides AXIS users with a more reliable and comprehensive surveillance solution. Taipei, Taiwan, November 6th, 2014 –ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it has joined world renowned surveillance company AXIS’s Application Development Partner (ADP) Program. ASUSTOR will now be able to receive the VAPIX® application components from AXIS along with technical documentation, software development kit and specialized development support in order to implement a more comprehensive technical integration. This works to provide AXIS users with a more reliable surveillance solution.     “We are elated to be joining the AXIS Application Development Partner (ADP) Program,” said James Su, Product Manager, at ASUSTOR. “Close integration with a world-leading IP camera company such as AXIS, gives us an unparalleled competitive advantage in providing our users with the type of superior surveillance solutions that they demand.” ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center is currently compatible with close to 500 different camera models from world-renowned brands. With a firm emphasis on the needs of users, ASUSTOR provides a wide variety of IP camera choices for use with Surveillance Center, in order to let users flexibly create the most safe, r...



ASUSTOR Releases AiSecure Mobile Surveillance App

ASUSTOR Releases AiSecure Mobile Surveillance App ASUSTOR releases the free AiSecure mobile surveillance app for both iOS and Android. Used in concert with ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center, AiSecure lets users take snapshots, record video, control PTZ functions on cameras and receive push notifications, allowing users to stay in sync with all the latest developments on their surveillance feeds. Taipei, Taiwan, November 4th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it has launched a new surveillance monitoring mobile app AiSecure. After installing ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center on their NAS, ASUSTOR users will be able to install AiSecure free of charge on their mobile devices in order to remotely monitor their surveillance feeds. AiSecure’s push notifications help users to stay up to date on all the latest developments, allowing users to take immediate action if required and reducing any possible damage to assets in the home or workplace. Additionally, AiSecure features and easy-to-use and intuitive interface that provides timely functionality for the feature in use, giving users the ability to take snapshots, record, control PTZ functions on cameras, check on the system status and replay previously recorded video.     “With the expansion of convenient Internet access and the exponential growth in smartphones and tablets, having information on demand is now a part of everyday life,” said James ...






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