Western Digital Takes HDD Storage Crown With Capacious 15TB Ultrastar DC HC620

Given all the hubbub concerning solid state drives (SSDs) these days, it's easy to forget that there's still a rather large market for traditional hard disk drives (HDDs). Western Digital clearly hasn't forgotten about the market, and is now claiming storage leadership with its new Ultrastar DC HC620. The Ultrastar DC HC620 is available in capacities of up to 15TB, which is just 1TB greater than the previous high watermark for currently shipping HDDs. The Ultrastar DC HC620 makes use of a 3.5-inch form-factor (SAS and SATA interface are available) and leverages second-generation...

Epson Accused Of Shamelessly Bricking Third-Party Ink In Printer Firmware Updates

A senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit public interest organization, says Epson may be engaging in "deceptive" behavior by intentionally preventing third-party ink from working in its printers. According to the complaints EFF has received, Epson is doing this through firmware updates, though it's not clear what specific models might be affected. If true, it's easy to see why printer owners and organizations like the EFF would be miffed at Epson. Genuine printer ink is typically expensive, especially compared to what generic alternatives cost. There is a presumed...

Google Details How Its Titan M Security Chip Locks Down And Encrypts Pixel 3 Phones

One aspect of smartphones that largely gets overlooked is security. For many consumers, the technical details surrounding stronger encryption just isn't as interesting as advancements in camera technology and other prominent features. For those who do care to know more, however, Google wrote a blog post describing its Titan M chip that is the backbone of security for its recently launched Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL handsets. "Last year on Pixel 2, we also included a dedicated tamper-resistant hardware security module to protect your lock screen and strengthen disk encryption. This year, with Pixel...

HP Upgrades ZBooks With Core i9 Hexa-Core CPUs And Quadro P2000, Announces Z Club Subscription Service

Back in early April, Hewlett-Packed launched a revamped ZBook family of professional notebooks and convertibles available with Intel 8th generation Core and Xeon processors along with NVIDIA Quadro graphics. Today, HP has announced higher-performing versions of the ZBook Studio, ZBook Studio x360, ZBook 15a and ZBook 17. All of these machines are now available with 8th generation Core processors up to a Core i9-8950HK. Xeon processors also remain an option for those that require additional horsepower. As before, systems come configured with as little as 32GB of RAM or as much...

AMD Radeon Pro WX 8200 Review: Powerful, Affordable Workstation Graphics

Back in August, during SIGGRAPH, AMD announced the latest addition to its professional graphics card line-up, the Radeon Pro WX 8200. Like its predecessors, the Radeon Pro WX 8200 features the distinctive YInMn blue signature color of other Radeon Pro WX cards and is geared towards content creators and creative professionals. This latest addition to the line-up, however, is actually a slight step-down from the current flagship Radeon Pro WX 9100 – sort of. The two cards are both based on AMD’s Vega GPU architecture, but the core counts and memory configurations differ between the two....

Clinging To Windows 7? Microsoft Will Eventually Charge For Security Updates

There are lots of computers out there that are still running Windows 7 even though Windows 10 has been out for a very long time and is now installed on 700 million devices globally. The reasons for staying on an old OS like Windows 7 are many and varied but some folks just feel their OS is working just fine and many end users don’t want to shell out money to replace something that isn't broken. In the enterprise realm, it can be a huge undertaking to move hundreds or thousands of PCs from one version of Windows to a new version, especially if there is proprietary software or apps that might...

Samsung Unleashes Data Center Enterprise SSD Lineup In Capacities Up To 3.84TB

Samsung has become somewhat of a household name in the consumer solid state drive market—between its Pro and Evo drives, the company offers some of the fastest and best bang-for-buck options out there. Its newest SSDs, however, are aimed at data center customers and consist of several new models aimed at reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO). The new Data Center SSD solutions consist of the 860 DCT, 883 DCT, 983 DCT, and 983 ZET, each one "engineered to meet the evolving needs of small and medium businesses (SMBs)," which essentially entails faster sustained performance, higher capacities,...

HP EliteBook 840 And 830 G5 Review: Aluminum-Clad Powerhouses

HP's EliteBook series laptops launched back in 2008 to general success, and a decade later it remains one of HP's top-selling thin and light laptop lines. To celebrate 10 years of that success, the company decided to completely redesigned their business class powerhouse notebook to cater to today's changing workforce. When first launched, baby boomers were still a force in the corporate world. Fast forward a decade, and many of those boomers are living out their golden years on the golf course, with millennials making up nearly half of the mainstream workforce in the United States currently. To...

NETGEAR Orbi Mesh Router With Cable Modem Review: Blanketing Your Home Network

Mesh networking is starting to take a foothold in the home market, but the technology has actually been around for quite sometime. In fact, you have most likely been connected to a mesh network at some point in time without even realizing it. Hotels, universities, and malls have been using the tech for years to keep their students and customers seamlessly connected to the internet over large areas. The cost of setting up and maintaining a large, mesh network is worthwhile for the enterprise and major institutions, but for the rest of us -- until recently -- mesh networks have simply been out of...

TSMC Hits Volume Production Of 7nm Silicon With AMD Zen 2 And Vega 7nm Incoming This Year

AMD has had some great momentum since it unleashed its first Zen-based processors to market early last year. A little while later, we saw EPYC hit the enterprise market and Threadripper hit soon thereafter, to cater to high-end enthusiasts and workstation users. Recently, the company followed-up its initial Ryzen release with second-gen parts, and Threadripper 2 is also en route and due in a couple of months (which includes a beastly, 32-core part). Based on what we're seeing right now, it doesn't appear this momentum is going to slow down anytime soon. We've already known for a...

Alienware Area-51 R5 (2018) Review: Liquid Cooled GPUs, Skylake-X Firepower

It’s evolving. Alienware’s Area-51 is back with new upgrades to accommodate Intel’s most demanding enthusiast CPU yet – the Core i9-7980XE. Sure, on the surface everything seems similar to previous iterations of the machine, but within something new courses through its veins. The new Alienware Area-51 R5 arrives with liquid cooled GPUs for the first time since the brand was introduced. This is the natural next-step for one of the most powerful gaming desktops. Additional cooling should allow for more performance to be squeezed out of its already impressive hardware to tackle...

Updated: Microsoft Confirms Acquisition Of GitHub Code Development Platform

Updated: 6/4/2018 @ 9:22am Microsoft has confirmed its acquisition of GitHub in a company blog post, and the deal is valued at $7.5 billion. “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.” Original Story Over the weekend, rumors...

Windows 10 Lean Redstone 5 To Ditch Superfluous Features For Better Performance

Microsoft is doing a lot of things with Windows these days, most of which is focused on the core Windows 10 experience—the first of two majors updates scheduled for this year will start rolling out any day now. In addition, Microsoft appears to be working on a stripped down version of Windows 10 called Windows 10 Lean that will focus on performance first and foremost, at the expense of certain features. This news comes at the same time we're also receiving word direct from Microsoft regarding the Windows 10 April Update that actually brings new features to the platform, though regardless,...

Western Digital Outs Capacious 14TB Ultrastar DC HC530 HDD For Enterprise Markets

Western Digital (WD) has pulled the wraps off a new high capacity storage drive that is aimed directly at cloud and enterprise data centers. The new Ultrastar DC HC530 has 14TB of storage capacity, which WD says is the highest capacity conventional magnetic recording hard drive on the market today. The HC530 uses fifth-generation HelioSeal technology and is meant to be perfect for environments where storage density, watt/TB and $/TB are critical. The drive will allow enterprise users to build petabyte-scale infrastructures. WD says that the new HC530 is a follow-on to the 14TB shielded magnetic...

Windows 10 Redstone 4 Now Reportedly Called Windows 10 April 2018 Update

We've all been working under the assumption that Windows 10 Redstone 4 would called the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. The Spring Creators Update naming was originally unearthed during a Microsoft Bug Bash, and fit in nicely with the previous Windows 10 Creators Update (Spring 2017) and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Fall 2017). However, we're now learning that the upcoming major release of Windows 10 might actually have a differentname, and it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. Microsoft watcher (and noted leaker) @h0x0d has uncovered a Microsoft promotional WinHEC video...

Office 365, Outlook.com And OneDrive Gain New Weapons To Fight Malicious Attacks And Ransomware

Microsoft has announced that Office 365 has gained some new security features that are meant to help protect users from online threats. These new features will go along with the security features already integrated with Office 365, like link checking and attachment scanning for viruses and phishing threats. Office 365 also already encrypts information in transit and at rest. The advanced Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal protection capabilities include the following: File recovery from malicious attacks like ransomware. Tools to help keep your information secure and private. Advanced protection...

Cloudflare Launches 1.1.1.1 Free Consumer DNS Service For Those Who Value Privacy And Speed

Each year on April 1 we are a bit skeptical about some of the stuff we read because some of it isn’t real. Cloudflare, the same company that uses a wall of lava lamps to generate encryption keys, swears that its new 1.1.1.1 consumer DNS service is the real deal. The promise is that the new DNS service is the fastest on the web and is designed with privacy-first in mind. If you aren’t sure what DNS is, Cloudflare describes it this way, "DNS is the directory of the Internet. Whenever you click on a link, send an email, open a mobile app, often one of the first things that has to happen...

NVIDIA Unveils Beastly 2 Petaflop DGX-2 AI Supercomputer With 32GB Tesla V100 And NVSwitch Tech (Updated)

Of the over 28,000 attendees at NVIDIA’s GTC 2018 GPU Technology Conference, many converged on the San Jose Convention Center this week to learn about advancements in AI and Machine Learning that the company would bring to the table for developers, researchers and service providers in the field. Today, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang took to the stage to unveil a number of GPU-powered innovations for Machine Learning, including a new AI super computer and an updated version of the company’s powerful Tesla V100 GPU that now sports a hefty 32 Gigabytes of on-board HBM2 memory. NVIDIA Tesla V100...

NVIDIA Announces Quadro GV100 Volta-Powered Graphics With RTX Real-Time Ray Tracing Wizardry (Updated)

We were first introduced to NVIDIA's 12nm Volta GV100 GPU architecture back in early May 2017 when the Tesla V100 Accelerator debuted. NVIDIA later extended its GV100 GPU to the Titan V (you can read the HotHardware review here), which is aimed at professional and academic deep learning applications. Now, NVIDIA is ready to unleash the Quadro GV100, which brings Volta GPU architecture to the company's lineup of professional graphics cards. NVIDIA is really throwing down the hammer with the Quadro GV100, as the graphics card has 32GB of HBM2 onboard, which is scalable to a 64GB addressable frame...

Seagate Hits MACH.2 With Multi-Actuator Tech Doubling Hard Drive Speeds To 480MB/Sec

Back in late 2017, Seagate gave us a taste of what's to come with its multi-actuator technology for modern hard drives. Whereas today's hard drives use a single actuator to sweep across the spinning platters, Seagate actually uses two actuators that move independently around a single pivot point, potentially doubling drive performance. While all of this sounds great in theory, Seagate is actually putting its money where its mouth is and says that prototype drives featuring this tech are already delivering on its promises. In addition, Seagate's multi-actuator tech has been given a fancy marketing...

Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2019 Preview, Full Release Due In 2H 2018

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Windows Server 2019 Preview. The preview build is available right now through the Insiders Program, while the full Server 2019 OS will be available in the second half of 2018 according to Erin Chapple, Director of Program Management, Windows Server.  Chapple gives some idea of what will be new in Server 2019 noting that it is built on the "strong foundation" of Windows Server 2016. Chapple also points out that Windows Server 2016 was the fastest adopted version of Windows Server ever. Chapple wrote, "We also spent a lot of time with customers...

Intel SSD DC P4510 NVMe PCIe Review: Blistering 3GB/s Transfers, With Low Latency

Intel has released a dizzying array of solid state storage products over the last few weeks. We recently took a look at a pair of Intel Optane SSD 800P series drives for enthusiast desktop and mobile systems, and also tinkered with the impressive Intel SSD DC P4600 series enterprise-class NVMe drive. Today, we’ll stay in the enterprise space and inspect a pair of Intel’s recently-announced SSD DC P4510 series drives, which target cloud storage applications with impressive throughput and latency characteristics. The Intel SSD DC P4510 series is an evolution of the existing SSD DC P4500,...

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