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Hard disk drive technology has had an AARP card for a while—IBM’s 350 RAMAC first appeared in 1956. It took a drive with 50 platters in a case the size of two refrigerators to hold 3.75MB. After nearly 60 years, some feel HDDs should be in the junk pile, but technology keeps adding space and speed while cutting size and cost, making HDDs a safe bet for at least another decade. SSDs (solid-state... continued.
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If you were to carefully analyze the tablet market, you would find that there are arguably more Windows-based tablets worth buying than those sporting iOS or Android. The iPads have their strengths, particularly in certain verticals, but for business applications and sheer productivity it’s difficult to beat a Windows-based PC. With Microsoft now sweetening the deal by including the core Office... continued.
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Apparently, creating high-quality, portable speakers does take a rocket scientist. Well, at least that’s the case for Soundmatters International Inc., the Reno, Nev.-based company founded by former NASA engineer and audiophile Dr. Godehard Guenther. After creating a number of award-winning speakers in the foxL DASH7 line of slim, portable, hi-fi soundbars, the good doctor and company have now... continued.
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Audiophiles now have a “bold” new way to enjoy their music untethered: the vBold over-ear Bluetooth headphones from Velodyne Acoustics. The headphones feature aptX coding for high sound quality, Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity with a range of greater than 30 feet, near field communications technology, and on-ear controls. Also featured are a high-quality mic for calls and online video gaming, and a... continued.
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Dead smartphone and dying to upload that holiday party pic to Facebook? Now Genius has released two ultra-thin power banks for the North American market. Both the ECO-u306 and ECO-u821 can charge two mobile devices at the same time. If just charging one device, the built-in concealable micro USB cable deploys for a quick charge when needed, while a Micro USB output connector allows for a second... continued.
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Razer has launched an Android version of Razer Comms, an all-in-one communications solution for gamers. The Razer Comms Android app will allow gamers to take their Razer Comms experience mobile by allowing calls and messages to be made from in-game to Android phones and from Android phones to users who are in-game on the Razer Comms PC client. “Staying connected in today’s world has become... continued.
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Thecus now offers NAS devices with support for RAID 50 and RAID 60. These new NAS devices offer advances in performance and fault tolerance for SMB and enterprise customers. Full RAID 50 support is now available in the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850, N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000, N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60. For... continued.
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Flying to visit the in-laws for New Year’s? Grab your noise-canceling headphones (for the plane, silly). And if you haven’t yet invested in a pair, ask the holiday shoppers in your house to check out Velodyne Inc.’s vQuiet models. The headphones are designed to reduce jet engine and other ambient noise by 90 percent while enabling a high-quality audio experience. A controller on the vQuiet’s... continued.
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With a suggested retail price of $96, the Nascita gaming mouse is designed for an elite crowd of power gamers who rely upon exquisitely designed interface devices with ultra-reliable and ultra-responsive performance. High-end graphic designers, video editors and those who depend upon a mouse to work the finer points of Adobe Photoshop or AfterEffects, or other pixel-precise projects will also... continued.
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Historically, IT and print have been related, yet disparate enough that two distinct groups have served to meet the digital and physical needs of a customer. IT resellers didn’t care about paper, and the “print guys” only cared about IT enough to ensure that File -> Print worked. Not that it really matters anymore, right? After all, isn’t print being slowly replaced by digital processes like PDF... continued.
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The BYOD movement is continuing to gain popularity. According to a 2012 Cisco ISBG Horizons study, 78 percent of U.S white-collar workers use some sort of mobile device for work purposes. This number will only continue to increase as mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and even laptops become more affordable. BYOD is here to stay and for the unprepared IT manager that can mean slower network... continued.
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When Luis Fernandez, owner of Security Cam Depot, signed on to outfit the Carlo’s Bake Shop flagship location in early 2010, he had never seen the TLC TV show “Cake Boss” and had no idea bakery owner Buddy Valastro and his family were emerging reality show celebrities. In the three-plus years since then, Fernandez has realized the stroke of luck he encountered by partnering with Valastro at a... continued.
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In evaluating computer performance, a lot of attention is paid to the CPU, memory size, storage system, and various caches. Not everyone is aware of the impact the graphics card can have on a computer system’s performance, or the details about how and why the graphics card matters beyond 3D gaming applications. To that end, we’re going to take an introductory look at graphics cards which support... continued.
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BitFenix has unveiled a new audio lineup to its collection that combines studio-engineered sound with a clean modern design—the Flo Headset. Made To Move By removing the flexible microphone and using the included mobile audio cable, Flo transforms from a PC headset into a premium lightweight headphone that drives audio on-the-go. Design BitFenix SofTouch surface treatment coats the ear... continued.
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While no release date has been set, ASRock plans to launch four new Killer Series gaming motherboards – Z87 Killer, B85 Killer, 990FX Killer and FM2A88X+ Killer. Apart from the fast Killer LAN that speeds up networking performances up to 5 times faster, this time ASRock has also added more elements into the game, the first motherboard to have a PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA M.2 socket (990FX Killer).... continued.

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