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QNAP TS-x73U rackmount NAS with quad-core AMD R processors

QNAP launches AMD-powered TS-x73U NAS

This new business-class rackmount NAS is available featuring 8, 12, and 16 bays, with both single and redundant power supply options. It uses the quad-core AMD RX-421ND processor and comes with a pre-installed dual-port 10 GbE SFP+ network card.
The new Samba client for Andriod doesn't use updated SMB protocols. (Source: Android Police)

Google's new Samba client for Android uses the highly vulnerable SMBv1 protocol

The SMBv1 protocol was the entry route for the recent ransomware attacks, and it comes as a surprise that Google is still developing an app based on this protocol — even after it has been deprecated, putting end users at risk.
Google Drive to become Backup and Sync in the coming weeks, June 28 launch postponed

Google delays Backup and Sync's release

Although Google Drive was supposed to be replaced by Backup and Sync on June 28, it looks like this change has been delayed by a few weeks and, sadly, there is no accurate launch date to talk about at this stage.
Microsoft acquires Cloudyn to help improve Azure

Microsoft acquires Cloudyn

This new acquisition aims to help the Redmond giant improve its cloud services, more precisely Microsoft Azure. Cloudyn's technology allows enterprise customers to optimize their cloud-related spending.
The My Passport Ultra series comes in a metallic enclosure with matte black-gray or white-gold finishes. (Source: Western Digital)

Western Digital releases 4TB My Passport Ultra external HDDs

The new external HDDs can backup local data as well as online and cloud data from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Google Drive.
The new 96-layer BiCS 3D Flash chip will see mass production in 2018. (Source: Computerworld)

Toshiba announces 96-layer 3D Flash chips for SSDs

Toshiba and Western Digital counterattack Intel's affordable 64-layer 3D flash SSD launch with announcement of their upcoming 96-layer 3D Flash chips that are said to provide 40% more capacity per chip and cut down costs even more.
Lexar's JumpDrive brand was once synonymous with USB storage. (Image source: Amazon)

Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued

Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
Intel's 545s 512GB SSD model is priced at $180. (Source: Intel)

Intel launches new affordable 64-layer 3D NAND 545s SSD

Intel presents its first 64-layer 3D flash series with storage capacities ranging from 128GB all the way up to 2TB. The 512GB model costs $180.
While the price tag of $270 may not sound like a deal, it's the cheapest the 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD has been in a few months amid inflated prices. (Source: Amazon)

Deal: Save $50 on a 1TB SSD through Amazon

The 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD, a 2.5-inch SATA III drive, is currently on sale on Amazon. Customers looking for a high-capacity SSD at a relatively low price may want to act on this deal.
Google Drive becomes Google Backup and Sync and will release on June 28th. (Source: Google)

Google Drive will become Google Backup and Sync, will be able to back up more files

Google Drive will soon become Google Backup and Sync, which will start backing up your selected files not just from your Google Drive folder, but from almost anywhere on your computer.
AT&T Locker service shutting down on August 3, 2017

AT&T Locker shuts down in August

This cloud service does not allow its users to store new files since June 4, and all existing files will be deleted in August. The service will be discontinued on August 3, announces AT&T.
Acer Aspire F17 F5-771G-50RD

80% Acer Aspire F17 F5-771G (i5, GTX 950M) Laptop Review

Whisperer in disguise.Acer’s 17-inch aluminum multimedia machine surprised us with its unexpectedly quiet gaming qualities. Is the 699-Euro ($800) laptop worth it despite its drawbacks?
Intel Core i5-7200U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
QNAP TS-x77 Series NAS with AMD Ryzen processor

COMPUTEX 2017 | QNAP announces the world's first AMD Ryzen NAS

The new TS-x77 NAS will hit the market in the third quarter with 6, 8, and 12-bay models, all powered by Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 processors, next to up to 64 GB DDR4 memory. The pre-release version will be on display at COMPUTEX Taipei until the end of the week.
Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel to finally license and integrate Thunderbolt 3 onto its future CPUs

Intel is taking its first steps in making Thunderbolt 3 more universal with royalty-free implementation for manufacturers starting next year. One can only hope that this will lead to universal GPU docking stations as well.
QNAP TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS for van live media production

QNAP launches TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new Intel Kaby Lake-powered, Thunderbolt 3 NAS can accommodate up to 90 TB RAW capacity by using 10 TB 3.5-inch hard drives. It comes with Intel Core i5-7500 and 16 GB DDR4 RAM or Intel Core i7-7700 and 32 GB RAM.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
WD 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 Helium 7200 RPM Enterprise HDD now shipping

WD now shipping the 12 TB HGST Ultrastar He12 enterprise hard drive

This fourth-generation helium hard drive comes with a five-year warranty and provides up to 54 percent better power efficiency when compared to 8 TB air drives, as well as a rich set of features such as Instant Secure Erase and self-encryption.
QNAP TS-x53B series NAS available with 2, 4, and 6 bays, all with Intel Celeron J455 processo

QNAP TS-x53B series NAS now available

This new NAS family comes with 2, 4, or 6 bays, all powered by the Intel Celeron J3455 processor and available with 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. All models come with 10GbE 10GBASE-T LAN connectivity and hardware-accelerated encryption.
External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

External USB-C SSD review – The best external SSD for the new MacBook Pro and Windows competitors

We review modern USB-C SSDs from Samsung (T3), WD (G|Drive), Angelbird (SSD2go PKT), SanDisk (Extreme 900) and a USB 3.1 USB-C case for M.2-SSDs from DeLock. Which drive is the fastest and how much power do they consume? We will answer these questions in the following article.
QNAP TVS-873 NAS gets a Red Dot Award for its design

QNAP TVS-873 wins a Red Dot Award for design

Thanks to this award, the QNAP TVS-873 NAS will be shown for an entire year in the Red Dot Design Museum. This NAS is driven by a 3rd gen AMD R-Series APU and features up to 64 GB RAM, USB 3.1 Gen 2 connectivity, dual HDMI out, and more.
Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Adata launches 256 GB Premier One UHS-II U3 Class 10 SDXC card

Write rates of up to 260 MB/s will be possible to better support extremely high resolution recording and VR applications.
Toshiba BG1 NVMe SSD with TLC 3D NAND flash memory chips

SK Hynix develops 72-layer 3D NAND flash chip

The new technology allows SK Hynix to manufacture chips with a capacity of 32 GB, pushing the South Korean chip maker past Samsung and Toshiba, both still unable to supply 72-layer 3D NAND flash memory.
Western Digital My Passport SSD portable drive now available in 1 TB, 512 GB and 256 GB capacities

Western Digital intros its first portable SSD

The portable drive known as My Passport SSD offers transfer speeds up to 515 MB per second, being compatible with USB 3.1 Type-C and also able to withstand falls up to 6.5 feet.
QNAP TVS-1282T3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS now available with 7th gen Intel Core processors

QNAP launches TVS-1282T3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new NAS comes with 7th generation Intel Core processors, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, three HDMI outputs, six LAN ports, also supporting up to 64 GB RAM and 12 storage drives.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Intel SSD 600p 512 GB Review: The Entry-Level NVMe SSD

Intel SSD 600p 512 GB Review: The Entry-Level NVMe SSD

Faster than SATA? In our review, the Intel SSD 600p with 512 GB must prove itself against the competition. You will find out in this test report, how the entry-level NVMe-m.2-SSD with SM2260 controller fares.
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop) |
The Sony Xperia XZs is now available for preorder. (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th

The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
Nikkei reported on Friday that U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake and U.S. chipmaker Broadcom offered Toshiba about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) for the unit. (Source:The Korea Herald)

Apple, Amazon and Google among companies bidding for Toshiba's NAND unit

Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun Daily reported on Saturday that US tech firms Apple, Google and Amazon have joined the bidding war over Toshiba's NAND unit, which accounts for 20 percent of the NAND market.
Google Calendar available on Apple iPad March 2017

Google Calendar hits Apple's iPad

This well-known app by Google is now available for the iPad and allows its users to search their calendar from the home screen with Spotlight Search, also having many more useful features currently in the pipeline.
iOS 10.3 is now available for download. (Source: Apple)

Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available

The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Intel's Optane Memory is coming to consumer markets in bite-size capacities. (Photo source: Intel)

Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets

The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Micron Q2 2017 revenue up 58 percent YoY

Micron quarterly revenue up 58 percent YoY

The rising demand for DRAM and NAND flash components have boosted Micron from red to black with profits reaching 894 million USD in the last quarter alone.
128 GB Lexar JumpDrive Tough ruggedized flash drive

Lexar JumpDrive Tough ruggedized flash drive now available

This USB 3.1 flash drive was created to tackle tough environments and various hazards, being available in 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB capacities. The price starts at $19.99 USD and goes up to $59.99 USD.
QNAP TS-453Bmini Vertical NAS with Intel J3455, 4K output and transcoding

QNAP TS-453Bmini vertical NAS now official

This Intel Celeron J3455-powered NAS for home users comes in two variants (4 GB and 8 GB RAM), offering support for up to four 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drives and featuring two Gigabit RJ45 LAN ports, AES-NI hardware encryption, 4K output/transcoding, and more.
Amazon acquires Thinkbox Software to make it a part of Amazon Web Services

Amazon acquires Thinkbox

This company that provides tools for media and design content creation has been founded back in 2010 and now is on its way to join Amazon Web Services, not long after AWS launched the Chime videoconference call service.
Samsung V-NAND flash memory chips, Samsung leading the flash memory market March 2017

Samsung still leading the NAND flash market

Despite its serious problems with the Note 7, Samsung managed to increase its lead in the flash memory market, its sales exceeding $14 billion - almost twice as much as Toshiba.
Microsoft OneDrive for Kindle Fire and Fire phone, OneDrive unlimited accounts reduced to 1 TB storage limit

Microsoft phases out OneDrive unlimited storage

Since some Office 365 subscribers who received limitless OneDrive storage used their cloud space to store movies, TV shows, and other similar files, Microsoft is now placing a 1 TB limit on all previously unlimited accounts.
QNAP TS-1685 Super NAS for business with Intel Xeon D processor and 16 drive bays

QNAP intros TS-1685 16-bay Super NAS

This new business-class NAS features a Xeon D processor by Intel and up to 128 GB DDR4, offering support for twelve 3.5-inch hard drives and four 2.5-inch SSDs, as well as six M.2 SSD slots.
Lexar and SanDisk to launch world's first UHS-III MicroSD cards this quarter

Lexar and SanDisk to launch world's first UHS-III MicroSD cards this quarter

While the Lexar Professional 1000x will focus on higher raw transfer rates, the SanDisk Extreme will favor a wider bus for more simultaneous read/write access.
Embattled chairman Shigenori Shiga was brought into the top role last year after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal in 2015. (Source: Reuters)

Toshiba may sell off most of its flash-memory chip business

The Japanese company is in a desperate financial situation after years of costly acquisitions in an effort to become the leader of the business industry. As a result, they may have to sell off their entire NAND memory business to remain afloat.
The GPD Win is a 5.5" Windows 10 PC aimed at gamers on the go. (Source.

GPD updates Win mini PC

The pocket-sized PC gets some notable improvements, including a faster Intel Atom processor and a higher quality keyboard.
The Shield Pro has 500 GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA Shield Pro now available

For $299, the Shield Pro brings much more storage (500 GB) and support for microSD cards. However, the Pro is equipped with the same Tegra X1 processor as the entry-level Shield TV.
Toshiba BG1 SSD with 3D NAND, Toshiba to sell part of its memory business

Toshiba to sell part of its memory business

Due to the cost overruns expected to reach several billion dollars incurred by its US nuclear business, the Japanese company is spinning off part of its flash memory division and selling a stake in the resulting business.
Samsung posted year-over-year growth of about 50% for Q4 2016. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung posts major revenue and profit growth for Q4 and full-year 2016

One phone does not make a company. Despite setback with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung recorded a massive jump in profits for FY 2016.
Toshiba N300 6 TB high-reliability hard drive for NAS

Toshiba unveils 4 TB and 6 TB N300 hard drives

The N300 high-reliability hard drives feature a generous 128 MB data buffer, offering a sustained data transfer rate of more than 200 MB/s. The 6 TB model has a 4 TB sibling as well.
Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10 TB hard disc drive, Samsung shuts down Suzhou manufacturing plant

Seagate shuts down its plant in Suzhou

The world's largest hard disk maker is going through a global business restructuring plan and, due to a slowing market, recently announced the plan to shut down a manufacturing plant and to cut over 6,500 jobs worldwide.
Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro SSD Review

Samsung 960 Evo and Samsung 960 Pro SSD Review

Lightning Fast! The Samsung Evo models are very popular for mainstream models. Thanks to the widespread use of SSDs, the prices of SSD storage devices have been steadily decreasing. We tested the Evo and Pro series of the fast 960 NVMe SSDs made by Samsung and will provide our assessment in this in-depth review.
Intel Xeon E5-2680 v4 | NVIDIA Titan X Pascal | 32"
Samsung Chromebook Pro closeup, one of the many Samsung products that got awards at CES 2017

CES 2017 | Samsung wins 120 awards

Next to quite a few media and industry awards, Samsung received no less than 34 CES Innovation Awards at this year's edition of the Las Vegas technology show, including a Best of Innovation award in the video display category.
SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card Premium Edition that meets the Application Performance Class 1 or A1 requirement of the SD Association’s SD 5.1

SanDisk unveils the world’s first Application Performance Class 1-compliant microSD card

The 256 GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition memory card is optimized for smartphones, being the first one compliant with the A1 specifications. This product will hit the market this month for $199.99 USD and can manage up to 1,500 random reads and 500 random writes per second.
QNAP CES 2017 flyer, QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS and

CES 2017 | QNAP announces Thunderbolt 3 NAS and other new storage solutions

The Thunderbolt NAS introduced back in 2015 has been updated with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, but QNAP has also unveiled a NAS with optical disc drive compatibility, as well as a few other new products.

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