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A company called Fixstars has just released their new 13TB SSD drive which blows the currently available 6TB SSD drives right out of the water. Obviously the price tag isn't going to be consumer friendly, as Fixstars is setting a MSRP of $13,000. This drive is going to be aimed at the enterprise market and will be available directly from Fixstars. Most of the major SSD makers are still at the 4-6TB capacity range but this just proves that it is possible and will probably light a fire under the big guys to increase their capacities. PCWorld has the full story.

If you have around US$13,000 to spare, the world's first 13TB solid-state drive could be yours.

Fixstars on Wednesday announced the mammoth SSD-13000M, which will ship by the end of February. SSDs today have no more than 6TB of storage, and the 13TB drive more than doubles that capacity.

An official price hasn't been determined by Fixstars. But a rough estimated selling price is around $1 per gigabyte, or $13,000, said Shien Zhu, a spokesman for Fixstars.

Seagate Announces 8TB NAS Drive

Seagate has just announced their largest NAS drive. This is an 8TB drive that is specifically designed for a 180TB/year workload. These drives are guaranteed for 3 years and should help file hogs happy for a while longer. It would be pretty sweet to have a 32TB RAID 5 array in my ASUStor NAS. Completely unnecessary - but sweet nevertheless.

Seagate has released research showing that SMBs opt for NAS solutions over alternatives such as storage area networks and direct attached storage, and that 18 percent do so for reasons of price, 16 percent for ease of use and 10 percent for quality.

Source: TheInquirer

N64's GoldenEye gets the Unreal Engine 4 Treatment

GoldEye was one of the titles that put N64 onto the wishlist of gamers back in 1997. The graphics were pretty solid for it's time, but it's not as fun to play when you are spoiled with modern graphics. Jude Wilson recreated a portion of the Facility Map using the Unreal Engine 4 and it looks fantastic.


Google Working Hard on VR

Google is working on getting more VR into more places. They are doubling down on VR as they've pulled the GMail and Drive responsibilites from Clay Bavor (VP of product management) and having him focus solely on Google's own project Cardboard and VR. This is a huge focus shift and even after CES, I'm continuing to struggle and see how VR will work for me in my life on a daily basis. 

Keeping up with the Facebooks (Oculus) of the world in VR will be essential if Google wants to be considered when it comes to the immersive technology. While the size of the team isn’t known, we do know that a few acquisitions have been clustered together to work on the Cardboard platform.

Source: TechCrunch

EA's Origin Starts PC Gaming Subscription Service

If you're an Origin user, you may have received an email today letting you know that for a mere $4.99 a month, you can subscribe to their gaming service. At first glance, you may think that you get a ton of EA titles with your subscription. That is not the case. You do get a few current titles and a few other last-gen titles. The library will continue to grow, but I'm not sure that it would be worth it for me. The list below is what is currently available and more will be added.

  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield 3
  • SimCity
  • FIFA 15
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition
  • Dead Space
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • This War of Mine

Source: EA

Samsung Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted up the booth tour video from our Samsung booth tour this year. As you can see below, they do have some great products, but LG really outdid themselves this year with their entire lineup. You can check out our impressions from Samsung Press Conference and enjoy the video below as they take us through a few of their products.


LG Booth Tour at CES 2016

We have posted the video that accompanied our CES 2016 coverage from the LG booth. Check out the full article here - but you can simply enjoy the video below.

Intels Drone Display Sets Records

This looks pretty cool. Finally, other than spying on neighbors, a real use for drones.


Apple Music Has Over 10 Million Subscribers

Apple Music has been the brunt of more than a few jokes over the past few months, but now they claim to have over 10 Million active paid subscribers. That's not bad at all. The cost for Apple Music per month is $9.99. That's right, Apple is taking in $100 Million / month on their music service. I'm sure they have some overhead costs of course, but that's not a number to scoff over. Although it may be rare for me to say, well done Apple!

Rival Spotify has 20 million paid subscribers and 75 million users overall, according to its website. Spotify launched in 2008 when physical CD sales in the US alone in was at 428.4 million. By 2014 that figure had almost halved with streaming service adoption cited by Statista as one of the impacting factors.

Source: ZDNet

Raze Shows Ultrabooks as Gaming Laptops

With the advent of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, external devices are much more useful. There is a lot of processing power than can happen outside your computer now, and Razer takes advantage of that with their External Graphics card box. Just image, this box houses a graphics card that can plug into an Ultrabook and suddenly you have a crazy fast gaming rig.

Source: Verge (YouTube)

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