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SSD Endurance Experiment - 1 Petabyte and Counting

We've been checking in on the SSD Endurance Experiment for a few months now and they have just crossed the 1,000 TB write milestone. They started with six different SSDs and now they are down to three. If you are concerned about wear-leveling and TLC and MLC endurance, you really should check out this article as it shows drive failures in the real-world - not just hypothetical.

Continued write cycling eventually causes cells to become unreliable, at which point those cells are retired and replaced by flash harvested from the drive's "spare area." This reserve of fresh flash area ensures the SSD maintains its user-accessible storage capacity even if cell failures incapacitate some of the NAND.

Source: TechReport

Apple Updates Beta iOS 8 and OSX 10.10

Apple is keeping with the times and crowdsourcing beta testers by releasing open betas of their upcoming software to the public. This is a great move as it is entirely an "opt in" program and you can't really blame Apple is a beta software update trashes your device. If you are part of the Apple camp, you'll be happy to know that iOS 8 Beta 3 and OSX 10.10 Beta 3 are now live.

As always, pre-release software from Apple (or any other vendor) is intended for testing purposes only and should not be installed on production machines. If you do decided to test out the new builds, let us know if you find anything new in the comments below.

Source: Neowin

DisplayLink USB 3.0 to DVI Adapter

USB 3.0 is great, but let's face it, it has pretty much been used exclusively for file transfers and the bandwidth and power that this port provides can promise so much more. Thankfully DisplayLink has capitalized on this and Diamond has packaged up the BVU3500 to make a decent USB to DVI adapter - with enough bandwidth to get things done.

In further testing, I was able to get both a Gateway FPD2185W, and a HD2200 to fire up with ease. The HD2200 connected via the HDMI adapter with ease, and the FPD2185W allowed me to test both the VGA and DVI connection - both of which had no issues up to the max of the monitors.

Source: TweakTown

Samsung Calls iPhone Users 'Wallhuggers'

While this commercial is kind of funny, the reality is a little bit distorted in my experience. While the interchangeable battery on a Galaxy device is nice, often the iPhone will outlast an Android phone with moderate usage. Still, it's pretty funny and if you've ever traveled, you'll know exactly what they mean.


All About Audio!

When you've been away from the news bucket for a long time, there ends up being thousands of emails to sort through. We'll begin today by getting rid of a bunch of audio product reviews that include speakers, headsets and even some soundcards and DACs. There is really something for everyone.


Fireworks Filmed with a Drone

Last week marked Canada's independance as well as Independance Day for the U.S. of A. There were a lot of fireworks, and this video made with a drone and a GoPro Here 3 silver is pretty awesome.


October Video Game Blitz

If you're a gamer, you'll want to be saving your money. There are a few games coming down the pipe that are definitely worth checking out. Things will kick off with Super Smash Bros. (3DS) and then it just gets even better from there. Games coming down the pipe include Battlefield Hardline, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Assassins's Creed Unity and a lot more.

That's a lot of games. And we're not even counting the indies, digital releases, and other surprises that haven't been announced yet (looking at you, Assassin's Creed Comet). Prepare your wallets-and vacation days-accordingly.

Source: Wikipedia, Kotaku

Hyundai Car Tech

We all expect high-end car manufacturers to make some pretty cool things and include crazy features in their cars. We don't always expect a company like Hyundai to do this as well. Check out the driverless car convoy below. That's cool tech, although I'm not sure I'd trust my life to a computer car just yet.


HP Fanless Chromebox Has a Fan

HP is one of the few companies making the Chromebox. In fact, in the marketing pitch of the product itself, they claim that "the fanless design prevents dust from being ffunneled through the computer case". According to a teardown, there is infact a fan and it is not silent and it will pull dust into the PC. So either the marketing team didn't know what was going on, or they are just plain lying.

Given that the Chromebox is powered by a 17W CPU it was unlikely that it would be fanless, so it's interesting to note HP marketing it as such.

Source: ZDNet, HP

Internet Explorer still #1

The downfall of Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser has been predicted by many for years and years, however, according to the stats, Internet Explorer is still #1 with ~58% of the market share. In IE's defense, the browser has improved significantly since the last time you used to download a better browser, but the fact that it comes pre-installed on so many devices has made it pretty tough for anyone to catch them. The Escapist has the numbers over here.

But guess what? The web browser you last used intentionally in 2004 is still the cat's pajamas in much of the world, as Net MarketShare's latest report shows. Internet Explorer still has an insane 58.38 percent market share (number is from June 2014), undoubtedly fueled by older versions of IE still installed on Dell and Compaq computer the world 'round. In fact, its market share is actually up from the previous month (58.17 percent in May).

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