Intel Compute Stick on Linux

The alternative OS guys have taken the Intel Compute Stick and jacked Ubuntu Linux on it for a run through the performance numbers. This little Quad-Core Atom box is not much bigger than a Chromecast (yes, it's bigger, but not much), and offers up 2GB of RAM in addition to 32GB of storage. The beauty of this little box is that it is x86 and comes with all the wireless radios you need to set up a fantastic streaming box.

Since last week I've been testing the Intel Compute Stick, the quad-core Atom Z3735F Atom powered PC that's a little bigger than the size of an HDMI connector. In this article are some benchmarks of this $150 quad-core + 32GB eMMC + 2GB RAM tiny computer in a variety of benchmarks comparing it to other low-power x86 and ARMv7 hardware.

Source: Phoronix

E3 - Mass Effect: Andromeda Coming

There was a lot of E3 news today and I wasn't able to catch much of it today, but one of the highlights of E3 could be the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game. The biggest downside is that it is scheduled for the holiday season - of 2016.

When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2013, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action. At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game.


Source: BioWare Blog

Dell tries Linux (Again)

Every once in a while Dell makes an announcement that they are going to be offering Linux on some of their desktops or laptops and the open source community cheers and Dell makes headlines. After a couple days it seems that everyone forgets and life goes on and Dell drops the models. Dell is now trying once again to offer a couple laptops in the Inspiron 15 3000 and Inspiron 14 3000 series that will be shipping with Ubuntu Linux. So far the advertising is limited to just a tweet, but that more that in the past so we will see how long this lasts. TechRepulic has the full story.

Ask any fan of Linux about the on-again, off-again relationship Dell has had with the flagship open-source platform, and you'll get mostly negative reactions. There's a reason for that. Every time Dell teases the Linux community with a new Linux-powered desktop, the relationship lasts for a few months, and then it's over.

Well, guess what? Dell is at it again. However, this time, something feels a bit different. Instead of being secretive about Linux on their laptops or desktops, Dell is actually (gasp) promoting the things!

WTU Episode #317 - Sony Won't Go Backwards

We have just posted up Episode #317 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Sony is not going backwards, Game makers cautious about VR and Dell is bringing back Linux. Check out those stories and more at the links below.


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SSDs aren't taking over the world

SSDs are cheaper and bigger than ever before, however, it appears that they still have a ways to go before they surpass spinning hard drives. While the prices have dropped and the capcities increased for SSDs, the same is true for spinning hard drives and that has been a major factor in mass adoption of SSD drives. Right now SSD prices have dropped down to $0.40 per GB range, but spinning drives have dropped to below $0.10 per GB. SSDs are expected to keep dropping in price, but so are spinning drives. In the end I'd say this only benefits the consumers, lower prices are never a bad thing. NetworkWorld has the full story over here.

In spite of a recent report to the contrary, solid-state drives (SSDs) will not surpass hard disk drives (HDDs) in either price or capacity any time soon, according to industry analysts.

In fact, hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come.

For example, a data center-class HDD with 6TB of capacity sells for $185 today and will drop to about $165 by the end of the year -- about .03 cents per gigabyte, according to market research firm Gartner. A 4TB HDD for a laptop sells for $95 to computer manufacturers or about .02 cents per gigabyte.

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