Android App Pick #195

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we try and make the most of a bad situation with Minion Paradise. There are worse things that being shipwrecked on an island, but probably not if you're there with a bunch of Minions. Take a look at this fun quest-based game which made our Android App Pick this week!

Minion Paradise




If for need more RAM than the announcement from Samsung that they've starting production on 128GB DDR4 memory modules will probably make you very happy. Samsung has used some alien technology to cram 128GBs worth of memory onto a single module which will make from some pretty large capacities in servers. Currently there are servers that can handle 96 sticks of RAM which would take the amount of memory that system could handle up to 12.2 TBs of memory. Chance are good it will be a while until you can afford these for a desktop unit, but the increase will eventually funnel its way down at an affordable price. The Register has the story.

Samsung's started volume production of 128GB DDR4 RDIMMS.

You read that right – a single registered dual inline memory module packing 36 individual 4GB chunks of 3D TSV DDR4 DRAM, for a total of 128GB, can now be yours.

The Register is aware of servers with 96 DIMM slots, which means … WOAH! … 12.2 terabytes of RAM in a single server if you buy Samsung's new babies.

LG bets big on OLED

LG has announced that they are building a new factory to build OLED displays and they are betting big on it, to the tune of $9 Billion dollars. LG is supplying displays for Apple currently and this new factory will help LG compete with Samsung who is currently the big dog in the OLED market. Both LG and Samsung provide displays for Apple who is one of the big buyers of the OLED technology right now. Bloomberg has more on this announcement from LG.

Apple Inc. supplier LG Display Co. will spend more than 10 trillion won ($8.7 billion) on building a new plant and expanding production of a newer type of display that can be used to cut power use, make thinner devices and show brighter colors. Shares rose.

The factory will produce organic light-emitting diode displays for larger TVs, smartwatches and automotive displays and is targeted to start in the first half of 2018, Seoul-based LG Display said Friday. The technology has been touted as a possible replacement for the liquid-crystal displays used in smartphones. Apple plans to adopt OLED for iPhones from 2018, the Nikkei newspaper reported Thursday without attribution.

Apple to Ditch the Headphone Jack

Jason predicted that Apple would drop the headphone jack soon - and we thought it may happen with the iPhone 6S. For that model, the 3.5mm jack has stayed intact, but it appears that with the upcoming iPhone product in late 2016, the headphone jack has been removed. Your listening options are now limited to Bluetooth - or what Apple is really banking on - proprietary Lightning Connector all digital headphones. Of course these will sound better than analog headphones. Wait, sound is analog. So it will still get converted to analog waves - just not in your playback device. It will happen in the $500 Beats headphones instead.

The so-called "iPhone 7" will likely be more than 1mm thinner than the 7.1mm thick iPhone 6s as a result, according to the report. The sixth-generation iPod touch could be a comparable device, with a depth of 6.1mm, but the portable media player still has a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Source: MacRumors

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum


Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

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