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Etc.
— 1:49 PM on October 1, 2014

Hey, guys. I've not written many Etc. posts lately, mostly because I had a long string of back-to-back deadlines over the past couple of months....

Type: News story Tags: Graphics The Tech Report

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The Windows 10 Technical Preview is available now
— 1:14 PM on October 1, 2014

After unveiling Windows 10 yesterday, Microsoft has made the first Technical Preview of the new operating system available publicly. Trying out the pre-release OS...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Self-destruct sequence fractures the NAND in ultra-secure SSD
— 6:00 AM on October 1, 2014

SSDs with full-drive encryption are a dime a dozen these days. A UK-based company called SecureDrives is...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Updated: Microsoft shows Windows 10, preps public preview build for tomorrow
— 1:19 PM on September 30, 2014

After dropping that naming bombshell, Microsoft gave the first public demo of Windows 10 at its press event this morning. The company also announced...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows 9 is actually called... Windows 10
— 12:19 PM on September 30, 2014

Microsoft's Windows press event is unfolding as we speak, and the firm has just announced the name of its new operating system. Turns out the...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The typical enthusiast PC is more decked-out than you might think
— 9:42 AM on September 29, 2014

Typical PC enthusiasts may spend more on their PCs than you might thinkā€”and by the looks of it, their taste for high-end hardware isn't just...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems The Tech Report

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Microsoft Indonesia President: Windows 9 will be free for Win8 users
— 9:11 AM on September 29, 2014

Got Windows 8? If so, the next version of Windows may not cost you a dime. That's according to Microsoft Indonesia President Andreas Diantoro, who...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Micron's M600 solid-state drive reviewed
— 7:00 AM on September 29, 2014

Micron's new M600 SSD has a dynamic write cache that can treat any block on the drive as high-speed SLC NAND. This unique feature...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage

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Friday night topic: How do you manage your storage?
— 5:15 PM on September 26, 2014

Most folks these days have many gigabytes, if not terabytes, of personal and family data to manage: pictures, videos, financial info, and so on. Storage...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Samsung prepping firmware fix for the 840 EVO's slow read speeds with old data
— 4:34 PM on September 26, 2014

Scores of people with Samsung 840 EVO SSDs have reported slow read speeds with older files. The problem seems to be most pronounced with...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Deal of the week: Canon's Rebel T5 DSLR for $349, an ultra-wide IPS monitor for $300, and more
— 11:02 AM on September 26, 2014

This week's deals post is so all over the place that I almost don't know where to begin. Let's start with something a little different: Adorama...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Storage Miscellaneous Displays

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How I saved over 40GB and probably sped up disk access
— 11:00 AM on September 26, 2014

I was going to make this an Etc. post, but apparently that's not good SEO. Such is life Google. Anyhow, after a long string...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Oops: Microsoft exec confirms next week's 'Windows 9' debut
— 5:16 PM on September 24, 2014

Officially, Microsoft hasn't announced the name of the next Windows release—and the coming September 30 event is about "what's next for Windows and the...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Latest Backblaze reliability update shows rising failure rates for some hard drives
— 9:46 AM on September 24, 2014

Back in January, online backup provider Backblaze published reliability statistics on over 25,000 mechanical hard drives deployed in its storage servers. In that setting,...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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The TR Podcast 162: Apple's biggest and Nvidia's fastest
— 10:21 AM on September 23, 2014

Join us for a super deep dive on Nvidia's latest, our panel's opinion on the latest Apple gear, and oh so much more.

Type: Feature article Tags: Podcast

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Reversible, USB Type-C cables can pass DisplayPort signals alongside data and power
— 6:00 AM on September 23, 2014

As if the reversible USB Type-C connector weren't cool enough already, cables based on the standard will be able to carry DisplayPort signals....

Type: News story Tags: Storage Displays Input devices Mobile computing

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Early deal of the week: Delicious SSD discounts
— 4:01 PM on September 22, 2014

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you some nifty SSD deals. Adorama is running a one-day sale on SanDisk's Extreme Pro solid-state drives,...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Some of Samsung's TLC SSDs are slow to read old data
— 10:48 AM on September 22, 2014

Samsung has deployed three-bit TLC NAND in two generations of solid-state drives: the 840 Series and the 840 EVO. The value-oriented drives have been very...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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