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Steve Ballmer leaves Microsoft board, goes ballin'
— 6:00 AM on August 20, 2014

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave up his last official position with the company yesterday. In a letter to current chief Satya Nadella, Ballmer...

Type: News story Tags: Software Operating systems

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SanDisk's Ultra II SSD combines TLC NAND with clever caching
— 11:58 AM on August 19, 2014

SanDisk has lifted the lid on the Ultra II, a new SATA SSD that combines three-bit TLC flash with Marvell controller technology. The...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Enermax's new card readers are perfect for empty external bays
— 6:00 AM on August 19, 2014

Enermax's new Mighty Charger card readers slipped under our radar last week. The bay inserts aren't the most exciting products, to be honest, but I...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Windows 8.1 August Update causes crashes, gets pulled
— 6:00 AM on August 18, 2014

The latest major update to Windows 8.1 wasn't just underwhelming. Turns out it has a host of other issues on top of that. As...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Report: Windows Threshold public beta is indeed coming this fall
— 2:59 PM on August 15, 2014

Hoping to sample the next major version of Windows? You may get your chance sooner than you think. Last week, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Deal of the week: A 480GB SSD for $150
— 10:40 AM on August 15, 2014

I didn't intend for this week's deals post to be all about storage, but that's kinda what happened. Before we get into cheap SSDs and...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Personal tech

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Lego USB drive will tickle your nostalgia
— 3:44 PM on August 14, 2014

Lego USB drives aren't exactly a new thing. People have been making their own for a while. But PNY is now selling an official...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Spec for reversible USB Type-C connector finalized
— 9:12 AM on August 13, 2014

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finished the specification for its new, reversible USB connector design. First announced last December, the USB 3.1 Type-C...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Input devices

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Errata prompts Intel to disable TSX in Haswell, early Broadwell CPUs
— 1:28 PM on August 12, 2014

The TSX instructions built into Intel's Haswell CPU cores haven't become widely used by everyday software just yet, but they promise to make certain...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Servers Workstations

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Friday night topic: Virtualizing your stuff
— 5:52 PM on August 8, 2014

The rise of virtualization has transformed the landscape in IT in the past ten years. Sounds a little stiff and boring, maybe, but the ability...

Type: News story Tags: Software Operating systems

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Deal of the week: A 1080p IPS monitor for $125, plus graphics, storage, and PSUs
— 10:25 AM on August 8, 2014

This week's deals come in pairs. Sort of. I have to do something different every once in a while. Let's start with monitors, and specifically, a...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Power Storage Displays

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Rumor: Windows Threshold to kill charms bar; public beta due this fall
— 11:42 AM on August 7, 2014

I gotta tell you, Windows Threshold is sounding better and better. The latest report from WinBeta suggests the upcoming Windows release will do away...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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TLC V-NAND is official, coming soon in 850 EVO SSD
— 10:10 AM on August 6, 2014

During its SSD Global Summit last month, Samsung indicated that it has been working on 3D V-NAND with three bits per cell. The firm...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Here's the official word on Windows 8.1 Update 2
— 9:24 AM on August 6, 2014

After weeks of rumors, we finally have some official dirt on the next major Windows 8.1 update—which, as we expected, isn't going to be very...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Marvell's new SSD controller has quad PCIe Gen3 lanes
— 6:00 AM on August 6, 2014

Marvell makes some of the most popular SSD controllers in the business, and its latest design...

Type: News story Tags: Storage

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Phase-change prototype claimed to be world's fastest SSD
— 10:27 AM on August 5, 2014

We've been hearing about phase-change memory (PCM) for years. The non-volatile storage technology seems to be inching closer to prime time, though, and...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Servers

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Deal of the week: A terabyte SSD for $417, plus memory, graphics, and more
— 10:43 AM on August 1, 2014

There are a few surprises this week, so let's cut to the chase. SSD deals are common, but not on these particular drives. Crucial's M550 1TB...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Storage Memory Mobile computing

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Rumor: 12'' Retina MacBook, 4K Mac desktop coming
— 9:13 AM on July 28, 2014

The gossip machine is running in overdrive with talk of Apple's next-gen iPhones—but those may not be the only new Apple products this fall.

Type: News story Tags: Mac

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