It’s no secret that hard drives — with or without RAID — have long been the weakest link of an enthusiast PC but until somewhat recently flash-based alternatives weren’t affordable enough for the masses. In 2009, SSDs including OCZ’s original Vertex were fetching $3.00 per gigabyte or about $350 for a 120GB model, quite a bit more than a 2TB hard drive at the time, which were going for as little as $0.06 per gigabyte.
Prices have dropped significantly since then, with high-end SSDs such as the Samsung SSD 840 Evo costing as little as $0.75 per gigabyte for a 120GB version. That’s still a serious premium over a disk drive such as the Western Digital Black 3TB, which only costs $0.06 per gigabyte, while 2.5” laptop drives such as the WD Blue 1TB can be had for $0.09 a gig. This discrepancy can make it hard to balance speed and space.
Just a day after a leaked report suggested Samsung’s next-gen flagship Galaxy S5 would come packing an all-metal chassis, new rumours have emerged appearing to pinpoint even more of the handset’s specs.
A new benchmark filing by GFX Bench for a device codenamed the SM-G900S, believed to be the Galaxy S5, has revealed some truly impressive features.
The display, already said to be five inches, will have a market-leading 2k display, with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. That could mean as many as 550 pixels per inch (ppi), making the Google Nexus 5 and iPhone 5s look puny by comparison.
If you have a Google Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 smartphone, you may want to know about an interesting security story coming out of a conference in Romania today.
A system administrator at a Dutch IT company has found a vulnerability that amounts to a method for launching a denial-of-service attack on those phones, using SMS messages.
Bogdan Alecu demonstrated the vulnerability at the DefCamp 2013 security conference in Bucharest today. In an email exchange, he said he does independent security research in his spare time, and, according to his site, has given talks on vulnerabilities at other conferences, including one at DefCon in Las Vegas over the summer. He also writes a mobile security blog.
One of the most powerful myths about Bitcoin — the encrypted, independent online currency that’s become a huge trend in recent months — is that Bitcoin is “secure.”
Bitcoin.org, the semi-official voice of the Bitcoin community, says “the whole system is protected by heavily peer-reviewed cryptographic algorithms like those used for online banking. No organization or individual can control Bitcoin, and the network remains secure even if not all of its users can be trusted.”
It is probably the most coveted phone handset currently on the market. With its high tech retina display, beautiful styling, and great new features, as well as of course all the usability we have come to expect from iPhones, Apple have once again produced a must have device everybody loves. Of course, it isn’t cheap, and while Apple have for the first time introduced an entry level, cheaper handset alongside the flagship phone (the iPhone 5C), given the choice most people want the top end device. Sadly, not everybody who wants one is prepared to pay the ticket price for an iPhone, and, as has been the case since the very first model came along back in 2007, these phones are desirable targets for thieves.
Apple are known for being innovators, and one area where they constantly update both their phones and operating systems is in terms of security. The iPhone 5S and the new iOS 7 operating system have introduced a couple of new features that make this version harder to resell after a theft than ever before. This should serve as a deterrent for thieves who are aware of the changes, because there is little point stealing a phone you can’t use yourself or sell on.
Lamborghini has announced that it’s releasing an Android-powered limited edition luxury smartphone, the Antares
Tonino Lamborghini has announced it will be releasing a limit edition luxury smartphone called the Antares. Specs wise, the Antares boasts a 4-inch scratch-proof Gorilla Glass screen and is packing a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor under the hood. The phone is running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. User can expand this by a further 32GB through its MicroSD card slot.
The Antares has a 13 mega-pixel camera on the rear and a 5 mega-pixel front facing camera. It’s roughly 0.53 inches thick and encased in stainless steel and leather.
Since Motorola was acquired by a certain tech giant last year, its new owner hasn’t had a particularly strong impact on the way it does business. Not too long ago, in fact, Motorola dealt another brag-hand of Droids, but there was something distinct about the Moto X that followed them. The first evidence of a change in direction, perhaps. In the same vein, the recently announced Moto G feels very much like a Google phone, and it makes a ton of sense.
If the Nexus 5 is for smartphone aficionados, and the Moto X is for upgraders who can’t resist the offer of a custom handset, then the Moto G is for those who want a functional device at a reasonable price. At $179 or £135 unlocked, the Moto G slots into the low-cost niche Samsung and others have been steadily cashing in on. That price tag, however, includes an unwritten disclaimer: Sacrifices were made. It’s certainly true with the Moto G, but with expectations in check, it’s hard to not be impressed with what Motorola has managed to achieve.