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Samsung Electronics announced today that it has begun mass producing the industry's first NVMe PCI-e solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package, for use in next-generation PCs and ultra-slim notebook PCs. The new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, features a compact package that contains all essential SSD components including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller.
There is nothing wrong with jargon. If there weren't jargon, everybody in every industry would be saying gigantically long sentences with every word spelt out and defined with footnotes. So when someone asks you about storage on computers, you are perfectly sensible to say SSD is better than HDD. You're sensible and you're mostly right, but you're still going to get that blank look you know so well from your family and friends.
MCE Technologies (MCE) has announced that they are now shipping PCIe-based flash storage upgrade solutions made for the late-2013 through mid-2015 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display. In addition to 1TB, 512GB, and 256GB capacity PCIe-based flash storage upgrade solutions for late-2013 through mid-2014 MacBook Pro with Retina Display models, also shipping are 1TB and 512GB capacity PCI-E 3.0-based flash storage upgrade solutions for the early and mid-2015 MacBook Pro with Retina Display models.
A wide array of technology companies, led by Intel, have started capitalizing on a new technology that promises to offer solid-state storage that is up to 1,000 times faster than conventional flash storage and with 50 percent lower latency. The new SSD standard, originally called NVMe for Non-Volatile Memory Express, along with a Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface Specification (NVMHCI), has been re-branded "Optane" by Intel, and essentially re-writes previous AHCI controller technology to optimize systems for solid-state drives, which use non-volatile memory solid-state drives.
Samsung has launched a new budget-focused version of its EVO solid state drive range in the United States, a few months after being sold in Asia. The 750 EVO line is currently made up of two SSDs with 120GB and 250GB capacities, with Samsung making a few sacrifices to the specification of the new drives in order to lower the price down to below the existing mid-level 850 EVO versions, but the two ranges appear to be evenly matched when directly compared.
Mac-centric upgrade company OWC yesterday announced the all-new Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive ever offered by OWC. The SATA 3.0 drive utilizes global wear algorithms, as well as seven percent over-provisioning to help drive longevity and reliability.
In addition to the newly announced 4TB drive upgrade for the Mac Pro, upgrade vendor OWC has revealed three product updates. Leading the announcements are a capacity expansion to its mini SSD line, significant price cuts on memory upgrades for the Late 2015 27-inch iMac line, and USB 3.1 Gen 1 included in the Mercury Elite Pro Dual hard drive enclosure.
Mac upgrade vendor OWC has revealed the immediate availability of the OWC 4.0TB Aura SSD Upgrade for the 2013-current Apple Mac Pro. The Aura SSD product line for Mac Pro is the first internal SSD upgrade for the 2013 Mac Pro and debuted at CES 2015 offering up to 2.0TB of capacity. The all-new 4.0TB model (shipping just in time for CES 2016) doubles the capacity available, now offering up to 16 times the capacity of the standard factory drive and four times the capacity of the maximum factory option.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the Samsung Portable SSD T3, a premium, palm-sized, external SSD that offers multi-terabyte storage capacity. Notably, the new drive equipped with Samsung's Vertical NAND, utilizes a USB-C 3.1 interface, and cross-platform compatible encryption for data safety.
The enthusiast community has released a driver for third-party NVMe PCI-e SSD-based storage cards for OS X. Developer JimJ740, along with developer-proclaimed "stealth" startup MinnowStor, has released the product for free to the personal-use community, with commercial use requiring a license agreement.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R