Violin Memory acquired by Soro's Quantum Partners

Violin Memory acquired by Soro's Quantum Partners
Courtesy Violin Memoy Soros acquired Violin's assets in a bankruptcy auction, exchanging $26 million in unsecured debt for $15 million in equity in the reorganized company. The Storage Bits takeViolin took the hard road to building an AFA. They focused on a hardware solution that, in my judgement, was an innovative platform. In TPC-C benchmarks the Violin array offer…
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Does Microsoft have what it takes to take on the Chromebook and the iPad?

Does Microsoft have what it takes to take on the Chromebook and the iPad?
Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 10 Cloud next month, and leaked specs suggest that it is being positioned as a competitor to Google's Chromebook platform.Must read: Apple's big $1,000+ iPhone gambleWindows Central got its hands on an internal document that outlines the basic specs for Windows 10 Cloud devices, as well as drawing direct comparisons to Chromebook devices.The basic specs are as follows:Quad-core (Celeron or better) CPU4GB of RAM…
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Windows 10 ZBooks: HP refreshes laptop line used by NASA in space

Windows 10 ZBooks: HP refreshes laptop line used by NASA in space
The ZBook 17's entry-level model features an i5 processor, while the smaller ZBook 15 G4 has a 15.6-inch full HD display. Image: HP HP has unveiled four new laptops in its fourth-generation of ZBook mobile workstations, which are aimed at creators with heavy graphics workloads. HP's new ZBook series workhorse laptops feature Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake proces…
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Windows 10 Surface Pro 4 lookalike: Chuwi's Surbook goes the budget route

Windows 10 Surface Pro 4 lookalike: Chuwi's Surbook goes the budget route
Unlike the Surface Pro, the Surbook runs on an Intel Apollo Lake processor, the cheaper alternative to the seventh-generation Kaby Lake CPUs. Image: Chuwi Chinese hardware maker Chuwi is launching a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 lookalike, but core specs suggest it will be a more affordable option.There's no shortage of Windows 10 2-in-1 devices that have taken inspiration …
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​SK Hynix develops next-generation graphic memory

​SK Hynix develops next-generation graphic memory
SK Hynix has developed an 8 Gigabit (Gb) GDDR6 DRAM that can process up to 768 Gigabytes (GB) of graphics data per second, the company announced.The product operates with an I/O data rate of 16Gb per second per pin, two times faster than GDDR5, its predecessor.Together with a forthcoming high-ends graphics card of 384-bit I/Os, the DRAM will process 768GB of graphic data per second.It will be made using the 20-nanometer process.The company will mass …
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The death of the smartphone is closer than you think. Here's what comes next

The death of the smartphone is closer than you think. Here's what comes next
Each technology rises, and then falls and finds a niche. Soon it will be the turn of the smartphone.The arrival of the original iPhone back in 2007 heralded a revolution in how we use computing power, transforming it from something that sat on a desk in a PC that got used nine-to-five, to something that we carried in our pockets and accessed all the time. And now, after almost a decade of furious change the smartphone is at the height of its powers. …
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Pocket tools and gadgets "Every Day Carry"

Pocket tools and gadgets "Every Day Carry"
Reader suggestion I'd completely forgotten about this item. But since there are so many to choose from -- from smartwatches to luxury brands such as Rolex or Omega -- I can't possibly tell you what you should buy, so I'll tell you what I own. I've owned a lot of watches over the years, from cheapo no-name brands to the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, but my current every day wear is the Casio G-SHOCK GW-7900-1ER. I like this because it's relatively cheap, it's very durable, is solar powered, and…
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 has a big design flaw

Samsung's Galaxy S8 has a big design flaw
Read any review of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and there's one consistent theme that appears - the position of the fingerprint sensor is seriously flawed.Must read: Apple's big $1,000+ iPhone gambleLet's take a look at what the reviewers have been saying. Let's begin with Walt Mossberg over at The Verge:In my tests, the Galaxy S8 had the least reliable, most frustrating, biometric security measures I've ever tested. The fingerprint sensor h…
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Windows 10: Ultralight PCs based on ARM smartphone chips set for Q4, says Qualcomm

Windows 10: Ultralight PCs based on ARM smartphone chips set for Q4, says Qualcomm
Microsoft demoed Windows 10 Enterprise edition running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor late last year. Image: Microsoft Qualcomm has confirmed that new mobile Windows 10 PCs running its ARM-based Snapdragon 835 system on chip (SoC) will arrive by the fourth quarter.Microsoft and Qualcomm announced in December that a new line of always-on cellular Windows 10 PCs run…
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Huawei admits P10 models are equipped with different types of flash memory

Huawei admits P10 models are equipped with different types of flash memory
Huawei's P10 models are equipped with two types of flash memories due to the severe stock-out of flash memories from supply chains, Yu Chengdong, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said in his official Weibo account, according to a Sina news report on Wednesday.As Huawei's flash memory inventory is also out of stock, the company has been trying to optimize the design of software and hardware to guarantee a solid performance even if a handset is e…
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