How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)
Got a pile of old drives that you need to wipe before sending them to Silicon Heaven? Or do you want to wipe a drive in a computer that you are selling or giving away? Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the job done. Since hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) need different handling, I'm going to cover them separately here.HDDs There are three approaches you can take to securely wip…
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Gartner slashes global IT spending forecast for 2017

Gartner slashes global IT spending forecast for 2017
Headwinds including a rising US dollar and the continuing slowdown in the server market have prompted research firm Gartner to slash its forecast on global information technology spending for 2017.Global IT revenue took a downturn in 2016, but this year Gartner analysts had expected to see the market rebound to a growth rate of around 2.7 percent. However, Gartner latest forecast cuts that rate forecast in half, as more enterprise customers flock to …
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​OLED made using graphene developed by Korean research agency

​OLED made using graphene developed by Korean research agency
A Korean research team has successfully created an OLED display using transparent electrodes made by graphene.The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) made the 370mm x 470mm display, equivalent to one used for a 19-inch monitor, that used graphene electrodes thinner than 5 nanometers. Graphene is a transparent and flexible conductor, known for its durability, which scientists are looking to utilise in various promising applica…
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ZTE unveils Quartz smartwatch for under $200

ZTE unveils Quartz smartwatch for under $200
(Image: Sarah Tew/CNET) ZTE on Monday announced its first smartwatch in the US, dubbed the Quartz, and it will be available on T-Mobile beginning April 14.The ZTE Quartz will sell for $192, complete with a 1.4-inch AMOLED display. It also features Gorilla Glass 3, Android Wear 2.0 software, IP67 water- and dust-proof rating, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 wearable ch…
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AMD buys Nitero's wireless virtual reality IP

AMD buys Nitero
AMD said Monday it has acquired the intellectual property and key engineering talent from Nitero, makers of chips used in wireless virtual reality and augmented reality systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nitero is known for its phased-array beamforming millimeter wave chip that can transmit multi-gigabit streams with low latency in room-sized VR environments. The beamforming is key to eliminating line-of-sight requirements a…
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SK Hynix develops industry's first 72-layer 3D NAND

SK Hynix develops industry
SK Hynix has successfully developed a 72-layer 256 Gigabit TLC 3D NAND flash chip, the company announced. It will allow one chip to hold 32 Gigabytes of memory. It makes it the most advanced, ahead of rival Samsung Electronics, which currently produces 64-layer 3D NAND. Japanese counterpart Toshiba is preparing to ship its 64-layer 3D NAND. SK Hynix skipped a generation to move to 72-layer from the 48-layer it is currentl…
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LG Electronics Australia reports AU$11.8m profit for 2016

LG Electronics Australia reports AU$11.8m profit for 2016
LG Electronics Australia has announced that profit gained from ordinary activities after tax was AU$11.8 million for the full-year ended December 31, 2016, a slight drop from the AU$11.9 million recorded in the previous corresponding period.The South Korean electronics giant also reported total revenue of AU$713 million in 2016, up 2.5 percent from the AU$695 million reported in the previous year. Gross profit came in at AU$139…
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Google wants LG's bendable OLED for next Pixel phone: Report

Google wants LG
Google has offered to invest 1 trillion won to LG Display to ramp up production of flexible OLED panels for the US company to put in its next Pixel phone, South Korea media reports.The deal will allow the search giant to secure OLED supply and the South Korean tech giant to reduce capex, ETNews said.The invest volume and the supply deal may go up during talks, the report added. LG Display is said to be reviewing Google's offer. The proposed amount of…
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Convergence returns as former players exit

Convergence returns as former players exit
Cast your mind back to the weird days of 2011, and ASUS produced some of the wildest designs to ever appear in the world of mobile.Take the Fonepad. It was a tablet that you parked your mobile phone into, but it never set the world alight. In fact, it was pretty much laughed out of existence. While the head-scratching design may have been hard to understand, the desire to unite the worlds of mobile computing were clear.Fast forward six years, and on …
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Nokia bets on APAC nostalgia to drive smartphone comeback

Nokia bets on APAC nostalgia to drive smartphone comeback
Nokia smartphone-licensee is targeting to be the top Android smartphone player and betting on brand nostalgia in Asia as well as its focus on offering native Android services to fuel its ambition. HMD Global in May last year was awarded an exclusive 10-year license to develop, market, and sell Nokia devices including feature phones and smartphones, which would run Google's Android OS. The deal also included Nokia-branded feature phones sold by Micros…
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