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 Monday, 17-October-2016  15:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Seagate have a new big small drive. Seagate recently brought back its BarraCuda line with new 10TB 3.5" models, and now it has added beefy 5TB 2.5" models that are the first 2.5" HDDs to break the 5TB barrier. Seagate also increased the density of its FireCuda 2.5" SSHDs up to 2TB.

Drones are to be used to deliver blood to remote clinics in Rwanda. The 13-kilogram drones can make a 150km round trip, he said, as a small drone buzzed a crowd of bystanders on Thursday before dropping a packet of blood to a waiting nurse in a demonstration.

Some tech giants have formed a new consortium to speed up servers tenfold for data-heavy applications. The OpenCAPI specification outlines the architecture for a new interface that would allow server CPUs to swap data with hardware accelerators, such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) -- as well as memory, network and storage -- more rapidly than is possible today. OpenCAPI has been released by a consortium led by AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx.

SiliconAngel notes that Windows Server 2016 launched recently. Microsoft is making available the release-to-manufacturing bits of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 today, Oct. 12. Microsoft officials said at the company's recent Ignite conference that customers should be able to get the final Windows Server 2016 bits by mid-October.

Scootre spotted this article about USB DACs from back in May. I've been testing two of the most endearingly compact USB audio enhancers on the market: the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS and the AudioQuest DragonFly. What do they do? Well, both serve as a digital-to-analog converter, turning the 1s and 0s of digital music into the electrical signal headphones need to play music. Both are also surprisingly powerful headphone amps, upgrading the quantity of your laptop or desktop's sound as well as its quality.

If you want to try VR, the upcoming PAX Australia in Melbourne might be your thing. In an announcement that was embargoed for this morning, PAX Australia announced they would have a dedicated VR freeplay section for the first time. Itd include areas for the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, as well as green-screen VR setups.



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