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LaCie announces the 5big Thunderbolt series: up to 20TB capacity starting at $1,199

LaCie Debuts Massive 20TB Thunderbolt RAID

PARIS, FRANCE – Today LaCie announced the 5big Thunderbolt™ Series, a massive and lightning-fast five-bay RAID solution. The LaCie 5big features capacity up to 20TB and speeds up to 785MB/s* thanks to five 7200rpm/64MB cache hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0. With this excellent combination of capacity and performance, video professionals have all they need for post-production work including the ability to edit multiple 2K uncompressed 10-bit streams.

RAID FLEXIBILITY FOR CONTENT CREATION
With five disks, the LaCie 5big lets the user custom-make RAID configurations. Create a lightning-fast volume with three disks in RAID 0 and a safe volume with two disks in RAID 1. Plus the disks are hot-swappable**, so the user can simply slide a new disk into the safe volume without switching off the device. Use the fast volume with Final Cut Pro X™, Adobe® Premiere® or Aperture™, and the safe volume to back up projects.

The LaCie 5big allows video professionals to move from a heavy desktop workstation to a versatile laptop setup with fast and massive external storage. Their desktop setup stays in the office while the laptop goes on business trips. Plus, with dual Thunderbolt ports, the user can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals together.

IDEAL BACKUP SOLUTION FOR IT MANAGERS
The LaCie 5big can also be used as a JBOD array. With five working days a week, an IT manager can assign each disk to a daily backup. It is an ideal backup companion to a Mac® Mini Server for businesses that need a professional IT setup.

DUAL COOLING SYSTEM FOR LONG-TERM RELIABILITY
Additionally, the LaCie 5big’s advanced dual cooling system ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua® cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. Plus, it’s ultra quiet, which makes it perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.

THUNDERBOLT LEADER
As a leader in Thunderbolt technology, LaCie has brought to market the largest portfolio of Thunderbolt storage solutions. Additional offerings include the LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series and LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series. Find out more at www.lacie.com/thunderbolt.

AVAILABILITY
The LaCie 5big, design by Neil Poulton, is available in 10TB and 20TB capacities through the LaCie Online Store and LaCie Resellers starting at $1,199.00. Thunderbolt cable included. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/06/lacie-5big-thunderbolt-series/

New smartphone chip to help owners identify smells, tastes

iPhone users wondering whether their wine or breath has gone bad may soon have help from a chip designed to identify nearby aromas and flavors.

Adamant Technologies has created a processor for iPhones that “can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them,” Adamant founder and CEO Sam Khamis tells Business Insider. Khamis says his company’s product is fairly sophisticated, employing roughly 2,000 sensors to identify smells compared with the about 400 sensors in the average human nose.

The San Francisco startup, which is backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has begun producing chips at a factory in Austin, Texas, and expects to release apps for the chips in a year or two. It also plans to manufacture a device that will plug in to the iPhone and use a variety of apps, including one that will warn users when their breath is not as fresh as they would like.

“Halitosis, or bad breath tracking, is something we’re really interested in,” Khamis said, adding that the app will notifying users of bad breath and indicate what caused the condition. Other planned apps will test blood sugar for diabetics and measure blood-alcohol levels.

Giving computers greater sensitivity to their surroundings has attracted more attention lately. IBM unveiled a chip in 2011 designed to mimic the human brain’s perception, cognitive, sensation, interaction, and action abilities. IBM envisions its cognitive computing chips could be used for a variety of purposes, such as determining whether supermarket produce had spoiled or earthquake detection.

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Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor

Sony Xperia Z spotted early on CES show floor

The Sony Xperia Z has seen its fair share of pre-CES leaks, so it comes as no surprise to us that the 5-inch, 1080p smartphone is ready to take the show by storm at tomorrow’s press conference. We’ve been waiting for some real-world evidence of the device’s existence, however, and a tipster provided us with just that: a shot of the Z as it appears in Sony’s booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We didn’t receive any specs, but this is as good an indicator of its impending launch as any we’ve seen so far. Regardless, it won’t be too long before we get the full scoop from the horse’s mouth.

[Thanks, Anonymous]

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/06/sony-xperia-z-spotted-early-on-ces-show-floor/

New smartphone chip to help owners identify smells, tastes

iPhone users wondering whether their wine or breath has gone bad may soon have help from a chip designed to identify nearby aromas and flavors.

Adamant Technologies has created a processor for iPhones that “can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them,” Adamant founder and CEO Sam Khamis tells Business Insider. Khamis says his company’s product is fairly sophisticated, employing roughly 2,000 sensors to identify smells compared with the about 400 sensors in the average human nose.

The San Francisco startup, which is backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, has begun producing chips at a factory in Austin, Texas, and expects to release apps for the chips in a year or two. It also plans to manufacture a device that will plug in to the iPhone and use a variety of apps, including one that will warn users when their breath is not as fresh as they would like.

“Halitosis, or bad breath tracking, is something we’re really interested in,” Khamis said, adding that the app will notifying users of bad breath and indicate what caused the condition. Other planned apps will test blood sugar for diabetics and measure blood-alcohol levels.

Giving computers greater sensitivity to their surroundings has attracted more attention lately. IBM unveiled a chip in 2011 designed to mimic the human brain’s perception, cognitive, sensation, interaction, and action abilities. IBM envisions its cognitive computing chips could be used for a variety of purposes, such as determining whether supermarket produce had spoiled or earthquake detection.

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Chevy uses Spark EV to demo TuneIn app at CES 2013

2013 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevy Spark’s MyLink system includes a menu for smartphone apps.


(Credit:
Josh Miller/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–Bolstering the trend of app integration in cars, Chevy showed how it is integrating the TuneIn Internet radio app into its future cars. For
CES 2013, Chevy unveiled a Spark EV with the new app integration.

Chevy’s new Spark mini-car comes with a touchscreen and the MyLink infotainment system in upper trim models. MyLink allows connectivity with smartphones for phone calls and music playback. At launch, it also introduced Pandora and Stitcher app integration.

The TuneIn app will give drivers access to 70,000 radio stations around the world. To use it, drivers will need to have TuneIn running on an
Android or iOS device, connected to the
car through Bluetooth or USB cable, with an active Internet connection.

Chevy has also been demonstrating a navigation app, BringGo, running on a smartphone with display and control through the car’s touchscreen. BringGo integration should be available this year.

Chevy says the TuneIn integration will be available later this year in Spark and Sonic models.

The Spark EV was introduced at the recent Los Angeles auto show as a 2014 model, to go on sale this year. It will come standard with MyLink.

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Chevy uses Spark EV to demo TuneIn app at CES 2013

2013 Chevrolet Spark

The Chevy Spark’s MyLink system includes a menu for smartphone apps.


(Credit:
Josh Miller/CNET)

LAS VEGAS–Bolstering the trend of app integration in cars, Chevy showed how it is integrating the TuneIn Internet radio app into its future cars. For
CES 2013, Chevy unveiled a Spark EV with the new app integration.

Chevy’s new Spark mini-car comes with a touchscreen and the MyLink infotainment system in upper trim models. MyLink allows connectivity with smartphones for phone calls and music playback. At launch, it also introduced Pandora and Stitcher app integration.

The TuneIn app will give drivers access to 70,000 radio stations around the world. To use it, drivers will need to have TuneIn running on an
Android or iOS device, connected to the
car through Bluetooth or USB cable, with an active Internet connection.

Chevy has also been demonstrating a navigation app, BringGo, running on a smartphone with display and control through the car’s touchscreen. BringGo integration should be available this year.

Chevy says the TuneIn integration will be available later this year in Spark and Sonic models.

The Spark EV was introduced at the recent Los Angeles auto show as a 2014 model, to go on sale this year. It will come standard with MyLink.

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/mHpI/~3/2IKriBp3KCE/