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Patriot WildFire SSD review: Mostly wild

The WildFire SSD from Patriot

The WildFire SSD from Patriot

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Of all SATA 3-based solid-state drives (SSDs) CNET has reviewed, the Patriot WildFire offers the wildest performance.

On the one hand, it didn’t excel in file-transferring tests where we time how long a drive takes to copy files from one place to another. But on the other, it did much better with application performance than its peers. This singles the drive out from the rest and means that when used as the main drive that hosts an operating system and applications, the WildFire increases the overall performance by reducing the time needed for an application to load and finish certain tasks.

It’s important to note that while its copy speed is comparatively slow among SSDs, it’s still much faster than even the fastest hard drive. And, to make up for this minor drawback, the 2.5-inch WildFire also comes with a bay adapter to help it fit into any desktop computer.

Like most SSDs on the market, the WildFire’s cost isn’t for the faint of heart. At a street price of around $550 for the 240GB capacity and $315 for 120GB, the drive is significantly more expensive than any hard drive of the same capacity. Compared with other SSDs, however, its price is about average.

To find out if it’s worth the investment, check out the full review of the Patriot WildFire SSD.

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Mac vs. PC via McDonald’s Wi-Fi guide

A picture paints a thousand words–especially if that picture shows overlapping windows in Vista and XP sprinkled with references to “DNS servers” and Internet protocols.

The Twitpic post is a prickly reminder of the ghosts of Windows past. In the photo (below), McDonald’s makes a valiant effort to help hapless owners of laptops running
Windows Vista or XP make a Wi-Fi connection in its restaurants. Inadvertently, the photo also makes a statement on the complexity of Windows versus Apple’s

As is immediately apparent, the pamphlet shows the connection to a Mac with OS X as a snap.

McDonalds step-by-step guide for customers who need more help to make a Wi-Fi connection makes a graphic statement about Windows vs. Mac.

McDonald’s step-by-step guide for customers who ‘need more help’ to make a Wi-Fi connection makes a graphic statement about Windows vs. Mac.


It’s not clear how dated this pamphlet is, though ATT currently has a multi-step Windows XP tutorial on its Web site too that actually makes the McDonald’s pamphlet seem positively pithy.

Needless to say, most Windows users are not going to need this kind of step-by-step setup, especially with Windows 7.


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Robotic octopus tentacle will make us all suckers

The first eighth of a robotic octopus is functional and already feeling grabby.

Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET)

Octobots are now a reality. Well, at least one-eighth of an octobot is now a reality. The team at the European Union’s Italian-led Octopus Project is determined to make a soft-bodied robotic Octopus, and they’re already one tentacle toward success. That’s solid progress since we first reported on the four-year project back in 2009.

Although the notion of a robotic octopus has unlimited potential for Hollywood and epic practical joke applications, the project team is more interested in the scientific value. Turns out that’s pretty cool, too.

The tentacles of an octopus can move in any direction and have the ability to go limp or stiffen on demand. That gives octopi some pretty unparalleled ambulatory abilities, and yes, makes them great nightmare fodder, too.

Scientists envision robotic tentacles squeezing into tight or awkward spots for underwater exploration and rescue or retrieval operations, just for starters. Miniaturizing the technology could also lead to significant advances in medicine.

The working tentacle prototype isn’t so practical or terrifying just yet. It’s about 17 inches, made from a combination of steel and nylon cables within a soft silicone skin. As the video below shows, it’s got just enough skills to give you just a tiny dose of the creeps.

(Via Gizmag)

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RIM tweets planned BlackBerry 7 unveiling

Screenshot by Steven Musil/CNET)

Research In Motion promises to give more details about devices featuring the BlackBerry 7 operating system tomorrow.

RIM announced on its official Twitter feed that it would release details tomorrow of forthcoming devices featuring the company’s new operating system:

You got it! New #BlackBerry devices are coming w/ our new OS, BlackBerry 7! Check back tmrw 4 deets on #BB7FanNight. ^CH

RIM unveiled its BlackBerry 7 OS at its annual BlackBerry World conference in May. The revamped mobile OS promises easier navigation through its Liquid Graphics interface, as well as faster, richer graphics performance and browsing. The latter is enabled by a revamped BlackBerry browser that includes a just-in-time JavaScript compiler and HTML 5 video support.

BlackBerry 7 OS also brings support for new technologies, including NFC (near-field communications) and augmented reality applications. Voice-enabled search and 720p HD video recording also make their debut on the new OS.

CNET’s Bonnie Cha contributed to this report.

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Clear intros 4G mobile hot-spot router with unlimited data plans

Clear introduces the 4G-Apollo mobile hot-spot router from Clear.


Of all 4G mobile Internet access devices, the Clear 4G+ modem is arguably the best deal. It’s not the fastest nor the cheapest, but its offers consistent performance (as tested around California) and, most importantly, also comes with affordable unlimited data plans.

Unfortunately, as a modem, it provides Internet access only to the single computer it’s plugged into. Now that’s about to change. Clear announced today the Clear 4G-Apollo, a mobile router that offers similar 4G Internet access to up to eight Wi-Fi clients.

Like all mobile hot-spot routers, the Apollo connects to a cellular wireless network by itself and shares the connection via its built-in wireless access point. This means WiFi clients, such as laptops, game consoles or even smartphones can get connected conveniently. Clear also claims that the Apollo’s built-in battery offers up to 6 hours of continuous usage.

Similar to the case of the 4G+ modem, Clear says that the new Clear Spot 4G-Apollo will offer consistent 4G download speeds in the range of 3Mbps to 6Mbps with bursts of up to 10Mbps. It also comes with an unlimited data plan that starts at just $35/month with no contract required.

The mobile router is slated to cost $99 to buy $6 a month to lease. It will be available by the end of July.

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Advertisements, awards, and yes, even more cosplay

SAN DIEGO–By the second day of Comic-Con, it’s not surprising to be a bit tired from the full-on convention experience. Ads are everywhere and seem to outnumber even convention-goers, but there’s more to the con than just swag.

Creators, promotionals, awards, and even more cosplay (photos)

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