As a matter of course, laptops are getting smaller and lighter as technology and consumer demand increases, but the reduced size may often come at the cost of reduced space for internal hardware. To accommodate the increasingly skinny laptops, mSATA solid state drives (SSDs) are more often seen taking the place of their chunkier 2.5-inch cousins.
The latest release by Samsung is a market first, not because of the amount of data it can store, but because of its size. 1TB hard drives have been on the market for some time, but with the release of the 840 EVO mSATA, the South Korean tech giants have managed to shrink their SSD by a whopping 60%! That makes the tiny little hard drive the first 1TB mini-Serial ATA SSD available on the market, though there are sure to be others who try to replicate Samsung’s success.
The EVO will read data at 540 MB/s and is able to write at a very reasonable 520 MB/s, which is more than enough to give a lagging old laptop the injection of speed it so desperately needs. Even if 1TB is way more hard drive than you ever think you’ll need (though you’d be surprised!) Samsung are also offering their little innovation in other sizes. When the product appears on the market sometime this month, you will be able to choose from 120, 250 and 500 GB volumes too.
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Bad news for Microsoft comes in the form of this chart from Statista, which shows the slow adoption rate for latest operating system updates, Windows 8 and 8.1.
According to data gathered by Net Applications, Windows 8 is the operating system being used on only 9.3% of computers over a year after its initial release. To put this in a clearer perspective, a year after its release, predecessor operating system Windows 7 had already conquered over 20% of the available market. Even worse, Windows 7 is still growing even now- which is impressive when you consider that according to Microsoft, the retail period for their older operating system ended in October.
Although sales for Windows 8 began to pick up around July of this year, the figures seem to have almost plateaued by November, meaning that in over 14 months of sale, the operating system has less than 10% of the market. When it was first released, Windows 7 was heralded by fantastic reviews and a steady adoption rate, making many users reluctant to switch to Microsoft’s latest operating system, preferring the 4-year-old alternative by far.
Whilst these estimates are in no way definitive, Microsoft no doubt hopes to bolster its Windows 8 sales thanks to holiday sales.
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After years of work, efforts to reduce the amount of phishing scams flying into e-mail inboxes has finally paid off, thanks to the development of a set of e-mail authentication standards. After almost a decade spent trying to limit e-mail scams, two Google security researchers finally have an answer.
Google anti-abuse specialists Elie Burszetein and Vijay Eranti seem to have an answer for the problem which internet standards groups have been working on since 2004. The pair writes that that authentication standards used to verify e-mail are now in widespread use across the internet. These two standards are called DomainKey Identified E-mail (DKIM) and Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and they were put in place to ensure that e-mails have been sent from secure locations.
According to the security researchers, over 91.4% of the nonspam e-mails which are sent to Gmail users come from authenticated senders. The authentications standards put into place can help to block the billions of phishing and spam e-mails which are sent every year by ensuring that e-mails come from a verifiable source. The adoption of the DKIM and SPF standards by the majority of domains means that Google can reject hundreds of millions of unauthenticated e-mails per week.
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The latest handy feature from Google allows users to save their Google Calendar data as a zip file so that they can easily access their schedule even when they aren’t connected. The new straightforward new feature was introduced to user accounts on Thursday, so if you want to, you can begin using it right now.
To download your Google Calendar data, you will need to start by logging into your Gmail account. In the upper right corner of the screen you will find your account picture, which you will need to click on to access the Account button. Once you’ve arrived on the Accounts page, you will need to click on the link which reads “Download your data”, this can be found in the menu on the left side of the page. Click on the blue “Create an archive button”.
Google will present you with a list of the services which are available for you to export. Select the Calendar option and make sure to click on the Edit button next to it, this allows you to remove calendars which you aren’t interested in downloading. When you are ready, click on “Done” and then finally you can select the “Create Archive” button. Google will inform you when you zipped Calendar file is ready to be downloaded, and you will simply be allowed to save the file to your hard drive.
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Apple’s iOS 7 was released in September to the sound of considerable griping from device users, but three months later it seems that most users have accepted the design overhaul. Figures taken from Apple’s App Store have shown that the new operating system has been installed on at least 74% of devices.
The iOS 7 operating system was launched in September to coincide with the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, along with the new iPad Air, which hit shelves only a month later. These new devices were all shipped with iOS 7 installed, whilst users with older iPhone and iPad models were all encouraged to update to the new operating system.
Figures taken from App Store users who logged in over a week have revealed that iOS 7 is now present on most of Apple’s mobile devices, but there are of course some hold-outs. Around 22% of all device users have chosen to continue using iOS 6, whilst a remaining 4% are actually running an even older operating system. It is worth noting that certain older devices such as the original iPad or the iPhone 3s are actually not capable of running iOS 7.
With a 10% increase in upgrade numbers from October, iOS 7 has the fastest adoption rates of any Apple software release. The release of iOS 7.1 is expected to be announced by Apple at some point in the near future.
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The latest feature to be introduced to Facebook by Zuckerberg’s band of merry men is an ‘unfollow’ feature which is gradually being rolled out across user accounts. Not to say Facebook is playing catch up with other social networks or anything, but that sounds a little bit on the familiar side.
The new feature is aimed at anyone whose Facebook feed is inundated with obnoxious acquaintances and rage-inducing distant relatives. So basically, most of us. The Unfollow option is taking aim at one of the biggest insults in the age of social media: the unfriend button. Since Facebook has become so widespread and commonly used, few things seem to insult people as much online as being unfriended.
To avoid removing users completely, you will now be able to use Facebook’s unfollow feature to simply turn off updates from your oversharing friends list. A feature similar to this has already existed in the newsfeed for some time, labeled as “Hide” and tucked away in a drop down menu next to posts. The point of the Unfollow button is to make this whole process easier, so you can quickly mute someone’s annoying updated without them ever having to know that you’re not reading about their riveting posts about their breakfast and the traffic.
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Up until recently, YouTube’s big plans for the holidays involved the release of the site’s new subscription music service; however those plans have been pushed into 2014. The rollout of the new service has now been given an indefinite debut date sometime in the first quarter of the New Year.
According to reports, the reason for the delay is that whilst YouTube’s licensing agreements and legal obligations are all in place and updated, the actual product still needs some more fine-tuning. One of the biggest issues that YouTube’s developers will need to solve is how to integrate professionally recorded works with popular user-generated content such as mash-ups and remixes.
YouTube is famously known as the world’s largest video site, but perhaps less well-known is the fact that it is also the world’s largest music service. The music subscription service will likely have a similar format to online music competitor Spotify, and will be able to deliver on-demand music with the option for a premium ad-free version.
It is still unclear what will become of Google’s clumsily-named music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access. Google, who own YouTube, may opt to integrate its existing streaming service with YouTube, though nothing has been confirmed or denied by the tech giant.
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