Patriot Blaze 240GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

I recently went to the theaters with one of my friends, where we watched the movie "The Imitation Game". In this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch played the life of Alan Turing, with the main focus of his life during World War II. In short, Alan Turing was a mathematician at Princeton University. In 1939, he was called to help the British army decipher German's Enigma signals, which would help them determine the location of various war vehicles, whether boats or tanks. The movie painted Turing as a socially awkward man with a high intelligence quotient. However, his one friend from his grade school days, Christopher Morcom, encouraged him by saying this: "Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine." Being Hollywood, this quote is repeated to a point of excess in the movie, but it brings up an important point. Turing, due to his low social abilities, is seen as ordinary, or even plain. However, with his intelligence, he is able to help the Allies defeat the Germans in their own game. Getting to our review today, if you take a look around, practically every manufacturer is releasing their sub-50 cent per gigabyte solid state drive, just to get into the budget market. Whether it is OCZ or Crucial, everyone seems to be doing it. Even two weeks ago, we reviewed the Ultra II from well-known flash memory manufacturer SanDisk. The obvious problem is in determining which one to buy -- which manufacturer is outing a product with performance like "no one can imagine"? Patriot is no stranger to enthusiasts for their performance parts, but they have nonetheless thrown their hat into the ring with the Blaze and we can only wonder where this drive fits into the market. Is there more to the Blaze than we expect? Hopefully this question, and more, will be answered in today's review!

Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB Review (Page 1 of 10)

What should you do if you are driving a friend home, but do not exactly know where they live? I do not know about you, but personally, I found the easiest way is to ask them for directions. Sure, pulling up Google Maps works, but what works better than asking the person who actually live there? As logical as this may sound, things do not always work out as it does in theory. One time, I was driving my friend home. As I neared the street of where she lives, I asked if I should turn left or turn right. Without much thinking, she told me to turn left. Being as reasonably skeptical as I should be, I asked her if it was this left (Pointing to my actual left) or that left (Pointing to my actual right). She told me it was "that left", pointing to our actual right. Sometimes, taking things at face value can be deceptive, regardless of what we have learned in the past. A few years ago, owning a solid state drive meant you were ballin'. For $600 a piece, products like the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB represented the best of the best. Nowadays, SSDs in that capacity range can be had for about a hundred bucks, with every manufacturer jumping in with their entry into the segment. Some examples include the Crucial MX100, OCZ ARC 100, Patriot Blaze, and SanDisk Ultra II; all of which are decent performing consumer grade SSDs. Today, we will take a look at yet another product in that price range; namely, the sub-$90 Silicon Power Slim S80 240GB. Using a Phison PS3108-S8 controller, MLC NAND flash (Rather than TLC), and rated at 550MB/s read and 500MB/s write, can we take it at face value, or is there more to the story? Read on to find out!

Microsoft wants to make Powerpoint more Web-friendly, buys LiveLoop

From InfoWorld: Microsoft has acquired LiveLoop and its technology for sharing PowerPoint presentations online more easily.

The software giant didn't reveal any financial details, but confirmed the deal via email saying the team from LiveLoop will help build great collaboration across Office applications, as part of the company's strategy to reinvent productivity.

Google Chrome's data-saving compression feature hits PCs

From PC World: Google recently added another way to reduce your PC's bandwidth demands when you're tethering, or any other situation where every megabyte counts.

Chrome users can now add a new extension called Data Saver (Beta) from the Chrome Web Store that compresses web pages on Google servers before delivering them to your PC, a feature that mobile Chrome has offered since 2013. The new extension does not work when Chrome is in incognito mode or when you connect to a site using SSL (HTTPS) encryption.

Google reportedly turning Web game into TV show

From CNET: Google already makes the software that powers some televisions. Now it wants to make some of the content that shows up on TV.

The search giant is reportedly developing a TV show based on Ingress, a game created by Google's Niantic Labs gaming studio, according to The Information.

Ingress is a game that involves players going to various real world landmarks -- like a public sculpture or a sign -- and "capturing" it for their team by using various commands on their smartphones.

Amazon fluffs up its cloud services for consumers

From CNET: Amazon is bolstering its cloud-storage services to consumers, on Thursday rolling out two new unlimited packages that let users stow away either just photos or every kind of file.

The Unlimited Photos plan costs $12 a year, and includes an additional 5 gigabytes of storage for videos or other files. The Unlimited Everything plan costs $60 a year and lets customers store as many photos, videos, files, documents, movies and music as they want. Both plans, offered through the Amazon Cloud Drive application, come with free three-month trials.

More than half of all IE users face patch axe in 10 months

From InfoWorld: More than half of all Internet Explorer (IE) users have less than 10 months to discard their browsers, and either update to a new edition of IE or dump Microsoft for one of its browser-making rivals.

The majority of IE users face a support retirement deadline that Microsoft unexpectedly announced last August. After Jan. 12, 2016, Microsoft will support IE9 only on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, IE10 only on Windows Server 2012, and only IE11 on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Uber's Amsterdam office raided by Dutch authorities

From PC World: Uber keeps crashing into laws and regulations in Europe, but it’s keeping the foot on the accelerator.

Following raids in Belgium and France, Dutch authorities raided Uber’s Amsterdam office on Thursday as part of an investigation into the ride-hailing service UberPop, which a court ruled illegal in the Netherlands.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge arrive in US on April 10

From CNET: Samsung hopes to reverse its fortunes with a radically redesigned flagship smartphone.

The company said that its Galaxy S6 smartphone, alongside its curvy sibling, the Galaxy S6 Edge, will go on preorder Friday and then become available for purchase at carrier and retail stores on April 10 -- the same day that HTC's One M9 goes on sale and that Apple begins taking preorders for its Apple Watch.

HTC will sell unlocked One M9 for $649 online on March 27

From CNET: April 10 is shaping up to be a busy day for smartwatch and smartphone fans.

HTC said Thursday that its latest premium smartphone, the HTC One M9, will land in carrier and retail stores on April 10. That's the same day that Samsung plans to release its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge and that Apple opens up its Apple Watch for preorders and in-store fittings.


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