Kingston SDXC UHS-I U3 64GB Review

Are numbers important? The way I see it, sometimes, you will just have to go and ask her for it assertively. As Wayne Gretzky once said, "You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take." No wait... that is not the number I am talking about. So let's start this paragraph over again. Are numbers important? Of course they are. At the same time, we must understand numbers do not necessarily tell the whole story. Remember when people thought higher clock speeds always meant faster processors, more megapixels meant better camera picture quality, and more watts meant better sounding speakers? (Okay, maybe some of these still apply today, but you get the idea.) But just because numbers do not tell the whole story, does not mean they do not tell at least a part of the story. In the age where the cell phone in your pocket has the same resolution as the high definition TV in your living room, and the same device can capture videos at the same resolution as your high end dSLR from just a few years ago, sometimes, we must play the numbers game a little bit. Otherwise, we will still be watching "studio quality" shows captured in 640x480. As we begin to move from 1080p to 4K, it is absolutely crucial for us to realize in every evolutionary step we take in the technology world, it is never one thing that changes. Instead, it is a combination of many items that allow us to make progress. Imagine this: You have just bought a brand new 4K capable camera. You turn it on, and as soon as you start recording, the buffer runs out, and it stops. It was then you realize your SD card cannot write the data fast enough. Imagine the disappointment on your face! Therefore, to keep this hypothetical scenario from happening, today, we will take a look at the Kingston UHS-I U3 64GB SDXC card. Promising a whopping 90MB/s read and 80MB/s write, is this the card to buy for all your Ultra HD needs? Read on to find out!

IBM profit falls 21 percent on weak hardware sales, workforce writeoffs

From InfoWorld: Falling hardware sales and the cost of layoffs hit IBM's profit hard in the first quarter, sending it down 21 percent from a year earlier. Sales also fell, sliding 4 percent from last year's first quarter to $22.5 billion.

The quarterly results include an $870 million write-off for workforce rebalancing. Over the past few years, IBM has been cutting parts of its workforce as it shifts its focus to cloud and analytics services. Up to 6,000 IBM employees in the U.S. may be at risk of losing their jobs this year.

Strong PlayStation sales create supply problems for Sony

From PC World: Sales of Sony’s PlayStation 4 platform have surpassed 7 million units worldwide but supply problems are continuing, the electronics giant said.

Now available in 72 countries and regions, the platform had notched the milestone as of April 6, Sony Computer Entertainment said Thursday, about a month after it announced sales hit 6 million.

“We are still facing difficulties keeping up with the strong demand worldwide,” Andrew House, SCE president and group CEO, said in a release.

Nokia stops sales of Lumia 2520 tablet over electric shock fears

From CNET: Nokia has suspended sales of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet over fears that the charger could give you an electric shock.

Anyone with a Lumia 2520 in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and the UK is "strongly advised to suspend use of the AC-300 charger until further notice."

Nokia also urges people in those countries and in the USA not to use the travel charger accessory. Sales of the 2520 continue in the US, but the travel charger has been removed from shelves.

Mt. Gox CEO Refuses to Come to the U.S. in Financial Crimes Probe

From DailyTech: Bitcoin robber baron Mark Marie "MagicalTux" Robert Karpelès has reportedly "lawyered up" according to a report by Reuters. Mr. Karpelès needs all the legal advice he can get as he is currently under investigation in the U.S. by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the law enforcement wing of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Intel sells more tablet chips but profits still fall

From InfoWorld: Intel shipped 5 million processors for tablets in the first quarter, but profits fell as PC sales remained weak.

Net income for the quarter ended March 29 was $1.9 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago, Intel said on Tuesday. Revenue increased 1 percent to $12.8 billion.

The slight revenue improvement came largely from its Data Center Group, which sells Intel's Xeon server products. Revenue from its Mobile and Communications Group, which sells chips for tablets and smartphones, tumbled 61 percent.

Mt. Gox files for liquidation as Japan rejects rehab plans

From PC World: Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has abandoned its bid for revival and filed for liquidation with a Japanese court, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Tokyo-based Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest trading place for the digital currency, collapsed in February with liabilities of ¥6.5 billion ($63.6 million), saying nearly half a billion dollars worth of bitcoin was unaccounted for and that hackers had exploited a software problem.

Samsung readies first Tizen phone launch for end of Q2

From CNET: Samsung's own open-source mobile operating system, Tizen, will soon make its way to store shelves.

The consumer electronics giant told Reuters on Wednesday that its first Tizen-based smartphone will launch toward the end of the second quarter. The handset will be a high-end offering that could compete with flagship smartphones running Android. A midrange device will launch at some point after that.

Lenovo Outs New Flex Notebooks, Desktop PCs

From DailyTech: Lenovo has announced the launch of new notebook and desktop computers. The new desktops include the A Series A540 AIO, which has a 23.8-inch multi-touch LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. This AIO has an aluminum shell that is 4mm thick at the edge.

Google patches Android icon permissions attack

From InfoWorld: Google has issued a patch for an attack that could lead an Android user to a phishing site, according to security vendor FireEye. FireEye recently spotted an malicious Android application that could modify the icons of other applications so that when they're launched, they send victims to a phishing website.

The malware is abusing a set of permissions known as "com.android.launcher.permission.READ_SETTINGS" and "com.android.launcher.permission.WRITE_SETTINGS."

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