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Patriot Stellar 64GB Review (Page 1 of 8)

When you buy a new device nowadays like a laptop, tablet, or even a smartphone, there are quite a number down the specifications list to keep in mind, such as the processor speed, amount of RAM, and its weight. Of course, none can overlook the capacity of the system -- this is especially true for smaller devices. Multimedia hungry users of the twenty first century want to cram more and more into them, while hoping we will still have enough space to fling some foul fowl at pigs, rearrange numbers into powers of two, or control a sporadic flying bird through pipes. When people cannot get this space, we look at alternatives like expandable storage through microSD cards. Even with phones being able to store as much as 64GB internally, people want more room for pictures, videos, and music. When the Nexus 5 was launched in 2013, it was criticized for having a lack of expandable storage. It was one of the best price-to-performance phones on the market at the time, yet because of the lack of a Micro USB slot, some people chose other options. As you can see, having extra storage seems to be important to people, whether they actually use it or not. So for those that need more room in their devices and do not have any expandable storage slots, Patriot seems to have a solution to this dilemma right now, and it is called the Patriot Stellar 64GB. While it may not be a permanent solution, it is a USB flash drive made to work with both your PC and with Android tablets and phone via a Micro USB connection on the other end. Will this finally put these storage thirsty users to rest, or will they continue to cry for more? This and other questions will be answered in today’s review!

SK Hynix, Others Benefit From DRAM Shortage

From EETimes: The worldwide semiconductor market grew 5% last year to a record $315 billion, despite a nearly 10% drop in PC sales and a smartphone market whose viral growth appears to be slowing for the first time in several years.

The $315 billion figure, which Gartner reported Thursday, is almost $10 billion higher than estimates published by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) just a month ago.

Office for iPad apps top 12 million downloads in one week

From PC World: It looks like Apple's free iWork suite for iOS just wasn't enough for many iPad users. One week after landing in Apple's App Store, Microsoft's Office for iPad has already seen more than twelve million downloads, the company tweeted from its Office account on Thursday. The Office apps also topped Apple's list of most popular iPad apps soon after their introduction on March 27 and still remain in the top three spots.

EU votes to abolish throttling Internet bandwidth

From PC World: Blocking and throttling Internet traffic will become illegal in the European Union following a parliamentary vote on Thursday.

Members of the European Parliament voted to close loopholes in a proposed law that some believed would have created a two-tier Internet. The so-called Telecoms Package originally described “specialized services,” which would have allowed Internet service providers to charge more for more data-intensive content services such as voice over IP and streaming video.

Apple Looking to Purchase Majority Stake in Japanese Chip Maker for iPhone Screens

From DailyTech: Apple sees Samsung in a position of greater control over its supply chain, and seems to be working toward similar goals with a potential majority stake purchase of a Japanese chip venture.

According to Reuters, Apple is currently in talks to purchase a 55 percent stake in Renesas Electronics Corp's chip division -- called Renesas SP Driver.

Yahoo turns on encryption between data centers

From InfoWorld: Yahoo said Wednesday it was encrypting traffic flowing between its data centers, several months after leaked documents revealed the government had been sniffing those links.

Traffic moving between Yahoo data centers is fully encrypted as of March 31, the company announced on its Tumblr blog. Last October, documents provided by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said the NSA had penetrated the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google's data centers.

Intel plans new Braswell chip for PCs, over 20 Chromebooks

From PC World: Intel is preparing a new “Braswell” chip to succeed its power-efficient Bay Trail processor found in PCs besides working on bringing over 20 Chromebook designs to the market this year.

“Last year, we had only four designs on Chrome. Today I can announce that we will have over 20 designs on Chrome,” said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel’s PC Client group, on Thursday.

It’s the latest sign that momentum is growing behind Google’s Chrome OS, as Intel is also relying on Android to help lift its mobile processor fortunes.

Nokia's $55 MD-12 Wireless Speaker Uses Hard Surfaces to Boost Bass

From DailyTech: In addition to a few new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones, Nokia has unveiled a new portable speaker called the MD-12 that's small, yet promises big sound. Nokia says that the speaker is about the size of an apple and has a built-in vibrating actuator that can produce bass when placed onto a hard surface. Nokia says the tech lets the speaker create levels of bass that aren't expected from such a small device.

Budget Minded Lumia 630 ($159/$169) and 635 ($189, w/LTE) Announced

From DailyTech: As anticipated, the Lumia 630/635 were announced at Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) BUILD conference by Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1V) Nokia Devices.

Nokia's strongest traction has been on the budget end. That success hasn't exactly been an accident. While lower-end hardware at lower cost is largely an inescapable reality on all smartphone platforms, Nokia has been offering Windows Phones for under $200 without subsidy (!) that feature premium designs.

The Windows Phone 8.1 equipped Lumia 630 and 635 continue this trend.


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