Seagate IronWolf ST12000VN0007 12TB Review (Page 1 of 11)

Does it blow your mind how much data we are generating nowadays? While our Microsoft Word documents may be getting larger, or you have an ever-growing collection of photos thanks to high quality smartphone cameras, the elephant in the room is the amount of power we have in our hands to generate ridiculously large video files. Think about it: Every respectable modern smartphone can capture video at 4K resolution, and with these 4K videos come a large demand for storage. I recently shot a three and a half minute video on my Apple iPhone X at 4K, and the 50Mbps default bitrate meant I was left with a whopping 1.25GB file. Even if I converted it using the H.265 codec with reasonably high compression at reasonably high quality, a 25Mbps stream would have netted me with a still massive 625MB file. Thankfully, the storage industry is ahead of the game, where the word "massive" is rather tame in describing their storage capacity nowadays. This includes the Seagate BarraCuda Pro ST12000DM0007 12TB I reviewed back in December 2017 and the IronWolf Pro ST12000NE0007 12TB I wrote about in the first review of the year. Today, we will take a look at the third and final 12TB model of the trio, the IronWolf ST12000VN0007 12TB. Compared to the IronWolf Pro 12TB, the warranty is shorter, the workload rating is a lower, and it is not supposed to play in NAS systems beyond eight drives. But what you will get is an extra $40 in your pocket to spend on other things. Is the sacrifice worth it? Read on to find out!

You can now preorder Apple's $349 HomePod

From CNET: The smart speaker became available for advance orders in the online Apple Store in the US, UK and Australia on Friday. While you can typically put in an order for new Apple products at 12:01 a.m. PT, the HomePod wasn't available until just before 5:45 a.m. PT.

A little patience was required for Apple's latest product. The consumer electronics giant unveiled the HomePod at its developer conference in June and said it was slated to ship in December, but it ended up delaying the release to early this year. The device will hit stores Feb. 9.

Walmart and Rakuten take on Amazon with Kobo e-reader alliance

From The Verge: Walmart has struck a deal with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten that will see the US company become the exclusive mass retailer of Kobo e-readers. Co-branded Walmart and Kobo apps will be released for ebook and audiobook content, which will be available through Walmart's website, and Walmart retail stores will also sell digital book cards.

Report: New Wireless Charging iPhone SE Expected by June

From PC Mag: Apple's iPhones aren't exactly cheap, in fact, the iPhone X set the price bar even higher when it was priced at $1,000. But Apple knows there's a market out there for more budget-friendly smartphones, which is why we got the iPhone SE back in 2016. Now a refresh of that entry-level handset is expected to appear by June.

Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute annoying websites

From The Verge: Google is releasing a new version of Chrome to users this week, and it includes a number of new interesting features. The best addition is the ability to mute entire sites that autoplay videos. There are a number of sites on the web that have decided to annoy users by playing videos that follow you while you scroll a page with the sound on. Instead of frantically closing the tab (or muting it) and swearing at your monitor, you can now just simply right-click the offending tab and mute the entire site for good.

Google Parent Alphabet Announces New Cybersecurity Firm

From PC Mag: Google parent Alphabet on Wednesday announced the formation of a new independent cybersecurity business called Chronicle.

Born in the web giant's X moonshot factory in 2016, Chronicle is "dedicated to helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm," the company's CEO, Stephen Gillett, a former Symantec executive, wrote in a blog post. Chronicle is developing an intelligence and analytics platform to help businesses better manage and make sense of their cybersecurity data.

Nintendo's killing its first mobile app after just 2 years

From CNET: For years, fans and analysts had anticipated Nintendo's move to smartphone gaming -- expecting to see ports of popular Mario titles, or a portable version of the Wii and Wii U's virtual console games. What we got, however, was something completely different. Nintendo's first mobile game was called Miitomo, a weird social quiz game that revolved around silly jokes, funny hats and the company's cute, customizable Mii avatars.

Plex Now Lets You Stream Your Media in VR With Friends

From PC Mag: Media streaming service Plex is embracing virtual reality.

Plex, for the uninitiated, organizes all your media content — movies, TV shows, music, and photo collections — and streams it to your devices. Now you can stream that content in virtual environments. Imagine watching your favorite show in a fancy virtual apartment or a drive-in movie theater. That's now possible, with Plex VR, which is launching today on Google's Daydream platform.

Microsoft shoots for AutoSave parity in Mac Office 365

From ComputerWorld: Microsoft last week added an auto-save feature to the core applications in Office for Mac 2016, matching what Windows users were given in August.

AutoSave is available only to Office for Mac 2016 users who are also subscribers to Office 365.

With the refresh to Office for Mac 2016 - which updated the version number to 16.9 - Word, Excel and PowerPoint now automatically save files opened from Microsoft's cloud-based storage services, including OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online.

EU fines Qualcomm $1.23 billion over Apple deal

From CNET: Antitrust regulators for the EU have hit Qualcomm with a billion-dollar fine Wednesday for paying Apple to use only its chips.

The European Commission regulators have accused the chip giant of violating antitrust laws by making payments to ensure exclusivity.

But big as it is, the fine could have been bigger still. Regulators set the fine at 997.4 million euros (US$1.23 billion). Qualcomm could have faced a fine as high as 10 percent of its annual revenue, which was $22 billion in 2017.

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