News Category: Hardware

SUSE Preps Linux for ARM Servers

The move toward ARM-based servers took another step forward this week as SUSE announced plans for server and storage versions of Linux supporting 64-bit ARM SoCs. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Enterprise Storage will be available before the end of the year. Intel currently dominates the...
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Smallest Hard Disk to Date Writes Information Atom by Atom

Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University managed to bring this reduction...
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How To Really Erase Any Drive -- Even SSDs -- in 2016

You may already know that "deleting" a file does nothing of the sort. Securely erasing drives before you sell a computer keeps your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Good news: it's easier than ever to fully erase data. SSDs - now the standard in Ultrabooks and Macs - are a...
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Penguin Computing Accelerates OpenPOWER-based Magna Servers

Today Penguin Computing announced Open Compute Project (OCP)-based systems that reinforce both its continued collaboration with NVIDIA and new options in Penguin Computings Magna family of OpenPOWER-based servers. "Customers benefit when we partner with exceptional organizations like NVIDIA, the...
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Raspberry Pi: Amazon Releases Recipe for Baking a Low-Cost Alexa Voice Assistant

Alexa is mostly restricted to the US, but Amazon has posted a step-by-step guide on how to build your own companion anywhere in the world. Amazon has released a step-by-step guide on how to turn the $35 Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled assistant. The instructions demonstrate how to set up the...
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BBC Micro Bit: Can One Million of These Tiny Computers Create the Next Generation of Coders?

The BBC has started delivering the first of its Micro Bit programming boards to students, a project which it hopes will help create the next generation of coders and tech entrepreneurs. Up to one million of the devices will be delivered free to 11- to 13-year-olds in the UK, who can then use the...
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Hard Drives Are Heading the Way of Floppies, But When?

Solid-state drives are making inroads as the default mass storage option in PCs. HP and Toshiba execs weigh in on when SSDs will finally overtake HDDs. A decade ago, 3.5-inch floppy disk drives stopped appearing as standard features in personal computers. Now, with the rise of solid-state drives,...
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A Bunch of New ARM Hardware Will Be Supported With Linux 4.6

The ARM SoC updates were mailed out on Sunday afternoon for the Linux 4.6 kernel and it provides mainline support for thirteen new SoCs!  Over a dozen new ARM System-on-a-Chips are new to the mainline Linux 4.6 kernel code. The newly-supported platforms include Axis Artpec-6 SoC (artpec6), TI...
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ownCloud Pi Device to Run on Snappy Ubuntu Core 16.04 LTS and Raspberry Pi 3

We reported last year that ownCloud was in talks with WD (Western Digital) Labs to help them develop a community project that would bring a self-hosted cloud storage device in users' homes. The idea behind the self-hosted device, which will be powered by the ownCloud Server software, was to...
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Western Digital Offers Raspberry Pi Community 314GB Drive

The PiDrive 314GB device is based on Western Digital's high-volume 500GB platform with design changes made specifically for Raspberry Pi. WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions specialist Western Digital (WD) announced availability of the WD PiDrive 314GB, a storage device...
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