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Weekend tech reading: An update on 3D NAND, building your own NAS, 1Tb satellite broadband due 2019

By Matthew
Feb 14, 2016
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  1. Micron 3D NAND status update After samples of their upcoming 3D NAND were sighted in the wild at CES, Micron has taken the time to provide some details about the flash memory and their plans for it. A lot of this is a recap of information we've previously covered, but we've got some new details and a better idea of the roadmap for the future. AnandTech (also, Intel SSDs may get speed, capacity boost with new Micron chips)

    ViaSat unveils first global broadband communications platform to deliver affordable, high-speed internet connectivity and video streaming to all The ViaSat-3 platform is the next big step for ViaSat to fulfill its ambition of delivering a global broadband network with enough capacity to deliver more consumer choice with an affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming service. The first two satellites will deliver more than twice the total network capacity of the approximately 400 commercial communications satellites in space today -- combined. ViaSat

    The ins and outs of planning and building your own home NAS Recently I began outgrowing my home file server. It's an older Mac Mini with 1TB of storage space, and though it has worked well enough for several years (and through more than one OS X Server review), it's not a great choice for someone who primarily uses it as a file server. It's not as expandable as I'd like it to be, its Fusion Drive setup offers no redundancy, and as a general-purpose computer it is rendered unnecessary by the 27-inch 2012 iMac on my desk... Ars Technica

    Minimally invasive "stentrode" shows potential as neural interface for brain A DARPA-funded research team has created a novel neural-recording device that can be implanted into the brain through blood vessels, eliminating the need for invasive surgery and the risks associated with breaching the blood-brain barrier. The technology was developed under DARPA’sReliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program, and offers new potential for safely expanding the use of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs)... DARPA

    Examining soft machines' architecture: An element of VISC to improving IPC Last week, Soft Machines announced that their 'VISC' architecture was available for licensing, following the announcement of the original concepts over a year ago. VISC, in a nutshell, is designed as a solution to improving the number of instructions per clock a single thread can process in a given time, which potentially makes it a very interesting design in an era where IPC gains are harder and harder to realize. AnandTech

    Body heat triggers shape change in new type of polymer Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But a research team led by Chemical Engineering Professor Mitch Anthamatten at the University of Rochester created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone, opening the door for new medical and other applications. University of Rochester

    Research reveals carbon films can give microchips energy storage capability After more than half a decade of speculation, fabrication, modeling and testing, an international team of researchers led by Drexel University's Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Patrice Simon, of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, have confirmed that their process for making carbon films and micro-supercapacitors will allow microchips and their power sources to become one and the same. Phys.org

    Moore's law really is dead this time Moore's law has died at the age of 51 after an extended illness.In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore made an observation that the number of components in integrated circuits was doubling every 12 months or so. Moreover, as this site wrote extensively about in 2003, that the number of transistors per chip that resulted in the lowest price per transistor was doubling every 12 months. Ars Technica

    With "MyShake" app, your phone feels earthquakes and automatically warns scientists Your newest app hums away in the background as your phone lies on the coffee table. The gentle thump of your speakers, the quiver of sound waves from a slammed door or a coffee mug set down too abruptly -- these things do not perturb it. But as soon as the app feels the telltale rumble of a earthquake, it perks up. Popular Mechanics

    The schism over Bitcoin is how Bitcoin is supposed to work The bitcoin community can't even agree on whether it’s breaking up. Last month, Mike Hearn -- an ex-Googler and one of the biggest names working on the software underpinning bitcoin -- made more than a few headlines when he called the digital currency "a failed experiment." He not only parted ways with the bitcoin community. He sold all his bitcoin. Wired

    World's internet traffic to surpass one zettabyte in 2016 Global internet traffic will pass one zettabyte for the first time this year, after increasing fivefold in the last five years. Cisco, the networking company that supplies much of the world’s internet infrastructure, says that the total amount of traffic will reach around 1,060 exabytes, or just over one zettabyte. Telegraph

    Doom's single player campaign takes 13 hours to complete Speaking to a fan on Twitter, the official Doom Twitter account reveals that the average amount of time it takes to complete the game’s campaign is 13 hours. As it stands, it appears as though the upcoming Doom reboot game is poised to give gamers plenty of bang for their buck. Game Rant

    Suddenly, the solar boom is starting to look like a bubble By all accounts, 2016 should be a great year for solar power providers. In December, Congress extended the federal investment tax credit for solar installations through 2022, convincing analysts to project strong growth for the solar industry in coming years. MIT (also, Engineers devise a way to harvest wind energy from trees)

    4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on sale March 18th Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March. Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the "iPhone 5se" and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. 9to5Mac

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 specs leak ahead of MWC 2016: Snapdragon 652 CPU, 3GB RAM Samsung popular Galaxy Tab family is about to get bigger in the not so distant future. After launching the Galaxy Tab S2 to some success, Samsung is not readying its predecessor, which is likely to be unveiled later this month at MWC 2016. Softpedia

    Why the policy fight over encryption is at an impasse Add this to the list of unresolved policy issues likely to greet the next tenant of the Oval Office: which side to pick in the entrenched battle over whether technology companies should be forced to provide law enforcement with a way to access our encrypted data and messages. MIT

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