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  • Apple se lance sur Twitter (MacBidouille)

    Apple continue à s'ouvrir au monde en communiquant de plus en plus que ce soit via ses dirigeants, ou maintenant via les réseaux sociaux. C'est la nouvelle orientation décidée par l'équipe dirigeante et elle a franchi jeudi un nouveau pas en lançant un compte Twitter "Apple Support".

    Le succès a été en rendez-vous et il est déjà suivi par 146000 personnes et Apple a déjà posté plus de 4000 messages, soit près d'une centaine par heure.

    Il est intéressant de voir que la société cherche à modifier son image en devenant plus proche de ses clients, plus "cool".

  • Microsoft offre un nouveau logo à Windows 10 (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Microsoft avait annoncé une refonte visuelle majeure de l'ensemble de ses produits et services, et voilà que l'on découvre les logos en question, y compris celui de Windows 10.
  • Bon plan : WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe pour convertir, redimensionner ou télécharger des vidéos 4K (Génération NT: logiciels)
    WinX HD Video Converter est l'un des outils de traitement vidéo 4K les plus appréciés du marché, il compte aujourd’hui plus de 50 millions d'utilisateurs de par le monde. Une promotion de 50% pour les fêtes de Noël pourrait vous intéresser.
  • Western Digital Ships 12 TB WD Gold HDD: 8 Platters and Helium (AnandTech)

    Western Digital has begun to ship its WD Gold HDD with 12 TB capacity to partners and large retailers. The 3.5” drive relies on the same platform as the HGST Ultrastar He12 launched this year, and will initially be available to select customers of the company. The WD Gold 12 TB is designed for enterprise workloads and has all the performance and reliability enhancements that we come to expect, but the availability at retail should make them accessible to wider audiences.  

    From a hardware point of view, the WD Gold 12 TB is similar to the HGST Ultrastar He12 12 TB hard drive: both are based on the fourth-generation HelioSeal technology that uses eight perpendicular magnetic recording platters with a 1.5 TB capacity for each platter. The internal architecture of both HDDs was redesigned compared to predecessors to accommodate the eighth platter. Since the WD Gold and the Ultrastar He12 are aimed at nearline enterprise environments, they are equipped with various sensors and technologies to protect themselves against vibration and as a result, guarantee sustained performance. For example, the WD Gold and the Ultrastar He12 attach their spindles both to the top and the bottom of the drives. In addition the HDDs feature a special technology that increases the accuracy of head positioning in high-vibration environments to improve performance, integrity, and reliability. Finally, both product families support TLER (time-limited error recovery) rebuild assist mode to speed up RAID recovery time.

    Since the WD Gold 12 TB and the HGST Ultrastar He12 are similar internally and feature the same 7200 RPM spindle speed, they also have similar performance — the manufacturer puts them both at 255 MB/s sustained transfer rate and 4.16 ms average latency. The main difference between the WD Gold and the HGST Ultrastar He12 are the enterprise options for the latter: there are models with the SAS 12 Gb/s interface and there are models with SED support and Instant Secure Erase feature.

    Comparison of Western Digital's WD Gold HDDs
      WD121KRYZ WD101KRYZ WD8002FRYZ WD6002FRYZ WD4002FRYZ
    Capacity 12 TB 10 TB 8 TB 6 TB 4 TB
    RPM 7200 RPM
    Interface SATA 6 Gbps
    DRAM Cache   256 MB 128 MB
    NAND Cache   Unknown No Yes Unknown
    Helium-Filling   Yes No
    Data Transfer Rate (host to/from drive) 255 MB/s 249 MB/s 205 MB/s 226 MB/s 201 MB/s
    MTBF 2.5 million
    Rated Annual Workload 550 TB
    Acoustics (Seek)   - 36 dBA
    Power Consumption Sequential read 7 W 7.1 W 7.2 W 9.3 W 9 W
    Sequential write 6.8 W 6.7 W 7 W 8.9 W 8.7 W
    Random read/write 6.9 W 6.8 W 7.4 W 9.1 W 8.8 W
    Idle 5 W 5.1 W 7.1 W 7 W
    Warranty 5 Years
    Price as of September 9, 2017 MSRP $521.99 $410.99 $327.99 $244.99 $183.99
    Per GB $0.0435 $0.0411 $0.041 $0.0408 $0.046
    GB per $ 22.98 GB 24.33 GB 24.39 GB 24.48 GB 21.73 GB

    Western Digital aims its WD Gold and HGST Ultrastar He-series drives at operators of cloud and exascale data centers that demand maximum capacity. The 12 TB HDDs can increase the total storage capacity for a single rack from 2440 TB to 2880 TB, replacing 10 TB drives with 12 TB drives, which can be a major benefit for companies that need to maximize their storage capacity per watt and per square meter. Where the HGST-branded drives are made available primarily through B2B channels, the WD Gold are sold both through B2B and B2C channels and thus can be purchased by wider audiences. For example, boutique PC makers, as well as DIY enthusiasts, may start using the WD Gold 12 TB for their high-end builds, something they could not do with the HGST drives. These HDDs may be considered as an overkill for desktops, but since WD’s desktop offerings top at 6 TB, the WD Gold (and the perhaps inevitable future WD Red Pro 12 TB) is the WD’s closest rival for Seagate’s BarraCuda Pro drives.

    The WD Gold HDD is currently available directly from Western Digital for $521.99 as well as from multiple retailers, including Newegg for $539.99. While over $500 for a hard drive is expensive, it is actually less than Western Digital charged for its WD Gold 8 TB about 1.5 years ago ($595) and considerably less than the initial price of the WD Gold 10 TB drive last April.

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  • Ecrans OLED: Apple serait obligée de payer des pénalités à Samsung (MacBidouille)

    Selon ETNews, Apple devrait payer à Samsung des pénalités de plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars. Cela ferait partie d'une clause du contrat qui lie les deux sociétés pour l'achat de dalles OLED destinées aux iPhone. Or, Apple en aurait commandé bien moins qu'escompté, ce qui ouvre le droit à ce dédommagement.

    Pour éviter de payer cette somme en cash, Apple serait en négociation avec Samsung pour trouver un terrain d'entente plus favorable. L'une des pistes envisagées serait de passer de grosses commandes de dalles OLED destinées aux iPad et ordinateurs portables futurs.

    La fourniture de dalles OLED pour l'iPad est un casse-tête pour Apple depuis le début. Samsung est le fournisseur exclusif, même si LG devrait le rejoindre. Toutefois LG a récemment dû fermer une de ses usines de production à cause d'un problème dans la chaîne d'assemblage, ce qui n'augure rien de bon.

  • HMD Closes Nokia Brand and Patents Deal with Microsoft, Smartphones Due in 2017 (AnandTech)

    HMD Global and FIH Mobile on Thursday announced that they had completed their buyout of Nokia assets from Microsoft which opens a way for return of Nokia branded smartphones to the market. As expected, HMD and FIH will keep selling Nokia-branded feature phones in developing countries but will add a range of android-based smartphones and tablets to the lineup in 2017. The two companies hope that relationships with operators as well as manufacturing assets (Foxconn) will be instrumental for making their endeavor a success.

    As reported earlier this year, HMD Global and FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group (we will call the company “Foxconn” for simplicity), paid Microsoft approximately $350 million in cash for various Nokia-related assets. Under the terms of the agreement, HMD got exclusive rights to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets globally (except Japan) for the next 10 years, standard essential cellular patent licenses, software for feature phones and some other intellectual property. Meanwhile, Foxconn got a manufacturing facility in Hanoi, Vietnam, which is used to manufacture Nokia-branded devices along with customer contracts, critical supply agreements, sales and distribution assets (in fact, these will be owned by a subsidiary of FIH called TNS and HMD will have rights to acquire TNS over the next ten years) and so on. HMD and Foxconn will jointly develop, manufacture and sell Nokia-branded devices, whereas Nokia will participate in development and will receive royalties covering both brand and IP rights from HMD for sales of every Nokia-branded product. The three companies are poised to work together because they critically depend on assets owned by each other.

    In its announcement on Thursday, HMD reaffirmed plans to introduce a range of Android-based smartphones and tablets in 2017. The company’s announcement was short on details, but it confirmed that the devices will be jointly developed with Foxconn under supervision of Nokia (which intends to control certain aspects of design, performance, and feature-set of the devices), who has know-hows not only in high-volume manufacturing but also in device engineering. Given the short amount of time that HMD, Foxconn and Nokia had to design their new devices, expect the latter to use already known hardware platforms, but add certain elements for differentiation. We do know that Nokia has developed its own UI for Android called Z Launcher, hence it is logical to expect the company to expand the project for Nokia-branded smartphones. Meanwhile, since a lot of important Nokia IP (e.g., PureView imaging, ClearBlack display, etc.) remains at Microsoft, three companies will have to either develop certain technologies from scratch or use off-the-shelf solutions. Such approach has pros and cons: on the one hand, it is hard to create a unique device based on popular platforms; on the other hand, it is possible to build a device in a relatively short amount of time. Hence, expect HMD Foxconn and Nokia to reveal their first smartphone already in the first half of 2017.

    Right now, the core business of HMD and Foxconn is Nokia-branded feature phones that are popular primarily in developing countries. On Thursday, HMD also announced the Nokia 216 handset with a 2.4” display running the Nokia 30-series software that will be inexpensive but will still provide basic “smart” functionality like Internet browsing and multimedia playback. Even though sales of such phones are rapidly decreasing, there are still hundreds of millions of such devices sold every year. HMD naturally hopes that it will be able to replace feature phones with inexpensive smartphones and thus will capture a sizeable chunk of the market. As such, expect HMD to focus on not only advanced models for the U.S. and Europe, but also on affordable smartphones for countries like India and Russia, where the brand is particularly strong and where reasonably priced phones are popular. From a market share point of view, inexpensive models are more important than the flagship devices. Nonetheless, Xiaomi and some other makers clearly demonstrated how fine flagship devices affect brand recognition, hence, they are crucial for success.

    Wrapping things up, the deal between Microsoft, HMD Global and FIH Mobile is now closed and Nokia-branded smartphones (and tablets) are on their way back to the market. It is unlikely that we will hear about them anything at CES, but HMD Global will be present at MWC 2017 and this is where the firm will likely showcase at least some of the upcoming products or at least their key features.

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    Sources: HMD Global, FIH Mobile, Nokia.

  • Fin de Windows 7 : Microsoft Security Essentials bénéficiera de mises à jour (définitions de malwares) (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Après la fin de support de Windows 7, la protection Microsoft Security Essentials aura encore droit à des mises à jour pour les signatures de malwares.
  • Safari 12 pour Sierra et High Sierra (MacBidouille)

    Apple propose Safari 12 pour Sierra et High Sierra.

    L'essentiel porte sur la sécurité et éviter les publicités trop intrusives.
  • Les pires mots de passe de 2019 (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Et voilà le beau classement des pires mots de passe de 2019 concocté comme de tradition par SplashData.
  • Votre Téléphone et Windows 10 : les appels disponibles pour tous avec Android (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Avec l'application Votre Téléphone, tous les utilisateurs de smartphone Android peuvent prendre des appels mobiles depuis leur ordinateur Windows 10.
  • Patch Tuesday : Microsoft corrige une 0day activement exploitée, mais pas de panique (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Dernier Patch Tuesday de l'année pour Microsoft. Plutôt léger, avec toutefois la correction d'une faille 0day qui a été exploitée dans des attaques et en lien avec une vulnérabilité dans Google Chrome.
  • Fin de Windows 7 : une alerte en plein écran mi-janvier (Génération NT: logiciels)
    La fin de support de Windows 7 est pour le 14 janvier 2020. Le 15 janvier, Microsoft le dira au plus grand nombre d'utilisateurs concernés avec l'affichage d'une notification en plein écran.
  • Kingston Updates HyperX DDR4 Lineup with DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200 Modules (AnandTech)

    Following Intel’s announcement of the new Core i7 Broadwell-E lineup of HEDT processors with six, eight and ten cores, Kingston has recently refreshed its HyperX family of DDR4 memory modules. The new kits offer up to 64 GB capacities and run at data rates of up to 3333 MT/s with relatively low timings.

    The new Kingston HyperX Predator Black DDR4 memory modules feature 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB capacities and are offered in 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB dual-channel and quad-channel kits. Being designed primarily for quad-channel memory sub-systems (yet, compatible with all DDR4-supporting PCs), the modules will run at low data rates of 3000 MT/s, 3200 MT/s and 3333 MT/s (dual-channel only for 3333), and timings of CL15 for 3000 MT/s or CL16 for 3200/3333 MT/s. All modules are rated to operate at the recommended DDR4 enthusiast setting of 1.35 volts, which is higher than JEDEC’s recommendations, but is in line with the voltage of all high-end DDR4 memory sticks.

    Kingston HyperX Predator Black DDR4 DIMMs and Kits
    Data rate Latency Module Capacity Kit Capacity Number of Modules Voltage Part Number
    3000 MT/s CL15 4 GB 8 GB 2 1.35V HX430C15PB3K2/8
    4 GB 16 GB 4 HX430C15PB3K4/16
    8 GB 16 GB 2 HX430C15PB3K2/16
    8 GB 32 GB 4 HX430C15PB3K4/32
    16 GB 32 GB 2 HX430C15PB3K2/32
    16 GB 64 GB 4 HX430C15PB3K4/64
    3200 MT/s CL16 4 GB 8 GB 2 1.35V HX432C16PB3K2/8
    4 GB 16 GB 4 HX432C16PB3K4/16
    8 GB 16 GB 2 HX432C16PB3K2/16
    8 GB 32 GB 4 HX432C16PB3K4/32
    3333 MT/s CL16 8 GB 16 GB 2 1.35V HX433C16PB3K2/16

    To simplify setting the right clock-rates and timings on compatible Intel X99 and Intel 100-series motherboards, the HyperX Predator Black modules support XMP 2.0 SPD profiles. To maximize their cooling capabilities for overclocking, the memory sticks are equipped with aluminum heat spreaders. All of Kingston’s HyperX Predator Black DDR4 modules are validated to work with Skylake-S (i7-6700K etc), Haswell-E (5960X etc) and Broadwell-E (6950X etc) processors.

    Exact prices of the new HyperX Predator Black DDR4 memory modules from Kingston are unknown, but we expect them to be in line with similar components of these specifications.

  • Firefox en version 72. Quoi de neuf ? (Génération NT: logiciels)
    La version 72 de Firefox bloque par défaut les scripts de fingerprinting. Elle réduit la nuisance des demandes de notification des sites et rend disponible le Picture-in-Picture sur macOS et Linux.
  • SilverStone Launches SX800-LTI: SFX-L, 800 W, 80 Plus Titanium (AnandTech)

    SilverStone has quietly published specifications of its new SFX-L power supply with 800 W output on its website. The SX800-LTI is designed for small form-factor gaming PCs that use SFX compliant PSUs and can accommodate an SFX power supply that is 3 cm deeper than specified by the standard. The novelty will be one of a few SFX-class PSUs on the market supporting multi-GPU systems and custom-built graphics cards as well as the second PSU to carry the 80 Plus Titanium label.

    Growing demand for high-performance SFF gaming PCs in the recent years has catalyzed a number of PSU suppliers to add SFX power supplies into their product lineups. In the meantime, the market of SFF gaming PCs inevitably got segmented, departing from canonical SFF computers but still not transforming into orthodox high-performance desktops. For example, there are Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX systems that can accommodate many hardware components, and there are ATX systems that can take advantage of smaller PSUs, slim/mobile ODDs and so on. Specifically for such PCs (and at requests by select customers), SilverStone last year introduced its first SFX-L PSU, which is 3 cm deeper than specified by the standard (more details at FormFactors.org), but which could provide up to 700 W of power and featured proper cooling using a 120-mm fan. The SFX-L PSUs cannot fit into traditional chassis that follow the SFX spec (for miniature desktops or DVRs/HTPCs) down to the last letter in a bid to minimize dimensions, but most gaming cases have an extra 3 cm and thus are compatible with such power supplies. This year, SilverStone is further increasing the output of its SFX-L to 800 W.

    SilverStone SFX-L Series DC Output Specifications (Rated @ 40 °C)
      SX700-LPT SX800-LTI
    Rated Combined Rated Combined
    +3.3V 22 A 120 16 A 80 W
    +5V 22 A 15 A
    +12V 58.4 A 700 W 66 A 792 W
    -12V 0.3 A 3.6 W 0.3 A 3.6 W
    +5Vsb 3 A 15 W 2.5 A 12.5 W
    Total Power 700 W 800 W

    The SilverStone SX800-LTI PSU is compliant with the SFX12V V3.3 as well as ATX12V V2.4 specifications and carries the 80 Plus Titanium certification badge (which means that it is at least 90% – 94% efficient under a 20%, 50% and 100% load for 110V), just like its predecessor. The power supply’s chassis is 125 mm wide, 63.5 mm tall, but is 130 mm deep, up from 100 mm specified by the standard. Surprisingly, SilverStone does not bundle an SFX to ATX adapter bracket with the SX800-LTI PSU (similar to its predecessor) but users can buy it separately for $17, which is odd as the adapter is bundled with less powerful SFX PSUs.

    The SX800-LTI is equipped with a 120-mm fan featuring intelligent RPM control (and speeds from 955 RPM to 1695 RPM) that does not spin at loads below 30%. The PSU has a modular design with flexible flat-type cables to ensure easy cable management. Just like other high-end PSUs, the SilverStone unit has over power, over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature protection as well as short circuit protection, and uses Japanese electrolytic capacitors rated to handle increased temperatures.

    Silverstone SFX-L PSU Series
    Connector type 700 W
    SX700-LPT
    800 W
    SX800-LTI
    ATX 24 Pin 1
    EPS 4+4 Pin 1
    PCIe 6+2 Pin 4
    SATA 9 12
    4P Molex 3
    Floppy 1

    As for connectivity, the SilverStone SX800-LTI PSU has EPS12V power connectors (one 24-pin and a 4+4-pin connector), four PCIe 6+2-pin power connectors, 12 SATA power connectors, three 4-pin Molex plugs and even an FDD header. The presence of four 8-pin (6+2) auxiliary PCIe power connectors makes the power supply compatible with all high-end graphics cards released in the recent years, including NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX cards that have up to two 8-pin power inputs, AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X that needs two 8-pin power plugs as well as highly-custom video cards like EVGA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti K|NGP|N that needs two 8-pin and one 6-pin connector.

    In fact, SilverStone’s SFX-L PSUs are the only SFX-class power supplies that can boast with such compatibility with advanced graphics adapters. By contrast, most gaming-grade SFX PSUs have one 8-pin connector that is enough for the vast majority of SFF gaming PCs (in the end, you cannot install more than one GTX 1080-class video cards into a Mini-ITX build), but not for those systems pack custom or multi-GPU graphics adapters.

    SilverStone’s SX800-LTI PSU is expected to hit the market in the coming weeks, but there is nothing more precise that we can share at this point. MSRP of the unit s also unknown but the previous-generation SFX-L power supply from the company, the SX700-LPT, can be obtained for $160.

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