Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Wednesday, 10 April, 2013

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The Ten Sexiest Computers Of All Time
Review: Best MacBook Case Looks Like A Book
Union Boss Cory Moll Leaves Apple After Two Years Battling Cupertino
Baroness Margaret Thatcher RIP: The Iron Lady's IT Industry Legacy
G-Technology Delivers Solid State Drive-Like Sustained Performance in a Compact External Hard Drive Solution
G-Technology Launches New Evolution Series Flexible Storage Solution for the Digital Workflow


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The Ten Sexiest Computers Of All Time

The Register's Tony Smith says that unhappily, few computer designs truly stand out as classics, but he's posted his picks for 10 that do, and the late Steve Jobs was instrumental in bringing three of them to market.

The Jobsian three include Apple's MacBook Air, the 2000 Power Mac G4 Cube, and the original NeXT Cube

You can read Tony Smith's article and check out his other nine selections here:
http://bit.ly/17ohmdx






Review: Best MacBook Case Looks Like A Book

T-GAAP's E. Werner Reschke says the new BookBook laptop cover by twelvesouth makes your Mac Book Air or Pro with Retina Display look like an ancient book. The front and back covers are nice and rigid to keep your MacBook safe from impact and covered with distressed leather to give it that vintage feel. The spine also has markings, but some are worn out like you'd expect with an older book. Inside your MacBook stays safe and snug with a soft, chocolate brown, velvet-like, pillowed lining.

For the full review, click here:
http://bit.ly/10PbkxE






Union Boss Cory Moll Leaves Apple After Two Years Battling Cupertino

The Register's Jasper Hamill report that the founder of a union for Apple retail workers has quit his job after two years spent battling for better pay and job prospects. Cory Moll, who works in San Francisco, founded the union in 2011 and has been an outspoken critic of Apple's treatment of its staff.

For the full report, visit here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/09/apple_union_boss/






Baroness Margaret Thatcher RIP: The Iron Lady's IT Industry Legacy

The Register's Gavin Clarke notes that Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who died Monday at age 87, worked alongside the world's first business computer and privatised the UK's phone network, and her deregulation policies had liberating effects on the development and availability of technology. Clark says Mrs. Thatcher's 1981 British Telecommunications Act put the country's phone network firmly on the road to privatisation, leading to the availability of better technology and services thanks to private-sector competition in lines, phones and other products.

He also observes that it was Thatcher's love for the private sector that also injected a dose of entrepreneurial spirit into Blighty's arm: her belief that anyone could achieve anything with the right idea at the right time appealed to many, and than Britain's fledging computer hardware and software makers Acorn, Sage, Sinclair and Amstrad hit their stride in the 1980s during Thatcher's 11 1/2 year tenure in office - the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th Century. The biggest British IT technology success to emerge from the Thatcher era was the ARM team that sprang from pioneer Acorn, their low-power RISC processor design being today the planet's most popular embedded processor architecture that powers multi-millions of iPhones, iPads, and most other brand smartphones and tablets.

Margaret Thatcher herself had a science background, albeit in chemistry and not computer engineering. Among her vast array of life accomplishments was her membership of the team that invented soft-serve ice cream.

For the full The Register report, visit here:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/09/maggie_thatcher_obit/






G-Technology Delivers Solid State Drive-Like Sustained Performance in a Compact External Hard Drive Solution

G-Technology has announced its new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt, a compact, desktop external hard drive that's claimed to deliver hard drive capacity with SSD-like performance, taking full advantage of the speed and power of Thunderbolt. Leveraging G-Technology's well-known G-DRIVE design, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt delivers sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, which is up to three times faster than standard 3.5-inch desktop external hard drives. The broader creative professional market now has access to an extremely high-performance, high-capacity and portable editing solution for maintaining 2K and 4K workflows.

New high-resolution media formats and related files sizes require massive storage and faster data transfer rates to efficiently edit and distribute content throughout the workflow. For example, an uncompressed 2K digital video format consumes more than one terabyte (1TB) per hour and requires approximately 305 megabytes per second (MB/s) sustained throughput for smooth editing with no dropped frames. These high-resolution video formats, along with the rising popularity of higher megapixel DSLR cameras that shoot professional 2K video, has created a need for a new high-performance storage solution designed to meet the needs of today's digital content creators.

Previously, most storage solutions able to support 2K and 4K were either bulky multi-bay solutions, or were extremely expensive and sacrificed needed capacity for the performance of SSDs. By bringing the cost of entry down for those making the jump to richer media formats such as 2K and 4K, G-Technology is empowering today's independent professionals and other small production studios with more cost-effective, efficient workflows.

Introducing the New G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt

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No external storage solution using a single 3.5-inch hard drive form factor has taken advantage of the performance of Thunderbolt until now. Delivering sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, the new G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is a performance leader in the desktop, external hard drive category. Optimal for Thunderbolt-enabled Mac systems, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is easily transportable for editing in the field or in the studio. Based on G-Technology's high-quality G-DRIVE design, it provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion and to daisy chain with other Thunderbolt-based devices. It easily supports compressed 4K and multiple streams of 2K, HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 4444 and uncompressed SD workflows. With up to 4TB capacity, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is Mac-formatted and is Apple Time Machine ready.

"We work closely with many high-profile studios and independent professionals, so we understand the rigorous requirements of production workflows. With our latest product release, we continue to deliver high-performance and reliable external storage solutions that our customers have come to expect from G-Technology," says Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology/HGST Branded Business. "In a class of its own, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt combines outstanding performance, innovative patent-pending technology, reliability and ample capacity so digital content creators can focus on their creativity, not their gear."

The G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be available this summer through G-Technology and its Premier Channel Partners. The MSRP for the 4TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt will be $849.95. A 2TB G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt solution will be available for $699.95.

See "Storage Evolved" at NAB 2013, G-Technology Booth #SL12105:

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HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, visit the company's website at:
http://www.hgst.com






G-Technology Launches New Evolution Series Flexible Storage Solution for the Digital Workflow

G-Technology announced at NEB the first solutions in its new Evolution Series family the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, and the G-DRIVE ev and the G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. Together, they provide quick content transfers for photography, 2K and 4K digital cinema workloads with easy storage expansion, high performance and high reliability in a user configurable solution. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is the only two-bay solution with interchangeable and rugged storage modules that have the flexibility to be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives.

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Whether in the field or in the studio, the Evolution Series design allows for various storage system configurations, including JBOD, RAID 1 (redundancy), RAID 0 (performance) or used as standalone external drives modules to meet the most demanding digital content workflow and data management needs. As capacity or performance needs grow, simply expand and scale by using more high-capacity, high-performance external hard drive modules with the same docking station for quickly creating camera card backups, easily separating and organizing projects, shuttling dailies or proxies, or delivering final work to clients.

The G-DOCK ev also allows users to defer the cost of Thunderbolt across multiple hard drives. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt serves as the high-performance Thunderbolt hub for quickly copying data to as many USB 3.0 G-DRIVE ev external storage modules as needed for protecting, transferring, editing and distributing content throughout the workflow.

For the Creative Pro, Time is Money

Many creative professionals manage complex workflows and multiple stakeholders. Their storage solutions must simply work protect and move data quickly and reliably throughout the workflow as movie directors, producers and photographers are on tight deadlines and cannot recreate that shot. There is no room for error as a full day's shoot on set or on location could be worth millions of dollars no time to waste for lost data, or slow transfers or edits. The Evolution Series docking station and interchangeable and expandable external hard drive modules help meet the changing capacity and performance requirements of today's creative professionals. Collectively, the Evolution Series helps streamline the digital content workflow, making copying, transferring, editing and distributing content more efficient, scalable and reliable.

G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt

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The Evolution Series G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is a two-bay, hot-swappable JBOD media drive system with user-configurable RAID 1 (protected) or RAID 0 (performance). Unlike other two-bay solutions that only offer bare hard drive modules that cannot be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives, the G-DOCK ev ships with two 1TB removable and portable G-DRIVE ev external hard drive modules with USB 3.0. The G-DOCK ev provides dual Thunderbolt ports for future external storage expansion and for daisy chaining with other G-DOCK ev solutions or other Thunderbolt-based devices. Customers can purchase more 500GB or 1TB G-DRIVE ev and 1TB G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules for ultimate flexibility and scalability, using one G-DOCK ev system. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt comes in a stylish all aluminum design with a Kensington Lock slot and a three-year limited warranty. The G-DOCK ev is Mac-formatted out-of-the-box. The Thunderbolt cable is included.

G-DRIVE ev External Hard Drive Module

The Evolution Series G-DRIVE ev is a rugged USB 3.0, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution with transfer rates of up to 136MB/s. Paired with an Evolution Series G-DOCK ev, or used as a standalone external hard drive, the G-DRIVE ev is flexible for use in the field or back in the studio when connected to the G-DOCK ev for quick data backups, duplication and transfers. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev comes in a compact all aluminum enclosure, featuring USB 3.0 for plug-and-play connectivity to other computers and workstations, and a 6Gb/s SATA interface for connection to the G-DOCK ev. It is available in 1TB or 500GB capacities.

G-DRIVE ev PLUS External Hard Drive Module

The Evolution Series G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive module with USB 3.0 delivers transfer rates up to 250MB/s, which can be paired with an Evolution Series G-DOCK ev, or used as a standalone external storage device. It provides the speed and flexibility demanded by today's creative professionals. The G-Technology G-DRIVE ev PLUS is a compact, 2.5-inch, 7200RPM hard drive-based external storage solution in an all aluminum enclosure, featuring USB 3.0 for plug-and-play connectivity and a 6Gb/s SATA interface for connection to the G-DOCK ev. The G-DRIVE ev PLUS comes in 1TB capacity.

"When it comes to my storage needs, reliability, speed and capacity matter most," says Vincent Laforet, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, filmmaker and G-TEAM member. "I depend on my equipment to work like a pro whether I'm shooting commercials for companies like Famous Footware or photos for The New York Times. As a G-Technology G-TEAM member, I've been testing an early sample of the G-DOCK ev and G-DRIVE ev and it's clear that G-Technology understands the demands of pre-production and post-production workflows. This is definitely an evolutionary approach in delivering storage solutions that help speed up the workflow."

"Time is money when it comes to professional digital workflows. We've designed the new Evolution Series to meet the rigorous demands of the world's best content creators. The new Evolution Series makes it fast and simple to make backup or duplicate copies of digital content in a portable format for various team members involved in the post-production process," comments Mike Williams, vice president and general manager, G-Technology/HGST Branded Business. "Providing a clear return on investment, the design of the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt also lets customers invest in a Thunderbolt-based system with the flexibility to buy multiple G-DRIVE ev or G-DRIVE ev PLUS drives for customized, project-based workflows."

The G-DOCK ev, which includes two 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules, will be available in May through G-Technology and its Premier Channel Partners for an MSRP of $749.95. Designed as a flexible and scalable ecosystem, additional 500GB or 1TB G-DRIVE ev modules can be purchased separately for a MSRP of $149.95 and $199.95, respectively. For increased performance the 1TB G-DRIVE ev PLUS modules can also be purchased separately for use with the G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt. The G-DRIVE ev PLUS modules will be available this summer for $349.95 MSRP.

Experience "Storage Evolved" at NAB 2013: G-Technology Booth #SL12105:

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Twitter: @GTechStorage
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About HGST

HGST (formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies or Hitachi GST), a Western Digital company (NASDAQ: WDC), develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise class solid state drives, innovative external storage solutions and services used to store, preserve and manage the world's most valued data. Founded by the pioneers of hard drives, HGST provides high value storage for a broad range of market segments, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Personal Storage. HGST was established in 2003 and maintains its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California. For more information, visit the company's website at:
http://www.hgst.com



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