Microsoft and Barnes & Noble Merger: Operational Joint Working Plan

Microsoft representatives have recently announced the intentions of the corporation to merge with Barnes & Noble company. Barnes & Noble has established reputation for being the global leader in the production and sale of electronic books, as well as other Internet services dedicated to the sale of various goods. The company is currently working at production of electronic book entitled Nook which operates on Android platform. Specialists and analysts declare unanimously that the main goal of Microsoft and Barnes & Noble merger is the creation of a new company; the company will be oriented on the production of electronic books which will operate on Windows 8 platform.


Both companies’ representatives keep from commenting on the detailed structure of the future company. The unveiled info shows that both companies will continue working at creation and production of Nook electronic books. The merger is called to bring benefits to all involved parties: Microsoft will enter into …

Offbeat Chassis Cooler Master HAF XB Review

Cooler Master is one of the companies that always amaze potential users by high-quality and, at the same time, offbeat framework of hardware items. For instance, its High Air Flow (HAF) series of PC cases is differentiated by a quite uncommon design, combined with a powerful cooling system. Cooler Master HAF XB is probably the most outstanding model within the series, since it is something like a borderland between an open stand and a modding case. However, offbeat framework is not the only attraction of this product. Let’s find out some other advantages of this case.



General Peculiarities


Cooler Master HAF XB is compatible with ATX/micro-ATX/mini-ITX motherboards and ATX PS2 power supply units. The case is made of steel with some plastic inclusions. It features two bays for 5.25-inch drives, the same number of bays for 3.5-inch drives, and six bays for 2.5-inch devices. Expansion facilities are introduced by seven slots. Internal spacing is enough to house 334 mm long …

HGST Announces Corporate-Class Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drives

Despite the emergence of ultra-fast and voluminous SSD devices, data processing centers still require classical storage solutions. Hence, HGST, an affiliate company of Western Digital, decided to comply with the corporate demands by introducing budgetary hard drives entitled Ultrastar C10K1800. The new-comers are targeting exactly DPC-systems which are in need of high performance combined with fail-safe behavior.



HGST Ultrastar C10K1800 drives feature 2.5-inch form-factor and come in diverse capacity variations (from 300 GB to 1.8 TB). The models employ SAS interface with 12 Gb/sec throughput. It should be noted that designers involved the minimal amount of plates on the maximal possible tape density. The latter are thought to rotate with 10.520 RPM.


The implementation of only few plates provides for the reduction of power consumption; this is supposed to be a great benefit since the drives are estimated for a durable 24/7 operation. Thus, an average power consumption …
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