QNAP Systems, Inc. today released version 1.1 of OceanKTV - the world's first NAS-based karaoke application - adding many of the features requested in the great feedback it has received since it was launched in January 2016. OceanKTV 1.1 adds YouTube video streaming, allowing users to directly enjoy the near-unlimited amount of music videos from YouTube. This allows users to enjoy music without needing to download or transfer them, providing greater convenience and saving time and storage space.

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“OceanKTV 1.1 also adds the ability to reduce vocals from songs, and provides convenient recommended playlists to provide greater choice to users. They can also add their own YouTube playlists to OceanKTV, and easily add playlist collections”, said Marcus Yang, Product Manager of QNAP NAS.

OceanKTV offers a relaxing karaoke experience with many DJ console features and functions, including song requests, inter-cut, volume control, sound effects, audio switching, and additional audio control features. OceanKTV also provides a handy songbook management tool, allowing users to import karaoke music files and add them to favorite collections. With the new YouTube steaming, it's never been easier to just find a music video and start singing.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today released an updated version of Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 for Mac. This version rectifies slow Samba file transfer in Mac OS X 10.11.5 (and newer), allowing Mac users to directly mount Samba shared folders with efficient high-speed data transfer.

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“Mac OS X 10.11.5 sometimes caused Samba transfer speeds to drop. We're pleased to release Qfinder Pro 2.1.2, which fixes this issue and provides other new user-friendly features,” said Bobby Chen, Product Manager of QNAP, adding "in addition to fixing the Samba file transfer issue, Qfinder Pro 2.1.2 can automatically check for new updates, allowing users to ensure they always have the newest version of Qfinder Pro."

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the i-Memory AI920 Flash drive. Extremely compact and light, the AI920 combines an Apple MFi-certified Lightning connector with a USB 3.1 plug for diverse connectivity. It makes transferring content to and from iOS devices eminently easy and fast, offering support for an extensive range of media and file extensions, subtitles, and Live Photos. The AI920 supports strong encryption and has been designed to resist water and dust for more care-free user mobility. The AI920 is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, with Gold and Rose Gold schemes. A lanyard is included in the package with every AI920.

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Dual connectivity, one compact design
While extra-compact and light, the AI920 integrates Lightning and USB 3.1 connectors to increase its versatility and compatibility. The Lightning connector has been stretched to enable easy plug-in even on iOS devices protected by thick covers that would otherwise prevent connectivity using a shorter plug. The AI920 shares a luxurious, sandblasted metal design that measures just 6.9mm in profile and weighs only 3.6g, making it very easy to store and carry.

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toshiba A100 ssdToshiba Europe GmbH (TEG) Storage Peripherals Division has introduced new entry internal 2.5”/7mm Solid State Drives (SSDs) that allow users to quickly and easily upgrade storage capacity and system performance. Featuring advanced, high-performance 15nm flash memory technology, the SSD A100 drives reduce power consumption, improve system responsiveness, shorten boot times and operate silently compared to conventional HDDs.

Available in 240 GB and 120 GB capacities, the SSD A100 drives combine advanced 3-bit-per-cell 15nm flash memory with Toshiba controller and SLC (single-level cell) cache technology. The drives are ideal for personal or office users looking to upgrade their PCs to a more responsive, power-efficient, shock-resistant solid-state internal hard drive.

Toshiba’s SLC write cache advanced speed technology optimises processing speed to deliver random read and write performance of up to 87000 IOPS and 82000 IOPS respectively. Sequential read speeds are 550MB/s and sequential write speeds are up to 480MB/s. A backward-compatible SATA III interface is rated for maximum data transfer rates of 6.0Gbit/s.

The A100 SSDs offer support for native command queuing (NCQ), S.M.A.R.T. (self-monitoring analysis and reporting technology) and TRIM (requiring OS support). MTTF ratings for A100 models are 1,500,000 hours.

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Intel Corporation today announced that ULTRA, SPHE’s 4K movie streaming service, will debut on computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors beginning Q1 in 2017.

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Coinciding with the expanded availability of the service, ULTRA will add new features like 48 hour rentals and free 10 minute previews, allowing customers to experience a sample of any film on the service in full 4k resolution before buying.

With its new 7th Gen Intel Core processor, Intel is bringing 4K content to mainstream PC users. This latest processor sets a higher bar for richer experiences and incredible performance and responsiveness, with long battery life and true 4K entertainment. More than 100 stunning new devices powered by 7th Gen Intel Core will be available this holiday season, and some will be available as early as September.

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Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced Data Center 400 (DC400) SSD, the latest solid-state drive to its family of enterprise solutions. DC400 SSD is an entry-level enterprise drive designed for server use in data centers especially for customers who deploy a rip-and-replace strategy. It is ideal for read-intensive applications such as boot, web servers and lower data rate operational databases and analytics – especially in data center mixed workload environments where endurance and reliability are important.

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DC400 SSD offers superior quality of service for data center customers whose workload environment calls for sustained IOPS and consistent low latency. An expanded on-board DRAM acceleration cache enables high, sustained IOPS to increase performance over a wide range of read/write workloads. Standard as well as user-adjustable over-provisioning improves random IOPS performance and endurance while enterprise firmware improves latency and delivers consistently low data access times under steady-state workloads. Additionally, DC400 SSD features enterprise-class reliability with end-to-end data path protection and firmware-implemented power-loss protection (“pFAIL”).

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Ultimate SU800 SATA 6Gb/s 3D NAND solid state drive, part of a complete range of SSD offerings that utilize advanced 3D NAND Flash. At the forefront of SSD innovation and development, ADATA has committed to transitioning to 3D NAND across its entire SSD portfolio, from mainstream consumer offerings to hardened industrial application models designed for the harshest environments. The Ultimate SU800 is a mid-range model that makes the most of 3D NAND, or stacked Flash, representing a considerable upgrade for existing 2D NAND SSD users and a massive step up for HDD users. With its incorporation of floating gate cell NAND and a high quality SMI controller, the Ultimate SU800 arrives in diverse capacities – 128GB to 1TB. It embodies the 3D NAND generation with higher density, improved performance, and increased reliability when compared to 2D or planar NAND Flash SSDs. ADATA plans to expand the Ultimate series of solid state drives with higher-end SU900 by September.

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With multi-layered 3D NAND Flash, the Ultimate SU800 packs exponentially greater storage density into the same 2.5” form factor of current SSDs. It therefore ships in 128GB to 1TB capacities, offering customers more choice. Whether as an OS boot drive or a mass storage location, the Ultimate SU800 has diverse needs covered. The increased storage density also makes 3D NAND Flash SSDs more energy efficient than 2D NAND Flash drives, as while density grows power draw remains identical. This is even more notable when comparing the Ultimate SU800 to 2.5” internal hard drives: power savings reach 80%, especially with DEVSLP (device sleep) low power mode support. The Ultimate SU800 is an easy fit in ultrabooks, notebooks, and desktops, measuring 7mm thin and bundled with a 2.5mm spacer. Its power-saving operation helps extend mobile PC battery life even more so than current SSDs.

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QNAP Systems, Inc. today announced the release of QTS 4.2.2 – the smart NAS operating system – with its new innovative storage capacity expansion technology. VJBOD (Virtual JBOD) Beta allows users to expand the capacity of a QNAP NAS by using unused storage resources from other QNAP NAS. VJBOD is a great benefit for users with multiple QNAP NAS and helps achieve optimal capacity utilization in a cost-effective way.

“With VJBOD, users can make the best use of available storage resources across multiple QNAP NAS and enjoy a highly-flexible storage expansion solution. With VJBOD and conventional expansion enclosures, users have a wide range of options available to expand the available space of their QNAP NAS.” said Ripple Wu, Product Manager of QNAP.

QNAP VJBOD is network-based JBOD which allows users to allocate storage space from another QNAP NAS iSCSI LUN as an Virtual Disk, then create storage pools, take snapshots, clone snapshots, or index multimedia files into the media library on the local NAS. With VJBOD, a QNAP NAS can use unused storage space from up to 8 remote NAS while at the same time being connected to QNAP expansion enclosures, providing it with massive amounts of storage potential. Moreover, VJBOD can be used in couple with 10GbE/40GbE network and port trunking (link aggregation) to provide users with storage space with high speed and stable connectivity.

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Eyefi Inc. has combined efforts with Toshiba Corporation to deliver state-of-the-art capabilities into the upcoming versions of Toshiba's FlashAir WiFi SD memory card product line. In addition, Eyefi has added direct support for automatic wireless transfer of images from Toshiba FlashAir cards to Eyefi Mobi apps on all major platforms.

"Toshiba is a global leader in the semiconductor industry and one of the primary creators of the SD memory card," said Hiroto Nakai, senior fellow with Toshiba Corporation. "Our collaboration with Eyefi enables a powerful extension of the FlashAir product line and is an exciting development for photo enthusiasts and the imaging industry."

Under terms of the agreement Eyefi and Toshiba have licensed their respective technologies and patents to each other, enabling future generations of FlashAir to incorporate best-in-class features from both companies' product lines into their offerings. Upcoming versions of Toshiba FlashAir cards will support the Eyefi Connected features available today on more than 300 camera models from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Ricoh, Pentax, Olympus, and other leading manufacturers.

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of highperformance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the Premier SC660 external solid state drive and Premier HC660 external hard drive. The two share a luxurious, sandblasted metal design that measures just 9.6mm in thickness. The grooved enclosure featured in both models is highly durable, resistant to shocks, scratches, and chipping thanks to an electroplated coating.

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ADATA continues to offer customers more options for external storage, enabling content mobility with easy sharing, multi-OS compatibility, and enhanced durability. Whether in SSD or hard drive form, the shared design of the SC660 and HC660 makes them highly attractive and practical storage products for users that want a combination of eye-catching style and portability.

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