The number of apps in Windows Store - Microsoft’s online software shop - has apparently doubled in 10 days.
The code bazaar, Redmond's equivalent of Apple’s wildly successful App Store, distributes software for x86 and ARM-powered Windows 8 machines. On 21 September it broke the 2,000 app barrier with 2,079 available downloads.
That’s roughly twice as much the 1,000-odd titles available when Microsoft officially threw open the store to submissions from third-party application developers on 11 September.
Free apps continue to dominate: 83 per cent are on the house, down from 89 per cent on 9 September. Read more...
NEC said Monday that it has developed a new lithium-ion battery technology that doubles the life span of conventional models.
The new technology will be used in large batteries for applications such as electrical power systems in buildings and homes, where longevity is a major concern, the Tokyo-based electronics conglomerate said.
Consumers long for batteries that will increase the life of their smartphones and tablets, but a growing market also exists for larger rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in such fixed locations. Read more...
Barracuda Networks Inc. announced today it has doubled the capacity available to customers of its backup service while keeping the price the same.
The new cloud storage offering includes 200GB of storage for $50 per month, which works out to 25 cents per gigabyte. That storage includes unlimited backup and restore bandwidth.
"Data usage is increasing quickly, while IT budgets are falling under considerable pressure," said Guy Suter, general manager of the Barracuda Backup Service. "We make the choice simple for customers transitioning from old tapes to modern backup technology by doubling the cloud storage available for the same low cost." Read more...
OCZ today released the fifth generation of its PCI-Express SSD (solid state drive), which it said can perform at a 2.8GB/sec read rate.
The new Z-Series SSD R4 doubles the performance of the previous generation SSD, according to OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen.
Past generations of OCZ's Z-Drives sported up to 2TB of capacity and 1.4Gbit/sec throughput. The latest model comes in capacities ranging from 300GB to 1.2TB on a half-height card and from 800GB to 3.2TB on a full-height card.
Unlike previous generations of OCZ drives, which were sold directly to end users, the new hardware is targeted directly at server manufacturers. Read more...