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Microsoft Build 2016: live blog

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Microsoft is expected to talk about Windows, Hololens, Skype, Azure, Data and Developer Tools at the Build 2016 developer conference in San Francisco. CEO Satya Nadella and Windows and Devices executive vice president Terry Myerson, among others, will each give keynote addresses at the Moscone Center.

The highly anticipated event will focus on momentum, developer opportunity, platform shifts, intelligence and interactive user experiences, and progress on Microsoft’s three, interconnected ambitions: creating a more personal computing experience; reinventing productivity and business processes; building an intelligent cloud platform.

Follow our live blog below for real-time updates as the event unfolds.

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4 things you can do with Samsung’s 49-inch curved monitor

Aside from gaming!

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Samsung’s newest curved monitor is big — like literally, it’s 49 inches. When it arrived at the GadgetMatch HQ, all the boys pooled around the massive sight and got excited about the games they could play. They then proceeded to play said games and for a good afternoon, the boys were busy “reviewing” the device.

Managing Editor Marvin hard at work testing out this unit

This video, crafted with love, is the result of countless hours spent with the monitor as they tested it out with unparalleled enthusiasm.

Of course, at first look, I didn’t care much about this monitor. Sure, it’s pretty cool, but the only games I really play are Travel Frog and Sims Mobile, so this thing pretty much didn’t register to me as something I’d want or even need. But, since it took up all the space, I got curious: Aside from gaming, what else can we use it for?

I asked members of the GadgetMatch team and these were their answers.

Video editing with a wider view 

Of course, dealing with video is a delightful task if you have all this space on a monitor. Kevin, who makes videos for us, basically took up the whole screen with his editing software. He explains that this screen “fits all the needed windows and tools so they’re easily available when you need them.” Just imagine all the tools and settings right in front of you!

Rodney, who heads social video production on the team, maximizes all the space for his editing, too. He says, “having a monitor this big helps a lot in really seeing all of the details. It’s easier to spot if there’s anything in the video that’s not supposed to be there.”

Multitask because you now have space to do so!

Let’s be real, we all wish we could multitask this well.

MJ, our Associate Visual Producer (or the dude you go to for pictures and graphics), put the monitor to use by working on his illustrations and watching cartoons — yes, both windows side by side. Of course, this isn’t something he could normally do on his laptop. He claims this is a great way to refresh his creative juices as he worked on tasks at hand.

Rodney, on the other hand, chose the monitor to follow basketball highlights as he worked on quick projects on his laptop. “It’s pretty amazing how I can lay them out and kind of just let my eyes dart from one video to another while also checking the stats and standings on another window,” he says.

Finally, I tried out this 49-inch monitor and put its usefulness to the test.

Social media monitoring

We do a lot of live posting and social media monitoring, and handling all these tasks is a dream on this large display. There was literally no need to shift windows as everything was onscreen all the time. Every single tab I had to open had space on this thing and it was glorious.

Online stalking 😂


Honestly, we’ve all done it at some point. If you don’t wan’t to admit you do it, let’s just say that the bigger the screen, the more info you can put on there. The possibilities are definitely endless.

The wider view is amazing. Since the monitor is curved, it gives you a better look at everything at one glimpse. My time with this thing was a definite eye-opener.

And, contrary to popular belief, it’s definitely not something only gamers should be excited about.

SEE ALSO:  Samsung Galaxy S9: An honest review of AR Emoji and more

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The world’s largest SSD packs a whopping 100 terabytes

Guess how many songs you can fit in that

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The very first disk storage unit, the IBM 350 released in the 1950s, only had under 5MB of storage capacity. It was also a pretty big machine: 60 inches long and 68 inches high. For context, 5MB only fits one song.

Times have definitely changed.

The world’s largest solid state drive has just been announced and it houses a whopping 100TB. Nimbus Data’s ExaDrive DC100 has the capacity of three times more than what already exists in the market and it will supposedly draw 85 percent less power per terabyte. The device is plug-and-play compatible and will read and write at speeds of 500MB/s. It has a SATA connection which means it should be compatible with most PCs. Nimbus Data also guarantees unlimited endurance for five years.

The drive is currently being tested by select customers but it should be available to everyone this summer.

Oh, and for context: That’s 20 million songs or 20,000 HD movies in a 3.5-inch package.

SEE ALSO: SSD and HDD: What’s the difference?

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Samsung’s latest 2.5-inch SSD has record 30TB of storage

Yet another world record by Samsung

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We were already impressed by the 512GB microSD card and 2TB flash drive, so you can imagine our collective jaws dropping when we found out Samsung released a 30TB solid state drive (SSD).

Yes, this an SSD and not the slower mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) that normally reaches this storage level.

Labeled as the PM1643, it’s the most spacious 2.5-inch SSD in the world. The previous record holder happened to be Samsung as well when the company launched a 15.36TB SSD back in 2016.

The exact amount is 30.72TB coming from 32 units of 1TB NAND flash. Its 2,100MB/s sequential read and 1,700MB/s write speeds outdo most consumer SSDs thanks to 40GB of built-in RAM.

As you can obviously tell, this is meant for enterprise users and will cost a sum as crazy as the storage itself — exactly how much is not yet known.

And because it uses the newer Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, don’t expect this to connect to your desktop PC or notebook.

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