Month: October 2017

Seagate’s 12TB hard drives bring massive storage to desktop PCs and NAS boxes

By Brad Chacos
Senior Editor, PCWorld Seagate’s 12TB hard drives bring massive storage to desktop PCs and NAS boxes

There’s a new giant in the world of huge hard drives. On Thursday, Seagate announced 12TB versions of its BarraCuda Pro and IronWolf hard drives for consumers—the largest capacity ever unleashed on the masses.

These aren’t the first-ever 12TB hard drives. Enterprise-level drives already support those capacities. The consumer drives lack some of the advanced (and pricey) reliability features found in the enterprise drive, but the 12TB BarraCuda Pro ($530 on Amazon) is still no slouch. The 3.5-inch drive spins at a speedy 7,200rpm, with a sizeable 256MB cache and a 5-year warranty.

$424.99 MSRP $508.99

On paper, the 12TB model appears poised to carry on the 10TB BarraCuda Pro’s torch. That vast, fast (for a hard drive) storage earned top marks in our tests, and the specifications above show that the 12TB model actually offers higher sustained throughput. You have to wonder what sort of performance you’d see from the 12TB BarraCuda Pro if you paired it with Intel’s Optane caching SSDs.

The 12TB IronWolf models ($576 on Amazon) are designed for use in network attached storage bays like Synology’s DiskStation ($300 on Amazon). The IronWolf drives include reliability features such as health management and error recovery control software, as well as rotational vibration sensors to keep performance optimized in multi-drive systems.

Apple Watch Series 3 Australian pricing and availability

Apple Watch Series 3 Australian pricing and availability
Finally, 4G calling comes to your wrist (and you won’t even need your iPhone nearby to do it).

13 SEPTEMBER 2017 2:39 PM AEST

The new Apple Watch Series 3.

The tech world has once again descended on the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, California for the annual iPhone launch pilgrimage. But alongside the launch of the new iPhone X, with its face-scanning camera and lack of home button, and the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple also announced an update to the Apple Watch.

With the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has added built-in 4G connectivity to what it calls “the world’s number one watch.” That means you’ll be able to make and take calls as well as receive texts on your wrist, even if your iPhone isn’t nearby, thanks to something called an electronic SIM. Apple is also promising that the 4G connection will mean you’ll soon be able to stream music to the Apple Watch via Apple Music.

Telstra has already announced support for this eSim technology, which it’s calling Telstra One Number, which “connects wearable devices directly to Telstra’s mobile network and extends the owner’s smartphone mobile number to the wearable.”

There are two versions of the Apple Watch Series 3, one with GPS and the updated cellular capabilities, and one with GPS alone, both powered by the new WatchOS 4.

You can read the full Apple Watch Series 3 write-up here, but here’s a basic feature rundown:

Standalone 4G connectivity
Will use the same phone number as the iPhone with which it’s paired (electronic SIM)
New red crown and signal meter
Uses a custom W2 chip with 85 percent faster Wi-Fi while being 50 percent more power efficient
New 70 percent faster dual-core processor
Barometric altimeter, GPS, up to 18 hours battery life
Available in gold, silver or space grey aluminium
Pricing (full pricing for different bands and finishes):

38mm: AU$559 with 4G, AU$459 without
42mm: AU$599 with 4G, AU$499 without
Preorders for the Apple Watch Series 3 start on Sept. 15 with the device going on sale on Sept. 22.