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By Usama Jawad96
iPhone 13 may come with 1TB of max storage
by Usama Jawad
While we are months away from the next iPhone reveal, rumors regarding the upcoming handsets have already started to emerge. Reports suggest that it will have an always-on 120Hz display, a smaller notch, a vapor chamber for better cooling, and smaller batteries. Now, a new leak indicates that the iPhone 13 will have a storage option of 1TB.
The current iPhone 12 has a maximum storage option of 512GB, which means that the next version of the handset will feature effectively double the storage. From a broader perspective, this wouldn't be too surprising by industry standards, as Samsung began offering this amount with the Galaxy S10 devices back in 2019.
MacRumors cites unnamed analysts from Wedbush who have been looking at supply chain checks for this claim, but reports from other sources have also indicated that it might be true.
Apple is expected to announce multiple models for iPhone 13 this year, similar to iPhone 12 last year. Previous variants have been differentiated based on camera specifications and display sizes, but this leak indicates that they could potentially be set apart by maximum storage options too. Although we will officially know for sure in September, iPhone leaks are particularly rampant so it's worth keeping an eye out on similar reports if you're interested in getting an iPhone with a higher storage configuration.
Western Digital and Kioxia introduce 162-layer 3D flash storage
by João Carrasqueira
Western Digital and Kioxia - formerly known as Toshiba Memory Solutions - have jointly announced the sixth generation of their 3D flash memory technology, known as BiCS 6, at this year's ISSCC event. As you'd likely expect, this is the highest density the two companies have ever achieved, but there are also improvements to performance.
The new generation delivers improvements in both vertical and lateral scaling, bringing 162 vertical layers of stacked memory, up from 112 layers in the previous generation. Additionally, lateral cell array density has been increased by 10%, and those two improvements add up to a 40% smaller die compared to the previous technology.
In addition to improving the density, the two companies have also used Circuit Under Array CMOS and four-plane operation, resulting in better performance. You can expect "nearly 2.4 times" better program performance and a 10% reduction in read latency, as well as a significant 66% improvement in overall I/O performance.
On the manufacturing side, the new technology allows a 70% increase in the number of bits produced per wafer, and also reduces the cost per bit. What the announcement didn't specify is when this technology will start showing up in products. When the fifth-generation technology was introduced in January of last year, it was planned to be commercially available in the second half of the year, so we can expect a similar timeframe for this one, though the COVID-19 pandemic may hamper the manufacturing process.
By Usama Jawad96
Atlassian Cloud Enterprise is now available for big customers
by Usama Jawad
Atlassian's project and software management tools such as Confluence, Trello, and Jira are used globally, with the company boasting over 194,000 customers. Today, the firm has announced the availability of Atlassian Cloud Enterprise for its biggest customers, namely Fortune 500 companies that require scalable infrastructure with robust governance.
ZDNet reports that the plan is to transition enterprise customers to cloud-based subscriptions, where they will have managed governance, security, uptime, and compliance. The solution is primarily aimed at large organizations, which have multiple deployments of Atlassian running simultaneously to meet the needs of their teams.
Atlassian co-CEO Michael Cannon-Brookes stated that the cloud solution has been very positively received in early access, saying that:
Atlassian Cloud Enterprise offers multiple benefits including 99.95% guaranteed uptime, and service-level agreements (SLAs) which included dedicated support teams available to contact on short notice. It is also compliant with the latest security standards of data encryption in transit, and supports other features such as single sign-on, audit logs, and two-factor authentication as well. Most importantly, admins can set up multiple instances, separated by region as dictated by compliance, and each instance can support up to 20,000 users.
You can find out more about Atlassian Cloud Enterprise by heading over to the dedicated page here.
Source: Atlassian via ZDNet
By Abhay V
Microsoft reportedly planning special virtual events for Windows, gaming, and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft is reportedly planning to hold a series of special events geared towards its various offerings such as the cloud, gaming, Windows, and security. The Verge reports that the events are expected to be held over the next few months, with the first one slated to take place this week that focuses on Microsoft 365 and the “employee experience”, guessing from a tweet posted by the Microsoft 365 Twitter account.
While the Redmond giant shares information about its products as part of large conferences such as Build and Ignite, these events are supposedly more specific, product-related ones. It is possible that the company will use these events to share specific roadmaps, launch new products, or just showcase new capabilities added to its products in the various categories.
With a major Windows 10 redesign – codenamed Sun Valley – expected to begin being tested with Insiders, it will not be surprising to see the Windows event possibly aimed at sharing more information on that front. Windows 10X, the firm’s modern, lightweight OS, is also expected to be launched sometime in the next few months. While rumors suggest that the OS launch will be one without much fanfare, it will be interesting to see if the company leverages a special event to talk about its newest OS offering.
The firm might also choose to share its plans for first-party games and its xCloud game streaming platform via the events aimed at gaming. Microsoft is also expected to bring Xbox game streaming to Windows sometime this spring, so an event to announce the expansion of that service might make sense.
The pandemic has forced companies into moving to a virtual setup for its events and product launches, and Microsoft is no exception. It will be interesting to see if these events are a one-time thing, or if the company is experimenting with a pattern for the years to come.
By Usama Jawad96
Microsoft shares stats about its security business
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently announced the company's earnings for the second quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, driven by Office, gaming, and the cloud. Another sector that reported major growth throughout the 2020 calendar year is its security business, which exceeded $10 billion in revenue, a 40% year-over-year (YoY) increase. Now, Microsoft has shared further statistics on this particular topic.
Microsoft CVP of Security, Compliance and Identity Vasu Jakkal emphasized that the revenue increase is due to the company's "Zero trust mindset", which it believes to be the future of cybersecurity. Jakkal claimed that what set Microsoft apart from other competitors is its approach of using AI and automation in an integrated manner. The executive stated that this was possible due to the large number of customers using Microsoft security mechanisms who share their security signals with the company every daya. Some statistics that she shared are:
400,000 customers across 120 countries use Microsoft security solutions 90 of the Fortune 100 use four or more security, compliance, identity, and management solutions offered by Microsoft 8 trillion security signals absorbed by Microsoft solutions and security mechanisms 24 hours 2.5 billion daily cloud-based detections blocked almost 6 billion threats on endpoints in 2020 More than 30 billion authentications are processed across Azure AD's 425 million users daily More than 30 billion email threats were blocked by Defender for Office 365 in 2020 Compliance solutions process more than 5 billion document classifications each month Azure Sentinel analyzes over 4 petabytes of data each month from Azure, AWS, on-prem, and more Jakkal went on to say that the security Microsoft offers to customers is possible because it invests in managing seamless solutions across all major cloud and on-prem platforms. Furthermore, it offers customers secure solutions that are easy-to-use but handle complex attack vectors. Lastly, the company has a rich ecosystem which includes partnerships with various security organizations and researchers.
Moving forward, Microsoft aims to develop its security ecosystem further, and share knowledge that will enable everyone to bolster their security defenses against potential threats that may arise in the future.