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Job cuts sweep tech industry: Google, Motorola, Seagate, Sanyo, NEC & Microsoft affected

Job cuts sweep tech industry: Google, Motorola, Seagate, Sanyo, NEC & Microsoft affected

It's not a good day for a career in the tech industry, as multiple job cuts and proposed cuts are reported, including some from big names like Google.  According to the search giant's own blog, positions in both recruiting and engineering are at risk, with the former seeing 100 jobs cut outright, while the latter involves the closure (and potential for relocation) of offices in Austin, Texas; Trondheim, Norway; and Lulea, Sweden.  Google are hoping that the 70 engineers involved will be able to relocate rather than leave the company. 

Meanwhile, Motorola have scythed 4,000 jobs, three-quarters of which are from the company's handset division, for a total of 6-percent of their global operations.  It's part of an attempt to staunch the company's gushing cash reserves; the Q4 estimates suggest a 7 to 8 cent per share loss.  Overall, Motorola has now shed 7,000 staff.

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Beware of Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB hard drive

Beware of Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB hard drive

While shopping for a large single drive to backup my images, I came across this giant 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 Barracuda at newegg with an irresistible price of $149. As usual, before placing an order, I read all the user reviews I could and that has stop me from getting one due to the volume of negative comments. Apparently, there are more stories to the unconstructive remarks; further research on hardware forums- including the company’s own discussion forum- has revealed the Barracuda is having serious problems with drive freezing and raid-array dropping with OS from Linux, Windows to OSX.

Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate planning home NAS, researching hybrid SSDs

Seagate are exploring new SSD technologies that combine SLC (single layer chip) and MLC (multiple layer chip) to create a cost-effective and reliable hybrid.  Talking to Pocket-lint, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins revealed that the company would "love to have an SSD range" but that issues with read/write cycle performance and production cost are slowing them down.  Pat King, senior vice president of global marketing, also confirmed that Seagate are planning a network-attached storage (NAS) device for home customers.

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Seagate 1.5TB 7,200rpm HDD is current largest

Seagate 1.5TB 7,200rpm HDD is current largest

After Hitachi stole headlines with their 1TB 7,200rpm drive the other day, Seagate have retaliated with a 1.5TB desktop drive, the Barracuda 7200.11, that uses perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to squash in all that capacity.  The unit is the largest the company has produced, and shares the limelight with new Momentus notebook drives: a pair of 2.5-inch half-terabyte 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm drives.

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

SlashGear Week in Review – June 1st

The major news this week came out of Google's IO Conference, with the Android team unveiling the latest build of the mobile platform and a slick touchscreen handset to demonstrate it on.  We usually leave cellphone news to our sister sites PHONE Magazine and SlashPhone, but the Android handset - complete with compass-navigated Street View and slick animations - was too good to miss.  Considering the feedback over at Android Community, Google look like they've recaptured any momentum lost since MWC in February.

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