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Will Aliens Be The Size Of Bears?

December 28, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Will Aliens Be The Size Of Bears?

How big and powerful would aliens be compared to humans? The answer that we can currently give is of course limited, because we haven’t found any evidence for extraterrestrial life, yet. But a little statistics knowledge suggests we may beway underestimating a typical alien’s stature. The University of Barcelona’s Fergus Simpson just conducted a thought experiment along these lines. On a website explaining a recently published paper, he suggests going up to fans of English football (soccer)... 

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Will Infineon’s Takeover Plans Get Squashed?

December 24, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Will Infineon’s  Takeover Plans Get Squashed?

A chance for the chipmaker Renesas to be acquired by Germany’s Infineon is likely to be squashed by the Japanese government. The Japanese government is a major shareholder in Renesas and is not keen to sell a majority stake to a foreign buyer. The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan owns around 70 percent of Renesas and, based on an earlier agreement with the company made at its initial investment, will be free to sell some or all of its stake from September. An INCJ official said something... 

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Will Samsung Make Chips For AMD?

December 24, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Will Samsung Make Chips For AMD?

Samsung will make chips for AMD, if rumors circulating in Seoul are anything to go by. A report in South Korea’s Electronic Times, which cited unknown sources, said that Samsung Electronics will start making new chips for AMD sometime next year. The paper’s contacts claimed that the deal will see Samsung’s foundry business and California semiconductor foundry GlobalFoundries join forces to start producing a central processing chip as well as a graphics processing chip using 14nm... 

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Microsoft Buys Communication Startup Talko

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Microsoft Buys Communication Startup Talko

Building a popular messaging app is a hard work, and Talko is getting out of it. The collaboration and voice chat app company announced that it has been sold to Microsoft, which will be rolling its technology and team members into Skype. In a post to the company’s blog, the Talko team said that success in the messaging app space for consumers is binary — some companies are able to launch a wildly popular product that takes off with wide adoption, while others drift into obscurity. Talko... 

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Is There A Need To Upgrade Your PC?

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Is There A Need To Upgrade Your PC?

For the last few years the PC market has been falling steadily, but the reason has never been truly worked out, but the answer could be found in the rise of gaming computers. When the bottom dropped out of the PC market, people were far too quick to blame the increase in the use of mobile and tablets. In fact the fall began before Jobs waved his first tablet about and continued long after the tablet fad died. Initially it was thought that it was due to the recession, but it failed to pick up afterwards. Several... 

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NetApp To Acquire SolidFire For $870M

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
NetApp To Acquire SolidFire For $870M

NetApp is purchasing startup SolidFire for $870 million in cash for a foothold in the fast-growing market for scale-out flash storage. SolidFire’s all-flash systems will let enterprises take advantage of the scale and cost advantages enjoyed by Web-scale companies with distributed data-center architectures, NetApp said. SolidFire, based in Boulder, Colorado, makes all-flash systems that can scale out to as much as 1.9 petabytes of capacity. The deal is expected to close during NetApp’s... 

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Qualcomm Makes Changes To Snapdragon

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Makes Changes To Snapdragon

Qualcomm has had a sudden brainwave and decided that changing the numbers of its the Snapdragon 620 and 618 to the Snapdragon 652 and 650 will change everything. In a statement the company said that since it announced the Snapdragon 620 earlier this year, it had added a number of processors to the 600 tier including the 615, 616 and 617. The Snapdragon 620 and 618 processors stood out because of its X8 LTE modem technology with Cat 7 support and carrier aggregation plus the advanced ARM-A72 CPU and... 

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Google, Ford Said To Be Teaming Up On Self-driving Cars

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google, Ford Said To Be Teaming Up On Self-driving Cars

Google is said to be having discussions with automaker Ford Motor Co  to help build the Internet search company’s autonomous cars, Automotive News reported, citing a person with knowledge of the project. The contract manufacturing deal, if finalized, is expected to come during the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the first week of January, Automotive News said. A Google spokesman told Automotive News that the company would not comment on speculation, although... 

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Facebook Finally Ditches Flash

December 23, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Finally Ditches Flash

Facebook has made the switch from Flash to HTML5 for playing video content on the social media website. Facebook said in a blog post that it has changed to HTML5 for all video content in News Feed, Pages and the Facebook embedded video player. “From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 best enables us to continue to innovate quickly and at scale, given Facebook’s large size and complex needs,” said the firm’s front-end... 

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Hackers Expected To Target U.S. Election Next Year

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Around The Net
Hackers Expected To Target U.S. Election Next Year

A major cyberattack next year will focus on a U.S. election, security expert Bruce Schneier predicts. The attack won’t hit the voting system and may not involve the presidential election, but the temptation for hackers is too great, even in state and local races, said Schneier, a computer security pioneer and longtime commentator. “There are going to be hacks that affect politics in the United States,” Schneier said. Attackers may break into candidates’ websites, e-mail or... 

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The Linux Foundation Sets Eyes On Banking

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
The Linux Foundation Sets Eyes On Banking

The Linux Foundation announced another collaborative effort, this time dedicated to the advance of blockchain technology. The Foundation already manages groups from across the industry dedicated to areas such as security and containerisation. Blockchain is the database technology that powers crypto-currencies such as bitcoin. With partners from technology and banking, the company will look at ways to ensure best practice and stronger blockchain methodology than that used by the non-banking sector... 

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Epic Looks Into AMD Issues

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Gaming
Epic Looks Into AMD Issues

Epic Games said it is investigating issue with Unreal Engine 4 and AMD CPUs. The problem appears in Squad which is the first big, publicly available game using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The game was just stuck up on Steam so complaints about the AMD have been somewhat vocal. The engine appears to create a poor performance on AMD CPUs due to an audio component of the engine. The issue has been reported before but no one took it that seriously. In fact some of theissues here seem to be a communication... 

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Toshiba Struggles Continues, Slashing 7,000 Jobs

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Toshiba Struggles Continues, Slashing 7,000 Jobs

Japan’s Toshiba Corp announced it will cut nearly 7,000 consumer electronics jobs after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, in an overhaul that will streamline the sprawling conglomerate into a company focused on chips and nuclear energy. Toshiba also said it would sell its television manufacturing plant in Indonesia, and that eventual job cuts spanning the entire PC-to-nuclear company could be over 10,000 including previously announced cuts and those seeking voluntary early retirement. Due... 

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Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Justice Department Investigating Uber Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing a criminal investigation of a May 2014 data breach at ride service Uber, including an reviewing whether any employees at competitor Lyft were involved in the episode, sources familiar with the situation said. Earlier this year, Uber revealed that as many as 50,000 of its drivers’ names and their licence numbers had been improperly downloaded. An investigation by Uber determined that an Internet address potentially associated with the breach can be... 

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ARM Appears To Be Making Progress In The Server Space

December 22, 2015 by   | Category: Computing
ARM Appears To Be Making Progress In The Server Space

More than five computer makers have announced that they are going to use servers with ARM processors. The Supercomputing 15 conference held in Austin, Texas, five servers based on ARM chips were shown off, although no one was talking about pricing. ARM servers were showcased by Gigabyte, Inventec, Wistron, Penguin Computing and E4 Computer Engineering were all on display. They were mostly built to support the 48-core 64-bit Cavium ThunderX ARM-based chip. They had one or two sockets and were designed... 

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