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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Samsung Going HBM 2 In 2016

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Going HBM 2  In 2016

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) will define the future of graphics and it looks like Samsung will be ready to release products using the technology soon. Our friends at Computerbase have broken the story about Samsung making High Bandwidth Memory HBM 2 memory. HBM 2.0 will find its way to HPC and Graphics cards in 2016 and Samsung expects that by 2017 this super-fast type of memory will reach the network market.  The plan is to see HBM 2.0 mainstream by 2018. Our well placed, camera shy sources within... 

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IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

IBM security research has found that people are using the so-called dark net to launch cyber attacks, force ransomware demands on punters and make distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The dark net, accessed via Tor, is often tagged as a threat. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly 3Q 2015 report identifies a spike in bad traffic and leads with a warning. The report introduces Tor as the network that takes people to the dark net. We might start calling it the ferryman and the passage... 

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Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

Oracle has been sharing a few details about its SPARC processor code-named Sonoma. Sonoma is not a sleeping Italian mama at all but a place where Americans grow wine that Europeans will not touch. Sonoma is supposed to be a “low-cost SPARC processor for enterprise workloads.” The chip uses the SPARC M7 design, DDR4 memory interfaces, PCIe electronics and InfiniBand interfaces in a single package. Eight SPARC 4th generation cores, hooks into the system RAM and built using a 20nm process... 

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Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

Days after Apple finally decided to replace faulty cameras on a batch of their premium phones, we find out that there’s a serious design flaw in Samsung’s newest flagship phablet with a pen. You know how Apple invests a lot of effort into filming gorgeous-looking promotional videos for their overpriced products? And then, sometimes, they don’t really think the products all the way through, so you may end up having to return it for repairs within weeks from splurging on them? We... 

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Did Stephen Hawking Solve A Major Black Hole Mystery?

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did Stephen Hawking Solve A Major Black Hole Mystery?

Stephen Hawking may have just solved one of the most vexing mysteries in physics — the “information paradox.” Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that the physical information about material gobbled up by a black hole is destroyed, but the laws of quantum mechanics stipulate that information is eternal. Therein lies the paradox. Hawking — working with Malcolm Perry, of the University of Cambridge in England, and Harvard University’s Andrew Stromberg — has... 

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Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is Metal Gear Solid V Going To Be A Hit?

If Hideo Kojima really is on the outs at Konami, he’s at least going out with a bang. The embargo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain coverage hit last night, and the first batch of reviews are glowing. IGN’s Vince Ingenito gave the game a 10 out of 10, lavishing praise on the way it adapted the series’ stealth-action formula to an open-world environment. “Right from the moment you’re told to get on your horse and explore the Afghan countryside, Phantom Pain feels... 

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Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

Intel has teamed up with OpenStack distribution provider Mirantis to push adoption of the OpenStack cloud computing framework. The deal, which includes a $100m investment in Mirantis from Intel Capital, will provide technical collaboration between the two companies and look to strengthen the open source cloud project by speeding up the introduction of more enterprise features as well as services and support for customers. The funding will also bring on board Goldman Sachs as an investor for the first... 

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Do Large Galaxies Off The Best Chances For Alien Life?

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Do Large Galaxies Off The Best Chances For Alien Life?

Galaxies like the Milky Way may not be the best cradles of life in the universe — giant galaxies devoid of newborn stars and at least twice as massive as the Milky Way could host 10,000 times more habitable planets, researchers say. In the past 20 years, astronomers have confirmed the existence of nearly 1,900 planets that orbit stars other than our sun. These findings have led researchers to speculate which moons, planets and stars might be the best at supporting recognizable forms of life. Scientists... 

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Are Both AMD And nVidia Readying To Release A 14nm GPU?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Both AMD And nVidia Readying To Release A 14nm GPU?

AMD and Nvidia both appear to be certain to get their “14 nm” out next year. According to TweakTown Nvidia is apparently dotting the “I” and working out where to put in the semi-colons for its Pascal GPU using TSMC’s 16nm FinFet node. AMD rumored has been wining and dining its old chums at GlobalFoundries to use its 14nm process for its Greenland GPU. Although these sound like different technologies the “14nm and 16nm”  is difference how you measure a transistor.... 

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Are 4K TV’s Finally Taking Off?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Are 4K TV’s Finally Taking Off?

Worldwide Ultra HD (4K) LCD TV panel shipment volume grew 60.8 per cent sequentially in the second quarter of 2015, reaching around 9.2 million units despite the fact there is very little content out there. Beancounters at MIC have added up the numbers and divided by their shoe size and worked out that Korean vendors’ shipment share rose to 61 per cent from 54 per cent. They have seen shipment volume growing 80 per cent sequentially. Samsung Display had the highest sequential growth at 105... 

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Is HP’s Forthcoming Split A Good Idea?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is HP’s Forthcoming Split A Good Idea?

HP Has released its financial results for the third quarter and they make for somewhat grim reading. The company has seen drops in key parts of the business and an overall drop in GAAP net revenue of eight percent year on year to $25.3bn, compared with $27.6bn in 2014. The company failed to meet its projected net earnings per share, which it had put at $0.50-$0.52, with an actual figure of $0.47. The figures reflect a time of deep uncertainty at the company as it moves ever closer to its demerger... 

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Is Samsung Working On An 18 Inch Tablet?

August 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Samsung Working On An 18 Inch Tablet?

Samsung is working on a huge Android-based tablet that could be used in living rooms, offices, or schools, presumably as a coffee table. According to Sam Mobile the SM-T670, codenamed ‘Tahoe’, is an Android 5.1 Lollipop-based tablet with an 18.4-inch display. It will have a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and be powered by an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor. It will have a rather low 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot and a 5,700... 

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Is nVidia King Of The GPU Arena?

August 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia King Of The GPU Arena?

Nvidia’s desktop GPUs accounted for nearly 80 percent of all sales in the segment in Q2 2015, its highest market share ever. According to beancounters at the market research firm Mercury Research the GPU market is slowly dying. The latest quarter was a decrease of 11 percent from Q1 2015 and a year-on-year decline of 21.7 percent so Nvidia is the undisputed king of a much smaller kingdom. Mercury Research notes that the notebook GPU segment also witnessed a decrease to the tune of 34.1 percent... 

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Gravitational Constant Theory Proven By Pulsar

August 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Gravitational Constant Theory Proven By Pulsar

Through extremely high precision measurements of a pulsar orbiting a white dwarf star, astronomers have found that the gravitational constant, which dictates the force of gravity, is “reassuringly constant” throughout the universe. Just as the speed of light in a vacuum (c) and Planck’s constant (h) well-known universal constants, the gravitational constant (or simply “G“) has been long assumed to be constant everywhere throughout the cosmos. But how can we be sure? In... 

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