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Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed the virtues of its cloud computing platform. But he didn’t say very much about Windows at all. And, according to Seeking Alpha financial analyst Mark Hibben in a note to his clients, it’s almost as if Nadella has given up the ghost on the now long in the tooth operating system. He didn’t say much about smartphones either but admitted that Windows 10 won’t hit the one billion user mark. But there are another billion and a... 

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Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

Qualcomm has had a better than expected results in its Q3 earnings, beating street and even its own estimates. Qualcomm offered $5.2 billion to $6 billion revenue guidance and it managed to make $6 billion. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was projected at $0.90 – $1.00 and Qualcomm actually managed to make $1.16. The MSM chip shipments were guided at 175 million to 195 million while the company actually sold 201 million of these chips. Total reported device sales was expected to be between $52 billion and... 

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Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support Alien Life

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Kepler Finds Two Planets That May Support  Alien Life

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has spotted four possibly rocky alien planets orbiting the same star, and two of these newfound worlds might be capable of supporting life. The four exoplanets circle a red dwarf — a star smaller and dimmer than the sun — called K2-72, which lies 181 light-years from Earth in the Aquarius constellation. All four worlds are between 20 percent and 50 percent wider than Earth, making them good candidates to be rocky, discovery team members said. Two of the four... 

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Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

Researchers have worked out how to create an atomic scale rewritable data-storage device capable of packing 500 terabits onto a single square inch. That is enough to store most readers porn collections in just a couple of feet of data rather than the rooms it takes up now. Apparently you can stuff the entire contents of the US Library of Congress in a 0.1-mm wide cube — we guess that does not include the toilets and the cafe.. The atomic hard drive was developed by Delft University’s... 

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CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

Ransomware threat CRYPTXXX is now airborne, according to researchers at security firm Proofpoint, and is being sent out via a spam campaign to some effect. Proofpoint explained in a blog post that CryptXXX is usually included alongside malware packages such as the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. “CryptXXX has rapidly grown into one of the most prevalent ransomware variants in the wild with widespread distribution via exploit kits such as Neutrino and Angler. As exploit kit traffic has declined... 

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Are The Edges Of The Haibitable Zone Liveable

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Are The Edges Of The Haibitable Zone Liveable

Earth is situated right in the middle of our sun’s “habitable zone,” and it’s a comfortable place for life. We enjoy a relatively stable climate and the right amount of warmth to allow liquid water. But new research is showing a dramatically different scenario for planets at the outer edge of a star’s habitable zone. That boundary is a dangerous place for life, exhibiting long ice ages with only short bursts of a temperate climate, scientists say — a scenario that... 

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Intel’s NUC Gets Uncovered

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s NUC Gets Uncovered

Intel’s NUC consumer roadmap has leaked online showing that Intel is seriously holding a torch for tiny PCs. Fan-less Tech found some slides which shows Intel has some exciting new hardware planned for release over the next couple of years. The roadmap shows that Intel will make its new Celeron processor available in the fourth quarter of 2016 with its Arches Canyon model. Its 7th-gen Core chip looks like it will be available at the beginning of 2017 within the Baby Canyon i7 model. Intel will... 

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Is Arm Really A Good Fit For Softbank?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Arm Really A Good Fit For Softbank?

Softbank, the naysayers were mostly on ARM’s side. But it seems that Softbank is having trouble selling the idea to its own shareholders. Shares in Japan’s Softbank have fallen 10 per cent after it agreed a controversial $30 billion deal to buy UK chip designer ARM. Part of the reason that shareholders greeted the idea with horror was that it would dump a pile of debt on the company, but the other reason was the value of the company was expected to plummet after Brexit causes the UK economy... 

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Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Does Pokemon Go Really Show The Possibilities Of VR?

Pokemon GO hasn’t even finished its worldwide rollout, but it’s all anyone is talking about or reading about this week; it’s truly inescapable. I haven’t seen this level of mainstream attention for a gaming product since Nintendo’s original Wii, and that’s truly a good thing for Nintendo. The company could use a positive story after dealing with so much negativity from the Wii U’s failure. As Rob Fahey pointed out today, it’s also hugely encouraging... 

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Is Google Really Working On Augmented Reality Devices?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Google Really Working On Augmented Reality Devices?

The rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that Google has abandoned its VR projects and is secretly working on a an augmented reality-style headset. Engadget reported that the Californian technology giant is building the head-mounted computer that will work independently of smartphones and desktop PCs. It claims that this secret project, which is quietly in development, is a replacement for an Oculus Rift style project that has been axed. Actually the project sounds more like... 

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Are nVidia’s Days Numbered?

July 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are nVidia’s Days Numbered?

Nvidia is not going to come out of new competition from AMD and Intel that well, according to analysts Well Fargo. The analysts have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and come to the conclusion that Nvidia’s growth days are numbered and it could face some serious problems from AMD in graphics and Intel in co-processors. The report said that renewed competition from AMD in graphics and Intel in coprocessors could create headwinds to growth and possibly limit Nvidia’s ability... 

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Was The Rise Of The Machines A.I. Contest A Success?

July 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Was The Rise Of The Machines A.I. Contest A Success?

The Winograd Schema Challenge is a competition intended to reward technologists who can build a system that understands the kind of ambiguous sentences humans come out with all the time, but which are simple for other humans, even stupid ones, to understand. Get it right 90 per cent of the time and $25,000 is up for grabs. And with things like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant, the Winograd Schema Challenge must surely be as good as obsolete by now. Right? Wrong. The... 

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Astronomers Find Black Hole In The Early Universe

July 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Black Hole In The Early Universe

A bright galaxy in the early universe likely contains a mysterious kind of black hole that had previously existed only in theory, a new study suggests. This probable “direct-collapse” black hole may help explain how supermassive black holes — the light-gobbling behemoths that lurk at the hearts of most, if not all, galaxies — got their start, researchers said. “The special aspect of this [direct-collapse] process is that it leads to the formation of a very massive ‘seed’... 

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nVidia’s Volta Goes FinFET

July 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia’s Volta Goes FinFET

A little birdie told us that Nvidia is giving its Volta the 16nm FinFET treatment. This product uses stacked DRAM too so it looks like the whole thing will be pretty bleeding edge. Our same deep throat told us that the performance per watt is expected to increase tremendously. Although this might be vague, little is known about Volta other than it is arriving after Pascal so any information we get is news. The earliest we expect Volta is 2017. It is interesting to see that the lag between the GPU... 

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Is AMD Share Price Making A Comeback?

July 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Share Price Making A Comeback?

A report from financial analysts Seeking Alpha has issued guidance on the share price of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and said the company’s outlook is quite bright. The report said that only 11 months back AMD was one of the most shorted stocks in the USA largely as a result of falling revenues and losses. But, said Bill Maurer at Seeking Alpha, all that has completely changed now. Analysts think that AMD’s share price is currently overvalued. It all hangs on how well AMD performs when it releases... 

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