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Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Linux To Support Virtual GPUs

pen source’s Mr Sweary Linus Torvalds announced the general availability of the Linux 4.10 kernel series, which includes virtual GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) support. Linus wrote in the announcement, adding “On the whole, 4.10 didn’t end up as small as it initially looked”. The kernel has a lot of improvements, security features, and support for the newest hardware components which makes it more than just a normal update. Most importantly there is support for virtual... 

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Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is MediaTek’s Helio X30 Processor Going To Do Well In The Market?

MediaTek is planning a Helio X30 in 10nm later this year but news from Taiwan indicates that some key customers didn’t order the new flagship 10 core chip.  One of the main reasons might be the increased competition in the Chinese market and companies cannot afford to have two designs of the same phone with Qualcomm or a MediaTek chip in. The rumor is that Xiaomi, MediaTek’s big customer, might be coming up with its own Pinecone SoC and this will put some additional pressure on MediaTek’s... 

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The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
The ESA Plan To Launch PLATO in 2024 To Search For Alien Planets

PLATO is a European Space Agency telescope set to launch in 2024. The name is an acronym for “PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars.” The overall goal of the mission is to figure out under what conditions planets form and whether those conditions are favorable for life.  To do this, PLATO will seek out and investigate Earth-size exoplanets, especially planets that orbit in the habitable zone around sun-like stars. (The habitable zone is usually defined as the area around a star... 

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Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Is The Independent Game Developers Future Bleak

Never more than a stopgap that was hugely inadequate to the gap in question, Steam Greenlight is finally set to disappear entirely later this Spring. The service has been around for almost five years, and while it was largely greeted with enthusiasm, the reality has never justified that optimism. The amassing of community votes for game approval turned out to be no barrier to all manner of grafters who launched unfinished, amateurish games (even using stolen assets in some cases) on the service,... 

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Is The U.S. Tech Industry Headed In A Downward Spin?

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The U.S. Tech Industry Headed In A Downward Spin?

Layoffs at computer, electronics, and telecommunications companies rose by 21 percent last year. Beancounters at the global outplacement outfit Challenger, Gray & Christmas said that more than 96,017 US jobs were cut in 2016, compared to 79,315 the prior year. Tech layoffs accounted for 18 percent of the total 526,915 US job cuts announced in 2016. Of the 2016 total, some 66,821of the layoffs came from computer companies, up seven percent year over year. Challenger attributed much of that increase... 

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Are Low Profile Radeon RX 460 Forthcoming?

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are Low Profile Radeon RX 460 Forthcoming?

MSI has unveiled yet another HTPC-friendly graphics card, the low-profile Radeon RX 460 that will comes in both 2GB and 4GB versions. Featuring a dual-slot, low-profile, dual-fan cooler and a low-profile PCB to match, both the MSI RX 460 2GT LP and 4GT LP graphics card will be working at reference 1090MHz GPU base and 1200MHz GPU Boost clocks with GDDR5 memory working at 1750MHz on a 128-bit memory interface. It also comes with single DVI and one HDMI display outputs. In case you missed it, the Radeon... 

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Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find The Building Blocks Of Life On Ceres

The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on Ceres for the first time, a study published today (Feb. 16) in the journal Science reports. And these organics appear to be native, likely forming on Ceres rather than arriving via asteroid or comet strikes, study team members said. “Because Ceres is a dwarf planet that may... 

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Is Blackberry Taking Nokia To Court?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Blackberry Taking Nokia To Court?

A patent war is being fought between two of the industry smartphone leaders of yesteryear – Nokia and Blackberry. Blackberry filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Nokia Oyj, demanding royalties on the Finnish company’s mobile network products that use an industry wide technology standard. Blackberry moaned that Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio base stations, radio network controllers and Liquid Radio software are using technology covered by as many as 11 patents owned by BlackBerry. It added... 

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Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Why Are The NPD Games Sales Kept Private?

When I first began my career in the games industry I wrote a story about an impending digital download chart. It was February 2008 and Dorian Bloch – who was leader of UK physical games data business Chart-Track at the time – vowed to have a download Top 50 by Christmas. It wasn’t for want of trying. Digital retailers, including Steam, refused to share the figures and insisted it was down to the individual publishers and developers to do the sharing (in contrast to the retail space,... 

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Is Kepler Capable Of Finding Exomoons?

February 22, 2017 by   | Category: Around The Net
Is Kepler Capable Of Finding Exomoons?

  In 2012, a team of scientists from the Kepler mission announced they would start to hunt for moons orbiting distant exoplanets. While Kepler has discovered thousands of extrasolar planets, the hunt for these so-called “exomoons” has so far come up empty. The major problem has been that for a moon to be detectable in the Kepler data, it would have to be about 10 percent the mass of Earth, or roughly the mass of Mars. This is about ten times larger than the largest moons in our own... 

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Is The Intel C2000 Chip Flaw A Disaster In The Making?

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The Intel C2000 Chip Flaw A Disaster In The Making?

It is starting to look like Intel’s Atom C2000 chip fiasco has spread to another networking manufacturer. The fatal clock timing flaw that causes switches, routers and security appliances die after about 18 months of service is apparently a feature of some Juniper products. Cisco was the first vendor to post a notice about the problem earlier this month saying the notice covers some of the company’s most widely deployed products, such as certain models of its Series 4000 Integrated Services... 

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AMD Confirm Capsaicin Show Scheduled Next Week

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Confirm Capsaicin Show Scheduled Next Week

As rumored earlier, AMD has now confirmed that it will be hosting its “Capsaicin and Cream” event at the GDC 2017 show on February 28th. Announced officially by AMD and to be held on February 28th at Ruby Skye in San Francisco, the new Capsaicin and Cream event promises “a feature-packed show highlighting the hottest new graphics and VR technologies propelling the games industry forward”. Streamed live, the event will include the main Capsaicin & Cream part, which will... 

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Astronomer Discover Clue To Star Explosions From Young Supernova

February 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Astronomer Discover Clue To Star Explosions From Young Supernova

Baby pictures of a newborn supernova have captured this stellar explosion after the first half-dozen hours of its life, shedding light on how these giant explosions happen, a new study finds. This newly discovered cosmic baby is the type of supernova that occurs when a giant star runs out of fuel and explodes. Supernovas are so bright that they can briefly outshine all of the other stars in their home galaxy. Astronomers have previously seen glimpses of supernovas within the first minutes after they... 

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Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Does Virtual Reality Need A Hit Game To Succeed?

For many, the success of Resident Evil 7 and its atmospheric campaign has offered a glimpse of what a “killer app” for virtual reality might look like; the game that shifts the common perception of VR from an intriguing glimpse of the future, to an essential part of contemporary entertainment. The term will be familiar to anyone who has seen the launch of a new console, but, as a panel of experts discussed today at Casual Connect Europe, VR defies such easy categorization. The discussion... 

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Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

February 20, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming
Will Politics Bring Down The Gaming Industry?

If you’re someone who makes a living from videogames – as most readers of this site are – then political developments around the world at the moment should deeply concern you. I’m sure, of course, that a great many of you are concerned about things ranging from President Trump’s Muslim travel ban to the UK Parliament’s vote for “Hard Brexit” or the looming elections in Holland and France simply on the basis of being politically aware and engaged. However,... 

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