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Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Dell Make A Profitable Low Cost ARM Server?

Michael Dell, founder of Dell, has said the company may use ARM for its mainstream servers. Speaking at the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell said: “If ARM works, really works, and costs less, we will use ARM.” This is a bit of a poke in the eye for the company’s relationship with Intel. The company has just released the 13th generation of its PowerEdge server suite, based on Intel’s newest Xeon chip, the E5 2600 v3. Dell said that as ARM moved to 64-bit architecture; it became more... 

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Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Toshiba Decides To Boot The PC Brand

Toshiba is cutting its PC workforce by about 900 people and sales bases by more than half as part of its restructuring of its struggling consumer PC operations. The big idea is to focus on business clients rather than consumers who are still hanging on to their old machines. Toshiba will withdraw from certain consumer markets but it would not specify which ones. It said it will cut its sales bases around the world from 32 to 13 during its 2014 fiscal year, which ends March 31. The outfit did not... 

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Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

September 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Did The Milky Way Galaxy Form From Colossal Crashes?

The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth. After observing dozens of merging galaxies, astrophysics found that many galactic collisions will create disc galaxies similar to the Milky Way, a surprising finding. Their observations of carbon monoxide in 37 colliding galaxies showed pancake-shaped... 

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AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

AMD has joined with Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical to make it easier for users to deploy an Openstack private cloud. The partnership comprises of the Seamicro SM15000 server, the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Linux distribution and Openstack, which includes a set of tools to build more flexible and reliable private clouds. “The AMD and Canonical collaboration overcomes the complexity of deploying OpenStack technology and provides an out of the box experience making it possible to deploy a private cloud in... 

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Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

flash storage vendor to claim the title of the fastest SD card. Just a day after we reported on the Sandisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-I card, the Micron subsiduary has announced the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II range. The new UHS-II standard cards offer transfer speeds of up to 300MBps, with write speeds of 260MBps, making them up to three times the speed of the Sandisk UHS-I card. “UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to... 

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Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Adobe’s Subscription Plan Working?

Adobe has posted a 46 per cent year-on-year drop in net profits, placing its strategy of shifting customers to cloud subscriptions into doubt. For two years, the company has tried to stop punters making one-off purchases of software and move them on to Creative Cloud subscriptions. It worked well initially but it seems that the results are not that good with Adobe blaming higher operating expenses and weaker profit margins for the sharp dip in profits. Revenue from Adobe’s digital media business,... 

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Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is PayPal Taking Shots At Apple Pay?

Paypal has taken out some full page newspaper ads that try to lure users away from Apple Pay and back to its long-standing alternative. eBay-owned Paypal has already swiped at Apple Pay in a blog post, but it wasn’t very critical. It asked consumers a number of questions about how they might choose a payment provider, and reminded them of the things that they should consider before deciding to embrace Apple Pay. That was on 9 September, at which time the firm kicked off a marketing campaign,... 

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Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

Everyone is not too happy with Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) brand that the company came up with for its small form factor desktop replacements at IDF 2012. Intel started shipping these small desktops in early 2013. NUC started off with Sandy Bridge-based parts codenamed Ski Lake (DCP847SK) and with the Celeron 847 it got quite a lot of attention thanks to more affordable pricing. A year after Intel launched multiple Core i3 based SKUs with Ivy Bridge and this year it introduced models based... 

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Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Venus Like Planets Help The Search For Alien Life?

Exoplanet hunters have just made it easier to identify alien Venuses, in the hopes that doing so will lead to the discovery of more alien Earths. A team of researchers has delineated the “Venus Zone,” the range of distances from a host star where planets are likely to resemble Earth’s similarly sized sister world, which has been rendered unlivably hot due to a runaway greenhouse effect. The new study should help scientists get a better handle on how many of the rocky planets spotted... 

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Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

It looks like attempts to apply patents to software are being killed off by the US court system, after the Supreme Court ruled against certain aspects of the software being patented. The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn’t provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger. Now... 

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Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Quickflix Trying To Block Netflix In Australia?

Quickflix has sent an open letter to rival Netflix in which it accuses the competitor of not playing fair in the market and letting local users access US services. The open letter is signed by Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford and addressed to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and the internet community. Langsford asks Netflix to Australia through the front door. He accuses it of ignoring backdoor access to its services, hauling in cash and stepping on Australian rightsholders. “Netflix not only knowingly... 

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Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

EA is considering developing games for wearables. The company already has two teams on the job, looking for ways to make wearable games. Their efforts are focused on the Apple Watch for now. EA told CNET that the company has quite a relationship with Apple and Frank Gibeau, head of EA’s mobile gaming arm, said he is impressed with the new Apple A8 SoC. Gibeau added that Apple’s decision to include 128GB storage in flagship models is more good news for gamers, as it raises the bar for developers... 

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HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

HP is about to make one of its few purchases since it cocked up buying Autonomy in 2011. HP wants to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus Software which provides open-source software for building private and hybrid clouds, or Internet-based computing services. It is not a big sale — HP is tipped to pay less than $100 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the fiscal fourth quarter, after which Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer Marten Mickos will join HP as senior vice president... 

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Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

Intel has announced that it is sampling its Xeon D 14nm processor family, a system on chip (SoC) optimized to deliver Intel Xeon processor performance for hyperscale workloads. Announcing the news on stage during a keynote at IDF in San Francisco, Intel SVP and GM of the Data Centre Group, Diane Bryant, said that the Intel Xeon processor D, which initially was announced in June, will be based on 14nm process technology and be aimed at mid-range communications. “We’re pleased to announce... 

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Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Watch Dogs For Wii U Coming In November

Finally, Ubisoft has a release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. While we don’t know if that many people are waiting for the Wii U version, when it does release it could very well end up being one of the last M rated titles for the Wii U console. The release date for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs appears to be November 18th in North America and November 21st in Europe. This ends the original release delay that Ubisoft announced for the Wii U version as resources were moved to prepare... 

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