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Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon’s Zocalo Goes Mobile

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced two much-needed boosts to its fledgling Zocalo productivity platform, making the service mobile and allowing for file capacities of up to 5TB. The service, which is designed to do what Drive does for Google and what Office 365 does for software rental, has gained mobile apps for the first time as Zocalo appears on the Google Play store and Apple App Store. Amazon also mentions availability on the Kindle store, but we’re not sure about that bit. We assume... 

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Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Is World Of Warcraft On The Rise?

Blizzard is happy and why shouldn’t they be as World of Warcraft subscriptions are up. The reason for the increase can be traced to the release of the latest expansion pack which was recently released. The latest WOW expansion pack is called Warlords of Draeno and its release has driven subscriptions to 10 million. Selling over 3.3 million copies of the Warlords of Draenor on the first day alone, growth has been seen in all major territories since release. The numbers do include those players that... 

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Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

November 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Could Alien Life Flourish On A CO2 Based Alien Planet?

Alien life might flourish on an exotic kind of carbon dioxide, researchers say. This “supercritical” carbon dioxide, which has features of both liquids and gases, could be key to extraterrestrial organisms much as water is to biology on Earth. Most familiar as a greenhouse gas that traps heat, helping warm the planet, carbon dioxide is exhaled by animals and used by plants in photosynthesis. While it can exist as a solid, liquid and gas, past a critical point of combined temperature and... 

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Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Qualcomm Compete With Intel In The Server Space?

Qualcomm has confirmed that it will branch out from offering its Snapdragon mobile chips and will soon launch a line of server processors. The firm’s CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, has remained tight lipped about the plans so far but, according to The Wall Street Journal, said during a meeting with financial analysts in New York on Wednesday that the company is working on chips for the data centre. There’s no timing yet, either, although Mollenkopf said that his firm is currently “engaged... 

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Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Will Sunset Overdrive Make It To The PC?

Microsoft has seen a number of Xbox One exclusive titles already be ported to the PC. Both Dead Rising 3 and Ryse have already made it to the PC, but we are now again hearing that Sunset Overdrive again is heading to the PC and Forza Horizon 2 maybe following as well. This is not the first time we have heard rumors of Sunset Overdrive coming to the PC. An ad that suggested as much was down played at the time by Insomiac as a mistake. Now Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 showed up on Amazon France... 

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Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

November 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Scientist Discover Largest Web Of Galaxies

Scientists working with a telescope in Chile discovered the alignment by studying 93 quasars — objects that shine very brightly and are powered by supermassive black holes — from the early universe. The picture (an artist’s impression created using data collected by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope) shows the quasars aligned in a web of blue against the black sea of space. Earlier studies have found that these quasars are “known to form huge groupings... 

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Marvell Finally Goes Octa-Core

November 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Marvell Finally Goes Octa-Core

Marvell is better known for its storage controllers, but the company doesn’t want to give up on the smartphone and tablet SoC market. It just announced a new octa-core ARM Cortex A53 chip with rather strange name, 5-mode 4G LTE ARMADA mobile PXA1936 SoC. The chip supports 5-mode LTE and the eight A53 cores are clocked at up to 1.5 GHz. The SoC supports 1080p displays, as well as high-def video encoding and decoding, while the improved image processor supports cameras between 13 and 16 megapixels. Marvell... 

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NVidia Reveals The Tesla K80 GPU

November 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
NVidia Reveals The Tesla K80 GPU

nVidia has unveiled what it claims is the world’s highest-performing GPU accelerator designed for high performance computing (HPC) applications. Launched as an addition to the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, the Tesla K80 dual GPU accelerator is the most powerful in Nvidia’s line-up and is aimed at accelerating a wide range of data analytics and scientific computing machine learning. “It combines the world’s fastest GPU accelerators, the widely used CUDA parallel computing... 

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Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

November 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Is Dark Matter Destroying Neutron Stars?

The mysterious substance that makes up most of the matter in the universe may be destroying neutron stars by turning them into black holes in the center of the Milky Way, new research suggests. If astronomers successfully detect a neutron star dying at the metaphorical hands of dark matter, such a finding could yield critical insights on the elusive properties of material, scientists added. Dark matter — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe — is... 

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Should Encryption Be The Norm?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Should Encryption Be The Norm?

Encryption should be a matter of priority and used by default. That’s the message from the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the worldwide body in charge of the internet’s technology infrastructure. The IAB warned in a statement that “the capabilities and activities of attackers are greater and more pervasive than previously known”. It goes on to say: “The IAB urges protocol designers to design for confidential operation by default. We strongly encourage developers... 

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Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Should AMD And nVidia Get The Blame For Assassin’s Creed’s PC Issues?

Ubisoft is claiming that the reason that its latest Assassin’s Creed game was so bad was because of AMD and Nvidia configurations. Last week the Ubisoft was panned for releasing a game which was clearly not ready and Ubisoft originally blamed AMD for its faulty game. Now Ubisoft has amended an original forum post to include and acknowledge problems on Nvidia hardware as well. Originally the post read “We are aware that the graphics performance of Assassin’s Creed Unity on PC may be adversely... 

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Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

November 19, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Will Scientist Get A Skeleton View Of The Universe Using Remnants Of The Big Bang?

Scientists may soon get a look at the universe’s skeleton by taking a close look at light left over from the Big Bang, which can be used to reveal the presence of matter like stars, galaxies, black holes and even larger structures in the otherwise empty universe. It’s a lot like an X-ray revealing bones in a body, but on a cosmic scale. X-ray machines work by shining light over an entire area and detecting how different materials react. The light passes through tissue, but is stopped... 

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Amazon Goes With Intel Zeon Inside

November 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Amazon Goes With Intel Zeon Inside

Amazon has become the latest vendor to commission a customized Xeon chip from Intel to meet its exact compute requirements, in this case powering new high-performance C4 virtual machine instances on the AWS cloud computing platform. Amazon announced at the firm’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas that the latest generation of compute-optimized Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machine instances offer up to 36 virtual CPUs and 60GB of memory. “These instances are designed... 

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Researchers Develop Self-healing Software To Fight Malware

November 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Researchers Develop Self-healing Software To Fight Malware

Researchers at the University of Utah have developed self-healing software that detects, expunges and protects against malware in virtual machines. Called Advanced Adaptive Applications (A3), the software suite was created in collaboration with US defence contractor Raytheon BBN over a period of four years. It was funded by DARPA through its Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts programme, and was completed in September, Science Daily reported on Thursday. A3 features “stackable... 

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Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

November 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Can Starshade Tech Illuminate Alien Worlds?

Starshade” technology that could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds was put to the test earlier this year in the Nevada desert. A starshade, also dubbed an external occulter, is a precisely shaped screen that flies in far-away formation with a space telescope. The device blocks a star’s light to create a high-contrast shadow, so that only light from an orbiting exoplanet enters the telescope for detailed study. While a starshade to hunt alien planets... 

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