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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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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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SanDisk DAS Cache Going Dell PowerEdge

September 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SanDisk DAS Cache Going Dell PowerEdge

SanDisk has released more details about its joint venture with Dell, which will see DAS Cache SSD caching software from Sandisk added to Dell’s Poweredge servicers. Sandisk’s director of Software Marketing Rich Petersen told The INQUIRER, “We’re excited to be announcing a co-venture with a brand with Dell’s credentials that offers platform independent, brand independent caching.” Sandisk DAS Cache is a pure software caching system that uses flash memory to improve... 

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Intel Releases Edison

September 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Releases Edison

Intel has released its Edison chip for wearables at its Intel developer conference (IDF) in California today. The tiny computer is a dual-core Quark system on chip (SoC) Pentium-class x86 processor made using the 22nm process. The Edison device runs Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules. The chip can also connect to its own app store, and has 40 I/Os via a 70-pin connector that lets users do many things without going through a custom board. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Intel said that the... 

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IBM And Intel Move To Improve Cloud Security

September 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM And Intel Move To Improve Cloud Security

IBM and Intel have announced that SoftLayer will be the first cloud platform to offer customers bare metal service that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level. The move will tighten up security on cloud based systems just as Apple’s iCloud appeared to be hacked. The IBM system works with Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) which identifies if traffic is coming from a known location using trusted hardware. Intel TXT verifies components of a computing system from... 

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FreeSync Only For New AMD Processors

September 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
FreeSync Only For New AMD Processors

AMD has explained that its new FreeSync technology will only work in new silicon. FreeSync is AMD’s initiative to enable variable-refresh display technology for smoother in-game animation and was supposed to give Nvidia’s G-Sync technology a good kicking. G-Sync has already resulted in some top production gaming monitors like the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q. However AMD said that the only the newest GPU silicon from AMD will support FreeSync displays. Specifically, the Hawaii GPU that drives... 

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Canonical Opens Up About Bootstack Cloud Services

September 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Canonical Opens Up About Bootstack Cloud Services

Canonical has revealed more details about its upcoming offer to build and manage Openstack cloud computing systems for a fee of $15 per host server per day. Now renamed Bootstack, the offering is still in private beta. When it is fully available, the service will see Canonical engineers building and managing complete Openstack infrastructure as a service (Iaas) private clouds for customers, to their specifications and using their choice of hardware. Bootstack was first announced under the Your Cloud... 

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Google Begins Research On Quantum Computing

September 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google Begins Research On Quantum Computing

Google Inc has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to start a project to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is a collaboration between Google, NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to study the application of quantum optimization related to artificial intelligence. “With... 

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Are ARM 64-bit Processors Making Gains?

September 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are ARM 64-bit Processors Making Gains?

ARM claims it has seen growing momentum for its 64-bit ARMv8-A processor designs, announcing it has signed 50 licensing agreements with silicon partners to fab chips based on the architecture. ARM said that a total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company’s ARMv8-A technology, including all of the silicon vendors selling application processors for smartphones plus most of those targeting enterprise networking and servers. The firm did not disclose which company signed the 50th... 

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Intel’s Broadwell Said To Be Faster Than Skylake

September 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Broadwell Said To Be Faster Than Skylake

Intel will do something that it never did before. It will release two processor generations at once in the desktop space. The Haswell refresh Core i7 4790, Core i5 4690, Core i5 4690K, Core i5 4690 and Core i5 4590 will be replaced by both Tick and Tock parts. The fastest of the lot, the one that replaces Core i5 4790K Haswell refresh, is a Broadwell generation processor. The next generation Skylake-S processor will end up slower than Broadwell one and if nothing major changes both will end up branded... 

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Will Intel’s Core M Go Commercial?

September 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Core M Go Commercial?

Intel is getting down from four processor lines to three and it looks like Broadwell won’t come with an M-processor line and 57W, 47W, 37W parts. This is not something we expect to happen at this point. The H-processor line will take over the 47W TDP high performance market for mobile computers and some AIOs. The H-processor 47W line, U-Processor Line with 15W and 28W TDP parts will end up with 5th Gen Intel Core branding. We expect a range of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 parts that will be... 

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Vendors Testing New Intel Xeon Processors

September 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Vendors Testing New Intel Xeon Processors

Intel is cooking up a hot batch of Xeon processors for servers and workstations, and system vendors have already designed systems that are ready and raring to go as soon as the chips become available. Boston is one of the companies doing just that, and we know this because it gave us an exclusive peek into its labs to show off what these upgraded systems will look like. While we can’t share any details about the new chips involved yet, we can preview the systems they will appear in, which... 

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Is The EU Going After Qualcomm

September 2, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is The EU Going After Qualcomm

Qualcomm faces an antitrust investigation in Europe, even as it seeks to end a probe of its alleged monopoly practices in China. Reuters reported that Qualcomm is looking for an amicable resolution of an investigation conducted by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) over suspicions that it holds a monopoly in the Chinese telecoms market. The investigation involves allegations that Qualcomm’s China subsidiary has been overcharging and exploiting its position in the... 

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