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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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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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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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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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Oracle And SAP Settle Piracy Dispute

November 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle And SAP Settle Piracy Dispute

Oracle has won a limited victory in its long-running lawsuit with rival SAP. The action was taken in reference to events dating back to 2007, which saw employees of SAP’s TomorrowNow unit accused of illegally downloading Oracle software. German company TomorrowNow was bought by SAP as a means to undercut Oracle’s internal tech support rates, with the ambition of getting customers to migrate to SAP solutions, reports Reuters. In 2006, TomorrowNow started the process of undermining its... 

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Will Sophos’ Cloud Strategy Work?

November 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Sophos’ Cloud Strategy Work?

Sophos is betting that understaffed IT departments will want to use the cloud to deal with cyber attacks. Kris Hagerman, CEO of the computer security company, said SMBs often have small IT departments and may have no one dedicated to full-time security. Sophos thinks the answer will be a cloud-based management console to work across its entire security portfolio, Hagerman said. The company’s UTM firewall product handles email security, endpoint and network protection, wireless, web filtering and... 

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Is nVidia Winning The GPU War?

November 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia Winning The GPU War?

According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), Nvidia has managed to claw back market share from AMD in the second quarter of 2014. JPR found that AMD’s overall unit shipments decreased 7% sequentially, while Intel and Nvidia gained 11.6% and 12.9% respectively. The ‘attach rate’ is almost flat at 155% (up 2%). A total of 32% of PCs tracked last quarter had discrete graphics, while 68% did not. The PC market grew 6.9% sequentially, but it was down 2.6% year-on-year. Shipments of desktop graphics... 

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Will nVidia Or AMD Ever Produce A 20nm GPU?

November 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Or AMD Ever Produce A 20nm GPU?

It looks like we might never see 20nm GPUs from either Nvidia or AMD. From what we know, both companies spent a lot of time looking into the new 20nm manufacturing process and they have decided that it is simply not viable for GPUs. Yields are not where they are supposed to be and from a business perspective it doesn’t make sense to design and produce chips that would end up with very low yields. At this point we do not expect to see any high-end chips in 20nm, as there are obvious manufacturing... 

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Is TSMC’s 16nm FinFet At Risk?

November 13, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is TSMC’s 16nm FinFet At Risk?

TSMC’s next generation 16nm process has reached an important milestone – 16nm FinFET Plus (16FF+) is now in risk production. Needless to say, 16FF+ comes a few quarters after the 16nm rollout, expected in Q1 2015. TSMC hopes to start churning out 50,000 16FF wafers in Q2 2015. As for the Plus process, it is still more than a year away in terms of availability and it will be followed by 10nm, which is expected to materialise in late 2016. TSMC says the improved 16FF+ process can deliver a 40%... 

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Apple Ramping Up Enterprise Its Enterprise Strategy

November 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Apple Ramping Up Enterprise Its Enterprise Strategy

Apple Inc is embarking on its most aggressive push yet onto enterprise IT turf, hiring a dedicated sales force to talk with potential clients like Citigroup Inc and working in concert with a dozen or so developers, two sources familiar with its plans say. Experts say the company hopes to offset a gradual deceleration in growth – highlighted by iPad sales that have declined three straight quarters – by expanding its footprint in the workplace. Three months after unveiling a partnership... 

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Darkhotel Malware Targeting Business Executives

November 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Darkhotel Malware Targeting Business Executives

An espionage campaign dubbed Darkhotel has been targeting travelling executives via hotel WiFi for the past four years, Kaspersky has warned, and is still active today. According to the security firm, Darkhotel infects hotel networks with spying software which in turn infects the computers of targeted executives as soon as they connect to the hotel WiFi network. The executives are tricked into installing the information-stealing malware by disguising it as an update for legitimate software such as... 

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Microsoft To Focus On Integrating Bing Into Other Apps, Products

November 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To Focus On Integrating Bing Into Other Apps, Products

Microsoft’s director of search admitted that its Bing search engine doesnt’ compete well with Google search in a full-on faceoff, but the company will focus instead on search applications. Stefan Weitz, who leads Microsoft’s search efforts, told an audience at the Web Summit conference in Dublin that he’s less interested in Bing as a stand-alone search engine and more interested in integrating the technology into the company’s other products. “The question is,... 

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New Malware Targeting Apple Devices Uncovered

November 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
New Malware Targeting Apple Devices Uncovered

Palo Alto Networks Inc  has uncovered a new group of malware that can infect Apple Inc’s  desktop and mobile operating systems, underscoring the increasing sophistication of attacks on iPhones and Mac computers. The “WireLurker” malware can install third-party applications on regular, non-jailbroken iOS devices and hop from infected Macs onto iPhones through USB connector-cables, said Ryan Olson, intelligence director for the company’s Unit 42 division. Palo Alto Networks... 

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