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China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

February 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
China Drops Big Technology Brands From State Purchase Lists

China has removed some of the world’s most popular technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more home grown products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist impulse to shield China’s domestic technology industry from competition. Chief casualty is U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government... 

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Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

February 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are 100-Core ARM Processors On The Horizon

Ezchip is planning to put 100 ARM-based 64-bit cores into a processor which it thinks will fill a hole in the networking market. Dubbed the Tile-Mx, the multi-core processors are in development, but won’t be sampling until the second half of 2016. Company officials said the chips high core count, mesh connectivity and hardware accelerators will fix the demands on data centre and carrier networks brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, social media, the Internet of things (IoT) and... 

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Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia Put AMD Out Of Business?

It would appear that the world is rushing to Nvidia to buy its latest GPU at the expense of AMD. According to the data, NVIDIA and AMD each took dramatic swings from Q4 of 2013 to Q4 of 2014 with Nvidia increasing its market share over AMD by 20 per cent and AMD’s market share has dropped from 35 per cent at the end of 2013 to just 24 per cent at the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Nvidia has gonr from 64.9 per cent at the end of 2013 to 76 per cent at the end of 2014. The report JPR’s AIB Report... 

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Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

February 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Was Old Code The Culprit For Security Breaches In 2014?

Nearly half of all security breaches come from vulnerabilities that are between two and four years old, according to this year’s HP Cyber Risk Report entitled The Past Is Prologue. The annual report found that the most prevalent problems came as a result of server misconfiguration, and that the primary causes of commonly exploited software vulnerabilities are defects, bugs and logic flaws. But perhaps most disturbing of all was the news that Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobile malware... 

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Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Intel Abandon Silicon?

Intel has announced that it will move away from Silicon for its future chip making processes. Papers being shown to the 2015 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), show Intel’s 10nm manufacturing process and new research on how it’s maintaining the march of Moore’s law to 7nm and beyond. While there was nothing new on Intel’s 10nm process are expected in late 2016/early 2017 to hit 7nm, Intel says new materials will be required. In other words 10nm will finally... 

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ARM and IBM Join Forces On IoT

February 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM and IBM Join Forces On IoT

ARM has joined forces with IBM to launch its Internet of Things (IoT) mbed Device Platform as a starter kit with cloud support, offering developer tools with cloud-based analytics. ARM’s mbed tool was announced last year and is primarily an operating system built around open standards to “bring internet protocols, security and standards-based manageability into one integrated tool” and make IoT deployment faster and easier and thus speed up the creation of IoT-powered devices. ARM... 

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Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

February 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

Lenovo admitted to pre-loading the Superfish adware on some consumer PCs, and now outraged customers are dragging the computer maker to court on the matter. A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed late last week against Lenovo and Superfish, charging both companies with “fraudulent” business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware. Plaintiff Jessica Bennett said her laptop was damaged as a result of Superfish, which was... 

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Lenovo To Bring Energy Efficient ARM Server To Market

February 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Lenovo To Bring Energy Efficient ARM Server To Market

Lenovo has teamed with the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to build ARM-based server designs for workloads to improve energy efficiency. The partnership will investigate the suitability of ARM servers and look to improve the overall energy efficiency and performance of computing systems. Lenovo is taking over from IBM in its relationship with the STFC on research projects since the Chinese company announced a $2.3bn buyout of IBM’s x86 server business last year. The... 

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Microsoft Doubling Price For Those Who Still Want XP Support

February 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Doubling Price For Those Who Still Want XP Support

Microsoft will double the per-PC price of support for enterprises still holding onto Windows XP systems when the anniversary of the aged OS’s retirement rolls around in April, according to a licensing expert familiar with the situation. The per-PC price for what Microsoft calls “custom support agreements” (CSAs) will increase to $400, the expert said after requesting anonymity. CSAs provide critical security updates for an operating system that’s been officially retired, as... 

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Will AMD Release Kaveri Today?

February 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD Release Kaveri Today?

AMD has confirmed that it is releasing new AMD A8-7650K APUs today. The chips are based on the “Kaveri” design and are designed for overclockers on a budget. The APU has four “Steamroller” cores (two dual-core modules) operating at 3.30GHz/3.90GHz clock-rate, 4MB L2 cache, AMD Radeon R7 graphics engine with 384 stream processors, a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, unlocked multiplier and up to 95W thermal design power. The chip will be drop-in compatible with FM2+ mainboards. AMD... 

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Intel Give A Boost To Its Exascale Computing Effort

February 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Give A Boost To Its Exascale Computing Effort

Intel’s exascale computing efforts have received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work is currently looking at scalability issues with parallel applications. Karl Solchenbach, Intel’s director, Innovation Pathfinding Architecture Group in Europe said it was important to improve scalability of threaded applications on many core nodes through... 

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Raspberry Pi Making Moves

February 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Raspberry Pi Making Moves

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that its pint-sized computer has now sold a whopping five million units. The announcement came via Twitter, where the official Raspberry Pi account boasted that the five million milestone makes it the big-selling computer manufacturer in the UK of all time. Just confirmed the big news we’ve all been waiting for: we’ve now sold more than 5 million Raspberry Pis. — Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) February 17, 2015 We think that this means that in just under... 

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Internally Intel Is Going All In On IoT

February 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Internally Intel Is Going All In On IoT

A leaked report has revealed how Intel is convincing its own staff of its Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and data analytics. Apparently Intel wants to eat its own dog food to reduce costs, improve inefficiencies and boost performance, a major internal report has revealed. Intel IT supports over 106,000 employees in 66 countries, and the report is an intriguing look into how a technology giant tackles the same challenges and opportunities facing the customers and markets it serves. The report explained... 

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Microsoft Says It Will Adopt International Standard For Cloud Privacy

February 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Says It Will Adopt International Standard For Cloud Privacy

Microsoft has adopted a new standard for cloud privacy that commits the technology giant to protect the privacy of customers’ data, not to use it for advertisement purposes, and to inform the customer of legal requests for personal data. The company said it was adopting the ISO/IEC 27018, published last year by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which outlines a common set of security categories and controls that... 

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Will Samsung Release A 14nm Octa Processor?

February 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Samsung Release A 14nm Octa Processor?

Samsung has announced an updated version of its Exynos 7 Octa processor. Last year it announced a 64-bit, ARMv8 processor based on a 20nm design, but these new chips will be 14nm processors. The big news is that Samsung says mass production of the first chips developed with a 14nm FinFET process is underway. It looks like the Exynos 7 Octa processor will be the first to see the shift from 20nm to 14nm. Samsung says the technology will be used in additional products later in 2015. This could be good... 

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