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Can The Lenovo IdeaPad Challenge Microsoft’s Surface Pro?

September 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can The Lenovo IdeaPad Challenge Microsoft’s Surface Pro?

Lenovo has unveiled it’s updated IdeaPad and IdeaCentre devices aimed at those looking to upgrade to Windows 10 systems, including a Skylake-powered Surface competitor. Lenovo’s new line-up includes seven computers, comprising the IdeaCentre AIO 700 desktop PC, the IdeaPad Miix 700a 2-in-1 tablet hybrid, and five laptops: the IdeaPad 300 and 500 and their lighter cousins, the IdeaPad 100S, 300S and 500S. Lenovo said that the new designs feature an option for Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras... 

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SSD Sales Picking Up Steam

September 4, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SSD Sales Picking Up Steam

Despite a shrinking PC market, unit shipments for SSD’s increased, according to a new report. Beancounters at Trendfocus have added up the numbers and divided by their shoe size and penned a report with the catchy title Quarterly NAND/SSD report covering the NAND and SSD industries’ performance in the second quarter. In the SSD market, unit shipments increased slightly by 2.9 per cent, despite the fact that a good portion of the volume is tied to a weak notebook PC market. This was caused... 

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MediaTeks Helio X30 Processor Comes To Light

September 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTeks Helio X30 Processor Comes To Light

The rumored Helio X30 is real and if you thought that X20 was not enough to see off Snapdragon 820, it looks like the Helio X30 has a much better chance. All new Helio X20 deca-core has two A72 at 2.5GHz, four A53 at 2.0 and four A53 cores at 1.4 GHz. It has Core pilot 3.0 is a smart scheduler that decides which core gets what task. This processor has every chance to be faster than Snapdragon 620 from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 620 comes with four A72 cores at 1.8GHz and four A53 at 1.4 GHz but we... 

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nVidia Launches Grid 2.0

September 3, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Launches Grid 2.0

Nvidia has announced the release of its Grid 2.0 servers and expects it will have industry support. The idea is to deliver even most graphics-intensive applications to any connected device virtually. Several major vendors including Cisco, Dell, HP and Lenovo have a GRID solution to run on 125 server models including new blade servers. Nvidia worked closely with Cytrix and Cmware to bring the powerful experience to the users. Nvidia tells us that IT departments can offer their workers the instant... 

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Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Xiaomi Develops Their Own SoC

Xiaomi is the latest big phone manufacturer trying to make its own SoCs to differentiate itself from the fearsome competition. China’s biggest smartphone manufacturer is working on its own SoC that is scheduled to appear in 2016. Details are thin on the ground but it would appear that the company is working on its own ARM based chip. This will help company to compete with Apple, Samsung and Huawei. These three already have an inhouse SoC. Apple started making its own SoC a while ago with the... 

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Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will GPU Open Sourcing Work

An open saucy general-purpose graphics processor (GPGPU) has been unveiled at the Hot Chips event. The GPGPU is relatively crude and is part of another piece of an emerging open-source hardware platform called MIAOW. Karu Sankaralingam, an associate professor of computer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that an open source hardware platform is emerging that has inherent value He said that big companies will someday be built using open source hardware, just as multi-billion-dollar... 

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IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

September 2, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Integrates Blue Box Into SoftLayer

IBM has declared the integration of Blue Box Cloud into its OpenStack private cloud options, where it will sit in a perfect marriage with subsidiary SoftLayer. Angel Diaz, Big Blue’s vice president of cloud infrastructure and technology, who explained that it really was the best of both worlds, and felt the best analogy was about British dessert foods. Go on Angel, we’re listening. “No application is an island. What this announcement does is allow customers the best of both worlds... 

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OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

September 1, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
OpenStack Appears To Be Going Non-Profit

The OpenStack Community is turning its attention to support for containers and improving the platform’s enterprise-worthiness, as the OpenStack Foundation celebrated gaining non-profit status from the US government, a move that will free up extra resources for development, the organisation said. Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said at the OpenStack Silicon Valley conference at California’s Computer History Museum that OpenStack has developed over the past five years into... 

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HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

HP has become the second major player to bring an “affordable all-flash array” to market with new additions to the HP 3PAR StoreServ range. The new 8000 series consists of a Starter Kit (20800 AFA) and software updates for the full StoreServ range, and HP can now offer multi-petabyte systems offering 3.2 million IOPS with scale out from two to eight controllers and proven tier-1 resiliency. “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements or even your... 

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Drones To Have Intel Inside

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Drones To Have Intel Inside

Chipmaker Intel is taking its competitive game up a notch by investing in its own drones. Intel has written a check for more than US$60 million to Yuneec International, a Chinese aviation company and drone maker. This is not the first time that the Chipmaker has invested in drones. It has written smaller amounts for the drone makers Airware and PrecisionHawk. The Yuneec deal is its largest investment in a drone company yet. Apparently Intel thinks that drones are potential computing platforms for... 

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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Samsung Going HBM 2 In 2016

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Going HBM 2  In 2016

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) will define the future of graphics and it looks like Samsung will be ready to release products using the technology soon. Our friends at Computerbase have broken the story about Samsung making High Bandwidth Memory HBM 2 memory. HBM 2.0 will find its way to HPC and Graphics cards in 2016 and Samsung expects that by 2017 this super-fast type of memory will reach the network market.  The plan is to see HBM 2.0 mainstream by 2018. Our well placed, camera shy sources within... 

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IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

IBM security research has found that people are using the so-called dark net to launch cyber attacks, force ransomware demands on punters and make distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The dark net, accessed via Tor, is often tagged as a threat. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly 3Q 2015 report identifies a spike in bad traffic and leads with a warning. The report introduces Tor as the network that takes people to the dark net. We might start calling it the ferryman and the passage... 

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Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

Oracle has been sharing a few details about its SPARC processor code-named Sonoma. Sonoma is not a sleeping Italian mama at all but a place where Americans grow wine that Europeans will not touch. Sonoma is supposed to be a “low-cost SPARC processor for enterprise workloads.” The chip uses the SPARC M7 design, DDR4 memory interfaces, PCIe electronics and InfiniBand interfaces in a single package. Eight SPARC 4th generation cores, hooks into the system RAM and built using a 20nm process... 

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Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

Intel has teamed up with OpenStack distribution provider Mirantis to push adoption of the OpenStack cloud computing framework. The deal, which includes a $100m investment in Mirantis from Intel Capital, will provide technical collaboration between the two companies and look to strengthen the open source cloud project by speeding up the introduction of more enterprise features as well as services and support for customers. The funding will also bring on board Goldman Sachs as an investor for the first... 

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