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Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

April 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Apple’s Mac Slump Continues, Sales Tumble 12%

Apple revealed that it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12% decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole. The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22% drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5% and 9.6%, respectively.... 

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Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

April 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can USB-C Replace The 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Intel has called for the standard 3.5mm headphone jack to be dropped in favor of connections like USB-C. Intel does not think there is much wrong with the 3.5mm audio jack, but apparently there are more advantages to a digital connection. USB-C would allow would mean higher quality and “cleaner” audio, apparently. USB-C could also allow for headphones to track health data like your body temperature and tell the doctors if your ears are bleeding. At present, Intel is finalizing the USB Type-C... 

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Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Acer Support Virtual Reality?

Acer’s boss Jason Chen says his company will not make its own VR devices and will focus on getting its gaming products to work with the existing VR platforms. Eyebrows were raised when Acer released its new Predator series products which support  virtual reality devices. The thought was that Acer might have a device of its own in the works. However Acer CEO Jason Chen said there were no plans and the goal was to get everythink working with the four current major VR platforms Oculus, HTC’s... 

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Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

April 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will NASA Go OpenStack At JPL?

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built a new private cloud based on Red Hat’s build of the OpenStack framework to fulfill the growing computing requirements of its space missions, such as the Mars rovers. The move was announced to coincide with the OpenStack Summit, and means that NASA’s JPL has access to enterprise-scale computing resources that will enable researchers to tap into their own private cloud and maximise the organisation’s server and storage capacity... 

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Is Kepler Really Back In Action?

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Kepler Really Back In Action?

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has recovered fully from a recent anomaly and is scanning the heavens for exoplanets once again, agency officials announced today (April 22). Kepler’s handlers began prepping the spacecraft — which has discovered about half of all known alien planets to date — for a return to duty on Tuesday (April 19), and that process is now complete, mission team members said. “The spacecraft is now ready for science operations, officially starting K2′s... 

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Astronomers Searching For Gravitational Waves Via Mergers?

April 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Astronomers Searching For Gravitational Waves Via Mergers?

The sound of merging supermassive black holes does not saturate the universe. For the past decade, scientists with the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) collaboration have been listening for a constant “hum” of low-frequency gravitational waves. Theoretical work suggests that this hum — generated by collisions involving supermassive black holes, which contain millions or billions of times more mass than the sun — should be detectable at Earth.... 

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Qualcomm’s Appears To Be Slowing

April 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Appears To Be Slowing

Qualcomm predicted a third-quarter profit below analysts estimates as it expects to ship fewer chips, including those for smartphones, its biggest business. Qualcomm, whose customers include Apple and Samsung expects chip shipments to fall 13-22 percent to 175-195 million in the current quarter with its  expects 3G and 4G devices to increase to eight percent at the midpoint in this quarter, lower than its previous estimate of about 10 percent growth. Besides slowing smartphone sales, Qualcomm is... 

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Will nVidia’s Mid-Range Pascal Processor Debut In Q3?

April 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will nVidia’s Mid-Range Pascal Processor Debut In Q3?

According to the latest report, Nvidia plans to launch next-generation mainstream segment graphics cards, based on GP106 GPU, in Autumn, or late Q3/early Q4 2016. According to a report coming from Sweclockers.com, Nvidia’s mainstream graphics cards, which will be based on a GP106 Pascal GPU, should be coming in Autumn, and be ready for sales by the time for a Christmas shopping season. Meant to replace the currently available Maxwell-based GTX 960 and GTX 950 graphics cards, the upcoming mainstream... 

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Is AMD Getting In Bed With Sugon?

April 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Getting In Bed With Sugon?

Our sources are confident that AMD is about to announce a joint venture deal with China-based Sugon company. Sugon might not be a name you’ve heard much about, but the company has now made a direct deal to manufacture server-based hardware for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In their own words: “Sugon Information Industry Co., Ltd. (Sugon for short) is a national high-tech enterprise established on the basis of the major scientific research achievements of the National High Technology... 

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Seagate’s LaCie Division Goes Big

April 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Seagate’s LaCie Division Goes Big

Seagate has announced the arrival of the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt, which it claims is the world’s biggest desktop storage device. LaCie, purchased by Seagate to become its premium brand, has continually pushed the boundaries of design, and now here it is: a ruddy huge tower on your desk. The 12big is aimed at filmmakers, small production houses and video professionals, and contains a mind-boggling 96TB of storage (smaller sizes are available). The system provides speeds of up to 2600MB/s, offering... 

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Are Thunderbolt Based SSD’s The Next Big Thing?

April 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Thunderbolt Based SSD’s The Next Big Thing?

As UHD tellies promise that huge amounts of data will need to be shifted the question of how to do it fast enough is being answered by a new generation of SSDs based around Thunderbolt. This week two new drives were announded. One by Sonnet and the other by Akitio  and both combine Thunderbolt 3 and the latest PCIe SSD technology. Sonnet’s CEO Robert Farnsworth said: “The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive can sustain the ultra-high file transfer speeds required for just about... 

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Intel To Cut 12,000 Jobs As PC Market Slowdown Continues

April 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing

Intel Corp announced that it will eliminate up to 12,000 jobs globally, or 11 percent of its workforce, as it refocuses its business towards making microchips that power data centers and Internet connected devices and away from the declining personal computer industry it helped found. Tech companies including the former Hewlett Packard Co and Microsoft Corp have reorganized in the face of the PC industry decline. Many new tech users around the world turn to mobile phones for their computing needs,... 

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Will AMD’s Polaris GPU Be A Success?

April 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD’s Polaris GPU Be A Success?

AMD is rumoured to have won some key contracts for its forthcoming Polaris GPU. According to TechPowerUp AMD’s Polaris will go under the bonnet of Apple Mac desktops and laptops and will supply a Polaris GPU with 2,304 stream processors to Sony for the PlayStation 4.5 /PS4K. On the Apple side the rumour says that both of its upcoming Radeon 400 series 14nm FinFET graphics chips, Polaris 10 and Polaris 11″ provide iMacs and MacBooks with energy efficient graphics acceleration. There is no... 

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Can IBM Keep Up?

April 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can IBM Keep Up?

While IBM’s new cloud and mobile business are doing quite well, they are not making enough to off-set the losses from the older traditional arms of the company. Big Blue reported its worst quarterly revenue in 14 years. Revenue of the world’s largest technology services company fell 4.6 percent to $18.68 billion in the first quarter. They beat analysts’ average estimate of $18.29 billion which was like a ray of gold in the darkness. Otherwise the story was of IBM having its 16th... 

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Will Intel’s Apollo SoC Help The Low End?

April 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Apollo SoC Help The Low End?

Intel has been showing off its new Apollo Lake chips, and if the outfit is correct it could shake up the lower-end PC market. At the moment Intel’s Atoms have their work cut out for them supporting heavy lifting task like 4K video. However Apollo Lake, Intel’s a next-generation system-on-a-chip that promises to sort out a few of those problems. It is compact and efficient enough for PC makers can afford to slim things down without as many compromises. The more inclusive design could mean that... 

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