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AMD Tumbles

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Tumbles

AMD’s debt load is causing huge problems for the chipmaker — this quarter it had another substantial loss. The tame Apple Press has been claiming that AMD’s woes are caused by the fact it did not move to mobile as was directed by the profit Steve Jobs. They claim, along with some of the dafter analysts, that mobile computing has replaced the PC and companies that stuck to the “old technology” suffered. However that does not explain how Intel made a stonking profit mostly because of... 

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Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

July 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Imagination Technologies Shrinking Again

Mobile GPU designer Imagination Technologies has announced the world’s smallest mobile GPU. The PowerVR GX5300 takes up just 0.55mm2 on a 28nm die, which means it’s as small as a grain of salt. It operates at 250MHz and the company says it can handle everyday tasks with ease. The GPU features full OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility PVRTC texture compression technology and of course the emphasis is on ultra-low power consumption. The company is not saying anything about the actual consumption, but the... 

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Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

July 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Qualcomm And Apple Give TSMC The Boot

TSMC saw its share price drop dramatically on Thursday as analysts predicted a loss of orders for next generation chips from Apple and Qualcomm. Falling by almost six percent, the share price fell after industry expert and KGI Securities analyst Michael Li predicted that big device and chip designers such as Apple and Qualcomm will likely buy a larger proportion of 14nm smartphone chips from Samsung rather than TSMC beginning in the second half of 2015, according to Reuters. Liu did not reveal the... 

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Will Google’s Project Zero Succeed?

July 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Google’s Project Zero Succeed?

Google has announced “Project Zero”, a dramatically-named initiative that looks to mitigate the risk of internet users getting hit by targeted cyber attacks. Started by a group of Google security researchers with the mission of ridding the world of security dangers such as zero-day attacks, Project Zero will hire “the best practically-minded security researchers”, Google said, promising to contribute all of their time “toward improving security across the internet”. The... 

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Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

July 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Dell Unable To Keep Up With Demand For Chromebook, Halts Online Sales

Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the became available online. Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders. The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, and the company is asking potential buyers to call in orders. “Due to strong demand, the Dell Chromebook 11 is currently... 

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SeaGate Releases Home Grown Linux OS NAS Devices

July 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SeaGate Releases Home Grown Linux OS NAS Devices

Seagate has taken the the wraps off its first major foray into the NAS market. The Seagate NAS and NAS Pro range will be marketed towards the growing number of small businesses, including SOHO, prosumer and startups. The basic Seagate NAS range has been designed for businesses of up to 25 people with the NAS Pro range targetting the up-to-50-staff market. All aspects of the new products are created in-house including the new Linux based NAS OS 4, which Seagate’s Northern European Sales Director... 

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MediaTek Shows Off 64-bit SoC LTE Chip

July 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off 64-bit SoC LTE Chip

Mediatek has unveiled what it claims is the “world’s first” 64-bit octa-core LTE smartphone system on chip (SoC) with 2K display support. Named the Mediatek MT6795, the chip is designed for use by high-end device makers for upcoming Android 64-bit mobile operating systems like the recently announced Android L, with support for 2K display up to 2560×1600 resolution. The chip also features a clock speed of up to 2.2GHz along with Corepilot, which refers to Mediatek’s technology... 

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Oracle To Release A Whopping 115 Security Patches

July 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Oracle To Release A Whopping 115 Security Patches

Oracle announced plans to release 115 security patches for vulnerabilities affecting a vast number of its products, including its flagship database, Java SE, Fusion Middleware and business applications. The update includes fixes for 20 weaknesses in Java SE, all of which can be exploited by an attacker remotely, without the need for login credentials, Oracle said in an announcement prior to Tuesday’s patch release. Some 29 fixes are for Oracle’s Fusion Middleware suite, with 27 able... 

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Zeus Is Back With A Vengence

July 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Zeus Is Back With A Vengence

The Gameover Zeus malware, which recently was the focus of a high profile takedown operation, has returned in the form of an evolved campaign sending out malicious spam messages. The evolved campaign was spotted by Malcovery Security, who reported its findings after noticing a number of malicious spam messages masquerading as legitimate emails from banks. “Today Malcovery’s analysts identified a new trojan based heavily on the Gameover Zeus binary, the firm’s blog post read. “It... 

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Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

July 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Semiconductor Sales Making A Comback?

Semiconductor revenue has grown by almost seven percent worldwide, analyst firm Gartner has said. In its forecast for the second quarter, Gartner said that revenue is expected to reach $336bn this year, up 6.7 percent from the same quarter last year. The growth has surpassed analysts’ earlier expectations, up from the previous quarter’s forecast of 5.4 percent growth. The growing trend is particularly evident in companies such as foundry leader TSMC, Gartner explained, which is expecting... 

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Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Another Security Flaw Found In Adobe Flash

Another critical security flaw has been found for Adobe’s Flash plug-in. Google Engineer Michele Spagnuolo has written an exploit tool, called “Rosetta Flash” which allows hackers to steal your cookies and other data using malicious Flash .SWF files. The flaw has been known about since Adam was a boy, had been left unfixed until now as nobody had found a way to harness it for evil. Twitter, Microsoft, Google and Instagram have already patched their sites, but beware of others... 

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Panasonic Goes Intel For SoC

July 9, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Panasonic Goes Intel For SoC

Panasonic and Intel have just announced that they will start making its SoC chips using Intel’s 14nm process. Panasonic is joining Altera , Achronix Semiconductor, Tabula, Netronome and Microsemi on an ever growing list of Intel foundry clients. We expect that the list to expand over time. There have been some rumours that Cisco is planning to make its chips at Intel, too. Keep the fabs busy In our recent conversation with a few industry insiders we learned that Intel wants to keep its fabs busy... 

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ARM Launches Juno Hardware Development Program

July 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Launches Juno Hardware Development Program

ARM has announced two programs to assist Android’s ascent into the 64-bit architecture market. The first of those is Linaro, a port of the Android Open Source Project to the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture. ARM said the port was done on a development board codenamed “Juno”, which is the second initiative to help Android reach the 64-bit market. The Juno hardware development platform includes a system on chip (SoC) powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and dual-core ARM Cortex-A57... 

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Can Intel Go Completely Wireless?

July 7, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can Intel Go Completely Wireless?

Intel wants to lead the drive into a less wired world by pushing standards, drive down the cost, and make these technologies ubiquitous. At Computex, Intel demonstrated WiGig wireless docking and simultaneous wireless charging of a laptop, smartphone, headset and tablet with a pad placed under a tabletop. The company said that it would deliver reference designs for systems that use the technology in 2016 as part of a future Core processor family known as Skylake. WiGig trades range for speed and... 

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Is Malware Beginning To Wreak Havoc On XP Users?

July 3, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Malware Beginning To Wreak Havoc On XP Users?

One of the top three malware programs affecting businesses in the second quarter is a worm that takes advantage of the large number of companies still using Windows XP, Trend Micro has warned. The worm, dubbed DOWNAD, also known as Conficker, can infect an entire network via a malicious URL, spam email, or removable drive. Windows XP is particularly susceptible to this threat because it is known to exploit the MS08-067 Server service vulnerability in order to execute arbitrary code. DOWNAD also... 

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