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Does ASUS Have A New Mobile GPU In Waiting?

May 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does ASUS Have A New Mobile GPU In Waiting?

Asus has dropped a bomb ahead of the Computex 2016 by teasing Nvidia’s upcoming mobile Geforce GPU which is actually faster than desktop GTX Titan X. Teased at its Republic of Gamers website, Asus did not reveal a lot of information but it did show a screenshot of the 3DMark 11 where the new mystery GPU scores above GTX Titan X. While it is obviously based on Nvidia’s new Pascal GPU architecture, there are few information regarding the new mystery GPU, but rumors suggest that this might... 

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ARM Shows Off 10nm Chip

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Shows Off 10nm Chip

ARM’s collaboration with TSMC has finally born some fruit with the tapeout of a 10nm test chip to show off the company’s readiness for the new manufacturing process. The new test chip contains ARM’s yet-to-be-announced “Artemis” CPU core which is named after a goddess who will turn you into deer and tear you apart with wild dogs if you ever see her. [The NDA must have been pretty tough on this chip.ed] In fact things have been ticking along on this project for ages.... 

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Intel’s PC Group Hit The Hardest

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s PC Group Hit The Hardest

Intel’s restructuring axe seems to be falling on its PC client division and software areas with more than 12000 jobs to go. Our well-placed sources are confident that the PC group will be the hardest hit. This is all because the PC market has stopped growing and Intel has to find its way to new markets to supplement loss of this business. Latest research data from IDC indicates that in 2016 PC market will decline from 275.8 million units in 2015 to 260.8 million units in 2016 and the current... 

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MediaTek To Spin-Off Virtual Reality Unit

May 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek To Spin-Off Virtual Reality Unit

MediaTek is so confident about its VR plans it is going to spin off its VR division to form an independent company in June. A recent Chinese-language Economic Daily News report claims that Mediatek wants the spun off business to drive VR sales. It all sounds pretty good but MediaTek have sort of denied the rerport. Well we say sort of denied it. What it has told the Taiwan Stock Exchange  that it was not the report’s source, which is not quite the same thing.The spin off could go ahead, but... 

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Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

May 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Chromebook Outpacing Mac Notebook In U.S. Sales

More personal computers powered by Google’s Chrome OS shipped in the U.S. during the first quarter than those built on Apple’s OS X in the same period, IDC  has confirmed. “Chrome PCs overall, including Chrome desktop units like the Chromebox, out-shipped all Apple personal computers, desktop plus notebook, in the U.S. for Q1,” said Jay Chou, one of several IDC analysts who track device shipments, in an email reply to questions. Chromebooks, the inexpensive notebooks that... 

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Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Qualcomm Getting Into Drones?

It looks like that Qualcomm wants to make drones smarter and the company plans to use the Snapdragon developer board to do so. We had a chance to see the proof of concept drones that are capable of knowing and mapping environment. Hugo Swart, Sr Director, Head IoE-consumer electronics at Qualcomm, has explained that the general direction in smart drone market at this time is the consumer electronic. Swart confirmed that the first drones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform technology... 

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nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

May 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Outs The Tesla M10

Nvidia has been talking about its Tesla M10 GPU designed to run on the latest version of the company’s GRID technology. For those who came in late, GRID technology is supposed to give servers a kick in the graphics back-end. It powers virtual desktops and support cloud-powered gaming. Nvidia says the Tesla M10 GPU can support up to 64 desktops per board and 128 per server with two boards. This means shedloads of virtual machines  which are potentially dead and alive. The new graphics card... 

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Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google’s Tensor Processing Unit Improves Machine Learning

Google has taken a giant step forward with the speed of its machine learning systems by developing its own custom chip that it’s been using for over a year. The company was rumored to have been designing its own chip, based partly on job ads it posted in recent years. But until today it had kept the effort largely under wraps. It calls the chip a Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU, named after the TensorFlow software it uses for its machine learning programs. In a blog post, Google engineer Norm... 

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ARM Acquires Vision

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Acquires Vision

British chip maker ARM has acquired Apical which is an imaging and embedded computer Vision Company in a $350 million cash deal. Apical’s products are used in more than 1.5 billion smartphones and 300 million other devices, all over the world, including IP cameras, digital stills cameras and tablets. Its products will be used in ARM’s ‘next generation vehicles’, security systems, robotics, mobile and other consumer, smart building, industrial or retail application. These devices will be able... 

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Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

May 23, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD Making Gains In The GPU Space?

Figures from Mercury Research show that AMD appears to be clawing back some market share. Of course market share does not mean profits, but it is the sort of news that AMD needs. Particularly, it does not appear that AMD is doing that much. Mercury Research’s latest GPU market report, show that in the first quarter overall graphics unit volumes declined by 10.2 per cent in comparison to last year. However AMD gained discrete GPU market share. This surge was on the back of AMD’s Radeon R9 Series... 

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IBM Develops Cheaper DRM

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Develops Cheaper DRM

The ever shrinking Biggish Blue is working on a cheaper alternative to DRAM by making it denser. Dubbed phase-change memory (PCM) the technology could give enterprises and consumers faster access to data at lower cost. IBM says it’s achieved a density rating of three bits on each cell, which is 50 percent more than the company showed off in 2011 with a two-bit form of PCM. The denser the RAM is the more capacity can be squeezed out of the pricey tech. PCM works by changing a glass-like substance... 

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Is AMD’s Project Polaris Plan Starting To Make Sense?

May 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s Project Polaris Plan Starting To Make Sense?

AMD’s Polaris strategy is becoming a bit clearer and even if we thought that the fabless chipmaker might have dropped the ball a bit, it’s cunning plan is starting to make sense. Last week we saw Nvidia showing off its next-generation flagship GPU the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070. The Green Goblin told us shedloads things which if true would clean AMD’s clock in terms performance. It threw AMD’s decision to focus on the mainstream desktop and notebook markets with upcoming GCN (Graphics... 

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Did Microsoft Delay The Surface Book 2?

May 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Did Microsoft Delay The Surface Book 2?

On Thursday, sources within Microsoft’s upstream supply chain have reported that the second-generation refresh to the company’s Surface Book is expected to be delayed. The sources cited “design issues” for the launch setback, indicating that the company could be preparing to redesign some critical areas to the final consumer product before launch. The sources report the device will launch sometime after 2016, but do not specify whether design-related issues are hardware or software related.... 

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Is Mozilla Going After The FBI?

May 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Mozilla Going After The FBI?

Mozilla is taking legal action to find out whether its code was affected during an FBI investigation into Tor, the privacy browser that shares a lot of Firefox code. Mozilla has concerns that the FBI has found a vulnerability that it will not disclose. The firm wants to know what it might be so that it can apply a fix. The FBI has not helped out, so the software company has taken its case to the courts. “User security is paramount. Vulnerabilities can weaken security and ultimately harm users.... 

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Is Einstein’s Theory Holding Steady With The Early Universe?

May 18, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Einstein’s Theory Holding Steady With The Early Universe?

Just over one hundred years after Albert Einstein proposed his general theory of relativity, scientists have mapped nearly 3,000 ancient galaxies to confirm its rules held true in the early universe. The galaxies in question, which are 13 billion light-years from Earth, formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang. Researchers created a 3D map of the galaxies’ positions to confirm that the effects of relativity are consistent through the life of the universe, suggesting that dark energy... 

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