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Are AMD’s Ryzen 2 Processors Arriving Next Month

December 15, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are AMD’s Ryzen 2 Processors Arriving Next Month

AMD must be tired of the success it enjoyed with the Ryzen CPUs as its second-gen processors are set to launch early 2018. The Ryzen 2 lineup, according to WCCTech, will be made up of the Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 2000 chips, and are set to bring in better performance with jacked-up clockspeeds and overclocking capabilities. Bet Intel’s happy about that…. Core specifications for chip fans include the Ryzen 2 family being the first chips AMD will have built using the 12 nanometre fabrication... 

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Is AMD’s RX 560 A Re-branded Card

December 14, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is AMD’s RX 560  A Re-branded Card

AMD has admitted that the Radeon RX 560 which is in the shops now is essentially a rebranded older model. Yesterday we revealed that AMD had changed the Radeon RX 560 so that it had a similar spec to older cards. Unfortunately, it had mixed the downgraded cards with the older ones which meant you had to be a real geek to spot the difference. What made the whole thing worse was that it had carried out the change after all the reviews were out and it failed to tell anyone about it. Now AMD has released... 

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Microsoft Brings ‘Digital Whiteboard’ To Windows 10

December 13, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Brings ‘Digital Whiteboard’ To Windows 10

Microsoft is adding its Whiteboard ‘digital canvas’ app to Windows 10, providing a new way for employees to collaborate on creative work and share ideas. Whiteboard, aimed at Surface owners, makes use of the device’s stylus and touch inputs to share drawings. Users can jot down notes, make precise illustrations or search for images on the web from the app. It can also create tables, diagrams and flowcharts, which are updated in real time and automatically saved to the cloud. “It’s designed... 

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Is The Andromeda Botnet Network On The Ropes

December 12, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The Andromeda Botnet Network On The Ropes

A Botnet -busting joint task force has taken down the two million device-strong malware-spreading Andromeda network. Cybersecurity agents from a combination of the Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, the FBI, EuroJust and the Joint Cybercrime Action Task force, alongside help from a clutch of companies like Microsoft, moved to scupper what is thought to be the biggest botnet ever. Using a technique called ‘sinkholing’, whereby domains carrying malware distributed by Andromeda... 

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Qualcomm Debuts The Snapdragon 845

December 11, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Debuts The Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm has just wrapped up the second Snapdragon technology event keynote and a small part of the keynote was the three year effort called the Snapdragon 845. Alex Katouzian, a senior vice president and general manager of mobile for Qualcomm Technologies,  took the stage and announced the Snapdragon 845. He had a sample in his hand and didn’t really go into any details about the chip. Katouzian did mention that a SoC is a three year journey where the infrastructure partners play a big role.... 

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Will Windows 10 On Snapdragon Succeed

December 11, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Windows 10 On Snapdragon Succeed

We had a chance to ask Erin Chappelle,  General Manager of the Windows and Device group of Microsoft, and lead player of Windows 10 on Snapdragon about the lack of 64-bit emulation support at launch. She was the right person to ask why Windows 10 on Snapdragon is missing  64-bit emulation application support. She also leads the team delivering the base components of the operating system including the Kernel, Hypervisor, Containers and Storage and was certainly the right person to address this “elephant... 

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Windows 10 Hits 600 Million Mark

December 5, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Windows 10 Hits 600 Million Mark

Software king of the world Microsoft says that its Windows 10 is on 600 million devices. CEO Satya Nadella referenced the new number for the first-time moments ago at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, where he is giving analysts and investors an update on Microsoft’s progress and strategy. This is an increase from the 500 million devices touted by Microsoft earlier this year, but it’s still well short of the company’s original goal of one billion Windows 10 devices within two to... 

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Personal Computers Continue To Drop

December 5, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Personal Computers Continue To Drop

Analyst working for IDC have been reading the liver of fat ram and come to the conclusion that global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs) will decline 2.7 percent on year in 2017. PCDs are traditional PCs and tablets and while this is a slower contraction compared to the previous year, the shipments will decline further by four percent in 2018. Looking toward the end of the five-year forecast, volumes are expected to continue declining from 423.3 million in 2017 to 393.9 million in 2021.... 

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Is HP Installing Unwanted Telemetry Software On PC’s

December 4, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is HP Installing Unwanted Telemetry Software On PC’s

HP is allegedly installing a telemetry client on customers’ machines without asking permission. According to a report at ComputerWorld the sneaky software, which was first identified on 15 November, is dubbed ‘HP Touchpoint Analytics Service’, which HP itself says “harvests telemetry information that is used by HP Touchpoint’s analytical services.” A user on the Bleeping Computer forums first spotted the software, saying: “After the latest batch of Windows... 

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Chip Market Soars Past 400 Billion

December 1, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Chip Market Soars Past 400 Billion

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) body forecast that the chip market will increase 20.6 percent this year compared to 2016. And the WSTS can’t see any signs of the upwards trend slowing, because based on its current figures it’s forecasting the market will be worth $437 billion. The rise in the market of 20.6 percent is the largest year of growth since the decade began. There’s growth in all major categories but the way out leader is memory at 60.1 percent, followed... 

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Qualcomm Goes 7nm With TSMC

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Goes 7nm With TSMC

Korean based Etnews has mentioned that Qualcomm 7nm manufacturing has been a big win for TSMC while two other US and China customers chose Samsung’s 7nm. TSMC traditionially have dibs on Nvidia and MediaTek too.  The Taiwan based foundry and Qualcomm are expected to ship in volume in early 2019 with announcement of the new product in late 2018, no surprises there. This will be the chip that comes after the soon to be announced Snapdragon 845. The most talked phone after iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy... 

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Los Alamos Lab To Build Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

November 30, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Los Alamos Lab To Build Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

The National Laboratory’s High Performance Computing Division Los Alamos has access to 750-node Raspberry Pi clusters which it is using in development work. Super-computing 17, an annual conference on high-performance computing, was told that the Raspberry Pi-based clusters were part of the first step towards a development program to assist in programming much larger machines. The platform at LANL uses a modular cluster design from BitScope Designs, with five rack-mount Bitscope Cluster Modules,... 

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Microsoft Warning Customers Free Office Viewer Going Away

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Warning Customers Free Office Viewer Going Away

Microsoft is alerting customers that it will retire several Office application viewers in little more than four months, shutting off the spigot to the free document readers used by those without the productivity suite. “The Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack, will be retired in April 2018,” said a post to a company blog. “At that time, they will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates.” The... 

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Is Toshiba Staying In The PC Business

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is Toshiba Staying In The PC Business

Toshiba has said that it has not entered into talks with any company to sell its personal computer business, denying media reports that it was in negotiations to sell the unit to Taiwan’s Asustek. To be fair, it was not the only outfit supposed to be snuffling around Tosh’s headquarters, The Nikkei business daily reported. China’s Lenovo had also expressed interest in the PC unit Cash-strapped Toshiba has previously said it is looking to sell the PC business, a small part of the industrial... 

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Intel’s Find Security Flaw In Management Engine

November 29, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Find Security Flaw In Management Engine

Security problems have plagued the Intel Management Engine for years, but the chipmaker is only just confirming the severity of the flaws. The technology, which is a core part of Intel Active Management Technology (AMT), is present on many of the company’s CPUs and can even remain active when a PC is turned off. But for years, security specialists have identified a conveyor belt of exploitable security flaws. On Monday, Intel posted a new security advisory warning manufacturers and users of... 

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