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Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

July 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Wafer Output Headed Down?

United Microelectronics (UMC) expects to post an up to 5 per cent decrease in wafer shipments for the third quarter of 2015. The outfit’s capacity rate will fall below 90 per cent for the first time after being flat out for ages. UMC CEO Po-Wen Yen said the third quarter, would suffer from the inventory correction problems that were first noticed in the first quarter. Current weakness in overall demand, partly due to the uncertainties in economic outlook, will prolong the inventory adjustment... 

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Is Intel Trying To Divide To Conquer?

July 30, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Trying To Divide To Conquer?

Intel is trying to boost promotion of its desktop CPU platforms by dividing the market into six pieces. According to Digitimes which has its paws on the cunning plan said that Intel is talking about something called an Enthusiast Tower. An Enthusiast Tower, is not a ride at Disneyland, it is the gaming, video/audio content and high performance sector. What Intel defines as “mainstream” has high performance-price ratios.  “All-in-one (AIO) PCs”, “Mini PCs (NUC)”, “Portable AIO PCs”... 

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Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will HTML5 Hide Web Exploits?

Some of the features introduced in HTML5 can be used to hide web-based exploits and help them evade security. Researchers from the University of Salerno and the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy have used three different techniques to obfuscate exploits like the ones usually used in drive-by download attacks. Functionality provided by HTML5 can be efficient for malware obfuscation, the Italians have proved. Modern security software can detect a big chunk of threats, but if they use some HTML5... 

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Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

July 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel’s Skylake Come To NUCs?

Intel is expected to upgrade its Compute Stick and NUC solutions to Skylake processors starting October. ECS, Gigabyte, Asustek and ASRock are expected to launch related products. Sales for the Compute Stick and NUC have been rising and it appears that Intel sees gold in the mini PC segment’s potential. NUC s are seeing stable demand in Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Europe. Intel is set to release solutions with its new Core m5/m3 processors codenamed Cedar City in the fourth... 

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Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can OSX Make Macs Vulnerable To Rootkits?

The software genii at Apple have redesigned their OSX software to allow malware makers to make designer micro-software that can infect Macs with rootkits. Obviously the feature is one that Apple software experts designed specifically for malware writers, perhaps seeing them as an untapped market. The bug in the latest version of Apple’s OS X allows attackers root user privileges with a micro code which could be packed into a message. Security researcher Stefan Esser said that this was the security... 

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IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

July 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Buys Compose Cloud Services Company

IBM has added another stick to its pile, picking up a company called Compose to increase its standing in the cloud database-as-a-service (DBaaS) market. The firm has come straight out with the news and explained how it expects to benefit. Compose, it said, offers a bountiful on-demand business and will let IBM roll out DBaaS offerings to a presumably hungry market. IBM has a big focus on the cloud and likes to see action around its Bluemix platform. IBM said that Compose is a player in the MongoDB,... 

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Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Oracle Make Money Off Android?

Database outfit Oracle’s moves to try and copyright APIs appear to be part of an attempt for Oracle to make money on Android. Oracle has asked a U.S. judge for permission to update its copyright lawsuit against Google to include the Android which it claims contains its Java APIs. Oracle sued Google five years ago and is seeking roughly $1 billion in copyright claims if it manages to convince a court that its APIs are in Android it could up the damages by several billions. Oracle wrote in a... 

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Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

July 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Set To Release Advanced Threat Analytics

Microsoft is very close to releasing Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) the security sure-up that it first announced three months ago. ATA, or MATA as we called it for our own small amusement, is the result of three months’ real world testing, and the culmination of enough user feedback to inform a final release. That final release will happen in August, which should give you plenty of time to get your head around it. Hmmm. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Analytics seems like a very good idea focused... 

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Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

July 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft To Open Source Radio Code

Microsoft has begun to open source some more of its code, this time for the Microsoft Research Software Radio (Sora). “We believe that a fully open source Sora will better support the research community for more scientific innovation,” said Kun Tan, a senior researcher on the Sora project team. Sora was created to combat the problem of creating software radio that could keep up with the hardware developments going on around it. The idea behind it is to run the radio off software on a... 

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Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Targets 10nm FinFET

Samsung has put 10nm FinFET in its roadmap to stop its customers migrating to TSMC. There were some rumours that Samsung may alter its schedule in order to prevent clients that might consider switching to 10nm chips from TSMC as that outfit is expected to skip the 14nm process and go straight to 10nm Kelvin Low from Samsung Foundry confirmed in a video posted on YouTube that Samsung has formally added 10nm FinFET into the process roadmap, for chip designers working in mobile, consumer or networking... 

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Is ARM Being Hurt By Apple?

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is ARM Being Hurt By Apple?

Investors in ARM are deeply worried about its close relationship to the fruity cargo cult Apple. ARM released its results which looked great, but investors were looking at its close ties to Jobs’ Mob which posted results which were disappointing. Shares dropped 3.1 per cent on the back of Apple’s results. Apple uses ARM’s processor designs in its range of iThings. It seems odd as ARMs Revenues rose 22 per cent to $17.5m for its second quarter, while pre-tax profits increased 32... 

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HP To Use Wind Power

July 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP To Use Wind Power

HP has proclaimed that it will buy 12 years of wind power from SunEdison and use it to run a new data centre in Texas. The firm’s embracing of the wind market follows similar commitments from Facebook, which is planning to run its newest centre, the fifth so far, on wind power alone. HP said that the 12-year purchase agreement will provide 112MW of wind power sourced from SunEdison and its nearby facilities. The company said that 112MW could power some 40,000 homes, and will save more than... 

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Qualcomm May Show Up To 3K Employees The Door

July 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm May Show Up To 3K Employees The Door

Qualcomm is preparing to axe several thousand employees following a glut of problems and stiff competition in a tough market. A report on The Information citing sources “inside and outside the company” said that Qualcomm could announce the laying off of up to 10 percent of its 30,000-strong workforce when it releases its quarterly results on Wednesday. However, it’s still unknown which departments will be affected by the prospective job cuts. If the rumour is true, the move to drop... 

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TSMC Finally Goes 16nm FinFET

July 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC Finally Goes 16nm FinFET

TSMC president and co-CEO Mark Liu has announced his outfit has begun volume shipment of chips based on its 16-nm FinFET manufacturing process. He added that the ramping of the 16-nm process will be even more aggressive than that of its 20-nm process and he wants to gain foundry market share over the remainder of 2015 and well into 2016 on the back of the technology. The foundry expects 16-nm processor shipments to begin contributing to revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015, since the process will... 

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AMD Adds Cheaper APU For Windows 10

July 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Adds Cheaper APU For Windows 10

AMD has added a more affordable chip to its A-Series line-up of desktop accelerated processing units (APUs), which the firm said enables more efficient processing in Windows 10 devices. The A8-7670K APU is touted to combine the energy efficient processing power of a CPU with the graphics power of the firm’s Radeon GPU in one package. This is much like the A10-7870K which AMD added to the Kaveri A-Series line of processors at Computex in May, bringing better performance for the online gaming,... 

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