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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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Half Of Web Traffic Is Bot Generated, Says Recent Report

May 17, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Half Of Web Traffic Is Bot Generated, Says Recent Report

Nearly half of all Web traffic comes from bots and crawlers, and that’s costing companies lots of money. That’s one finding from a report released by DeviceAtlas, which makes software to help companies detect the devices being used by visitors to their websites. Non-human sources accounted for 48 percent of traffic to the sites analyzed for DeviceAtlas’s Q1 Mobile Web Intelligence Report, including legitimate search-engine crawlers as well as automated scrapers and bots generated... 

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nVidia Shows Better Than Expected Profit

May 17, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shows Better Than Expected Profit

Nvidia forecast better-than-expected revenue for the current quarter demand for its chips has risen, while its rival, AMD has a knap while waiting for its Zen technology to arrive. Shares of the company, which also reported profit and revenue above analysts’ estimates, were up 7.5 percent in extended trading. The chipmaker last week unveiled its GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics processors based on its Pascal technology. Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang said the new Pascal GPU architecture will... 

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Will AMD’s Polaris Debut This Month?

May 13, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD’s Polaris Debut This Month?

According to a fresh rumor report, AMD could announced its first Polaris GPU architecture based graphics cards at a dedicated event in China, in late May. While earlier reports suggested that Computex 2016 show might be the place that AMD picked for launch of its graphics cards based on 14nm Polaris GPU architecture, a fresh report coming from Zolkorn site claims that the press announcement, or a paper-launch, might actually happen at a dedicated event in China. According to the source, AMD has already... 

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Will AMD’s Zen Processor Be Quad-Core?

May 12, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD’s Zen Processor Be Quad-Core?

In May 2015, we reported that AMD’s first Zen CPUs, launching in Q4 2016, would most likely be quad-core chips based on a presentation slide showing the company’s Zen core units scaling up to four cores with shared L3 cache. According to new information released one year later, this may not be the case and, the company could be preparing to launch eight and six-core variants in a tight efficiency race against Intel’s ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs. AMD’s official “Zen-based Quad Core... 

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