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Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

February 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Kingston Announces Acquisition Of USB Technology Maker IronKey

Kingston Technology has announced that it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation Corp. Imation, which purchased the then privately-held IronKey in 2011, did not disclose the financial details of the sale to Kingston. IronKey is perhaps best known for its highly secure USB flash drives, which use 256-bit AES encryption algorithm to secure data and a stainless steel case with no seams so it cannot be pried open. The secure storage devices are validated by the National... 

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Edge Continues To Weaken Microsoft’s Browser Standing

February 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Edge Continues To Weaken Microsoft’s Browser Standing

The inability of Microsoft’s Edge to gain new users from the Windows 10 operating system has contributed to the company’s overall decline in browser share, analysis of recently-published data shows. According to several metrics sources, Edge’s share of the global Windows 10user base was significantly lower in January than was Internet Explorer’s (IE) share of all Windows users, signaling that Microsoft has not been able to maintain the historical — or even current... 

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Will Intel Start Tunneling Transistors?

February 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Start Tunneling Transistors?

Intel is looking at tunneling transistors and spintronics and slowly rejecting the need for speed. According to the Intel’s William Holt, who leads the company’s technology and manufacturing group, Intel will soon have to start using fundamentally new technologies. He named tunnelling transistors and spintronics as good candidates, but both would require changes in how chips are designed and manufactured, and would likely be used alongside silicon transistors. Holt said that the technology... 

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Dell Appears To Be Taking Security To The BIOS Level

February 9, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Dell Appears To Be Taking Security To The BIOS Level

Grey tin box shifter Dell wants to beef up security on its business laptops and PCs by introducing a new tool which helps to protect the BIOS from malware. Attacks like this are rare and hard for software security to handle. Even wiping your harddrive and reinstalling software will not fix them. Dell has introduced this new tool which makes a copy of the clean BIOS which is kept in the cloud, and compares it with snapshot with the machine’s BIOS every time it boots. If something’s been... 

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Is Intel Making Strides In The IoT Arena?

February 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Intel Making Strides In The IoT Arena?

Intel has released its annual report for 2015-16 and it contains some surprising stats. The company has always peppered its report with juicy numbers which give us a good snapshot of the state of all the things it controls, and this year is no exception. Looking at Intel’s figures also gives us a snapshot of what the industry looks like at a wider level. Intel CIO Kim Stevenson said: “Looking ahead, I see extraordinary opportunities for IT leaders in every industry to contribute their... 

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Will ARM Servers Get Google Support?

February 8, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will ARM Servers Get Google Support?

Google is set to announce that it is working with Qualcomm to design servers based on ARM processors, in a move which could give the British chip designer some street cred in the data centre market. Google is apparently going public with its backing for Qualcomm’s chips at an investor meeting next week. It is saying that if the chips meet certain performance goals, Google will commit to using them. It is too early to say if this is going to be the sort of support to ARM and snub to Intel that... 

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AMD Develops The Excavator Processor Specifically For Gamers

February 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Develops The Excavator Processor Specifically For Gamers

AMD has unveiled a handful of new processors as part of its 2016 desktop refresh, including the first chip based on the Excavator core to target desktop PCs. The firm will also release new motherboards with high-speed USB 3.1 ports and connectors to support M.2 Sata SSDs. AMD’s new desktop processors are available now, and aimed chiefly at the enthusiast and gamer markets. They comprise three chips fitting into the firm’s FM2+ processor socket infrastructure for mainstream systems. Two... 

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Are Light Powered Transistors On The Horizon?

February 5, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Light Powered Transistors On The Horizon?

A team of researchers have emerged from their smoke filled labs claiming to have invented a transistor which runs on light rather than applied voltage. According to Technology Review University of North Carolina in Charlotte say the new transistor controls the electrons to flow through it so that when the lights are on it and turns itself off when it gets dark. This means that devices can be made smaller than field effect transistors because they don’t require doping in the same way and can be... 

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Regardless Of The Rhetoric Windows Tablets Doing Ok

February 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Regardless Of The Rhetoric Windows Tablets Doing Ok

For years Microsoft held a torch for the tablet even while everyone else mocked them. When Apple turned the concept into a gimmick and everyone bought one, Microsoft was mocked for not really understanding the tablet. Now it seems that Redmond is the only one making tablets that people want again, as the market slowly shrinks to the point before Jobs claimed “his” invention was a “game changer.” Strategy Analytics said that final quarter of 2015 witnessing the worst year-on-year decline for... 

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Microsoft Giving Yammer To All Office 365 Subscribers

February 4, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Giving Yammer To All Office 365 Subscribers

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to expand the reach of its Yammer work social network — and better compete with other workplace collaboration tools – announcing that any organization with an Office 365 subscription will gain access to the service and have it automatically activated. The service will start rolling out to users in waves. The automatic activation will allow businesses to quickly spin up online communities for their workers. Microsoft will also let users sign in to Yammer... 

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Will MediaTek’s Helio Debut This Year?

February 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will MediaTek’s Helio Debut This Year?

MediaTek’s a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Ku has confirmed that the company plans to ship the X30 in 2016. The X30 has been ephemeral product for quite some time although it had been expected that the X30 would follow the X20 eventually. Ku expects that phones based on Helio P10 and X20 should start to arrive in this quarter. The majority of the design wins for the performance and mainstream phones for the first half of 2016 will be for last year’s flagship the Helio... 

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AMD Goes Virtual With GPUs

February 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes Virtual With GPUs

AMD has revealed what it claims are the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU products — AMD FirePro S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. The big idea is to have a product for remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). In the virtualization ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualized in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences. So far the GPU has been off the... 

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Is nVidia’s Pascal Finally Coming In April

February 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing

The dark satanic rumour mill has been flat out manufacturing hell on earth yarns that Nvidia is about to release a new Pascal GPU soon. The logic is that Nvidia has the time to counter AMD’s Polaris by pushing out a Pascal GPU sooner than anyone expected. Kotaku claims that NVIDIA looks set to beat AMD’s Polaris architecture when the new GPU appears. In fact it hinted that AMD brought down the price of the Radeon R9 Nano to $499 to counter this move in the high end of the market. The... 

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Microsoft Cloud Email Winning The Enterprise

February 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Cloud Email Winning The Enterprise

Enterprises of all sizes are willingly surrendering their emails to the cloud, according to the analysts at Gartner, and the bulk of them are relying on Microsoft to keep them up in the air and spinning. The cloud, in case you missed it, is everywhere. Even your nan uploads her photos to the cloud. Cloud email services have been embraced by consumers, but have been welcomed more cautiously in the business world. Until now, that is, according to a new Gartner cloud and email report. The leading firms... 

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HSBC Was Hit With A DDoS Attack

February 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HSBC Was Hit With A DDoS Attack

‘KIN’ ‘ELL. You don’t want to be the people who bunged this morning’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack at HSBC, as the money lender and local business supporter has already set the authorities on your behind. The DDoS attack rained down on the bank and its customers for most of this morning and locked punters out of a range of online banking services at a time when minds were turning to the pub and the weekend. We don’t know how big an attack it was,... 

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