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Is Unity Up to Something Big?

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Unity Up to Something Big?

Earlier today Unity Technologies caused quite a stir in the games industry with the announcement that former Electronic Arts chief exec John Riccitiello would be taking over the CEO job for David Helgason. While EA struggled to make shareholders happy, Unity has been seeing tremendous growth, becoming a favorite toolset for large and small publishers and especially indies. In fact, the company serves over 600,000 monthly developers. But what does Unity really have up its sleeve? Is the hiring of... 

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Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

October 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Twitter Launches Fabric SDK

Twitter has introduced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that the firm claims will make it easier for developers to build great apps. Twitter is looking to embrace the developer community after having alienated it in 2012 when it tightened API rules governing third-party app developers. The company said during its first developer conference that Fabric is a ‘modular mobile platform’, or developer toolkit, which brings together tools and services from a mixture of outfits already under... 

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Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Shows Off 20nm DDR4

Samsung has started shipping its first 8Gbit DDR4 memory chips and 32GB dual in-line memory modules (Dimms) for servers manufactured using a 20nm process technology. The Korean chip maker said the 20nm production process had been expanded from its PC and mobile memory markets to the enterprise server market with these fresh components, which it began producing earlier this month. The new 32GB module offers a data transfer rate per pin of up to 2,400Mbps, equating to a 29 percent performance increase... 

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Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Google Launches Two-Factor Security Key

Google has added account authentication via USB stick to its two-step verification process, offering users a more convenient way to sign in to their accounts in a secure manner. As detailed in a Google security blog post, a compatible USB Security Key can now be used to log-in to Google accounts with two-step authentication. The addition of the USB Security Key, Google claims, ensures that the log-in website is an actual Google website and not a fake. Two-step authentication normally asks the user... 

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Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

October 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Releases First Windows 10 Update

Microsoft has issued the first update for Windows 10 Technical Preview, launching its fast-paced release strategy. The update, designated as Build 9860, followed the Oct. 1 release of the preview, which Microsoft has offered businesses and technology enthusiasts to give potential customers a look at the work in progress and collect feedback during development. The Oct. 1 version of Windows 10 was labeled Build 9841. “Sometimes [updates] will be more frequent and sometimes there will be longer... 

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EMC Buys More Of VCE

October 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
EMC Buys More Of VCE

Data storage products maker EMC is buying much of Cisco’s stake in their joint venture VCE. The VCE joint venture, set up in 2009 as a one-stop shop for data centres, bundles Cisco’s networking equipment and servers with EMC’s storage gear and software from EMC’s VMware subsidiary. EMC is expected to merge VCE into its business and consolidate its sales into its quarterly results and an announcement will be made later today. EMC on Tuesday said it would make an announcement... 

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

October 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Goes WiGi

The WiGig standard has been around since 2009, but we haven’t really seen it hitting that many retail devices. Back at IDF 2014, Intel demonstrated WiGig 802.11ad video, peripherals, 4K video transfer and it promised that Skylake based laptops will come out of the box with the technology. WiGig will let you transfer up to 7Gbpps of audio, video or data via 2.4, 5 or 6GHz bands and is as fast as eight-antenna 802.11ac and nearly 50 times faster than highest 802.11n rate. It is backward compatible... 

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nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
nVidia Shield To Get Android Update

Although has not been publicly confirmed that Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lolipop will be coming to its Nvidia Shield tablet, Nvidia was pretty quiet about the Shield Portable handheld console, so we asked around. It appears that the update will indeed be coming to Shield Portable as well. The first devices on the list to receive the Android 5.0 Lolipop update will be Google’s own Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2012 and Nexus 10 as the oldest devices, followed by Google... 

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IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

October 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches BlueMix For The IoT

IBM has announced its approach to marketing Bluemix cloud services for the Internet of Things (IoT) with its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service based on its Smarter Planet initiative. The firm claims that its IBM Internet of Things Foundation service “makes it possible for a developer to quickly and easily extend an internet-connected device such as a sensor or controller into the [IBM Bluemix] cloud”, and then “build an application [for] the device to collect the data and... 

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Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will TSMC’s FinFet Chips Show Up In Early 2015?

TSMC has announced that it will begin volume production of 16nm FinFET products in the second half of 2015, in late Q2 or early Q3. For consumers, this means products based on TSMC 16nm FinFET silicon should appear in late 2015 and early 2016. The first TSMC 16nm FinFET product was announced a few weeks ago. TSMC executive CC Wei said sales of 16nm FinFET products should account for 7-9% of the foundry’s total revenue in Q4 2015. The company already has more than 60 clients lined up for the... 

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Openstack Releases Juno

October 20, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Openstack Releases Juno

Openstack has reached another major milestone today with the release of Juno, its newest version. The latest version of the cloud computing stack contains 342 new features, 3,219 bug fixes, almost 500,000 lines of modified documentation and a new Architecture Design Guide. 1,419 unique contributors including representatives from 133 companies made it all happen over six months. Last month it was revealed that HP had overtaken Red Hat in terms of overall contributions to Juno, and is closing in on... 

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Qualcomm Buys CSR

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Buys CSR

Qualcomm wants to buy British Bluetooth expert CSR for $2.5 billion. The company is doing rather well in areas like automotive and wearable devices which is exactly where Qualcomm wants to be. CSR has previously said no to any take-over, but the two had remained in talks to reach a deal, with a deadline imposed by UK regulators. There is a chance alternative bidders may emerge, but they might be put off by the huge amounts of cash that Qualcomm is paying. Qualcomm Chief Executive Steven Mollenkopf... 

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TSMC Profit’s Rise

October 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
TSMC Profit’s Rise

Taiwan’s contract chipmaker TSMC surprised Wall Street by doing much better than expected. The outfit made a killing from its smartphone customers to record net profit in the third quarter. TSMC earned a net profit of (US) $2.51 billion in the July-September period, versus expectations of $2.41 billion analysts expected. It also helped the company notch a 26 percent on-quarter rise in revenue from communication devices, even as computer-related revenue fell 6 percent. TSMC had reported net profit... 

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Oracle Changes Position On Permanent DBA Certifications

October 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Oracle Changes Position On Permanent DBA Certifications

Oracle is requiring database administrators to obtain new certifications if the ones they hold are for older versions of its platform. “Earning an Oracle certification is a well-respected achievement,” the company said on its website. “However, as products age and are removed from Oracle standard support maintenance, the technology becomes less relevant, devaluing the associated credential(s).” While that may seem like a reasonable enough conclusion, one question in a FAQ... 

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The Linux Foundation Develops A Dronecode

October 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
The Linux Foundation Develops A Dronecode

The Linux Foundation has announced Dronecode, a new initiative to encourage cooperation on the peaceful use of drones. Dronecode brings together existing open source code for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under the auspices of a non-profit governance system. There are already 1,200 developers working on the newly aligned projects, with over 150 code commits per day being added. Among the drone designers already using the Dronecode standard are Skycatch, DroneDeploy, HobbyKing, Horizon Ag, PrecisionHawk,... 

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