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IBM Launches Watson Analytics

September 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM Launches Watson Analytics

In an effort to expand its Watson analysis technology, IBM is trying out a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data. IBM has launched a beta of Watson Analytics, an interactive Q&A service designed to answer questions and highlight trends within sets of enterprise data. The service “is about putting powerful analytics in the hands of every business user,” said Eric Sall, IBM vice president of marketing for business analytics. Traditional... 

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AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD and Ubuntu Working Together On Canonical

AMD has joined with Ubuntu Linux vendor Canonical to make it easier for users to deploy an Openstack private cloud. The partnership comprises of the Seamicro SM15000 server, the Ubuntu LTS 14.04 Linux distribution and Openstack, which includes a set of tools to build more flexible and reliable private clouds. “The AMD and Canonical collaboration overcomes the complexity of deploying OpenStack technology and provides an out of the box experience making it possible to deploy a private cloud in... 

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Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

September 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Lexar Have The Fastest SD Cards?

flash storage vendor to claim the title of the fastest SD card. Just a day after we reported on the Sandisk Extreme Pro microSDXC UHS-I card, the Micron subsiduary has announced the Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II range. The new UHS-II standard cards offer transfer speeds of up to 300MBps, with write speeds of 260MBps, making them up to three times the speed of the Sandisk UHS-I card. “UHS-II technology really raises the bar in terms of performance. The latest UHS-II additions to... 

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IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IBM New Training Program Results In Pay Cut For Enrolled Employees

IBM has started a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10%. According to an IBM internal memo dated Sept 12th. The memo sent to affected employees begins by telling the worker that an assessment has revealed “that some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology and market requirements.” It then tells the recipient that “you have been identified as one of... 

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Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

September 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Debut NUC This Year?

Everyone is not too happy with Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) brand that the company came up with for its small form factor desktop replacements at IDF 2012. Intel started shipping these small desktops in early 2013. NUC started off with Sandy Bridge-based parts codenamed Ski Lake (DCP847SK) and with the Celeron 847 it got quite a lot of attention thanks to more affordable pricing. A year after Intel launched multiple Core i3 based SKUs with Ivy Bridge and this year it introduced models based... 

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Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Software Patents Going Bye Bye?

It looks like attempts to apply patents to software are being killed off by the US court system, after the Supreme Court ruled against certain aspects of the software being patented. The Supreme Court’s June ruling on the patentability of software raised as many questions as it answered. One specific software patent went down in flames in the case of Alice v. CLS Bank, but the abstract reasoning of the decision didn’t provide much clarity on which other patents might be in danger. Now... 

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Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

September 16, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will EA Make Games For Wearables?

EA is considering developing games for wearables. The company already has two teams on the job, looking for ways to make wearable games. Their efforts are focused on the Apple Watch for now. EA told CNET that the company has quite a relationship with Apple and Frank Gibeau, head of EA’s mobile gaming arm, said he is impressed with the new Apple A8 SoC. Gibeau added that Apple’s decision to include 128GB storage in flagship models is more good news for gamers, as it raises the bar for developers... 

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HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Scoops Up Eucalyptus Software

HP is about to make one of its few purchases since it cocked up buying Autonomy in 2011. HP wants to buy cloud software startup Eucalyptus Software which provides open-source software for building private and hybrid clouds, or Internet-based computing services. It is not a big sale — HP is tipped to pay less than $100 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the fiscal fourth quarter, after which Eucalyptus Chief Executive Officer Marten Mickos will join HP as senior vice president... 

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Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

September 15, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Sampling Xeon D 14nm

Intel has announced that it is sampling its Xeon D 14nm processor family, a system on chip (SoC) optimized to deliver Intel Xeon processor performance for hyperscale workloads. Announcing the news on stage during a keynote at IDF in San Francisco, Intel SVP and GM of the Data Centre Group, Diane Bryant, said that the Intel Xeon processor D, which initially was announced in June, will be based on 14nm process technology and be aimed at mid-range communications. “We’re pleased to announce... 

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SanDisk DAS Cache Going Dell PowerEdge

September 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
SanDisk DAS Cache Going Dell PowerEdge

SanDisk has released more details about its joint venture with Dell, which will see DAS Cache SSD caching software from Sandisk added to Dell’s Poweredge servicers. Sandisk’s director of Software Marketing Rich Petersen told The INQUIRER, “We’re excited to be announcing a co-venture with a brand with Dell’s credentials that offers platform independent, brand independent caching.” Sandisk DAS Cache is a pure software caching system that uses flash memory to improve... 

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Intel Releases Edison

September 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Releases Edison

Intel has released its Edison chip for wearables at its Intel developer conference (IDF) in California today. The tiny computer is a dual-core Quark system on chip (SoC) Pentium-class x86 processor made using the 22nm process. The Edison device runs Linux and has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules. The chip can also connect to its own app store, and has 40 I/Os via a 70-pin connector that lets users do many things without going through a custom board. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich Intel said that the... 

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IBM And Intel Move To Improve Cloud Security

September 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM And Intel Move To Improve Cloud Security

IBM and Intel have announced that SoftLayer will be the first cloud platform to offer customers bare metal service that provides monitoring and security down to the microchip level. The move will tighten up security on cloud based systems just as Apple’s iCloud appeared to be hacked. The IBM system works with Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology (TXT) which identifies if traffic is coming from a known location using trusted hardware. Intel TXT verifies components of a computing system from... 

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FreeSync Only For New AMD Processors

September 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
FreeSync Only For New AMD Processors

AMD has explained that its new FreeSync technology will only work in new silicon. FreeSync is AMD’s initiative to enable variable-refresh display technology for smoother in-game animation and was supposed to give Nvidia’s G-Sync technology a good kicking. G-Sync has already resulted in some top production gaming monitors like the Asus ROG Swift PG278Q. However AMD said that the only the newest GPU silicon from AMD will support FreeSync displays. Specifically, the Hawaii GPU that drives... 

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Canonical Opens Up About Bootstack Cloud Services

September 5, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Canonical Opens Up About Bootstack Cloud Services

Canonical has revealed more details about its upcoming offer to build and manage Openstack cloud computing systems for a fee of $15 per host server per day. Now renamed Bootstack, the offering is still in private beta. When it is fully available, the service will see Canonical engineers building and managing complete Openstack infrastructure as a service (Iaas) private clouds for customers, to their specifications and using their choice of hardware. Bootstack was first announced under the Your Cloud... 

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Google Begins Research On Quantum Computing

September 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Google Begins Research On Quantum Computing

Google Inc has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to start a project to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is a collaboration between Google, NASA Ames Research Center and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to study the application of quantum optimization related to artificial intelligence. “With... 

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