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Intel And MediaTek Gain Traction In China

April 23, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel And MediaTek Gain Traction In China

Intel and MediaTek don’t have much in common, but it appears that they are locking horns in China, in the white-box tablet business of all places. Both companies are vying for a slice of the booming white-box tablet space, which are starting to resemble vanilla PCs of the eighties. MediaTek drew first blood last November, when it announced plans for the introduction of several tablet-centric chips. The company is apparently planning to double its tablet SoC shipments this year for a grand total... 

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Can AMD Grow In A Down PC Market?

April 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can AMD Grow In A Down PC Market?

AMD posted some rather encouraging Q1 numbers last night, but slow PC sales are still hurting the company, along with the rest of the sector. When asked about the PC market slump, AMD CEO Rory Read confirmed that the PC market was down sequentially 7 percent. This was a bit better than the company predicted, as the original forecast was that the PC market would decline 7 to 10 percent. Rory pointed out that AMD can grow in the PC market as there is a lot of ground that can be taken from the competition.... 

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GlobalFoundries And Samsung Team Up On FinFET

April 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
GlobalFoundries And Samsung Team Up On FinFET

GlobalFoundries should be rolling out 20nm chips later this year and we hope that some AMD 20nm products might actually launch this year. The foundry failed to conquer the world with its 28nm process, but after some delays it got sorted out the problems and managed to ship some high-volume parts based on this process. GlobalFoundries is manufacturing AMD’s new Kaveri APUs, while TSMC is making the Jaguar-based 28nm parts. We are not sure who is making the new server parts such as Seattle or Berlin,... 

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Will Plastic Replace Silicon In Computers?

April 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Will Plastic Replace Silicon In Computers?

Can plastic materials morph into computers? A research breakthrough recently published brings such a possibility closer to reality. Researchers are looking at the possibility of making low-power, flexible and inexpensive computers out of plastic materials. Plastic is not normally a good conductive material. However, researchers said this week that they have solved a problem related to reading data. The research, which involved converting electricity from magnetic film to optics so data could be read... 

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Dell And Red Hat Join Forces In The Cloud

April 21, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Dell And Red Hat Join Forces In The Cloud

The Dell Red Hat Cloud solution, a co-engineered, enterprise grade private cloud, was unveiled at the Red Hat Summit on Thursday. The Openstack-based service also includes an extension of the Red Hat partnership into the Dell Openshift Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Linux Container products. Dell and Redhat said their cloud partnership is intended to “address enterprise customer demand for more flexible, elastic and dynamic IT services to support and host non-business critical applications”. The... 

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Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Ubuntu Goes 64-bit On ARM

Canonical has announced its latest milestone server release, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The company, which is better known for its open source Ubuntu Linux desktop operating system, has been supplying a server flavor of Ubuntu since 2006 that is being used by Netflix and Snapchat. Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) claims to be the most interoperable Openstack implementation, designed to run across multiple environments using Icehouse, the latest iteration of Openstack. Canonical product manager Mark Baker... 

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Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

April 18, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does Samsung Fingerprint Sensor Work?

Security experts from from Germany’s Security Research Labs have broken into Samsung’s fingerprint technology by taking a fingerprint smudge from the smartphone and creating a “wood glue dummy” finger with it. Apparently the S5 falls for the fault every time. The problem is because the scanner has such a high trust rating within the phone, it will also mean that any thief will have access to the owners PayPal account. Neither of these actions require an additional password to... 

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Red Hat Goes Atomic

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat Goes Atomic

The Red Hat Summit kicked off in San Francisco on Tuesday, and continued today with a raft of announcements. Red Hat launched a new fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with the title “Atomic Host”. The new version is stripped down to enable lightweight deployment of software containers. Although the mainline edition also support software containers, this lightweight version improves portability. This is part of a wider Red Hat initiative, Project Atomic, which also sees virtualisation... 

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MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

April 17, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Shows Off New LTE SoC

MediaTek has shown off one of its most interesting SoC designs to date at the China Electronic Information Expo. The MT6595 was announced a while ago, but this is apparently the first time MediaTek showcased it in action. It is a big.LITTLE octa-core with integrated LTE support. It has four Cortex A17 cores backed by four Cortex A7 cores and it can hit 2.2GHz. The GPU of choice is the PowerVR G6200. It supports 2K4K video playback and recording, as well as H.265. It can deal with a 20-megapixel camera,... 

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Microsoft Updates Office Online

April 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Updates Office Online

Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, closing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users’ devices. “We know you want features that allow you to move as seamlessly as possible between Office Online and the desktop,” wrote Kaberi Chowdhury, an Office Online technical product manager, in a blog post Monday. Improvements to Excel Online include the ability to insert new comments, edit and delete existing comments, and properly... 

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Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Intel Shows Off New Hybrid Laptop Geared Towards Schools

Intel unveiled a laptop-tablet hybrid with Windows 8.1 for the education market, where Chromebooks and tablets are also vying for customers. The Intel Education 2-in-1 hybrid has a 10.1-inch screen that can detach from a keyboard base to turn into a tablet. Intel makes reference designs, which are then replicated by device makers and sold to educational institutions. The 2-in-1 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor Z3740D, which is based on the Bay Trail architecture. The battery lasts about eight... 

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IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
IRS Missed Windows XP Deadline, To Pay Microsoft Millions

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be shelling out Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities discovered in the future, XP systems will be at risk from cyber criminals who hijack the machines and plant malware on them. During an IRS... 

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Kingston Goes HyperX

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Kingston Goes HyperX

Kingston’s HyperX division has announced the launch of new HyperX FURY memory lineup aimed at entry-level gamers which will replace the current HyperX blu memory lineup. With an asymmetric and aggressive heatspreader and offering automatic overclocking, the new HyperX FURY lineup should be perfect for those looking to build their own budget-oriented systems. To be available in 4GB and 8GB single modules as well as 8GB and 16GB kits, the new HyperX FURY is fully Plug and Play (PnP) and it automatically... 

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Can AMD’s A1 Challenge Intel’s Bay Trail?

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Can AMD’s A1 Challenge Intel’s Bay Trail?

AMD has released its first “system in a socket” single accelerated processor unit (APU) that aims to reduce the cost of entry-level PCs. Based on the firm’s Kabini system on chip (SoC), the APU is named the “AM1 Platform”, combining most system functions into one chip, with the motherboard and APU together costing around between $39 and $59. Launched at the beginning of March and released today in North America, AMD’s AM1 Platform is aimed at markets where entry-level... 

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Are Cyber-crimes Taxing Security Vendors?

April 11, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Cyber-crimes Taxing Security Vendors?

A surge in cybercrime is forcing security vendors to release security updates every 40 minutes, according to security firm Symantec. Senior manager for Symantec Security Response, Orla Cox, reported the development during a briefing attended by The INQUIRER. “We’re seeing more sophisticated attacks than ever before and people want security,” she said. “Nowadays we are rolling out virus signature upgrades around every 40-50 minutes. They are rapid response upgrades that go... 

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