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HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
HP Moves To Lower The Price Of SSDs

HP has become the second major player to bring an “affordable all-flash array” to market with new additions to the HP 3PAR StoreServ range. The new 8000 series consists of a Starter Kit (20800 AFA) and software updates for the full StoreServ range, and HP can now offer multi-petabyte systems offering 3.2 million IOPS with scale out from two to eight controllers and proven tier-1 resiliency. “Regardless of your size, budget, growth rate, quality of service requirements or even your... 

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Drones To Have Intel Inside

August 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Drones To Have Intel Inside

Chipmaker Intel is taking its competitive game up a notch by investing in its own drones. Intel has written a check for more than US$60 million to Yuneec International, a Chinese aviation company and drone maker. This is not the first time that the Chipmaker has invested in drones. It has written smaller amounts for the drone makers Airware and PrecisionHawk. The Yuneec deal is its largest investment in a drone company yet. Apparently Intel thinks that drones are potential computing platforms for... 

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Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm To Wirelessly Charge BMWs

Qualcomm has launched its new Official Safety Car for season two of the FIA’s Formula E Championship. For those not in the know, the Formula E Championship is for electric cars, and they are no longer the milk floats that English people get stuck behind in narrow streets. The new Official Qualcomm Safety Car is the BMW i8 but it will be charged wirelessly with an advanced Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system. The Qualcomm Halo 7.2kW wireless charging system delivers twice the amount... 

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Samsung Going HBM 2 In 2016

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Samsung Going HBM 2  In 2016

High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) will define the future of graphics and it looks like Samsung will be ready to release products using the technology soon. Our friends at Computerbase have broken the story about Samsung making High Bandwidth Memory HBM 2 memory. HBM 2.0 will find its way to HPC and Graphics cards in 2016 and Samsung expects that by 2017 this super-fast type of memory will reach the network market.  The plan is to see HBM 2.0 mainstream by 2018. Our well placed, camera shy sources within... 

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IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

August 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
IBM Thinks Businesses Should Block TOR

IBM security research has found that people are using the so-called dark net to launch cyber attacks, force ransomware demands on punters and make distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The dark net, accessed via Tor, is often tagged as a threat. The IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly 3Q 2015 report identifies a spike in bad traffic and leads with a warning. The report introduces Tor as the network that takes people to the dark net. We might start calling it the ferryman and the passage... 

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Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Shows Off New SPARC Processor

Oracle has been sharing a few details about its SPARC processor code-named Sonoma. Sonoma is not a sleeping Italian mama at all but a place where Americans grow wine that Europeans will not touch. Sonoma is supposed to be a “low-cost SPARC processor for enterprise workloads.” The chip uses the SPARC M7 design, DDR4 memory interfaces, PCIe electronics and InfiniBand interfaces in a single package. Eight SPARC 4th generation cores, hooks into the system RAM and built using a 20nm process... 

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Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

August 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel To Invest Heavily In Mirantis For OpenStack

Intel has teamed up with OpenStack distribution provider Mirantis to push adoption of the OpenStack cloud computing framework. The deal, which includes a $100m investment in Mirantis from Intel Capital, will provide technical collaboration between the two companies and look to strengthen the open source cloud project by speeding up the introduction of more enterprise features as well as services and support for customers. The funding will also bring on board Goldman Sachs as an investor for the first... 

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Are Both AMD And nVidia Readying To Release A 14nm GPU?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Both AMD And nVidia Readying To Release A 14nm GPU?

AMD and Nvidia both appear to be certain to get their “14 nm” out next year. According to TweakTown Nvidia is apparently dotting the “I” and working out where to put in the semi-colons for its Pascal GPU using TSMC’s 16nm FinFet node. AMD rumored has been wining and dining its old chums at GlobalFoundries to use its 14nm process for its Greenland GPU. Although these sound like different technologies the “14nm and 16nm”  is difference how you measure a transistor.... 

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Is HP’s Forthcoming Split A Good Idea?

August 25, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is HP’s Forthcoming Split A Good Idea?

HP Has released its financial results for the third quarter and they make for somewhat grim reading. The company has seen drops in key parts of the business and an overall drop in GAAP net revenue of eight percent year on year to $25.3bn, compared with $27.6bn in 2014. The company failed to meet its projected net earnings per share, which it had put at $0.50-$0.52, with an actual figure of $0.47. The figures reflect a time of deep uncertainty at the company as it moves ever closer to its demerger... 

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Is Samsung Working On An 18 Inch Tablet?

August 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Samsung Working On An 18 Inch Tablet?

Samsung is working on a huge Android-based tablet that could be used in living rooms, offices, or schools, presumably as a coffee table. According to Sam Mobile the SM-T670, codenamed ‘Tahoe’, is an Android 5.1 Lollipop-based tablet with an 18.4-inch display. It will have a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and be powered by an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor. It will have a rather low 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot and a 5,700... 

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Is nVidia King Of The GPU Arena?

August 24, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia King Of The GPU Arena?

Nvidia’s desktop GPUs accounted for nearly 80 percent of all sales in the segment in Q2 2015, its highest market share ever. According to beancounters at the market research firm Mercury Research the GPU market is slowly dying. The latest quarter was a decrease of 11 percent from Q1 2015 and a year-on-year decline of 21.7 percent so Nvidia is the undisputed king of a much smaller kingdom. Mercury Research notes that the notebook GPU segment also witnessed a decrease to the tune of 34.1 percent... 

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Memory Chips Appear To Be Dropping In Sales

August 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Memory Chips Appear To Be Dropping In Sales

The production value of memory chips in Korea fell by a percent on the previous quarter, affected mainly by a low bit growth of DRAM and NAND flash chips from SK Hynix. Beancounters at Digitimes Research said that sales totaled US$12 billion in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 1 per cent from the previous quarter, Server-use DRAM products became the primary product line for SK Hynix for the first time in the second quarter as sales of its PC-use DRAM chips suffered a significant decline compared... 

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AMD Still Losing Ground

August 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Still Losing Ground

AMD is continuing to lose market share to Nvidia, despite the fact that its new best video card, the Fury is out. AMD always had a get out of jail card when the last GPU market share numbers were out on the basis of it not having released anything. At the time NVidia had 76% of the discrete GPU market. This was when Nvidia’s best card was the GeForce GTX 980. A lot happened in that time. There was the release of the Titan X in March, and before the GTX 980 Ti in June. AMD had its Hawaii architecture... 

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Is Intel’s Skylake Processor Creating Issues?

August 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Intel’s Skylake Processor Creating Issues?

There is no doubt that Skylake is rather impressive architecture with a huge focus on mobile. At the same time, the Skylake Core i7 6700K desktop part seems to be the most disconnected product launch Intel did in the last few years. The desktop part has been launched, but only one of the two CPU’s launched can be purchased. There is a serious shortage of desktop processors, and when we asked around everyone we know thinks that the product launch came a big prematurely. The Skylake desktop CPU comes... 

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Did VW Sit On Megamos Crypto Security Issue?

August 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Did VW Sit On Megamos Crypto Security Issue?

Volkswagen (VW) has watched as a security vulnerability in a key system on a range of vehicles has been released from the garage and put on the news road. VW was first notified about the problem two years ago, but has worked to keep it under the bonnet. Well, not all of it, just a single line – not a yellow line – has been contentious. The line is still controversial, and has been redacted from the full, now released, report. VW secured an injunction in the UK high court two years ago.... 

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