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Will Moore’s Law Be Obsolete 2021?

July 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Moore’s Law Be Obsolete 2021?

Transistors will stop shrinking in just five years according to the  2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors. After 2021, the report forecasts, it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density. In fact this is the last ITRS roadmap and the end to a more-than-20-year-old coordinated planning effort that began in the United States... 

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Will AMD Go CPU/GPU In Datacenters?

July 28, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will AMD Go CPU/GPU In Datacenters?

AMD is drawing up a cunning plan to build a “super-chip” with a CPU and a GPU in a single box to put the fear of god into Nvidia and Intel in the data centre. According to PC World the move will put AMD back into the server business, which is pretty much dead in the water at the moment. Apparently when Zen arrives it wants to merge the CPU with a high-performance GPU to create a mega-chip for high-performance tasks. AMD CEO Lisa Su said the tech will involve fusing Vega and Zen into one... 

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Intel’s Knights Landing Thwarting nVidia Plans

July 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s Knights Landing Thwarting nVidia Plans

Bad news for Nvidia as supercomputer maker Cray said that that Intel’s Knights Landing giving Nvidia a run for its money. Cray’s boss Peter Ungaro whose outfit makes supercomputers based around both Knights Landing and Nvidia gear has hinted that Intel gear is gaining traction. The second generation Xeon Phi product, codenamed Knights Landing, comes as a stand-alone processor and another one which will be released as a co-processor later on. All this stands in the way of Nvidia’s cunning plans... 

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Tech Firms Form OTrP To Support IoT Security

July 26, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Tech Firms Form OTrP To Support IoT Security

A bunch of tech firms including ARM and Symantec have joined forces to create a security protocol designed to protect Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The group, which also includes Intercede and Solacia, has created The Open Trust Protocol (OTrP) that is now available for download for prototyping and testing from the IETF website. The OTrP is designed to bring system-level root trust to devices, using secure architecture and trusted code management, akin to how apps on smartphones and tablets that... 

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Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

July 25, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is nVidia’s Geforce GTX 1060 Living Up To The Hype?

As announced earlier, Nvidia has officially lifted the NDA off its Geforce GTX 1060 allowing sites to publish reviews which also means that retailers/e-tailers now have the green light to start selling the new graphics card. Based on 16nm GP106 GPU, the new Geforce GTX 1060 is the third Nvidia Geforce graphics card based on the new Pascal GPU architecture. The GP106 GPU packs 1280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs and it will be coming with 6GB of GDDR5 memory with a 192-bit memory interface. The new... 

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Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Does M$ Have A Strategy For Windows?

As we reported earlier today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed the virtues of its cloud computing platform. But he didn’t say very much about Windows at all. And, according to Seeking Alpha financial analyst Mark Hibben in a note to his clients, it’s almost as if Nadella has given up the ghost on the now long in the tooth operating system. He didn’t say much about smartphones either but admitted that Windows 10 won’t hit the one billion user mark. But there are another billion and a... 

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Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

July 22, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears To Be Back In The Black

Qualcomm has had a better than expected results in its Q3 earnings, beating street and even its own estimates. Qualcomm offered $5.2 billion to $6 billion revenue guidance and it managed to make $6 billion. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was projected at $0.90 – $1.00 and Qualcomm actually managed to make $1.16. The MSM chip shipments were guided at 175 million to 195 million while the company actually sold 201 million of these chips. Total reported device sales was expected to be between $52 billion and... 

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Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

July 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Steps Up Pressure On Software Pirates, Files Lawsuits

Microsoft last week stepped up its campaign to stop software pirates when it filed the fifth lawsuit in as many months accusing unidentified individuals with illegally activating more than 1,000 copies of Windows, including the newest Windows 10, and Office. The suit was filed in a Seattle court last Thursday. It was almost identical to others submitted since February, when Microsoft started a string of cases targeting numerous “John Does.” “Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified... 

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Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Researchers Create Atomic Scale Drive

Researchers have worked out how to create an atomic scale rewritable data-storage device capable of packing 500 terabits onto a single square inch. That is enough to store most readers porn collections in just a couple of feet of data rather than the rooms it takes up now. Apparently you can stuff the entire contents of the US Library of Congress in a 0.1-mm wide cube — we guess that does not include the toilets and the cafe.. The atomic hard drive was developed by Delft University’s... 

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CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

July 21, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
CRYPTXXX Ransomware Is Being Sent Via Spam Email

Ransomware threat CRYPTXXX is now airborne, according to researchers at security firm Proofpoint, and is being sent out via a spam campaign to some effect. Proofpoint explained in a blog post that CryptXXX is usually included alongside malware packages such as the Neutrino and Angler exploit kits. “CryptXXX has rapidly grown into one of the most prevalent ransomware variants in the wild with widespread distribution via exploit kits such as Neutrino and Angler. As exploit kit traffic has declined... 

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Intel’s NUC Gets Uncovered

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel’s NUC Gets Uncovered

Intel’s NUC consumer roadmap has leaked online showing that Intel is seriously holding a torch for tiny PCs. Fan-less Tech found some slides which shows Intel has some exciting new hardware planned for release over the next couple of years. The roadmap shows that Intel will make its new Celeron processor available in the fourth quarter of 2016 with its Arches Canyon model. Its 7th-gen Core chip looks like it will be available at the beginning of 2017 within the Baby Canyon i7 model. Intel will... 

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Is Arm Really A Good Fit For Softbank?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Arm Really A Good Fit For Softbank?

Softbank, the naysayers were mostly on ARM’s side. But it seems that Softbank is having trouble selling the idea to its own shareholders. Shares in Japan’s Softbank have fallen 10 per cent after it agreed a controversial $30 billion deal to buy UK chip designer ARM. Part of the reason that shareholders greeted the idea with horror was that it would dump a pile of debt on the company, but the other reason was the value of the company was expected to plummet after Brexit causes the UK economy... 

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Is Google Really Working On Augmented Reality Devices?

July 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Google Really Working On Augmented Reality Devices?

The rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that Google has abandoned its VR projects and is secretly working on a an augmented reality-style headset. Engadget reported that the Californian technology giant is building the head-mounted computer that will work independently of smartphones and desktop PCs. It claims that this secret project, which is quietly in development, is a replacement for an Oculus Rift style project that has been axed. Actually the project sounds more like... 

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Are nVidia’s Days Numbered?

July 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are nVidia’s Days Numbered?

Nvidia is not going to come out of new competition from AMD and Intel that well, according to analysts Well Fargo. The analysts have added up some numbers and divided by their shoe size and come to the conclusion that Nvidia’s growth days are numbered and it could face some serious problems from AMD in graphics and Intel in co-processors. The report said that renewed competition from AMD in graphics and Intel in coprocessors could create headwinds to growth and possibly limit Nvidia’s ability... 

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Was The Rise Of The Machines A.I. Contest A Success?

July 19, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Was The Rise Of The Machines A.I. Contest A Success?

The Winograd Schema Challenge is a competition intended to reward technologists who can build a system that understands the kind of ambiguous sentences humans come out with all the time, but which are simple for other humans, even stupid ones, to understand. Get it right 90 per cent of the time and $25,000 is up for grabs. And with things like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant, the Winograd Schema Challenge must surely be as good as obsolete by now. Right? Wrong. The... 

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