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Is Broadcom About To Get Bought?

May 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Broadcom About To Get Bought?

It is starting to look Broadcom will get bought out by its rival Avago as deep throats within both outfits think a deal is close. Avago is in advanced buyout talks to acquire Broadcom, which manufacturers chips for both the smartphone and broadband industries. The two companies are more or less the same size, but at the moment Broadcom is the weaker partner It has been the subject of previous speculation regarding acquisitions. The company is among the largest maker of chips for mobile systems such... 

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Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Computing
Lenovo Unveils New Budget-friendly Laptop

Lenovo is introducing three budget-conscious laptops to market in June, including one that can be equipped with Intel’s RealSense 3D camera. The Lenovo Z51 is a 15-inch Windows 8.1 notebook that’s meant to be both a workstation and a home entertainment center, the company said Wednesday. The PC also has room to fit an optional RealSense camera, which can offer gesture controls like ones found in Microsoft’s Kinect gaming device. The Z51 has a 1080p display, and can be configured... 

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Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Are Wooden Semiconductors On The Horizon?

U.S. and Chinese researchers have come up with wooden semiconductor chips which have the advantage of being biodegradable and a lot cheaper than conventional semiconductors. According to the group of 17 researchers, mostly from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with others from the U.S. Department of Agriculture the team used a cellulose material for the substrate of the chip, which is the part that supports the active semiconductor layer. For those who don’t know these things cellulose,... 

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Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Red Hat’s Fedora 22 Leaves Beta

Red Hat’s community arm, has announced the arrival of Fedora 22, the latest version of its open source Linux OS. Coming in three editions, Fedora Cloud, Fedora Server and Fedora Workstation, the release, which first appeared in beta a month ago, marks the first biannual release since the major upgrade work that proceeded Fedora 21. As well as the cross-edition basics of the kernel, RPM, systems and Anaconda, there is an updated package manager, with speedier results for DNF and continued... 

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Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

May 28, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Buy Canadian Wearable Firm Recon?

Canadian wearable tech company Recon is on the verge of being bought by Intel. The dark satanic rumor mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn which suggests that Intel wants the Vancouver-based startup, which builds heads-up displays and other sports products. In 2013 Intel Capital, made a “significant investment” in the company which supported Recon’s product development, marketing, and global sales expansion. At the time Mike Bell Intel’s Vice President and General Manager... 

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Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

May 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Chrome A Resource Hog?

For years people have been moaning that Firefox keeps taking their RAM and refusing to give it back, well now it appears that Chrome suffers from a similar problem. Chrome creates a new process for each tab and instance of the browser opened. This can make the browser sluggish on some machines and a battery life nightmare for mobile users. However Google is aware of the problem and is coming up with a fix, Speaking during a Reddit AMA session a Chrome for Android engineer said: “We are actively... 

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Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

May 26, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Think OpenStack Is Ready For The Enterprise

The Openstack Framework is rapidly maturing into a business IT platform that is ready for enterprise-grade deployment, according to firms involved in the OpenStack community, including Intel which announced a technology called Clear Containers to secure containerized apps. The OpenStack Foundation lined up a succession of organisations and vendors at the first OpenStack Summit of 2015 that are working to improve the platform or are already successfully operating it. Some are using it on massive... 

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Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Launch A New Version Of Thunderbolt?

Intel is just about to release a new version of Thunderbolt, just as its most major customer – Apple, has dropped the technology from its 12-inch MacBook. Intel has hinted that it will reveal the “next generation of Thunderbolt” at a press event to be held next month at the Computex trade show in Taipei. The latest version of Thunderbolt, version 2.0, can transfer data at speeds up to 20Mbps (bits per second), which is twice as fast as the latest USB 3.1. Chipzilla has been working... 

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Openstack Boost Its Hybrid Cloud Services

May 21, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Openstack Boost Its Hybrid Cloud Services

The Openstack Foundation has announced new interoperability testing requirements for OpenStack-branded products and is claiming rapid adoption of the federated identity service introduced in the latest OpenStack release that makes it easier to combine private and public cloud resources. Foundation executive director Jonathan Bryce said at the first OpenStack Summit event of 2015 that the vision for the OpenStack project was to create a “global footprint of interoperable clouds” that... 

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Will Tablets Stage A Comeback?

May 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Tablets Stage A Comeback?

Analyst at IDC have consulted their tarot cards and are predicting that tablets will survive in the business area. The overall tablet market in Western Europe remained challenged in the first quarter of 2015, declining 10.5 percent on year with shipments totaling 8.5 million units. The contraction, was the result of consumers realising that tablets were a fad and had no actually use at all. But IDC sees a feature for the technology in the commercial space with volumes increasing 51.3per cent... 

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Is Imagination Calling Out ARM?

May 20, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is Imagination Calling Out ARM?

The war of words between Imagination and ARM is starting to become more colourful with the head of Imagination Technologies dubbing his rival a “big gorilla .” Hossein Yassaie has accused ARM Holdings of exploiting its monopoly for chip designs that power the world’s electronic devices. What is interesting is that both companies are British and both seem to be headed on a collision course. Imagination moved into ARM’s heartland of producing central processing units (CPUs)... 

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Qualcomm Strengthens IoT Lineup

May 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Strengthens IoT Lineup

Qualcomm is wedging its foot more firmly in the Internet of Things (IoT) door by announcing a range of moves to secure its position in the market. The first announcement sees the firm expanding its Internet of Everything (IoE) platform with the addition of six new ecosystem providers: Ayla Networks, Exosite, Kii, Proximetry, Temboo and Xively by LogMeIn. “This will further simplify the development of devices that use WiFi to connect to the IoE by increasing cloud service flexibility and making... 

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Qualcomm Has A Plethora Of Automobile Modems

May 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Has A Plethora Of Automobile Modems

Qualcomm had an IoT event in San Francisco yesterday and the company wanted to talk a bit more about IoT, also known as Internet of Things. They started off with a catchy phrase – Internet of Hype to Internet of Everything. Dave Aberle said that up to a billion dollars in revenue is coming from the non-mobile market. More than 10 pecent of Qualcomm revenue will come from the non-headset market. They call this market Internet of Everything, but we believe that not all of that market should be... 

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Will A.I. Create The Next Industrial Revolution?

May 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will A.I. Create The Next Industrial Revolution?

Artificial Intelligence will be responsible for the next industrial revolution, experts in the field have claimed, as intelligent computer systems replace certain human-operated jobs. Four computer science experts talked about how advances in AI could lead to a “hollowing out” of middle-income jobs during a panel debate hosted by ClickSoftware about the future of technology. “It’s really important that we take AI seriously. It will lead to the fourth industrial revolution... 

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Is The DRAM Market Gaining Traction?

May 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Is The DRAM Market Gaining Traction?

DRAM market conditions will be better in the third quarter of 2015, recovering from the bad first half of the year, according to Inotera. Inotera chairman Charles Kau said that it was unclear if DRAM prices will stop falling and rebound in the third quarter. Inotera on May 11 signed a $508 million five-year syndicated loan agreement with a consortium of local banks in Taiwan in the hope of getting a bit of flexibility until things pick up. The outfit was not thinking of flogging any of the family... 

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