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Apple Mac Sales Slump

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Apple Mac Sales Slump

Apple announced last week that it had sold a record number of Macs for a September quarter. “The Mac…had its best year ever, with the highest annual Mac revenue in Apple’s history,” said CEO Tim Cook in prepared remarks during a Nov. 2 call with Wall Street analysts. Apple recorded revenue of $25.8 billion from Mac sales in its fiscal 2017, which ended Sept. 30. Mac unit sales of nearly 5.4 million bested both industry and financial analysts’ expectations. Before Apple... 

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Linux Appears To Be The King In The Supercomputing Space

November 21, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Linux Appears To Be The King In The Supercomputing Space

Looking at the November 2017 TOP500 Supercomputer list one thing is particularly clear – the open saucy Linux is king. In 1998, Linux first appeared on the TOP500 Supercomputer list and it was regarded as unusual – indeed many just said it was because it was really Unix in drag. But the November list showed that all 500 of the world’s fastest supercomputers are running Linux. There had only been two non-Linux systems left on the list but the pair of Chinese IBM POWER computers running AIX... 

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Is The US Stumbling In The Supercomputing Race

November 20, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The US Stumbling In The Supercomputing Race

China appears to have made the semi-annual Top 500 Supercomputer List its kingdom. Not only does it top the list but also has 202 ranked systems on the list. China now claims 202 systems within the Top 500, while the United States is second with 143 systems represented on the list. Only a few months ago, the US had 169 systems in the Top 500 compared to China’s 160. In fact, the drop is so severe that the US Department of Energy is to dole out $258 million in grants to several tech companies... 

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Microsoft Unveils ‘Near Share’ Wireless File-sharing Feature

November 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Unveils ‘Near Share’ Wireless File-sharing Feature

Microsoft last week unveiled another Windows 10 preview, a regular occurrence in its Insider program, that featured a handful of additions to the under-construction OS. One of those, called “Near Share,” is a simple wireless service meant for impromptu file transfer between devices. The easiest way to pigeonhole Near Share is to think of it as Microsoft’s belated doppelgänger of Apple’s “AirDrop,” the share service that debuted on Macs, iPhones and iPads six... 

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Qualcomm Appears Ready To Battle Broadcom

November 17, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Qualcomm Appears Ready To Battle Broadcom

Qualcomm is drawing up its battle plans to fight off a hostile takeover from Broadcom. The outfit is certain to reject rival Broadcom $103 billion bid as early as this week which would set the stage for one of the IT industry’s biggest ever takeover battles. Qualcomm’s board of directors could meet as early as Sunday to review the unsolicited acquisition offer and decide on its strategy, the sources said. The preparations for the board meeting indicate that Qualcomm is poised to rebuff the bid... 

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IBM Expands Quantum Computing In The Cloud

November 16, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
IBM Expands Quantum Computing In The Cloud

The ever-shrinking Big Blue is expanding what it calls quantum computing as a cloud service. Since last year IBM has offered a 5 qubit version and now it is pumping up the volume to 20-qubits. The outfit also announced that IBM researchers had successfully built a 50 qubit prototype, which is the next milestone for quantum computing. Quantum computing is a difficult area of technology to understand unless you are a cat which can exist in two different states at once. The theory is that instead of... 

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Supernova Baffles Astronomers

November 15, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Supernova Baffles Astronomers

The appearance of a years-long supernova explosion challenges scientist’s current understanding of star formation and death, and work is underway to explain the bizarre phenomenon. Stars more than eight times the mass of the sun end their lives in fantastic explosions called supernovas. These are among the most energetic phenomena in the universe. The brightness of a single dying star can briefly rival that of an entire galaxy. Supernovas that form from supermassive stars typically rise quickly... 

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Is The Linux Desktop Gaining In Popularity

November 9, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Is The Linux Desktop Gaining In Popularity

Linux fanboys were dancing in the streets when NetMarketShare’s desktop operating system analysis, which showed Linux leaping from 2.5 percent in July, to almost five percent in September. The news was seen as living proof that 2017 was the year of the Linux desktop and that things would only get better for next year. Sadly, though, it was all a terrible mistake Vince Vizzaccaro, NetMarketShare’s executive marketing share of marketing has said that the reported Linux share was incorrect. “We... 

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Will Ransomware Reach Epidemic Levels In 2018

November 9, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Ransomware Reach Epidemic Levels In 2018

Sophos expects that ransomware will become a fully fledged epidemic in 2018. While 2017 has already seen some major outbreaks, Sophos believes that ransomware will continue to grow in 2018, affecting more companies and platforms. Cybercrooks, it said, are becoming more sophisticated. Throughout 2017, there have been a string of global IT security crises, from WannaCry to NotPetya. According to Sophos, attackers have been able to perfect their ransomware delivery techniques to cause such outbreaks. While... 

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Will Broadcom Acquisition Attempt Of Qualcomm Succeed

November 8, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will Broadcom Acquisition Attempt Of Qualcomm Succeed

Qualcomm has surged $61.81 on a rumor that some people close to the matter have heard that Broadcom is thinking about being bought. From what we know, this is unlikely to happen and even if you look at Broadcom’s balance sheet, Qualcomm without the NXP acquisition has a market cap of $91.23 billion. Broadcom was bought by AVGO. Avago Technologies bought Broadcom back in late May 2015 for $37 billion and the company today has a market cap of $117.707 billion –  simple mathematics demonstrate... 

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Windows 7 Still Microsoft’s Most Popular OS

November 7, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Windows 7 Still Microsoft’s Most Popular OS

Windows 7 lost a few more users last month as its share of the overall Windows universe slipped a bit closer to 50%. But if the veteran operating system were a person, it would be that party guest who stayed well past welcome, lingering long after everyone else has left, after the hosts have, in fact, gone to bed. And there Windows 7 would sit, talking without a listener, making itself at home, feet up on the coffee table. According to metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7’s user share in... 

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SCO Case Against IBM Continues

November 7, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
SCO Case Against IBM Continues

SCO has won a surprise victory in the US Court of Appeals against systems giant IBM. The victory will spark new life – not a lot, but some – into the company’s intellectual property claims. This particular judgement involves SCO’s Project Monterey Unix development effort with IBM to create a version of Unix for 64-bit servers – all the old Unix operating system vendors were cutting development deals in the late-1990s and early 2000s in the expectation of rationalisation... 

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Will DRAM Growth Explode In 2018

November 6, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Will DRAM Growth Explode In 2018

Beancounters at DRAMeXchange say that as Samsung looking to expand production capacity, the global bit growth of DRAM will reach 22.5 percent in 2018 compared with 19.5 percent this year. DRAMeXchange said that for two years, chipmakers’ limited production capacity growth and technology transition challenges have stunted the overall DRAM industry supply bit growth. DRAM contract market prices began to rise in the second half of 2016, driven particularly by a seasonal pick up in end-market demand.... 

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Are Notebook Sales On The Decline Again

November 3, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
Are Notebook Sales On The Decline Again

Notebook sales are continuing to fall faster than Donald Trump’s popularity with global shipments of notebooks (excluding detachable 2-in-1 models) declined 4.2 percent on year to 40.79 million units in the third quarter of 2017. According to Digitimes Research beancounters weakening demand in the consumer sector and a corporate reorganization at Asustek Computer offset gains resulting from better-than-expected Chromebook sales and brisk sales of gaming models in China. Notebook shipments are expected... 

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MediaTek Goes Up

November 2, 2017 by   | Category: Computing
MediaTek Goes Up

MediaTek saw its gross margin rise to 36.4 percent in the third quarter from 35 percent in the second, while net profits soared 129 percent sequentially to $167.8 million. The company said that its gross margin was an improvement compared with 35.2 percent during the same period in 2016. This was possible thank to a favourable product mix led to the gross margin growth, the outfit said. MediaTek’s third quarter revenues were up 9.6percent on quarter but down 18.8 percent from a year ago. This... 

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