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Apple Pulls The Plug On Thunderbolt Display

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple announced that is will discontinue its Thunderbolt Display, the high-resolution external display that users of the MacBook and other Macs could use to get a better picture and work with more apps. The company said Thursday that the 27-inch widescreen display with LED backlight technology will be available on Apple’s online store, in Apple retail stores and from authorized resellers while supplies last. The Thunderbolt Display currently retails on the Apple online store at $999. It has a 2560... 

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Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Apple Begins Testing Of Safari 10 Browser

Apple has begun testing Safari 10 with developers running the 2014 and 2015 editions of macOS, gearing up for a fall release of the updated browser to users of Yosemite and El Capitan. Safari 10 was introduced earlier this month as part of macOS Sierra, this year’s operating system upgrade. Apple typically supports its newest browser on three editions of macOS: The latest version and its two predecessors. The now-current Safari 9, for example, receives updates, including security patches, on... 

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Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

June 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Interest Grows In Collaborative Robots

Robots that work as assistants in unison with people are set to upend the world of industrial robotics by putting automation within reach of many small and medium-sized companies for the first time, according to industry experts. Collaborative robots, or “cobots”, tend to be inexpensive, easy to use and safe to be around. They can easily be adapted to new tasks, making them well-suited to small-batch manufacturing and ever-shortening product cycles. Cobots can typically lift loads of... 

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AMD Goes 32 Cores Zeplin

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
AMD Goes 32 Cores Zeplin

A few months back Nick wrote about AMD Zen processor  found in a Linux Kernel Mailing List confirming that Zeppelin had  support for eight bundles of four cores on a single chip, or 32 physical processing cores. This tied in with a story written in August of 2015 about a MCM Multi Chip module that featured a Zeppelin core, a super-fast 100GB/s interconnection via 4 GMI links and Greenland (Vega) high performance GPU with 4+ TFlops of performance. This APU will still happen, it will just be a bit... 

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Intel Debuts 72 Processor Xeon Phi

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Intel Debuts 72 Processor Xeon Phi

Intel has announced that it’s 72-processor Xeon Phi now boots as a stand-alone, rather than as a coprocessor and can carry out multiprocessing tasks. This means it can be used for artificial intelligence (AI) and deep brain learning. Intel claims the bootable Xeon Phi scales to any number of processors using Intel’s scalable-system framework (SSF) with integrated on-chip fabric, Omni-Path fiber and silicon photonics. Speed was bumped to 1.5-GHz for high-performance computing (HPC) orchestration... 

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Black Hole Wakes Up To Devour Star

June 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Black Hole Wakes Up To Devour Star

A sleeping giant at the center of a galaxy has awoken: A normally dormant, monster black hole has been found shredding a star that ventured too close to the cosmic beast. This stellar slaughter was spotted by scientists who study the X-rays bouncing around the swirling disk of matter surrounding the giant black hole. The method used to analyze this event — named Swift J1644+57 — could help solve the mystery of how the largest black holes in the universe grew to such enormous sizes, the authors... 

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Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

Mobile World Congress, considered by many experts as the most important tech trade show in the world, is coming to the U.S. Trade groups GSMA and CTIA are joining forces to bring a smaller version of the event to the U.S. in 2017. GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas will debut Sept. 12 to 14, 2017, in San Francisco and will replace U.S. trade group CTIA’s Super Mobility conference. Super Mobility will continue this year in Las Vegas from Sept. 7 to 9. The new conference will be the “first... 

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Google Fiber Acquires Webpass, Increases Urban Coverage

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Google Fiber Acquires Webpass, Increases Urban Coverage

Google Fiber has agreed to purchase Internet service provider Webpass to quickly increase its urban coverage and offer customers a combination of fiber and wireless delivery of high-speed Internet. For Google Fiber, which has typically worked with cities in planning and building a fiber network from scratch, the acquisition will give the Alphabet business a headstart in many markets, particularly in dense urban areas. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Google did not immediately... 

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BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

BlackBerry Ltd’s top priority this year is to make its devices business turn a profit, its chief executive said, even as it weighs the future of its hardware operation. “The device business must be profitable, because we don’t want to run a business that drags onto the bottom line,” Chief Executive John Chen told investors at the company’s annual meeting. “We’ve got to get there this year.” Chen has previously said a decision would be made by September... 

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Will Intel Skylake-X 10 Debut In Q2 2017?

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Will Intel Skylake-X 10 Debut In Q2 2017?

There have been few details released on the new 10 core Skylake-X which will replace the Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition which has just been released. Intel has just released its Broadwell-E generation of ten, eight and six cores with Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition being the fastest end the most expensive.  But we have managed to get a few details about its replacement – the Skylake-X. You can expect two SKUs, 140W X versions with 10 cores and the one will less cores called the K version.... 

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MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Uncategorized
MIT Develops Swarm Chip For Increased Performance

Researchers at MIT have figured out how to make chips faster without piling on more code. They have managed this with a chip design called Swarm that makes running programs across processors with multiple cores more efficient and easier to write. It involved some pretty complex stuff, so grab a tea, pop some Aspirins and drown out your colleagues’ chatter as we try to explain. MIT said that a program running on 64-core processors should, in theory, be 64 times faster than it would be on a single-core... 

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Astronomers Find Extremely Young Exoplanet

June 24, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Extremely Young Exoplanet

A distant, Neptune-size planet 500 light-years from Earth appears to be the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever found crossing its star, raising questions about how it formed so close, so quickly. Researchers first found the planet, which whisks around its star every five days, using the Kepler space telescope currently orbiting Earth. Its star is only 5 million to 10 million years old, suggesting that the planet is a similar age — incredibly young, on a cosmic scale. Researchers said it was... 

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Twitter Moves Further Into Video With New ‘Watch Mode’ Feature

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Twitter Moves Further Into Video With New ‘Watch Mode’ Feature

Twitter is looking to compete even more with Facebook. The platform is moving into video in a major way with 140-second clips in both Twitter proper and Vine, a new video section called Watch Mode, and video recommendations for other videos to watch. The network’s most popular users, like President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber, are getting a stand-alone app called Engage, which sounds a lot like Facebook Mentions. Twitter is making video a huge priority by extending video length from 30 seconds... 

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New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

Android phone owners take note: a new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can “root” your phone and secretly install unwanted programs. The malware, dubbed Godless, has been found lurking on app stores including Google Play, and it targets devices running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and earlier, which accounts for more than 90 percent of Android devices, Trend Micro said Tuesday in a blog post. Godless hides inside an app and uses exploits to try to root the OS on your... 

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Facebook Gearing Up For Live Streaming

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Gearing Up For Live Streaming

Facebook Inc has inked deals worth more than $50 million with media giants and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported. Facebook has signed nearly 140 deals, including with CNN, the New York Times, Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post, the Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a document. Comedian Kevin Hart, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wellness guru Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson are among the celebrities that... 

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