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Microsoft Thinks “Spectre” and “Meltdown” Will Impact The Server Market

January 18, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Microsoft Thinks “Spectre” and “Meltdown” Will Impact The Server Market

Microsoft warned us last week that software fixes for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities could “significantly” impact the performance of some systems. In a blog post, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said that, while the firm has yet to carry out extensive benchmarks, it has already found that the patches will bring with them a performance impact. For those using Windows 10 on a newer 2016-era PC with Skylake, Kabylake or newer, Microsoft’s early benchmarks show single-digit... 

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MediaTek Devops New Chip For 4K TVs

January 18, 2018 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
MediaTek Devops New Chip For 4K TVs

MediaTek has been showing off its MT5598 chipset for HDR-enabled 4K TVs. The MT5598 is a high-spec UltraHD SmartTV platform. It supports lots of different entry-to-enthusiast HDR technologies, and allows 4K TV manufacturers the flexibility to pair it with a range of LCD panels, backlight combinations, licensed or free technologies and localized content standards. These standards cover UltraHD Blu-ray and streaming services from Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, VuDu, VQQ, Voole, iQIY and YouKu. Media Tek... 

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Intel and Micron Part Ways

January 18, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Intel and Micron Part Ways

Intel and Micron are to pull the plug on their long-running partnership on 3D NAND flash memory by early next year. In a joint statement Intel and Micron said they would “work independently” on future 3D NAND after signing off on their third generation of 3D NAND late this year. The companies said they would continue to work together to develop and manufacture 3D XPoint non-volatile memory. Intel’s ramp up of Intel’s 300-mm fab in Dalian, China to produce 3D NAND — which... 

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AI Bests Humans In Reading Comprehension Test

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
AI Bests Humans In Reading Comprehension Test

AI created by Chinese tech giant Alibaba and Microsoft have tied for first place on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) this month, outperforming the human score for Exact Match (providing exact answers to questions). Alibaba and Microsoft announced the news separately on Monday. According to the SQuAD website, it is a machine reading comprehension dataset comprising of questions pertaining to a set of Wikipedia articles. Answers to questions are usually a segment of text from... 

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Bitcoin Continues Slide Over Banning Fears

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Bitcoin Continues Slide Over Banning Fears

Bitcoin fell 18 percent on Tuesday to a four-week trough close to $11,000, after reports that a ban on trading of cryptocurrencies in South Korea was still an option drove fears grew of a wider regulatory crackdown. Bitcoin’s slide triggered a massive selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day, according to trade website Coinmarketcap, and the next-biggest, Ripple, plunging 33 percent. South Korean news website Yonhap reported that... 

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AT&T Urged To Sever Ties With Huawei Over National Security

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Urged To Sever Ties With Huawei Over National Security

U.S. lawmakers are pushing AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to sever commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump took a harder line on policies initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North... 

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Facebook Joins Forces With Xiaomi To Launch The Oculus In China

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Facebook Joins Forces With Xiaomi  To Launch The Oculus In China

Facebook’s Oculus has announced that is partnering with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi Technology in a deal to manufacture its new virtual reality headset. Xiaomi has agreed to manufacture Oculus’s new headset, the Oculus Go, which was announced in October 2017. As part of the deal Oculus has agreed to launch the Mi VR Standalone, a version of the headset exclusive to the Chinese market built with Oculus technology. Oculus has not detailed how the Mi VR Standalone will differ from Oculus... 

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Intel Finally Shows Core-I Processor With AMD Inside

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Finally Shows Core-I Processor With AMD Inside

Intel’s project with rival AMD has yielded five news slices of silicon, with the chip makers revealing the new Core H-series processors that come packing AMD’s Vega M graphics processors. The chips feature Intel Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs capable of hitting speeds of 4.2GHz and 3.8GHz respectively. Despite being dubbed Kaby Lake-G, with the ‘G’ standing for graphics, the CPUs are eighth-generation chips rather than silicon-based around the seven-gen Kaby Lake architecture. These CPUs... 

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Astronomers Solve Alien Planet Megastructure Mystery

January 17, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Solve Alien Planet Megastructure Mystery

Well, we always knew the alien-megastructure idea was a long shot. E.T. has nothing to do with the bizarre dimming events of the mysterious object known as Tabby’s star, a new study reports. “Dust is most likely the reason why the star’s light appears to dim and brighten,” study leader Tabetha Boyajian, an astronomer at Louisiana State University, said in a statement. “The new data shows that different colors of light are being blocked at different intensities. Therefore,... 

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Google Pulls Nearly 60 Apps With Pornographic Malware

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Pulls Nearly 60 Apps With Pornographic Malware

Google yanked nearly 60 apps that contained hidden pornographic malware from its Play Store after a security research company found the code. Many of the games were aimed at kids. Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies reported the malware last week. Dubbed AdultSwine, the malware displayed pornographic images that looked like ads but were designed to prompt users to download fake security software. The users were then encouraged to click on other links they would have to pay for. Google... 

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U.S. Transportation Dept To Release Revised Self-driving Guidelines

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
U.S. Transportation Dept To Release Revised Self-driving Guidelines

The US government plans to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines this summer as the government sets out to rewrite regulations that pose legal barriers to robot vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. Chao told a Detroit auto show forum that the revised voluntary guidelines would address not only self-driving automobiles but “barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes.” Chao said in a Reuters... 

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Ford Aims For 22 Electric Vehicles By 2022

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Ford Aims For 22 Electric Vehicles By 2022

Ford Motor Co will significantly increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model lineup, Chairman Bill Ford announced at the Detroit auto show. The investment figure is sharply higher than a previously announced target of $4.5 billion by 2020, Ford executives said, and includes the costs of developing dedicated electric vehicle architectures. Ford’s engineering, research and development expenses for 2016,... 

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Big Blue Still The Patent King

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Around The Net
Big Blue Still The Patent King

While the media attention has shifted away from Biggish Blue in the hardware world, there are signs that the company is still quietly getting on with it and inventing things. IBM inventors received a record 9,043 patents in 2017, marking the company’s 25th consecutive year of U.S. patent leadership and crossing the 100,000-patent milestone. IBM is still the outfit which churns out that most patents. 2017 marks the 25th consecutive year that IBM has been named the leader in granted U.S. patents,... 

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AMD Going 7nm With Vega

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Computing
AMD Going 7nm With Vega

AMD’s Lisa Su has announced Vega 7nm as a machine learning “instinct part” first. AMD is quite clear that this is for machine learning first and don’t want to comment on our curiosity whether Vega 7nm can make it to the market as a gaming product soon. Radeon Instinct Vega 7nm sounds like a shrink down of Vega architecture, a much safer approach than the new architecture Navi in 7nm. It is simply safer to shrink the existing architecture, such as Vega from 14nm to 7nm, than to... 

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Astronomers Believe Super Giant Stars May Be More Common

January 16, 2018 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Astronomers Believe Super Giant Stars May Be More Common

Heavyweight stars up to hundreds of times the mass of the sun may be more abundant than previously thought, a new study finds.  These findings suggest that black holes and other exotic remnants of dead massive stars may also be more common than previously suspected, and that supersize stars may have played a bigger role in the evolution of the universe than previously predicted.  Astronomers have long known of stars that are more than 10 times the mass of the sun. The most massive star currently... 

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