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  • AMD bangs on about surround computing

    08/29/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:35 | Nick Farrell
    Get your seams behind you AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster has been pushing what he calls the coming “Surround Computing Era”, and unveiled new processor architecture details, enabling technologies and design methodologies that will help drive it. Surround computing is apparently an “extension of pervasive and ambient computing trends” no less. It is when computing technologies are “a completely natural and seamless part of daily life”. Papermaster is proof of it, we can't see any seams on him at all, but that might be the idea. Talking at the Hot Chips conference, Papermaster said that surround computing imagines a world without keyboards...
  • Intel details Knights Corner architecture at long last

    08/29/2012 7:52:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    SemiAccurate ^ | Aug 28, 2012 | Charlie Demerjian
    Hot Chips 2012: From GPU to soap opera to productAfter years of anticipation, Intel is finally giving us more information about the Larrabee/Knights Corner/Phi architecture. Pieces of this multi-multi-core architecture is going to form much of Intel’s future, so let’s take a look at the details.
  • Synaptics Announces New, Thinner Trackpads And Keyboards

    08/28/2012 11:16:55 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | Tuesday, August 21 2012 11:49 pm | Jonathan Davis
    Synaptics has announced a new line of trackpads and keyboards coming sometime next year that will cut the size of current laptop inputs in half. Many of you have doubtless used a Synaptics device in the past, though you may not have been aware of it. Synaptics is the company responsible for making the trackpad in almost any laptop made in the past five years. Recently, Synaptics made some announcements that focused on making laptops thinner and lighter than they already are. By using its new ThinTouch keyboards and ForcePad trackpads, the keyboard and trackpad on laptops could have their...
  • Windows 95 released 17 years ago today--( August 24 )

    08/27/2012 9:21:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies ^ | 24 August 2012 - 10:09 | Steven Parker
    Windows 95 was arguably make or break for Microsoft, and today we celebrate the date in which it was released seventeen years ago. The iconic clouds startup screen. Seventeen years ago today Windows 95 was released to the public to major fanfare and success, this success also brought an antitrust case against Microsoft for bundling Internet Explorer 4.0 with a later service release of Windows 95. Windows 95 integrated Microsoft's formerly separate MS-DOS and Windows products. It featured significant improvements over its predecessor, Windows 3.1, most notably in the graphical user interface (GUI) and in its relatively simplified "plug-n-play" features. There were also major changes...
  • AMD engineering another Opteron-like leap---A future of APUs and dense-packed servers

    08/27/2012 12:41:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 27th August 2012 14:54 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    VMworld 2012 It is not as much fun to be in the server part of Advanced Micro Devices these days, with Intel surging in the server racket and expanding out to switching and storage with its Xeon processors and Intel more or less counting the substantial innovations that AMD's engineers crafted for the Opterons a decade ago. The good news if you like a good fight is that there is a whole new management and engineering team at AMD now, and they not only understand that AMD has to do some serious innovating, but they are itching for the fight....
  • AMD drops prices across its CPU/APU range -- For Phenom II, FX-series Bulldozer CPUs and Llano APUs

    08/27/2012 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 27 August 2012 09:43 | Slobodan Simic
    AMD has updated its price pages pulling down the price on the full range of Llano APUs, Phenom II K10 parts and Bulldozer FX-Series CPUs. Although some price cuts are minor some parts got a price cut of up to 20 percent. The most significant price cut includes the now quite old Phenom II X4 955BE and 965BE CPUs that have dropped by 22.9 and 20.9 percent respectively. Price wise, the Phenom II 955 BE dropped from US $105 down to US $81 while the Pheom II X4 965BE dropped from US $115 down to US $91.The price cuts include...
  • Half of Microprocessors Sold in 2011 are Hybrid Chips with Integrated Graphics - Report.

    08/22/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies ^ | 05/17/2012 | Anton Shilov
    Hybrid Microprocessors Gain Market Share as Systems Become More CompactHalf of the $111 billion microprocessor market was generated by hybrid processors that included graphics cores or other kinds of processing engines, according to a report by IMS Research. Hybrid microprocessors will not only continue to gain market share, but will also let companies like Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. onto new markets, such as media tablets and smartphones. “Through the last decade the mobile and media consumption device markets have been pivotal for this hybridization trend; Apple, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and many...
  • Synaptics brings force to touch ( New Techn for tablets and smartphones )

    08/22/2012 8:11:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    SemiAccurate ^ | Aug 20, 2012 | Charlie Demerjian
    Synaptics brings force to touch" width="63" height="14" />Synaptics has three new technologies to talk about, ClearPad, ForcePad, and ThinTouch. All bring a bunch of new tech to bear, resulting in thinner, better, and possibly cheaper touch interactivity, all with more features than the ‘old way’. First up is ClearPad, this is basically Synaptics’ name for a touchscreen with the sensor integrated in to the display itself, not glued on as a separate layer between the display and the glass cover. To make matters better, they also combine the transmit and receive layers to save yet more height over and above...
  • LHC Particle Soup Is the Hottest Thing Mankind Ever Made (CERN Scientists at work)

    08/15/2012 7:00:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Aug 14, 2012 2:20 PM | Mario Aguilar
    Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider say they just temporarily created the hottest man-made temperature by colliding two lead ions. According to a source working on the project, the collision sprung loose a plasma "soup" of sub-atomic gluons and quarks at an estimated temperature of 5.5-trillion-degrees Celsius. We won't know just how hot the plasma was for at least a few weeks because the measurements are very delicate and have to be converted to degrees. The consensus seems to be that it will shatter the previous record, which was about 4 trillion degrees.The craziest thing is that this might not...
  • HP to spin off webOS division as Gram stealth subsidiary

    08/15/2012 6:20:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    tThe Register ^ | 15th August 2012 23:21 GMT | Neil McAllister
    Mystery software venture to focus on webOS, Enyo, cloud The Hewlett Packard global business division formerly known as Palm is in major upheaval yet again, as HP moves to spin off its webOS team into a new subsidiary, to be called Gram. The new venture was announced at an internal meeting late last week, webOS Nation reports, but exactly what Gram is being launched to accomplish remains something of a mystery. Newly christened Gram employees are being told to treat the venture as they would a startup. They can discuss what they're doing with close friends and family, but outsiders...
  • ARM and Globalfoundries Extend Collaboration to 20nm and 14nm FinFET Process Technologies.

    08/15/2012 11:56:47 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | 08/13/2012 09:47 PM | Anton Shilov
    Globalfoundries Begins to Make 20nm Test Chips at Fab 8 in Malta, New YorkGlobalFoundries and ARM Holdings on Monday signed a multi-year agreement to jointly deliver optimized system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for ARM processor designs on GlobalFoundries’ 20nm and future 14nm process technology that will use FinFET transistors. The new agreement also extends the collaboration to include Mali graphics processors. "By proactively working together to enable next-generation 20nm-LPM and FinFET process technologies, our mutual customers can be assured a range of implementation options that will enable two more generations of advanced semiconductor devices. Customers designing for mobile, tablet and computing applications...
  • SATA-IO’s USM Slim to pave the way for more “ultra” thin storage

    08/15/2012 10:44:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    The Storage Effect ^ | June 7, 2012 - 12:46 pm | Mark Wojtasiak
    Seagate’s ultra thin external hard drive dubbed the GoFlex Slim performance drive no doubt will see more competition.  Why?Because the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) just announced a new “Universal Storage Module (USM®) standard that enables consumers to simply and easily increase the storage capacity of their mobile devices. The USM Slim™ specification defines a thinner, 9mm dimension, making it an ideal storage solution for ultrabooks, tablets and other portable devices.”What this standard delivers: 41.5% reduction in size from 14.5mm to 9mmSATA 6Gb/s interface speedsNo cost to SATA-IO membersWidely available as part of the larger SATA Revision 3.2 release available later...
  • CPU benchmarks AMD E-350 and others ( Resources for Freepers)

    08/10/2012 2:01:44 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies ^ | 10th August 2012
    AMD E-350 This chart comparing CPU benchmarks is made using thousands of PerformanceTest benchmark results and is updated daily. The CPU you selected has been found and highlighted from amongst the high, medium and low end CPU charts. If you would like to select a different CPU type please return to the CPU List.
  • Digia Buys Out Qt From Nokia ( Implications for Android and Linux?)

    08/09/2012 10:23:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Phoronix ^ | August 09, 2012 | Michael Larabel
    Digia has bought out Qt from Nokia. Uh oh? Nokia has announced today that Digia is acquiring the Qt software technologies and Qt business from Nokia. Digia is completely taking over Qt. Digia is the open-core company that previously took over Qt Commercial and releases their special version of Qt to customers. Digia claims they will take care of the commercial and open-source versions of the new Qt and they also want to bring the popular tool-kit to Android, Apple iOS, and Windows 8. With the Qt acquisition, a maximum of 125 people from Nokia will be joining Digia. Most...
  • New Quora Feature Suggests Answer to Social Business Quandary

    08/08/2012 1:43:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | August 7, 2012, 8:20 PM ET | Michael Hickins
    Michael Hickins Editor A new feature introduced by crowdsourcing site Quora may suggest a way for CIOs to address a problem that has long plagued business social networks: a lack of adoption by the employee population.Quora is a site that allows users to ask questions of the other users, and to recommend the best answers, making those answers rise to the top of the page. Many users come to the site simply to read answers to questions they find interesting, while others participate more actively by answering questions. In many cases, these users are also hoping to become recognized...
  • XMBC joins OUYA project

    08/08/2012 11:13:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:12 | Slobodan Simic
    To give it a neat media player With less than 24 hours left for backing the OUYA console project at Kickstarter, Fuseproject managed to get over 7.6 million of funding from over 57k of backers and has now got the XMBC to join in the project and bring its neat media player to console. In case you somehow managed to miss it, the XMBC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and hub for digital media available for several different platforms and it will be available on the OUYA console at launch. To ensure perfect compatibility,...
  • Ouya, Android-powered game console, blasts past $2.3m funding on Kickstarter

    07/11/2012 5:52:19 AM PDT · by Cato in PA · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/11/12 | Stuart Dredge
    US startup Ouya has attracted $2.3m (£1.47m) of pledges for its Android-based games console, less than 24 hours after launching its campaign on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Nearly 19,000 people have backed the project at the time of writing, and with 28 days still to go, it has a shot at rivalling the Pebble smart-watch, which attracted $10.3m of Kickstarter pledges earlier in 2012. Chief executive Julie Uhrman had told the Guardian that venture capital firms had been skittish about the prospects for the Ouya console, leading the company to raise its seed funding from family and friends, before turning to...
  • Apple Retains Top Spot on Media Tablet Market, But Asus and Samsung Are Closing In.

    Apple Controlled Nearly 70% of Media Tablet Market in Q2 Total available market of media tablets in the second quarter 2012 increased significantly from 18.7 million units in Q1 to nearly 25 million units in Q2. Thanks to the launch of the third-generation iPad, Apple managed to sustain its leadership position with 68.2% market share. Meanwhile, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are closing in and shipments of their tablets are increasing faster than sales of Apple iPad. Total worldwide tablet shipments for the second quarter of 2012 are estimated at 25 million units; up from 18.7 in the first quarter...
  • Apple and Google are in a bidding war for Kodak patents

    08/07/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Tue Aug 07 2012, 10:30 | Carly Page
    Rivals have laid down between $150m and $250m THE HIGH-PROFILE AUCTION for Eastman Kodak's patent portfolio has begun, with Apple and Google kicking off the bidding war. The rival firms have laid down bids of between $150m and $250m for Kodak's digital imaging patents, the Wall Street Journal reports, way below the $2.6bn hat Kodak's 1,100 strong patent portfolio is expected to fetch. Still, speculation suggests that the two firms are looking to ramp up the imaging technology in the Iphone and Android phones, respectively, following stiff competition from Nokia.Kodak refused to comment on the mooted bids, telling the WSJ,...
  • Is usability breaking Linux adoption?

    08/06/2012 8:15:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 3 August 2012 | Dennis Mbuvi
    I have been a Linux (Linux in this article refers to Linux based Operating System) user for a quite a number of years, actually, since I owned my first PC about four years ago. All through I have been using Fedora Linux , and it has not been an easy ride all along. Linux users have to learn how to use text editors, and how to work their way around configuration files. Initially, the issue was that Fedora Linux ships without a number of drivers, so called proprietary drivers and software. Proprietary drivers are drivers that do not conform to...