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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

The last person that you'd expect to tell you that eight-core smartphone SoCs are overkill would be a man whose company licenses and gets royalties from those cores – but that's exactly what ARM's director of mobile solutions James Bruce told attendees at last week's ARM Tech Day. "Trying to utilize eight cores on a smartphone …
Rik Myslewski, 07 May 2014

Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

The US government–mandated Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has released a mammoth 841-page report on the impact of climate change on the US, region by region, focusing on its effects on water, human health, agriculture, urban life, and more. The bottom line: climate disruption – their term – caused by human activities is …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014

ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

Updated ARM has released more details about the innards of its cache-coherent on-chip networking scheme for use cases ranging from storage to servers to networking – specifically, its CCN-5xx microarchitecture family and its newest member, the muscular CoreLink CCN-508. It's been almost exactly 29 years since Acorn Computers' ARM1 chip …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2014

AMD beds ARM in 'Project SkyBridge' and home-grown 'K12' ARM architecture chips

AMD has announced that it will create pin-compatible 64-bit x86 and ARM SoCs in an effort it's calling "Project SkyBridge", and that it has licensed the ARMv8 architecture and will design its own home-grown ARM-based processors. "AMD is the only company that can bridge ARM and the x86 ecosystems," said AMD's SVP and GM of global …
Rik Myslewski, 05 May 2014

ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

ARM has rolled out a battery of test results that fire two shots across the bow of Intel's x86 dreadnought now sailing into Android waters. The first set of results addresses the fact that when running native apps that haven't been recompiled to run on Intel-based Android devices, those apps need to be emulated using "binary …
Rik Myslewski, 02 May 2014

Reg hack hacked off by iPhone 5 repair notice

Updated Attention iPhone 5 owners: your Cupertinian earslab may be defective. "Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently," a notice posted on Apple's support website informed us iPhone 5 owners on Friday. "iPhone 5 models manufactured …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014

No longer a 'hobby', Apple TV rakes in ONE BEEELLION DOLLARS

At Apple's shareholder meeting at the end of this February, CEO Time Cook removed the qualifier of "hobby" from the Apple TV, and during a conference call after releasing his company's financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014, he explained why: money. Apple TV Cupertino's billion-dollar squared-off hockey …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014
Measuring up Apple

Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

Analysis Apple may be cash-rich, but it's in a product-release quiet period – which may be why it's accelerating its efforts to return capital to its investors in the forms of steadily increasing dividends and a more aggressive stock-repurchase program, and will again "access the debt markets" to pull it off. You'd think that with $150. …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Apr 2014

Apple's strong iPhone sales crush Wall Street moneymen's tepid expectations

Despite not introducing any significant new products during the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 ended in March, Apple has announced unexpectedly healthy revenues and profits for the quarter, with the all-important earnings per share numbers crushing analysts' expectations. Apple historical revenue and profit chart Apple's …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Apr 2014

Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

Notoriously secretive Apple has always kept its beta builds of OS X out of the hands of the hoi polloi by limiting their availability only to registered developers, so it is with some surprise that said polloi can now get their own hands on said builds through a new OS X Beta Seed Program. Apple's announcement of the new OS X …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2014

US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was less than subtle during oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., in which the broadcasting giant is seeking to shut down the spunky startup that charges its customers a monthly fee for internet access to streaming broadcast …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2014

Battery-production problems delay anorexic 5.5-inch 'iPhone Air'

The challenge of developing a battery slim enough for a 5.5-inch iPhone, nicknamed (暱稱) the "iPhone Air" by the parts-supply industry, may push that handset's introduction back until next year. So reports the Chinese-language news service Commercial Times (Google Translate). The same article also reports that a 4.7-inch iPhone …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Apr 2014

Microsoft to spend $1.1bn to build Iowa data center

Microsoft has been given the go-ahead to build a $1.1bn data center just outside the capital of Iowa, Des Moines – in southeast West Des Moines, to be exact – which when taken together with its existing data center there will raise the company's investment in the area to a hair below $2bn. Redmond wrangled a fine passel of …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014

Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

A recent poll brings bad news for those who trust in scientific consensus: over half of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory of the inception of the universe, and about four out of ten doubt evolution, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that humans exacerbate global warming, despite overwhelming evidence for all four. " …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014

AMD stock soars after positive quarterly report

AMD's stock rose by as much as 13 per cent on Monday morning when the Wall Street moneymen returned to work after their Good Friday holiday and rewarded the microprocessor and graphics design firm for its upbeat financial report for the first quarter of 2014. AMD's Monday, April 21 stock price rise We can hear the champagne …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014

True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom. "Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC," the company's camera honcho Symon Whitehorn …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

Photos have surfaced that purport to show Apple's next iPad having a bonded LCD and front-panel glass display, allowing it to be even thinner than the current 7.5mm (0.29-inch) thick iPad Air – or perhaps the same thickness, but with a larger battery. Leaked photo of purported new iPad display, back Here's the back of the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley, who engineered Steve Jobs' removal from managing the company's Macintosh division in May 1985 – a move that eventually led Jobs to resign that September – now thinks it may not have been such a good idea. "I think, in hindsight, for the founder to leave was a mistake and I was a part of that," Sculley …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

AMD posts $1.4bn in sales, beats Wall Street moneymen's predictions

Updated AMD has announced its financial results for its first fiscal quarter, and the chip designer handily beat analysts' expectations in both revenues and the all-important – to the Wall Street moneymen, at least – earning per share (EPS). On both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis – which excludes one-time items* – AMD reported revenues of $1 …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2014

Samsung, GlobalFoundries ink exclusive, multi-year 14nm FinFET deal

Samsung and GlobalFoundries have announced a collaborative agreement that will enable 14-nanometer FinFET chippery to be manufactured at Samsung's fabs in Hwaseong, South Korea and Austin, Texas, as well as at GlobalFoundries' fab in Saratoga, New York. "This is a paradigm change to the foundry landscape," GlobalFoundries VP of …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2014

AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

AMD will give the first public demo of its second-generation Opteron X-Series server processor, code-named "Berlin", at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday. The company tells The Reg that the demo will consist of X2100 Series Opteron running a Linux environment based on the Fedora Project. Berlin is not one of your …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

Nvidia's new CUDA 6 has the 'most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA'

Nvidia has released CUDA 6, an upgrade to its proprietary GPU programming language that it says "includes some of the most significant new functionality in the history of CUDA." For our money, the most important aspect of CUDA 6 is its unified memory scheme, which The Reg described in some detail when the CUDA Toolkit 6.0 was …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

Intel sees 'signs of improvement in the PC business' but earnings remain 'Meh...'

Intel has posted its financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2014 that were either marginally lower or higher than analysts' estimates, depending upon which analysts you trust. Chipzilla reported revenues of $12.8bn for the quarter, with net income of $1.9bn and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) coming in at $ …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Pics Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass. Being a design patent, there is very little descriptive text about the device, but its title describes it as an "earphone" (이어폰) and what little text there is …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Apr 2014

Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

IT automation-tool supplier Chef has sponsored a study that it says shows software developers are "emerging as a new power class" who believe their jobs are recession-proof, and that money will flow to them like honey. "Traditionally considered a disenfranchised group that was underappreciated and not well understood in business …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014

Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Apple is reportedly talking with wireless carriers about pricing for its upcoming iPhone, but not about reinvigorating a stalling smartphone market by lowering prices, instead about raising the cost of its top-of-the-line handsets. "Our checks indicate Apple has started negotiating with carriers on a $100 iPhone 6 price increase …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014

Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED

Apple again dominated all Silicon Valley competition in 2013, so much so that in the San Jose Mercury News' SV150 annual ranking, it raked in more revenue than numbers two and three combined, and more profits than the four below it, taken together. List of the top 15 companies in the San Jose Mercury News SV150 The top 15 …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Apr 2014

Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

Three recent reports point to a glowing future for smartphones, tablets, and that nascent and still somewhat ill-defined category known as "wearables." There has been talk recently among some of the chattering classes that smartphone growth may be stalling, but the analysts at Strategy Analytics see things differently. "The …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2014

Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

Apple has three times as much cash on hand as The US government, and over twice as much as the UK. These figures come to us from the Bank of America's wealth-management arm, US Trust, as reported by London's Telegraph. In its most recent quarterly SEC filing, Apple reported that it had $158.8bn (£94.9bn) in cash and cash …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2014

Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that as the permafrost layer that covers 24 per cent of the Northern Hemisphere continues to thaw as global temperatures increase, not only does it release more greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, but as time goes by the ratio of carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) changes …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2014

Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

The latest Apple iWatch rumors to come out of the cauldron of leaks and speculation that is the Far East say that Cupertino's manufacturing partner Quanta is slated to build 65 million of the li'l fellows in their first year of availability, and that the wristable whatever will ship in the third quarter of this year. This "news …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014

AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

AMD has unveiled a massively powerful, water-cooled graphics card that it says "manhandles today's and tomorrow's games in maximum settings at 4K resolution." AMD R9 295X2 graphics card with cooling system Two fans and a closed-loop cooling system keep the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 from melting down "The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014

Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

Monday was a busy day for the gaming guys and gals at Nvidia, with the release of a new beta DirectX 11 driver, version 2.0 of the multi-talented GeForce Experience gaming enhancer, and an update to the company's Shield mobile gaming device that includes Android 4.4.2, aka KitKat. "Our new 337.50 Beta driver enhances the …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014

Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

Apple has been sued by a small Texas firm for patent infringement related to how it tags, stores, and assembles video content in its consumer-level video-editing app, iMovie. The patent in question, US Patent No. 5,684,514, "Apparatus and method for assembling content addressable video," was filed in May 1994 and granted in …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Apr 2014

ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a searchable online database that contains all of the documents obtained by Edward Snowden and made public since last June. "These documents stand as primary source evidence of our government's interpretation of its authority to engage in sweeping surveillance activities at …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Apr 2014

Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

Vid Google has posted a video that provides a few more details of its "Project Ara" modular smartphone effort, perhaps to drum up interest in the upcoming Ara Developers Conference to be held later this month. Google's Project Ara 'Phonebloks' phone Want to upgrade your Wi-Fi from 802.11n to 802.11ac? There should be a module for …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014

Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

A group of 14 Korean researchers, including 10 from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, have published details of a technique for synthesising graphene that could lead to sheets of the thin, strong, conductive wonder-material-du-jour being used in commercial devices sooner rather than later. Their paper, published …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014

Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

On the second day of its developers conference in Shenzhen, China, Intel revealed the codename – "Braswell" – of its next-generation Atom processor for low-cost mobile devices and a 64-bit Android KitKat 4.4.2 kernel, and outlined its belief that a "large resurgence" is coming to the desktop market. Slide from Intel Developer …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014

HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

Pics Analysis of the gravity field of Saturn's moon Enceladus, conducted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, all but confirms that an ocean of water the size of Lake Superior lies underneath its shell of ice. And, excitingly, that body of liquid appears to be right under previously observed jets of salty water and organic molecules, which …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Apr 2014

Wanna attend Apple's June developers' shindig? Ask yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?'

Updated Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 2 through 6 this year in San Francisco – but if you want to attend, you'll need, as Alfred P. Doolittle sang in My Fair Lady, "a little bit of bloomin' luck." Apple's announcement for its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference 'For …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Apr 2014

'iPhone 6' with '4.7-inch' display 'coming soon', but '5.5-incher' 'delayed'

Apple's Asian suppliers will begin producing 4.7-inch displays as soon as next month for a next-gen iPhone release this fall, but 5.5-inch displays for an even bigger Cupertinian handset are said to be delayed due to production problems. So reports Reuters, citing supply chain sources – which, as Ars Technica astutely points out …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014

Intel's DIY MinnowBoard goes Max: More oomph for half the price

Updated Intel has announced a new version of its pricey Raspberry Pi challenger, the MinnowBoard, which upgrades its Atom processor, shrinks its footprint, and slashes the price in half for one of two new models. MinnowBoard Max This is a prerelease card – don't worry, the production units will include a CPU heat sink (click to …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014

Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

A group of Czech researchers has conducted a study in which they determined that the perceived intelligence of men correlates strongly with their actual intelligence – but the same doesn't hold true for women. "Both men and women were able to accurately evaluate the intelligence of men by viewing facial photographs," the …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014

FCC doubles 5GHz spectrum in prep for one-gigabit Wi-Fi

In a rare bit of bipartisanship, the Republican and Democratic commissioners of the US Federal Communications Commission have unanimously voted to loosen the rules governing the operation of Wi-Fi devices operating in the 5GHz band. "The new rules will make 100MHz of spectrum more accessible for use in homes and congested spaces …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Apr 2014

CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

GTC In the next year or two, researchers at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) should be able to answer one of the most fundamental questions bedeviling physicists: what is the effect of gravity on antimatter? As we all learned back in high school, matter falls to Earth at an acceleration of 9.8 meters per second squared, and …
Rik Myslewski, 31 Mar 2014

Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

GTC As we age, our brains' cognitive abilities decrease. No surprise there. But one team of researches has experimental proof of a therapeutic technique that can reverse that decline: video games. What's more, they've devised a way to directly stimulate your brain to improve its cognitive abilities, and created a 3D digital model, …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2014

Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

GTC Nvidia and VMware have announced that the graphics company's GRID technology is now available on the virtualization giant's desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform to deliver 3D graphics to enterprise desktops through cloud service providers. In addition, the two companies are working together to bring Nvidia's virtual GPU …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

GTC Nvidia has released its most powerful – and, in our memory at least, its most expensive – GeForce graphics card ever, the GTX Titan Z, which you can have for a hefty $2,999. Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Five thousand, seven hundred and sixty CUDA cores of 'cool and quiet' GPU power That's not such a high price, said Nvidia CEO …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang provides details on next-generation GPU architecture, 'Pascal'

Nvidia unveils Pascal, its next-gen GPU with hella-fast interconnects and 3D packaging

GTC Nvidia has announced its next-generation GPU, and with it a new interconnect it dubs NVLink that it says will increase the bandwidth among GPUs – and also CPUs, should a processor designer implement it – over that of PCIe by five to twelve times. Nvidia NVLink block diagram String a bunch of GPUs together with NVLink, and you …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Mar 2014