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Take off, nuke 'em from orbit: Kill patent trolls NOW, says FTC bigwig

Julie Brill, one of the four commissioners of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), wants Congress to quickly pass legislation against patent trolls, which are companies that buy up intellectual property solely to sue successful designers and manufacturers – and even their customers – for infringement, whether it was accidental …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014

FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

Although many, including telecom giant AT&T, may be of the opinion that the FCC has been dragging its feet on the transition from a time-division multiplexing (TDM) public phone network to an all IP system, Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says that efforts to define the new system will begin in earnest later this month. Speaking …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014

New FCC headman brandishes net neutrality carrot and stick

Emulating the middle-of-the-road manner of the president who appointed him, new US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler says that under his direction the Commission will take a hands-off approach to regulation, but will be poised to intervene when it sees telecom corporations acting against the best …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2014

Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Certain products exist to burnish a company's image rather than fatten its bottom line, and Sony's new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, able to project ultra-high definition video images of up to 147 inches on any wall, is a shining example. Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector Entrapped in stultifying minimalism, Fido dreams of …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2014

Yahoo!, Summly to publish News Digest: An app for Generation-TL;DR

Morning and evening newspapers may be a vanishing breed, but Yahoo! is breathing life into them on the iPhone with the launch of a news summary app for iOS: Yahoo News Digest. The app is the first fruit from Yahoo!'s acquisition last March of Summly, the news-article summarization app developed by UK teenager Nick D'Aloisio, who …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Jan 2014

Samsung whips out 12.2-inch 'Professional' iPad killers

Samsung has taken aim at the professional end of the tablet market with a new line of "Pro" tablets – including two 12.2-inch models – and in doing so has thrown down the gauntlet to not only all other Android tablet manufacturers, but to Apple and Microsoft as well. "What we always hear consistently is that people want to do …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Jan 2014

UNREAL, dude: Nvidia uncloaks Tegra K1 graphics monster for your mobile ... and CAR

Nvidia has unveiled two versions of a new Tegra mobile processor aimed at both radically improving graphics performance of mobile gaming and putting "a supercomputer in your car," in the words of company co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. The new chip, dubbed the Tegra K1, has "the heart of GeForce and the soul of Tesla," Huang …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Jan 2014

BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

BlackBerry has rejoined the patent-infringement litigation party, filing suit in the Northern District of California against an iPhone-keyboard company, Typo Keyboards, cofounded by "media personality" Ryan Seacrest. "This is a blatant infringement against BlackBerry's iconic keyboard, and we will vigorously protect our …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014

Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

Now that 2014 is up and running, you might be looking over your stock portfolio and reevaluating your investment options. If so, one analyst has a bit of advice: go long on Google, which he believes may become the world's first trillion-dollar company. That's trillion. With a "T". As pointed out in a "welcome to the new year" …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Jan 2014

Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, the Ford Motor Company will display what it describes as a "first-of-its-kind sun-powered concept vehicle" that can charge its batteries using only solar power. Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept – view from above and facing the front The Ford C-MAX Solar Energi Concept …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jan 2014
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Only iPhone fondling rose at Xmas: Were non-Apple fans in a turkey coma?

Apple was the only smartphone manufacturer whose handsets saw an increase in usage in the US and Canada during the just-ended holiday season – though only a minor one. But its fortunes declined in the tablet market, where Amazon and Microsoft led the usage-gain pack. These conclusions aren't based on hard sales numbers – it will …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jan 2014

Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

Apple's long-rumored iWatch will be released in October 2014, and will come equipped with a magnetic-resonance wireless charging system that will allow the wristable iDevice to be charged from as far as one metre away. This latest rumor comes from G 4 Games, which spotted a report (Google Translate) in the Chinese-language …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Dec 2013

ARM swallows graphics software biz Geomerics to tart-up mobile games

ARM has acquired its Cambridge, UK, neighbor Geomerics, a graphics software firm whose cross-platform flagship product is Enlighten – described by the company as "the only technology capable of computing real-time global illumination on consoles or mobile platforms," and which game developers incorporate into their rendering …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Dec 2013

China's 'Airpocalypse' forces pilots to learn BLIND landings in smog

China's air pollution is so bad, the country's Civil Aviation Administration has ordered all pilots of domestic flights to be trained in low-visibility landings. It's hoped this will defeat the smog that has lowered the on-time flight performance at Beijing Capital International Airport to 18 per cent – the "the worst record …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Dec 2013

Google's patent chief slammed the US patent office – now she's the agency's acting director

Google's former head of patents and patent strategy Michelle Lee has been appointed as deputy director of the US Patent and Trademark Office and will run the troubled agency until a new director is named, the USPTO announced on Wednesday. Speaking at a conference at Stanford University in 2007, Lee said that the US patent system …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Dec 2013

Cheap 64-bit Snapdragon hopes to blow Chinese middle class's SoCs off

The king-size potential of the Middle Kingdom's rising middle class has lured another tech company to tailor its offerings to the Chinese market: Qualcomm has announced a low-cost, 64-bit version of its Snapdragon processor targeted squarely at the PRC. "The delivery of faster connections is important to the growth and adoption …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013

Samsung uncloaks 'industry's first' one-terabyte mSATA SSD

Samsung has revealed what it dubs the "industry's first" one-terabyte solid-state drive in the compact mSATA form factor. From what we know of the SSD landscape, their claim is an honest one – by over a factor of two, seeing as how 480GB mSATA SSDs from Crucial and a few others are the most capacious such drives available in the …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Dec 2013

IBM turns plastic bottles into life-saving 'ninja' MRSA, fungus fighters

IBM nanomedicine researchers working with Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) have come up with a method for recycling plastic bottles – specifically those made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET) – to defeat drug-resistant fungal infections as well as bacterial infections such as MRSA. "Our latest …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Dec 2013

Apple's spamtastic iBeacon retail alerts launch with Frisco FAIL

Apple on Friday fired up its iBeacon push-notification service, which it describes as a "location and proximity detection technology," in its 254 US retail stores – minus at least one, but more on that in a moment – adding a new dimension to fanbois' shopping experiences just in time for the holiday spending spree. iBeacon sends …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2013

Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

An international team of astroboffins has spotted an enormous exoplanet with such an improbably large orbit around its host star that it could turn cosmological theory on its head. Artist's conception of exoplanet HD 106906 b No this isn't a Hubble snap with lens flare, it's an artist's conception of the newly discovered …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2013
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Apple's legal bill for Samsung patent fight tops $60m

In a court document filed on Thursday, Apple revealed that it has run up over $60m in billings by outside legal counsel in its patent-infringement battle against Samsung, with a goodly chunk of that owed to its lead legal team from the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. "Under any measure, this was an exceptional case," Apple …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Dec 2013

Apple bests Dell for first time as preferred US consumer PC choice

Apple is now the preferred choice of US consumers shopping for desktop PCs, according to a nationwide survey of 2,500 "US broadband households" conducted by the research firm Parks Associates. "Apple topped the list of intended brands for desktop purchases for the first time this year," said Parks Associates' director of …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013

Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

Apple has filed a patent for a "Smart Dock" that essentially extends the range and expands the capabilities of its iOS Siri voice recognition, request, and command feature, giving the somewhat dim young thing a greater role in your home life. The US Patent and Trademark Office application, entitled "Smart Dock for Activating a …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013

Apple said to ink deal with China Mobile, adding 760 million potential iPhone customers

Apple has reportedly signed a deal with the world's largest mobile phone service provider, China Mobile, although a conflicting report says that the telco giant is "still negotiating" with Cupertino. The original report comes from The Wall Street Journal, citing that ever-loquacious "person familiar with the situation." A China …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013

OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

A US, Chinese, and German research team has come up with a new material dubbed "stanene" that could – theoretically, at least – conduct electricity with "100 percent efficiency" at temperatures at which computer chips operate, raising the tantalizing possibility of highly efficient future chippery. "Stanene could increase the …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Dec 2013

Apple prepping 4K resolution 12.9-inch MaxiPad – report

New rumors that Apple will release a 12.9-inch "MaxiPad" to join its iPad Air and iPad mini lines have surfaced in Asia, with the added wrinkle being that Cupertino will likely offer two models of the big fella, one having a Retina-popping 4K resolution. According to a report on Monday in the Chinese-language website PadNews ( …
Rik Myslewski, 03 Dec 2013

Top comet-watcher pens ISON's emotional obituary

Comet-connoisseur Karl Battams of the Naval Research Laboratory has released a heartfelt – and more than a little tongue-in-cheek – eulogy for Comet C/2012 S1, aka ISON, which suffered a fiery death last Thursday when it was roasted, toasted, melted, and smelted by our merciless Sun. Comet ISON 'This is how comet C/2012 S1 ( …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013

US Justice Department on Microsoft's Nokia acquisition: 'Go for it'

The US Department of Justice has given its approval to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia. The next step in the deal's finalization will up to the EU, which has said that it will issue its decision this Wednesday. The DOJ's go-ahead came in the form of a notice, released Monday by the US Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Dec 2013

Samsung hauls in chiefs for 'CRISIS awareness' confab – report

Reports have surfaced that Samsung is calling together 600 of its global managerial staff for a "Crisis Awareness" meeting to be held in mid-December. According to an article by ZDNet Korea on Wednesday, the gathering will be divided into two groups, one being Sammy's display and Device Solutions units, the other being a confab …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Nov 2013

How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

The chip designers at ARM Holdings have turned the computing world upside down, shaken Intel to its core, pulled AMD into its orbit, and broadened its range beyond mobile into every nook and cranny of the digital world, from toys to servers. But where did this UK wonder company come from? How does it earn its living? And how did …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Nov 2013

Cow FLATULENCE, gas emissions MUCH WORSE than thought - boffins

A new study has revealed that the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent but far less prevalent than CO2 – released into the US atmosphere is significantly higher than previously thought. "We find greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and fossil fuel extraction and processing (i.e., oil and/or natural gas …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2013

Dell exec tells El Reg: Privatization has fired up 'world's largest startup'

There's a lot of business-building freedom to be gained by escaping the tyranny of the Wall Street moneymen and turning your company into "the world's largest startup," a Dell exec tells The Reg. When a company goes through a major transition as Dell has in its recent oh-so-public wrestling match with activist investor Carl …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Nov 2013

Apple stalls iWatch, 12.9-inch iPad from Quanta rumored for mid-2014

Apple has reportedly chosen its manufacturing partner for a 12.9-inch "MaxiPad" that's scheduled for mass production in the second half of next year, and is presiding over a bidding war to determine which companies will get the lion's share of producing Cupertino's long-rumored iWatch. So say the rumormongers at DigiTimes, the …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Nov 2013
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US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot

The US is shooting itself in the return-on-investment foot by tightening the screws on support for research on advanced computing systems. That was the message expressed loud and clear by a trio of HPC heavyweights during a "Retrospective on Supercomputing Technologies" session celebrating the 25th anniversary of the SC13 …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Nov 2013

Forget terabit Ethernet, the next step is 400 gig – if we can afford the R&D

The current top-end Ethernet standard may be 100 gigabits per second, but don't expect the next step up to be one terabit per second. The days of Ethernet speeds improving by an order of magnitude are gone. Why? Because nobody wants to pay for the necessary research and development – nobody in the US or the EU, that is. "My view …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013

Green supercomputer benchmarks make boffins see red, check blueprints

The biannual Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers has broken new ground in two important ways: for the first time an HPC system broke the 4 gigaflops per watt barrier, and also for the first time all the top 10 systems benefitted from GPU acceleration. Then there's a third bit of note: the benchmarks are …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013

Nvidia to Intel: 'Which HPC chip brain will win? Let the people decide'

Nvidia is of the opinion that in the tussle with Intel as to whether Nvidia's Tesla GPU accelerators or Chipzilla's Xeon Phi many-core CPU coprocessors will dominate the supercomputing market, the HPC community has already voted with its checkbooks. "This community continues to invest in GPU computing – GPU-based accelerated …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Nov 2013

Intel: 'Y'know that GPU-accelerated computing craze? Fuggedaboutit'

From Intel's point of view, today's hottest trend in high-performance computing – GPU acceleration – is just a phase, one that will be superseded by the advent of many-core CPUs, beginning with Chipzilla's next-generation Xeon Phi, codenamed "Knights Landing". "Tomorrow looks quite fundamentally different," Rajeeb Hazra, VP of …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2013

Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

The general chair of the SC13 supercomputing conference thinks the semiconducting industry has reached a tipping point more radical – and uncertain – than it has gone through in decades. "We've reached the end of a technological era where we had a very stable technology," Bill Gropp, Thomas M. Siebel Chair in Computer Science at …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Nov 2013

Nvidia, AMD tout 12GB GPUs for supers ... But ONE question remains

The battle of the big-memory GPU cards targeted at HPC and the data center is now well underway, with AMD having unveiled its FirePro S10000 12GB Edition card, and Nvidia announcing its 12GB Tesla K40 GPU accelerator card today. Nvidia Tesla K40 GPU card Nvidia Tesla K40 ... Double your pleasure, double your GDDR5 memory ( …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

Top500: 'Sky River 2' still rules as graphics tech leaves HPC applecart largely untouched

The Top500 ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers has been released, and the list of the top five systems could very well be simply a Xerox copy of the previous list, which came out back in summer. In the June rankings, the number one spot was taken by the massively parallel Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2) at China's National …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

Nvidia reveals CUDA 6, joins CPU-GPU shared memory party

Nvidia has announced the latest version of its GPU programming language, CUDA 6, which adds a "Unified Memory" capability that, as its name implies, relieves programmers from the trials and tribulations of having to manually copy data back and forth between separate CPU and GPU memory spaces. CUDA 6 Unified Memory schematic …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2013

Android mobes outsell iPhones, but Apple gets MORE PROFIT THAN ALL

Apple rakes in more profits from its iPhones than all Android phones combined, despite the fact that Android phones command an 81 per cent market share to Cupertino's 12.1 per cent. Earlier this week, IDC reported that Android was used in four out of five smartphones shipped during the third quarter of this year, with Apple, …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Nov 2013
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PlayStation daddy on new PS4: She's ALL 'PLAY', NO 'Station' this time

The goals of Sony's PlayStation 4, on sale Friday, were rewritten from the ground up – after the company "spread itself too thin" when developing the PlayStation 3. So said Dominic Mallinson, Sony's veep of R&D for Playstation, speaking at the AMD developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Wednesday. Mallinson …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
Oculus Rift VR system prototype

Oculus: 'Terrifying' virtual reality gaming 'will change the world', WE SWEAR IT

Virtual reality – the technology behind strapping on a headset and finding yourself in another world – has been "the next big thing" for decades. Now a Southern California startup, Oculus VR, says that the wait is over. Well, almost. Oculus Rift VR system prototype You can't buy the Oculus Rift yet, but when you can it will ' …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

Oracle pours hot, steaming Java into heterogeneous heaven

The future of heterogeneous computing, in which CPUs and GPUs transparently share memory and seamlessly share tasks, has taken another step to fruition: Oracle has joined the HSA – heterogeneous systems architecture – Foundation, with the intent of making Java fully HSA-compliant. "Our intent at Oracle ... is to make [Java] the …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

The desktop version of AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit, an APU code named "Kaveri", will hit the streets on January 14, the company announced at its developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Monday evening. AMD's upcoming 'Kaveri' processor - overview Kaveri: AMD's next big thing incorporates …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013
Illustration from Motorola 'Electronic Skin Tattoo' patent application

Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

Google's Motorola Mobility division has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a "system and method" to tattoo a mobile-device microphone with lie-detector circuitry onto your throat. Illustration from Motorola 'Electronic Skin Tattoo' patent application The next must-have bit of body adonment for the …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013

Apple ships cures for Mail, iBooks, MacBook Pro maladies

Well, that was quick. Apple has released bug fixes for two of the troubled OS X Mavericks apps that have been causing headaches among users who have updated to that operating system, and has also released a fix for troubles plaguing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. iBooks and Mail for Mavericks updates as listed …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013