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The six stages of post-security incident grief avoidance

AusCERT Audio Security and forensics man Ashley Deuble has outlined the six stages of good incident response that if followed could bring an enterprise in line with Fortune 50 best practice. The Griffith University security manager says the steps of preparation; identification; containment; eradication; recovery, and lessons learned are …
Darren Pauli, 26 May 2016
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Sky! Blue!, Oceans! Wet!, Yahoo! Overvalued!

Yahoo!'s planned sell-off of its core business may not end up bringing the cash return investors had hoped for. Citing sources familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports that Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web is receiving bids of around $2-3bn on its core business, significantly less than the $4-8bn …
Shaun Nichols, 20 May 2016
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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Analysis IBM has demonstrated a 3-bit Phase-Change Memory chip with IBM Zurich researcher Dr. Haris Pozidis talking about it in a YouTube video and not mentioning 3D XPoint once. The idea is to counter the relatively high cost of PCM chips by giving them 3 bits per cell, TLC or triple-level cells, instead of just one - clever. This …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016
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CONFIRMED: Google bakes custom data centre chips

Google's long-rumoured efforts to build its own silicon have come to fruition. The Alphabet subsidiary today revealed it has baked a custom ASIC it calls a “Tensor Processing Unit” (TPU) and has been using them for a year for the machine learning applications that fuel many of its services. “TPU is tailored to machine …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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Android Pay debuts in UK

Google has launched its contactless payment service, Android Pay, in the UK. The service, which uses NFC chips to enable transactions and integrates "everywhere contactless payments are accepted", comes to the UK directly from the US. It arrives with standard industry security measures for contactless payments. More …
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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete …
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EU mulls €3bn fine for Google

The European Commission may impose its largest ever fine on a company for misbehaving - and for Alphabet's Google, it could just be the start. The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Commission is considering a fine “in the region of €3bn” for Google’s anti-competitive search practices - or around half of Google’s European …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2016
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Seagate ready for the HAMR blow: First drives out in 2017

Seagate is reducing its manufacturing capacity while still focusing on high-capacity disk drives for cloud and hyper-scale storage of unstructured data. This means it needs higher capacity drives, requiring new read-write head technology. It is a high-technology, nano-scale, clean room manufacturing process, and drive read- …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

Google has open-sourced the Thread networking protocol used in its Nest smart thermostat in an effort to win the ongoing internet of things standards war. OpenThread was posted on GitHub Wednesday under a BSD license and is free to anyone who wants to build the low-power mesh networking standard into smart-home products. …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2016
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China says yes to SanDisk

China’s MOFCOM trade regulator has said it’s OK for Western Digital to buy SanDisk. WD wants to buy SanDisk and its flash foundry chips-to-SSDs business for around $16bn. The MOFCOM approval completes the worldwide regulatory body approvals process and the deal is expected to close on May 12. WD and SanDisk shareholders have …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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Chipzilla veteran joins IBM's OpenPOWER

IBM has tapped former Intel product development veteran Rani Borkar as veep for development of its OpenPOWER project. Borkar left Chipzilla at the end of last year, after 27 years with the company. At Intel, she specialised in chips for PCs and data centres – for example, speaking for Intel when it first started pitching its …
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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

A root backdoor for debugging ARM-powered Android gadgets managed to end up in shipped firmware – and we're surprised this sort of colossal blunder doesn't happen more often. The howler is the work of Chinese ARM SoC-maker Allwinner, which wrote its own kernel code underneath a custom Android build for its devices. Its Linux …

Falling flat: Silicon Valley satire is a no show

Recap Trouble lies ahead for the plucky nerds of HBO's Silicon Valley and not only within the show itself. Last season, it took until the eighth episode of the 10-slot run for the show to fall flat on its face (a trip from which it swiftly recovered). This time around it has happened - literally - in episode three. Last time, we …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 May 2016

Nvidia NVLink deep-dive

Our sister website, The Next Platform, has a detailed dive into Nvidia's NVLink technology – describing it as "transformative as SMP was for CPUs to GPU accelerators." NVLink glues Nvidia's high-speed number-crunching graphics chips to general-purpose processors, accelerating the rate supercomputers and other big machines can …
Chris Williams, 05 May 2016
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Android hijack bug in detail

Infosec biz FireEye has drilled into a security bug in Qualcomm's netd code that puts millions of Android devices at risk of hijacking by malicious apps. On May 2, Google pushed out a bunch of patches for its mobile operating system. As we reported, one of those fixes addresses a flaw labelled CVE-2016-2060, which can be …
Chris Williams, 05 May 2016
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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Emails are still trickling in with readers trying to trump the almost nineteen-year-old server we found was just being decommissioned back in January. A recent missive from reader Ian piqued our interest because it said he's still running a Timex Sinclair 2040 printer bought in 1982! The 2040's a thermal printer based on the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 May 2016
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Nokia joins Z-Wave

Nokia has joined the Z-Wave Alliance, an organization that aims to push the Z-Wave standard into smart homes. The mobile phone company joins nearly 400 companies that are backing the low-power wireless internet of things (IoT) standard. Currently Z-Wave is the most popular IoT technology on the market, at least in terms of …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 May 2016

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2016

Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

Cavium – the brains behind the chips in big-brand networking products – has plumped for the ARM architecture over MIPS in its next-generation network processors. It's a sign that more and more serious networking gear is likely to be ARM powered rather than MIPS in future. The Octeon-TX family of system-on-chips, announced …
Chris Williams, 02 May 2016

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world. Intel today scrapped the development of its Atom processor codenamed Broxton, which was aimed at powering high-end smartphones and tablets. Broxton was expected to …
Chris Williams, 30 Apr 2016
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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Things are getting steamy. My valet is trying to pull down the back of my trousers. “We’ll have these off you in a jiffy, sir,” he sings. This is his job, after all. I mean its job: my valet is a robot. An autonomous descendant of the ubiquitous hotel trouser press, it is designed to collect my garments as I disrobe, clean …
Alistair Dabbs, 29 Apr 2016
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US govt quietly tweaks rules to let cops, Feds hack computers anywhere, anytime

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court approved a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. It sounds innocuous, but the effects will be felt around the world. Under today's rules, US cops and FBI agents need to know where a computer is before they can get a warrant to directly hack the machine – because they …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2016

The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

There are countless problems with making the so-called "internet of things" (IoT) a pragmatic reality: hardware, software and standards to name the big three. But this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, at least two of them have started to find solutions. During one of its exec's main keynotes, Samsung …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

The success of Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker has not gone unnoticed. At Samsung's annual Developer Conference in San Francisco, the company showcased a prototype "digital personal assistant" called Otto as a way to highlight its newest technologies. Otto, the company was quick to stress, is a "reference design" and …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

Cloud! IoT! APIs! Collect all the data! Samsung wins today's tech bingo

Samsung has launched a new cloud service, aimed at the internet of things (IoT), that lets companies collect, store and act on data from any device. The Artik Cloud service is named after the company's line of chips that it announced a year ago that are specifically designed to be small and work for wearables and other …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016
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Intel CEO Krzanich: PCs are things too!

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, presiding over flatlining performance, boardroom tumult and a one-in-ten slimming down of Chipzilla's workforce, has broken out the happy juice to promise better times ahead for the world's biggest sand-slinger. Krzanich has posted a blog in which he calls out the cloud (chips for data centres), the …
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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

About a year ago, we asked you to pray for AMD. It's working. AMD has announced a joint venture with a Chinese manufacturer that will churn out server processors using mini-Chipzilla's technologies in the Middle Kingdom. It also said it will bank about $1.5bn from three new games console chips over the next three or four years …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016
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Goodbye: XPoint is Intel's best exit from NAND production hell

Analysis 3D XPoint memory represents a door way to non-volatile profits for Intel and a passage away from NAND production, which is bedevilled by over-supply from costly fabrication plants with high costs. This idea starts from a simple question: how is Intel’s flash business doing? Not well, according to a financial analyst. In its …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016

12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

Only the Paranoid Survive, or so former Intel chief executive Andy Grove once wrote. And it seems that, faced with the demise of the PC market, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has found his inner Andy Grove. Grove, who died last month aged 79, left both an awesome business record and some great quotes behind him. While Intel co- …
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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Analysis Since the virtual dawn of computing, storage – where data puts its feet up when it's at home – has been massively slower than memory, where data puts on its trainers and goes for a quick run. That massive access speed gap has been getting narrower and narrower with each storage technology advance: paper tape, magnetic tape, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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ARM Holdings gives the thumbs-up, reports revenue and licensing uptick

Chip designer ARM has reported revenue and profit increases in Q1, with its shares trading up despite a moody FTSE 100 this morning. Q1 2016 saw a year-on-year dollar revenue rise for ARM at 14 per cent (22 per cent in £) when its results were posted today. Pre-tax profits of £137.5m are an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year …
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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

Intel will axe 12,000 employees globally – more than one in ten of its workforce – as it moves further away from being a PC chip company. The layoffs are among the biggest into the company's history, and come as PC industry continues to tank harder than Intel expected. The Santa Clara-based biz sees a lot of growth in the …
Chris Williams, 19 Apr 2016
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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

Chinese national Daofu Zhang has pleaded guilty to conspiring to buy top-end field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) stolen from a US Navy base and replacing the swiped silicon with counterfeit duds. Last Friday, in Connecticut's New Haven federal court, Zhang, 40, admitted offering to purchase military-spec chips from a US …
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Intel's XPoint emperor has no clothes, only soiled diapers

Opinion Intel's XPoint marketing is such frenetic, hype-filled BS that it is setting up the world to be utterly underwhelmed by the reality. We have had a mini deluge of XPoint memory chip news recently, with Frank Hady – Intel Fellow and Chief 3D XPoint Storage Architect – giving a pitch at the 7th Annual Non-Volatile Memories …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

Having nominated the Internet of Things as key to its future strategies, Intel has added a super-cheap development board to its Quark lineup. At US$15, the Quark D2000 microcontroller development kit is Chipzilla's latest attempt to plant a flag in the cheap-as-chips breadboarding market. It features a 32 MHz low-power core, …

Cutting edge security: Expensive kit won't save you

We all want to protect our customer and employee data, but as the threat landscape changes and the publicly disclosed data breaches get increasingly larger, our approach may need to change. What constitutes "state of the art" information security in 2016? It’s tempting to create a listicle of 10 shiny new security tools that …
Danny Bradbury, 13 Apr 2016
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XMC builds 3D NAND fab

Chinese contract chip manufacturer XMC is building a 3D NAND fab. It’s funded up to $24bn by the China IC Industry Investment fund, Hubei IC Investment Fund, CDB Development Fund and Hubei Technology Investment. The China IC Industry Investment Fund is a state-backed funding initiative aimed at lessening China’s dependence on …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016
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FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

FBI Director James Comey says the tool his agents bought and used to unlock the San Bernardino killer's iPhone will only work on a "narrow slice" of phones. On Wednesday, Comey gave a lecture at Ohio's Kenyon College's Center for the Study of American Democracy in which he said the exploit only works on iOS 9 iPhone 5Cs. Apple …
Iain Thomson, 07 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016

Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

Hands On "Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time," I wrote in 2014, prompting some derision. Fair enough: Huawei didn't even have a 4G phone at that time. The consumer division hasn't even turned five. But who's laughing now? Huawei has cracked it with the P9, a phone strong …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Apr 2016
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Inside Nvidia's AI-in-a-box

Our sister site The Next Platform has more details on the DGX-1, Nvidia's deep-learning system-in-a-box that crunches 42TFLOPS using double-precision math. It costs $129k, consumes 3.2kW, and uses eight Pascal-powered Tesla P100 GPUs plus Intel Xeon CPUs: The system has two 16-core Xeon E5-2698 v3 processors, which run at 2.3 …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016

Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

OpenPower Summit Google and Rackspace are working together on blueprints for servers that use IBM’s Power9 processors. The designs will be shared publicly via the Open Compute Project, it is hoped. The pair are due to announce their collaboration this week. The hardware will fit the 48V Open Compute racks Google is designing with Facebook. We’ …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016
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Iron.io signs on to integrate Intel's Snap

Docker-herder Iron.io has added another string to its bow, in an agreement with Intel that gives it access to Chipzilla's Snap* framework. Intel emitted Snap in December as its contribution to data centre scheduling and workload management. The idea, according to this Jonathan Donaldson's blog post, is to use telemetry and …

Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

GTC16 So there it is: the long-awaited Nvidia Pascal architecture GPU. It's the GP100, and it will debut in the Tesla P100, which is aimed at high-performance computing (think supercomputers simulating the weather and nuke fuel) and deep-learning artificial intelligence systems. The P100, revealed today at Nvidia's GPU Tech …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016

Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

Nvidia has revealed its Pascal Tesla P100 GPU, described as the largest FinFET chip on the market. It is in volume production today. It features 16nm FinFETs and 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die, 16GB of HBM2 memory, and the NVLink interconnect. If you include the memories, the 15 billion figure balloons to 150 billion …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

We’re at an inflection point, or – rather – the point before that inflection point. We are in the pre-countdown-phase for virtual reality or augmented reality or perhaps machine learning or bots, say onlookers. But which is it? Or will it be none of these? For Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the future is definitely virtual …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Apr 2016
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Samsung kind of cracks the 10nm barrier with new 8GB DDR4 slabs

Samsung Electronics has announced it's started baking RAM using a “10-nanometer (nm) class*” process and says the 8GB chips it's emitting are the first in the world to be manufactured in this way. Don't start trying to figure out how 10nm compares to the width of a human hair or the head of a really small pin, because that …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016