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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

It might be time for the warlocks of the Web and brewers of JavaScript to revisit their ever-burgeoning developer wish-lists and sweep away the rubbish. Researchers from the University of Illinois have looked at how users and Website designers respond to the feature-list, and their study suggests there's a whole lot of kruft …
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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

Google I/O 2016 Google has been outlining plans for kickstarting its virtual reality portfolio this year, including new hardware, software tools, and developer support. Unlike Facebook's Oculus platform, which requires a high-end PC to crunch the code, Google thinks that you can get a perfectly decent VR experience just using a smartphone, …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016

Adobe launches Spark: Amateur graphical fun!

Adobe has launched Spark in a hope that its graphics software can be tooled for the mobile age. Launched as part of the backup-gobbling service Creative Cloud, Spark is intended to embiggen the San Jose-based business's animation suite, although it's still only available on iOS. It rebrands some of the company's apps from …
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Microsoft .NET Core update asks developers: How you doin'?

Microsoft has released RC2 (Release Candidate 2) of .NET Core and ASP.NET Core, the next-generation version of the .NET platform which is open source and cross-platform. This is a bigger update than the RC2 name implies. Since the release of RC1 in November, Microsoft has introduced new command-line tools for .NET Core, called …
Tim Anderson, 17 May 2016
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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

From the outside, Elidir Mountain looks like an old industrial site that has returned to nature. The slopes facing the Llyn Peris reservoir have been hacked into terraces by slate quarrying – this was once the second-biggest quarry in the world, with 3,000 workers – but they are now peaceful. Only a few buildings at ground …
SA Mathieson, 16 May 2016
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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

Linus Torvalds has loosed version 4.6 of the Linux kernel on the waiting world. “It's just as well I didn't cut the rc cycle short, since the last week ended up getting a few more fixes than expected,” wrote the Linux overlord. “Since rc7, there's been small noise all over, with driver fixes being the bulk of it, but there is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR. It was a gimmicky technology cursed by the “P” word (“potential”) and huge, ungainly headsets that generated a flurry of interest in the late 1990s that quickly evaporated. Today, it’s big news …
Alistair Dabbs, 13 May 2016
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IE and Graphics head Microsoft's Patch Tuesday critical list

There's 15 flaw fixes covering 36 vulnerabilities in this month's patch bundle from Microsoft. Microsoft's browsers need a lot of work – Internet Explorer gets five fixes and the new Edge code has four. Both applications' patches have been named as critical by Redmond. There's also a five-fix bundle for Microsoft's graphics …
Iain Thomson, 10 May 2016

Nvidia Pascal GTX launch

Unless Nvidia has a massive last-minute change of heart, it will tonight unveil a couple of Pascal-powered GTX cards for gamers. Pascal is Nv's latest GPU design: word of it emerged in 2014, it finally arrived last month, and you can find deep dives into how it works and why here, and over here. So far Pascal has emerged in …
Chris Williams, 07 May 2016
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eBay buys AI biz Expertmaker for machine learning boost

eBay has announced it is buying AI firm Expertmaker, which specialises in AI, machine learning and data analytics. The e-commerce giant has been working with Expertmaker since 2010 to organise and crunch massive data sets. It will join eBay’s structured data product and technology team. Financial terms of the deal were not …
Katyanna Quach, 06 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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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016

Vid: Snowden flick trailer

The trailer for Snowden – Oliver Stone's movie about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – has been put on YouTube for everyone to take a look. And it looks ridiculous. The action flick seems to be aimed at people with an attention span short enough to find a Fast and Furious episode a marathon, and nowhere near long enough to …
Chris Williams, 27 Apr 2016

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119. Obi’s story is unusual – it leveraged the economies of scale of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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Apple updates MacBooks

Apple has given its MacBook fleet a lick of paint - rose gold to be exact. The three updated devices house a dual-core Intel Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 processor respectively with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.2GHz, 2.7 GHz and 3.1 GHz. Intel HD Graphics 515 and PCIe-based flash storage are also integrated. Other colours for the …
Paul Kunert, 19 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
Mr. Spock goes full 3D

Android N dev preview 2

Google has today released Android N developer preview 2 for people to test drive. The beta operating system includes support for Vulkan, a low-overhead 3D graphics API that brings developers much closer to the GPU hardware to boost performance. "With Android N, we’ve made Vulkan a part of the platform; you can try it out on …
Chris Williams, 13 Apr 2016

Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

Judging by the hype around Facebook VR, you'd think the '90s never happened. Back then, the Social Network™ didn’t exist and it was the era’s video game giants – Sega and Nintendo – rolling out virtual reality with great fanfare. However, both of the Japanese games giants cancelled their efforts before launch: Sega’s Virtual …
Mark Pesce, 13 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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Axellio! X-IO conjures up hyper-converged PCIe monster

Comment X-IO Technologies' Axellio* is a rackmount hyper-converged server/all-flash storage platform that will be sold through OEM, ODM and system integrators – and it provides an almost unbelievable combination of performance and density. The company has been working on the technology for two years, developing a third product line, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2016
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AMD Bristol Ridge finds first home in HP ENVY x360

AMD's “Bristol Ridge” series processors are landing in laptops at last, with HP the first cab off the rank. The chip maker has pre-announced the processor here , promising more detail about its “seventh generation” accelerated processing units (APUs) will arrive at Computex 2016 in Taipei, in May and June. As well as HP's …

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
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Alert: Nvidia GPU Tech Conference kicks off today

Standby for Nvidia news this morning in California: the Santa Clara-based graphics chip giant is holding its annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose this week. CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's opening keynote starts at 9am Pacific Time. He is expected to touch on AI, virtual reality and self-driving cars, among other things – …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016
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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

FreeBSD fans: version 10.3, which first hit beta in February, has gone to stable release. The Linux-watchers at Phoronix highlight improvements to its Linux binary compatibility layer, which will be welcome news to developers working on both platforms. According to the release notes, the improvements mean the compatibility …
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Go nuts, brother: Ubuntu 16.04 beta – no more auto data-spaffing

Review Ubuntu 16.04, named after a type of African ground squirrel, Xenial Xerus, is here – in beta. And with it come welcome upgrades, quite a few new applications and upgraded features to Ubuntu. Some other, noteworthy aspects, meanwhile, have gone missing. Xenial Xerus is the first significant update to the Ubuntu desktop in two …

Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

The much-hyped virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is finally shipping to its first customers this week, and the Facebook-owned company dished out a few of them ahead of time to select publications. The embargo lifted Monday morning and we have waded through tens of thousands of words contained in nine reviews so you don't …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Mar 2016

Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

Apple was considering buying Imagination Technologies – designers of the PowerVR graphics processors in its iPhones and iPads – but walked away from the deal. In a statement today via Imagination and the London Stock Exchange, the Cupertino giant said: "From time to time, Apple talks with companies about potential acquisitions …
Chris Williams, 22 Mar 2016
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Apple Macs, iPhones, iPads, Watches, TVs can be hijacked by evil Wi-Fi, PDFs – update now

Updated Apple has today emitted security updates for pretty much everything it makes, and you should install them as soon as you can because it's all bad news. iPhones, iPads and iPods should grab iOS 9.3, Macs should fetch OS X 10.11.4 or Security Update 2016-002 for non-El Capitan Macs, Apple Watches should get watchOS 2.2, and …
Chris Williams, 21 Mar 2016
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Intel in 3D and virtual reality dash

Comment Intel and Qualcomm are increasingly extending their reach beyond their core chip technologies and into surrounding technologies and even applications. Both seek to enhance their revenues and account control with end-to-end offerings in key emerging areas of technology such as virtual reality. Last week, Intel acquired Replay …
Wireless Watch, 21 Mar 2016

Apple iPhone GPU designers Imagination axes 20 per cent of staff

Brit chip design house Imagination Technologies will shed a fifth of its workforce in a £27.5m ($40m) cost-cutting spree. The Hertfordshire-based biz said on Thursday it will lay off about 200 people in addition to the 150 it said in February it would make redundant. That adds up to 350 or 20 per cent of its 1,700 headcount …
Chris Williams, 17 Mar 2016
Croteam's Talos Principle is among the first games to support Vulkan

Intel slips out Vulkan driver beta for Windows

Chipzilla has decided Vulkan, the replacement technology for the ancient OpenGL, is worth supporting and has announced a bunch of beta drivers that implement the API. Vulkan 1.0 landed last month, with Intel joining AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Google in promising to support it. AMD announced its beta drivers in synch with the …

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself

Review I've always wondered what people who pay more than £2,000 for a Windows laptop are thinking when they boot the machine. It's a bit like paying a fortune to gain admission to a secret and exclusive members club, only to discover once you're in, that it's run by the bloke who does the pub quiz on a Tuesday night at your local …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016
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Computer says: Stop using MacWrite II, human!

This Damn War My first proper job was at the university at which I'd been studying; when I graduated in Computing Science there were a couple of tech support jobs going and I managed to bag one of them. I started as the Unix guy (these were the days when SunOS was still SunOS – the Solaris name was yet to come) but later on I gravitated into …
Dave Cartwright, 14 Mar 2016
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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

Review Microsoft admitted defeat in the phone wars last summer, but a mobile cut still remains strategic to the company – albeit more for tablets and "detachables" rather than phones, where full-fat Windows 10 is too bulky. You've heard the euphemism "collateral damage." Windows phone owners today are "collateral users" – they just …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Mar 2016
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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

Interview Fatigued by bluster about the implementations of yesteryear's machine learning algorithms, we spoke to Dr Sean Holden of the University of Cambridge to enthuse ourselves again. Holden, a senior lecturer in machine learning at Cambridge's Computer Laboratory as well as being a fellow of Trinity College where he shepherds along …
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Microsoft's Hololens is up for pre-order, here's hoping you can expense it

Microsoft has opened up its Hololens augmented reality hardware for pre-order with a shipping date of March 30. The Redmond giant said it would begin sending invitations to developers who pre-applied for the preview edition of the hardware. Those who get invites from Microsoft will now be able to fork over the $3,000 price tag …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Feb 2016
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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

When it comes to PC performance the elephant in the room is heat generation. Generally, the cooler a CPU or GPU can be kept the faster it will run, hence mega-overclocked systems running liquid nitrogen cooling systems and producing mind-numbingly high benchmark scores and more clouds than your average Pink Floyd concert. For …
Simon Crisp, 26 Feb 2016

AMD poised to insert chips into Japanese slot machines, collect coins

AMD is going to reveal a significant customer win within the next few months – in the gambling world. The California biz, which is hurting bad in the PC and graphics card space, really wants to slot its chips into next-gen arcade-like casino machines and pachinko halls to bring home some much-needed cash. It's been wanting to …
Chris Williams, 23 Feb 2016
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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: Betting on VR with a dash of Vulkan

MWC16 Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg appeared on stage at Samsung's launch for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, proclaiming VR the new social platform; but is that enough to make S7 more than just this year's slightly faster Galaxy? Facebook acquired Oculus VR in 2014, and its technology is used in Samsung's Gear VR, a headset which works in …
Tim Anderson, 22 Feb 2016

Imagination unfurls blueprints to 2017's TV, car dashboard chips: the PowerVR Series 8XE

MWC16 Imagination – the Brit chip design house whose GPUs power Apple iPhones and iPads – has come up with another graphics processor: the 8XE. This could well be the brains inside your next telly or car dashboard. While Imagination's PowerVR XT blueprints end up in iThings, tablets and other high-end devices, the XE family of GPUs …
Chris Williams, 22 Feb 2016
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Meet the original Big Data, TED Talk, Thought Shower Futurist

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled: “Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?”, and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It’s now online as a video and podcast. Two avenues looked promising, and today I will give you an excerpt from …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Feb 2016
NVidia aims to gives games power to handhelds

PC sales aren't doing so great – but good God, you're buying mountains of Nvidia graphics cards

If you thought the slump in PC sales was going to hit Nvidia like it whacked Intel and AMD, then, well, you were wrong. Nv just reported a record quarter to round off a record year in terms of sales. In the three months to January 31, revenues from the graphics chip giant's PC cards rose 25.4 per cent on the year-ago period to …
Chris Williams, 18 Feb 2016
Croteam's Talos Principle is among the first games to support Vulkan

Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 open graphics specification

Khronos has released Vulkan 1.0, the next generation open graphics API, and a Vulkan SDK for Windows and Linux is now available from LunarG. Khronos is an industry consortium which creates open graphics standards, including OpenGL and WebGL. Vulkan was announced in March 2015 and represents the next generation after OpenGL, …
Tim Anderson, 16 Feb 2016
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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

The personal computer market has been in the doldrums for years, with global sales falling under 300 million a year, slipping nine per cent in 2015 alone. But there are also some rays of light in the market, as Intel's predictions of a sales rebound were confirmed by a nice little bump in sales over Christmas, due in part to …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Feb 2016

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first truly mass-market color graphical interface: Windows 3.1. It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1 now that even our smart phones run an operating system that is an order …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Feb 2016
Lumberyard is a complete game development tool based on CryEngine

Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

Amazon has released a beta of Lumberyard, a free game engine and development tool – but with the condition that your game may not read or write data to competing cloud services. Lumberyard is a gaming SDK (Software Development Kit) with visual technology based on CryEngine, a commercial package used by studios including 2K, …
Tim Anderson, 10 Feb 2016
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2016 tech shakeout starts with CxO exodus

Analysis The rumblings of over-priced tech stocks, made real last month in above-market share falls, have started hitting home with a series of high-profile exits this week. Gone are Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad, Imagination Technologies CEO Hossein Yassaie, Yelp CFO Rob Krolik and Paypal CTO James Barrese. All resigned, although it has …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Feb 2016
Adobe Animate CC replaces Flash Professional

Don't mention the F word: Adobe releases Animate CC

Adobe has released Animate CC, formerly known as Flash Professional, as part of its effort to move away from its proprietary plug-in and runtime in favour of HTML5 Canvas and WebGL. The company announced its intentions at the end of November 2015, explaining that “we completely rewrote the tool over the past few years to …
Tim Anderson, 09 Feb 2016
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Imagination Tech's chief Hossein Yassaie quits, shares slide

One of the longest-serving tech chiefs in the world, Imagination Technologies’ CEO Sir Hossein Yassaie, has stepped down, with non-exec director Andrew Heath filling his shoes as interim chief. Yassaie headed the British semiconductor company for 18 years. After establishing a global toehold with its PowerVR (formerly …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Feb 2016

Xitore slings 4 million IOPS box under its arm, strides out into the light

Flash DIMM startup Xitore is exiting stealth before it has raised a dime and is looking for funding. The company was started up in March 2014 by CEO Mike Amidi and CTO Hossein Hashemi. Amidi has worked at STEC, SMART, Netlist, and WD, where he was director of the program management office in the Solid State Storage BU. At …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016