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Chinese chipmaker set to enter CPU race against Intel, ARM and AMD with custom CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 3:36 am

It's about time we got some competition out of China, where they're close to unveiling details on a new 8-core processor designed and developed entirely within the country of China. The new CPU is a custom design and ready to take on competitors Intel, AMD and ARM in the PC, server and supercomputer categories.




Development on the chip began over a decade ago in 2001, by Loongson Technology, a group that receives funding from the Chinese Academy of Science. The first processor they developed was the 32-bit Godson-1, which was followed by the 64-bit Godson a few years later and since then, the chips have been used in low-power notebooks since 2008. Late last year, the Shenwei supercomputer was turned on, and powered by the same design.


The latest chip out of the company is the Godson-3B1500, which sports a 1.35GHz clock speed, and is capable of performing 172.8 gigaflops of performance while chewing just 40W of power. The chip is manufactured under a 32nm process, sporting 1.14 billion transistors. Loongson CPUs aren't compatible with Microsoft's WIndows OS, which will hinder its adoption - big time. There are still plenty of places this chip is destined to reach - mobile devices being an absolutely huge market, for example.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claims Windows 8 users 'get it, and like it'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 2:58 am

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, address the company's annual shareholders meeting today and talked about the uptake of Windows 8. Citing the 40 million licenses already sold, he said "We know for sure that people get it, and like it." I count myself among those who don't like it.




Of course, shareholders were a bit more worried about Google and Apple than they were Windows 8. When questioned about whether or not the younger generation is Apple focused, he responded that "it's a tough competitive market out there, and we certainly think that with the products that we and our partners are delivering to market...we have an opportunity."

ASUS Taichi ultrabook delayed, no definite date for arrival

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 2:31 am

A whole bunch of new laptops and ultrabooks were due out with Windows 8, and most of them arrived on time. For ASUS' Taichi, however, that hasn't been the case. It was originally slated to launch alongside Windows 8 on October 26, but it still has yet to materialize.




The ultrabook is a slick machine--it features dual 1080p screens on both sides of the lid and fairly good performance specifications. Pre-orders for the machine were taken in October, but now many listings have disappeared or been significantly modified. You won't even be able to find the system on Amazon or Newegg anymore.


ASUS has said that shipments could begin in December, but also said they might be delayed. The reasons behind the delay have been kept secret. Best Buy Canada are showing a January 30, 2013 release, while other websites are showing December 1st. It's really hard to say for sure when it will arrive, but I imagine those who pre-ordered it are quite miffed.


Did you pre-order an ASUS Taichi? Have you been contacted about the delays? We want to hear from you!

RIM will have to pay Nokia royalties over WLAN technology

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 1:28 am

The Canadian-based maker of the popular smartphone range BlackBerry has lost a contract dispute with Nokia. As of late both companies have been losing market share to Android and iOS devices and this latest dispute could end up being the proverbial straw for RIM as it looks to streamline and reduce costs ahead of its BlackBerry 10 launch early next year.




A Swedish arbitrator has decided that RIM is in breach of contract regarding a cross-licensing deal the two have. The deal, originally signed in 2003 and revised in 2008, cross-licensed standards-essential cellular patents and RIM sought to arbitrate the contract in March 2011 saying that it should extend to WLAN patents.


The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has decided that this is not the case and RIM will need to pay royalties to Nokia or it could face a sales ban. Nokia has been looking to turn its patent portfolio into royalty revenue as it struggles to modernize and produce devices that customers want to buy.

Some Samsung Galaxy products banned in Netherlands after Apple wins a sales ban

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:29 am

Samsung fans in the Netherlands may have trouble getting certain Galaxy devices in the country now that Apple has won a sales ban against the electronics giant. The Dutch court has ruled that Galaxy products infringe upon an Apple patent that dictates a way to navigate through photos using a touchscreen.




The ban prevents any Galaxy devices running Android 2.2.1 or higher and not using Samsung's proprietary photo app from being sold in the Netherlands. This is just the latest in a series of cases between the two smartphone manufacturers. Samsung had already lost a case over this patent last year, which also resulted in a ban.


Samsung has been ordered to tell Apple its net profit from sales of infringing products since June 27, 2011. Another court procedure will calculate how much will go to Apple. Furthermore, if Samsung continues infringing on Apple's patent, they will be forced to pay Apple 100,000 euros for every day it violates the ban.

Samsung leaves admin backdoor hardcoded into firmware, also affects some Dell printers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 11:28 pm

Samsung has broken rule number 1 of computer security by leaving an admin backdoor hard coded into the firmware of its printers. More importantly, the backdoor is left open even when the protocol it runs on is disabled. Even worse is the fact Samsung has left it wide open and it requires zero authentication.




The admin backdoor could allow anyone who knows about it access to data on the printer, which means that those sensitive business documents could easily be obtained by nefarious people. It's also thought that the printer could be used for further attacks on an otherwise secure corporate network. Oops.


The backdoor was discovered by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The backdoor is also present in some Dell printers, the ones that happen to be manufactured by Samsung. Printers released after October 31, 2012 do not have the backdoor present and a patch will be released "shortly" for the affected models.

NVIDIA GeForce 310.64 beta drivers released, up to 38% performance increase in Far Cry 3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 10:27 pm

NVIDIA has released the latest version of their GeForce drivers this morning ahead of the launch of Far Cry 3. This release, 310.64, is still in beta, but brings better support for Far Cry 3. Far Cry 3 launches in Europe tomorrow and in North America on next Tuesday, so it's important to update to these drivers if you plan on getting the game.




NVIDIA tested out the new drivers and saw improvements of up to 38 percent in the 600 series of graphics cards. Of course, you mileage may vary as differences between systems, manufacturers, etc will affect performance. However, NVIDIA has said they expect to see improvements of varying degress on any system using a 400 series or newer GPU.


Using the most popular gaming resolution, 1920x1080, we maxed out Far Cry 3's many graphics options, selected SSAO Ambient Occlusion (an excellent balance between performance and fidelity), set the game's version of Transparency Supersampling to "Standard", and enabled 8xMSAA to eliminate those pesky jaggies. As you can see below, today's 310.64 beta driver boosted performance significantly, helping the GTX 670 and GTX 680 achieve playable frame rates at this demanding detail level. Please note that we expect improvements of varying degrees to be seen on any system utilizing a GeForce GTX 400, 500, or 600 series GPU, but due to time constraints we were unable to run comprehensive, in-depth tests ahead of the driver's release.

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Nexus 10 Toolkit will allow you to root, backup, unlock bootloader, and lots more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 9:29 pm

Enthusiasts who have purchased the Nexus 10 have already got to work tinkering away at it and the folks over at XDA-Developers have just released a toolkit that will make tweaking, adjusting, and modding your Nexus 10 tablet just a bit easier.




The Nexus 10 toolkit will let you do nearly anything that you could desire. The toolkit, released by mskip, can backup/restore single packages, the entire internal storage, unlock and re-lock the bootloader, root the stock Jelly Bean build, take Nandroid backup, and install BusyBox, among other things.


If you've got a Nexus 10 and would like to start hacking it, head on over to the XDA forums to download the toolkit and ask for help, should you need it. Of course, be sure to thank you to mskip and provide him with a donation if you feel this is worth money to you.

RumorTT: AMD launching Radeon-branded solid state drives soon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 8:26 pm

SemiAccurate is reporting that AMD is planning on launching Radeon-branded solid state drives fairly soon. It was just last year that AMD decided to launch their own Radeon-branded RAM to market and they clearly want to continue expanding the Radeon brand beyond just video cards.




Of course, the solid state drive wouldn't be produced by AMD. Instead, they will likely take a solid state drive produced by an ODM and label it with Radeon stickers and market it as their own. This is the method that they employed for bringing their RAM to market, and more recently, their RAMDisk software.


AMD is likely trying to build a platform similar to Apple, where every component in the system can be AMD. This way they can market the stability of the system as all of the components are AMD and should work together well. Similar to Intel's "Better Together" marketing campaign, AMD could market the platform and its performance as a whole.


This is just a rumor, for now, but it's definitely one that could prove to be true.

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