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Apple spends $1 billion on manufacturing jobs in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 4, 2017 1:51 am

Apple is Making America Great Again by spending $1 billion on a new fund that will promote advanced manufacturing positions in the US, something Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Mad Money today.

 

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Cook said: "By doing that, we can be the ripple in the pond. Because if we can create many manufacturing jobs around, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them".

 

Apple will start announcing the beneficiaries of its $1 billion fund later this month, with the company looking to train developers and help more people coding, with more details on this coming in the summer.

 

Cook continued: "We're really looking at this thing deeply. How do we grow our employee base? How do we grow the developer base? How do we grow manufacturing? You will see us bring things to market in all of those areas across this year".

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Micron's new SolidScale tech unlocks NVMe performance

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Storage | Posted: May 4, 2017 1:18 am

Micron's new revolutionary SolidScale tech was unveiled and showcased at the 2017 Micron Summit in New York City's Freedom Tower, and TweakTown's own storage editor Jon Coulter attended the storage giant's big showcase.

 

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Micron has revealed its new SolidScale architecture, a revolutionary platform that unlocks the full potential of NVMe SSDs.

 

The magic of SolidScale is that it takes the benefits of localized NVMe pools (high-speeds, large capacities) and spreads them out across an entire datacenter system. The SolidScale platform uses Micron SSDs outfitted with special high-bandwidth fabric interfaces to unlock full IOPs and speeds of the drive, and then share that performance across the entire system. SolidScale has lots of applications, but the main point takeaway is this: Micron has merged the benefits of NVMe and PCIe SSDs together with hardware and software to give datacenters a wealth of flexibility and power to help run their servers, cloud-driven analytics, and other intensive workloads.

 

"Do the same work with fewer servers, or do more work with your existing servers with a platform that pools the available storage together. This allows you to scale at high efficiency without sacrificing performance or driving up costs," Micron explains.

 

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So why did Micron develop SolidScale?

 

Micron developed SolidScale as the first step towards empowering datacenters with sufficient resources needed for the data needs of the next generation. And the new architecture also furthers the new NVMe-over-Fabrics standard for enterprise adoption.

 

The tech fits a very real need in today's server market. Companies are constantly looking for low-cost solutions to their problems, especially when these solutions merge low-costs, power and speed without sacrifice. With SolidScale, companies can use their existing NVMe infrastructures and reap tangible benefits by "unlocking" the drive performance: high storage capacity, speed, and the raw IOPs power needed to drive certain workloads and applications.

 

And as data growth is on the rise and shows no signs of stopping, it's critical solutions like SolidState are implemented now in preparation for tomorrow's huge data creation.

 

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Just how fast is data growing?

 

According to IDC, data growth will continue at a substantial rate by hitting an astronomical 163 zettabytes (163 trillion GB) by 2025. SolidScale is Micron's effort to ensure companies are ready for the massive influx of data.

 

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IDC surveyed 800 businesses across nine countries to gauge data growth, and found that data is increasing at an average rate of 24% per year. As companies do more work such as real-time analytics, they create considerably more data--and this trend will continue on a yearly basis. Smaller companies tend to create less data, but bigger companies with 10,000 or more employees see 25% data growth.

 

This strong momentum of data growth poses some very real challenges for datacenters across the globe.

 

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If the data growth continues as it has (and IDC notes that it will), 45% of surveyed companies are concerned they won't be able to meet performance needs. So Micron made SolidScale in an effort to arm IT experts, datacenters and key storage experts with the kind of high-end NVMe performance that's required for increased data flows and workloads.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega specs leaked, a shy monster?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: May 4, 2017 12:03 am

There was a new Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) update for Linux pushed out yesterday, with AMD sliding in some major Vega feature support into the open source OS.

 

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We now know that AMD have some interesting things planned for Vega, including GPU sensors, partial resident textures, network visualization, non-contiguous VRAM mapping, and more. But it's the internal specs of Vega 10 that we're all here for, so without getting your excitement meter up too much - please, take some of this salt and throw it over your shoulder.

 

Vega 10 will supposedly rock 64 next-gen compute units, each with 64 GCN stream processors - with a total of 4096 next-gen GCN stream processors in 4 divisions, each with a single shader engine. Every 1024 stream processor shader engine has two Asynchronous Compute Units, one render back end and 4 texture blocks.

 

Inside of each texture block are 16 texture mapping units, providing a total of 256 TMUs - while Vega 10 has the ability of supporting 8 independent work threads simultaneously. With Vega 10 clocked at 1.5GHz, we could expect a monstrous 12.5 TFLOPs of FP32 compute performance, and the high-speed 8GB of HBM2 with what I think will be the start of the show in High Bandwidth Cache (HBC), AMD could have one of the fastest graphics cards on the market with its Radeon RX Vega.

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Fitbit smartwatch photos and specs leak

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 3, 2017 11:20 pm

Fitbit's smartwatch was due to be released in late spring this year, before Apple's next watch. However, new rumors suggest that the company might postpone the launch until this fall, meaning it would be released around the time as Apple's watch.

 

Yahoo has obtained leaked images of the upcoming smartwatch, which show Fitbit's familiar band paired with a watch that looks like an evolved version of company's fitness watch Blaze.

 

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The same leak reveals what's under the hood of the upcoming Fitbit smartwatch. According to Yahoo, the smartwatch, codenamed Higgs, will come with a color display with up to 1,000 nits of brightness similar to the Apple Watch 2 series.

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YouTube tests new design with 'dark theme'

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2017 9:33 pm

YouTube has started opening up a preview of the new design to a small group of people from all around the world so they can get feedback.

 

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The design is aligned to look and feel more like YouTube's mobile apps. The site design is built on a new, faster framework named Polymer, which enables quicker feature development from here on out. One of the biggest changes is a new "dark theme", which turns your background dark throughout your entire YouTube experience.

 

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In Win launches Micro-ATX version of the 303 case - 301

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 3, 2017 7:27 pm

In Win has announced its new 301 mini tower PC chassis. The company pointed out that the case is gaming and performance-orientated for smaller form factor builds.

 

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The case follows the design elements of the recently launched 303 model, such as the toolless tempered glass side panel, use of 1.2mm SECC steel, hexagonal ventilation and two-tone front panel layout.

 

Its front panel I/O has two USB 3.0 Type-A, and 3.5mm stereo headphone and microphone jacks, which are backlit. The 301 has support for one 2.5/3.5-inch bay, plus two more 2.5-inch SSDs and four PCI expansion slots to match Micro-ATX motherboards. Mini-ITX motherboard mounting support is also included. Like the 303, the PSU sits at the top and is housed within its own chambered area to keep cables out of view.

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Can HTC conquer the market and outshine Samsung's S8?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2017 5:18 pm

After last year's problems with the Galaxy Note7, Samsung launched their latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, at the end of March. The South Korean company reported huge interest in their device and the first reviews and customer's feedback seem positive.

 

Samsung invested a lot in marketing, and it paid off. Everyone is talking about the phone, while LG's G6 or Huawei's P10 remain in the shadow of S8.

 

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IDC's report on smartphone shipments in the first three months of 2017 revealed that Samsung is still on top of the list with 79.2 units shipped, and that was before the Galaxy S8 hit markets.

 

So where does HTC fit in? The Taiwanese company is the leader in virtual reality with their Vive device. The company recently sold its phone manufacturing facility in Shanghai to boost their investment into their Vive virtual reality business. Although the company said the sale of the Shanghai plant would not affect its mobile division, it is clear in which direction the company is headed to.

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Musk says we are 2 years away from fully autonomous cars

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 3, 2017 3:34 pm

At the recent TED conference in Vancouver, Elon Musk gave us some interesting insights into the future of transportation. He gave us the first look at how The Boring Company's tunnels might work, but he also spoke about the future of Tesla's autonomous cars.

 

Tesla's autonomous driving features are ahead of production cars, and its Autopilot can be classified as somewhere between levels 2 and 3 under the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) five levels of vehicle automation. At this level, the car can act autonomously but requires the full attention of the driver, who must be prepared to take control at a moment's notice.

 

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Elon Musk said that he believes that true level 5 autonomy is about 2 years away. He pointed out that the "full self-driving capability" option on the second generation Autopilot will enable level 5 autonomous driving, but that depends on software validation and regulations.

 

"November or December of this year, we should be able to go from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York, no controls touched at any point during the entire journey," said Musk.

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Remedy's new IP is a third-person action game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2017 1:34 pm

Remedy Entertainment today announced a partnership with 505 Games to publish "P7", the developer's brand new action game.

 

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Last month we reported that the Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break devs at Remedy Entertainment are working on a fresh new game codenamed P7. Now the devs reveal new info about the project, confirming P7 is a cinematic third-person action game set in a new Remedy-created universe. So that means no Alan Wake or Max Payne sequel. "Featuring an intriguing story and a game structure offering a long-lasting experience, P7 contains the deepest game mechanics yet in a Remedy game," the devs revealed in a press release.

 

P7 will be developed using Remedy's powerful Northlight games engine tech, and will release on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One and PC.

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Nintendo to sell 14.5 million Switch units, says analyst

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 3, 2017 12:18 pm

Nintendo will significantly exceed its Switch sales forecast by over 4 million units due to extreme demand, industry analyst predicts.

 

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In the company's recent fiscal year earnings call, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima said the console-maker expects to sell 10 million units of its new Switch console-handheld hybrid in the fiscal year ending on March 2018. But analysts expect Nintendo to substantially overshoot its guidance sales by as much as 45%.

 

Due to high demand that's only expected to surge throughout the year, Macquerie Capital Securities analyst David Gibson predicts Nintendo will sell 14.5 million Switch consoles or more in the fiscal year, reports The Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki.

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