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QuantaCool displays its cooling systems at SEMI-THERM 31

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 12:25 am

SEMI-THERM 31 - We had a chance to visit QuantaCool at SEMI-THERM 31 to see their new cooling systems. The systems are using QuantaCool's MHP technology that provides passive cooling of high-intensity heat sources such as CPU's. There are no moving parts in the loop or water; cooling fluids are safe, environmentally benign and electrically nonconductive. These systems do not require a pump; Coolant circulation is driven by the heat being removed and uses gravity-return to provide circulation.

 

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This was QuantaCool's first trade show and made a huge impression at SEMI-THERM 31. The systems they demonstrated are in prototype stages now, however they did have several systems up and running to show cooling potential in several different configurations.

 

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The first system was a workstation running an Intel 4770K @ 4.6GHz. This system was running for several days at heavy stress loads and maintained operation without a glitch.

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Tyan shows off its HPC and OpenPOWER servers at NVIDIA GTC 2015

By: William Harmon | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 21, 2015 12:20 am

GTC 2015 - At NVIDIA GTC 2015, Tyan displays two of its heavy-duty HPC platforms. While most companies displayed GPU platforms, Tyan was there with its powerful High Performance Computing Platforms.

 

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The first system is a FT77C-B7079 4U platform designed for up to 8x Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors. This is a dual CPU socket system using Intel E5-2600 v3 processors and fast DDR4 memory.

 

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Next, we found a real powerhouse and the only Quad CPU system that we saw at NVIDA GTC 2015. This system is called the FT76-B7922 4U4S, server platform for both Enterprise and HPC applications. The CPU's used on this system are 4x Xeon E7-4800 v3 processors. Resent leaks of data on these CPU's shows the E7-4800 v3's can go as high as 14 cores each which could give this system 56 cores / 112 threads. For memory load-out, it includes a massive capability of up to 6.144TB of DDR4 in 8x memory risers with 96 memory slots.

 

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We also spotted Tyan's TN71-BP012 2U OpenPOWER platform for CSP deployment. This system uses IBM POWER8 Turismo SCM processors and can handle up to 1TB of DDR3.

Doctors show some health concern related to wearable devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 8:48 pm

The wearable electronics market is booming, and some consumers and doctors are wondering what type of health impact these products could have on owners.

 

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Considering the Apple Watch - which is expected to quickly propel the wearables market - isn't even out yet, and there has been no research into possible health-related issues, this is more of a general concern than outright risk.

 

"The radiation really comes from the 3G connection on a cell phone, so devices like the Jawbone Up and Apple Watch should be okay," said Dr. Joseph Mercola, alternative medicine specialist, in a statement to the New York Times. "But if you're buying a watch with a cellular chip built in, then you've got a cell phone attached to your wrist."

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Mobile app security is a threat, but companies are still confused

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 5:17 pm

Eighty-two percent of IT professionals are concerned that using mobile apps in the office "significantly" or "very significantly" increase cybersecurity concerns - but more than half of companies still lack mobile app use policy rules.

 

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Millions are being spent on mobile app development, but a fraction of those overall investments are related to security. Companies are increasingly testing mobile apps, including security vulnerabilities, and 30 percent of apps are found to have at least a single vulnerability.

 

"It's just an indicator that we [the security community] have a problem, [or] a risk issue that isn't necessarily being met, at least not with respect to training and awareness," said Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute, in a statement to SCMagazine.com

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God of War 3 will be re-mastered for Sony PlayStation 4 game console

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:55 pm

Sony has confirmed that it will re-release God of War III for the PlayStation 4 game console, and the new title will offer 1080p graphics. After being released a few years ago, God of War III was one of the most visually appealing game titles in the previous generation of game consoles.

 

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God of War III originally was released in March 2010 for the PlayStation 3 - and is the latest game to be re-mastered for the PS4. Only a select few titles are being re-released at this point, but give gamers the chance to play the title with better hardware.

Fitbit: Wearables show great potential in the health industry

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 4:15 pm

Fitness wearables and smartwatches might be popular among consumers, but show true potential in the health industry. The collected data could be easily passed from consumer directly to his or her medical professional, offering a more detailed look into daily physical activity.

 

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There are concerns related to privacy and data security, especially when it comes to personal medical information, though Fitbit - and other manufacturers - are keen to work with the FDA to approve regulation.

 

"I think right now everyone is focused on pure consumer benefits and motivating people to change their behavior," said James Park, CEO of Fitbit, in an interview with TIME. "I think there'll be a next big leap in benefits once we tie into more detailed clinical research and cross hurdles and dialogue with the FDA about what we can do for consumers and what's regulated or not."

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Bill Gates again expresses concerns related to artificial intelligence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 3:30 pm

There is a popular debate among tech industry executives about artificial intelligence and whether it could one day pose a threat to humans.

 

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However, there is potential that as technologies become smarter, humans could be portrayed as dumber and less skilled than the AI counterparts. Machine learning poses a threat to the human job market, and critics also believe humans could one day be at risk if AI gets out of control.

 

"I'll be very interested to spend time with people who think they know how we avoid that," Gates recently told Re/Code following a TED talk. "I know Elon [Musk] just gave some money. A guy at Microsoft, Eric Horvitz, gave some money to Stanford. I think there are some serious efforts to look into could you avoid that problem."

US military says hackers leaving 'cyber fingerprints' after hacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 2:20 pm

Cybercriminals breaching US military and private sector networks are leaving "cyber fingerprints" in an effort to not only warn that systems are vulnerable - but sometimes taunt IT officials. The US must improve cybersecurity defenses due to "threats and vulnerabilities" that are "changing and expanding at an accelerated and alarming pace."

 

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US military officials want to see increased funds to improve current security efforts, along with preparing for future threats.

 

"Private security researchers over the last year have reported on numerous malware finds in the industrial control systems of energy sector organizations," said Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the Pentagon US Cyber Command. "We believe potential adversaries might be leaving cyber fingerprints on our critical infrastructure partly to convey a message that our homeland is at risk if tensions ever escalate toward military conflict."

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Cybersecurity experts show concern over wearable security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 9:09 am

The Apple Watch will be released on April 24 and should bring immediate attention to the wearables market - but that has some cybersecurity experts concerned. More users will rely on their smartwatches to make payments, conduct business communications, and save sensitive information for easier access.

 

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Even though this will make it easier to incorporate wearables into our daily lives, it opens the door to hackers looking for new cybercriminal opportunities.

 

"The more ways we make data more convenient, the more risk there is to access the data and access things without your knowledge," said Kevin Mahaffey, chief technology officer of the Lookout cybersecurity firm, in a statement published by CNBC. "Just like adding another door to your house, it's just adding another way for bad guys to get in."

Sega making bank on mobile games, working on even more titles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 20, 2015 7:17 am

Sega is still best known for uber popular gaming characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Genesis gaming console, but has struggled to compete in the current PC and console landscape. However, Sega plans to release 20 mobile games in the next fiscal year, though gamers can expect majority of the games available between April and September.

 

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The game studio is building new hope around mobile gaming, yielding solid results: two games generate at least $4 million per month, with six other mobile titles generating $1 million within one month.

 

The company has focused more on internal game development, but is open to collaborating with third-party developers on new titles.

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