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Intel teases Broadwell-based Core M processors for mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 5:33 am

Just as NVIDIA teased its new 64-bit Tegra K1 processor just now, Intel has released some information on the development of its new Broadwell-based mobile processor, the Broadwell Core M.

 

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Intel's Broadwell Core M is designed from the ground up for low-power devices such as PC/tablet hybrids with fanless cooling systems. The new processor uses second-generation Tri-gate (FinFET) trnsistors that Intel claims will provide industry-leaving "performance, power, density and cost per transistor". This technology was first used with Intel's 22nm process back in 2011, but is now much better on the smaller 14nm process.

 

The company's new 14nm process will be "used to manufacture a wide range of high-performance to low-power products including servers, personal computing devices and Internet of Things" according to Intel. Intel has also said that its engineers have achieved more than "two times reduction in the thermal design point" when compared to its previous generation processors. The new Broadwell Core M processor will arrive before the end of the year, with more devices being built around it in the "first half of 2015".

NVIDIA's new Denver-based Tegra K1 is 64-bit, very powerful

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 4:29 am

NVIDIA's Tegra K1 processor is quite the performance powerhouse, with a quad-core processor with four A15 CPUs, up to 2.3GHz clock speed, and a 192 Kepler-based GPU cores for the graphics side of things. We've seen the Tegra K1 power NVIDIA's cheap, but very powerful Shield Tablet, but the company is already showing off the next version of its SoC.

 

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At HOT CHIPS, a technical conference in the world of high-performance chips, NVIDIA has unveiled more details on the 64-bit version of its Tegra K1 processor. The 64-bit Tegra K1 is powered by the 192-core Kepler GPU, with NVIDIA's own custom-designed 64-bit, dual-core "Project Denver" CPU, which is fully ARMv8 architecture compatible. The big shift here is that the Denver part of the Tegra K1 is a dual-core variant, with a clock speed of up to 2.5GHz, but is 64-bit capable. The current Tegra K1 is a quad-core chip, with 32-bit capabilities. This makes the 64-bit Tegra K1 the world's first 64-bit ARM processor for Android, demolishing the competition when it comes to performance.

 

NVIDIA has used some clever optimizations, as well as its advanced technology in its Denver CPU cores, to deliver performance from its dual-core Denver-based Tegra K1 that rivals even four or eight-core CPUs that we find in our mobile devices today. Better yet, The 64-bit Tegra K1 processor offers PC-class performance, extended battery life, better gaming and multi-tasking, and much more. NVIDIA will see its 64-bit Denver-based Tegra K1 processor baked into mobile devices later this year, with the company also teasing that it is already working on support for the upcoming release of Android L on its 64-bit Tegra K1.

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John Romero, co-creator of Doom, is working on a new shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 3:34 am

Some of you might remember a time when first-person shooters were the pinnacle of PC gaming, and John Romero was at the center of that for quite some time. He co-created Doom at id Software, and then went off to make, what he thought was going to be a big hit, Daikatana all the way back in 2000. Well, Romero is back, and he's teasing that he is working on another shooter.

 

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During Monday night's recording of the Super Joystiq Podcast Gamescom Special, alongside special guests Mike Bithell and Brenda Romero, he said: "I'm working on several games at once right now. But [Brenda] had mentioned earlier that I'm working with a concept artist, and so I've got some cool imagery for the main character".

 

Brenda Romero chimed in, saying: "I'm concerned about how much you're going to say". John Romero replied with: "I haven't made a shooter since 2000. So I'm basically starting to work on another one". After he said that, the crowd of people supposedly went crazy with excitement.

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Dead Island 2's first gameplay trailer is here, zombies ahoy!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 2:35 am

Dead Island 2 might not be in your hands until next year, but the developer has unleashed the first gameplay trailer to the game, showing off the guts and glory of its new first-person title.

 

 

The footage shown off for Dead Island 2 represents pre-alpha in-game footage, showing us what to expect in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world of California. Dead Island 2 will be in playable form at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The game will be launching onto the PS4, Xbox One and PC in spring of 2015.

Facebook told by court to hand over info on underage account holders

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 12, 2014 12:35 am

Mega-social network Facebook is being told to disclose just how many of its users are underage, at least in Northern Ireland.

 

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Belfast's High Court has ruled that Facebook must provide records for all account holders under the age of 13 in Northern Ireland or the UK between 2011 and 2014. It comes as part of a lawsuit against the company for negligence, as a young girl allegedly published inappropriate photographs on the website from the age of 11, reportedly leading to the girl receiving extreme sexual content from men. Her accounts were deactivated when Facebook was notified, the BBC says.

 

Although a judge blocked wider requests for information from Facebook, it was asserted that if the company has details on underage users, they "should be discovered". "If they do not have them, then obviously they can properly indicate that they do not have such information in their possession, custody or power," the judge said. It was claimed gaining access to this information could be important to understanding the risk posed to young children on Facebook.

John McAfee reveals complaints website to channel online anger

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:34 pm

McAfee security founder John McAfee has launched a surprise new website at the Defcon event in Las Vegas, which he claims will allow people to complain more easily to businesses and governments.

 

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Brownlist is being touted as a way for people to focus their anger online in a way that is actually productive, rather than simply hurling abuse at public figures or companies on social networks. McAfee claims it could serve as a conduit for grassroots direct action.

 

"We are doing this because it tapes in to the strongest of human emotions, anger, and it does it in a way that turns it positive," McAfee said. For now just a prototype was on show, but nonetheless the entrepreneur welcomed early contributions. "If you are a small person, like the average American, and some company steps on you or a government, you speak out against something and you are audited the next day, come to our site," McAfee said.

R.I.P. Comedian Robin Williams, aged 63

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:15 pm

Terrible news today, with the confirmation that U.S. comedian and actor Robin Williams, star of innumerable classic comedies such as 'Mrs Doubtfire', 'Jumanji', 'Dead Poets Society' and 'Good Morning Vietnam', has died at the age of 63 from apparent suicide.

 

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The statement from the Marin County Sheriff's Office Coroner Division has confirmed the circumstances of the actor's death. Williams had been battling severe depression in recent years, according to his representatives.

 

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Williams' wife, Susan Schneider released a statement to media saying "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings".

 

Williams is survived by his three children.

FMS 2014 - BiTMICRO announces their MaxIO 6TB SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:48 pm

Flash Memory Summit 2014 - BiTMICRO's newest MaxIO SSDs pack a whopping 6TB of data into a half-length full-height PCIe form factor. The new MaxIO SSDs feature full data path protection and their proprietary DriveLight Management Software. The MaxIO series leverages Toshiba A19nm MLC NAND to provide 240,000 random read IOPS and 100,000 random write IOPS. Sequential performance weighs in at 1.1 GB/s read and 800 MB/s write. The MaxIO is exceptionally power efficient, requiring less than 30W active for up to 6TB of flash storage. The MaxIO also differentiates by running all of its processes, including ECC, on the SSD. Other alternatives utilize the host server to handle these basic flash management functions.

 

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BiTMICRO tackles some of the inherent challenges of a large capacity SSD by separating their Talino controller architecture into a Split ASIC technology, placing the FTL (Flash Translation Layer) onto a separate processor. This allows the MaxIO to effectively manage the much larger LBA range of a high capacity device, while also enabling global wear leveling techniques to enhance endurance. Cramming as much capacity onto one device is critical in high-density applications that need the performance of an AFA (All Flash Array), but want to maintain the highest performance by keeping the SSD as close to the processor as possible. This helps to reduce any associated networking infrastructure. The drives are optimized for read-centric applications and features up to 1 DWPD of endurance during the five-year warranty period. We were lucky enough to speak with Zophar Sante and Stephan Uriarte about the differentiators and advantages of their new architecture in the video below.

 

 

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Northrop Grumman courts British kids for cyber warfare training

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:38 pm

Warplane manufacturer Northrop Grumman is offering British children the chance to learn cyber defence skills in UK schools, targeting those between 12- to 18 years old.

 

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Northrap Grumman's program is dubbed CyberCenturion, and it will cater to any young person who wants to learn more about cyber security, including in the international arena. It's feared that there will be a skills gap if nothing is done to train young people in science and engineering, which the programme aims to address. It comes as part of the British government's Cyber Security Challenge UK, which seeks to promote cyber security particularly among young people through a series of competitions.

 

Those who do particularly well at certain competitions, such as checking virtual machines for vulnerabilities, could be offered an internship placement with Northrop Grumman. "The CyberCenturion competition will provide a way for young people interested in the world of cyber security to understand the cyber challenges of today, test their cyber defense skills and inspire them in their choice of career," the company's chief exec, Andrew Tyler, said.

Blackphone responds to claim it was hacked in under five minutes

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 11, 2014 9:34 pm

The Blackphone was announced as a way for security conscious consumers to use their device in peace, without the fear of their communications being compromised - and it has now been 'hacked' at the Black Hat event in under five minutes.

 

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@TeamAndIRC managed to gain root access to the Blackphone at the DefCon hacking conference within five minutes by going through the Android Debugging Bridge, and without using a bootloader to boot. Blackphone still seems to be solidly secure on the surface nonetheless, and now the company has responded to the discovery.

 

Blackphone said it is perhaps not as big of a disaster as it sounds: the company underplayed getting access through ADB, claiming it is just a part of the Android OS that the firm opted to turn off, and that a patch is on the way. But another vulnerability uncovered by TeamAndIRC, the company said in a blog post, is "accurate" - and a patch was released in three days of its initial discovery. Blackphone went on to congratulate the hacker for finding the bug.

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