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LSI Nytro PCIe SSDs win Oracle contract with new DLC functionality

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 3:16 am

LSI and Oracle announced today the inclusion of LSI Nytro flash acceleration cards into the next-generation Database Machine, the Oracle Exadata X4. The new DLC feature (Dynamic Logical Capacity) leverages the inherent caching abilities of the underlying LSI SandForce processors utilized on the Nytro PCIe SSDs.

 

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SandForce controllers compress data, and DLC allows the drive to allocate the unused capacity back to the user. This means the drive can essentially store more data than it's physically available capacity.

 

 

We were lucky enough to catch Kent Smith of LSI SandForce giving a speech on just how this technology works during the LSI AIS 2013 event. For typical 2.5" SSDs it is referred to as DuraWrite Virtual Capacity, or DVC. We have confirmed with LSI that this is the same technology at use in the Nytro series of application accelerators.

AMD's Mantle tech used for RTS game, allows 5,000 on-screen units

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 1:56 am

We know that by leveraging AMD's so far impressive Mantle technology, DICE can squeeze up to 45% more performance out of Battlefield 4. But with a gaming market focused on first-person shooters (FPS), what can AMD's technology do for other genres, such real-time strategy (RTS) games?

 

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Well, there's a game called Nitrous, which uses AMD's Mantle programming tool to speed up the communication between the CPU and GPU. This increase in communication sees the on-screen unit count climb from the usual 50-70 units, to around 5,000 units. These 5,000 units aren't just mindless pieces of robots on your screen, but they can be AI- or physics-driven entities.

 

Dan Baker, Oxide founder and previous Graphics Lead on Civilization V, has said: "It's a difference of at least an order of magnitude. Take the most complex scene you've ever seen in StarCraft II and multiply it by 10."

App developers can push out Android apps faster

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 12:55 am

App developers can develop apps for the Google Android platform faster than Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows phone, according to a report from research firm Evans Data. Around 41 percent of app developers creating Android apps complete their project in one month or less, with iOS coming in at 36 percent, and 34 percent for the Windows Phone.

 

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All app developers spend time testing and debugging their apps before launch, but Android developers also send more time improving UI and app performance.

 

"Targeting multiple screen sizes is definitely the way to go," said Janel Garvin, Evans Data CEO, in a statement. "The benefit of having your app run across the gamut of device types is obvious, and while there are difficulties in synchronization across device types, and in the range of graphics capabilities that are supported by different screens, the benefits still outweigh the effort."

 

App development is a major business, even though there is a large number of free and paid apps available, making it harder to gain user attention. Android controls 80 percent of the global smartphone market, due to availability on a wide variety of devices from entry-level devices to flagship smartphones.

Mobile devices increasingly used to launch sophisticated DDoS attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jan 15, 2014 12:35 am

The threat of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against enterprise users from mobile applications is increasing as more users go mobile, according to DDoS security company Prolexic. Cyber criminals are finding mobile devices can make for a powerful attack tool - and surprisingly easy to use.

 

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"Mobile devices add another layer of complexity," said Stuart Scholly, Prolexic President, in a press statement. "Because mobile networks use super proxies, you cannot simply use a hardware appliance to block source IP addresses as it will also block legitimate traffic. Effective DDoS mitigation requires an additional level of fingerprinting and human expertise so specific blocking signatures can be developed on-the-fly and applied in real-time."

 

DDoS attacks can lead to website and server downtime, interruption in day-to-day business operations, and lead to lost revenue and wasted manpower. Prolexic discovered a 26 percent increase in DDoS attacks from Q4 2012 to Q4 2013, with a significant number of advanced DDoS attack weapons.

Data breaches will reduce mobile payment popularity this year

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:44 pm

Analysts believe mobile payments in the United States will increase in 2014, but security incidents like the recent high-profile Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches will limit appeal. Moving forward, using layered security systems, improved authentication, and more vigilance from mobile users can help drive demand.

 

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Mobile payments have become more common place in Asia and Europe, but still have struggled to take off in the United States. Many companies have the ability to accept various forms of mobile payment, but consumers are still uncertain about the potential benefits of mobile wallets.

 

With services such as PayPal, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments - and services directly from credit card companies and banks - consumers certainly have a wide variety of different products they can choose from.

Google launches Chrome 32, will locate your noisy tabs, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:25 pm

Google has pushed out an update to its popular web browser, Chrome, bringing it up to version 32. Chrome 32 includes tab indicators, a new look for Windows 8 Metro mode, and an automatic blocking of malware downloads.

 

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The tab indicators function is the stand out feature here, where Chrome will now indicate which tab among your sea of tabs, is producing sound. This is great if there's a video ad playing on one of your tabs, but you don't know where. Now you just have to look for a speaker icon on your tab, and you can shut it down. Not only that, but Chrome 32 will display which tab is using your webcam, or casing your TV through Chromecast.

 

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If you're a Windows 8 user, Chrome now looks much better on Microsoft's latest OS. It looks exactly like Chrome OS within Windows 8, which is a little sneaky of the Mountain View-based search giant. But, this is a feature that might push me to testing out a Windows 8.1-based machine, because I'm so intertwined into Google's countless services.

Intel to refresh its Haswell CPUs, retail availability in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 11:04 pm

According to a report from DigiTimes, we should expect Intel to refresh its Haswell lineup of CPUs sometime in May - just before Computex kicks off in Taipei, Taiwan.

 

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Intel will begin shipping its new Z97 and H97 chipsets in April, so that motherboard makers can start selling some new motherboards moving into May. We should expect 20 or so new processors for the Haswell refresh, which will include the Core i7-4790, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i3-4360, Pentium G3450 and Celeron G1840 and low-power Core i7-4790S, Core i5-4590S and Core i3-4150T.

 

After which the chipmaker will release the more interesting processors, the Haswell Refresh K series, and Haswell-E processors in Q3 2014.

Super Bowl 2014 will broadcast in 4K Ultra High Definition

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 9:01 pm

CBS plans to use six Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras to broadcast Super Bowl XLVII, able to capture video up to 500 frames per second, providing a very clear, HD picture.

 

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During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, many high-definition TV manufacturers showed off UHD providing a whopping 3840x2160 resolution to TV viewers.

 

"We're using an unprecedented array of technology," said Ken Aagard, CBS Executive VP of operations, in a statement. "This year, we'll be using an innovative native 4K camera replay system we're calling 'Heyeper Zoom,' and given the right moment, we're hoping we can show something that will be really special."

 

Professional sports were credited with helping usher in the HD craze years ago - and the Super Bowl and other events could help push 4K - or 8K technology - into the forefront. UHD technology remains extremely expensive, and only a small number of consumers will watch the Super Bowl next month in 4K, but look out for sudden TV purchases in the January-February time frame in the years to come.

 

Broadcasters plan to show the 2014 World Cup in 4K UHD as well, setting the bar for future HD broadcasts.

Netflix, others finding it difficult to convince Chinese users to pay

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:57 pm

Netflix and other streaming content producers are trying to walk a fine line when expanding overseas, with China high up on the list. However, trying to convince users to spend $7.99 on Netflix Instant, for example, is difficult in China, where Internet users typically pirate content for free. Chinese companies such as Sohu.com are interested in purchasing legitimate content which can then be offered to users in the country in a legal manner, with high-definition content also available.

 

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The Chinese consumer market is huge, as the country reportedly has upwards of 600 million Internet users, according to Pew Research figures released in December 2013. As more users go mobile, Netflix and other content providers have a great chance of convincing users to jump onboard with pay-per-view and monthly subscription packages.

 

Chinese search engine Baidu and company QVOD were named the top video copyright violators in China last year, with the government reportedly interested in clamping down on some digital piracy.

Research: augmented reality can find success in evolving workplace

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:37 pm

The fascination surrounding augmented reality will yield countless potential users in the consumer and enterprise markets, with AR adoption on the rise, businesses can use the budding technology to complement and enhance internal business processes, according to the Gartner research group.

 

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Using AR to help identify potential workplace hazards, for example, could lead to a safer and more productive office or production facility. Location-based and computer aided vision is still developing, and it will take time for business to jump onboard, but there is great potential in the years to come.

 

"AR is most useful as a tool in industries where workers are either in the field, do not have immediate access to information, or jobs that require one or both hands and the operator's attention," said Tuong Huy Nguyen, Gartner principal research analyst, in a media statement. "As such, the impact on weightless industries is lower because these employees often have constant and direct access to the information they need (such as knowledge workers)."

 

The Oculus VR won the 2014 Best of CES prize after showing off its Rift prototype, a wearable electronics headset with AMOLED-based display and 1920x1080 resolution. CES is over and the industry looks ahead to a busy 2014, in which AR interest will continue to increase at a rapid pace - expect to see these technologies hit the market throughout the year.

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