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Subject: General Tech, Mobile | November 12, 2013 - 07:24 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Lucidlogix, GameXtend
I can smell a Post-PC joke waiting to pounce (and that smells like Starbucks).
LucidLogix has, for desktops and laptops, used its research into GPU virtualization to accomplish a large number of interesting tasks. With Hydra, they allowed separate GPUs to load balance in a single game; with Virtu, fast (and high wattage) graphics can be used only when necessary leaving the rest for the integrated or on-processor offering; one unnamed project even allowed external graphics over Thunderbolt. Many more products (like Virtual VSync) were displayed and often packaged with motherboards.
Now they are dipping their toe into the mobile space. The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 has licensed their technology, GameXtend, to increase battery life. While concrete details are sparse, they claim to add two to three hours of battery life by tweaking power settings according to the actual game workload.
The unsung news is that, now, LucidLogix has a few mobile contacts in their address book (although a lot of that is probably due to the merger with CellGuide). Knowing Lucid, this could be the beginning of many products addressing an array of small problems typically centered around utilizing one or more GPUs.
Subject: General Tech, Processors | November 12, 2013 - 06:50 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Kaveri, apu13, amd
AMD will deliver its latest round of APUs (Kaveri) on January 14th. These processors, built on a 28nm process, will combine the Steamroller architecture on the CPU with HSA-compliant Graphics Core Next (GCN) cores on the GPU. Together they are expected to bring 856 GFLOPs of computational performance.
Thomas Ryan at SemiAccurate, however, remembers that AMD expected over a TeraFLOP.
Of course Kaveri has been a troubled chip for AMD. At this point Kaveri is over a year late and most of that delay is due to a series of internal issues at AMD rather than technical problems. But now with the knowledge that Kaveri missed AMD’s internal performance targets by about 20 percent it’s hard to be very positive about AMD’s next big-core APU.
The problem comes from a reduction in the clock rate AMD expected back in February 2012. Steamroller was expected to reach 4 GHz but that has been slightly reduced to 3.7 GHz; this is obviously a small impact from a compute standpoint (weakened by just under10 GFLOPs). The GPU, on the other hand, was cut from 900MHz down to 720 MHz; its performance was reduced by a whole
25% (Update: 20%. Accidentally divided by 720 instead of 900). Using AMD's formula for calculating FLOP performance, Kaveri's 856 GFLOP rating corresponds to an 18% reduction from the original 1050 GFLOP target.
But, personally, I am still positive about Kaveri.
The introduction of HSA features into mainstream x86 processors has begun. The ability to share memory between the CPU and the GPU could be a big deal, especially for tasks such as AI and physics. AI especially interests me (although I am by no means an expert) because it is a mixture of branching and parallel instructions. The HSA model could, potentially, operate on the data with whichever architecture makes sense. Currently, synchronizing CPU and GPU memory is very costly; you could easily spend most of your processing time budget waiting for memory transfers.
856 GFLOPs is a definite reduction from 1050 GFLOPs. Still, if Kaveri (and APUs going forward) can effectively nullify the latencies involved with GPGPU work, an Intel Ivy Bridge-E Core i7 4960X has an instruction throughput of ~160 GFLOPs.
And before you say it: Yes, I know, Ivy Bridge-E can be paired with fast discrete graphics. This combination is ideal for easily separated tasks such as when the CPU prepares a frame and then a GPU draws it; you get the best of both worlds if both can keep working.
But what if your workload is a horrific mish-mash of back-and-forth serial and parallel? That is where AMD might have an edge.
Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | November 12, 2013 - 06:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: amd, Kaveri, APU, video, hsa
Yesterday at the AMD APU13 developer conference, the company showed off the upcoming Kaveri APU running Battlefield 4 completely on the integrated graphics. I was able to push the AMD guys along and get a little more personal demo to share with our readers. The Kaveri APU had some of its details revealed this week:
- Quad-core Steamroller x86
- 512 Stream Processor GPU
- 856 GFLOPS of theoretical performance
- 3.7 GHz CPU clock speed, 720 MHz GPU clock speed
AMD wanted to be sure we pointed out in this video that the estimate clock speeds for FLOP performance may not be what the demo system was run at (likely a bit lower). Also, the version of Battlefield 4 here is the standard retail version and with further improvements from the driver team as the upcoming Mantle API implementation will likely introduce even more performance for the APU.
The game was running at 1920x1080 with MOSTLY medium quality settings (lighting set to low) but the results still looked damn impressive and the frame rates were silky and smooth. Considering this is running on a desktop with integrated processor graphics, the game play experience is simply unmatched.
Memory in the system was running at 2133 MHz.
The second demo looks at the image decoding acceleration that AMD is going to enable with Kaveri APUs upon release with a driver. Essentially, as the demonstration shows in the video, AMD is overwriting the integrated Windows JPG decompression algorithm with a new one that utilizes HSA to accelerate on both the x86 and SIMD (GPU) portions of the silicon. For the most strenuous demo that used 22 MP images saw a 100% increase in performance compared to the Kaveri CPU cores alone.
Subject: General Tech, Chipsets, Storage | November 12, 2013 - 04:37 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Intel, 9-series, SATA Express
Intel is preparing to launch several processors next year. For back-to-school, Haswell will return with new SKUs and a new 9-series chipset; in the holiday season, Haswell-E will arrive for high-end (high wattage) enthusiasts on the X99 chipset; and, just before 2015, Broadwell-K will be available for the mainstream 9-series desktop.
The specification, which more than triples SATA 6Gbps's "up-to 600MB/s" bandwidth rating, will not be validated for Intel 9 Series chipsets. Intel was originally rumored to be its launch partner. The host connector accepts connections from both SATA (up to two per host connector) and PCIe-based (one device, up to two lanes) hard drives. Two PCIe lanes provides 2GB/s of bandwidth.
It seems like the real benefit is to allow internal drives be connected with PCIe speeds through a ribbon-cable. Currently Intel has not given a reason to pass on the standard.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2013 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: audio, VidaBox, OpenSqueeze Solo, squeezebox
LogiTech's decision to discontinue the SqueezeBox upset a lot of people, enough that the folks at VidBox designed replacement hardware for use with your MySqueezeBox account. It comes with two USB ports and HDMI, though you may end up filling one with a USB WiFi adapter as wireless connectivity is not included. You can use the familiar Logitech Media Server as an interface to the OpenBox and should be able to recover everything available on your previous account. Check out more at MadShrimps.
"The OpenSqueeze Solo streaming media player is VidaBox's solution for the discontinued Logitech Squeezebox community and fans. We compare this little box which has some unique and interesting feature to other popular solutions for getting audio sources played through your favorite speaker set."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- CM Storm Pulse R Headset @ Rbmods
- Tt eSPORTS Level 10M Headset @ Kitguru
- Noontec Rio In-Ear Headphones @ eTeknix
- Noontec Zoro Wireless Bluetooth Headphone @ eTeknix
- Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset @ NikKTech
- Turtle Beach Ear Force Spectre (Call of Duty: Ghosts Edition) Gaming Headset @ Kitguru
- Steelseries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Headset @ Funky Kit
- Thermaltake eSports Level 10 M Headset Review @HiTech Legion
- Cooler Master CM Storm Pulse-R Gaming Headset Review @ Madshrimps
- Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake eSports Level 10 M Headset Preview @HiTech Legion
- CM Storm Ceres 500 PC, Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 Gaming Headset @ eTeknix
- Tt eSports Level 10 M Gaming Headset Review @ Legit Reviews
- HiFiMAN RE-600 In-ears @ techPowerUp
- Noontec Hammo Headphones @ kitguru
- Tt eSPORTS Level 10 M Gaming Headset @ NikKTech
- Tesoro Kuven Virtual 7.1 Gaming Headset Angel Edition @ eTeknix
- Microlab H21 Bluetooth Powered Bookshelf Speaker @ Benchmark Reviews
- Microlab MD212 Bluetooth Portable Speaker @ Benchmark Reviews
- NuForce S3-BT High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speakers @ NikKTech
- uForce S3-BT High-Fidelity Bluetooth Speakers @ NikKTech
- Grace Digital GDI-BTSP201 Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers Review @MissingRemote
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2013 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Raspberry Pi, arkOS, cloud, DIY
Over at MAKE:Blog is an interesting little project for those looking for ideas on what to do with your Raspberry Pi. Using arkOS, a lightweight Linux-based operating system specifically designed for hosting applications you can build your own private cloud without a huge investment of money. Once you have the basics running, installing Jacob Cook's open-source Genesis application provides you a web based interface for running all your apps. If you are relatively familiar with Linux and Raspberry it shouldn't take you that long to be fully functional.
"Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Cook is on a mission to help you create your own small piece of cloud on the internet, freeing you from other providers for services like file storage and sharing, web hosting, e-mail, calendars, music, and photos."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Linux Routing Subnets Tips and Tricks @ Linux.com
- Keep Your SD Cards Data Safe with the SD Locker @ Hack a Day
- Yet ANOTHER IE 0-day hole found: Malware-flingers already using it for drive-by badness @ The Register
- D-Link DIR-868L review: extremely fast router @ Hardware.info
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2013 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an upgrade to your home theatre and don't need the full 4K resolution nor are worried about 3D but do want the smoothness of a 120Hz capable TV then the bundle today might be what you want. Perhaps you are picking up one of the new consoles and as they are not capable of using those extra features getting a 55" TV with a soundbar will get you gaming in no time and that $200 Gift Card doesn't hurt either.
- LG 55LN5790 55" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV + Sound Bar + $200 Dell Gift Card for $849.99 with free shipping(normally $1,600.99).
- Dell Inspiron 15R 4th-gen Core i5 "Haswell" Touchscreen Laptop for $549.99 with Free Shipping (normally $939.99 - use coupon code: 5D?0D15W9LP822 ).
- Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard for $39.99 with Free Shipping (normally $59.99).
- Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $99.99 (normally $124.99).
- Polk Audio Monitor60 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) for $99.99 with free shipping (normally $299.99)
- Dell Venue 8 Pro 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet for $299.99 wifh Free Shipping
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2013 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: microsoft, azure, red dog, cloud
The Register had a chance to conduct a brief interview with the Windows Azure general manager, Mike Neil, about what caused the recent global Azure failure. The beginning was an update pushed to the Red Dog front end software which customers interface with and which communicates to load balancers for resource scheduling which started to break the ability of some admins to move VMs from staging to production. While the problems were limited and intermittent, they were occurring in all regions of the globe which did not speak well of the systems partitioning. Microsoft has realized that Red Dog is a single point of failure and will be working to modify that for the future and also discussed some of the other underlying technologies here.
"Windows Azure suffered a global meltdown at the end of October that caused us to question whether Microsoft had effectively partitioned off bits of the cloud from one another. Now we have some answers."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD Lands Open-Source "Hawaii" GPU Driver Code @ Phoronix
- Windows, Office zero-day vuln must wait for next Patch Tuesday, says MS @ The Register
- International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried By Russian Astronauts @ Slashdot
- BlizzCon 2013 Coverage @ Legit Reviews
- Xbox One price, release date and availability @ The Inquirer
- $5 Smartphone Projector @ MAKE:Blog
- Group test: 13 printers and all-in-ones @ Hardware.info
- TteSPORTS "Which Gamer Are You?" Giveaway @ eTeknix
- Sandberg Worldwide Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
- Win Phanteks Enthoo Primo and more with KitGuru
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2013 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to the low power of the Haswell i3-4000M and the included HD4600 GPU PCs can come in more interesting form factors and if you are going to use Win8.1 an all-in-one touchscreen PC is the form factor to get the best experience from it. With 6GB DDR3 and a 1TB HDD this tiny little Dell Inspiron 23 has enough storage to be useful and enough power to act as an HTPC or as a Skype machine and is small enough to sit almost anywhere.
- Dell Inspiron 23 4th-gen Core i3 23" 1080p Touch All-in-one PC for $899.99 with free shipping(normally $999.99 - use coupon code: ?2D3L91PRSW$4F).
- Kingston HyperX 3K 2.5" 120GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD for $78.99 with Free Shipping (normally $99.99).
- GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST SuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 Video Card + Free $75 value in-game coupon for $159.99 with Free Shipping (normally $179.99).
- Samsung UN32EH4003 32" 720p LED HDTV + $125 Dell eGift Card for $267.99 (normally $320.99).
- WD TV Live Streaming WiFi Media Player (Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, YouTube Streaming) for $89.99 with free shipping (normally $109.99)
- Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 20MP Digital Camera Bundle w/ FREE 64GB Memory Card for $598.00 wifh Free Shipping(normally $649.99)
Subject: Storage | November 8, 2013 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Vector 150, toshiba mlc, ssd, ocz, 19nm, Indilinx, barefoot 3
OCZ's newest contribution to the SSD market is the Vector 150 with 19nm flash and a tiny footprint perfect for today's ultra-mobile devices. One of the most welcome advances in this family is increased over-provisioning of flash storage which allows increased lifespan by letting the drive retire more flash as it slowly becomes unusable without shrinking the size of the drive. As far as the performance goes it beats out almost all previous drives we have seen and while The Tech Report is a little worried about the lifetime of the Barefoot controller the 5 year warranty mitigates that concern somewhat.
You can also see how well it survived Al's torture testing here.
"There's a new SSD in town. OCZ's Vector 150 combines the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller with 19-nm Toshiba NAND and additional spare area. We take a closer look at how it measures up."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- OCZ Vector 150 SSD @ Benchmark Reviews
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB SSD Review @ Legit Reviews
- OCZ Vector 150 240 GB @ techPowerUp
- OCZ Vector 150 @ Techspot
- OCZ Vector 150 240GB @ Kitguru
- iStarUSA BPN-2535DE-SA and BPU-124DE-SS HDD Docks @ Pro-Clockers
- Western Digital 2.5″ Red 1TB NAS HDD @ eTeknix
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2013 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: nvidia, kepler, gtx 780 ti, gk110, geforce
Here is a roundup of the reviews of what is now the fastest single GPU card on the planet, the GTX 780 Ti, which is a fully active GK110 chip. The 7GHz GDDR5 is faster than AMD's memory but use a 384-bit memory bus which is less than the R9 290X which leads to some interesting questions about the performance of this card under high resolutions. Are you willing to pay quite a bit more for better performance and a quieter card? Check out the performance deltas at [H]ard|OCP and see if that changes your mind at all.
You can see how it measures up in ISUs in Ryan's review as well.
"NVIDIA's fastest single-GPU video card is being launched today. With the full potential of the Kepler architecture and GK110 GPU fully unlocked, how will it perform compared to the new R9 290X with new drivers? Will the price versus performance make sense? Will it out perform a TITAN? We find out all this and more."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Nvidia's GeForce GTX 780 Ti @ The Tech Report
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti @ Bjorn3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780Ti Review @HiTech Legion
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- NVIDIA GTX 780 Ti Video Card Review @ Hardware Asylum
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Review @ OCC
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Performance Review @ Hardware Canucks
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti review: Titan killer @ Hardware.info
- Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition 3GB @ eTeknix
- Nvidia GTX780Ti @ Kitguru
- Nvidia GTX 780 Ti @ LanOC Reviews
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3 GB @ techPowerUp
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti @ Benchmark Reviews
- Nvidia GTX 780 Ti 3GB @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X @ Legion Hardware
- AMD R9 290 4GB @ eTeknix
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2013 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: oops, blame canada
Drop the politics for a minute and sit back and read about the technical side of the failures at healthcare.gov. It's not about what the site is or what it represents, it is a look at how a poorly designed and implemented site plan can cause huge problems. If you are involved in this type of work it will give you a chance to feel smug about your own successes and if you are thinking about getting into this line of work you can get an idea of the possible problems you will face trying to set up and maintain a major website. Blaming Canada and CGI Federal can be fun but perhaps not the complete story though you can be sure some of the Slashdot comments will.
"The War Room notes catalog IT problems — dashboards weren't showing data, servers didn't have the right production data, third party systems weren't connecting to verify data, a key contractor had trouble logging on, and there wasn't enough server capacity to handle the traffic, or enough people on the help desks to answer calls. To top it off, some personnel needed for the effort were furloughed because of the shutdown. Volunteers were needed to work weekends, but there were bureaucratic complications."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice @ The Register
- Nvidia CEO: Android 'the most disruptive operating system in decades' @ The Register
- Microsoft might sell Xbox and drop Bing if Elop gets CEO job @ The Inquirer
- Samsung to launch smartphones with 64-bit CPUs in 2014 @ DigiTimes
- Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able @ Slashdot
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2013 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just look at that elegant flip-hinge design on the new Dell XPS 12 with it's 1080p touchscreen for use with Windows 8. It is powered by an i3-4010U, 4GB DDR3-1600 and an 8GB SSD which will be perfect for mobile usage. Plenty of wireless connectivity is available and if you wish you can upgrade to a more powerful model.
- Dell XPS 12 Core i3 "Haswell" Convertible 1080p Touchscreen Ultrabook for $949.99 with free shipping(normally $999.99 - use coupon code: 5D?0D15W9LP822).
- Acer G226HQLBbd 21.5" LED-backlight LCD Monitor for $109.99 with Free Shipping (normally $159.99).
- Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" Hard Drive (WD30EZRX) for $118.99 with Free Shipping (normally $199.99).
- Toshiba Satellite C50-ABT3N11 15.6" Laptop w/750GB HDD (customizable) for $299.99 (normally $479.99).
- AtGames Sega Genesis Classic Game Console for $39.99 with free shipping (normally $49.99)
- iPhone Remote Controlled Enzo Ferrari for $99.95 wifh Free Shipping
AMD Releases Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 Driver To Correct Performance Variance Issue of R9 290 Series Graphics Cards
Subject: Graphics Cards, Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2013 - 02:41 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: R9 290X, powertune, hawaii, graphics drivers, gpu, GCN, catalyst 13.11 beta, amd, 290x
AMD recently launched its 290X graphics card, which is the new high-end single GPU solution using a GCN-based Hawaii architecture. The new GPU is rather large and incorporates an updated version of AMD's PowerTune technology to automatically adjust clockspeeds based on temperature and a maximum fan speed of 40%. Unfortunately, it seems that some 290X cards available at retail exhibited performance characteristics that varied from review units.
AMD has looked into the issue and released the following statement in response to the performance variances (which PC Perspective is looking into as well).
Hello, We've identified that there's variability in fan speeds across AMD R9 290 series boards. This variability in fan speed translates into variability of the cooling capacity of the fan-sink. The flexibility of AMD PowerTune technology enables us to correct this variability in a driver update. This update will normalize the fan RPMs to the correct values.
The correct target RPM values are 2200RPM for the AMD Radeon R9 290X "Quiet mode", and 2650RPM for the R9 290. You can verify these in GPU-Z. If you're working on stories relating to R9 290 series products, please use this driver as it will reduce any variability in fan speeds. This driver will be posted publicly tonight.
From the AMD statement, it seems to be an issue with fan speeds from card to card causing the performance variances. With a GPU that is rated to run at up to 95C, a fan limited to 40% maximum, and dynamic clockspeeds, it is only natural that cards could perform differently, especially if case airflow is not up to par. On the other hand, the specific issue pointed out by other technology review sites (per my understanding, it was initially Tom's Hardware that reported on the retail vs review sample variance) is an issue where the 40% maximum on certain cards is not actually the RPM target that AMD intended.
AMD intended for the Radeon R9 290X's fan to run at 2200RPM (40%) in Quiet Mode and the fan on the R9 290 (which has a maximum fan speed percentage of 47%) to spin at 2650 RPM in Quiet Mode. However, some cards 40% values are not actually hitting those intended RPMs, which is causing performance differences due to cooling and PowerTune adjusting the clockspeeds accordingly.
Luckily, the issue is being worked on by AMD, and it is reportedly rectified by a driver update. The driver update ensures that the fans are actually spinning at the intended speed when set to the 40% (R9 290X) or 47% (R9 290) values in Catalyst Control Center. The new driver, which includes the fix, is version Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 and is available for download now.
If you are running a R9 290 or R9 290X in your system, you should consider updating to the latest driver to ensure you are getting the cooling (and as a result gaming) performance you are supposed to be getting.
Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 is available from the AMD website.
- AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii - The Configurable GPU?
- AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB Review - Trip to Hawaii for $399
Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more information on the Radeon R9 290 series GPU performance variance issue as it develops.
Image credit: Ryan Shrout (PC Perspective).
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 05:12 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Z87X-UD5H, video, R9 290X, r9 290, podcast, nvidia, gtx 780, grid, ec2, amd, amazon
PC Perspective Podcast #276 - 11/07/2013
Join us this week as we discuss the AMD Radeon R9 290, Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H, SSD Torture tests and more!
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Hosts: Ryan Shrout, Jeremy Hellstrom, Josh Walrath, and Allyn Malventano
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | November 7, 2013 - 03:56 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: microsoft, IE11, AFA 2013
Marketing decisions at Microsoft can be... different. If you include internal videos, you might see Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer in a Volkswagon parody ad. They abandon a Sun workstation on the side of a road with trash. I guess electronics recycling was not a thing back then.
The large white characters over the big monster at the end, "つづく", means "[to] be continued".
Expect more of these (perhaps at Anime Festival Asia?)
Internet Explorer Tan mixes the weirdness of Microsoft with the peculiarity of Anime culture. Inori Aizawa (藍澤 祈) is the semi-personification of Internet Explorer. The character describes herself as slow, clumsy, and awkward when she was younger. She stars in a two-minute cartoon created, apparently internally, by Microsoft Singapore. They snuck in more than a few subtle references.
For a bit of humor, her first name (祈, given names follow family names in Japanese) is romanized to Inori (祈り) as above. That word means "prayer" (and without the suffix, "praying" apparently). Again, this was created internally by Microsoft.
And, you know what? I believe that a well maintained Internet Explorer, if Microsoft can successfully focus on devices and services, will be their grace. Trident (IE's rendering engine) caught up to the standards-compliant ones and, if they continue to push the pack forward, can sell devices on its great experience. The other browsers need Internet Explorer to keep them innovating just as much as IE needs them.
It makes me smile. That could be my brain stuck in a bootloop, but it makes me smile. Almost every frame I look at has a reference to something. Still don't really understand it though.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: upnp, SMART
An unintended and dangerous side effect of smart devices is being discussed at Fujitsu, specifically the threat posed by internet connected light bulbs but it applies to all networked devices. The hypothetical problem is a massive DDoS attack launched by malware that has infected light bulbs causing much more damage than one launched by infected computers seeing as how most people have many more light bulbs than they do electronic devices. There were also concerns raised about the possibility of nefarious people getting a hold of the usage data and determining when the best time to break into a house would be. Read this story over at The Register and never look at a lightbulb the same way again.
"Fujitsu’s CTO has sketched a nightmare vision of lightbulbs turning on their human masters in massive denial of service attacks if industry doesn’t get a grip on the security of the “internet of things”."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Skype makes a U-turn on desktop API shutdown @ The Inquirer
- It's the Shiz: Mutant RAT spotted gnawing at SAP apps @ The Register
- Prem Watsa takes control of BlackBerry as tech vultures circle firm @ The Register
- A Playstation 4 Teardown @ Slashdot
- Sandberg Worldwide Joint Giveaway @ NikKTech
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
More Win8 touchscreen deals today from LogicBuy, a more powerful model of Inspiron 15with an i5-4200U and HD4400 graphics, 6GB DDR3 and a 750GB HDD. It is less than an inch thick in most spots, weighs a mere 4.5 lbs and is made of aluminium and Gorilla Glass making it very portable. Road warriors with clean fingers should check this deal out.
- Dell Inspiron 15 (7000-series) 4th-gen Intel Core i5 "Haswell" Touch Laptop for $699.99 with free shipping(normally $849.99).
- ASUS VS239H-P 23" 5ms HDMI IPS Panel LED-Backlight Monitor for $139.99 with Free Shipping (normally $199.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWXN74).
- WD My Passport Essential 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for $69.99 with Free Shipping (normally $119.99 - use coupon code: EMCYTZT4777).
- oshiba Satellite L70-ABT3N22 17.3" "Haswell" Core i3 Laptop (Customizable) for $499.99 with free shipping (normally $679.99).
- D-Link DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router for $69.99 with free shipping (normally $129.99 - use coupon code: EMCWWXN86)
- Microsoft Surface 2 32GB Windows RT Tablet for $449.00 wifh Free Shipping
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: PSU, modular psu, CS-M Series, corsair
Fremont, California — November 7, 2013 — Corsair, the most awarded PC power supply brand in the world1, today announced the new line of CS Series Modular power supplies (PSUs) in 450, 550, 650 and 750 watt models. Designed to be exceptionally energy efficient and simple to install, the new CS Series are the most affordable 80 PLUS Gold certified PSUs in Corsair’s line of high-performance PC components.
The CS Series Modular PSUs are designed to deliver stable, continuous power with 80 PLUS Gold certified power efficiency to minimize energy waste and lower electrical bills. The new PSUs are cooled with a 120mm sleeve bearing fan that runs at low speeds during typical loads, keeping the PSU nearly silent during everyday tasks. The CS Series meet the latest ATX power specifications and are compatible with the latest AMD and Intel processors, with full support for the low-power modes of the latest 4th Generation Intel Core processors.
The CS Series PSUs feature a semi-modular cable system with the core motherboard power cables (24 pin and 8 pin EPS12V) permanently attached and include modular flat cables that can be attached for powering other devices such as graphics cards, SSDs, hard drives, and fans. The modular design enables users to add just the cables required for their PC, which combined with the black flat cables, creates PCs with reduced cable clutter, a cleaner look, and better airflow.
“The CS Series Modular PSUs deliver 80 Plus Gold efficiency and Corsair quality at Bronze level prices,” said Aaron Neal, Corsair’s global product manager of PSUs. “They are perfect for users that want reliable, energy efficient power for their PCs at a price that won’t break their budget.”
Pricing, Availability, and Warranty
The CS Series Modular PSUs are available immediately from Corsair's worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers. They are backed with a limited 3-year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The "world's largest multinational semiconductor chip maker" Intel has authorized the building of 30 of their absurdly small and powerful Intel® NUC computers for military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop. The donation will to be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop's end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game stuffed care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals!
These 30 4 inch-by-4-inch micro computers are being loaded for bear, showcasing donated Kingston RAM upgrades to make them zip along the internet or play games on Steam without breaking a sweat, but are still the perfect size to throw in a rucksack with plenty of room to spare.
“Intel is proud to partner with Operation Supply Drop to provide NUC based PCs to troops overseas and recovering at home,” says Joel Christensen, general manager of the Intel division that created the Intel NUC. We appreciate the sacrifices that these men and women are making and if we can support them by providing some cutting-edge computing to entertain and de-stress, we are happy to do it.
For more information about how you or your organization can get involved in helping out with this year's "8-Bit Salute" to get video games to the men and women of the Armed Forces, please visit OperationSupplyDrop.org.
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