Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2018 - 05:31 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: Zen 2, Sunny Cove, snapdragon, ryzen 3, ray tracing, radeon pro, podcast, Optane, Intel, edge, chromium, amd, 3dmark
PC Perspective Podcast #525 - 12/12/2018
Our podcast this week features discusion of the new Intel Sunny Cove architecture, Ryzen 3 rumors, the high-end Snapdragon 8cx, an affordable Radeon Pro GPU, and more!
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00:03:21 - AMD Radeon Pro WX8200 Review
00:14:50 - Intel Architecture Day: Sunny Cove, Gen11 iGPU, Foveros
00:27:16 - Ryzen 3 Rumors
00:38:57 - Using a 4K TV as a Monitor
00:43:21 - Snapdragon 8cx
00:57:29 - Microsoft Edge Switching to Chromium
01:03:38 - MSI GTX 1060 with GDDR5X
01:05:40 - 3DMark Port Royal Ray Tracing Benchmark
01:09:03 - Hunting Speculative Execution Vulnerabilities
01:11:38 - 7nm Vega Logo
01:13:49 - Intel Optane DIMM Latency
01:30:45 - The Outer Worlds
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2018 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: windows, open source, microsoft, edge, chromium, browser, Opera, firefox
One of the big stories this week has been the rumour and confirmation of Microsoft's move to Chromium. What we hadn't seen until this morning was what the competition thought about it, which we now know thanks to a link from Slashdot. You will be shocked to learn that Firefox sees this as solid proof you should have been using Firefox all along, or should switch immediately.
Opera and Google both applaud the move; Opera pointing out that they did something very similar about 6 years ago while Google welcomes Microsoft to the open source community it once spurned. Take a peek at the rest here.
"Google largely sees Microsoft's decision as a good thing, which is not exactly a surprise given that the company created the Chromium open source project. "Chrome has been a champion of the open web since inception and we welcome Microsoft to the community of Chromium contributors. We look forward to working with Microsoft and the web standards community to advance the open web, support user choice, and deliver great browsing experiences."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Lets You Play PUBG MOBILE For An Extra 20 Minutes @ Legit Reviews
- Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate @ The Register
- TSMC to build new 8-inch fab capacity @ DigiTimes
- Weaponized Networked Printing is Now a Thing @ Hackaday
- And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2018 - 10:02 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: windows, open source, microsoft, Joe Belfiore, edge, chromium, browser
It's official: Microsoft is indeed moving their Edge browser to Chromium as previously reported. Windows VP Joe Belfiore made the announcement yesterday with a blog post entitled "Microsoft Edge: Making the web better through more open source collaboration".
The post begins as follows (emphasis added):
"For the past few years, Microsoft has meaningfully increased participation in the open source software (OSS) community, becoming one of the world’s largest supporters of OSS projects. Today we’re announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less fragmentation of the web for all web developers.
As part of this, we intend to become a significant contributor to the Chromium project, in a way that can make not just Microsoft Edge — but other browsers as well — better on both PCs and other devices."
Not an immediate move, the under-the-hood changes to the Microsoft Edge browser will take place "over the next year or so", with the transition described as happening "gradually over time". From Microsoft:
1. We will move to a Chromium-compatible web platform for Microsoft Edge on the desktop. Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers. This will deliver improved compatibility for everyone and create a simpler test-matrix for web developers.
2. Microsoft Edge will now be delivered and updated for all supported versions of Windows and on a more frequent cadence. We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS. Improving the web-platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently available to as many devices as possible. To accomplish this, we will evolve the browser code more broadly, so that our distribution model offers an updated Microsoft Edge experience + platform across all supported versions of Windows, while still maintaining the benefits of the browser’s close integration with Windows.
3. We will contribute web platform enhancements to make Chromium-based browsers better on Windows devices. Our philosophy of greater participation in Chromium open source will embrace contribution of beneficial new tech, consistent with some of the work we described above. We recognize that making the web better on Windows is good for our customers, partners and our business – and we intend to actively contribute to that end.
The full blog post from Belfiore is available here.
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2018 - 06:02 AM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: thermaltake, snapdragon 855, Silverstone, qualcomm, podcast, pixel, nvidia, logitech g29, chromium
PC Perspective Podcast #524 - 12/5/2018
Our podcast this week features discusion of the new RTX Titan, Snapdragon 855, NVIDIA AI technologies, the new Google Pixel Slate, and more!
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00:04:27 - Logitech G29 Racing Wheel Review
00:14:38 - NVIDIA Titan RTX
00:20:33 - Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
00:39:48 - Intel MESO
00:46:35 - Mineral Oil-Cooled Raspberry Pi
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Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2018 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Project Anaheim, microsoft, rumours, chrome, chromium, arm, alphabet
There are two very interesting rumours about Microsoft circulating the intertubes today, both involving Alphabet's Chrome products. The most shocking is that they have finally internalized the fact that when people refer to Edge as "the one you use to download Chrome with", they are not kidding. This has lead to the possibility that they may be designing a Chromium-based browser, under the moniker Project Anaheim, to replace Edge as their embedded browser. They have been trying to get Chrome add-ins to work on Edge with little success, so this would certainly resolve that, unless they intend to focus on making Windows Store apps work with Chrome.
The second rumour signals another big internal change, though in some ways it is less shocking than the previous rumour. Via Slashdot we have heard more details on Windows Lite, which will replace products like Windows 10 S and RT. It will be able to run on any processor, up to and including Qualcomm and other ARM based processors and is likely targeting the same market as Chromebooks currently do. It looks to have a new GUI built off of the mysterious Windows Core OS. Follow the link for more info on Windows Lite as well as Andromeda, which is not dead yet.
" As we've previously told you, Microsoft is already working on Chromium in order to help Google port it over to ARM-based Windows machines, such is the power that the world's top browser holds. "
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
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- The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life
- Q&A repository Quora is the latest hack victim with 100 million records 'stolen' @ The Inquirer
- Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right @ Ars Technica
- You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive @ The Register
- Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors @ The Register
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2014 - 03:10 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: web browser, Google Chrome, chromium
This stutter was 628 milliseconds, or about 38 consecutive frames at 60 FPS.
Image Credit: Chromium Project Blog
Web browsers are designed under the assumption that a single thread of instructions will weave through every task, one by one, until everything is done. At some point, since the early 1990s, computers have been give multiple cores (and some of those designs can have multiple threads shoved through at once). The problem is now that, since "Task A" was designed to occur before "Task B", doing them separately... can break stuff good.
A simplified browser execution flowchart. Execution follows the arrow.
Image Credit: Mozilla
In case you are wondering, Mozilla started to move compilation to a background thread as of Firefox 21. Firefox 29 will move the entire just-in-time (JIT) compilation process off the main thread. This is currently in their "Aurora" release channel. To the rest of the world: it's an alpha.
This optimization is currently available in Google Chrome Beta (33).
Introduction and Design
We have our heads in the clouds. Once a dream, cloud computing is now common and used to support everything from file sharing to email. Here at PC Perspective, for example, we often make use of Dropbox. Storing certain files “in the cloud” is much easier than directly emailing them to and fro.
Google is one of the cloud’s most ardent supporters. The Internet seems to be Google’s answer to everything from emails to file sharing to document editing. All these tasks can be accomplished online through a browser with a Google utility.
When Google announced that it was going to develop an entire OS based off its Chrome web browser there was much shock, speculation and excitement. In hindsight, however, this development was probably inevitable given the company’s love of everything online. Now, Google Chrome OS is a retail product. Let’s find out if a cloud OS can compete with more traditional options.