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Intel Stiff-Armed Pursuing African-Mine Conflict Minerals – Bloomberg

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Intel Corp.’s chips contain tantalum, gold, tin and tungsten — all made from minerals that can be mined from war-torn parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Carolyn Duran’s job is to make sure they aren’t. For the past five years, Duran and her team have confronted companies that produce the metals to find out whether they use ore from mines controlled by militias in the central African nation. The…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

Intel, Rockchip forge partnership to boost Android tablets – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chinese fabless microprocessor company Rockchip will design and sell embedded processors based on Intel’s Atom chips to its own customers in the low-end Android market, the two companies said Tuesday. The strategic agreement between the two companies appears to involve Rockchip’s design capabilities, plus its own network of established sales relationships within Asia. With the announcement, Intel said that it will add a third chip to its SoFIA lineup of…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

‘Watch Dogs’ PC Benchmark Results — Multiple AMD And Nvidia Cards Tested – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to test Ubisoft’s PC version of Watch Dogs, a highly anticipated open world game which takes advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks toolset. In addition to observing the dramatic gulf in performance between AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, I was able to benchmark a wide range of newer GPUs from each respective company. The conclusion? Rendering Watch Dogs‘ near-future version of Chicago is going to require…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

‘Watch Dogs’ PC Benchmark Results — Multiple AMD And Nvidia Cards Tested – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to test Ubisoft’s PC version of Watch Dogs, a highly anticipated open world game which takes advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks toolset. In addition to observing the dramatic gulf in performance between AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, I was able to benchmark a wide range of newer GPUs from each respective company. The conclusion? Rendering Watch Dogs‘ near-future version of Chicago is going to require…

AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta Drivers Released, Adds New Eyefinity Functionality … – AnandTech

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For our second video card driver update of the week we have AMD, who is releasing their Catalyst 14.6 beta drivers today. Like NVIDIA’s driver release, this is first and foremost AMD’s launch driver for Ubisoft’s heavily promoted open world techno thriller, Watch Dogs. For Watch Dogs AMD has put together a number of performance optimizations, including single-card optimizations that can offer 25%+ performance improvements in…

Why ‘Watch Dogs’ Is Bad News For AMD Users — And Potentially The Entire PC … – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When it comes to PC games, there’s a not-so-subtle war being waged between AMD and Nvidia Nvidia for the continued loyalty of their users. The battlegrounds involve things like driver optimization and the implementation of proprietary features, software, and tools to give each graphics card manufacturer a competitive advantage. Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs is the latest PC title to take advantage of Nvidia’s GameWorks, a robust collection of tools that allow game developers…

AMD and Intel Duke It Out for Back-to-School – Motley Fool

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

At the high end of the PC market, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) has had a performance, power, and market-share lead over smaller competitor Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD  ) for years. However, in the low end of the market, Intel’s competitive positioning hasn’t been as good, with AMD offering products superior to Intel’s in many key ways. With its latest Bay Trail architecture,…

AMD Publishes Mobile Kaveri Specifications – AnandTech

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014

In an unexpected (and likely erroneous) move, AMD has published the specifications for their forthcoming mobile Kaveri APUs on their website this morning (scroll down and click on Model Comparisons and Product Specs, Update: they’ve since been pulled). Kaveri, AMD’s latest generation high-performance APU, was of course first released on the desktop back in January of this year. Since then we have been eagerly awaiting the…

Inside the Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Intel keeps things humming – CNET

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014

Microsoft and Intel “spent tireless hours together” working on the silicon, says Microsoft’s Panos Panay, general manager of the Surface team. Microsoft The Surface Pro 3 is a snapshot of state-of-the-art Intel technology as much as it is a Microsoft tour de force. On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Panos Panay, general manager of the Surface team, had a lot to say about all the work it did with Intel to make the…

The Evolution Of Electronic Monitoring Devices – NPR

Posted: Sunday, May 25, 2014

i i hide captionIn this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices. Courtesy of Robert Gable In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first…

Apple, Google, Intel And Adobe Settle The Employee Rip Off Suit – Forbes

Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Apple Apple, Google Google, Intel Intel and Adobe have agreed to settle the civil suit alleging that they ripped off their employees by having non-compete agreements between the various potential employers. This was always a likely outcome for the companies had already agreed, with the Feds a couple of years back, that they had indeed been engaging in the behaviour being complained about. So really the only question still at…

The History Of Electronic Monitoring Devices – NPR

Posted: Saturday, May 24, 2014

i i hide captionIn this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices. Courtesy of Robert Gable In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first…

Pricing and Details for Intel’s Devil’s Canyon and Unlocked Pentium Leaked Online – AnandTech

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

A lot of online chatter is being generated about two of Intel’s upcoming processors that are oriented around overclocking.  Firstly the Devil’s Canyon CPU, which Intel has stated will be an enhanced Haswell CPU in a new packaging and higher quality TIM, and also the 20th Anniversary Unlocked Pentium processor, which will aim to replicate the joy of overclocking a cheaper component into something more powerful.  It would seem…

Visa, MasterCard renew push for chip cards – USA TODAY

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

Credit and debit cards are displayed for a photographer in Baltimore.(Photo: Patrick Semansky, AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards in the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week’s revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay’s computer systems. Card processing companies argue that a move away from the black magnetic…

New Products Will Accelerate AMD’s Footprint In Embedded Applications – Forbes

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

Earlier this week, AMD announced its second generation Embedded R-series Accelerated Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit family for embedded applications. Code-named “Bald Eagle”, the new solutions are based on AMD’s x86 Steamroller architecture and targeted at gaming machines, medical imaging, digital signage, industrial control and automation (IC&A), communications and networking infrastructure. It is the first embedded processor to incorporate the Heterogeneous System Architecture. In an effort to reduce its…

New Products Will Accelerate AMD’s Footprint In Embedded Applications – Forbes

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

Earlier this week, AMD announced its second generation Embedded R-series Accelerated Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit family for embedded applications. Code-named “Bald Eagle”, the new solutions are based on AMD’s x86 Steamroller architecture and targeted at gaming machines, medical imaging, digital signage, industrial control and automation (IC&A), communications and networking infrastructure. It is the first embedded processor to incorporate the Heterogeneous System Architecture. In an effort to reduce its…

New Products Will Accelerate AMD’s Footprint In Embedded Applications – Forbes

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014

Earlier this week, AMD announced its second generation Embedded R-series Accelerated Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit family for embedded applications. Code-named “Bald Eagle”, the new solutions are based on AMD’s x86 Steamroller architecture and targeted at gaming machines, medical imaging, digital signage, industrial control and automation (IC&A), communications and networking infrastructure. It is the first embedded processor to incorporate the Heterogeneous System Architecture. In an effort to reduce its…

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