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AMD’s Mantle finally emerges: Turns out it’s actually for boosting low-end … – ExtremeTech

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014

This morning, AMD planned to launch its Mantle driver, with support for Battlefield 4 (that patch, from EA, should still be scheduled to go live at 4 AM EST) and with one technology demo: Star Swarm, by Oxide. Unfortunately, a last-minute delay by AMD due to driver issues has caused the company to hold back the shipping driver a little longer. So this is a preview of the performance data…

AMD’s Mantle finally emerges: Turns out it’s actually for boosting low-end … – ExtremeTech

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014

This morning, AMD planned to launch its Mantle driver, with support for Battlefield 4 (that patch, from EA, should still be scheduled to go live at 4 AM EST) and with one technology demo: Star Swarm, by Oxide. Unfortunately, a last-minute delay by AMD due to driver issues has caused the company to hold back the shipping driver a little longer. So this is a preview of the performance data…

Intel pulls the plug on AppUp, its cross-platform app store – PCWorld

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Intel is closing down its AppUp online application store as it sees a shift in the market and consumer needs. Designed originally for netbook computers, the Intel AppUp center was first unveiled in a beta program in 2010, with plans to expand its scope to smartphones, TVs and other consumer devices that use Intel processors. The application store aimed to help develop the market for the products, attract developers to…

AMD’s Mantle finally emerges: Turns out it’s actually for boosting low-end … – ExtremeTech

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014

This morning, AMD planned to launch its Mantle driver, with support for Battlefield 4 (that patch, from EA, should still be scheduled to go live at 4 AM EST) and with one technology demo: Star Swarm, by Oxide. Unfortunately, a last-minute delay by AMD due to driver issues has caused the company to hold back the shipping driver a little longer. So this is a preview of the performance data…

Intel’s smart headset ‘Jarvis’ won’t rely on the cloud, reports Quartz – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Intel debuted the reference design for its ‘Jarvis’ smart headset back at CES, promising that it would eventually come to serve the same voice-recognition functions that we would expect from the likes of Siri and Google Now. Beyond Intel’s promises, however, it didn’t seem to have many differentiating attributes. Quartz now reports that the Jarvis’ voice capabilities won’t rely on the cloud, making the experience faster and hopefully more useful….

AMD debuts first ARM processor – PCWorld

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ARM’s emerging challenge to the x86 architecture in the server space just picked up some serious momentum as AMD announced it will start shipping sample 64-bit ARM processors, along with associated development kits, to partners in the upcoming months. “What we are talking about is the industry’s only 64-bit ARM server from a proven server processor company,” said Andrew Feldman, AMD corporate vice president and general manager, in a virtual…

No longer on the run? Intel chief Clapper says Al Qaeda threat no less than a … – Fox News

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jan. 29, 2014: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.AP ADVERTISEMENT A little more than a year after President Obama confidently declared on the campaign trail that Al Qaeda was on the run, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified Wednesday that he can’t say the threat from the terror network “is any less” than it was a decade ago.  Further, he said Al Qaeda…

What Is a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card? – Tom’s Guide

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the EMV standard, credit cards have an embedded microchip. Widely used throughout Europe, chip-and-PIN credit cards look and feel much like American credit cards. But instead of using a magnetic stripe to store financial information, these cards store the data on embedded microchips. The chip-and-PIN system, also known as the EMV standard — for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the originators of the standard — was first established in 1999…

AMD’s first ARM processor is 8-core and … – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Advanced Micro Devices is trying to make an impression with its first ARM processor. And it may succeed. The AMD Opteron A1100 series — targeted at servers — can integrate 8 processor cores and will be one of the first ARM chips to be 64-bit. AMD is tapping the Cortex-A57 processor design, the “highest performing processor,” according to ARM. Sample shipments of the silicon will begin this quarter along with…

AMD Unveils ‘Seattle’, First 64-Bit ARM Server Chip Series – PC Magazine

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday offered up some more details about forthcoming 64-bit ARM-based server processors code named Seattle, which the company said it will be sampling to partners this quarter. The Seattle family of server chips has officially been dubbed the Opteron A1100 Series and represents AMD’s first stab at a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design for data center products using the 64-bit ARMv8-A instruction set. “The…

AMD unveils first ARM-based server chip, developer kit – ZDNet

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMD made some noise Tuesday at Open Compute Summit V by unveiling its first ARM-based server chip using 28-nanometer processing technology. During a keynote address, Andrew Feldman, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business unit, said the AMD Opteron A1100 series, codenamed “Seattle,” not only signals the chipmaker’s commitment to becoming the “leader in ARM CPUs for servers” but the dawn of…

As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs – NPR (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

i i hide captionWith new construction in the background, President Obama spoke about manufacturing and jobs during a visit to Intel’s Ocotillo facility, Jan. 25, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin/AP With new construction in the background, President Obama spoke about manufacturing and jobs during a visit to Intel’s Ocotillo facility, Jan. 25, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz. Ross D. Franklin/AP As far as factories go, this one was about…

AMD’s Mantle API debut postponed again as Battlefield 4 struggles to fix bugs – ExtremeTech

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

When AMD announced its new Mantle graphics API last September, it promised that we’d see support for the new standard by December, courtesy of Dice’s Battlefield 4. Then BF4 launched in November as a colossal bug-fest with game-breaking problems. Initially, Dice and AMD promised that the update would ship on-time, before finally acknowledging that the API wouldn’t be ready until January. Now that date has been pushed back further, with…

Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t … – Quartz

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

There’s a problem with today’s voice recognition systems: They’re just too slow. Anyone who has waited in frustration while Siri or Google’s Voice Search “thinks” about even the simplest commands knows what I’m talking about. The problem isn’t voice recognition software per se, which is more accurate than ever. The problem is that voice recognition is still a challenging enough problem, computationally, that all the major consumer platforms that do…

Intel’s tablet processor challenge: Competing on the low end – ZDNet

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The tablet processor market is expected to grow 23 percent in 2014 and Intel is poised to make a run courtesy of its Bay Trail chips, according to IHS Technology. The problem: Intel will have to battle Samsung and Qualcomm as well as a bevy of Chinese commodity chip makers. Intel plans to grow tablet volume from 10M to 40M in 2014 Tablet processors are…

iPhone 6 could launch in June as A8 chip production ramps up – TechRadar UK

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Apple said to be plotting pair of bigger iPhones for release this year Apple said to have ‘locked down’ iPhone 6 screen size at 4.8 inches iPhone 5S screen rumoured to double pixel count at 1.5 million pixels After a string of rumors linking the iPhone 6 to a larger screen size, it seems production plans for the handset’s internals are gearing up as well. DigiTimes reports Apple has tasked…

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