Friday, November 13, 2015



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Intel Skylake is the “component of the year”

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:22 AM PST

Sky-and-lakeTrustedReviews Awards has named Intel’s new Skylake chip as its product of the year, beating stiff competition from the Nvidia GeForce 980 Ti graphics card and AMD's Radeon R9 Fury Nano graphics card. It’s nice to see gongs are still being dished out.

Skylake provided users with a big jump in graphical performance over the previous Haswell series, and the judges liked its support for more features, and excellent overclocking options.

Edward Chester, Computing Editor at TrustedReviews said that Chipzilla had done a really good job with Skylake.

"Everyone from gamers to casual users can count on the Skylake processors to deliver and at a reasonable price too."

AMD also did well with its Radeon R9 Fury Nano. It really impressed us by managing to pack great performance into a tiny design.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti goes, its great price and monstrous power made it a real contender for this award.

However Skylake was a worthy winner in a really close category, Chester said.

The Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K were the first to be released and were aimed at enthusiast users interested in overclocking.

Intel will refresh Braswell

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:21 AM PST

Intel bus - Wikimedia CommonsChipzilla plans to refresh its embedded “Braswell” lineup which consists of Celeron N3000, N3050, N3150 and Pentium N3700 systems-on-a-chip.

Details and model numbers of future SoCs were revealed in a Product Change Notification, published this week and spotted by CPU World.

According to the PCN, new processors will have increased burst frequency which could mean better CPU and GPU performance.

Celeron and Pentium N3xxx SoCs are based on C core stepping, and it seems that Intel is replacing this with D-stepping, which is just a jump to the left and a step to the right.

The chips will be the proud new owners of model numbers N3060, N3160 and N3710 and the integrated graphics unit will be rebranded to HD Graphics 405 on the Pentium chip, and to HD Graphics 400 on the Celerons.

D-stepping chip samples will appear at the end of November 2015, and the first production chips will be shipped on January 15, 2016. The embedded N3000 will be refreshed too, although details on that have not turned up yet.

Chipzilla is planning to release new mobile and desktop models. The desktop SoCs will have a performance boost and a rebranded GPU. The TDP increased from 6 Watt to 6.5 Watt, and they will be blessed with new numbers – J3060, J3160 and J3710.

Availability dates for desktop Celeron J3060, J3160 and Pentium J3710 models are the end of November for samples, and mid-January of 2016 for production parts.

Scientific software banned because EU is evil

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:20 AM PST

Gangolf Jobb

Gangolf Jobb

Key software used by boffins researching phylogenetic trees from molecular sequences has been withdrawn because the eccentric writer is opposed to letting immigrants into Europe.

However it has caused some problems in the scientific world. This week an 11-year-old research paper had to be retracted. BMC Evolutionary Biology has pulled the 2004 paper describing the software because the license change ‘breaches the journal’s editorial policy on software availability.’

Gangolf Jobb said he would not permit the use of TREEFINDER software in the following EU countries: Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark – the countries that together host most of the non-European immigrants.

The USA was already excluded from using Treefinder in February 2015 because of its imperialism.

"The license (sic) agreement stated in the TREEFINDER manual since the earliest versions, which reserves me the right to change the license (sic) agreement at any time. I can do this because Treefinder is my own property," Jobb said.

The reason: “I am no longer willing to support with my work the political system in Europe and Germany, of which the science system is part. There is no genuine democracy, and I disagree with almost all of the policies. In particular, I disagree with immigration policy. Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people. Whoever invites or welcomes immigrants to Europe and Germany is my enemy. Immigration is the huge corporations’ interest, not peoples’ interest."

He said that he is not against helping refugees, "but they would have to be kept strictly separated from us Europeans, for some limited time only until they return home, and not being integrated here as cheap workers and additional consumers."

Pulling the software was to protest against American imperialism, which I regard as the cause of most of all evil in the world: wars, tyranny, poverty, migration.

And he also wanted to protest against EU tyranny, which is mostly the result of US imperialism.

"I dislike the flood of immigrants they caused to come here – come here to replace unprofitable Europeans like me. After so many years of hard work on TREEFINDER, I have still not been paid any reward," he added.

The thing here is not so much Jobb’s views but the fact that a lot of scientific work depends on his software. Treefinder has been used in hundreds of scientific papers to build phylogenetic trees, diagrams showing the most likely evolutionary relationship of various species, from sequence data.

Fortunately since Treefinder had not been updated for several years and it was only used by researchers who had grown used to it. However many are looking for alternatives.


Xiaomi still loves Qualcomm

Posted: 13 Nov 2015 01:19 AM PST

the-cure-for-st-valentineRumours of a fall-out between Xiaomi and Qualcomm have proved false – the coming Xiaomi Mi5 will have Qualcomm's new 820 chip under the bonnet.

It had been thought that the pair had an argument over the payment of royalties for 4G/3G modem technology. Other rumours suggested that Xiaomi had been seeing other suppliers.

In fact it was seen talking to MediaTek and it was thought that it was going to get a contract to supply the new Helio X20 series Deca-core processor for the Mi5.

Then when the Mi5 was delayed it was thought that this was because the chip was being swapped over. Now it appears that Mediatek and Xiaomi are just good friends, although it is unclear why the phone was delayed.

Now, IHS market research firm head Kevin Wang, has categorically dismissed all speculations and has said that the Xiaomi Mi5 will indeed come with 64-bit Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC (System on Chip).

Qualcomm was one of the first firms to invest in Xiaomi’s initial days and still maintains a good rapport with the Chinese company.

This was confirmed when Xiaomi Mi5’s benchmark result surfaced online, confirming the presence of Snapdragon 820 processor.

It is believed that Xiaomi Mi5 will get unveiled on 3 December and hit stores by the year-end or January 2016.

It will be a great relief for Qualcomm which has not had much in the way of good news lately. Xiaomi might have paid up for the licence when it saw what the new Snapdragon could do.

Qualcomm appears to have put the disaster of its 810 chip behind it and come up with rather a nice chip.

Lenovo makes a loss

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 06:46 AM PST

Lenovo shopfrontChinese computer giant Lenovo said it had made a loss of $714 million but its revenues for its second quarter grew by 16 percent to $12.2 billion.

Lenovo has seen the PC market continue to decline – it is the world's biggest PC vendor right now. But it's also seen a fall in sales of smartphones and tablets.

The second quarter included charges of neatly a billion as it laid off employees and emptied warehouses of smartphones.

Lenovo said earlier this year that it would make 3,200 people redundant to save costs.

In a statement, Lenovo said that global markets and currency fluctuations had made the period "challenging".

Scientists creat artificial microflowers

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 06:38 AM PST

Artificial micro flowerA team of researchers at RMIT University said that they have made a breakthrough by developing artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water.

The reason why this is a breakthrough is because flower shaped structures have potential in fields including optoelectronics, thermosensors, nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedicine and organic electronics.

Chief scientists Sheshanath Boshanale said that this is the first time flower shaped microforms ahve been developed in a water solution and it opens a new pathway for more research.

The artificial blooms are 10 microns wide and are created by mixing two organic components and then evaporating the liquid. The artificial microflowers take about three hours to be created, and mimic the way ordinary flowers bloom.

The picture here shows a digitally coloured microflower magnified 20,000 times.

LED lighting market takes off

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 06:29 AM PST

LA lighting systemLED lighting will generate revenues of $25.7 billion this year but that's only the start.

Market research firm Trendforce said that it will be worth $30.5 billion and while it accounts for 31 percent of the lighting market in 2015, that share will rise to 36 percent next year.

Joanne Wu, a research manager at Trendforce, said sharp price drops have hit the market for replacement LED light bulbs. So the companies are targeting large enterprises and commercial customers for growth.

Demand in the USA is particularly strong, said Wu, particularly in lighting for industry, horticulture and the maritime market.

New applications for LED lights include so called smart lighting and light communication.

India, she said, plans to buy 200 million LED light bulbs by the end of 2016.

Google wins in self driving research

Posted: 12 Nov 2015 06:23 AM PST

classic car, wikimedia commonsBecause software is the key to driverless cars, Google is in the lead in research.

That's the conclusion of a report compiled by market analyst company IHS.

It believes that Google has already spent close to $60 million in autonomous vehicle research and development.

Google also, said IHS, can use adjacent and technology from other projects to help in its research and development. Those technologies include robotics, drones, neural networks, artificial intelligence, machine learning and machine vision.

Egil Juliussen, a senior research director at IHS, said: "No other company has as much relevant technology to advance autonomous driving software. He said that Google's self driving car software performs beter than nearly all human drivers, provided the weather is OK.

And Google will also have to develop answers to non traditional driving situations.

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