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Beyond Reference — VisionTek Brings AMD’s Radeon 290 Back To Glory – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Upon release, AMD‘s Radeon 290x and 290 represented pivotal shifts in the graphics card landscape, forcing Nvidia Nvidia to reevaluate pricing and cementing AMD as the price/performance leader. That is, until the cryptocurrency mining boom inflated Radeon GPU prices and eradicated any perception of value. Price tags notwithstanding, the 290x and 290 were widely regarded as an exceptional value, but AMD’s reference design held them back from sweeping praise by committing some…

Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco … – Register

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

High performance access to file storage Apple again dominated all Silicon Valley competition in 2013, so much so that in the San Jose Mercury News‘ SV150 annual ranking, it raked in more revenue than numbers two and three combined, and more profits than the four below it, taken together. The top 15 companies in the SV150 (click to enlarge) Apple’s revenues (sales) of $174bn in its four most recent quarters…

Could Chip Kelly’s ego derail Eagles? – ESPN

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DeSean Jackson Criticism Unfair? Someday we will hear Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly explain the thought process that went into the release of Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson a couple weeks ago. Until then, it’s best to assume Kelly’s ego had as much to do with this as Jackson’s alleged misbehavior. It’s reached a point where even recent comments by Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy have created…

The ‘world’s smallest’ laptop adapter debuts on Kickstarter for $79 – Engadget

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Back at CES in January, MIT spin-off FINsix unveiled the “world’s smallest” 65W laptop adapter, and it even managed to nab a nomination for our Best Startup award. Fast forward to today, the company is launching this nifty device — now dubbed the Dart — on Kickstarter for as low as $79 per unit. Here’s a quick reminder: this charger is four times smaller and six times lighter than…

Google’s Acquisition Of Drone Maker Titan Is About Imagery And Internet – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Google Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a company originally sought by Facebook as a means to bring internet to remote parts of the globe.  Titan Aerospace makes drones which can stay aloft for extended periods of time.  The drones which fly well above the altitude where commercial aircraft fly and below where satellites orbit, can beam an internet signal from space.  But for Google, this may be about more than just…

Not what it seemed – The Economist (blog)

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WHEN a new French law banned employers from checking work e-mails after 6pm, it was bound to grab headlines. It fit all too neatly the image held by les anglo-saxons of France as a work-shy nation of long lunches and short working weeks. And all too neat it was. In fact, no such law existed. But by the time anybody noticed, the damage had been done, prompting Axelle Lemaire, the…

AMD’s Ambidexterity Is Growing – Forbes

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

My mother was ambidextrous, a rare quality in humans that allows the possessor to perform tasks equally well with either hand.  In computers, ambidexterity refers to a system’s ability to compute equally well with different architectures.  In endpoints, the relevant schemata are x86, a standard found in most PCs and available from Intel Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and ARM, a standard based on an ARM…

Beyond Reference — VisionTek Brings AMD’s Radeon 290 Back To Glory – Forbes

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Upon release, AMD‘s Radeon 290x and 290 represented pivotal shifts in the graphics card landscape, forcing Nvidia Nvidia to reevaluate pricing and cementing AMD as the price/performance leader. That is, until the cryptocurrency mining boom inflated Radeon GPU prices and eradicated any perception of value. Price tags notwithstanding, the 290x and 290 were widely regarded as an exceptional value, but AMD’s reference design held them back from sweeping praise by committing some…

Could Chip Kelly’s ego derail Eagles? – ESPN

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

DeSean Jackson Criticism Unfair? Someday we will hear Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly explain the thought process that went into the release of Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson a couple weeks ago. Until then, it’s best to assume Kelly’s ego had as much to do with this as Jackson’s alleged misbehavior. It’s reached a point where even recent comments by Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy have created…

Intel turns to Chinese tablet makers – Financial Times

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

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Finsix launches a Kickstarter for its revolutionary (and tiny) laptop charger – VentureBeat

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

One of the most intriguing products from CES is now one step closer to reality. Finsix, which has developed innovative power technology to shrink laptop chargers, launched a Kickstarter today for its first gadget, Dart. The 65 watt charger is basically the same device we saw back in January: Dart is around a third of the size of a typical laptop charger, and it sports two USB charging ports. Dart…

Google’s Acquisition Of Drone Maker Titan Is About Imagery And Internet – Forbes

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Google Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a company originally sought by Facebook as a means to bring internet to remote parts of the globe.  Titan Aerospace makes drones which can stay aloft for extended periods of time.  The drones which fly well above the altitude where commercial aircraft fly and below where satellites orbit, can beam an internet signal from space.  But for Google, this may be about more than just…

The battle of the digital assistants: Windows Phone Cortana vs Google Now vs Siri – PCWorld (blog)

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

download Here’s the short story: Google Now scored 101 points, Siri scored 97 points, and Cortana came in last with a score of 87. We really couldn’t factor in the proactive powers of each assistant—and this is exactly why our numerical scores are only part of the story. A key value of a digital assistant is how well it anticipates what you want before you want it. When it works, it’s…

Ditch That Laptop Brick With FINsix’s New Tiny Notebook Charger – TechCrunch

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Many aspects of computing have changed, but the laptop charger has remained sadly stable over the years; no matter what, we never seem to be able to ditch the lumpy power brick, that mid-cable eyesore that takes up tons of space in your bag and presents a ready hazard for stepping on. MIT project turned startup FINsix wants to change all that, and you can help them by reserving your own…

AMD’s Ambidexterity Is Growing – Forbes

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

My mother was ambidextrous, a rare quality in humans that allows the possessor to perform tasks equally well with either hand.  In computers, ambidexterity refers to a system’s ability to compute equally well with different architectures.  In endpoints, the relevant schemata are x86, a standard found in most PCs and available from Intel Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and ARM, a standard based on an ARM…

Keeping the Internet Free—for Now – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won’t happen for years, if ever. “We can extend the contract for up to four years,” Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling…

Claudia Buck: Computer users must be extra alert – Sacramento Bee

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

The news was just hours old, and the scam phone calls were already coming in. Last Monday, in a warning to some of its longtime computer users, Microsoft announced it was no longer supplying security fixes for Windows XP, the operating system that’s been around for a dozen years and is still used by millions of consumers and small businesses. The next morning, some people were already getting hit by…

Leaner and More Efficient, British Printers Push Forward in Digital Age – New York Times

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

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Intel unveils Education 2-in-1 convertible laptop – ZDNet

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Intel has tried various methods to infiltrate the classroom, from its Classmate netbook to various education tablets (including the Studybook and Education Tablets). Now it appears to be merging the two device types with the new Education 2-in-1 convertible laptop. As with many other hybrid notebooks, the Education 2-in-1 allows students to detach the display from the keyboard in order to use it as a…

Google, Intel, IBM outlooks to trump earnings results – MarketWatch

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014

By Wallace Witkowski, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — For stocks to stem their recent bleeding, outlooks from heavy-hitters such as Google Inc., Intel Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. will need to show the economy is rebounding after a weather-stilted first quarter. …