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Friday, April 22, 2016

ZOTAC Quietly Releases GeForce GT 710 Graphics Card with PCIe x1 Interface

by Anton Shilov on April 22, 2016 

 ZOTAC has quietly introduced a new video card which is compatible with virtually every desktop PC released in the recent years. The new GeForce GT 710 graphics card with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface is not going to outperform modern higher-end iGPUs in games, but it will help owners of very low-cost systems, particularly those which may not even have a PCIe x16 slot, to add support for another display, or improve over the performance of completely outdated iGPUs. 

The ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1 GB (ZT-71304-20L) video card is powered by a cut-down version of NVIDIA’s GK208 GPU with 192 CUDA cores, 16 texture units and 8 ROPs. The GPU is based on the Kepler architecture, which supports Direct3D feature level 11_0, OpenGL 4.5 as well as OpenCL 1.2 APIs. The chip is clocked at 954 MHz and has compute performance of around 366 GFLOPS (well below that of modern iGPUs). 

The card is equipped with 1 GB of DDR3-1600 memory featuring 12.8 GB/s bandwidth. The card comes in half height half length (HHHL) form-factor and is shipped with two brackets (for low-profile and standard PCs) to maximize compatibility with various computers. The graphics board has minimal (19W) power consumption and does not require active cooling (which means, it is also whisper quiet). 

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Microsoft and Google agree to stop complaining to regulators about each other

By Ina Fried April 22, 2016

Microsoft and Google say they have recently reached an agreement under which they will drop pending regulatory complaints against one another across the globe. The pair have also agreed that they will try to work among themselves to settle any future issues before running to regulators. “Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement to Re/code. “We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers.” Google, meanwhile, offered up a similar statement, affirming that it too will withdraw any regulatory complaints it has made. “Our companies compete vigorously, but we want to do so on the merits of our products, not in legal proceedings.” Neither company made any product commitments to one another as part of this deal. The timing is interesting, coming just as European regulators charge that Google is abusing its position in the Android market. However, both sides say the deal was in the works for some time.

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Amazon $50 Fire Tablet Now Available In More Colors, 16GB Model At $70

Amazon has rolled out three more colors for the $50 Fire tablet line, along with a bigger 16 GB model at $70.
By Diya Sen,  April 22, 2016

The company created quite a stir when it first introduced the budget tablets in the market last year and, with the new additions, it only seeks to expand its already large consumer base that remains quite untouched by big players like Apple.

In addition to the basic black model, the $50 Fire tablets are now available in magenta, blue, and tangerine, but the storage option still remains 8 GB. However, with the launch of its latest model, Amazon has made it possible to upgrade to 16 GB at only $20 more. This is especially to tap the market who wouldn't want to jump directly to a $150 Fire HD 8 or a $230 Fire HD 10 tablet just for an increased storage and choice of colors.

Like before, the $50 additions will also run on 1.3-gigahertz quad-core processor and come with a 7-inch IPS display, front and rear cameras, and an 8 GB storage that can be expanded to another 128 GB through the memory card slot. While the new devices will obviously support all Amazon features like Amazon FreeTime, X-Ray and a host of songs, videos, apps, and games available at the Amazon library, they will also run the updated Fire operating system that houses new features like "Blue Shade," specially designed for bedtime reading.

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AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo Pictured In All Its Glory – $1500 US Behemoth

by Hassan Mujtaba April 22, 2016

AMD’s flagship Radeon Pro Duo graphics card has been pictured in all its glory by Hardware Battle. The graphics card featuring two Fiji XT GPUs is on its way to become the fastest dual graphics card on the planet as its launch is planned for 26th April (according to rumors). We have seen several pictures of the cards being posted by sites but we can now take a closer look at one of the best looking dual GPU solution to date.

AMD’s Radeon Pro Duo will be arriving to consumers at the end of this month. The flagship graphics card from AMD was announced almost a year back and has undergone huge design changes. AMD initially wanted to built the Radeon Pro Duo an efficient card like their Radeon R9 Nano with an emphasis on performance per watt and compactness in terms of design but they unchained both Fiji GPUs on the card and went for a serious compute and performance oriented design. Hence became the Radeon Pro Duo.

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A new AMD licensing deal could create more x86 rivals for Intel

Things just a lot more interesting in the x86 server market.
By Agam Shah Apr 22, 2016 

AMD has announced a plan to license the design of its top-of-the-line server processor to a newly formed Chinese company, creating a brand-new rival for Intel. AMD is licensing its x86 processor and system-on-chip technology to a company called THATIC (Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd.), a joint venture between AMD and a consortium of public and private Chinese companies.

AMD is providing all the technology needed for THATIC to make a server chip, including the CPUs, interconnects and controllers. THATIC will be able to make variants of the x86 chips for different types of servers. Most PCs and servers are based on x86 chips, but licensing the chip technology to other companies is rare, even if that company is a joint venture, said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

AMD is much smaller than Intel, and licensing offers it an easy way to expand the installed base of AMD technology. The resource-strapped company will also generate licensing revenue in the process, McGregor said.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Cyanogen launches the “Mod” platform, with lots of Microsoft integration | Ars Technica

by Ron Amadeo Feb 22, 2016 

Cyanogen Inc. has announced a new feature for the upcoming Marshmallow version of its commercial Android skin, Cyanogen OS. The company is launching the "Mods" platform, a way to build apps "directly into the OS." The platform's biggest participant is none other than Microsoft, which has built Skype, Cortana, OneNote, and Hyperlapse apps for Cyanogen's platform. 

Cyanogen and Microsoft previously announced a "Strategic Partnership," which explains the two companies' almost joint rollout of this feature. The partnership covers "Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office," and it seems that most of those products are represented here. Four of the six announced Mods are Microsoft products. Configure the Mod platform appropriately and it almost seems like a Microsoft version of Android with Cyanogen as the intermediary.

Cyanogen's branding of this feature is rather confusing. "Cyanogen Inc.," the company, already makes an open source Android skin called "CyanogenMod." Cyanogen then takes CyanogenMod and adds some proprietary features to make "Cyanogen OS," a commercial version of its Android skin that it tries to license to manufacturers. That was hard enough for some people to keep straight, and now this new feature is only for Cyanogen OS, and it's called "Mods." If you're keeping track, Cyanogen Inc., Cyanogen OS, CyanogenMod, and Cyanogen's Mod platform are now all separate entities.

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First AMD Radeon 400 Series GPUs To Start Selling In April

by Khalid Moammer 2/22/2016

AMD Polaris 17It has only been a couple of months since AMD revealed its next generation Polaris graphics architecture but looks like the company’s Radeon 400 series GPUs are almost ready to start shipping to customers. In fact it looks like we might be looking at April for the very first Radeon 400 series graphics cards to start shipping. 

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A critical security flaw affects nearly the entire internet

By Steve Dent 2/22/2016

An eight-year-old bug in the Internet's Domain Name Service (DNS) could be used to widely spread malware, according to security research Dan Kaminsky. He says a flaw found in the Gnu C standard library, aka "glibc," can trick browsers into looking up shady domain names. Servers could then reply with overly-long DNS names, causing a buffer overflow in the victim's software. That would in turn let hackers execute code remotely and possibly take over a machine. While the hole has already been patched, Kaminksy said "the buggy code has been around for quite some time -- since May 2008 -- so it's really worked its way across the globe." In other words, it could take ages for the fix to be applied broadly.

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