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IBM, US Air Force Are Building a Neuromorphic Supercomputer

IBM and the US Air Force have announced that they’re teaming up to build a unique supercomputer based on IBM’s TrueNorth neuromorphic architecture. The new supercomputer will consist of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while using just 10W of wall power. It’s common, when discussing CPUs, to compare them with the human brain. Superficially, the two seem similar — brains, like CPUs, receive inputs, perform calculations based on those inputs, and then return a result. But while brains and conventional CPUs may seem similar at an extremely high ...

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Major Hyper-Threading Flaw Destabilizes Intel Kaby Lake, Skylake CPUs

Intel has shipped Hyper-Threading CPUs for well over a decade, even subtracting the Core 2 era when the technology wasn’t used. For most of that time, Hyper-Threading has been a technology that ‘just worked.’ Initial problems under Windows 2000 and Windows XP were ironed out by service packs and software updates. And while there’s been the very occasional case in which turning off Hyper-Threading improves performance, it’s a rare enough issue that I can’t recall any instances offhand. Now, a major Hyper-Threading flaw has been discovered that can destabilize Intel ...

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Google Will Stop Reading Your Email to Target Ads

One of Google’s most controversial practices over the years has been the automated scanning of email contents. Google used that data to target ads inside Gmail, which it places at the top of the list in your social and promotions tabs. Google now says it will end the practice of targeting ads based on email text, but the decision was not made by the Gmail or advertising teams. It comes from Google’s cloud unit, which is responsible for selling G Suite business subscriptions. G Suite, or Apps for Work as ...

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SpaceX Successfully Launches, Lands Second Reused Rocket

SpaceX has made a name for itself with its reusable rockets, but the company has only begun putting those rockets back in space for a second time relatively recently. Earlier this week, SpaceX delayed launching its first Bulgarian payload, BulgariaSat-1. Today, the rocket launched and reached orbit without incident. It was a significant launch for both companies. For SpaceX, this is the second demonstration of its reusable rocket capabilities. For Bulgaria, it’s the first satellite the country has ever launched. BulgariaSat-1 is based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform and ...

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Microsoft Windows 10 S Isn’t as Secure as the Company Claims

One of the major pitches for Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, which only runs apps that you download from the Windows Store, is that it’s significantly more secure from malware and other types of attacks. The company has also touted Windows 10 S as being less susceptible to ransomware, and protected from types of attacks that have taken down previous Windows versions. As with most promises of this sort, the truth is rather more complicated. It’s true that Windows 10 S does protect against certain types of downloadable malware, ...

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New PillCam Uses Wireless Radio, CCD Cameras to Diagnose Heartburn

The American FDA has a track record of sitting back and letting Europe guinea-pig medical innovations for us, especially durable goods. Many a web search has resulted in the familiar shutdown: “not available in America, although in common use in Europe.” I myself have participated in medical tourism for a durable implantable device that’s been in use in Europe since the mid-1980s, but still isn’t available stateside, for reasons beyond my ken. One such device, which has settled into widespread use in Europe, but remains under provisional FDA oversight instead ...

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In Wake of Apple Loss, Imagination Technologies Puts Itself Up for Sale

Earlier this April, Imagination Technologies announced that it would no longer provide key graphics IP to Apple within 15 to 24 months (July 2018 to April 2019). The announcement sent the company’s stock plunging, and Imagination soon announced that it would seek to sell off at least two business segments: MIPS, its low power and embedded microprocessor division; and Ensigma, its low-power wireless division. The plan, at least initially, was to double down on its core graphics business, which has produced the bulk of the company’s revenue in recent years. ...

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In Wake of Apple Loss, Imagination Technologies Puts Itself Up for Sale

Earlier this April, Imagination Technologies announced that it would no longer provide key graphics IP to Apple within 15 to 24 months (July 2018 to April 2019). The announcement sent the company’s stock plunging, and Imagination soon announced that it would seek to sell off at least two business segments: MIPS, its low power and embedded microprocessor division; and Ensigma, its low-power wireless division. The plan, at least initially, was to double down on its core graphics business, which has produced the bulk of the company’s revenue in recent years. ...

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Apple: Qualcomm Doesn’t Deserve to Earn Revenue on Every iPhone

For the past few years, Qualcomm has been the undisputed king of premium smartphone SoCs. While not every company uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, its LTE modems have been extremely successful. Other companies have begun to take more market share, but for several years, Qualcomm virtually owned the entire LTE market. Other companies and governments have alleged Qualcomm’s meteoric success in the 4G/LTE space may have had more to do with its willingness to abuse its de facto monopoly in LTE modems, as opposed to unilaterally building the best product. Apple ...

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Apple: Qualcomm Doesn’t Deserve to Earn Revenue on Every iPhone

For the past few years, Qualcomm has been the undisputed king of premium smartphone SoCs. While not every company uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, its LTE modems have been extremely successful. Other companies have begun to take more market share, but for several years, Qualcomm virtually owned the entire LTE market. Other companies and governments have alleged Qualcomm’s meteoric success in the 4G/LTE space may have had more to do with its willingness to abuse its de facto monopoly in LTE modems, as opposed to unilaterally building the best product. Apple ...

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