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Submission + - Intel Launches Onslaught Of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick->

MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.
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Submission + - Unearthed E.T. Atari Game Cartridges Score $108K At Auctions-> 1

MojoKid writes: Hundreds of Atari 2600 cartridges of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial that were excavated last year from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico collectively raked in nearly $108,000 through eBay auctions. Some $65,000 of that will go to the city of Alamogordo, while the Tularosa Basin Historical Society will receive over $16,000. Over $26,600 went to shipping fees and other expenses. A team of excavators led by operational consultant Joe Lewandowski unearthed the E.T. cartridges in front of a film crew. The high profile (among gaming historians) dig was the basis a documentary called Atari: Game Over, which is available for free through the Microsoft Store.
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Submission + - Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions Unveils LawBreakers Game Trailer->

MojoKid writes: Boss Key Productions has posted its first trailer of "LawBreakers" (formerly Project Bluestreak), a futuristic game title that's set to release on multiple platforms in 2016. The trailer shows off some of the characters and classes that you'll have access to on both sides of the law — yes, you'll have to decide whether you're fighting for the law or the lawbreakers. The game's setting is Earth, though not as you know it now. This is a future version of Earth where gravity is busted. The government, in its infinite wisdom, screwed up some testing on the moon and managed to split its surface, an event that came to be known as "The Shattering." Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is one of the co-founders of Boss Key Productions, the other of which is Arjan Brussee, the main coder behind both Jazz Jackrabbit games and co-founder Guerrilla Games.
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Submission + - AMD Unveils Radeon R9 Nano, Targets Mini ITX Gaming Systems With A New Fury->

MojoKid writes: AMD today added a third card to its new Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is a very compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the standard Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. The Fury Nano sports 64 compute units with 64 stream processors each for a total of 4,096 stream processors, just like Fury X. It also has an engine clock of up to 1,000MHz and pushes 8.19 TFLOPs of compute performance. That's within striking distance of the Fury X, which features a 1,050MHz engine clock at 8.6 TFLOPs.
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Submission + - How To Keep Microsoft's Nose Out Of Your Personal Data In Windows 10->

MojoKid writes: Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize leaks as much as possible are often requested by users who have recently made the jump to the new operating system. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the start menu, and then selecting Privacy from the pop-up menu. Among these menus are a plethora of options regarding what data can be gathered about you. It's worth noting, however, that changing any of these options may disable various OS related services, namely Cortana, as Microsoft's digital assistant has it tendrils buried deep.
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Submission + - Crucial Limbos To 35 Cents Per GiB For Latest High Performance MX200 SATA SSD->

MojoKid writes: Prices for solid state drives have fallen precipitously over the past year. This is especially true when shopping 2.5-inch form factor SATA SSDs, which is where some of the best values in solid state storage are currently found. Micron's Crucial brand MX200 drives that were recently introduced, for example, are currently selling for around .35 to .36 per GiB for a 500GB capacity drive at $179 and $349 for a 1TB drive. Based on Marvell's 88SS9189 controller and 16nm Micron NAND Flash, it's a reasonably solid option for SATA-based storage and definitely marks another point on the trend line for solid state storage costs in mainstream, cost-sensitive applications. With performance north of 500MB/sec, IO response times are pretty snappy too.
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Submission + - Samsung Tells Users To RTFM To Avoid Damaging Galaxy Note 5 Stylus Silo->

MojoKid writes: Earlier this today, news broke that Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 can be easily damaged by simply inserting the S Pen stylus in backwards. The design of the Galaxy Note 5's S Pen allows it to easily be inserted "blunt end" first, which causes it to become stuck. Once this happens, one or both issues occur: 1) the S Pen will become permanently wedged into the device or 2) if you do manage to retrieve the errant S Pen, removing it breaks Galaxy Note 5's pen detection mechanism. There has been some user outcry over this apparently and Samsung has offered a response. Despite what appears to be a real design flaw with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has issued a statement which, in a polite way, tells users to "RTFM" — "We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around." Sure enough, on page 25 there's a warning regarding this exact issue and the danger of inserting the S Pen incorrectly, but does Samsung get a pass for what is obviously a poor design choice and an easy pitfall for a mass market device like a smartphone?
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Submission + - Storm Trooper March, Tainted Love, Timeless Classics Played On The Floppy Drive ->

MojoKid writes: Where old PC technology is concerned, most folks don't feel nostalgic about it with completely fond memories. It could be because newer tech is just so much better. Take the old IDE cable interface, for example. Plugging that thing in was a true chore. So too was the need of having to manually set the dip switch on the back of a drive, to set it as either as a slave or master. While IDE cables and dial-up modems have limited use nowadays, except for the recycle bin, there's been an odd resurgence of the floppy drive from time to time. No, not to store data, but rather to take advantage of that obnoxious noise it makes to create music. This is made possible thanks to the fact that the drive head noises change based on how the floppy is being accessed — written to or read from — at a given time. Some incredibly creative people have taken good advantage of this interesting design by product, by pairing up many drives working together to create recognizable music score. If you want a bit of nostaglia, there are such timeless classics out there like Soft Cell's 80s hit Tainted Love or the Star Wars Storm Trooper March... Oh the joy.
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Submission + - Intel's Collaborative Cancer Cloud, an Open Platform for Genome-based Treatments->

Lucas123 writes: Intel and the Knight Cancer Institute have announced what will be an open-source service platform, called the Collaborative Cancer Cloud. The platform will enable healthcare facilities to securely share patient genomic data, radiological imagery and other healthcare-related information for precision treatment analysis. Key to averting HIPAA privacy issues will be Intel's Trusted Execution Technology, its embedded server encryption hardware that tests the authenticity of a platform and its operating system before sharing data. Intel said it will be opening that technology up for use by any clinic that want to take part in the Collaborative Cancer Cloud or to build its own data-sharing network with healthcare partners. Dr. Brian Druker, director of the Knight Cancer Institute, said the Trusted Execution Technology will allow healthcare centers to maintain control of patient data, while also allowing clinics around the world to use it for vastly faster genomic analysis.
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Submission + - NVIDIA Launches $159 Mainstream Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 950->

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card today, the GeForce GTX 950, based on the company's GM206 GPU. The GM206 debuted on the GeForce GTX 960, which launched a few months back. As the new card's name suggests though, the GM206 used on the GeForce GTX 950 isn't quite as powerful as the one used on the GTX 960. The company is targeting this card at MOBA (massive online battle arena) players, who don't necessarily need the most powerful GPUs on the market, but want smooth, consistent framerates at resolutions of 1080p or below. It's being positioned as a significant, yet affordable, upgrade over cards like the GeForce GTX 650 Ti, that are a couple of generations old. NVIDIA's reference specifications for the GeForce GTX 950 call for a base clock of 1024MHz and a Boost clock of 1188MHz. The GPU is packing 768 CUDA cores, 48 texture units, and 32 ROPs. The 2GB of video memory on GeForce GTX 950 cards is clocked at a 6.6GHz (effective GDDR5 data rate) and the memory links to the GPU via a 128-bit interface. At those clocks, the GeForce GTX 950 offers up a peak textured fillrate of 49.2 GTexels/s and 105.6 GB/s of memory bandwidth. At a $159 starting MSRP, in the benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 950 offers solid entry level or midrange performance at 1080p resolutions. It's a bit faster than AMD's Radeon R9 270X but comes in just behind a Radeon R9 285.
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Submission + - Google's Sunroof Uses Array of Data to Analyze Your Home's Solar Potential->

Lucas123 writes: A pilot program from Google will allow users to enter their home's address and discover how much energy PV panels could provide and what cost savings the technology would offer for a specific residence. The free service, called Sunroof, uses Google Maps data, and historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production to analyze how many hours of sunlight your roof gets per year. It then uses current industry pricing to show how much it will cost you to install PV panels and how much money you could save in energy costs. Additionally, it calculates state and government tax incentives in your region and applies that to your installation savings. Project Sunroof also offers general information, such as what types of rooftops are best for solar, what financial considerations should be taken into account and what the risks may be.
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Submission + - Intel Discloses Detailed Skylake Architecture Enhancements At IDF 2015->

MojoKid writes: Intel is still keeping a number of details regarding its complete Skylake microarchitecture and product line-up under wraps for a few more weeks, but at a public session at IDF, some of the design updates introduced with Skylake were detailed. Virtually every aspect of Skylake has been improved versus the previous-gen Haswell microarchitecture. I/O, Ring Bus, and LLC throughput has been increased, the graphics architecture has been updated to support DX12 and new eDRAM configurations, it has an integrated camera ISP, support for faster DDR4 memory, and more flexible overclocking features. All of these things culminate in a processor that offers higher IPC performance and improved power efficiency. There are also new security technologies dubbed Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) onboard Skylake, which support new instructions to create and isolate enclaves from malware and privileged software attack, along with Memory Protection Extensions (Intel MPX) to help protect stack and heap buffer boundaries as well. The cache structure itself hasn't changed much in Skylake, but throughput has been increased in multiple areas. Its eDRAM is fully coherent now, and can cache any data, and is available for use by the core, I/O, and display engine. Finally, a new technology, dubbed Intel Speed Shift, also allows Skylake to switch power states faster than previous-gen products, controlling P states fully in hardware, whereas previous-gen products required OS control. The end result is that Skylake can switch P states in 1ms, whereas it takes roughly 30ms with older processors.
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Submission + - Intel Demos First 3D XPoint Solid State Drive At IDF 2015->

MojoKid writes: Intel opened up their annual Intel Developer's Forum (IDF) in San Francisco today and in the keynote, a number of unreleased technologies were shown, from Google's Project Tango smartphone with Intel's RealSense camera, to wearables from Fossil, and even a RealSense-equipped robotic butler. However, at the end of the keynote Intel unveiled one of the more interesting products based on its recently announced 3D Xpoint Memory. A new SSD based on 3D XPoint was demoed live for the first time. 3D Xpoint is a new type of memory that's non-volatile like NAND flash, but highly-durable and faster than NAND, more in line with DRAM speeds. 3DXpoint memory can reportedly be up to 1000X faster and more durable than today's NAND, and 10x denser than DRAM, while offering lower latency. Products based on 3D XPoint will arrive as early as next year. The prototype drive, which will be branded Intel Optane when it arrives, was shown running a number of workloads in IOMeter, side by side with an Intel SSD DC3700 series enterprise-class PCIe SSD. Throughout the demo, the Optane / 3D XPoint drive was roughly 5 to 7x faster than the DC3700, which is no small feat. Those numbers don't come close to 3D XPoint's potential, but then again, the demo system was using very early, pre-release silicon and firmware.
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Submission + - Intel Skylake Gen9 Series Graphics Architecture Unveiled->

MojoKid writes: Intel's Skylake is here and the new architecture comprises Intel's 6th generation Core line of CPUs. In recent testing it was confirmed that Intel's Skylake-based Core i7-6700K is the company's fastest quad-core desktop processor to date. However, one thing Intel kept a tight lid on was the underlying technology of the Gen9 Intel HD Graphics engine on board Skylake, that is until now. An overview of the changes Intel made specific to Intel Gen9 graphics, notes the following among other tweaks: Available L3 cache capacity has been increased to 768 Kbytes per slice (512 Kbytes for application data). Sizes of both L3 and LLC request queues have been increased. This improves latency hiding to achieve better effective bandwidth against the architecture peak theoretical. Gen9 EDRAM now acts as a memory-side cache between LLC and DRAM. Also, the EDRAM memory controller has moved into the system agent, adjacent to the display controller, to support power efficient and low latency display refresh. Gen9 has also been designed to enable products with 1, 2, or 3 slices, each with 24 EUs per slice and 8 EUs per subslice. Finally, Gen9 adds new power gating and clock domains for more efficient dynamic power management. This can particularly improve low power media playback modes.
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