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Submission + - iRobot Ava 500: The first ever self-driving telepresence robot (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: Today iRobot, which has been rather quiet this year, has a big telepresence announcement: The Ava 500, the “first self-driving business collaboration robot.” The Ava 500 was built in collaboration with the networking experts at Cisco, and was designed to bring enterprise businesses what could be the first viable telepresence robot on the market.

Submission + - Kinect for the Xbox One: Sensor revolution or marketing hype? (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: For all the buzz about the new Kinect that will ship with the Xbox One, there are remarkably few facts to go around. Sources trumpet its infrared-enabled ability to detect motion in a dark room, for example, but so could the original Kinect. Taking a look at what we know about the new Kinect, it isn’t at all clear whether it is an exciting breakthrough or just a group of incremental updates.

Submission + - Intel unveils Iris, Haswell's next-gen graphics (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: Ever since Intel did the first Haswell graphics unveil, there’s been talk about just how much additional performance the company would deliver with its new lineup of graphics processors. We’re still barred from talking about Haswell’s GPU performance directly, but Intel has released new branding information and some early performance figures. If you plan on buying a Haswell-based system, you’ll want to understand the performance levels of Iris and Iris Pro, as well as how the new brands are being used.

Submission + - One Bitcoin by the numbers: Is there still profit to be made? (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: From the article, "I have mined a Bitcoin. This was not much of an accomplishment a year or two ago, but in 2013, after the infamous early-April peak at $260, unearthing a Bitcoin is no easy task. Competition is on the rise and we are getting close to the end of the good ol’ days of Bitcoin; the time when a desktop computer or two have any real mining capabilities." The article runs through the logistics of mining a Bitcoin on everyday gaming computers while keeping an eye on power consumption, time spent, and return on investment.

Submission + - Can the AMD / Nvidia Bitcoin mining gap be bridged? (extremetech.com)

Dputiger writes: AMD has held a huge advantage in Bitcoin hashing performance for years, even against top-end Nvidia cards like the GTX Titan. This article examines the performance difference between the two companies, tests a new, CUDA-optimized kernel, and discusses why even the GTX Titan can barely beat AMD's $149 HD 7790. It's not just core counts — AMD's underlying GPU architecture has several advantages over Nvidia in this area.

Feed Schneier: Initial Thoughts on the Boston Bombings (schneier.com)

I rewrote my "refuse to be terrorized" essay for the Atlantic. David Rothkoph (author of the great book Power, Inc.) wrote something similar, and so did John Cole. It's interesting to see how much more resonance this idea has today than it did a dozen years ago. If other people have written similar essays, please post links in the comments....

Submission + - QuakeFinder: Is earthquake prediction finally a reality? (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: Unlike most natural disasters, earthquakes strike without warning. Between large quakes and resulting tsunamis, millions of lives have been lost because science has been unable to provide accurate, useful earthquake predictions. Stellar Solutions’ QuakeFinder Division hopes it can develop the tools to dramatically reduce this loss of life. Its network of over 100 sophisticated sensor stations has detected patterns of electromagnetic pulses several days before a number of different earthquakes, moving the possibility of earthquake prediction closer to reality.

Submission + - T-Mobile's UNcarrier plans leaked (geek.com)

massivepanic writes: T-Mobile is diving head first into calling themselves the "UNcarrier". Bring your own device, pay for whatever you want, and don’t worry about contracts seem to be the major selling points they will be pushing. The new plans are designed to allow multiple subscribers on a single plan to have their own allotment of data, completely separate from the other people on the plan. This in particular will be a big selling point for T-Mobile after next week, especially as Verizon continues to focus on their shared pools of data, text, and voice.

Submission + - Intel to exit motherboard business after Haswell (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: After 20 years, we’ve learned that Intel plans to exit the motherboard business. This announcement won’t impact Haswell — Intel motherboards will be available in normal volumes and quantities for the fourth generation Core i7 products. After that, Chipzilla will rely on boards from third parties like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. If you like Intel’s own motherboards, there’s no reason to avoid buying one for Haswell; Intel has confirmed that the next-generation boards will carry the same warranty and support for BIOS updates as previous hardware. On the manufacturing side, however, this announcement could shake up the entire motherboard business.

Submission + - Canonical could switch to rolling releases for Ubuntu 14.04 and beyond (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: For the longest time Canonical has slapped an LTS (“long term support”) moniker on some of their Ubuntu releases. Currently, a new major release of the operating system happens every six months, and is supported for 18 months after release. Whereas in the past when LTS versions received two years support or more, the current model — starting with 12.04 — supports new LTS releases for five years. However, a recent public Google Hangouts session revealed that Canonical has been thinking about switching from the venerable LTS model to a rolling release, starting with version 14.04.

Submission + - Microsft Surface Windows 8 Pro lands February 9 for $899 (geek.com)

massivepanic writes: Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Windows 8 Pro (usually known as the Surface Pro) will be available to purchase on February 9. The tablet — which, unlike the Surface RT, is actually a full-fledged laptop — will be available across the US and Canada initially through a range of stores including Staples, Best Buy, Future Shop, and of course Microsoft’s own stores and online. As for price, you’ll pay the expected $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB model.

Submission + - AMD files suit against former employees for alleged document theft (extremetech.com)

massivepanic writes: AMD has filed (and been granted) a request for immediate injunctive relief against multiple former employees that it alleges stole thousands of confidential documents. Named in the complaint are Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, Nicholas Kociuk, and Richard Hagen. All four left AMD to work at Nvidia in the past year. The loss of Feldstein was particularly noteworthy, as he’d been the head of AMD’s console initiatives for years. Feldstein was behind the work that landed AMD the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox Durango. He also worked closely with Microsoft during the Xbox 360s development cycle and brought that contract to ATI prior to AMD’s acquisition.

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