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Submission + - Google Expands Free Internet For Public Housing Residents To All Fiber Markets

An anonymous reader writes: Back in November, Google announced its participation in Unlocking the Connection, a new initiative by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) to “help close the digital divide for the 4,300 people who live in public housing.” The company essentially promised to give Austin’s public housing residents free Google Fiber connections for 10 years. Now it has promised to expand that offering to every other current and future Google Fiber market. The move is part of U.S. President Obama’s ConnectHome program, launched by the White House and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the goal of bringing Internet connectivity to more school-aged children and families living in HUD-assisted housing in 27 communities across the country. HUD has chosen four communities (Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City) to start, but Google promises the program will extend to all its Google Fiber cities: public and affordable housing properties will pay $0/month and Google will waive the installation fee.

Submission + - Inside China's Next Generation DSP Supercomputer Accelerator (theplatform.net)

An anonymous reader writes: When Tianhe-2A supercomputer emerges (behind schedule since the team at the National University of Defense Technology had planned on outfitting it with Knights Landing cards to bring it another 45 petaflops) it will now feature a homegrown architecture as the acceleration unit. Interestingly, as a slide we captured during the briefing at the International Supercomputing Conference noted, the host processor appears to be a Xeon E5 2692, a carryover from the existing Ivy Bridge architecture that is part of the existing system.

The new accelerator for the upcoming Tianhe-2A supercomputer, which is slated to arrive sometime next year, was referred to as both the “China Accelerator” and the Matrix2000 GPDSP.

Comment Late to the party? (Score 1) 172

Microsoft wants to make sure it's not late to the party, as it has been so many times in the past.

Aren't they already late to the party? Apple, Samsung, Google, and others have been working on smart watches for *years* already. If MS hasn't been quietly working on this for a while already, it seems to me like they're already late.

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