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Submission + - Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs at MWC (

MojoKid writes: Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield. The chips that will power these efforts are the Z34 and Z35 families, known as Merrifield and Moorefield, respectively. The new Merrifield core will use a 4G-capable XMM 7160 modem, a 1080p camera capable of 60 FPS capture, and the same Bay Trail CPU that was previously released. While it lacks Hyper-Threading, the addition of out-of-order processing means that the dual-core Bay Trail will be significantly faster than the older, in-order Atom parts. Merrifield also uses a PowerVR GPU core based on Series 6 (codenamed "Rogue"). This new GPU core is substantially more powerful than the older cores Intel used in the past and contains four separate compute clusters. Historically, Intel's tablets and smartphones have targeted "acceptable" graphics rather than fielding anything genuinely first rate, but that may change in 2014.

Submission + - Google and CISCO face off at the IETF over video codecs in WebRTC (

Danathar writes: Last week's RTCweb working group meeting at IETF 88 in Vancouver failed to reach agreement on a Mandatory to Implement (MTI) video codec for WebRTC. As Eric Krapf noted, the debate has been between Google's royalty free codec (VP8) and H.264, use of which can require royalty payment for use to MPEG-LA.

Submission + - Intel Open-Sources Broadwell GPU Driver & Indicates Major Silicon Changes (

An anonymous reader writes: Intel shipped open-source Broadwell graphics driver support for Linux this weekend. While building upon the existing Intel Linux GPU driver, the kernel driver changes are significant in size for Broadwell. Code comments from Intel indicate that these processors shipping in 2014 will have "some of the biggest changes we've seen on the execution and memory management side of the GPU" and "dwarf any other silicon iteration during my tenure, and certainly can compete with the likes of the gen3->gen4 changes." Come next year, Intel may now be able to better take on AMD and NVIDIA discrete graphics solutions.

Submission + - Google to be Finland's Biggest International Investor (

jones_supa writes: Internet search giant Google continues to make large scale investments in Hamina, Finland, where it launched a data center in a refurbished paper mill in 2011. The company has remained close-lipped about the latest deal, but city director Hannu Muhonen has referred to large sums being involved. 'At the moment it’s said to be the largest international investment in Finland,' says Muhonen. 'We know that there has been just shy of 1,000 people put to work. In a layperson’s view, that’s quite a large amount and signifies something big.' Google’s first and second phase investments in Hamina data centres have totalled around 350 million euros. This includes the 40 million odd price tag on the former Summa paper mill property that houses the centre. Google has announced that the third phase of investment will commence in November.

Submission + - Google Chromecast streams internet media to your TV

An anonymous reader writes: If you've heard of Apple Airplay or the Roku Streaming Stick then you should know Google has entered the arena to do battle with the big boys.

For only $35 dollars you can turn your ordinary TV into an smart TV that streams music and video from the internet. Just plug the USB sized device in the HDMI port and it connects to your Wi-Fi network.

The best part is that you get to use your laptop, smartphone and tablet as the remote so there's no new App to download — it just integrates as simple a small Chrome extension.

Submission + - Is Whitelisting Coming of Age? (

An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky recently announced their Whitelist Security Approach. It is a whole new concept to make the functioning of the antivirus program much faster and better. Whitelist is basically a database that stores information about different programs and files. You can check whether a file is safe or not by just simply entering its checksum or uploading the file itself.

Once the information is stored on the global database, you don’t need to scan the files again and again, the antivirus program would automatically retrieve information from Whitelist database. You can be sure about your files before installing or taking the risk of running them.

If you are a developer, then you may want to submit your apps to Kaspersky Whitelist, so that your users can assure themselves about the security of your application and it would also give you the program usage data.

Does this alleviate the need for signatures?
Does this stop 0-day exploits quicker?

Submission + - Police Confiscate Cell Phones Used to Film Fatal Beating (

An anonymous reader writes: The LA Times and other sources are reporting that police in Bakersfield CA detained witnesses and confiscated their cellphones after an incident where a David Sal Silva, aged 33 and father of 4 died after apparently being beaten with batons by as many as 9 Kern County police officers.

While a search warrant was executed, police did not allow phone owners to make copies of the phone contents.

There is considerable concern that the Bakersfield Police are too closely associated with the Kern County department to be trustworthy in this case.

Submission + - Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea? (

waderoush writes: Consumer Reports calls extended warranties 'money down the drain,' and as a tech journalist and owner of myriad gadgets — none of which have ever conked out or cracked up during the original warranty period — that was always my attitude too. But when I met recently with Steve Abernethy, CEO of San Francisco-based warranty provider SquareTrade, I tried to keep an open mind, and I came away thinking that the industry might be changing. In a nutshell, Abernethy says he’s aware of the extended-warranty industry’s dreadful reputation, but he says SquareTrade is working to salvage it through a combination of lower prices, broader coverage, and better service. On top of that, he made some persuasive points – which don’t seem to figure into Consumer Reports’ argument – about the way the 'risk vs. severity' math has changed since the beginning of the smartphone and tablet era. One-third of smartphone owners will lose their devices to drops or spills within the first three years of purchase, the company’s data shows. If you belong to certain categories — like people in big households, or motorcycle owners, or homeowners with hardwood floors — your risk is even higher. So, in the end, the decision about buying an extended warranty boils down to whether you think you can defy the odds, and whether you can afford to buy a new device at full price if you’re one of the unlucky ones.

Submission + - The US Nuclear Exit? (

Lasrick writes: John Mecklin introduces the rather provocative new issue of the Bulletin, which describes the decline and exit of the US from nuclear power. These articles in the Bulletin are free in the March/April Digital Journal, and include: How to close the US nuclear industry? Do nothing; The limited national security implications of civilian nuclear decline; Nuclear exit, the US energy mix, and carbon dioxide emissions; and The economics of a US civilian nuclear phase-out (by Amory Lovins). Also free is the Nuclear Notebook: US Nuclear Forces 2013. Good reading for energy wonks.

Submission + - WIth Apps and an OS-Agnostic Attitude, Chromebooks Can Challenge Microsoft (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has apparently confirmed that it has ported QuickOffice, an iOS and Android app productivity suite that substitutes for Microsoft Office, to Chrome OS. That, along with fact that you can also run Linux on these machines may augur well for Google, especially in the wake of the UEFI hoopla.

Submission + - Google Blames Nexus 4 Shortage on LG (

hugheseyau writes: "Google's Nexus 4 debut is an prime example of how not to launch a product. There's nothing wrong with the hardware, mind you, it's the lack of availability that's driving potential buyers batty. How could Google have so ineptly predicted the strong demand than an unlocked and affordable smartphone running the latest version of Android would elicit? That's a great question, and Google is content to partially pass the buck.

The root cause of the shortage falls on LG's shoulders. Dan Cobley, Google's managing director for the company's U.K. and Ireland divisions, fielded a bunch of questions and complaints on Google+ with an explanation of what's going on, followed by an apology."


Submission + - The 7" Kindle Fire HD has a Locked Bootloader (

Nate the greatest writes: Do yuo remember how Amazon tried to discourage owners of the original Kindle Fire from installing non-Kindle reading apps? With the Kindle Fire HD Amazon has taken it to the next level. In addition to the reading apps, Amazon has decided not to let you install home screen apps, web browsers, or lock screen apps from the Kindle Store. And even if you get the home screen or lock screen apps elsewhere Amazon won't let you use them.

But that's not all. Early reports from XDA are saying that the KFHD has a locked bootloader. That's a change from the first Kindle Fire and it's going to make it harder to hack the tablet and install a custom firmware. It's almost as if Amazon doesn't want to let you escape the advertising, isn't it?

Submission + - Patent troll sues X-Plane ( 2

symbolset writes: X-plane is a cross-platform flight simulator app, notably the only serious one that supports Mac OSX and Linux. It's under threat by an NPE (Non Practicing Entity), Uniloc, suing for things X-Plane has done for decades. X-plane cannot afford to defend this suit, so if somebody doesn't step up and defend them then we lose X-plane forever.

Submission + - Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card schematics completed (

lkcl writes: "Rhombus Tech's first CPU Card is nearing completion and availability: the schematics have been completed by Wits-Tech. Although it appears strange to be using a 1ghz Cortex A8 for the first CPU Card, not only is the mass-volume price of the A10 lower than other offerings; not only does the A10 classify as "good enough" (in combination with 1gb of RAM); but Allwinner Tech is one of the very rare China-based SoC companies willing to collaborate with Software (Libre) developers without an enforced (GPL-violating) NDA in place. Overall, it's the very first step in the right direction for collaboration between Software (Libre) developers and mass-volume PRC Factories. There will be more (faster, better) EOMA-68 CPU Cards: this one is just the first."

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