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SPEC Releases New Workstation Benchmark

SPECwpc V2.0 GUI

The Workstation Performance Characterization Group inside SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) launched a new workstation benchmark at the Supercomputing Conference (SC’15) held this week in Austin, TX. New SPECwpc V2.0 benchmark marks a new chapter for SPECwpc body, which creates professional benchmarks utilized by commercial entities and research institutes in order to find the ultimate hardware performance on a set of industry-standard benchmarks. Most of upgrades were focusing on changes going on with the PC architecture. According to SPECwpc, these are the upgrades inside the benchmark suite: Improved storage workloads that better reflect performance of NAND Flash devices for high-capacity data storage. Better scalability measurement for


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Apple Advances Past The $1 billion sales mark in India


Apple crossed the $1-billion sales mark in Indian operations for the first time, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. The company posted a 44% increase in sales and have doubled their profits overall. This marks success at yet another emerging market for Apple. The Indian market provides impressive sales, growth and revenue for the tech giant. The sales value of over $1 billion also marks another step in turning Apple into one of the biggest companies in the IT sector in the world today. Getting a better grip on markets like this will help in the quest of becoming


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Google Plus Just Took A More Fashionable Turn


Google just released information about the pending Google Plus update. The popular, but not the highest popular social media network out there, just got better. The reasons are several: there is a new design, a completely revamped way of how you use Google Plus and quite an interesting selection of features coming up. For many, Google Plus has been and is an unwanted child of the social media world – but in all true fairness, it does bring a whole lot to the table, that most of us haven’t really utilized or understood well enough. Google has been talking with their users, all in order


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Report: Microsoft Shot Itself In The Leg With AT&T Only Lumia 950 Release


If you want to impede any chances/progress for your issue ridden mobile division, you should not follow the path Microsoft have taken. They are making their new and promising model, Microsoft Lumia 950, an exclusive item to AT&T and their customer base. This didn’t really go off well in the mobile world, to say the least. Currently the company has a low single-digit global market share, something they’ve been trying to ramp up lately. In regards to this, some may think that the company would be begging carriers to sell their newest addition. Unfortunately that’s not the path that the Redmond based giant took. The


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Dell XPS Family Of Products Just Got Better

Three Dell XPS notebook computers arranged in a circle. An XPS 13 (Model 9350, Dino 2 XPS) notebook is on the far left, open 45 degrees facing back left. An XPS 12 (Model 9250) 2-in-1 (Veneno) sits in the middle, with the tablet screen resting on top of a keyboard attachment and an XPS 15 (Model 9550, Berlinetta XPS) computer is on the far right, open 45 degrees and facing back right.

After months of rumors, Dell finally announced updates to their award-winning XPS device family. Featuring several improvements, their new or better said, refreshed lineup gives us a familiar, albeit improved set of devices. The Dell XPS family mostly follows form and function with the accent on productivity, battery longevity and performance aspects. Considered by many as the family of laptops that’s up there with the best in consumer class, it now features the high performance 6th generation Intel i5 and i7 processors, all built for a further improved Windows 10 experience as well. “Beginning with CES 2015, when we first unveiled the world’s smallest laptop


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Windows 10 Privacy Concerns Addressed By Microsoft’s Terry Myerson

Windows 10

After Windows 10 was released late last month, the praises for the new operating system came flowing. It showed remarkable stability, built-in new features and overall it projected an increase in performance, plus, it returned the start menu as well. After the initial few weeks of work, some concerns for the new operating system’s privacy & security features have risen. There were several possible sources of concern for users; from the machine ID, key logging to other problematic situations, for example, covertly downloading a multi-gigabyte ISO of Windows 10 to Windows machines without user permission. In a nutshell it was kinda messy and Microsoft had


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Paranoids, Meet Your New Phone: Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2


Whether you are a paranoid being or simply want added privacy and/or security, this is the phone for you it seems. The second generation of Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 brings privacy and security front and center. It does this by offering full device encryption, thanks to Silent OS – an interesting version of Android intended for enterprise customers, putting an emphasis on secure and worry-free daily routines. If you thought the Blackphone 2 is another one of those ultra secure, but slow and outdated phones, think again. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM, it has a


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Pope’s Visit Might Delay Apple iPhone Deliveries


It seems that Pope Francis will impact more than only the people who come to see him during his visit to United States. According to The Verge, some customers of the Apple iPhone 6S have been warned by the company that they may experience delays in the delivery of their smartphones. Here is the full letter released: Dear XXXX, Thank you for your recent Apple Store purchase. Your iPhone 6s 64GB Rose Gold is scheduled for delivery on Friday, September 25th. However, due to traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City, your delivery may be delayed. If we’re unable to complete the


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Why Does The NFL Keep Fumbling Their $400 Million Microsoft Deal?


The brand new NFL season started a few days ago but the controversies keep on piling on. For the past few months, the heated debate over the Deflategate controversy raged on, resulting in increased viewership of the last NFL game. The game we are talking about was a match between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, with the New England Quarterback Tom Brady at the center of the said controversy. It is no wonder that his first personal seasonal appearance was something haters and fans simply didn’t want to miss. However, there was another controversy brewing, one that non techie audience doesn’t catch that easily. In 2013, NFL bonded


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Apple iPhone 6S Pricing And Availability Information

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After their launch event, Apple finally revealed availability and pricing for the all-new Apple iPhone 6S. While the device itself doesn’t bring a lot of new stuff, it clearly has a tight grip set on the mobile market. You do get the ‘optimized’ iOS9 upgrade (planned obsolescence), some minor styling changes and a more scratch resistant glass, improved aluminum case, changes to the front / rear camera and the way things are done on the phone. But for me as an example, this changes don’t do much to justify switching from the old to the new. The introduction of the 64-bit A9 chip will increase performance, but it is


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Max Verstappen: Video Games can Improve Formula 1 Driver Skills

Max Verstappen, Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault.

Even though he can legally drive a car in Europe for just a few weeks, Max Verstappen made headlines this year, achieving several records which are likely to stay for a long time, especially after FIA imposed age-limits for Formula 1. This Scuderia Torro Rosso driver will be remembered as the youngest debutant in the Formula 1 World Championship, youngest points scorer, and if there wasn’t for poor reliability of his Renault engine, he would probably score even higher in a rare season where Scuderia Torro Rosso even has better chassis than its parent, Red Bull Racing (which is ‘pathetic’ and troublesome at the same time).


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Johns Hopkins Will Use Apple Watch, ResearchKit For Upcoming Epilepsy Study

Apple Watch 3

According to Apple Insider, the Johns Hopkins’ ResearchKit study will utilize the health capabilities of Apple Watch for their upcoming pilepsy study with emphasis on seizure prediction. This marks one of the coolest ways to use this gadget from the Cuppertino based tech company. Event though Apple Watch hasn’t seen stellar sales numbers, its use is fairly well-known and studies like this could prove to be a valuable tool in health applications like this. In a nutshell, the Johns Hopkins University entered in a partnership with developer Thread Research, where they will harness Apple Watch and iPhone sensors to power an ambitious ResearchKit study on


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Report: Amazon Will Forego Future Phone Development


According to a story on Wall Street Journal, Amazon will forego any further phone development. While not ruled out completely, the development of the next-generation Amazon phone is extended “indefinitely.” Sources of the paper say that a significant volume of Fire Phone engineers have been sacked, which marks the first round of layoffs in history of Lab126, Amazon’s secretive hardware division. The failure of Fire Phone (no longer available for sale) took Amazon in a direction of rethinking their hardware strategy. With the aformentioned device, even heavy subsidizing didn’t help – the phone wouldn’t sell even when the price was dropped from $199 – $0.99 in an effort


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Windows 10 Downloaded 50 Million Times


Windows 10 has been downloaded over 50 million times. The brand new Operating System from the software giant has been a success. Partly because it’s completely free for previous Windows owners, partly because it rectifies some major issues and beefs owners of Windows 8.1 systems have reported earlier. While the number is rather impressive, the current state of affairs tell us that this relates to around 5% of all OS installs worldwide for the time being. The adoption rate is rather positive, creating a good atmosphere for Microsoft to push additional software, apps and other Windows related merchandise in the future. According to some sources,


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Fossil, Michael Kors to Enter Wearable Market with Intel


While various watchmakers are considering entering the Android wearable market, two of them (finally) revealed their plans today. Fossil and Michael Kors will enter the wearable market, all combined with Intel as the company providing them with processing power. During the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) keynote, the fashion brands revealed what they call the “connected accessories” product group and lineup. Yes, are all powered by the tech-giant Intel. This could well mean some newly found success on the wearable market for Google-powered products, as we have yet to see something spectacular in that area. From what we found out earlier today, the three wearable devices are a


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Google Officially Names Android M as Marshmallow


For as long as this operating system existed, it was either codenamed or officially named for candies. Thus, it is no surprise that Google is yet again going for the sugar candy name for the Android 6.0, which is scheduled to debut soon. Called Marshmallow, it will feature the next step in the evolution of the mobile system, designed to provide speed, ease of use and advanced features for the users. “Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten center, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows? We definitely like them! Since the launch of the M Developer


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Khronos Expands Scope of 3D Open Standard Ecosystem


The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, today announced significantly expanded scope and momentum for its family of open standard 3D graphics APIs.  Vulkan™, the new generation API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs, is on track for implementation and specifications later this year. It has received support from Android, SteamOS, Tizen, and multiple Linux distributions, including Ubuntu and Red Hat. The new OpenGL® ES 3.2 specification absorbs AEP (Android Extension Pack) functionality to enhance pervasive graphics capabilities across mobile, consumer, and automotive devices.  A set of OpenGL extensions will also expose the very latest capabilities


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Siggraph: Basemark and Crytek to Launch VR Benchmark


Siggraph, the annual get-together of ‘all that matters in computer graphics’ is set to open its doors for the 42nd time, this time in Los Angeles Convention Center in California. As always, Siggraph brings a sea of announcements and we believe that this year, we will see never-before seen focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality. However, finding the right balance for Virtual Reality experience will require substantial effort on building a platform (powerful PC, or streaming server for mobile), and one of key requirements is to standardize benchmarking in order to find the proper balance between performance and cost. With immersive game titles such as EVE:


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Big Three German Car Makers Buy Nokia Here For $3 billion


When Nokia announced it was reorganizing the company and splitting it in four parts, and then planning to spin off two, it was only a question of time before we see the acquisition of the second spin-off. First one (mobile phone division) went to Microsoft, while the final announcement about the sale just arrived. Nokia just sold its Here business unit to a consortium of German carmakers; Audi, BMW, and Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. This makes the three car makers owners of what some call one of the most impressive solutions in the mobile navigation market overall. “High-precision digital maps are a crucial component of the mobility of


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NVIDIA Announces 8″ SHIELD Tablet Recall due to Fire Hazard

8" SHIELD tablet represented one of rare products on the market based on the Tegra K1 chip.

When it was originally introduced, the 8″ SHIELD tablet represented the highest performing tablet on the market, packing Tegra K1 SoC with 192 Kepler cores, world’s first tablet with desktop-like GPU. We were quite impressed with the performance Tegra achieved by using stock Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, as well as overall built quality. The only negative was that the screen resolution wasn’t the greatest on an 8″ tablet, and it would heat up during gameplay – but not more than for example, Nexus 9 tablet (also powered by the same processor), or Texas Instruments powered Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9″. However, it looks like the tables have turned on