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Silicon Valley Suicides Cannot be Ignored

Cover theme in The Atlantic December 2015 issue: Silicon Valley Suicides.

Growing up in the world of social media means you are bombarded with information coming left, right and center. Unfortunately, the positive pressure can lead in a negative spiral and that spiral ends with runaways (in mild cases) and suicides in worst. Examples of competitive athletes dropping dead on the field in the first two to three years of being professionals are sadly, increasingly common. What is more troubling is that the same level of competitive pressure is now appearing in what needs to be creative disciplines, more known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Growth of UC Schools such as Stanford and Berkeley, UCSF in a


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14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi


Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.


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Dieselgate: VW Cheated On Emission Ratings, Criminal Charges Ahead?

VW TDI - Turbo-Diesel Engine which made VW brand famous.

According to latest news reports from reputable media sources, Volkswagen cheated on emission tests in the United States, creating a #dieselgate affair. the apparent cheat was created in order to achieve better emission ratings, showing their cars using less polluting engines than what they actually are. This news comes as a big blow to VW’s expansion plans and overall sales in United States, with a potential global impact. The reality is that Volkswagen will face huge fines, rumoured to be as high as 18 billion U.S. dollars. That is not all, though – their executives may even face criminal charges as well. Essentially, the company admitted systematically cheating on EPA tests. The cheat happened for


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Cost of Meg Whitman: 88,300 Jobs Gone at HP

Margaret Cushing "Meg" Whitman, CEO HP Inc.

As the current Hewlett Packard management is proceeding with the company split into two divisions, a move started-and-stopped under the previous management, more jobs are getting cut as the company wants to ‘maximize the shareholder return’ and reduce glut which is somewhat inevitable in an organization that currently employs more than quarter of million people (September 2015: 302,000 employees worldwide). The company management lead by Margaret Cushing ‘Meg’ Whitman claims the latest round of cuts will reduce in a one-time charge of 2.7 billion USD, and produce annual savings in the same range. Two billion dollars are to be saved in the Enterprise division, while the ‘PCP’ division should save 700


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Croatian Doctors Insert the World’s First 3D Printed Acrylic Vertebrae

3D printed vertebrae uses Acryl as the only material

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is slowly, but certainly changing the world for the better, and shortening the time-to-market. In the world of medicine, shortening that ‘time to market’ literally means saving lives. There are numerous theoretical examples where 3D printing could save lives, and we have now witnessed  three surgeries where the technology moved patients from their death beds to recovery rooms and regular life. Only over the past 12 months, we started to see doctors using 3D printed vertebrae to help their patients. First two operations happened in China, on two separate patients. A 12-year old was operated in August 2014,  while a 21-year old cancer patient was operated


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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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Tesla Model 3 Announced By CEO Elon Musk


This is the news many Tesla Motors supporters have been waiting for: Tesla announced their entry-level model, the Tesla Model 3, to be released in the forthcoming years. The news came earlier today when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted about the new model, fueling further hype for the electric car company and their upcoming models as well. Elon used the social media platform, as he did in his earlier announcements and made sure the public was on it right away. To remind the readers, Model 3 represents Tesla’s SEX strategy, which was changed into S3X strategy after Ford trademarked ‘Model E’. We now know that Model 3 is


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New Formula E cars are Dramatically Faster

Rain hit testing at Donington, in what was a  typical british summer day.

In 2014, a new category of motor racing launched, and gathered as much traction as controversy. Formula E, brainchild of Alejandro Agag and backed by FIA – launched in a 10 round championship which ended with a brilliant double-header race in the middle of London, at Battersea Park. Over 60,000 people showed up to se the last race, and over 1.9 million people watched it in UK alone. Given that 60,000 viewers were more that some F1 races experienced, expectations are really high in preparations for the second season, where many restrictions were lifted off and eight of ten teams are now competing as constructors. Unlike


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Google is No More, Meet the Alphabet

Google waves Good Bye, Meet the Alphabet as the holding company that now owns Google

‘Corporate restructuring’ is a term reserved typically for downsizing the company, selling or ‘spinning off’ corporate assets etc. However, when it comes to Google, something out of the blue happened – company leaders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced the birth of a new company, which will now own Google and all of its subsidiaries, as well as couple other companies. The duo announced the new company, called Alphabet (Alpha-bet meaning ‘the return for investor benchmark’) after the stock market closed. We suspect that the .xyz domain is going to become very popular for ‘follow the leader’ culture in Silicon Valley. As Larry wrote; “We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at


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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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Possible Cheaper Fighter Attack Airplane for U.S. and its Allies?


As the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally receives active combat clearance, and enters the Air Force as a battle-ready aircraft, we saw a lot of caveats of the troubled Lockheed Martin’s fighter program. In a nutshell, it’s over budget, over the planned timeframe and over the much needed operational limit for current USAF and NAVY fighters as well. Sadly for the program, it is also weaker in combat than a 40 year old F-16, yet alone F-15 and F-18 fighters. This means, that in true facts and reality the F-35 is so much delayed, that current F/A-18 and F-16 fighters are nearing their operational limit. It also


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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


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Nokia Launches a Surprising VR Device: Professional Camera

Nokia OZO

Without any doubt, Nokia is one of most versatile companies in the world. This company was founded in 1865, and the products the company made since its inception till today is almost deserves to name the company chameleon, not Nokia. After a lot of changes, the company is now consisted out of three business units (Nokia Networks, Nokia Here and Nokia Technologies), one of which is currently in the process of sale, probably to a joint German automotive maker effort (VAG AG represented by Audi, Daimler AG represented by Mercedes-Benz and BMW). Given that Nokia Technologies is tasked with the return to mobile space, we were caught off-guard


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Google Translate Translates Almost Everything in 27 Languages

Google Translate App makes the whole world smaller.

Couple of years ago, the world of mobile apps was shocked with the appearance of World Lens app, which detected words on live cameras. Even though the mobile phones at the time had quite limited camera capabilities, what World Lens showed to us was the future of translation. Naturally, revolutionary apps like that do not just disappear as Google proved by acquiring the app maker, Quest Visual. Given that World Lens for Google Glass was one of most impressive things I’ve personally used on Google’s first attempt at Augmented Reality, as you can see on video below: Now, over a year passed since the acquisition of


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Microsoft Windows 10 is Incredibly Easy to Download


Microsoft today released Windows 10 in multiple versions. The company offers multiple versions to professional and consumers, as you can see from the wide array of versions available on its MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) website. Still, we believe that most of Windows 10 users will be those upgrading from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, which had the “Install Windows 10” icon in their trays for couple of months now. The company is moving away from its numbering system, since Windows 10 in reality are 6.4, while much searched “Windows 10 10240 RTM” is becoming a thing of past, as 10240 will be succeeded by 10275 and


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Watch Five Key Videos on New Horizons and Pluto

First high-resolution image from New Horizon showing Pluto and Ceres together.

85 years after its discovery, a space object formerly known as the ‘eight planet in the Solar System’ was finally visited and we can now see how Pluto actually looks like. Even though often short-sighted and ego-driven science organizations officially recognize solar system with seven planets and five dwarf planets, there are further 380 dwarf planets pending – and estimated 7,000 objects more in a violent area known as the Kuiper Belt. This is exactly the goal of NASA’s New Horizons mission, intended to reveal as much as possible. First and foremost, we now know that Pluto is red, not blue or gray, which is what roughly pixelated images


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ASUS Enterprise Road to Nowhere – Whither Taiwan IT Industry?

ASUS HQ in Beitou, suburb of Taipei, Taiwan.

Taiwan IT industry, for a long time the leading among all Asian nations in terms of hardware manufacturing, has had its ups and downs over the decades. Does anyone still remember FIC (First International Computer), once the world’s leading mainboard maker? Or Elitegroup as the close second, while today’s leaders, Gigabyte, ASUS and MSI were far behind? Not many do… The gigantic Formosa Plastics consortium, which owned FIC, continued down the road with VIA Technologies and HTC, showing their love for three lettered acronyms. While these two still survive, the twisted sense of marketing and PR in these companies – one of the stones around their


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AMD to Go Private, Split into AMD and ATI Again?

AMD GPU Launch Webcast page

Friday evening in the U.S. is typically the ideal time for a media outlet to break a story that could wreak havoc on Wall Street on Monday morning, leaving just the enough time to gather traction and positioning on search engines. Thomson Reuters probably did just that. Hot on the heels of successful APU and GPU announcements, with the launch of its “Carrizo” APU and Radeon 300 graphics cards, as well as breakthrough Fiji graphics processor; AMD’s stock finally started to post healthy gains. After being ‘in the wild’, losing 40% of its value over the past 12 months, falling to levels last seen in


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AMD Radeon Fury X Performance Revealed

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Introduction slide

While VR World is currently working on a detailed series of analysis into how AMD is changing its future by unveiling a completely new product line-up, we were informed by the company’s representatives that the company decided to lift the embargo on performance data for the AMD Radeon Fury X earlier than expected. Thus, while you wait for the architectural analysis of the part (this article will be updated in due course), we are pleased to bring you details from the AMD Radeon Fury X Review Guide, which contains internal performance data of this new, $649 graphic card. This price pitches liquid cooled Radeon Fury X


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Monster Tajima and Rimac to Attack Pikes Peak with a 1MW Racecar

Yutaka Awazuhara, Monster Tajima and Mate Rimac in front of their Pikes Peak challenger.

For the past couple of weeks, Rimac Automobili Facebook page was filled with teasers about a special racing vehicle for a special race. That ‘special race’ is no longer a secret, as Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and  visited Zagreb, Croatia and made an announcement that Monster and Rimac have teamed up to create a 1MW, 1,341hp race vehicle with yet unknown torque. Rimac Automobili is world known for its 1,088hp Concept_One electric car, with the company further expanding their line up with Greyp electric bikes, which is now a stand-alone company – as well as their collaboration with Koenigsegg on their Regera hypercar, a 1500hp hybrid monster.