Business

Ninja Innovation at GigaOM Mobilize

GigaOM Mobilize was opened by Founder and Senior Writer Om Malik. GigaOm is a media company which grew from a blog into multiple channels devoted to technology news, analysis and opinions. The channels cover cloud, mobile, cleantech, consumer web and media focused on the evolution and innovation of technology. The company prides itself on delivering more than just news, it also offers research and puts on events for its audience. GigaOM also publishes books of use to the consumer, such as Cut The Cord: All You Need to Know to Drop Cable. This year?s event, GigaOM Mobilize, held in San Francisco focused on being connected

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware

Audio Pioneer Ray Dolby Died Last Week

The founder of Dolby Laboratories, Ray Dolby, passed away last Thursday in San Francisco, at age 80. He suffered from Alzheimer ?s disease and acute leukemia. Dolby was the inventor of the analog noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He was also a co-inventor of video tape recording while at Ampex in Redwood City, California. In 1965, Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories while in London with a staff of four. In that same year he officially invented the Dolby Sound System, a form of electronic filter, although his first U.S. patent was not filed until 1969, four years later. The filter was first used by Decca

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Business, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs

Imagination And MIPS Are Taking On ARM

ARM, a leader in mobile is going to be challenged by a semiconductor company who has coupled with a chip design form. The challenger held a conference to showcase its plan. Last week, Imagination Technology Group,- a fabless semiconductor design company, had a press event and a gathering of over 250 guests from leading Silicon Valley companies. At Stanford University?s Faculty Club, Imagination?s CEO, Sir Hossein Yassaie, said they were showing ?the growing relevance and importance of our latest technologies including the PowerVR Series 6 family and the upcoming MIPS ?Warrior? family to many partners and their markets.? Imagination purchased MIPS ? a fabless CPU

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Audio/Video, Business, Hardware

Tesla Opens Service Center on Interstate to Lake Tahoe

Tesla Motors is opening a service center along Interstate 80 in Rocklin, CA which is a first in the region.Under plans submitted to the city of Rocklin, Tesla will have more than 18,000 square feet of space at 4361 Granite Drive, near the Sierra College Boulevard exit off I-80. The site was opened in 2004 as a Kia auto dealership operated by Sacramento area Lasher Auto Group, but it closed only a year later. Tesla?s Rocklin facility is being renovated Rocklin is a small community of 58,295 residents in the Sierra foothills with a median income of $80,379, well above the Sacramento SMSA (Standard Metropolitan Statistical

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Business, Enterprise

N.S.A. Surveillance Causes Legal Website to Close

The technology legal news website Groklaw is shutting down. That was the headline Tuesday morning.  Groklaw’s Editor Pamela Jones said she made the decision due to concerns over the diminishing availability of secure email in the wake of Edward Snowden?s revelations about the National Security Agency (N.S.A) surveillance and storage of emails. The reason for closure of Groklaw, according to site’s founder Pamela Jones What this means is we have lost one of our most valuable resources for understanding the legal implications of technological law for both laymen and lawyers alike. Editor Jones writes a lengthy and insightful explanation of why she can’t run the

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Business

Electric Car Battery Builder Files For Bankruptcy

Tuesday, electric-car-battery manufacturer A123 Systems filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. A123 makes rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. The company has been hurt by the slow development of the electric car market. A123 announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Johnson Controls in a transaction valued at $125 million. This brought to a halt their August plans to sell an 80 percent stake to the American arm of China’s largest auto parts manufacturer, Wanxiang Group Corp. On October 9, that deal encountered opposition from Senators Charles Grassely (R, Iowa) and John Thune (R, SD)

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Hardware, Reviews

Review: MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G LTE

MetroPCS, is an American regional wireless carrier offering talk, text and Internet at 4G speeds without an annual contract. Last week?s announcement of T-mobile and MetroPCS combining made us wonder whether their network has improved since last year?s review. MetroPCS provided BSN with one of their Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G LTE contract-free smartphones for this review. This unit is representative of what the majority of MetroPCS users have for 4G LTE handsets. Last year we reviewed their Samsung Craft 4G LTE phone. MetroPCS $40 per month 4G LTE plan covers the first 250MB of data, then additional charges apply as you download more. There are

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Business

T-Mobile and MetroPCS Are Combining

Last week, T-Mobile USA COO John Alling, admitted the company had "lost its way" after AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile fell apart in late 2011. Wednesday, Deutsche Telekom (DT) and MetroPCS agreed to merge DT’s T-Mobile USA operations with MetroPCS. There are several things to consider before deciding if this is a good move for either or both companies. Clearly being out of the first few spots in any race is not a great place to be. Based on analyst estimates for 2012, the combined company is expected to have approximately 42.5 million subscribers, $24.8 billion of revenue, $6.3 billion of adjusted EBITDA (Earnings

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Technology Security

Governor Brown Signs Bills on Social Media Passwords

Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills into law that keep employers or universities from demanding access passwords to Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. California is the fourth state in the nation to enact such a ban this year and though Congress considered a similar measure, it was defeated. ?The Golden State is pioneering the social media revolution and these laws will protect all Californians from unwarranted invasions of their personal social media accounts,? said Governor Brown. The Governor’s Office said that at the college level, many student athletes had become the target of such demands. Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose The first

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Auto, Business, Software Programs

Governor Brown Signs California Driverless Car Law at Google HQ

Left to right: Google co-founder Sergey Brin, State Senator Alex Padilla, and Governor Jerry Brown On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1298 into law at Google HQ in Mountain View. He was joined by Google’s Sergey Brin and bill sponsor Alex Padilla. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) an MIT Engineering graduate said: ?Human error causes most traffic accidents and autonomous technology can reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on California’s roads.? Padilla believes self-driving cars also will improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles, reduce emissions and enable cars to talk to one another to improve traffic flow. California will adopt rules and

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Hardware

GlobalFoundries Announces 14XM Process for 2014, to Challenge Intel

Thursday, September 20, GlobalFoundries announced a 14-nanometer (nm) XM PDK (eXtreme Mobility Process Development Kit) featuring FinFET three-dimensional transistors. Customer tape out is expected in early 2013 and volume production in 2014 at GlobalFoundries’ Fab 8 in Malta, New York. This surprise announcement is just one year after the foundry is scheduled to put its 20nm process in production. Introducing the "14XM" just one year after 20nm in a bid to reach parity with Intel, which is scheduled to introduce the 14nm process "Broadwell" during 2014 as well The14nm XM successfully combines 14nm FinFET features onto the company?s existing 20nm offering. Gregg Bartlett, GlobalFoundries? CTO

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Business, Cloud Computing

VMware buys Nicira, Expanding Cloud Computing Offering

On Monday, VMware announced it had agreed to acquire Nicira, a pioneer in software-defined networking (SDN) and a leader in network virtualization for open source initiatives. Additionally VMware reported that revenue for the quarter ended June rose to $1.12 billion, while earnings on a per-share basis were 68 cents. Analysts had been expecting that sales figure, but thought earnings would be at 66 cents. Paul Maritz, outgoing chief executive of VMware, said: "VMware has led the server virtualization revolution, and we have the opportunity to do the same in datacenter and cloud networking." Just last week VMware announced that CEO Paul Maritz is being replaced

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Business, Enterprise, Software Programs

VMware CEO Out, EMC COO Patrick P. Gelsinger is Replacement

Monday evening, CRN said Paul Maritz is out as VMware CEO and is being replaced by Pat Gelsinger, president and COO of EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products division. Maritz could be heading for a new job as CEO of EMC or as head of a spun off Cloud Foundry. VMware is a company providing virtualization software, founded in 1998 and based in Palo Alto, California. The company was acquired by EMC in 2004 and operates as a separate software subsidiary. EMC owns approximately 80 percent of VMware stock, while Intel has approximately 10 percent and Cisco holds 5 percent of the shares. Earlier on Monday, Gigaom

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Audio/Video, Business

Twitter Sends Out Wrong Info About Supreme Court Decision

Twitter proved again it is first with rumors, but not with facts. Twitter rumors caused CNN and FOX News to claim the US Supreme Court had turned down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As the world knows by now, that is the opposite of the real decision about what has been called Obamacare. Shortly after 10:00am EDT in Washington DC, a ripple spread through the conservative section of the crowd standing on First Street Northeast in front of the Supreme Court building. "Mandate struck down! Mandate struck down! Mandate struck down!" people shouted, passing the news along like a game of telephone. But

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Enterprise, Hardware

Intel Announces XEON Phi, 50-core 22nm Coprocessor

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, Intel announced their Knights Corner coprocessor, the first member of their XEON Phi family. Knights Corner is the next generation of their multi-core, parallel processing coprocessor for the HPC (High Performance Computing) race to be a contender in the TOP500 Supercomputing Sites. Knights Corner specifications 1 Teraflops from coprocessor node of Intel’s HPC cluster FLOPs (or flops or flop/s, for floating-point operations per second ) are a measurement of a computer’s performance (e.g., required by a given algorithm or computer program). Way back when scientists starting counting FLOPS, human nature obviously sprung into action

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Business, Enterprise, Software Programs

Oracle vs. Google Post-Mortem: Judge Knows Programming

The soap opera of Oracle versus Google took a surprising fork in the proceedings. In this post mortem analysis, we’ll look into what went wrong (for Oracle) and what went right (for Google). Surprisingly, it was the same person. We all remember that in the spring of 2009, Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and the Java code base. In the spring of 2010, Oracle sued Google, saying Android infringed on seven Java patents, plus unspecified copyrights. Oracle also claimed billions of dollars in lost revenues. For the past two years, stalwart Oracle and Java fanboys have loudly proclaimed Google stole all the Java code to create

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Hardware, Software Programs

Android announces MIPS ABI in latest NDK

Tuesday afternoon, Android Developers Forum announced the latest update to their NDK. Last month at Linley Tech Mobile Conference 2012 the audience heard from Amit Rohatgi, MIPS Mobile Architect, that Google would be adding the MIPS ABI into the Android NDK. The new features for MIPS Developers using Android NDK, Revision 8 are: Added support for the MIPS ABI, which allows [Developers] to generate machine code that runs on compatible MIPS-based Android devices. Major features for MIPS include MIPS-specific toolchains, system headers, libraries and debugging support. For more details regarding MIPS support, see docs/CPU-MIPS.html in the NDK package. By default, code is generated for ARM-based

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Business, Hardware

Soitec Announces Fully Depleted Silicon – Can it Bring SOI Back into the Game?

Soitec announced a comprehensive product roadmap centered on fully depleted (FD) Silicon-On-Insulator technology starting at 28nm and extending down to the 10nm node. They are aiming for the magic 3-way combo: better performance, less power consumption, and cheaper manufacturing. Soitec FD roadmap One of the main challenges faced by the semiconductor industry is a disappointing cost-benefit ratio, with limited gains in performance and power consumption despite increasingly high development costs. Smaller and smaller transistors challenge fabs and fables s developers. For reference, a nanometer (nm) is one million times smaller than a millimeter. The number defines the distance between transistors and other components within the

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Cloud Computing, Hardware

MIPS shows Philips 7-inch tablet at Linley Mobile Conference 2012

Monday afternoon at the Linley Tech Mobile Conference 2012 CPU manufacturers Qualcomm, Intel, and Ingenic/MIPS talked about their latest application processor that?s shipping. We learned more about Snapdragon S4, Intel?s low-power processor, MIPS IP licensing and were shown a demo of an unannounced tablet. The speakers were Travis Lanier, Director of CPU Product Management, Qualcomm; Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Intel Fellow and Chief Mobile Platform Architect, Intel; Amit Rohatgi, Principal Architect, Mobile, MIPS Technologies. L to R: Linley Gwennap, Linley Group – Travis Lanier, Qualcomm – Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Intel ? Amit Rohatgi, MIPS Travis Lanier discussed the Snapdragon S4 Pro and the company?s specialty microarchitecure

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Cloud Computing, Enterprise

Supermicro Demos New Embedded Servers for Innovative Applications

Supermicro is widely known for their servers. In early March, they announced that more than 100 product platforms have been updated / newly created for the new Xeon E5 processor family. What caught our attention at their 2012 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) booth, was a prototype configuration for a "Touchless Touch Screen" powered by new compact, low-power 5015A-EHF-D525 system. Supermicro’s partner, Qualstar presented their concept of being able to have all the advantages of a touch screen without poking your finger onto the screen display. The device works by using two infrared cameras in the corners of the screen to create an invisible light curtain.

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