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Nvidia’s excellent first quarter buoyed by gaming, automotive wins, and data centers

Nvidia announced first quarter results for its fiscal year 2017 yesterday, and the firm’s results were excellent — particularly in a market where companies like AMD and Intel have been taking a hammering. First-quarter revenue was up 13% to $1.3 billion, with strong gains in gaming, data centers, and the automotive market. The slide below […]

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Micron confirms GDDR5X now in mass production

This announcement might seem a bit anticlimactic now that Nvidia has already stated that the GeForce GTX 1080 will use GDDR5X RAM, but Micron has announced that GDDR5X is now in mainstream production, months ahead of its originally expected schedule. One interesting thing about the GTX 1080 is that the RAM it uses is at […]

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Backblaze releases billion-hour hard drive reliability report

Backblaze has released its reliability report for Q1 2016 covering cumulative failure rates both by specific model numbers and by manufacturer. The company noted that as of this quarter, its 61,590 drives have cumulatively spun for over one billion hours (that’s 42 million days or 114,155 years, for those of you playing along at home). […]

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New medical tech coming to the rescue for the vision-impaired

Ever since the invention of the magnifying glass nearly 25 centuries ago, we’ve been using technology to help us see better. For most of us, the fix is fairly simple, such as a pair of glasses or contact lenses. But for many with more seriously impaired vision — estimated at around 285 million people worldwide — technology […]

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IBM researchers announce major breakthrough in phase change memory

For years, scientists and researchers have looked for the so-called Holy Grail of memory technology — a non-volatile memory standard that’s faster than NAND flash while offering superior longevity, higher densities, and ideally, better power characteristics. One of the more promising technologies that’s been in development is phase-change memory, or PCM. IBM researchers announced a […]

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update doubles up on Start Menu advertising

One of the changes Microsoft introduced when it launched Windows 10 was the ability to show suggested applications, aka advertisements, within the Start Menu and on the lock screen. The “suggested application” function can be disabled relatively easily, but Microsoft is making changes in Windows 10 to increase application visibility and hopefully entice more users […]

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Microsoft releases unofficial service pack for Windows 7

One of the disadvantages to using an older Microsoft operating system is the need to install several hundred megabytes of patches after the initial OS is loaded. In the past, Microsoft ameliorated this problem by releasing several service packs over the life of the OS, but Windows 7 only ever got one service pack, in […]

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Adobe Spark will unleash your inner graphic designer

I’ve always been jealous of graphic designers. Their ability to transform a few photos and some text into a visually-compelling communication is both an art and a skill. There are plenty of applications around that provide the technical tools needed for great graphic design — starting with Adobe’s own Illustrator — but they are not […]

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ARM announces new Artemis CPU core, first 10nm test chip, built at TSMC

ARM and TSMC have had a joint agreement in place for several years to collaborate on R&D work and early validation on process nodes, and they’ve announced a major milestone in that process. As of yesterday, ARM is announcing that it has successfully validated a new 10nm FinFET design at TSMC. The unnamed multi-core test […]

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New Windows 10 update will change hardware requirements for the first time since 2009

Ever since Windows Vista launched in 2007, the minimum hardware requirements for Windows have remained mostly unchanged (Windows 7 slightly increased the required storage footprint from 15GB of HDD space to 16GB). Now, Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, which drops in roughly two months, will make three significant change for the first time in seven years. […]