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AMD is finally set to release an all-ARM processor next year, but rather than a low-power chip made for smartphones and tablets, “Seattle” is a 64-bit processor intended for use in servers . The American chipmaker, which has been Intel’s understudy in the x86 market for decades, previously announced it would integrate ARM into its processors , and has already done so with an x86-ARM hybrid chip meant for the “embedded ” market. “Seattle,” however, represents the first time the company has moved away from x86 entirely for a processor. It’s set to debut in 2014. Continue reading…
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AMD moves away from Intel with its first ARM processor
sciencehabit writes “Show a native-born Chinese person a picture of the Great Wall, and suddenly they’ll have trouble speaking English, even if they usually speak it fluently. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which finds that reminders of our home country can complicate our ability to speak a new language. The findings could help explain why cultural immersion is the most effective way to learn a foreign tongue and why immigrants who settle within an ethnic enclave acculturate more slowly than those who surround themselves with friends from their new country.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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Trying To Learn a Foreign Language? Avoid Reminders of Home
While TiVo’s Premiere DVR hardware line is moving past its prime, signs indicate new, higher-performance models are headed to store shelves this fall. TiVo first alluded to “several” new devices earlier this year when petitioning the FCC to waive an archaic analog tuner requirement . Beyond supporting digital cable via CableCARD, TiVo intends some of these new products to also tune digital over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts via antenna.
Google is working on a new plan that would help to wipe child porn from the web. The upcoming technology will allow websites, law enforcement agencies, and charities to build a collective database of abusive imagery that should be hidden and removed, according to The Telegraph , which has been briefed on the plan. These groups have already been identifying and blocking abusive content individually, but so far there’s been no easy way for each group’s knowledge to be shared. Google’s new plan simply creates an open database, allowing any group to easily contribute its findings. The plan comes on the heels of recent pressure by British politicians for Google and other search engines to step up their filtering.
Since the story broke last week of the NSA’s secret compilation of Americans’ phone call metadata , the overwhelming response from government has been ” nobody is listening to your telephone calls ” — that the data being collected is limited to things like phone numbers and call durations. Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, it now looks like the feds are listening. Or at the very least, they don’t require a court order just to do so. Continue reading…
Since the story about the NSA’s secret compilation of Americans’ phone call metadata broke earlier this month, the overwhelming response from government has been ” nobody is listening to your telephone calls ” — that the data being collected is limited to things like phone numbers and call durations. Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, it now looks like the feds might actually be listening. Or at the very least, they might not require a court order just to do so. Continue reading…
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Congressman suggests NSA can listen in on your phone calls without specific warrant
Google has unveil what it’s calling its “latest moonshot” out of the Google X labs. It’s called “Project Loon,” and as reported last month , it involved sending up a huge number of giant balloons to beam down internet access to remote regions around the globe. Google says that balloons make sense for this purpose — they’re cheap to deploy and can provide wireless coverage in areas that would otherwise be difficult to serve due to geography. Like Google’s driverless cars, Project Loon is very much an experiment that’s in “very early days.” Google says that it has already built the system, however, carrying balloon at 60,000 feet, providing internet speeds “similar to today’s 3G networks or faster.” Balloons drift, of course, so Google…
Earlier this week I stood in line outside a food bank in downtown Los Angeles. People chattered in my ears, but those in front of me didn’t move. I walked several steps down the line, leaning into the face of a stoic woman. Behind me I head the sound of commotion
If you’ve taken a US flight in the last couple decades, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve encountered the ubiquitous SkyMall catalog. It’s like the in-flight version of a train wreck — you know there’s almost nothing in the pages that should interest you, but you can’t look away. But despite the fact that the company has been reasonably successful over the last decade, with estimated yearly revenue of $130 million and high rates for placement in its catalog, SkyMall recently merged with a company that Rohin Dhar of The Atlantic called “more of a parody of a tech company than a real company at all.” Dhar’s report digs into SkyMall’s relationship with Xhibit Corp., a company that throws lots of buzzwords like “cloud based technology”… Continue reading…
Honey bee colonies around the world are dwindling, and the consequences threaten to be severe: We rely on these bees to pollinate myriad agricultural crops, including one-third of crop species in the US alone, making their disappearance a genuine threat to the human food supply. Now, one team of researchers has come up with a unique technique to prevent what’s known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD): a honey bee sperm bank. A group at Washington State University is traveling the world to collect sperm samples from various honey bee subspecies.
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Semen solution: can a sperm bank save bees from oncoming extinction?
Google pushed out a couple of app updates for Android smartphones and tablets on Wednesday; one for its Google+ app and one for its recently redesigned Google Play Music app. The Google+ update is part of a revamp of the social network’s notification system , and is one of the first Google apps to make use of Android’s new synced notifications feature, which eliminates the need to clear the same notifications across multiple devices. The notifications panel has been updated with a new bell icon for new alerts, and the app has also received some photo management improvements and more sharing details on each post. The new notification system is also rolling out to the web and then to iOS users in the future. The updated Play Music app…
Netflix users have been clamoring for a better solution when it comes to sharing an account with family and friends, and the streaming service is finally set to deliver one soon. Yahoo News reports that Netflix will roll out individual user profiles by the end of summer — likely sometime in August — enabling subscribers to keep their own recommendations isolated from (and uninfluenced by) the viewing habits of anyone else using their account. Once enabled, users will be able to select their own avatar that will appear across Netflix’s various apps.
Nintendo’s timeless characters are the most powerful weapon in the company’s arsenal, so it’s no surprise to see them called upon to reverse Wii U’s troubling retail performance. To boost its console’s momentum in the months ahead, Nintendo today announced several new games that include two Mario-related titles ( Super Mario 3D World and Mario Kart 8). Super Mario 3D World will allow four-player cooperative multiplayer gaming with a cast of characters pulled directly from Super Mario Bros.
As Foursquare continues to improve its location-based service with more focus on business listings , Yelp is pushing back at its rival with new mobile discovery features and design overhauls. As part of its new iOS app update, Yelp has revamped its Nearby tab to display relevant local businesses based on a user’s location, using their past check-ins, reviews, and recommendations of friends to deliver more relevant results. It will now also factor in the time of the day and the weather — suggesting restaurants with outdoor seating if it’s sunny outside is one example. Continue reading…
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Yelp takes on Foursquare with new iOS discovery and recommendation features
Last summer, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series was met with critical acclaim and was one of the best things to watch on the web at the time. The simple premise of two comedians driving around in classic cars and chatting over coffee in diners combined with the artful directing and cinematography left many hoping that Seinfeld would continue the series after the initial 10 episodes (including a much-loved reunion of Seinfeld and Michael Richards) were over. Crackle, which partnered with Seinfeld for the original run, made those dreams come true on Thursday, as it revealed that new episodes would be available at www.comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com starting on June 13th at 12:00PM ET. New episodes will be posted… Continue reading…
Robot fish can lead real aquatic life to safety , and apparently robotic weavers can guide silkworms, too. One year after the MIT Media Lab’s artificial spider wove an artificial web , the group has used another such robot to create a biological printer and print a giant cocoon. After using a CNC machine to lay down the foundations, a swarm of 6,500 live silkworms finished the job, depositing their natural silk to create a partially natural, partially artificial structure. Watch them at work in the video below
Google continues to wow with new products and services , but now the company is adding a new feature to its core search advertising product: images. According to a Google blog post , it is rolling out a beta version of image extensions for search page ads. It basically allows advertisers to include images along with the text ads that appear when users search Google for a particular result. According to the Google, one out of every six searches surfaces some type of image or visual content; the new feature will call up pictures when Google determines they would be relevant to the end user
A new project combining the collective talents of four French design studios literally allows you to see sound in a whole different light. Murmur is a device that allows passers-by to interact with an LED light wall, turning their voice into visible sound waves. Building a “luminous bridge between the physical and virtual worlds,” it transfers sound waves towards the wall using an LED strip, displaying the movement of each spoken word.
“Not again,” the hero answered. No. “Can’t you keep it enclosed right there?” He was never good with secret codes. Continue reading…
We’re used to Samsung selling every conceivable permutation of every conceivable device, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and it appears Toshiba’s now adopting the tactic as well. The company’s just announced three new models in its Excite lineup of Android-powered tablets, each closely emulating the price and feature set of one of its biggest competitors. The cheapest new option is the Excite Pure, a 10-inch tablet powered by a Tegra 3 processor, a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 display, and nearly-stock Android 4.2. It’s well-made, with a stippled back and a rigid, firm build quality, but it’s an incredibly unspectacular tablet. At $299.99, it’s also a hard sell over a Kindle Fire HD, the Nexus 7, or a host of other tablets
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Toshiba’s three new Excite Android tablets aim for every user, and every price tag (hands-on)
Zynga today announced that it’s laying off 520 employees, with the cuts affecting 18 percent of its workforce around the world. The company is also shuttering offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas as part of what it’s calling “substantial cost reductions.” These reductions are expected to be complete by August. Describing today as “a hard day for Zynga” CEO Mark Pincus said, “I think we all know this is necessary to move forward.
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Zynga fires 520 employees, closes several offices in hopes of saving up to $80 million
After previewing the redesigned Gmail experience last week, Google is today beginning to roll out its latest version to Android users. Once you’ve received the update, Gmail for mobile will automatically filter your inbox into new sections or “tabs” that separate messages according to their source; messages from social networks, promotional offers, and updates / bills / receipts each get their own tab in addition to your primary inbox. Additionally, Gmail’s navigation scheme has been updated and now features a left-side navigation pane where your tabs are collected.
Asus is unveiling its latest 7-inch Android tablet today. The Memo Pad HD7 is almost identical to the Nexus 7, but it comes complete with a 5-megapixel rear camera. Asus is also launching it in a variety of colors, with a Quad-core A7 CPU and 7-inch 1280 x 800 HD IPS display. A 16GB version will be available for $149, while an 8GB version will launch in emerging markets for just $129
Two down, one to go: Apple has reportedly signed a deal with Warner Music for its long-rumored streaming radio music service, commonly referred to as iRadio. CNET reports that both sides reached an agreement earlier today, suggesting Apple is working overtime to have the product ready for a potential unveiling at WWDC. In its own report, The New York Times echoes that timeframe .
CNET ‘s David Carnoy has detailed a little-known part of Apple’s past, the WalkMac , after his brother-in-law rediscovered a forgotten model in his basement. Officially sanctioned by Apple and launched in 1987, the system was built by Colby Systems and was the first portable computer to run Apple software. It predates Apple’s first forray into mobile computing, the Macintosh Portable, which came two years later in 1989. Bought for “around $6,000,” the Walkmac ran OS 6 on a 16Mhz processor, and came with just 1MB memory. It’s likely to be worth a lot more than $6,000 now
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Before the MacBook, there was the ‘WalkMac’