Reality Distortion Field Theory
Apple News:Cloud, Surface are the highlights of Microsoft’s $23.8 billion quarter | Ars Technica
Cloud, Surface are the highlights of Microsoft’s $23.8 billion quarter | Ars Technica Search revenue was up 17 percent, with both more searches using Bing, and more revenue generated per search. Bing now stands at 21 percent market share in the US, helped on its way by Windows 10.
Bling bling! It's a bing thing.
Labels: bing, bing vs google
Apple News:AMD’s datacenter ARM processors finally hit the market | Ars Technica
AMD has started volume shipments of its "Seattle" Opteron A1100 ARM processors, designed for high density server systems. First announced in 2014, the processors have four or eight 64-bit A57 ARM cores running at 1.7 or 2GHz. The chips have up to 4MB of level 2 cache (organized as 1MB per core pair), 8MB of level 3 cache, and two memory channels supporting both DDR3 and DDR4. With 32GB registered DDR4 DIMMs, the chips support a total of 128GB RAM. The chips also include a secondary A5 processor for system control and a coprocessor with accelerated encryption and compression capabilities. The processor cores are paired with a ton of I/O. There are 8 PCIe 3 lanes, 14 SATA3 ports, and two 10GbE ports.
No mention of power consumption, which apparently is a major aspect of data center design. Or how hot they run.
Labels: arm vs. intel
Apple News:Using the new Apple TV to emulate classic game consoles | Ars Technica
Using the new Apple TV to emulate classic game consoles | Ars Technica With iOS 9, Apple has opened up a small loophole for sideloading apps that you can take advantage of with a little bit of work. Basically, anyone can open up an Apple developer account without spending any money, and compiling and loading apps you’ve built to test hardware doesn’t cost anything either.
It's a mixture of downloading and script coding called side-loading. It's a mixture of Mozart and Bach, I call it mach.
Apple News:Amazon's Annapurna Labs released a new chip - Business Insider
Amazon's Annapurna Labs released a new chip - Business Insider Intel is the de facto market leader in both the PC and data center chips. But Amazon has a growing presence in the cloud computing market and public data centers, which gives it stronger leverage over Intel. Amazon currently uses custom chips made by Intel, but the new Annapurnar chips based on ARM chip designs show it could potentially move away from Intel's products.
Is that ARM I smell burning in the Amazon cloud?
Labels: arm vs. intel
Apple News:Razer Core shows what Apple could do for gamers with Thunderbolt
Razer Core shows what Apple could do for gamers with Thunderbolt aming hardware maker Razer has unveiled something that Mac users have sought after for years — a Thunderbolt-connected external module that lets gamers take advantage of desktop-class graphics hardware at home while keeping their laptop thin and light on the go.
Labels: gaming mac
Apple News:Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is a crazy-thin Windows 10 2-in-1
Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is a crazy-thin Windows 10 2-in-1 What's really impressive — and kind of weird at first — is just how non-PC this thing feels. At 6.3mm thick, it's thinner than both the Surface Pro 4 and Apple's iPad Pro, and Samsung swapped its usual proprietary charging setup for a USB Type-C port that refuels a 5,200mAh battery.
Sounds good to me!
Labels: samsung vs. apple, windows 10
Apple News:Nvidia unveils latest supercomputer for your car | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi
Nvidia unveils latest supercomputer for your car | VentureBeat | Business | by Dean Takahashi Nvidia announced its Nvidia Drive PX 2, a new supercomputer for the connected car.
Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO at Nvidia, said the supercomputer will be the key to the development of self-driving cars and technology that augments human driving.
Apple News:Steve Jobs wins film prize, despite 'unfortunate box office'
Steve Jobs wins film prize, despite 'unfortunate box office' Recently, Steve Jobs picked up four Golden Globe nominations, and the flick is also likely to get a few nods at the Oscars.
Oh no, not a nod!
Labels: steve jobs movie
Apple News:2015: The year in services - SD Times
Ah SOAP, we hardly knew ye.
Labels: 1990s, 2000s
Apple News:Apple stock closes first negative year since 2008, but Wall Street upbeat
Apple stock closes first negative year since 2008, but Wall Street upbeat As noted by Reuters, this will be the first negative year for Apple since 2008, when shares finished down 52 percent. Much has changed over the intervening years, however, including a stock split, substantial dividends payouts and huge open stock buybacks. Most recently, Apple's performance earned it a place on the Dow Jones industrial average, replacing AT&T in March.
Well, I guess you could invest in an oil-based business instead.
Labels: APPL, OPEC