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Rumor says AMD moving to Samsung for 14nm GPUs
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22 December 2015
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Rumor says AMD moving to Samsung for 14nm GPUs

Around 2013, AMD entered into an extended partnership with a group of companies to create the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation. These companies mostly ARM licensees and included Samsung, MediaTek, Texas Instruments (Ti), AMD, Imagination, Qualcomm, and even ARM themselves. The…
Juniper Admits to backdoors in their ScreenOS code as far back as 2012
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Juniper has acknowledged that “unauthorized code” was somehow inserted into their ScreenOS. The code appears to have been around since at least 2012 which means that it went unnoticed during multiple code updates, patches and even full version updates. Although…
It seems that Phillips does not want you to use their hue application with just anyone. If you are not aware, hue is a system that allows you to control special light bulbs. You can turn them on and off,…
MacKeeper did not keep security in mind when building their own systems
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You know that awkward moment when your security company actually fails and ends up exposing your data? Well that is happening for a, less than loved, Mac application called MacKeeper. It seems that they forgot all about data management and…
Open Access to the GPU. Is this an open invitation to Malware?
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The average GPU is a pretty powerful computational device. The highly parallel design and efficient memory structure means that you can execute operations at a rate that puts most CPUs to shame. With the advent of Cuda and OpenCL the…
Apple has bought a new factory in Taiwan, possibly to make new screens
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Not that long ago there were rumors popping up that Apple was buying a failed division of Qualcomm. This was Qualcomm’s Interferometric Modulator Display (also known as IMOD or Marisol). The concept was brilliant even if the execution was not.…
HBM Vs GDDR in 2016 for the GPU crown.
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14 December 2015
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HBM Vs GDDR in 2016 for the GPU crown.

As most people are aware, AMD dropped the first GPUs to utilize HBM (High Bandwidth Memory). These GPUs use a form of HBM called 2.5D which requires the use of an interproser layer than both the memory and the GPU…
Can Anonymity on the Internet Really Happen? MIT Says Yes.
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Privacy is something that many people think they want and have on the internet. Of course, most of us actually know that Privacy is not something that really exists in the broader internet. Unless you control all points in the…
In September of 2015 (that would be this year) AMD announced that they were splitting off their GPU business into the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG). This move had a number of reasons (most good) and would serve to distance the…
My Quantum Computer can beat up your PC says Google and NASA
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The idea of Quantum computing has been with us since the dawn of science fiction and it is a very cool one. In recent years we have seen advances that have made this once theoretical concept turn into a reality.…
Microsoft to push even harder to get users to upgrade to Windows 10...
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Just when you thought it could not get more annoying, Microsoft has turned up the Windows 10 update notifications. The little nudges for Windows 8.x users pop up in the corner (systray) and also when you boot up your PC…
When will enough be enough when it comes to IoT security? VTech and Hello Barbie
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When things are not quite right you always hope for that “ah-ha” moment when everyone realizes the issue and will actually begin to work on a solution. For connected devices we have been hoping for that since they were first…
Asetek targets Giagbyte and AMD in patent dispute with Cooler Master
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Asetek is hard at work throwing its legal muscle around and they have rolled AMD and Gigabyte into their efforts. After winning a patent suit against Cooler Master over technology found in the pumps on some of their All in…
07 December 2015
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Bendgate: it’s not just for iPhones anymore.

Not all that long ago someone found out that Apple’s iPhone was not all that strong and could be damaged with little pressure. This issue became known as Bendgate… the use of the word gate still following us from the…
It’s a failure of imagination that will always get you
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Back in 2007 or so I was asked to write a white paper on the subject of why Intel was able to pass AMD as quickly as they did. This is back in the AM2+ days when Intel was dropping…
NSA mass data collection to stop in 20 days, but just on paper.
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In the post-Snowden era the idea that government agencies are spying on us is no longer the real of Movies/TV or conspiracy theorists. It is fairly well documented that this is happening every day. The question has moved from what…