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HP 3D scanner/projector AiO is called Sprout October 22, 2014 - 17:45
PhotoMath instantly solves math problems via your smartphone October 22, 2014 - 14:40
be quiet! Pure Rock processor cooler arrives for 32.90EUR October 22, 2014 - 13:23
Khronos OpenVX specification revealed for vision processing October 22, 2014 - 13:12
New Windows 10 build now features notification center October 22, 2014 - 13:00
New Windows 0-day hole being exploited via PowerPoint October 22, 2014 - 12:51
AMD A-series APUs get a price cut October 22, 2014 - 12:02
ThermalRight HR-02 Macho Zero promises quiet cooling October 21, 2014 - 16:35
Samsung mass producing 20nm-based 32GB DDR4 modules October 21, 2014 - 16:01
Intel considering to stop mobile subsidies October 21, 2014 - 15:50
Laptop sales expected to drop in Q4 2014 October 21, 2014 - 15:46
Microsoft replaces Nokia brand with Lumia October 21, 2014 - 15:40
Intel Broadwell-E delayed to Q1 2016 October 21, 2014 - 15:35
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 17:45:47 CEST by
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Word is spreading across the web that HP plans to reveal a new type of device called Sprout at an event in New York on October 29. The product is basically an all-in-one device that features a large flatscreen display with a flat-touch enabled work surface and an overhead assembly that combines a projector and a 3D scanner. The device lets you scan objects in 3D and then allows you to manipulate the 3D object with your hands or a stylus.
The overhead device projects images downward onto the work surface, which users can manipulate with their hands or with a stylus. They can resize pictures, move elements around and change colors. They can also easily add new elements to the image by scanning objects or other images directly on the work surface. This is where the overhead 3-D scanner comes into play. Adding an image of any object is as easy as placing it on the work surface where it can be scanned and then included in whatever the user is working on.
Source: Re/Code
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 14:40:58 CEST by
Microblink created a new free app called PhotoMath, this tool reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your smartphone. The app instantly calculates the result an shows "human like" solving steps to help you learn how to solve math problems.

PhotoMath supports arithmetic expressions, fractions and decimals, powers and roots and simple linear equations. More features will be added in the future.

At present it's only available for iOS and Windows Phone but an Android version should follow in early 2015. You can view a video demonstration below:


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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 13:23:08 CEST by
Be quiet! introduces the Pure Rock, a new entry-level processor cooler designed for CPUs with a TDP of up to 130W. This tower cooler has a nickel-plated copper base, four 6mm diameter copper heatpipes and an aluminium fin array that's cooled by a 120mm PWM fan with up to 87CFM of airflow at a noise level of 26.8dBA. The cooler measures 87.5mm x 121mm x 155mm (L x W x H) and weighs 660g. The MSRP is 32.90EUR.
Be quiet!, market leader for PC power supplies in Germany for eight successive years*, introduces the Pure Rock - a new, compact CPU cooler combining an excellent price-performance ratio with proven be quiet! quality. The Pure Rock has four six-millimeter heat pipes to efficiently dissipate heat to the cooling fins. Due to this construction, the tower cooler can effectively draw up to 130 watts away from the CPU. Even intense graphics, multimedia or gaming applications will not bring the Pure Rock to it limits.

Equipped with a 120mm Pure Wings 2 fan, the Pure Rock never produces more than 26,8 decibels, even when the fan is spinning at its maximum rotational speed of 1500 rpm. Nine silence-optimized fan blades with high airflow capabilities reduce noise-generating turbulences while increasing air pressure. The lifetime is more than 80,000 hours. be quiet! provides a three-year warranty on the Pure Rock.

Convenient installation
With its compact design, the Pure Rock is compatible with all current AMD and Intel sockets. Installation is made easy by the convenient mounting system that allows installation of the cooler from above. Due to its small dimensions (155 x 121 x 87.5 millimeters) the newest member of the be quiet! family will fit into almost any PC configuration.

Despite the low price, be quiet! has worked hard to implement a high quality finish - with a top cover made of brushed aluminium and heat pipes that are fitted with aluminium caps
be quiet pure rock HSFfin
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 13:12:28 CEST by
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The Khronos Group announced the OpenVX 1.0 specification, a new open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform acceleration of computer vision processing. The new standard focuses on processing of face, body and gesture tracking, as well as smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems, augmented reality, visual inspection, etc.
The Khronos™ Group today announced the ratification and public release of the finalized OpenVX™ 1.0 specification, an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. OpenVX enables performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time uses cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. In addition to the OpenVX specification, Khronos has developed a full set of conformance tests and an Adopters Program, that enables implementers to test their implementations and use the OpenVX trademark if conformant. Khronos plans to ship an open source, fully-conformant CPU-based implementation of OpenVX 1.0 before the end of 2014. The full OpenVX 1.0 specification and details about the OpenVX Adopters Program are available at www.khronos.org/openvx.

OpenVX defines a higher level of abstraction for execution and memory models than compute frameworks such as OpenCL™, enabling significant implementation innovation and efficient execution on a wide range of architectures while maintaining a consistent vision acceleration API for application portability. An OpenVX developer expresses a connected graph of vision nodes that an implementer can execute and optimize through a wide variety of techniques such as: acceleration on CPUs, GPUs, DSPs or dedicated hardware, compiler optimizations, node coalescing, and tiled execution to keep sections of processed images in local memories. This architectural agility enables OpenVX applications on a diversity of systems optimized for different levels of power and performance, including very battery-sensitive, vision-enabled, wearable displays.

“Increasingly powerful and efficient processors and image sensors are enabling engineers to incorporate visual intelligence into a wide range of systems and applications,” said Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance. “A key challenge for engineers is efficiently mapping complex algorithms onto the processor best suited to the application. OpenVX is an important step towards easing this challenge.”

The precisely defined specification and conformance tests for OpenVX make it ideal for deployment in production systems, where cross-vendor consistency and reliability are essential. OpenVX is complementary to the popular OpenCV open source vision library that is also used for application prototyping but is not so tightly defined and lacks OpenVX graph optimizations. Khronos has defined the VXU™ utility library to enable developers to call individual OpenVX nodes as standalone functions for efficient code migration from traditional vision libraries such as OpenCV. Finally, as any Khronos specification, OpenVX is extensible to enable nodes to be defined and deployed to meet customer needs, ahead of being integrated into the core specification.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 13:00:07 CEST by
TweakTown writes Microsoft has pushed out the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9860, this new update introduces a notification center similar to the one found on Windows Phone.
Microsoft explains this as "This build is focused ONLY on enabling basic notifications - quick actions and cleaner UI will come later. You'll see notifications from the system and apps - from new emails and invites to IMs, Facebook posts and more - all-in-one place, so you don't miss a thing. Click on the new Action Center icon in the notification area of your taskbar to check it out". The company has also made it easier to move apps between monitors, and has also added an animation for switching desktops.
The update is installed automatically but you can also manually force it by going to PC Settings, Update and Recovery, then Preview builds and tap the "Check Now" button.

Windows 10 notification center
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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 12:51:51 CEST by
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Microsoft writes it has become aware of a new zero-day security hole that affects all supported releases of Windows (except Windows Server 2003). The vulnerability is exploited by attackers through PowerPoint and allows remote code execution. The software giant has uploaded a workaround fix that can be applied until the security flaw is resolved.
Microsoft is aware of a vulnerability affecting all supported releases of Microsoft Windows, excluding Windows Server 2003. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights. The attack requires user interaction to succeed on Windows clients with a default configuration, as User Account Control (UAC) is enabled and a consent prompt is displayed.

At this time, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks that attempt to exploit the vulnerability through Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 22 2014 @ 12:02:32 CEST by
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AMD has cut the pricing of a number of its A-series APUs from the Kaveri, Richland and Trinity families. The new pricing gives AMD's high-end A10 APUs a better chance of competing against Intel's dual-core Core i3 "Haswell" processors.

Here's the new suggested retail pricing:
  • A10-7850K: from $179.99 to $143
  • A10-7800: from $164.99 to $133
  • A10-7700K: from $159.99 to $123
  • A8-7600: from $109.99 to $92
  • A6-7400K: from $84.99 to $58
  • Additionally, AMD also offers anyone who purchases an A10 APU before the end of the month a pick between one of three games: Murdered: Soul Suspect, Thief, or Sniper Elite 3.
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 16:35:06 CEST by
    ThermalRight shows off its new HR-02 Macho Zero, an updated version of the original Macho with some tweaks to improve fanless cooling. Measuring 140mm x 102mm x 162mm (L x W x H), this tower cooler weighs 750g. It features a Black Nickel Design and has a copper base, six 6mm diameter heatpipes and a large aluminium fin array.

    While designed to be used passively, the heatsink can be used in combination with two 120mm or 140mm (with 120mm mounting holes) fans. The cooler comes with fan clips as well as with fan ducts for "semi-passive operation" via your case's rear fan.
    Since its release in the summer of 2011 the Macho is the first choice for users who are looking for a high-performance and low-noise CPU-cooler.

    The design of the heat sink, which has been optimized for silent operation, is based on year-long experience and extensive development by the Thermalright engineers. A variety of copies, which are now offered under different brand names, proofs the ingenuity of the Thermalright design.

    Based on the concept of the HR-22, we now present with the Macho Zero a Limited Edition of the popular cooler which has been specifically optimized for ultra-silent operation.

    The Macho Zero is presented in a stylish "Black Nickel Design" and thus visually stands out from the “grey” average of CPU-coolers. The copper heatpipes and the mounting materials are black nickel plated as well and offer in conjunction with the black anodized top fin a very unique look.

    In this version the cooler comes with a full set of mounting materials, yet no fan is included. This corresponds to the desire of many users for an individual configurability; accordingly, the Macho Zero can be used in a variety of ways:

    Passive Mode:
    For passive cooling of your CPU, the large heat sink of the Macho Zero can be used without additional accessory. Please make sure that your system design offers suitable ventilation and a sufficient cooling capacity. The passive mode is in general not recommended for powerful/overclocked or extremely compact systems with limited space and air flow.

    Semi-Passive Mode:
    The heat sink can be equipped with a Thermalright Fan Duct. The fan ducts are optionally available in two versions - either for 120 mm or for 140 mm case fans. The use of a fan duct allows the semi-passive operation, in which the (usually available) rear case fan is solely responsible for the air flow through the heat sink. An additional fan for the heat sink is not needed in this case.

    Active Mode:
    With the included fan clips (black anodized) the cooler can be operated actively in combination with a 120 mm fan or a 140 mm model with 120 mm mounting holes. We recommend the combination with a Thermalright 140 mm fan (TY 147, TY 141…), which were developed especially for the Macho heat sink. We can guarantee a more than sufficient cooling capacity for your system when using a PWM-controlled Thermalright fan.

    The aluminum cooling fins are perforated by a plurality of air holes, which counteract air accumulation between the cooling fins. The special design of the heatsink’s aluminum fins allows for a particularly low air resistance. The oval air duct in the middle of the cooler provides controlled air turbulence within the heat sink, whereby the heat can be dissipated more effectively.

    The heat sink is aligned to the rear of the PC case, which ensures that even when using ram modules with high-rising heat spreaders no incompatibilities will arise despite the impressive dimensions of the heat sink.

    As with all our high performance coolers the Macho Zero makes use of the well-proven heat pipe technology. A total of six high-performance 6 mm heatpipes provide the most efficient dissipation of the generated processor heat. The heatpipes are tightly integrated into the nickel-plated copper base plate, which guarantees the most effective heat dissipation.

    A special feature of the Macho Zero is the redesigned base plate. Just like with the “IB-E” flagships Silver Arrow and Archon X2, the Macho Zero uses a distinctly larger cooler base (53 x 40 mm). Thanks to this innovation – which is usually only used in the high-end models – the cooling capacity could be further improved, which means the Macho Zero is perfectly suited to work with the new Intel Core i7 high-performance CPUs with up to 8 cores.

    A universal mounting kit is included with the Macho Zero that supports all actual Intel- and AMD sockets (Intel LGA775/1366/1156/1155/2011/1150/2011-3 und AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/FM1/FM2/FM2+).

    Also included in the package is our Thermalright Screwdriver. With this extra-long screwdriver, which has a magnetic tip, it is very easy to install the cooler, even if the motherboard has already been mounted in the case. The equipment is completed by the excellent Thermalright Chill Factor 3 thermal paste (syringe) as well as a pair of white cotton gloves. .

    The Macho Zero gives you the opportunity to create your individual vision for the ideal cooling of your PC. Please note that to ensure a sufficient cooling capacity is your responsibility and we cannot be held liable for any damages arising from an incorrect configuration.
    HR-02 Macho Zero

    HR-02 Macho Zero
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 16:01:12 CEST by
    Samsung announced it's now mass manufacturing 8Gb DDR4 memory chips on a 20nm process. These chips are used to launch 32GB memory modules.
    Samsung Electronics announced that it is mass producing the industry's most advanced 8-gigabit (Gb) DDR4 memory and 32-gigabyte (GB) module, both of which will be manufactured based on a new 20-nanometer (nm) process technology, for use in enterprise servers.

    "Our new 20 nm 8 Gb DDR4 DRAM more than meets the high performance, high density and energy efficiency needs that are driving the proliferation of next-generation enterprise servers," said Jeeho Baek, Vice President of Memory Marketing at Samsung Electronics. "By expanding the production of our 20 nm DRAM line-ups, we will provide premium, high-density DRAM products, while handling increasing demand from customers in the global premium enterprise market."

    With its new 8 Gb DDR4, Samsung now offers a full line-up of 20 nm-based DRAM to lead a new era of 20 nm DRAM efficiency that also includes the 20 nm 4 Gb DDR3 for PCs and the 20 nm 6 Gb LPDDR3 for mobile devices.

    Using the new 8 Gb DDR4 chip, Samsung began producing the 32 GB registered dual in-line memory module (RDIMM) earlier this month. The new module's data transfer rate per pin reaches up to 2,400 megabits per second (Mbps), which delivers an approximately 29 percent performance increase, compared to the 1,866 Mbps bandwidth of a DDR3 server module.

    Beyond the 32 GB modules, the new 8 Gb chips will allow production of server modules with a maximum capacity of 128 GB by applying 3D through silicon via (TSV) technology, which will encourage further expansion of the high-density DRAM market.

    The new high density DDR4, also boasts improved error correction features, which will increase memory reliability in the design of enterprise servers. In addition, the new DDR4 chip and module use 1.2 volt, which is currently the lowest possible voltage.
    Samsung DDR4 20nm module
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    Posted on Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 15:50:54 CEST by
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    Intel has been selling its mobile chips at a loss for quite some time to gain marketshare in the tablet/phone market but now there's speculation that the chip giant may stop providing subsidies to eliminate losses from the division. Instead, Intel is expected to offer support through different methods. The new cooperation will likely focus on larger clients, like ASUS, and will no longer include Chinese white-box players.
    The sources believe that Intel is mainly stopping its subsidies to China's white-box players as its cooperation with Tsinghua Unigroup should no longer require the CPU giant to promote its products in China.

    Spreadtrum Communications, a CPU subsidiary of Tsinghua, will develop x86-based SoCs jointly with Intel and will also be responsible for selling the CPUs in China. With Spreadtrum's existing channels and clients, Intel will not need to offer subsidies to attract partners in China.

    Since orders from first-tier brand vendors are still handled by Intel, the sources believe that the CPU maker is unlikely to risk losing high-volume orders from these clients.
    Source: DigiTimes
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