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Radeon FreeSync 2 Rolled Out With HDR & More

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 2:26pm
It was only last month that FreeSync support came to Linux via the hybrid AMDGPU-PRO driver while the open-source FreeSync support for AMDGPU atop DAL/DC has yet to be published. But today the Radeon Technologies Group is already rolling out FreeSync 2...

Lenovo shows off 'Microsoft-friendly' VR cosplay at CES

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 2:01pm
No actual demo, though. Looks nice, right?

CES 2017  The PC market may be flaccid but Lenovo is taking a punt on virtual reality headsets with Microsoft.…

3,000 Ride-Sharing Cars Could Replace Every Cab in New York City, MIT Study Says

Slashdot - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 2:00pm
All 13,000 taxis in New York City could be replaced by a fleet of 3,000 ride-sharing cars if used exclusively for carpooling, according to research published today by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). From a report: Instead of hailing taxis, passengers that use ride-sharing services for carpooling may lead to reduced traffic congestion, pollution, and fuel use. The CSAIL researchers used public data from NYC taxi rides published by the University of Illinois to develop the algorithm. They calculated that 3,000 four-person vehicles travelling to similar destinations could meet 98 percent of taxi demand in the city with an average wait time of 2.7 minutes. Perhaps the most important part of the system is a dynamic repositioning of vehicles based on real-time demand, which makes the system 20 percent faster.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 1:24pm
You mean that's not a beer coaster?

Vinyl sales, which reached a 25-year high, and a continued increase in streaming offset decline in CD sales as music consumption rose last year, according to official music industry figures.…

VC4 Gallium3D Thread Switching Work, Reviewing On-Disk Shader Cache

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 1:23pm
Broadcom developer Eric Anholt has issued his first weekly progress report of the new year for the VC4 open-source graphics driver supported by the Raspberry Pi...

What's that surging down the Yangtze? It's a 3D NAND flash flood

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 1:07pm
China breaks ground on $24bn memory foundry

China's Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) has started building a 3D NAND flash plant.…

Android, Debian & Ubuntu Top List Of CVE Vulnerabilities In 2016

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 12:52pm
On a CVE basis for the number of distinct vulnerabilities, Android is ranked as having the most vulnerability of any piece of software for 2016 followed by Debian and Ubuntu Linux while coming in behind them is the Adobe Flash Player...

MacBook killer? New Lenovo offering sexed up with XPoint booster

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 12:37pm
Desk warriors get Optane cache to chew through data faster

Lenovo has a ThinkPad T570 notebook computer coming out which will be able to use Intel Optane 3D XPoint memory as a cache.…

Igneous ARM CPUs: What if they tossed the blindfold?

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 12:11pm
Rise of the Storage Machines

On Storage  Igneous's Ethernet-accessed, ARM-driven disk drives provide a seriously large amount of collective CPU chops to its dataBox/dataRouter array but the poor little suckers work blindfolded. Why would I say that?…

FP64 Support Finally Lands In Mesa Git For Intel Haswell

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 11:50am
Those making use of Intel Haswell graphics on Linux can rejoice this morning as the massive Igalia patch-set for wiring in ARB_gpu_shader_fp64 support has finally landed in Mesa Git...

The State Of TPM2 Support On Linux, Better Support Coming

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 11:42am
With Microsoft having begun to mandate TPM2 (Trusted Platform Module 2) support be present in all platforms for newer versions of Windows, these chips are going to become a lot more common to laptops and desktops. Thus veteran kernel developer James Bottomley is looking closely at the current and future support for TPM2 on Linux...

KDevelop 5.1 Beta 1 Released With LLDB Debugger Support

Phoronix - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 11:32am
For those using KDevelop as the KDE-aligned integrated development environment, version 5.1 Beta 1 is now available for testing...

Army social media psyops bods struggling to attract fresh blood

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 11:20am
'We have no recruiting targets,' says indignant MoD spin doctor

Army social media psyops unit 77 Brigade is struggling to reel in new government cyber-warriors in spite of a recruitment publicity blitz last year, according to the Ministry of Defence.…

Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 10:16am
Fatter pipes for some, BT Openreach verdict and plenty of hype

Blighty’s post Brexit diet must include a "full-fibre" eating plan, or so says the UK’s new digital minister Matt Hancock. Amid all the political noise over the last 12 months, the volume for infrastructure investment was dialled up to 11.…

Specs of Qualcomm's First ARM Processor Capable of Running Windows 10 Leaks

Slashdot - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 8:07am
Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 835's specs have leaked ahead of its CES reveal. An anonymous reader writes: According to the leaked press release, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 sports the Qualcomm Kryo 280 CPU (quad-core), Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU, and Qualcomm Hexagon DSP to manage the different workloads. All of this combined together will result in a 27% increase in performance when compared to the previous generation. Qualcomm is also making significant improvements with the Snapdragon 835 when it comes to power consumption. To be precise, the Snapdragon 835 consumes 40% less power than the older generation which is supposed to offer the following: "1+ day of talk time, 5+ days of music playback, and 7+ hours of 4K video streaming. Should your phone need more power, Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 provides five hours of battery life for five minutes of charging." Qualcomm stated in the press release that the Snapdragon also comes with substantial improvements to the graphics rendering and virtual reality. According to the company, the Snapdragon 835 includes "game-changing" enhancements to improve audio, intuitive interactions, and vibrant visuals. The processor also offers 25 percent faster 3D graphic rendering and produces 60X display colors than the Snapdragon 820.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 8:03am
Crypto currency's 2017 cracking start bouyed by devalued yuan

Bitcoin has surpassed the US$1,000 mark for the first time in three years.…

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 6:57am
1. Enter recovery mode
2. Reset TV
3. Laugh at VXers

Television production factory LG has saved Darren Cauthon's new year by providing hidden reset instructions to liberate his Google TV from ransomware.…

Libpng library gets fix for truly ancient bug

El Reg - Tue, 03/01/2017 - 6:02am
Where were you in June 1995? Coding image libraries? Let's have a chat

Slackware has raced out of the blocks in 2017, issuing one patch for the libpng image library on New Year's Day, and two Mozilla patches.…