massivepanic (2816295) writes "For all the buzz about the new Kinect that will ship with the Xbox One, there are remarkably few facts to go around. Sources trumpet its infrared-enabled ability to detect motion in a dark room, for example, but so could the original Kinect. Taking a look at what we know about the new Kinect, it isn’t at all clear whether it is an exciting breakthrough or just a group of incremental updates." Link to Original Source top
massivepanic (2816295) writes "Ever since Intel did the first Haswell graphics unveil, there’s been talk about just how much additional performance the company would deliver with its new lineup of graphics processors. We’re still barred from talking about Haswell’s GPU performance directly, but Intel has released new branding information and some early performance figures. If you plan on buying a Haswell-based system, you’ll want to understand the performance levels of Iris and Iris Pro, as well as how the new brands are being used." Link to Original Source top
One Bitcoin by the numbers: Is there still profit to be made?
massivepanic (2816295) writes "From the article, "I have mined a Bitcoin. This was not much of an accomplishment a year or two ago, but in 2013, after the infamous early-April peak at $260, unearthing a Bitcoin is no easy task. Competition is on the rise and we are getting close to the end of the good ol’ days of Bitcoin; the time when a desktop computer or two have any real mining capabilities." The article runs through the logistics of mining a Bitcoin on everyday gaming computers while keeping an eye on power consumption, time spent, and return on investment." Link to Original Source top
QuakeFinder: Is earthquake prediction finally a reality?
massivepanic (2816295) writes "Unlike most natural disasters, earthquakes strike without warning. Between large quakes and resulting tsunamis, millions of lives have been lost because science has been unable to provide accurate, useful earthquake predictions. Stellar Solutions’ QuakeFinder Division hopes it can develop the tools to dramatically reduce this loss of life. Its network of over 100 sophisticated sensor stations has detected patterns of electromagnetic pulses several days before a number of different earthquakes, moving the possibility of earthquake prediction closer to reality." Link to Original Source top
massivepanic (2816295) writes "T-Mobile is diving head first into calling themselves the "UNcarrier". Bring your own device, pay for whatever you want, and don’t worry about contracts seem to be the major selling points they will be pushing. The new plans are designed to allow multiple subscribers on a single plan to have their own allotment of data, completely separate from the other people on the plan. This in particular will be a big selling point for T-Mobile after next week, especially as Verizon continues to focus on their shared pools of data, text, and voice." Link to Original Source top
massivepanic (2816295) writes "After 20 years, we’ve learned that Intel plans to exit the motherboard business. This announcement won’t impact Haswell — Intel motherboards will be available in normal volumes and quantities for the fourth generation Core i7 products. After that, Chipzilla will rely on boards from third parties like Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. If you like Intel’s own motherboards, there’s no reason to avoid buying one for Haswell; Intel has confirmed that the next-generation boards will carry the same warranty and support for BIOS updates as previous hardware. On the manufacturing side, however, this announcement could shake up the entire motherboard business." Link to Original Source top
Canonical could switch to rolling releases for Ubuntu 14.04 and beyond
massivepanic (2816295) writes "For the longest time Canonical has slapped an LTS (“long term support”) moniker on some of their Ubuntu releases. Currently, a new major release of the operating system happens every six months, and is supported for 18 months after release. Whereas in the past when LTS versions received two years support or more, the current model — starting with 12.04 — supports new LTS releases for five years. However, a recent public Google Hangouts session revealed that Canonical has been thinking about switching from the venerable LTS model to a rolling release, starting with version 14.04." Link to Original Source top
Microsft Surface Windows 8 Pro lands February 9 for $899
massivepanic (2816295) writes "Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Windows 8 Pro (usually known as the Surface Pro) will be available to purchase on February 9. The tablet — which, unlike the Surface RT, is actually a full-fledged laptop — will be available across the US and Canada initially through a range of stores including Staples, Best Buy, Future Shop, and of course Microsoft’s own stores and online. As for price, you’ll pay the expected $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB model." Link to Original Source top
AMD files suit against former employees for alleged document theft
massivepanic (2816295) writes "AMD has filed (and been granted) a request for immediate injunctive relief against multiple former employees that it alleges stole thousands of confidential documents. Named in the complaint are Robert Feldstein, Manoo Desai, Nicholas Kociuk, and Richard Hagen. All four left AMD to work at Nvidia in the past year. The loss of Feldstein was particularly noteworthy, as he’d been the head of AMD’s console initiatives for years. Feldstein was behind the work that landed AMD the Wii U, PS4, and Xbox Durango. He also worked closely with Microsoft during the Xbox 360s development cycle and brought that contract to ATI prior to AMD’s acquisition." Link to Original Source