Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently said Adobe's Flash is "waning" and "had its day." Does the iPad and iPhone sales juggernaut make him right?
"Sometimes you have to pick the things that look like the right horses to ride going forward," Jobs said, speaking at the D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Pales Verdes, Calif., Tuesday night. "And Flash looks like a technology that had its day and is waning. And HTML 5 looks like the technology that is really on the ascendancy right now." (HTML 5 is the technology … Read more
Following a rash of worker suicides this year at a massive factory in China, Foxconn is giving employees a 30 percent pay raise.
Taiwan-based Foxconn, which manufacturers laptops, mobile devices, and other hardware for the likes of Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Sony, announced Wednesday that the pay raise will take effect immediately at all of its factories in China.
The increase is higher than the 20 percent pay raise the company initially proposed as a way to deal with the labor shortage in China. The basic salary at the company's China factories is around $130 a month, according to … Read more
TAIPEI--Intel has released more details and the deployment road map for the company's MeeGo operating system, highlighting its desire for consumers to start utilizing the open-source platform.
During his keynote here Wednesday at Computex 2010, Peter Biddle, director of Intel's AppUp products and services, noted that while he is "no longer worried" about attracting developers to create content for the MeeGo platform, it is consumer adoption that now preoccupies his thoughts. "We need more consumers," he declared.
MeeGo version 1.0 was unveiled last week and the chipmaker said Netbooks running the OS will … Read more
Gadget makers gather in Taipei to show off their latest wares, with a focus this year on tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices.
PixelQi display, now with touch screen Despite not having a single retail model sporting its display yet, the company showcased prototype models sporting next-generation PixelQi screens. (Posted in Crave by Darius Chang) June 3, 2010 4:06 PM PDT
Google's Android operating system is seen as a future favorite for smartphones and tablets, according to a research note released Tuesday and comments from the chief executive of graphics chip supplier Nvidia.
Victoria Fodale, an analyst at ABI Research, said Tuesday in a research note that the Scottsdale, AZ-based marketing research firm anticipates that Linux-enabled smartphones, led by the success of Google's Android, will comprise 33 percent of the worldwide smartphone market by 2015. "With more than 60,000 smartphones shipping per day, Android has catapulted ahead of other Linux mobile platforms," according to the note. … Read more
Mozilla nudged Firefox 3.6.4 one step closer to its official release by pushing out the first release candidate version of the browser. Meanwhile, Weave Sync has been re-branded Firefox Sync in anticipation of its eventual inclusion in the Mozilla product. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Firefox 3.6.4 Release Candidate 1 began rolling out to Firefox beta users on May 28th and is notable for locking down the features and fixes the browser maker has been working on since January. For its part, add-on Firefox Sync 1.3 introduces a menu option under History for automatically … Read more
China has muscled into the No. 2 spot on the list of the world's fastest supercomputers thanks, in part, to specialized Nvidia graphics chips: a technology that Intel is now pursuing to keep pace with this new trend in high-performance computing.
Nebulae achieved this "in part due to its Nvidia GPU (graphics processing unit) accelerators...Nebulae reports an impressive theoretical peak capability of almost 3 petaflop/s--the highest ever on the TOP500," according to a press release Friday.
Though Nebulae also uses Intel Xeon processors, those are so-called commodity processors that are also employed in standard server computers. So, Intel--despite canceling its Larrabee graphics chip project--is pursuing a technology that leverages Larrabee R&D. On Monday, Intel said the first product of this kind, code-named Knights Corner, will be made on its future 22-nanometer manufacturing process--using transistor structures as small as 22 billionths of a meter--to pack more than 50 processing cores on a single chip.
On Tuesday, I spoke with Jack Dongarra, Distinguished Professor at University of Tennessee's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory. Dongarra introduced the LINPACK Benchmark, which is used as the primary yardstick to measure supercomputer performance.
Q: Are GPU accelerators in supercomputers a trend we'll see more of in coming years? Jack Dongarra: This looks like this is going to be one of the modes of high-performance computing.… Read more