Chinese Internet of things gear has a backdoor
Published in News


Allows chinese data hungry spooks


A Chinese tech firm which specialises in VoIP products has been shipping products with a backdoor which could mean that data hungry spooks can control your light switches.

Nintendo has a “surprise” shortage of Switches
Published in Games


Well we were not surprised 

We had a theory that Nintendo would manage to stuff up the launch of its Switch console.

Notebook sales only dropped 1.2 percent in the last quarter
Published in News


Not as bad as expected


Beancounters at Digitimes Research have added up some numbers and divided by their shoesize and reacted the conclusion that worldwide notebook shipments (not including 2-in-1 devices) dropped only 1.2 percent.

AMD says that developers need to get a better handle on Ryzen
Published in Processors


Performance differences  are more of a software issue


As the reviews of Ryzen came out, it is pretty clear that there are some test scenarios where Intel chips work slightly better, and AMD claims that is due to coding problems.

Humans likely to revolt over robot job loses
Published in News


Revolution cries Virgin


A senior director for Virgin Australia has warned business leaders that humans might revolt over moves to replace their jobs with robots.

Apple’s killing of the headphone jack not to be repeated
Published in Mobiles


Industry thinks it is funny

Wandering around the Mobile World Congress 2017 one thing is really clear – the industry is not rushing to copy Apple’s move to kill off the headphone jack.

Boffins store a short French railway movie on DNA
Published in News


Gotta keep the RNA amused

A team of boffins took time out from their busy schedule of sewing human ears onto mice to store a 1895 French film, "Arrival of a train at La Ciotat" onto a piece of DNA.

Snowden calls for AMD to open source
Published in Processors
Friday, 03 March 2017 11:49

Snowden calls for AMD to open source


Open sourced Ryzen would kick Intel into a coma

Whistle blowing spook Edward Snowden says that AMD could kick Intel to death if it open sources its PSP and firmware.

94-year-old extends battery life three-fold
Published in News


Like a Li-on in Zion


A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed solid-state battery cells that could last three times longer.

Simultaneous Multi-Threading vital for Zen
Published in Processors
Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:32

Simultaneous Multi-Threading vital for Zen


AMD CEO Lisa Su said it was complicated


AMD CEO Lisa Su has been spilling the beans about the complex problems that AMD had getting Zen into the shops.