PCs can't get a break
Published in News
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 12:26

PCs can't get a break


Strong US dollar to blame, amongst other things

Worldwide PC shipments dropped 8.3 percent in the fourth quarter which was the worst sales have been since 2008, beancounters at Gartner Group said.

Researchers develop a lithium-ion battery which does not explode
Published in News


Switches itself off if it gets too hot

Researchers have emerged from their smoke filled labs having designed a lithium-ion battery which can shut itself down if it gets too hot or might make a Dell off a bang (pictured).

H.265/HEVC video compression standard 50 percent better
Published in Graphics


H.264/AVC is so slow

BBC engineers have revealed their research into  H.265/HEVC video compression and claim that it is 50 per cent better than the older  H.264/AVC standard.

Qualcomm wants to know which rat squealed to the watchdogs
Published in Processors


Applies for court documents

Qualcomm is very interested who ratted it out to the Korean anti-trust authroities and has asked seven of its major customers and rivals to hand over the paperwork of what they told the watchdogs.

Notebook component makers expect flat year
Published in Notebooks
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:24

Notebook component makers expect flat year


And not just because of ultra-thin notebooks

It is looking like it will be a grim year for notebooks as component makers have given up any hopes of improvement this year.

Intel claims most don’t need a GPU
Published in Graphics
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:25

Intel claims most don’t need a GPU


Integrated graphics have nearly  caught up

Chipzilla claims that casual or mainstream gamers no longer need a discrete graphics card, because integrated graphics have nearly caught up.

AMD will not support coreboot on Zen
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:54

AMD will not support coreboot on Zen


Ironically caused by the death of Sage

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn that AMD will not support CoreBoot on Zen.

Occulus’ tale of two VRs
Published in Wearables
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:40

Occulus’ tale of two VRs


It is the best of times, it is the worst of times

Occulus appears to be having problems as it peddles two bits of tech which are advertised as VR.

Gloflo credited with Darpa breakthrough
Published in Processors
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 10:03

Gloflo credited with Darpa breakthrough


GlobalFoundries tech helps sort out spectrum mess

DARPA is crediting Glo-Flo's 32 nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology for providing the breakthrough it needed to sort out the mess over scarce electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.

Jobs Mob denies Android swap rumour
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:36

Jobs Mob denies Android swap rumour


Apparently it was worth denying

The Apple Press office works in the same way as the British Royal Family’s. Its official line on most things is “no comment.” But this week it took the rare position of denying a rumour.