UCI researcher discovers important Li-Ion battery breakthrough
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MnO2-coated batteries can now last 400 years, 200,000 cycles

Doctoral research student Maya Le Thai was working in her laboratory with nanobatteries one day when she decided to try a new approach. She coated an entire gold nanowire with a manganese dioxide MnO2 shell and covered the assembly with a "plexiglass-like" electrolyte gel, but the resulting outcome was completely unexpected.

Quip aims to renew cross-platform document collaboration
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An efficient yet notable editing suite based on Google's Protocol Buffers

In 2013, two bright individuals in Silicon Valley put their intuitions together and brainstormed some ideas to address the growing need for on-the-go document collaboration between mobile groups of coworkers and acquaintances. A few cross-platform services like Evernote appealed to While a few market leaders had already developed some novel open-source and proprietary methods in the past, they were often too expensive on one hand, or didn't offer real-time communication on the other.

CPU-Z 1.76 released
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25 April 2016

CPU-Z 1.76 released

Supports Broadwell-E official names, Intel AVX-512 reports

Last week, the folks over at CPUID.com released a new version of CPU-Z, their highly popular system information and clockspeed validation software.

Industrial PC market should stabilize in 2018
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Robotics lead industry, forecast to hit $4.3 billion in 2019

The global market for industrial PCs, those typically used in automation industrial control tasks, is expected to experience short-term growth in 2016 and will begin to stabilize in 2018, according to a new analysis from IHS. The continued use of these PCs in situations outside of traditional automation tasks is cited as the reason for market growth, while robotics continues to be the fastest growing industrial sector for PCs.

Micron 9100 and 7100 PCI-E NVMe SSDs now sampling
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Up to 3.0GB/s reads, 2.0GB/s writes, XPERT loss prevention algorithm

Last week, Micron Technology Inc. hosted a live morning webcast during which company executives announced a new lineup of enterprise NVMe-based PCI-E SSDs for data center customers featuring both the HHHL (half height, half length) form factor, the M.2 form factor and the slimmer, 7mm-tall U.2 (2.5-inch) hot-pluggable form factor.

AMD releases Q1 2016 earnings
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CEO says turnaround coming 2H 2016 with product design wins

AMD has just taken the wraps off its Q1 2016 earnings results, marking yet another revenue decline over 13 percent from the previous quarter and down 19 percent year-over-year from Q1 2015.

TSMC will launch 7nm production trial in 1H 2017
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More details may come at DAC 2016 in June

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is set to launch a production trial of its 7-nanometer process node in the first half of 2017, according to company chairman Morris Chang in a recent report mailed to company shareholders.

Nokia’s OZO now enables live spherical VR broadcasting
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2K x 2K resolution (2048x1080p) with 360x360 surround sound

Back in November, Nokia released an interesting product for virtual reality professionals that signifies the first time a company has taken VR filming and recording seriously. The company’s eight-camera, 360-degree OZO is effectively the merger of industry-grade film production quality, an Imperial Star Wars probe, and a decently sized chunk of cash.

Uber and Lyft drivers prompted to get business licenses
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$91 licenses to generate $3.37 million annual city revenue

In San Francisco, drivers of popular Uber and Lyft crowdsourced transportation services will now be required to obtain their own business licenses to operate within the city, according to a letter from the Office of the Treasurer and Tax Collector mailed out to drivers on Friday.

HTC 10 camera tested, falls short but receives high score
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UltraPixel 2.0 versus Galaxy S7, Xperia Z5, Nexus 6P, iPhone 6S Plus

HTC’s tenth-generation flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, just released to early reviewers for hardware testing and is now available for pre-order. Meanwhile, with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge just now arriving in consumers’ hands, it is prime time for comparing and analyzing top-performing smartphone camera hardware, including devices like the Nexus 6P, iPhone 6S / 6S Plus and Sony Xperia Z5. Several new HTC 10 camera reviews from around the web aim to compare shots among these devices with HTC’s new smartphone lens hardware for 2016.