ARM launches a faster, more efficient chip design for smartphones


Nearly every single smartphone sold last year uses a processor originally designed by ARM. On Tuesday, the British company announced new processor designs that will likely end up in devices in 2016.

ARM announced a new CPU chip design and a new GPU chip design. The new CPU is going to be called the Cortex A72, and it should replace the Cortex A15 and Cortex A57 as the “big” CPU for high-performance smartphones and tablets.

Remember that ARM encourages its customers — chipmakers — to lay out its processor cores in what it calls a “Big.Little” configuration. Fast and power-hungry cores handle jobs when single-core performance is important, and other tasks are delegated to the “little” core, which uses less power. The A72 will be a “big” core for most of ARM’s customers, and will likely be paired with the A52 design as its “little.”

Currently, devices sporting ARM’s A57 design…

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The internet of things isn’t producing a data deluge … yet


There are already billions of devices — from forks to jet engines — connected to the internet, and all signs point to a huge surge in the coming years. Cisco, for example, predicts 21 billion of them in 2018, up from 13 billion in 2013. But despite those numbers, the companies that will be storing all that device data are less concerned sheer volume and more concerned about making it usable.

On the Amazon Web Services cloud, where anecdotal evidence suggests a large percentage IoT applications run, all that connected data is just a drop in an enormous bucket. Matt Wood, the company’s general manager of data science, said the world of big data has matured so much over the past few years that, for example, customers regularly spin up thousands of cores to process large datasets. It’s not yet commonplace, but common enough, that “we get blasé talking about petabytes and tens of thousands of…

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Funky words and photos from Mars: A recap of Session 3 from TEDYouth 2014

one must watch this..

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A great way to see how a jellyfish moves? Luminescent dye, as shown by Kakani Katija. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED A great way to see how a jellyfish moves? Luminescent dye, as shown by Kakani Katija. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

The final session of TEDYouth 2014 focuses on what makes us human — the way we talk, the way we walk, the words we sing, the waves we surf. 

Want to watch for yourself? The live webcast of TEDYouth — in English, Spanish and Arabic — will be available for free playback until 5pm Eastern on Tuesday, November 18.

How jellyfish swim. On land, animals leave footprints that tell us a lot about their size, form and capabilities. Marine organisms do too—their footprints are “wake structures,” but they are hard to see since water is translucent. Bioengineer Kakani Katija finds ways to make them visible—using dyes, lasers and more—and measurable. Through this research, she and her intrepid collaborators can understand how sea organisms move, and the complex interplay between…

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Intel’s Otellini: ‘I don’t think there is a tablet- or phone-centric world’

Otellini has served as Intel’s CEO since 2005 and has been with the company since 1974. What follows is an edited Q&A session.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini

Intel CEO Paul Otellini

Question: Where does the x86 microprocessor architecture used in our laptops and desktops fit in to consumers’ lives today?

Otellini: First off, we call it “Intel architecture” and not “x86.” There is a difference. Things have evolved from the 286, 386 days. Our view is that Intel architecture is the world’s most popular computing architecture in terms of the install base and the number of applications designed for it. It’s a very scalable architecture. It’s one that can go from the highest supercomputers, to the consumer PC, and now embedded into phones as we scale it down. Continue reading

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The race is on for flying car start ups

Not since the Wright brothers flew the first powered aircraft near Kitty Hawk in 1903 has the competition been so intense. The technology that can give us the world’s first affordable and easily pilotable flying car is almost here.

Several start-ups are already moving their prototypes forward and the race is on. Continue reading

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