Microsoft unveils a bonanza of security capabilities

From InfoWorld: Companies concerned about cybersecurity have a fleet of new Microsoft tools coming their way. The company announced a host of new security capabilities Friday morning as part of the run-up to the massive RSA security conference next week in San Francisco.

US chipmaker plans new factory in China

From PC World: GlobalFoundries will open a new factory to make cheap wireless chips in Chengdu, China, next year.

The chipmaker, once part of microprocessor designer AMD, also plans to expand production at existing fabrication plants in the U.S., Germany, and Singapore, it said Friday. It makes chips for AMD, IBM, Qualcomm, and Mediatek, among others.

Beginning next year, the new fab in China, a joint venture with the municipality of Chengdu, will produce chips on 300-millimeter wafers using standard manufacturing techniques, the company said.

How many buttons does your mouse have?

1 to 3
20% (31 votes)
4 to 8
68% (106 votes)
More than 8
12% (18 votes)
Total votes: 155

Fractal Design Define C Review (Page 1 of 4)

As someone who is in their first year of being in the working world, I think it is important to set a reputation around the office for who you are. Personally, I aim for positive traits such as being helpful, knowledgeable, and a hard worker. On the other hand, there are more neutral traits, and recently I have been labelled as the bad punner. A few weeks back, several of my co-workers went out for a lunch. While we were waiting for our lunch to arrive, one of my co-workers picked up the pepper shaker bottle and pretended to throw it at someone else. Being quick with my tongue, I immediately said, "You better not throw the other one, or that would be classified as... a-salt". I was met with silence for a split-second, followed by snorts and laughter. One guy congratulated me on telling such a bad joke it was good. While I am quite content with being seen as the one with dad jokes at the office, I think it is still important to develop a positive reputation, because this is how people will remember you by. Today, we have a Fractal Design case with an eerily similar design. Fractal Design has built up its reputation for its unassuming appearances combined with solid quality. When they announced the Define C, I thought I was seeing double or even triple, as it looked like another version of the Define S, and slightly larger than the Define Nano S. With the C-version, which is short for compact, I have to wonder if this Fractal Design case follows in the same Scandinavian reputation. Let us "C", as we take a closer look at the Fractal Design Define C!

GAMDIAS Zeus P1 Review (Page 1 of 4)

Every time a school term begins, my professor always asks us to keep one thing in mind: If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. As required by our professor, all the graduate students in our research team have to make very detailed research plans at the beginning of a term. Even though it takes some extra work, the results turn out to be good for everybody. Actually, we all have some sort of good contributions at the end of term. Making a good plan is by no means an easy task. This is because it not only requires the setting of a reasonable goal, but also determining realistic steps to achieve the goal. For me, most of time I could not finish everything I have in my plan, but at least I have a clear direction where I am heading. I believe that the same rule applies to the consumer electronics industry. To design a good product, a clear goal should be set before the actual design procedure. Take a gaming mouse design for example, first there must be a theme, then according to the theme, several design goals should be carried out to support the theme. These efforts are necessary for the product to have its own characteristics or personality. In other words, we cannot just use a normal mouse and add some "gaming" features, like RGB LEDs or a fancy logo, and claim that it is a gaming mouse. The designer should have a clear vision of what the mouse’s theme will be like, and how the designed features will match the theme. Above that, the designer should also think about how to make the product unique. For today’s review unit, the GAMDIAS Zeus P1 optical gaming mouse, as implied by its name, should have something to do with Greek mythology. Furthermore, Zeus is the god of all gods in Greek mythology, therefore we are looking for something unusual; something that is not borrowed or inherited from average mice made by GAMDIAS. Will the product meet our expectation of a good gaming mouse? Let us get into details of the review to find out.

Intel's new Xeon chip has 24 cores and sells for $8,898

From InfoWorld: No Intel chip has ever been as expensive as the new Xeon E7-8894 v4 server processor.

The $8,898 Xeon chip has massive horsepower with 24 cores, 60MB of cache and a maximum clock frequency of 3.4GHz. Intel said this is the company's fastest server chip, breaking enterprise application speed records.

Intel: Cannonlake CPUs will be more than 15 percent faster than Kaby Lake

From PC World: Upgrading CPU performance hasn’t been a priority for Intel in many years, but that could be changing.

Intel’s upcoming Cannonlake chips will deliver a performance improvement of more than 15 percent compared to its Kaby Lake chips, said Venkata Renduchintala, president of the Intel Client and Internet of Things businesses and Systems Architecture Group.

Intel didn’t provide exact numbers at the company’s annual investor day Thursday, but the projection is based on the SysMark benchmark. Detailed performance improvement numbers will emerge over time.

Twitch launches Communities to better connect gamers

From CNET: The online site that lets gamers broadcast their sessions launched a new directory Thursday called Communities, which lets them find the games and topics they're interested in.

Users can form specific groups around such popular topics as speedrunning, e-sports and cosplay, as well as create their own communities.

"With Communities, we are giving our users the power to create groups of their choosing, while providing creators with another tool to expand their audiences," Sheila Raju, Twitch's product marketing manager, said in a statement.

Microsoft launches new Azure intellectual property protections

From InfoWorld: Microsoft wants to help its cloud customers feel better protected from intellectual property lawsuit threats. To that end, the company is launching a new feature that’s designed to give them additional shielding.

The Azure IP Advantage program (the IP stands for intellectual property) provides a trio of benefits. First, Microsoft will indemnify all Azure customers from intellectual property infringement claims resulting from their use of Azure products, including open source components.

Oracle settling with ex-worker over alleged fiddling of cloud accounts

From PC World: Oracle has informed a federal court that it is settling a lawsuit in which a former employee had charged that she had been terminated from her job for refusing to go along with accounting principles that she did not consider lawful.

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