Node.js 8 brings sanity to native module dependencies

From InfoWorld: Node.js, the popular server-side JavaScript platform, has been upgraded with improvements related to the runtime, buffer security, URL parsing, and preserving dependencies on native modules across major Node.js upgrades.

On the module dependencies front, Node.js 8.0.0, released today by the Node.js Foundation, introduces the Node.js API, or N-API, albeit still behind an experimental flag. The N-API is designed to eliminate the breakage of dependencies on native modules that happens between release lines.

AMD's Threadripper struts onstage with Radeon RX Vega and a big surprise

From PC World: Threadripper stepped out in public for the first time at Computex in Taipei, where AMD ran its 16-core Ryzen-based desktop chip through various benchmarks and games. Even better for AMD fans: The company showed off the highly anticipated monster CPU running two of the company’s Radeon RX Vega in CrossFire mode.

Intel's Core i9 and X299 enable crazy RAID configurations for a price

From PC World: Storage buffs will get a massive dose of fun when Intel’s X299 chipset launches. The new Core i9 chipset will support up to 20 devices in a bootable RAID partition.

The overlooked featured is called Virtual RAID On CPU (VROC). We got taste of it courtesy of Asus, which showed the feature running in its new X299 motherboards using a 10-core Skylake-X CPU. Few motherboards support more than three M.2 slots, so Asus used its new Hyper M.2 PCIe card.

Java 9 delayed due to modularity controversy

From InfoWorld: Oracle has proposed that Java 9 Standard Edition be delayed until September so the open source community that is finalizing Java 9 can address the ongoing controversy over a planned but later rejected approach to modularity, said Georges Saab, vice president of software development in the Java platform group at Oracle and chairman of the OpenJDK governing board.

The wait for AMD's Radeon RX Vega graphics cards continues for two more months

From PC World: AMD has long promised that its hotly anticipated Radeon Vega graphics cards will launch by the end of June. At its Computex keynote in Taipei, the company stayed true to its word, pledging to launch the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition on June 27. But that card is designed for “data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers”—not gamers. And shortly after announcing the Frontier Edition’s release date, AMD crushed the spirits of hopeful PC enthusiasts even more.

AMD: Hey Intel, we have lots of CPU cores too

From CNET: AMD's new 16-core Ryzen 9 series 1998X CPU is all set to take on Intel's 18-core Core i9 in high-end desktops.

Making the announcements on Wednesday in Taipei at its Computex press event, the company said the new CPUs would be shipping in summer 2017.

AMD's 'TR4' Threadripper CPU socket is gigantic

From PC World: Not much is known about AMD’s monster Threadripper chips at this point except that they’ll appear this summer with up to 16 cores. You can now add another factoid to the fire though: The socket for the new CPU is called TR4—and it’s freaking giant.

NPM 5 reworks the cache for speed, but could break existing apps

From InfoWorld: NPM, the popular JavaScript package manager, is being upgraded for better performance.

Expected to be released tomorrow, NPM Version 5.0 is two to six times faster than NPM 4, said Kat Marchan, a member of the NPM team. Other improvements include better defaults, simplified options, and better error messages.

HTC's wireless Vive VR headset will replace cumbersome cables with WiGig

From PC World: HTC will launch a wireless version of the Vive virtual reality headset in early 2018.

A prototype of the new headset was unveiled and demonstrated at Computex in Taipei on Tuesday during a keynote by Intel, which said it's working closely with HTC to realize the system.

The wireless HTC Vive looked similar to today's cabled model with the addition of a box of electronics worn on the head of the user. Intel didn't provide any details about the system, but that's presumably where the electronics and radios are fitted to make wireless VR possible.

Intel's X-Series chips will fuel your epic power sprees

From CNET: Intel on Tuesday took to the stage at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, to unveil its newest range of processors, dubbed the X-Series. With its eyes set on content creators, overclockers and pro gamers (plenty of whom are crowding the Computex halls this week), Intel is pulling out all the superlatives it can muster to talk up the "extreme" processing power it's offering.

But extreme doesn't come cheap.

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