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Intel opens up about its ‘Knights Corner’ supercomputer co-processor

Intel opens up about its Knights Corner supercomputer offering

HotChips is the show where chip makers come to show off their latest slices of silicon, and Knights Corner architect George Chrysos spilled the beans on Santa Clara’s Xeon Phi co-processor. The unit’s designed to bolt onto Xeon chips to help supercomputers crunch the numbers faster, by handling the “highly parallel” grunt work necessary for genetic and climate modeling, among other things. Chrysos has lofty goals for the hardware, hoping that it’ll contribute to “scientific and technical progress,” while we’re just excited to see if it can help the company reclaim its Top 500 crown from IBM.

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Iterate 28: Arment

Iterate Podcast

Marc, Seth, and Rene talk about the Retina/HiDPI web, Microsoft’s new logo, the new Facebook app, and Pixate, and interview Marco Arment of Instaper fame. This is Iterate!





If you’re one of the best-of-the-best-of-the-best in mobile design for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, or Windows Phone, we’d love to get you on the show, or if you’ve found a drop-dead gorgeous app on any platform and really want us to talk about it, contact us and let us know.



Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets priced on Vodafone Germany

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Poking around the Vodafone booth at IFA 2012 in Berlin, some new information appeared regarding the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 2. A price. What we see here is the pricing for the 16GB LTE version, but the non-LTE Note 2 seems to be carrying the same price. 

It’s the off contract price that’s of particular interest here. That €639.90 price tag translates to £508 or $804 in UK and U.S. pricing respectively. While not necessarily an accurate representation of what the cost may be when the Note 2 makes it to the U.S. it isn’t too far off the price we would expect for such a device in the UK. 



Open Compute Project: Can Facebook Help Save The World?
facebooklogoHardware generally doesn’t interest me too much, so when I heard about the Open Compute project I didn’t give it too much attention. Casually reading up on the subject a little more left me even less interested. Why should Facebook have to design their own hardware, I wondered? Wouldn’t hardware vendors be clambering over each other to supply Facebook with gobs and gobs of servers for their data centers? Amir Michael, Facebook’s hardware lead, discussed the Open Compute project in a keynote presentation at LinuxCon. He laid out the root problem: hardware manufacturers, in an effort to provide differentiation, were actually creating more problems than they were solving. The on-system instrumentation that OEMs provide did for Facebook but create additional complexity, and ultimately wasted space and produced unnecessary heating concerns.



Nokia Lumia 820 prototype breaks cover in photos, confirms little else

Nokia 820 prototype breaks cover in photos, confirms little else

Renders, shmenders. According to what you see above is a real-world prototype of the Nokia Lumia 820 — aka Nokia Arrow. As well as some tantalizing hardware shots, we get a sneaky glimpse at that all important “About phone” page. All we can see, though, is that it’s running Windows Phone 8 (shock) and has only 335MB of RAM? Though, being a prototype, that’s likely to change. Sadly little else of note, but it’s at least good to see that while the mock-ups were close, the real thing has a little more going for it.

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Mix-Up Or Must-Buy Phone? Motorola May Reveal Smartphone With Edge-To-Edge Screen Next Week
razrmMotorola is dead-set on showing off some new hardware at its New York press event next week, but could it have more up its sleeve than we all expected? A handful of leaks (accidental and otherwise) have already outed the Droid RAZR M and the long-awaited RAZR HD, but Bloomberg seems to have confirmed the existence of another new Motorola handset whose description doesn’t seem to match up with anything I’ve seen recently.



New vCloud 5.1 Brings Data Centers Into the Virtual Fold
VMware has launched what it claims is the first solution to deliver what it calls the “software-defined data center” — its vCloud Suite 5.1. This integrates the company’s virtualization, cloud infrastructure and management portfolio into one bundle. It lets users set up their own virtual data centers, consisting of virtual compute, storage, networking and security resources.



LG Optimus L9 hands-on

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Here we have the LG Optimus L9, the fourth and newest phone in the series LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. The specs, as you’ll recall:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 4 GB onboard memory
  • 2,150 mAh battery
  • 5MP rear camera
  • 9.1mm thin

The big talking point on this one, though, is the Quick Translator app that uses optical character recognition for some serious translation. 

Hands-on video and photos can be found after the break.

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digiZoid Introduces the Personal Subwoofer Audio Enhancement Accessory
Do you love bass – the deeper and thumping-er, the better?  If so, you’ll need the ZO2 Personal Subwoofer from digiZoid to give your music the punch you’ve been missing.  The ZO2 uses “digiZoid’s patent-pending SmartVektor™ technology to deliver 5X more bass at sub-low frequencies, which outperforms bass boost and EQs.”  The ZO2 plugs into […]



ZTE team up with Intel and announce the ZTE Grand X IN

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It only seems five minutes ago we had the ZTE Grand X released and already it is being superseded by another flagship device. The ZTE Grand X IN is powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading which should make the new handset more efficient in the power department whilst still delivering a fast and powerful experience. The majority of the specs look to be on-par with the original Grand X although the camera has had a boost and we now get an 8MP instead of the 5. The shell looks identical and from handling the Grand X I can say it is a pretty solid device for its price point.

Other features include a 4.3 inch TFT 16 million-color display, a 1650 mAh battery and HSPA+ 21Mbps. The device is planned for release in Europe during September and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. There is no word on plans to get Jelly Bean on it so I wouldn’t hold your breath for that one however when carriers announce pricing for the ZTE Grand X IN I expect them to be very competitive. The Grand X that launched here in the UK just last month is sitting just short of the £200 mark on pay as you go so fingers crossed the final figure for the IN will be in that ball park.

Catch the press release and full specs below:

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