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Weekend tech reading: Arkham Knight PC update, Xeon D reviewed, 2000-2015 web demographics

By Matthew
Jun 28, 2015
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  1. Americans' internet access: 2000-2015 The Pew Research Center's unit studying the internet and society began systematically measuring internet adoption among Americans in 2000. Since then, Pew Research has conducted 97 national surveys of adults that have documented how the internet has become an integral part of everyday life across diverse parts of society. A new analysis of 15 years-worth of data highlights several key trends... (also, The wait-for-Google-to-do-it strategy and Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US)

    June 27 update on PC version of Arkham Knight Rocksteady is leading our team of developers and partners as we work on the PC performance issues that players have been encountering. The work is significant and while we are making good progress on improving performance, it will take some time to ensure that we get the right fixes in place. Below is the list of the key areas where we are dedicating our resources to improve the experience for our loyal fans... WB (our performance review)

    The future of a $10 billion startup rests in the hands of a star executive Tim Cook personally tried to poach After Dropbox raised $350 million at a $10 billion valuation early last year, the file storage company pulled an audacious move: It hired Dennis Woodside, an 11-year Google veteran who was most recently Motorola's CEO, as its first-ever chief operating officer. Relatively unknown outside tech circles, Woodside's hire was somewhat of a surprise. Woodside cut his teeth at Google as its top advertising sales guy... Business Insider

    The good, the bad, and the decadent: Behind the scenes of our weirdest E3 meetings It's true that the bulk of a journalist's work at E3 resembles standard trade show fare. You book a number of appointments in order to see new products and then spend a few days strolling through a convention hall with a goofy name badge hanging around your neck bouncing between live demonstrations and/or interviews. On paper, it’s probably not radically different than, say,the World Dairy Expo (with a few less cows and more dinosaurs). A.V. Club

    Synthetic rhino horns are being 3D printed in an effort to defeat poachers A biotech firm has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns as part of a bid to curb poaching. Pembient, a startup based in San Francisco, plans to flood the Chinese market with the synthetic horns which carry the same genetic fingerprint as the real thing. The firm uses keratin and rhino DNA to produce a dried powder which is then 3D printed... The Independent (also, South Korean researchers 3D print structures thinner than a red blood cell)

    The Intel Xeon D review: Performance per watt server SoC champion? The days that Intel neglected the low end of the server market are over. The most affordable Xeon used to be the Xeon E3: a desktop CPU with a few server features enabled and with a lot of potential limitations unless you could afford the E5 Xeons. The gap, both in performance and price, between Xeon E3 and E5 is huge. For example - a Xeon E5 can address up to 768 GB and the Xeon E3 up to 32 GB. AnandTech

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    How to make great vapourware Bad news: if you want to become a fossil when you die, you should know right now that it's probably not going to happen. Most of us don't end up as fossils. Most of us just end up plain old dead - vanilla dead, if you will. Turning into a fossil requires dying in the right sort of place, in the right sort of conditions, often at the right sort of time. Even then, there's no guarantee that anyone's going to bother digging you up. Man, being a fossil is surprisingly tough! Eurogamer

    Sony Pictures: Inside the hack of the century, part 2 We will take "a merciless counter-measure." On June 17, leaked emails show, Sony’s appetite for mocking a "real persona" instantly diminished. Days after the film's first trailer appeared online, Hirai, who had just screened the movie, called Lynton, concerned about roiling already fraught relations between Japan and North Korea. As Hirai saw it, this made The Interview dangerous fare for a Japanese company. Fortune (Part 1)

    Star Wars: Battlefront PC alpha test applications now open Star Wars: Battlefront, DICE's upcoming reboot of the Star Wars shooter series, is getting an alpha test, and you can now apply to be a part of it. According to Battlefront's website, players with both a PC and an EA Origin account can apply for entry into the closed alpha. You simply log into Origin and the website will immediately tell you whether or not you've gotten into the test. GameSpot

    Even early focus groups hated Clippy Clippit, the infamous Microsoft Office assistant, lived like a firework, or perhaps like a low-flying helicopter: bright, in-your-face, a streak across the sky, and unbelievably annoying. He (and he is the right pronoun for this particular mindless bundle of code, but more on that in a moment) was introduced in November 1996. He was refined three years later, in Microsoft Office 2000. He went into retirement two years later, when he was turned off by default. The Atlantic

    Between Kickstarter's frauds and phenoms live long-delayed projects In my view, consumer printers are hulking and inscrutable plastic machines, worse to look at than to use. When industrial design students need to be punished, they have to sit alone in a room with one. So a year ago, I got excited about a new Kickstarter project that promised to change the printing design paradigm. Ars Technica

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  2. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    Why a ten billion startup? Theoretically, my app sellign company can hire millions of people for fouty dollars an hour and I spent seventy finve dollars on it. Charity starts at home.
     

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