Weekend tech reading: Intel Skylake slides leaked, Android Auto reviewed, Amiga 1000 turns 30

By Matthew
Jul 26, 2015
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  1. Intel Skylake slides show 10-20% CPU performance boost, faster iGPUs and new features The Intel Skylake processors are going to be unveiled on 5th August at Gamescom, which is just a few weeks away. We have come here to see several leaks on Skylake, regarding the variants, the SKUs, the platform and even seen some benchmarks already in which the Core i7-6700K is being compared to the Core i7-4790K. The Skylake generation of processors are going to boost the CPU and GPU performance further and incorporate new features which we are going to talk today. WCCFtech

    Android Auto review: A beautiful, but beta alternative to awful OEM solutions Car infotainment systems suck. Using the touchscreen in a modern vehicle usually feels more like interacting with an ATM or a stubborn inkjet printer than using a well-designed, consumer-focused product. These crude, emotionless operating systems might feel right at home on an industrial factory robot, but in the wider world -- where people are used to smartphone OSes that are continually refined -- these barely designed systems fall flat. Ars Technica

    Dmail makes your Gmail messages self-destruct Have you ever regretted sending an email, and wished you could take it back? Or maybe you've worried about sending confidential information over email -- especially after seeing the damage a large-scale email hack can cause, like the one that hit Sony Pictures last year? A new "self-destructing" email service called Dmail aims to eliminate these concerns with the introduction of tool that allows you to better control the messages that are sent over Gmail. TechCrunch

    Installing Windows 10 on a 7-year-old Acer Aspire One: Flawless performance Since Microsoft made so many changes to Windows 10 in order to make it work on the majority of devices out there, we performed a quick test to see how smoothly it can run on a 7-year-old Acer Aspire One powered by Intel Atom N450 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, 1GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard disk. The result is surprising to say the least, as installation not only went impressively fast but Windows 10 also works fast... Softpedia

    Is FCAT more accurate than Fraps for frame time measurements? Here's a geeky question we got in response to one of our discussions in the latest episode of the podcast that deserves a solid answer. It has to do with our Inside the Second methods for measuring video game performance using frame times, as demonstrated in our Radeon R9 Fury review. Specifically, it refers to the software tool Fraps versus the FCAT tools that analyze video output. The Tech Report

    Object recognition for robots John Leonard’s group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations. Last week, at the Robotics Science and Systems conference, members of Leonard's group presented a new paper demonstrating how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems... MIT

    How two bored 1970s housewives helped create the PC industry In April 1977, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak rented a booth at the formative industry conference for the personal computer, the First West Coast Computer Fairein San Francisco. They were there to launch Apple's first breakthrough machine, the Apple II. What few people know today is that only a few rows away at the same show, two women from Southern California were busy launching an innovative machine of their own. Fast Company

    Every Child Achieves Act will improve access to K-12 STEM learning nationwide The U.S. Senate this week completed work on a major education overhaul that will increase access to STEM learning nationwide. We applaud the leadership of HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) for ushering through legislation on a strong, bipartisan basis that advances some of the goals outlined in Microsoft’s National Talent Strategy. Microsoft

    Godzilla is the game of the year for masochists "Let them fight." By uttering these three simple words in the 2014 movie Godzilla, Ken Watanabe’s character got straight at the heart of the iconic monster’s appeal. Why turn to precise, conventional military options that might minimize collateral damage, this renowned scientist seems to be saying, when instead humanity could opt for the more delightfully insane plan to let these hulking kaiju battle it out and level an entire city? A.V. Club

    Thousands of apps secretly run ads that users can't see There may be much more advertising in apps than it seems. Thousands of mobile applications are secretly running ads that can't be seen by users, defrauding marketers and slowing down smartphones, according to a new report by Forensiq, a firm that tracks fraud in online advertising. Over the course of the 10-day study, one percent of all devices observed in the U.S. ran at least one app committing this kind of fraud... Bloomberg

    Supercomputer chip startup scores funding, DARPA contract Back in March, we introduced a chip upstart taking aim at the efficiency of future exascale systems called Rex Computing. The young company is now armed with $1.25 million to hire another few engineers to move the Neo chips from concept to production -- and also has a sizable DARPA contract to match the early interest it found with select national labs in the U.S. The Platform

    What do machines sing of? "What do machines sing of?" is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality. Martin Backes

    Four zero days disclosed in Internet Explorer Mobile As if all of the vulnerabilities in Flash and Windows discovered in the Hacking Team document cache and the 193 bugs Oracle fixed last week weren’t enough for organizations to deal with, HP's Zero Day Initiative has released four new zero days in Internet Explorer Mobile that can lead to remote code execution on Windows Phones. ThreatPost

    Your body, the battery: Powering gadgets from human "biofuel" Technology has always been intimately linked to the human body. From sharpened flint to smartphones, we've been carrying our inventions for millennia -- but the relationship is about to get even closer. The next generation of electronic devices might not just be near our bodies, they could be powered by them. Ars Technica

    What's next for Nintendo? Industry analysts weigh in We reached out to several games industry analysts after the death of Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata was announced. Like the rest of us, they were all reeling from the terrible news. Gamasutra (also, What's next for Nintendo? Reggie Fils-Aime talks games, Amiibo, VR and mobile)

    Commodore's landmark Amiga 1000 computer turns 30 Thirty years ago, on July 23, 1985, Commodore took to the stage in New York to reveal the Amiga 1000, a personal computer with unprecedented multimedia capabilities and an intuitive interface that leapfrogged -- though it would later succumb to -- its IBM and Apple competitors. NBC

    Here's how screen size preferences have changed through the years (infographic)​ It's interesting how our perception changes with time. For a moment, it may seem like smartphones are getting simply too big to be handled comfortably, but fast-forward a couple of years, and we find ourselves willingly dealing with even bigger handsets... PhoneArena

    Amazon planning drive-up grocery stores with the first likely coming to Sunnyvale For decades, drive-thrus have served up everything from coffee to prescriptions to dry cleaning -- not to mention burgers and fries. Now Inc. wants to add another item to the list: Your groceries. Business Journal

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    Great selection of articles today.

    I'm waiting on Skylake to do my next full-blown upgrade. Can't wait to see what kind of performance I'll get with a new Skylake CPU & GPU.

    And the Amiga 1000 is 30 years old?? I had one of those. Always nice to be reminded of HOW OLD I AM. :(
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 299   +152

    Depends on Your point of view, and what You own right now. For people owning i5-2500k and higher and living outside of U.S. it may as well be a downgrade. Higher dollar prices, higher base CPU prices, higher DDR4 prices and, outside of benchmarks, hardly noticable performance increase in most applications that average consumer uses, will make it worthy upgrade for people that still own AMD or pre-Sandy Bridge CPUs at most.
  4. deemon

    deemon TS Booster Posts: 199   +46

    Great articles... although my weekend does not start on Monday when this was posted.

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