Knights Landing details In part one of our investigation into Knights Landing, we described several possible options for the CPU core and came to the conclusion that Intel probably designed a custom core for Knights Landing. Over the past few weeks, a number of leaked presentations appeared online. Unsurprisingly, these leaks are equally illuminating and confusing. Most of the leaked slides are old and do not fully and accurately represent Intel's choices for Knights Landing (KNL). That being said, the slides definitely contain helpful information -- the trick is picking out the signal from the noise and extrapolating to other aspects of Knights Landing. Real World Tech

Why wearable tech will be as big as the smartphone Data will not help you if you can't see it when you need it. For Dan Eisenhardt -- a competitive swimmer for more than a decade, beginning as a 9-year-old in his native Denmark -- the data he needed in the water, what he could never know in the water, was his splits. His event was the 1,500-meter freestyle, the longest slog in the sport, a near-mile of grinding exertion divided into 15 laps of 100 meters apiece. As with every distance sport, pacing is all; lag your target time on the first two laps and you may never catch up, but accidentally beat it and you'll load your tissue with lactic acid, doom your endgame. Wired

How Netflix reverse engineered Hollywood If you use Netflix, you've probably wondered about the specific genres that it suggests to you. Some of them just seem so specific that it's absurd. Emotional Fight-the-System Documentaries? Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life? Foreign Satanic Stories from the 1980s? If Netflix can show such tiny slices of cinema to any given user, and they have 40 million users, how vast did their set of "personalized genres" need to be to describe the entire Hollywood universe? This idle wonder turned to rabid fascination when I realized that I could capture each and every microgenre that Netflix's algorithm has ever created. The Atlantic

SSD stress testing finds Intel might be the only reliable drive manufacturer As SSDs become increasingly common in data centers and consumer PC setups, we've seen more questions regarding which SSDs are truly reliable (and under what test conditions). When we last visited this issue, we covered a report on SSD reliability when the drive suddenly loses power, but the report authors didn't name names or give any information regarding which drives failed more than others. A new report has been released that does name drive manufacturers -- and it singles out Intel as the only company whose products didn't fail under heavy testing. ExtremeTech

Of her and humanoids: The year in robotics Follow robotics closely enough, and every year seems like a big year. But these tipping points are often false, or at the very least over-reported, as dispatches from academic labs are confused with actual, historic deployments. 2013 was another matter. Robots became synonymous with Google. Robots stole the show on 60 Minutes. Robots were mocked, and were the subject of more mock-terror, arguably, than in any other year in recent memory. And even when they weren’t news, robots and their makers made surprising progress towards supplanting and supporting humans. Popular Science

Augmented-reality contact lenses to be human-ready at CES Anyone who has ever dreamed up a sci-fi future in which neon interfaces float in front of us and information exists not on screens, but projected onto our eyes, is likely watching the blossoming wearable technology market with great anticipation. With its iOptik system, wearables startup Innovega has sighted in on that futuristic vision, designing special contact lenses that will read the light from projectors fitted to glasses. In doing so, it's inching closer to a product that may rival even Google in its wearable ambition. CNET

The year we broke the Internet As winter storms were buffeting parts of the country last week, our collective attention was drawn halfway around the world to Egypt. Images of the pyramids and the Sphinx covered in snow had emerged, and were being shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter. It wasn't hard to see why. For some, sharing the photos was a statement on global warming. For others, sharing was about the triumph of discovery, making them proud housecats dropping a half-chewed mouse of news on the Internet's doorstep. Esquire

San Antonio library offers glimpse of bookless future Alamo City residents have seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.Even the librarians imitate Apple's dress code, wearing matching shirts and that standard of geek-chic, the hoodie. But this $2.3 million library might be most notable for what it does not have -- any actual books. Statesman

Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant To say this post pains me would be an understatement. More than any other technology, Evernote is part of me, having evolved from habit to instinct over several years and nearly seven thousand notes. Every day ideas flit through my head, ideas for essays, for characters, for jokes. Just now I catch a glimpse of one, without thinking I am talking into my phone like a Star Trek Communicator, telling myself that maybe I should title this post Leaky Sync. Maybe not. Jason Kincaid

The mathematics of gamification At Foursquare, we maintain a database of 60 million venues. And like the world it represents, our database is ever-changing, with users from all over the world submitting updates on everything from the hours of a restaurant to the address of a new barbershop. To maintain the accuracy of our venue database, these changes are voted upon by our loyal Superusers (SUs) who vigilantly maintain a watchful eye over our data for their city or neighborhood. Foursquare

Isaac Asimov's 50-year-old prediction for 2014 is viral and all wrong That we can effortlessly peruse humankind's vast archive of predictions is one of the tiny thrills of the internet. It's funny and vindicating when the great asses of the past get it wrong and a little exhilarating and eerie when the goodly prescient get it right. So the internet has obviously exalted over noted non-ass Isaac Asimov's vision for 2014, which he articulated in a New York Times opinion piece in 1964. Vice

Thousands of visitors to yahoo.com hit with malware attack, researchers say Two Internet security firms have reported that Yahoo's advertising servers have been distributing malware to hundreds of thousands of users over the last few days. The attack appears to be the work of malicious parties who have hijacked Yahoo's advertising network for their own ends. The Washington Post