Faster GPUs, more FLOPS
HPE has updated its Apollo 6500 deep learning server with a threefold performance boost over its precursor by stuffing it with eight Tesla V100 GPUs, which speak to each other via Nvidia's NVlink 2.0 interconnect protocol.…
System may be full of waterworlds, boffins find
New research published in Nature Astronomy has poured, er, cold water on hopes that it may be possible to detect life on Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.…
It's not. ♫ It's beginning to sound a lot like Brexit ♪
In the latest report slamming preparations for the UK’s departure from the European Union next year, and the subsequent transition period, Britain's Commons Home Affairs Committee has said it has “serious concerns” about the future of data flows.…
The company will talk up its new efforts to help students and teachers and could introduce new devices like iPads.
Taking a look at the BlackBerry devices from the earliest right up to the present day.
Certain Amazon products have an Amazon's Choice label. But how specific products get that designation remains something of a mystery.
Growing buzz suggests new iPads before the end of the month.
SAN FRANCISCO—"It surprised us how Pac-Man on Hololens created interaction between people who are complete strangers!"
Bandai Namco Creative Director Hirofumi Motoyama declared this while standing next to a photo of arguably the world's largest Microsoft Hololens game experience to date. In it, two players sporting Microsoft's "mixed reality" headgear are seen high-fiving—which is both a fun photo moment and a bit of a cheat.
Pac in Town, which premiered in January exclusively at one of Namco's Japanese theme parks, actually requires players to high-five each other in order to beat its challenges. But as Motoyama's presentation at the Game Developers Conference made clear, that action is but one way that Bandai Namco answered an important question: how do you make a full-room, multiplayer Hololens game that doesn't suck?
Commentary: Suffering from Star Wars withdrawal symptoms? The new season of Disney's animated micro-webseries "Forces of Destiny" reveals some interesting secrets.
Kumoscale software presents fabric access NVMe flash drives virtually
Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game?…
For years, executives at France-based Ledger have boasted their specialized hardware for storing cryptocurrencies is so securely designed that resellers or others in the supply chain can't tamper with the devices without it being painfully obvious to end users. The reason: "cryptographic attestation" that uses unforgeable digital signatures to ensure that only authorized code runs on the hardware wallet.
"There is absolutely no way that an attacker could replace the firmware and make it pass attestation without knowing the Ledger private key," officials said in 2015. Earlier this year, Ledger's CTO said attestation was so foolproof that it was safe to buy his company's devices on eBay.
On Tuesday, a 15-year-old from the UK proved these claims wrong. In a post published to his personal blog, Saleem Rashid demonstrated proof-of-concept code that had allowed him to backdoor the Ledger Nano S, a $100 hardware wallet that company marketers have said has sold by the millions. The stealth backdoor Rashid developed is a minuscule 300-bytes long and causes the device to generate pre-determined wallet addresses and recovery passwords known to the attacker. The attacker could then enter those passwords into a new Ledger hardware wallet to recover the private keys the old backdoored device stores for those addresses.
Research has traditionally been broken down along simple lines. There's basic, fundamental research into how the world works, and there's applied research that attempts to take these insights and make something useful out of them. The two have very different end goals and require very different approaches to the research process.
But there's a large gray area in between, where the approach is more applied but the end goal may be little more than "make something cool": things like tiny flying robots or 3D computer displays that rely on beads levitated by lasers. How do researchers find direction for these open-ended engineering challenges?
There's plenty of fish in... Oh
European Space Agency (ESA) scientists plan to use satellite shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensing to detect plastic litter concentrations in the oceans.…
Salesforce's acquisition of MuleSoft adds an integration cloud and a way to connect to more hybrid cloud deployments.
Array types, riders and runners
It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping up the NVMeoF startups for their technology.…
Myth, legend and the lucky escape of Bennerley
Geek's Guide to Britain The pell-mell expansion of Britain's railways in the 19th century has bequeathed some impressive feats of engineering. Great stone viaducts like those at Calstock in Cornwall and Harringworth near Melton Mowbray get the glory, but for my money it's the iron bridges that are the real marvels.…
WhatsApp co-founder joins #DeleteFacebook movement after Cambridge Analytica accusations.
Blockchain voting outfit ran its own count, but only as an observer
Blockchain enthusiasts may be a little deflated today, after the nation of Sierra Leone took to Twitter to debunk claims it had conducted “the world’s first blockchain election.”…
The meter-long telescope expected to launch in 2028
The European Space Agency is launching a mission to find out how planets form and how life emerges in space, it announced on Tuesday.…
Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp and sold it to Facebook for $19 billion, sent out a short tweet in which he said, "It is time."