IBM develops ‘instantaneous’ memory, 100x faster than flash

You’ve got to hand it to IBM’s engineers. They drag themselves into work after their company’s 100th birthday party, pop a few Alka-Seltzers and then promptly announce yet another seismic invention. This time it’s a new kind of phase change memory (PCM) that reads and writes 100 times faster than flash, stays reliable for millions […]

A Window Into Mobile Device Security

A new independent study by security experts at Symantec attempted to measure how secure Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform are, and also to determine how these mobile platforms stack up against desktop operating systems. Symantec claims that these mobile platforms are much more secure than today’s popular desktop operating systems, though the firm does note that […]

Everyone Wants Better. No One Wants Change

I turn on the radio and everyone’s talking about how they want change. People want a better economy, but nobody’s willing to share in the financial hit it’ll take to get us back on track. People want better schools, but nobody wants to rock the system, the unions, the teachers, the role of parents. People […]

Intel takes wraps off 50-core supercomputing coprocessor plans

Intel’s Larrabee GPU will finally go into commercial production next year, but not as a graphics processor. Instead, the part will make its debut in a 50-core incarnation fabbed on Intel’s 22nm and aimed squarely at one of the fastest growing and most important parts of NVIDIA’s business: math coprocessors for high-performance computing (HPC). When […]

scientists see jets as black hole swallows a star

[like action=like] Gamma ray bursts are produced by some of the most energetic objects in the Universe, such as stars collapsing into supernovae. NASA’s Swift observatory is designed to catch these rare events as they unfold, with hardware and software that detect sudden spikes in high-energy photons and respond by pointing the main hardware at […]