Monthly Archives: November 2016

Android 7.1 Rollout to Nexus Devices Will Begin on December 6

android, nexus, updates, pixelBe ready to meet new features of the software in December 2016 because there is a secure evidence that Android 7.1 for Nexus devices arrives soon.

Seemingly Vodafone Australia has let the cat out of the bag – the details of a December 6 release date for the Nexus 6P have risen to the surface.

The timeline is of consequence, because the final Google’s developer preview of Android 7.1 was laid open to the public on November 22. As a rule, security patches are at the beginning of the month, and the timeline of a few weeks to finish the Nougat release corresponds to Google’s prior notice about the schedule.

The updated version will be named Android 7.1.1 after its release because it also includes several optimizations and bug fixes since the Pixel launched with 7.1. It is also expected that Google’s Pixel will be updated to 7.1.1 version in December along with the Nexus updates, to escape disarray with version numbers.

Such updates usually come by leaps, so it usually takes nearly two weeks to reach everyone. If you have a Nexus 6P, 5X, 6, 9, or Pixel C, you may need to exercise patience or flash the software manually after it finally arrives.

Why is it so important?

Android 7.1 has a lot of extraordinary, new features that can make your Nexus more alluring to use. Google has made good on the promise to add some of the latest Pixel features (sans the Google Assistant and custom launcher) to the last generation of devices, which may bring some of the hardcore Nexus fans happiness for now. But the future is undoubtedly the Pixel, so if you desire the absolute latest from Google, then at some point you may wish to upgrade.

This article was firstly published by Greenbot.

Incredibly Efficient Supercomputer in Japan by 2017

Japan, supercomputer, the fastest computer in the worldToday’s world leader, China’s Sunway TaihuLight, is highly likely to lose ground because Japan plans to create a new, super-efficient, the fastest computer in the world that will have a processing capacity of 130 petaflops (to compare with 93 petaflops of Sunway TaihuLight). It is worth mentioning that one petaflop is equal to one million billion floating-point operations per second.

Japan plans to deliver a tenfold increase in computing performance for the same power consumption which will probably bring booming popularity to its supercomputer. And this grandiose event is expected to occur by 2017.

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (with the abbreviation AIST) wants not only to build supercomputers that leave behind all the world’s machines. It is also aiming to the effectiveness. But how to attain a power consumption of under 3 megawatts? One can claim everything is possible if to put your shoulder to the wheel. But let’s imagine just for a minute that Japan’s current highest entry in the Top500 supercomputer list, Oakforest-PACS, delivers one-tenth the performance (13.6 petaflops) for the same power. So it becomes clear that the next aim is truly overwhelming and almost unreal.

TaihuLight consumes over 15 MW.

Another considerable objective of AIST is a power usage effectiveness (the ratio of total power consumption, including that required for cooling, to power consumed by computing devices) of under 1.1. That’s a PUE value obtained only by the world’s most powerful data centers.

AIST has its trump card – liquid cooling, a method that is also used by French company Atos in its supercomputer design for the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). A curious fact is that Atos is aiming for a performance one exaflop (one billion billion flops). But its computer will not be ready until 2020, while AIST expects its “child” to be born a year from now.

Other countries tend to optimize their main supercomputers for calculations such as atmospheric modeling or nuclear weapon simulations. And what is AIST doing meanwhile? It is targeting machine learning and deep learning applications in the growing field of artificial intelligence (AI) with the new computer design.

The project is called AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), and is designed for use by startups, modern industrial supercomputing users and academia, in compliance with a document published by AIST.

ABCI, the fastest computer in the world, will be built at the University of Tokyo’s Kashiwa Campus, around 40 kilometers northeast of Tokyo.

Apple Inc. Has Captured a Record 91% of the Global Smartphone Profits

apple company smarthpones, iphonesAccording to the data from Strategy Analytics, smartphone sales accounted for about $ 9 billion in money terms in the third quarter of 2016.

A dominant position now belongs to the computer company Apple with a record-breaking 91%. And this is a particularly interesting fact, so long as the sales of “apple” mobile phones are going down.

Guess what corporation appears behind Apple? No, not Samsung at all! There are some Chinese companies such as Huawei, Vivo, and OPPO, the proportion of which varies from 2.2% to 2.4% of the $ 9 billion.

The experts are delighted with Apple’s ability to simultaneously reduce the production cost of smartphones and level up the prices which favors the leadership of the American Corporation.

Director of Strategy Analytics Linda Sui states that Apple’s incredible capability of maximizing its pricing and minimizing its cost of production has contributed to the generation of “monster” profits for the US-based tech giant.

Just to compare with the same periods in 2015, iPhone sales are down in the second, third and fourth quarters of 2016. Actually, an increase was observed in the first quarter. However, it was slight.

Is Microsoft ready to give up on Windows phones?

windows phone 10, microsoft, mobileIt’s curiously enough, but some observers assume the future of Windows phones is not phones themselves.

Rumors surrounding a category-defining Surface phone gave rise to a great number of heated discussions and erupted into real dissatisfaction with Microsoft after its press event last Wednesday. How could it be that the company didn’t even make casual mention of Windows 10 Mobile? Nor customers neither partners properly understand why anyone should bother investing in Microsoft’s mobile strategy.

The situation wasn’t even clarified by Terry Myerson, Microsoft executive vice president of Windows and Devices. Obscurity became more preferable than clarity.

“Technically, there are really two things that are unique about Windows Mobile,” Myerson said, when asked why Microsoft was wasting time upgrading Windows 10 Mobile. “One is cellular connectivity and the other one is the ARM processors that are there.”

“So we’re going to continue to invest in ARM and cellular,” Myerson added. “And while I’m not saying what type of device, I think we’ll see devices there, Windows devices, that use ARM chips. I think we’ll see devices that have cellular connectivity.”

Not phones, but devices

No one heard a word “phones” pronounced by Myerson. However, there would be a “tablet” instead. It’s likely to be an ARM-based tablet, perhaps one with cellular connectivity, but not a phone.

To sum up, up-to-date Windows phones run on ARM processors from Qualcomm and others, using Windows 10 Mobile. But as regards Windows tablets, they do not. At one point, of course, they did: the original Surface ran on Windows RT, a version of Windows designed for ARM chips. But consumers earnestly and completely refused the Windows RT tablets, and, as it’s reported, Microsoft scrapped a smaller “Surface Mini” that may or may not have run Surface RT.

Instead, Microsoft doubled down on the Surface Pro 3, which went on to become the Windows tablet that made it easier to define Surface and Windows tablets in general. Microsoft promoted development on what it saw to be a more successful realization of Windows 10 running on top of ARM: Windows phones.

From the position of the observers, it’s a riddle why Microsoft cannot stop developing of Windows 10 Mobile and continue to release its own Lumia hardware, or why ARM and cellular connectivity are thought to be differentiating features for Microsoft alone — and not, you know, every phone ever made. Why didn’t Myerson highlight Continuum, Microsoft’s phone-as-PC argument? Or virtualized Win32 apps, as HP’s Passport uses? He’s an honest man, though, so he’s more likely to answer the question in the way Microsoft is now solving the problem.

No one puts absolute trust in Myerson. But why not to give him a little credit? How often do we use  smartphones for their intended purpose? As screen sizes balloon, phones are evolving more into data-driven messaging and computing devices than simple squawk boxes.

One hardly believes that the cratering of Microsoft’s phone business belongs to any master plan to usher in the next big thing. But the door’s still open for something breathtaking to arise from Microsoft’s mobile business. If Myerson is to be believed, however, it may not be a phone.

The original article was firstly published by PCWorld.