With the latest Git code pushed into Coreboot this morning, the Apple MacBook Air 4,2 is now supported.
I ran some quick tests of Ubuntu 15.04 vs. 15.10 out-of-the-box to show the performance difference between the Linux 3.19 + Mesa 10.5 stack against the upcoming Linux 4.2 + Mesa 11.0 powered distribution. An Intel Core i7 4790K processor with HD Graphics 4600 was used for this weekend's tests.
Golden ages are normally brought to an end by a rebellion of giants, titans or plagues. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation said that Linux will be killed off by giant, titanic plagues of security bugs.
Several high profile zero-day vulnerabilities in popular open source technologies last year served not only to show the importance of open source to the internet and IT world, but how how badly it projects were under-resourced.
Back in September, The Register's networking desk chatted to a company called Teclo about the limitations of TCP performance in the Linux stack.
That work, described here, included moving TCP/IP processing off to user-space to avoid the complex processing that the kernel has accumulated over the years.
The 4.3 release cycle continues to be fairly smooth - knock wood.
There's nothing particularly worrying here: we had some annoying
fallout from the new strscpy stuff (it's not actually *used* anywhere
yet, but we had build failures on some architectures), and a vfs layer
change uncovered an ancient and fascinating ext bug, but on the
whole things look pretty normal. It's the usual "lots of small fixes
to drivers and architecture code, with some filesystem updates thrown
in for variety". The appended shortlog gives an overview of the
Things also seem to be calming down nicely, although since there was
no network pull this week, we might have a bump from that next rc.
Anyway, if you haven't tried a recent kernel lately, feel free to hop
right in - it all looks pretty good.
We all know by now how to read the Kantar numbers. Its useless to compare Kantar this quarter to the same quarter last year, as Kantar doesn't measure the whole world, too many variables change the issue, such as did Apple launch the iPhone in China at the same time as the other big markets, or not, etc. But what we CAN do, is use Kantar latest quarter data, to compare to the immediate previous quarter. That is usually a good indicator of what the current just-ended Quarter is likely to show. We know well what Kantar measured for the last quarter (ended June 2015) and if we assign smartphone penetration-corrected indexes to all the reported region from Kantar, we get a pretty reliable indicator of what the direction and to some degree even scale of the change is, this quarter vs previous quarter. Note, this methodology is not infallible, it once led us on this blog to vastly mistake the Nokia/Lumia Windows Phone share. But in general, its worked quite accurately for about 15 of the past 16 quarters. I think we can use this as a good but not infallible predictive tool to see what the market share situation is like for the just-ended quarter.
Android 84% (82%)
iOS 12% (14%)
Windows Phone 3% (3%)
Others combined 1% (1%)
Blackberry hasn't quite yet died. And now they have officially shown the world the new physical QWERTY-slider (narrow format keyboard like Blackberries had always, not wide like Nokia Communicators for example) and its called the Priv. Best of all, it also runs Android! Wanna see the pictures? Slash Gear has the Blackberry pictures. For the record, I think this is a brilliant move and will see Blackberry smartphone unit sales jump once those Priv units are offered widely - and I personally will buy one. How big will the boost be, is anybody's guess because its been so long since we've last seen a proper slider solution to a large touch screen and a physical QWERTY but yeah, I bet it will sell well. Lets see if this can save the company.
Computers have been shrinking for years, and the revolution has only accelerated in recent times. As chipmakers focus on creating processors that sip power without sacrificing performance, thermal concerns have largely been alleviated in modern CPUs. Because of that, today’s pint-sized PCs offer enough performance to play HD video and satisfy Office jockeys, the opposite of the janky, compromised experience of yesteryear’s microcomputers.
Samsung has applied to patent a 3D image technology that is years ahead of the capabilities Google Glass, it’s main competitor, as users will be able to Interact with 3D images shown on the glasses mid-air and be able to do such things as dial phone numbers, send SMS text messages and even play a virtual piano keyboard.
Sony's new Bravia Smart TVs are the first ones to come preloaded with Android TV software offering a rich app experience and enhancing the smart TV experience. While some local players offer Android-powered TVs, what you actually get is a customised version of the mobile/tablet Android interface and apps that are scaled to fit the big screen. We've used the 50-inch Android smart TV for more than a month to help you make a buying decision.