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Kinoma Create: The JavaScript-Powered Internet of Things Construction Kit

Kinoma Create: The JavaScript-Powered Internet of Things Construction Kit | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Kinoma Create is the JavaScript-powered construction kit for makers, professional product designers, and web developers with no prior hardware experience.


With Kinoma Create, you can create personal projects, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things prototypes more quickly and easily than ever before.


It's designed to be the fastest way to go from a product concept to a fully realized, Internet-connected prototype.


Bare boards like Arduino and Raspberry Pi are amazing for their audience — we love these products and all the wonderful projects they have inspired. Kinoma Create was designed to enable a broader audience to join the party. It lets you make all the same sorts of things, but helps you skip the tedious and difficult details to get straight to the fun stuff.


Why is Kinoma Create especially good at prototyping smart consumer electronics and Internet of Things devices? Because they share the need to talk to other devices, phones, and tablets, to connect to sensors in order to interact with their environment, and to talk with web services. And Kinoma Create makes all of that simple.

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Password crackers go green by immersing their GPUs in mineral oil

Password crackers go green by immersing their GPUs in mineral oil | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Going where few password crackers have gone before, a team of security consultants has deployed a cracking-optimized computer that's completely submerged in mineral oil. Members say the setup offers significant cost savings compared with the same machine that uses air to stay cool.

 

The rig contains two AMD Radeon 6990 graphics cards, long considered a workhorse for password crackers. While the parallel processing in just one of these $800 cards can make as many as 9 billion password guesses each second (see PC3 in the graph at the bottom of this page), the performance comes at a price. GPUs run extremely hot, particularly when combined with other graphics cards, which drives up the cost of keeping them cool enough to run without burning out. The dedicated fans normally used to keep them cool also generate plenty of noise.

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$99 Raspberry Pi-sized “supercomputer” touted in Kickstarter project

$99 Raspberry Pi-sized “supercomputer” touted in Kickstarter project | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Parallel computing for everyone promised with 16- and 64-core boards.

 

Chipmaker Adapteva wants to make parallel computing available to everyone, but there’s a good chance you’ve never even heard the company’s name. Founded in 2008, Adapteva focuses on building low-power RISC chips, which it sells to board manufacturers, and is trying to license its intellectual property to mobile processor vendors for use in smartphones.

 

Adapteva calls it “Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone,” a 16-core board hitting 13GHz and 26 gigaflops performance, costing $99 each. If the $3 million goal is hit, Adapteva will make a $199 64-core board hitting 45GHz and 90 gigaflops. (Adapteva seems to be counting GHz on a cumulative basis, adding up all the cores.) Both include a dual-core ARM A9-based system-on-chip, with the 16- and 64-core RISC chips acting as coprocessors to speed up tasks. The Adapteva architecture hits performance of 70 gigaflops per watt, and 25GHz per watt, the company says.

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CuBox Developer Platform : thin multimedia host with 1080p support

CuBox Developer Platform : thin multimedia host with 1080p support | TechWatch | Scoop.it

CuBox Developer Platform is a highly energy efficient and miniature open source development platform for different applications, like multimedia, set-top-box, NAS, automation and other applications.


Named by combining the words 'Cube' and 'Box' and while being less than 2"3 in size, the platform can stream and decode 1080p content, with desktop class interfaces, all in less than 3 Watt and less than 1 Watt in standby.


The platform is based on Marvell Armada 510 SoC and includes the following key features :

- Linux based distributions like Ubuntu, Debian and othersAndroid

- 800 MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor, VFPv3, wmmx SIMD and 512KB L2 cache.

- 1080p Video Decode Engine

- OpenGL|ES 2.0 graphic engine

- HDMI 1080p Output (with CEC function)

- 1GByte DDR3 at 800MHz

- Gigabit Ethernet, SPDIF (optical audio), eSata 3Gbps, 2xUSB 2.0, micro-SD, micro-USB (console)

- Standard Infra-red receiver for 38KHz based IR controllers.

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Amazon Builds World’s Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer

Amazon Builds World’s Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer | TechWatch | Scoop.it

The 42nd fastest supercomputer on earth doesn’t exist.


This fall, Amazon built a virtual supercomputer atop its Elastic Compute Cloud — a web service that spins up virtual servers whenever you want them — and this nonexistent mega-machine outraced all but 41 of the world’s real supercomputers.


Yes, beneath Amazon’s virtual supercomputer, there’s real hardware. When all is said and done, it’s a cluster of machines, like any other supercomputer. But that virtual layer means something. This isn’t a supercomputer that Amazon uses for its own purposes. It’s a supercomputer that can be used by anyone.

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Tegra, CUDA Powering CPU/GPU Hybrid Supercomputer

Tegra, CUDA Powering CPU/GPU Hybrid Supercomputer | TechWatch | Scoop.it

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center plans to build a system using Nvidia's Tegra SoC and CUDA GPU to reduce the enormous power consumption supercomputers typically need.


On Tuesday, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), a government funded research center in Spain, revealed plans (pdf) to build the world's first ARM-based CPU/GPU hybrid supercomputer using Nvidia's Tegra ARM-based SoC and a CUDA GPU installed on a hardware board designed by SECO. The hybrid supercomputer will be used to accelerate a variety of scientific research projects.

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NetApp does network-attached Hadoop

NetApp does network-attached Hadoop | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Seeking to appease enterprise customers demanding more-reliable and efficient Hadoop clusters to power their big data efforts, NetApp has partnered with Cloudera to deliver a preconfigured Hadoop storage system. Called the NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, the new product combines Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution and management software with a NetApp-built RAID architecture.

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Drool-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers

Drool-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Teaching children the basics of computer science isn’t as simple as teaching them to tie their shoes. How often do you see a parent sitting down with their kids, walking them through a line of code or pointing out the components of a motherboard? Probably never. Because kids think it’s boring. And parents think it’s hard. Today, children grow up surrounded by shiny objects that look and act like magic. There are screens that respond to touch and computers that can do just about anything a five-year-old can dream up. But even though kids have been immersed in technology since birth, it’s rare for them to actually know how it works.

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IBM Creates a New Way to Make Faster and Smaller Transistors

IBM Creates a New Way to Make Faster and Smaller Transistors | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Researchers at IBM have assembled 10,000 carbon nanotube transistors on a silicon chip. With silicon transistors approaching fundamental limits to continued miniaturization, theIBM work points toward a possible new way of continuing to produce smaller, faster, more efficient computers.

 

Earlier work by IBM showed that nanotube transistors could run chips three times faster than silicon transistors while using only a third as much power. And at just two nanometers in diameter, the nanotubes—carbon molecules resembling rolled-up chicken wire—are so small that chip makers could theoretically cram far more transistors on a chip than is possible with silicon technology. But controlling the nanotubes’ placement in arrays numerous enough to be useful—ultimately, billions of transistors—is a major research challenge.

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How to Build a Hackintosh

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What do you do when you need a high-end Mac — for editing video, retouching photos, recording music, animating 3D graphics, or just playing games — but you can’t afford a Mac Pro? Build one out of PC components. Yes, it’s possible to take off-the-shelf PC parts and build a Mac with your bare hands. It takes a D.I.Y attitude and a sense of adventure, but the result — a machine that’s faster than the entry-level Mac Pro, for half the price — is worth it. I wrote this how-to with video editors and other creatives in mind, but this hackintosh will work for anyone looking to get more bang for the buck out of a Mac.

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Samsung SUR40 : a Microsoft Surface 2.0 Device

A quick video that tells you more about the Samsung SUR40 a Microsoft Surface device. Visit http://samsung.com/prodisplay for more information.

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This computer-on-a-USB-stick turns any device into an Android terminal

This computer-on-a-USB-stick turns any device into an Android terminal | TechWatch | Scoop.it
Remember that $25 computer-on-a-stick we showed you a couple months ago? This gadget might seem familiar: It's a dual-core computer on a USB drive, and its makers say it's all about computing from any screen, anytime, anywhere.
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GoWebGL : More tests of WebGL in iOS on iPad 2

The UIWebView gesture browser was hacked by Daviid (https://github.com/gauthiier/) on late Friday evening at CIID. You can find the source code here https://github.com/gauthiier/GoWebGL .

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Nvidia dépose un brevet pour un ordinateur au format clé USB

Nvidia dépose un brevet pour un ordinateur au format clé USB | TechWatch | Scoop.it

Nvidia a enregistré un brevet assez intéressant aux US, il s’agit du concept d’un nano-ordinateur de la taille d’une clé USB, que l’on peut brancher à un écran, et qui dispose lui même d’un port extérieur. La taille de l’objet est indiquée : De 40 à 60 mm de profondeur et de 10 à 12 mm de profondeur ainsi que 5 à 10 mm d’épaisseur : Des dimensions très modestes pour ce qui pourrait être une solution au demeurant très complète.

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