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Roku 4 leaked specs confirm a 4K, Quad-core device

Roku 4 leaked specs confirm a 4K, Quad-core device | The Stream | Scoop.it

Earlier today, Roku accidentally published an updated spec sheet in their developer guide which included information about the upcoming Roku 4 specs.


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ok...annnnnnd?

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François-Xavier Schaeffer's curator insight, October 1, 2015 3:00 PM

Nice hardware upgrade. Let's see how it will fare agains it' most fierce competitors: the Apple TV and the Amazon fire TV.

Richard Platt's curator insight, October 2, 2015 12:46 PM

Earlier today, Roku accidentally published an updated spec sheet in their developer guide which included information about the upcoming Roku 4. The specs have since been removed, but if they’re accurate, the new flagship Roku device will support 2160p 4K video output and pack a quad-core ARM processor. The specs listed OpenGL ES 2.0 support, which seems to indicate gaming is not a top priority for the new device, however, the field for “Wi-Fi Direct Game Remote” was marked with “yes” but that could just refer to the standard motion capable Roku remote. In comparison, the 1st-gen Fire TV supports OpenGL 3.0 while the new 2nd-gen Fire TV supports OpenGL 3.1. Another oddity is the decision to reportedly include 1.5GB of RAM in the new device instead of a round amount like 1GB or 2GB. The leaked specs also listed the presence of optical audio, ethernet, and USB ports, as well as a microSD slot.

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MONSTER Teams Up With Fatal1ty For Gaming Product Line

MONSTER Teams Up With Fatal1ty For Gaming Product Line | The Stream | Scoop.it
MONSTER Enters Gaming – Announces Partnership with Gaming Great Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel Los Angeles, CA, June 17, 2015 – Monster the world leader in high-performance headphones, is proud to...
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Is it just me or does Fatal1ty look scared?

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The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible | TechCrunch

The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible | TechCrunch | The Stream | Scoop.it
Our long worldwide nightmare is almost over. The next USB plug will finally be reversible just like Apple's Lightning connector. No more blindly jamming the..

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Jim Stevens's curator insight, December 8, 2013 7:06 PM

About time

Richard Platt's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:49 PM

(from the Curator of IoT & Wearables) Oh thank the engineering gods for this one, or was it an engineer who simply innovated this solution because they were tired of the crappy status quo design?  I'm thinking it was the latter.

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Newsle Scans Your Social Networks and Tells You When Your Friends Are in the News

Newsle Scans Your Social Networks and Tells You When Your Friends Are in the News | The Stream | Scoop.it
Social networks like Facebook are a great way to keep up with the latest goings-on in your friends' lives, but you only really see what they post. What about when you friends make the real news?
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Tianhe-2, the new Chinese supercomputer takes the lead and clocks in at 33.86 petaflops to break speed record

Tianhe-2, the new Chinese supercomputer takes the lead and clocks in at 33.86 petaflops to break speed record | The Stream | Scoop.it

A Chinese supercomputer known as Tianhe-2 was today named the world's fastest machine, nearly doubling the previous speed record with its performance of 33.86 petaflops. Tianhe-2's ascendance was revealed in advance and was made official today with the release of the new Top 500 supercomputer list.

 

Tianhe-2 was developed at China's National University of Defense Technology and will be deployed in the country's National Supercomputing Center before the end of this year. "The surprise appearance of Tianhe-2, two years ahead of the expected deployment, marks China’s first return to the No. 1 position since November 2010, when Tianhe-1A was the top system," the Top 500 announcement states. "Tianhe-2 has 16,000 nodes, each with two Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors for a combined total of 3,120,000 computing cores."

 

The combined performance of the 500 systems on the list is 223 petaflops, up from 162 petaflops in the previous list released six months ago. A petaflop represents one quadrillion floating point operations per second, or a million billion.

 

26 systems hit at least a petaflop. IBM's Blue Gene/Q accounted for four of the top 10, while Intel provided the processors for 80.4 percent of all Top 500 systems. 39 systems use Nvidia GPUs to speed up calculations, and another 15 use other accelerator or co-processor technology such as AMD's ATI Radeon and Intel's Xeon Phi.

 

252 of the 500 are installed in the US, 112 are in Europe, 66 are in China, and 30 are in Japan. The slowest computer on the list hit 96.6 teraflops, compared to 76.5 teraflops for the slowest computer on last November's list.

 

Besides Tianhe-2, the only new entrant in the top ten is a Blue Gene/Q system named Vulcan at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


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Miro Svetlik's curator insight, June 18, 2013 4:01 AM

Hmm so chinese guys have dropped their famed own cpus and are now buying from intel ;). 33.86 petaflops is not bad however in the last article I have read they were claiming something around having 50+ petaflops so I assume this is a temporary figure (http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/06/china-tianhe-2-supercomputer-based-on.html

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How tech billionaires are using money and data to solve for death

How tech billionaires are using money and data to solve for death | The Stream | Scoop.it
How tech billionaires are using money and data to solve for death. http://wapo.st/humanupgrade

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Stanford engineers develop a computer that operates on water droplets

Stanford engineers develop a computer that operates on water droplets | The Stream | Scoop.it

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, and his students have developed a synchronous computer that operates using the unique physics of moving water droplets. Their goal is to design a new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter.

 

Computers and water typically don't mix, but in Manu Prakash's lab, the two are one and the same. The computer is nearly a decade in the making, incubated from an idea that struck Prakash when he was a graduate student. The work combines his expertise in manipulating droplet fluid dynamics with a fundamental element of computer science – an operating clock.


"In this work, we finally demonstrate a synchronous, universal droplet logic and control," Prakash said. Because of its universal nature, the droplet computer can theoretically perform any operation that a conventional electronic computer can crunch, although at significantly slower rates. Prakash and his colleagues, however, have a more ambitious application in mind.


"We already have digital computers to process information. Our goal is not to compete with electronic computers or to operate word processors on this," Prakash said. "Our goal is to build a completely new class of computers that can precisely control and manipulate physical matter. Imagine if when you run a set of computations that not only information is processed but physical matter is algorithmically manipulated as well. We have just made this possible at the mesoscale."


The ability to precisely control droplets using fluidic computation could have a number of applications in high-throughput biology and chemistry, and possibly new applications in scalable digital manufacturing.


The results are published in the current edition of Nature Physics.


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Accidental discovery: 400-fold increase in electrical conductivity of a crystal through light exposure

Accidental discovery: 400-fold increase in electrical conductivity of a crystal through light exposure | The Stream | Scoop.it
Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light.

 

WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun chanced upon the discovery when she noticed that the conductivity of some strontium titanate shot up after it was left out one day. At first, she and her fellow researchers thought the sample was contaminated, but a series of experiments showed the effect was from light. "It came by accident," said Tarun. "It's not something we expected. That makes it very exciting to share."

 

The phenomenon they witnessed—"persistent photoconductivity"—is a far cry from superconductivity, the complete lack of electrical resistance pursued by other physicists, usually using temperatures near absolute zero. But the fact that they've achieved this at room temperature makes the phenomenon more immediately practical.


And while other researchers have created persistent photoconductivity in other materials, this is the most dramatic display of the phenomenon. "The discovery of this effect at room temperature opens up new possibilities for practical devices," said Matthew McCluskey, co-author of the paper and chair of WSU's physics department. "In standard computer memory, information is stored on the surface of a computer chip or hard drive. A device using persistent photoconductivity, however, could store information throughout the entire volume of a crystal."


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What It's Like To Really Like To Live In Oslo, The World's Most Expensive City

What It's Like To Really Like To Live In Oslo, The World's Most Expensive City | The Stream | Scoop.it
Oslo is usually fighting for the top spot with Moscow and Tokyo. The contest in question? The race of being the most expensive city in the world. Oslo just "won". Yet again. I live in Oslo. I'd celebrate, if I could only afford to.
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The Cisco Connection: TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patents

The Cisco Connection: TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patents | The Stream | Scoop.it
Response to last week's Cisco suit seeking to void TiVo patents (RT The Cisco Connection: TiVo countersues Cisco over DVR patents: Response to last week's Cisco suit...)...
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