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03.20.2014 - Quip adds raft of new features and functionality



View RealWire related news. Major app update adds 'Like' Button, Themes and CommentsLondon, UK, March 20, 2014 - Quip, the productivity app created by ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor and founder of Google App Engine Kevin Gibbs, today unveils new features as Version 1.7 launches simultaneously on the iPhone, iPad, Android, and desktop. New features include Themes, introducing greater personality to documents, and new ways for users to better interact and collaborate with each other such as inline Comments and... Source: RealWire
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03.20.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.675.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.19.2014 - AMD’s Mantle API Adopted by Crytek



View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) this week announced that Crytek and AMD have entered into a technology partnership that will add native Mantle graphics API support to CRYENGINE®. CRYENGINE is the latest iteration of the industry-leading game engine that has powered Crytek gaming titles since 2004. AMD’s Mantle API makes...
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03.19.2014 - AMD Gaming Evolved Expands with Trio of Exclusive Gaming Partnerships



View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced three new game developer partnerships for AMD Gaming Evolved, an ISV relationship program that assists developers in creating an enhanced PC gaming experience. Rebellion Developments,
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03.19.2014 - Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet secured by ViaSat for IL6 Top Secret level encryption



View RealWire related news. London, UK, 19th March, 2014 - Panasonic has teamed with ViaSat Inc. to offer IL2 to IL6 Top Secret level security encryption for its rugged Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet making it ideal for MOD and other security conscious markets, such as emergency services and the oil & gas industry.Panasonic's 10.1 inch, fully rugged and lightweight tablet is now available via partners with the option of a ViaSat Eclypt® encrypted hard drive. Eclypt® hard drives and Inline... Source: RealWire
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03.19.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.673.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.18.2014 - AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta, the ultimate driver for Thief!



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Last October, we took the stage in Hawaii to unveil the AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 Series GPUs, announcing that select models supported an exciting new hardware feature: AMD TrueAudio technology. AMD TrueAudio is an AMD-exclusive technology that empowers game developers to create truly expansive and realistic audio environments. We are very excited to announce that many of you will be able to experience this incredible audio technology for yourself in today’s patch for Thief™! In addition, AMD Catalyst™ 14.3 Beta also adds driver support for the newly-added Mantle rendering engine in Thief.

 Let’s take a look at both technologies to see how the AMD Catalyst 14.3 Beta driver makes the Thief experience even better for you!

 A BRIEF PRIMER ON AMD TRUEAUDIO TECHNOLOGYAMD TrueAudio technology is a hardware-level feature found on the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R7 260X and R7 260 graphics cards. A small block of audio processing hardware is integrated directly into the graphics chips in these products. That audio processing hardware is called a “Digital Signal Processor,” or DSP.A DSP is specialized silicon dedicated to the task of processing—you guessed it—digital signals. Example applications for a DSP include: audio compression, audio filtering, speech processing and recognition, simulating audio environments, creating 3D sound fields and more.

 DSPs are fully programmable, which allows developers to creatively harness that hardware in ways limited only by their imagination and skill. We are striving with AMD TrueAudio to give game developers a blank canvas for new and never-before-heard audio environments and techniques. Fully programmable hardware was inspired by another pivotal moment in our history, when we helped transition the industry to programmable graphics chips in the mid-2000s—game art has been breathtakingly diverse ever since!

 To enable this rich climate of imagination, we turned to Cadence IP and their portfolio of Tensilica Xtensa series DSPs. We licensed their technology to equip each AMD TrueAudio-capable graphics card with a trio of Xtensa HiFi EP (PDF) cores. Together, these three DSPs allow game developers to fully offload their game audio environment from the processor to our GPU.blocks.pngFull offloading of a game’s audio engine is a key benefit of AMD TrueAudio technology. The hardware horsepower we provide to audio processing with the integrated DSPs is tremendous compared to the horsepower typically given to processor-based audio engines. In other words, audio engineers have historically received a very small portion of a processor’s overall performance to run their audio engines—one can only imagine how much this has stifled game audio innovation over the years! While it’s difficult to predict all the creative ways developers will take advantage of this new and powerful hardware, a wise man once said: “if you build it, they will come.”chain.pngOn a final note, we wanted to impress that AMD TrueAudio technology is compatible with any audio hardware you already own. AMD TrueAudio enters the audio chain at the application level, long before sound ever reaches your audio chip or audio endpoint (e.g. headphones). Whether you have integrated audio on the motherboard, a discrete sound card, or a standalone USB headset, AMD TrueAudio is already part and parcel of the audio stream that’s being fed to these devices by the game’s audio engine. And because it operates at the application level, AMD TrueAudio is fully aware of the game’s positional and environmental data. AMD TrueAudio technology is intrinsically able to provide audio data that fully reflects the game’s goings on.

 For even more technical information on AMD TrueAudio technology, we encourage you to visit this MaximumPC interview with Carl Wakeland, the brains behind AMD TrueAudio technology at AMD.

 AMD TRUEAUDIO IN THIEFWith respect to Thief, AMD TrueAudio is utilized to calculate an effect called “convolution reverb.” Convolution reverb is a technique that mathematically simulates the echoes (i.e. reverberation) of a real-life location. This effect is accomplished by recording an “impulse response,” which is a snapshot of the echo characteristics of a real-world location. That impulse response is fed back into software that can recreate that behavior in a PC game.thief.pngThief uses this technique to make buildings, cathedrals, alleyways and other in-game venues sound quite like they would in real life! In an environment where there are adjacent areas with different echo characteristics and impulse response (example: a cathedral adjacent to a cave and an open space), multiple convolution reverbs must be processed in parallel to create the most realistic sound environment. AMD worked closely with Eidos to process up to four convolution reverbs simultaneously with AMD TrueAudio technology, and you should try mission seven to get the best experience!

 AMD TRUEAUDIO ELSEWHEREIn addition to Thief, today we will also release an AMD TrueAudio-enabled demo prepared by GenAudio and FMOD for the Occulus Rift. If you have one in your home, now would be a great time to break it out. If not, you can still experience the demo for yourself, but the graphics will be displayed as a stereo pair.

 In this demo, called Tuscanny, AMD TrueAudio is utilized to calculate the spatialization of an audio environment. Spatialization is a technique that permits the audio engine to create a fully 3D soundfield on a stereo headset. This effect is powered by AstoundSound 3D RTI plugin by GenAudio, and it includes support for elevation, distance and positioning. Please watch this page for the download to become available.

 A BRIEF PRIMER ON MANTLEMantle has been many years in the making by AMD, but we were not alone in this effort! Mantle was also directly shaped by the input we received from the greater game development community that has long sought a low-level graphics API for PCs.  We worked shoulder-to-shoulder with developers like Eidos Montreal to create Mantle in the image of their needs: a streamlined, robust, efficient API for modern graphics work. In fact, Mantle is the very first lower level API designed with input from game developers for their modern craft!

 At the simplest level, Mantle is an Application Programming Interface (API), or a language that game developers can use to write code that creates the beautiful graphics on your screen. In its current iteration, the Mantle API uniquely leverages the hardware in the Graphics Core Next architecture (GCN) of modern AMD Radeon™ GPUs for peak performance.

 More broadly, Mantle is functionally similar to DirectX® and OpenGL, but Mantle is different in that it was purpose-built as a lower level API. By “lower level,” it’s meant that the language of Mantle more closely matches the way modern graphics architectures (like AMD’s own GCN) are designed to execute code. The primary benefit of a lower level API is a reduction in software bottlenecks, such as the time a GPU and CPU must spend translating/understanding/reorganizing code on-the-fly before it can be executed and presented to the user as graphics. Mantle comes in contrast to the “high level API,” which offers broader compatibility with multiple GPU architectures, but does so at the expense of lower performance and efficiency.

 For more information on the design goals of Mantle, we encourage you to visit the “Four Core Principles of Mantle” blog.

 MANTLE GRAPHICS API IN THIEFIn Thief, Mantle is utilized to improve the graphics performance of many common PC configurations at a resolution of 1080p. Let’s look at the performance impact Mantle is making for systems like these.options.pngFirst up, an entry-level gaming system based on the CPU in the new AMD A10-7700K APU (the on die GPU is disabled) and an AMD Radeon™ R7 260X graphics card. This is a sensible CPU/GPU combination that sees up to 23% more performance when Mantle is enabled in Thief. Even more importantly for these gamers, the “High Quality” graphics preset offers playable framerates with Mantle enabled! The data is clear: users with this class of system would have to opt for lower image quality if it weren’t for Mantle’s performance improvements.260x_7700k.pngNext we’ll look at a mid/high-end gaming system based on the AMD FX-8350 and an AMD Radeon™ R9 280X graphics card. These users are already playing on the game’s highest graphics settings, but with Mantle they can do that with up to 19% higher framerates.280X_FX8350.pngWe even make the experience better for customers with an AMD Radeon-based Intel system. Below is another high-end gaming system based on the Intel Core i5-4670K and the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X Graphics. Gamers with a configuration like this could see up to 17% additional performance at 1080p!290X_4670K.pngAs you can see, Mantle is making a substantial difference for a huge cross-section of the buying public that plays their games at 1080p with very affordable CPU/GPU combinations. In some cases, Mantle is even granting gamers access to previously-unplayable graphics quality! We’re very pleased that our new, young graphics API is already having such a big effect for so many people.

 RESOURCES FOR YOU

 Robert Hallock is PR Manager for Gaming & Desktop Graphics at AMD.  His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only.  Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.
Correction Notice: The original edition of this blog reported that AMD TrueAudio technology utilized a HiFi 2 core in conjunction with three HiFi EP cores. The correct total is three HiFi EP cores and no HiFi 2 cores.

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03.18.2014 - 5 Key Choices When Buying a New Computer



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Whether you're looking for a new tablet, notebook or desktop computer, this blog helps you identify key decisions to make your shopping easier.

 It’s estimated that roughly 300 million PCs will be sold worldwide this year1 and if you’re one of the lucky people buying one you’ve got a big decision to make. As you search for the best PC for you, you’ll likely do a combination of researching and comparing products online (possibly Googling unknown tech words and dropping them casually into conversation with friends later), talking to that tech-obsessed friend we all have that seems to know all the latest and greatest gadgets, visiting stores to have a look at what the products actually look like, and polling your social networks to weigh in with their opinions and experiences.

 However, by thinking through five key choices first you could save yourself a lot of time and energy, not to mention heartache over a wrong decision.

 #1: Choose a Computer type. There’s never been more choice when it comes to the type of computer you can get, which is both really awesome and pretty intimidating. If you don’t already know what you’re looking for - a desktop or All-in-One, a laptop, a tablet, or perhaps a 2-in-1 - start by asking yourself:

  • Who will use the computer? Just you, a roommate, kids?
  • How will it be used? Email, watching videos/TV, creating presentations or other documents, editing photos/videos, connecting with friends and family through social media and video chats
  • Where will it be used? At home in a stationary place so everyone can share, around the home, out-and-about town, on business trips?

 #2: Settle on a budget. Figure out how much you want to spend and do your best to stick to it. You may be surprised at how far your money will go these days to get you a computer that you love and meets all your needs.

 #3: Pick a processor. You may think this category is a little biased given I work at a chip company, but the processor really is one of the most important pieces that makes up your computer. You can learn more about why in our “How To Choose the Right Processor” Infographic, which also describes different types of processors and the significant advancements in this area since the first central processing unit (CPU) was introduced in 1978. These advancements were driven by the way you and I use our technology today, resulting in a new category of processor known as the accelerated processing unit (APU) that’s designed for today’s most popular computing activities. So, why choose a decades-old technology that’s been gradually updated to fit into today’s world for your brand new computer? After all, would you trade in your favorite online gaming app or game console for a Simon game (also introduced in 1978)?! I think not.

 

 #4: Figure out your features. The real key here is knowing what you want to do on your computer (for example, are you a gamer? Do you do a lot of photo and/or video editing?). This will help you figure out what features are most important to you. Some of the major decisions include:

  • Screen size - There are many choices here with benefits and trade-offs for each. Generally, if you’re looking at a desktop you can go big as long as it fits in the designated space.
  • Touchscreen or no touchscreen - Touch is a really cool new way to interface with your computer, but it’s not for everyone and often increases the cost of the computer. For mobile computing, smaller screen size usually means smaller keyboard, but lighter/more portable. Larger screens are less tote-able, but provide more surface area from which to enjoy your videos.
  • Integrated webcam - Particularly useful for anyone away from loved ones regularly, or those who work remotely, also a key component for new user interfaces like AMD Gesture Control and AMD Face Login.
  • Connectivity - How many USB ports do you need? Do you need an HDMI port? A VGA port to connect to projectors at work? A CD-ROM drive? Caution: failure to outline these needs now can lead to toting around a lot of dongles in the future!
  • Battery life - If you’re set on a laptop or tablet you’ll need to decide on your battery life requirements. For mainly around the house use you’ll have ready access to a power source - the same usually goes for the office. If you’re constantly on the go, you’ll want to look at a more power efficient solution, perhaps Picture2.pngone based on one of those AMD APUs you heard about in #3, which are designed to be energy efficient.
  • Storage options - It’s likely that any computer you choose today will have sufficient RAM (for the temporary stuff that disappears when you turn your computer off), however the hard drive options (for the files, applications, and data that’s still on your computer when you log back on) are where it gets a little more complex. Some key advantages and disadvantages of the two most popular hard drive options are:
    • Hard-disk drives (or HDDs) A good choice for those who do typical computing activities like email, Web surfing, basic content creation and editing, as well as for those with large multimedia collections or who work with large files.
      • Key Advantages: Less expensive and available in a variety of capacities up to multi-Terabyte options.
      • Drawbacks: Larger in size and thus the computers they come in are typically bigger. HDDs are also known to be generally slower and less stable than the other popular option discussed below.
    • Solid-state drives (or SSDs) Might be right for you if you’re constantly on the go, have an extreme need for speed, or perhaps just have some extra money to burn.
      • Key advantages: Durability and fast performance that help lead to quick boot times and app loading, among other things.
      • Drawbacks: More expensive, usually less storage capacity than their HDD brothers

Or, you could go for a combination of SSD and HDD with a Hybrid drive or dual-drive system, which combine the above options either internally or externally to get the advantages of both.

 #5: Consider where to buy. Whereas you’ll likely do most of your research online, you may want to go into an actual store (gasp!) to make your purchase. The savvy shopper you are, you’ll surely do your due diligence to research and compare prices with retailers and e-tailers to make sure you get the best deal.

 Once you have these five items figured out, you have a list that you can reference during your search for the best new computer for you. I wish you happy hunting! And don’t forget to visit AMD.com to learn more about the latest AMD-based computers and AMD processors, and how AMD designs technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing.

 

 

 Sarah Youngbauer is a PR Manager at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

 

 1 IDC Expects PC Shipments to Fall by -6% in 2014 and Decline Through 2018 press release, March 4, 2014 http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24700314

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03.18.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.671.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.17.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.669.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.16.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.667.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.15.2014 - Have you herd?



View Replify related news. A spoof science documentary recently commented that there were computers inside everything... except of course cows. It turns out they can now put a chip into a tennis ball sized "bolus" and make a cow swallow it. For the next four years it monitors temperature and pressure in the cow's stomatch and gives early warning of disease and infection.
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03.15.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.665.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.14.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.663.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.13.2014 - NVIDIA Announces Upcoming Annual Investor Day



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SANTA CLARA, CA - NVIDIA will present at the following upcoming event for the financial community:

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03.13.2014 - Caphyon Ltd.: Advanced Installer 11.0



View Caphyon related news. Advanced Installer 11.0 was released on March 13th, 2014
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03.13.2014 - IGEL expands ANZ distribution with WhiteGold appointment



View RealWire related news. New Distributor and IGEL Sydney office underline ANZ commitmentSydney, Australia 14 March, 2014 - IGEL Technology has appointed WhiteGold Solutions Pty Ltd as a distributor in Australia and New Zealand. The appointment reflects IGEL's continued commitment to supporting and expanding its partner network and in increasing awareness and adoption of Thin/Zero Client and Virtual Desktop technologies across Australia and New Zealand.Alastair Welsh, IGEL South Asia General Manager, said: "With the recent opening of IGEL's new... Source: RealWire
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03.13.2014 - New Children's App Granted First U Rating From BBFC



View RealWire related news. Hopster Launches With Unlimited, On-Demand TV And Learning App For Kids Aged 2-6 No Ads, No Unexpected In-App Payments - Only Good Stuff13 March, 2014 - LONDON, UK - Parents concerned about the quality of kids TV, bamboozled by the choice of mobile apps, or frustrated with ads and unexpected in-app payments need worry no longer. Hopster, the new unlimited, subscription based TV and learning app for preschoolers makes screen time good for kids and... Source: RealWire
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03.13.2014 - Trend Micro Virus Definitions - 10.661.50



View Trendmicro related news. The Official Pattern Release or OPR is Trend Micro's latest compilation of patterns for identified viruses. It is guaranteed to have passed a series of critical tests to ensure that customers get optimum protection from the latest virus threats.
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03.12.2014 - AMD to Host News Conference to Preview Groundbreaking New Solutions for the Professional Graphics Market



View AMD related news. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD, will host a special preview news conference in Sunnyvale, Calif. on Mar. 26 at 9:15 a.m. PDT, to showcase powerful new professional graphics innovations from AMD.
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