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Intel to Split Manufacturing Branch Into Three Divisions

The Oregonian says that Intel will split its manufacturing and technology group into three different segments. Mike Mayberry, head of Intel labs, will lead the technology division. Ann Kelleher will lead manufacturing and operations, while Randhir Thakur will run the supply chain branch. Sohail Ahmed, who led the manufacturing division ...

IBM Files JEDI Protest

Following Oracle, IBM filed an official protest against the U.S. Government's decision to use a single provider for the DoD's JEDI cloud computing platform. According to IBM, "JEDI's primary flaw lies in mandating a single cloud environment for up to 10 years." Google reportedly dropped out of the bidding process ...

IBM Squeezes AI Into Tiny Scalable Cores

At VLSI 2018, IBM showed off an interesting machine learning architecture. Instead of squeezing a ton of throughput through huge cores, as AMD, Nvidia, and Google do with their AI products, IBM tiled tiny cores in a giant 16x32 2D array. David Kanter says that each "PE is a tiny ...

Hubble Telescope Goes into Safe Mode

After another gyroscope failure, the Hubble Space Telescope went into a "safe mode" this weekend. Only 2 of the Hubble's 6 onboard gyroscopes are working now, and it needs at least 3 to function properly. While operators on the ground saw this kind of failure coming and planned for it, ...

IBM Integrates Graphene Into Wafer Dies

Graphene transistors are nothing new, in fact IBM has been working on them for quite some time. However, actually using graphene in large scale integrated circuits is a challenge. In an article published in Nature, IBM researchers claim they've successfully used graphene as a base to hold other nanomaterials at ...

Cost-Effective Exotic Semiconducting Film Manufacturing Using Reusable Wafers

MIT engineers have developed a cost-effective technique to fabricate ultrathin semiconducting films made from a bevy of exotic materials. It has been known that these materials outperform silicon, but the rarity and expense of using exotic materials has been cost prohibitive. The new method initially used graphene, but ...

Capcom Finalizes Deal to Turn "Mega Man" into Live-Action Film

Capcom has announced that the rumored live-action Mega Man film, which was hinted at over the summer, is officially going into production: "Catfish" directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman will direct and write the script, but the story is still a secret and there is no indication of how the ...

Oculus Seeks to Invest into Location-Based Virtual Reality

Facebook's Oculus subsidiary is testing the waters for investments into location-based VR centers such as movie theaters and arcades in malls. They seek to strike deals with the producers of VR content and the owners of the establishments to use and promote Oculus products. They also seek to ...

The DEA Awarded a Contract to Retrofit License Plate Readers into Speed Signs

The US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has awarded a contract to RU2 Systems to retrofit license plate reader (LPR) technology into RU2 Systems Radar Speed Display Trailers. These are the speed signs that you typically see on the side of the road warning you of breaking ...

Invite Police Officers into Your Home with Apple Watch's Auto-911 Feature

Legal professionals are warning the Apple Watch could open owners up to criminal liability due to a new feature that automatically dials 911 if it senses the wearer has fallen and no action is taken. Due to the "community caretaking" exception to the Fourth Amendment, police could legally enter someone’s ...

Chrome 69 Automatically Signs Into Google Accounts

Chrome is the most popular browser on Earth, but many worry about the extent that Google uses it to track users and promote their own services. It seems Google took things one step further, automatically signing you into your Google account on the browser when signing into any Google service ...

IBM Is Being Sued for Age Discrimination

Spokesmen for the once-dominant tech giant say "skills, not age," are what determines who works at IBM, but a class-action lawsuit filed this week on behalf of three employees says otherwise. As outlined by ProPublica in March, the company has cut thousands of senior workers over the past few years ...