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  • ARM is now backing Panfrost Gallium3D as open-source Mali graphics driver

    Fri 9:30pm By Thom Holwerda
    Most information presented during the annual X.Org Developers’ Conference doesn’t tend to be very surprising or ushering in breaking news, but during today’s XDC2020 it was subtly dropped that Arm Holdings appears to now be backing the open-source…
  • US will ban WeChat and TikTok downloads on Sunday

    Fri 9:27pm By Thom Holwerda
    The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect. The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain…
  • Rust on Haiku: the case of the disappearing deceased threads

    Thu 9:33pm By Thom Holwerda
    For a long time I have been maintaining the build of the Rust compiler and development tools on Haiku. For this purpose, I maintain a separate tree with the Rust source, with some patches and specific build instructions. My ultimate end goal is to have Rust…
  • Intel’s Tiger Lake 11th Gen Core i7-1185G7 review and deep dive: baskin’ for the exotic

    Thu 9:28pm By Thom Holwerda
    The big notebook launch for Intel this year is Tiger Lake, its upcoming 10nm platform designed to pair a new graphics architecture with a nice high frequency for the performance that customers in this space require. Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered the…
  • iOS 14, iPadOS 14 released

    Wed 5:38pm By Thom Holwerda
    Apple has released iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, the newest operating system updates designed for the iPhone and iPad. As with all of Apple’s software updates, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 can be downloaded for free. iOS 14 is available on the iPhone 6s and later, while…
  • IBM open sources its A2O POWER processor core through the OpenPOWER Foundation

    Tue 6:09pm By Thom Holwerda
    The A2O core is an out-of-order, multi-threaded, 64-bit POWER ISA core that was developed as a processor for customization and embedded use in system-on-chip (SoC) devices. It’s most suitable for single thread performance optimization. A follow-up to its…
  • Red Hat has been working on new NVFS file system

    Tue 6:00pm By Thom Holwerda
    Yet another new file-system being worked on for the Linux/open-source world is NVFS and has been spearheaded by a Red Hat engineer. NVFS aims to be a speedy file-system for persistent memory like Intel Optane DCPMM. NVFS is geared for use on DAX-based (direct…
  • “I have blood on my hands”: a whistleblower says Facebook ignored global political manipulation

    Tue 5:56pm By Thom Holwerda
    Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News.…
  • Nvidia nears deal to buy chip designer Arm for more than $40 billion, sources say

    Sat 7:52pm By Thom Holwerda
    Update: it’s official now – NVIDIA is buying ARM. Original story: Nvidia Corp is close to a deal to buy British chip designer Arm Holdings from SoftBank Group Corp for more than $40 billion in a deal which would create a giant in the chip industry,…
  • Huawei’s Harmony OS is coming to smartphones, with code release promised for October 2021

    Sep 10, 2020, 7:25 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Huawei has been in a tight spot in the past couple of years, and their situation keeps getting tighter. But the Chinese giant has no intention of going anywhere, at least not without putting up a good fight. Last year, at HDC 2019, Huawei had announced its own…
  • Researchers demonstrate in-chip water cooling

    Sep 10, 2020, 7:20 pm By Thom Holwerda
    As desktop processors were first crossing the Gigahertz level, it seemed for a while that there was nowhere to go but up. But clock speed progress eventually ground to a halt, not because of anything to do with the speed itself but rather because of the power…
  • Non-POSIX file systems

    Sep 8, 2020, 9:01 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Operating systems and file systems have traditionally been developed hand in hand. They impose mutual constraints on each other. Today we have two major leaders in file system semantics: Windows and POSIX. They are very close to each other when compared to…
  • Is anybody still using Windows 95 in 2020?

    Sep 8, 2020, 8:59 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Before you click the link, please try and answer the question past the blurb. I am still using it at work, but not at home since 2001 when I upgraded to Windows 2000 – then I upgraded to XP in 2002 and this was the last Windows version I ran at home. After…
  • Android 11 released

    Sep 8, 2020, 3:33 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Android 11 has arrived! The latest release is all about helping you get to what’s important on your phone with easier ways to help you manage your conversations, connected devices, privacy, and much more. In honor of the 11th version of Android, here are 11…
  • Arm announces Cortex-R82: first 64-bit realtime processor

    Sep 8, 2020, 10:39 am By Thom Holwerda
    Arm is known for its Cortex range of processors in mobile devices, however the mainstream Cortex-A series of CPUs which are used as the primary processing units of devices aren’t the only CPUs which the company offers. Alongside the microcontroller-grade…