3GSM Samsung announced a handful of new handsets at 3GSM this year and showed off a host more. For your viewing pleasure, here they are...
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The mixture of performance and efficiency CPUs in Intel's 12th-gen Core processors, code-named Alder Lake, hasn't just caused problems for some Windows gamers – it's led to complications for Linux.
This performance regression involves two related problems. What's interesting is that the origins of at least one of the issues affecting the latest Intel chips lies in a totally different architecture.
Singapore and the UK signed three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) this week, hoping to strengthen digital connectivity between the two island nations.
In a canned statement, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, Josephine Teo, said the agreement would "further strengthen the links between Singapore and the UK in digital trade facilitation, digital identities and cybersecurity."
Nadine Dorries, the UK's Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said it would "reduce costs for businesses and make it easier for [the UK's] thriving impact startups to trade internationally."
EB Associates, a London-based financial advisory business, is facing a £140,000 fine from the UK's data watchdog after it instigated 107,000 illegal cold calls to people about their pensions.
The fine, the largest ever issued by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), follows a wider investigation into organisations dialling up unsuspecting folk to discuss financial arrangements for later in life.
The practice of pension cold-calling was banned by the government in January 2019 to stop people being scammed of their life savings. Companies that make unsolicited calls could be be penalised up to £500,000.
Microsoft shareholders have voted for a report into the effectiveness of the company's sexual harassment policies while rejecting another on median pay gaps across race and gender.
In a surprise to nobody, shareholders also booted a proposal to prohibit the sale of facial recognition to government entities deep into the long grass (with only 4 per cent votes for).
Both the harrassment policy effectiveness and median pay gap reports were proposed by investment management firm Arjuna Capital earlier this year.
The Linux Foundation has launched a group called the QIR Alliance to make quantum computing applications more portable across hardware architectures and simulators.
The QIR in QIR Alliance stands for Quantum Intermediate Representation, which may not mean much to those unfamiliar with "intermediate representation" in the context of computing.
Within the LLVM compiler framework, an intermediate representation (IR) of classical computer code serves as a platform-independent assembly language. Application source code in C, C++, Rust, Go, and other languages is compiled into this IR by a front-end. From this convenient format, the IR is turned into optimized IR, which is then converted by a back-end into executable code for a target system.
The board of Brit robotic process automation specialist Blue Prism is recommending a £1.243bn cash bid by Bolt Bidco, the subsidiary of tech holdings SS&C that trumped a £1.1bn offer from Vista Equity Partners (VEP).
VEP had approached the London Stock Exchange-listed software maker in September with a view to purchasing Blue Prism and merging it with Tibco, the integration and business intelligence outfit it also owns.
However, some investors complained the price low-balled the stock – SS&C then entered the fray in November by stumping up £143m more in cash. An increased bid late last month by VEP still wasn't enough to keep the negotiations going and directors acted accordingly.
Register Debate Welcome to the latest Register Debate in which writers discuss technology topics, and you the reader choose the winning argument. The format is simple: we propose a motion, the arguments for the motion will run this Monday and Wednesday, and the arguments against on Tuesday and Thursday. During the week you can cast your vote on which side you support using the poll embedded below, choosing whether you're in favour or against the motion. The final score will be announced on Friday, revealing whether the for or against argument was most popular.
This week's motion is: Renting hardware on a subscription basis is bad for customers.
Call it leasing, equipment rental, or hardware as a service, the idea of NOT owning your computing devices has been around for years. However, many individuals and corporations have been distinctly ambivalent about the idea, feeling that the benefits tend to flow to the suppliers, and most of all, the financers.
ESA's Solar Orbiter has completed its flyby of Earth, collecting science data as it did so, and appears to be headed back into deep space without any close encounters with orbiting debris.
The flyby took place on 26 and 27 November, with the spacecraft whizzing past the planet at 12km/s at an expected altitude of around 450km at its closest approach.
The plot below shows the point the spacecraft's thrusters took control, having a tad more oomph than the reaction wheels usually managing the spacecraft's attitude. The gravity gradient and atmospheric effects encountered during SOLO's brief visit home meant that fine-grain control was dispensed in favour of the relatively hobnailed boots of the thrusters.
It's that time of year again, when all good little developers count down to the festive season with the Advent of Code.
It's a gloriously simple concept. Much like the Advent Calendar, each day in December, up to and including the 25th, contains a treat.
However, rather than pictures or vaguely stale chocolates, each Advent of Code day presents a coding challenge that needs solving.
Event On December 9, at 0900 GMT, Register regular Mark Whitehorn and the people behind our machine-learning conference MCubed will bring an online workshop about the foundations of AI straight to your desk.
Spaces are limited and ticket sales will close on December 3 at 1300 GMT – so head over to our website now to secure your spot.
Machine Learning is everywhere, but it is hard to get into it if you don’t know where to start. There are books and self-paced online courses, but what do you do when you get stuck? There's nothing better than hands-on, face-to-face training with someone who knows their stuff.
Samsung has wheeled out three new slabs of silicon for automotive applications.
The Exynos Auto V7 is intended to drive in-car infotainment systems. Eight Arm Cortex-A76 cores hum along at up to 1.5GHz, helped by 11 Arm Mali G76 GPU cores.
Samsung has dedicated three of the GPU cores to electronic instrument clusters. The remaining eight can be set to work driving up to four other displays, or processing input from a dozen cameras.
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