Samsung is planning its own custom chips and 4k phone displays


After building processors based on ARM Holdings(s armh) intellectual property for years, Samsung says it will create its own 64-bit core for mobile chips. The company is also pushing forward in its display technology for mobile devices, expecting to bring 4k displays to phones in 2015 and continuing to work on flexible AMOLED screens. The information came from Samsung’s Analyst Day event on Wednesday, as noted by Android Beat.

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Based on the slidedeck snaps that Android Beat captured, Samsung didn’t disclose when it plans to debut silicon using its own core. It does appear that Samsung will transition first to 64-bit ARM chips and then follow up with its own processor.

At that point, Samsung would be even more like Apple in that it is customizing the design of its chips. Other device makers typically purchase “off the shelf” chips from Qualcomm(s qcom), Nvidia(s nvda) and others. Given how

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Crowdfunding lets you test the market for your product before you even make it


The hardest part about designing a new product or service is that you don’t really know what your potential users might want — but using crowdfunding services like Indiegogo allows you to test the demand for various features before you spend a lot of time on them, designer Mladen Barbaric of Pearl Studios told attendees at Gigaom’s Roadmap 2013 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

Barbaric, whose design agency helped create the Misfit Shine — a wearable activity monitor that was one of the highest-funded projects on Indiegogo, raising close to $900,000 over the course of the campaign — said that he and his partner found using the crowdfunding platform “allowed us to iterate faster, design faster and get to a successful product faster.” The company went through more than 2,000 iterations of the device, he said, and it was extremely important to know ahead of time what features users…

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Using data to keep kids in school


Spokane School District’s Chief Academic Officer, Steven Gering, had a mission: Identify and engage with struggling teens early enough to keep them from dropping out of high school.

With nearly 30,000 students, 45 schools and close to 3,500 employees, the task of battling the district’s 33 percent dropout rate called for a solution that could be placed in the hands of every staff member that interacted with students so they could have the power to drive change. Gering knew that data was the key since so many of the early warning signs for learners at risk of not finishing school were often prevalent as early as middle school in the form of grade dips and spotty attendance behaviors.  But the challenge was how to get these warning signs out of different databases and in front of teachers in a way that they could make sense of it quickly and act…

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Google engineers curse out NSA over data center intrusion


Outraged Google(s goog) engineers are using public posts to blast the National Security Service in eloquent — and very salty — language over reports the spy service has been tapping into the company’s private fiber-optic cables.

“I now join [my colleague] in issuing a giant [eff] You to the people who made these slides,” wrote Zurich-based engineer, Mike Hearn, in a Google+ post that refers to leaked documents showing that the NSA has infiltrated private data centers at Google and Yahoo.

Hearn laments that by-passing the company’s security service is illegal, but that no one at the spy services who disregarded the laws will “stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process.”

And last week, a member of Google’s security team offered thoughts in a blog post of his own.

“[eff] these guys,” wrote Brandon Doyle, expressing anguish that he has spent a decade protecting…

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A tale of two internets of things: Connectivity will invade your home and office in different ways


The hype over the internet of things has reached big data levels, as has the idealism. It’s not enough that major corporate conglomerates are predicting savings of trillions of dollars in operating costs from the mix of connected devices, data analytics and automation. Consumers are also rushing to purchase connected activity monitors, automated door locks and thermostats that come with their own algorithm.

But as data from a survey conducted by ARM and the Economist’s Intelligence Unit shows, the promise of the internet of things so far is just that — promise. And in fact, the most interesting numbers coming out of this data are the charts that show that all industries are pretty much on the same page with regard to IoT — the “looking into it” stage — and that most businesses are unsure what to do with this emerging set of technologies.

Meanwhile, the data offers one…

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EU researchers create prototype for a server-free future internet


Researchers at one of the world’s oldest universities, Cambridge, have come up with a prototype for a possible future internet infrastructure that does away with the need for servers. This could help solve the network capacity problems that arise out of the profusion of bulky online content such as video.

The way the internet currently works, content is mostly delivered to client devices such as PCs and smartphones from powerful computers called servers, which are generally housed in data centers. This represents a centralization of computing power and storage that some argue is becoming outdated, what with the beefy processors and (sometimes) capacious storage devices we carry around in our pockets these days.

The Cambridge University prototype would represent a dramatic revamp of that way of doing things. Part of a wider EU-funded project called Pursuit, the putative protocol operates more like the popular filesharing mechanism BitTorrent, in that users…

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Time to abandon the CAPTCHA? AI software solves them with 90 percent accuracy


It’s not just you: CAPTCHAs have gotten more difficult in recent years, thanks to artificial intelligence progressing to the point that machines can bypass older CAPTCHA versions. Software can still beat modern iterations to some extent, but Google’s reCAPTCHA(s goog) has done a decent job of remaining unbreakable.

Vicarious CAPTCHA softwareNot anymore. Vicarious, an artificial intelligence startup, announced today that it has developed software that can crack any type of CAPTCHA with at least 90 percent accuracy. Its secret is an advancement in crunching CAPTCHAs where letters are squished together and overlapped, which is what makes reCAPTCHA so effective.

“Recent AI systems like IBM’s Watson and deep neural networks rely on brute force: connecting massive computing power to massive datasets,” Vicarious co-founder Scott Phoenix said in a release. “This is the first time this distinctively human act of perception has been achieved, and it uses relatively minuscule amounts of data and…

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