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 Wednesday, 12-February-2014  01:33:31 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Today (Australia Time) is The Day We Fight Back, a global protest against dragnet electronic surveillance. Dragnet surveillance is not compatible with democratic governance and new rules must be set to protect privacy in the digital age. Discussion here.

Sony are exiting the PC business, selling their VAIO arm to a Japanese investment fund. Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) will take control of the operation for an undisclosed fee, and Sony will "cease planning, design and development of PC products." For a variety of reasons "including the drastic changes in the global PC industry," Sony says "the optimal solution is to concentrate its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and to transfer its PC business to a new company." Discussion here.

Meanwhile IBM are selling off their x86 Server business to Lenovo. This includes System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. The purchase price is approximately US$2.3 billion, approximately two billion of which will be paid in cash and the balance in Lenovo stock. Discussion here.

Anandtech wonder if high-res phone screens are worth the hassle. Within this discussion, the key points of contention tend to center upon the various tradeoffs from increasing resolution, and whether an increase in pixels per inch (PPI) will actually have a perceivable increase.

Gunna noticed that HP will be charging for firmware updates, by only providing them to people with support contracts. This decision reinforces our goal to provide access to the latest HP firmware, which is valuable intellectual property, for our customers who have chosen to maximize and protect their IT investments. We know this is a change from how we’ve done business in the past; however, this aligns with industry best practices and is the right decision for our customers and partners. More info here.

PCPerspective talk to AMD about Mantle. Mantle is a very interesting concept. From the various keynote speeches, it sounds like the API is being designed to address the current state (and trajectory) of graphics processors. GPUs are generalized and highly parallel computation devices which are assisted by a little bit of specialized silicon, when appropriate. Meanwhile, LegitReviews checked out BF4 performance with Mantle.

From SiliconAngel: Thought you might be interested to know, BankWest’s Lendnet service stopped working for customers recently – their SSL security certificate is issued by an untrusted authority. The way they’ve decided to resolve it is to advise customers to add security exceptions for both their HTTPS and non-secure HTTP sites, including ignoring security warnings about allowing nonsecure http exceptions. They go on to advise clients to ignore warnings about unsecured certificates. More info and discussion here.

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