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Huawei Nova 2s arrives with Android Oreo

Huawei held a special event today for its latest addition to the Nova series. The company introduced the Nova 2s with 16 MP RGB + 20 MP Monochrome camera setup on the back and a 6” FullView display with a fingerprint scanner below it on the front.






Huawei Nova 2s official renders

The tall screen comes with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The phone runs on Kirin 960 chipset and has three memory versions – 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

The two cameras at the back have f/1.8 aperture, while the front ones have relatively slower f/2.0 lenses. The front snapper is 20 MP and is coupled by a secondary 2 MP camera and an LED flash.






Huawei Nova 2s in all its glory

Huawei was keen to brag the Nova 2s supports Face Unlock. Interestingly enough the function is still not available at the Mate 10 series but its appearance might be a hint for an upcoming arrival.

There is 3,340 mAh battery on board that is charged through the USB Type-C and as most higher standing Huawei phones, it comes with Huawei SuperCharge that fills the battery to 50% in 30 minutes.

Offered in Black, Gray, Red, Blue and Rose Gold, the Huawei Nova 2s costs CNY2,699/$407 for the 4GB/64GB version, CNY 2,999/$453 for the 6GB/64GB option and CNY3,499/$528 for the 6GB/128GB variant.

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New iPhone package arrives at Raleigh UPS store with no phone inside – WTVD

Imagine doing everything right when it comes to a safe delivery, but the package still turns out wrong.

That’s exactly what happened to Rachelle Schwartz, who says the shipping box that should have contained her birthday present was, in fact, empty.

“It had different tape on the outside of the box,” Schwartz told ABC11. “I’ve bought many iPhones – there was no cellophane wrap on this. So I had a feeling there would be no phone inside, and there was no phone inside.”

Knowing there are threats to packages left unattended, Schwartz even had the package sent to a UPS Access Point at the Customer Service Center at 4000 Atlantic Avenue. She said a manager lamented that this was not the first time this had happened, and encouraged her to call Apple and her credit card company.

A UPS spokeswoman confirmed the company is investigating the matter. In a statement to ABC11, she said, “Meeting our service commitments is UPS’s first priority. We have escalated this matter to our Customer Relations team, which is working directly with the customer. Package theft is rare. However, when it does happen, consumers should file a police report and contact the shipper. UPS works closely with law enforcement.”

According to UPS, should customers have concerns about the security of their residential deliveries, they have options:

  • Have the shipment sent to where they are – not where they aren’t. In other words, if they are at work during the day they can have packages delivered to where they work. They can also choose to have things sent to a relative or neighbor who is home during the day.
  • They can tell the driver where they would like UPS packages left, for example, in the shed in the backyard, or behind the garage, etc. UPS drivers can enter that information into their handheld computers for future deliveries.
  • Consumers can sign up for the free UPS My Choice service that gives consumers more control over their residential deliveries.

UPS My Choice sends a text message or email when their packages are on the way. With the UPS My Choice mobile app, package recipients can redirect their packages to nearby UPS Access Point locations for pick-up at a more convenient time. UPS My Choice members can even set a preference to have all their packages delivered directly to a UPS Access Point location, instead of a UPS driver attempting a delivery to their home.

UPS Access Point locations are convenient retailers such as delis, grocery stores, dry cleaners, florists and The UPS Store locations with evening and weekend hours. Nearly 9,000 UPS Access Point locations throughout the U.S. provide about 78 percent of U.S. consumers an alternative to home delivery that’s within 5 miles of their residence.

People can also consider using mailbox services at their local UPS Store. These centers can serve as a “mailroom receiving agent” and offer a real street address, secure 24-hour access (at participating locations) and email or text notification when you have a package waiting. Unlike the Post Office, The UPS Store can accept packages from all carriers.

Still, that’s exactly what Schwartz did when it came to receiving the package with her new iPhone. She said now she’ll only pick up large purchases direct from the store.

“I’m very nervous because I have other packages being delivered for the holidays,” Schwartz said. “I’m nervous about packages left that need to have signatures or left at my house.”

New iPhone package arrives at Raleigh UPS store with no phone inside – WTVD

Imagine doing everything right when it comes to a safe delivery, but the package still turns out wrong.

That’s exactly what happened to Rachelle Schwartz, who says the shipping box that should have contained her birthday present was, in fact, empty.

“It had different tape on the outside of the box,” Schwartz told ABC11. “I’ve bought many iPhones – there was no cellophane wrap on this. So I had a feeling there would be no phone inside, and there was no phone inside.”

Knowing there are threats to packages left unattended, Schwartz even had the package sent to a UPS Access Point at the Customer Service Center at 4000 Atlantic Avenue. She said a manager lamented that this was not the first time this had happened, and encouraged her to call Apple and her credit card company.

A UPS spokeswoman confirmed the company is investigating the matter. In a statement to ABC11, she said, “Meeting our service commitments is UPS’s first priority. We have escalated this matter to our Customer Relations team, which is working directly with the customer. Package theft is rare. However, when it does happen, consumers should file a police report and contact the shipper. UPS works closely with law enforcement.”

According to UPS, should customers have concerns about the security of their residential deliveries, they have options:

  • Have the shipment sent to where they are – not where they aren’t. In other words, if they are at work during the day they can have packages delivered to where they work. They can also choose to have things sent to a relative or neighbor who is home during the day.
  • They can tell the driver where they would like UPS packages left, for example, in the shed in the backyard, or behind the garage, etc. UPS drivers can enter that information into their handheld computers for future deliveries.
  • Consumers can sign up for the free UPS My Choice service that gives consumers more control over their residential deliveries.

UPS My Choice sends a text message or email when their packages are on the way. With the UPS My Choice mobile app, package recipients can redirect their packages to nearby UPS Access Point locations for pick-up at a more convenient time. UPS My Choice members can even set a preference to have all their packages delivered directly to a UPS Access Point location, instead of a UPS driver attempting a delivery to their home.

UPS Access Point locations are convenient retailers such as delis, grocery stores, dry cleaners, florists and The UPS Store locations with evening and weekend hours. Nearly 9,000 UPS Access Point locations throughout the U.S. provide about 78 percent of U.S. consumers an alternative to home delivery that’s within 5 miles of their residence.

People can also consider using mailbox services at their local UPS Store. These centers can serve as a “mailroom receiving agent” and offer a real street address, secure 24-hour access (at participating locations) and email or text notification when you have a package waiting. Unlike the Post Office, The UPS Store can accept packages from all carriers.

Still, that’s exactly what Schwartz did when it came to receiving the package with her new iPhone. She said now she’ll only pick up large purchases direct from the store.

“I’m very nervous because I have other packages being delivered for the holidays,” Schwartz said. “I’m nervous about packages left that need to have signatures or left at my house.”

New iPhone package arrives at Raleigh UPS store with no phone inside – WTVD

Imagine doing everything right when it comes to a safe delivery, but the package still turns out wrong.

That’s exactly what happened to Rachelle Schwartz, who says the shipping box that should have contained her birthday present was, in fact, empty.

“It had different tape on the outside of the box,” Schwartz told ABC11. “I’ve bought many iPhones – there was no cellophane wrap on this. So I had a feeling there would be no phone inside, and there was no phone inside.”

Knowing there are threats to packages left unattended, Schwartz even had the package sent to a UPS Access Point at the Customer Service Center at 4000 Atlantic Avenue. She said a manager lamented that this was not the first time this had happened, and encouraged her to call Apple and her credit card company.

A UPS spokeswoman confirmed the company is investigating the matter. In a statement to ABC11, she said, “Meeting our service commitments is UPS’s first priority. We have escalated this matter to our Customer Relations team, which is working directly with the customer. Package theft is rare. However, when it does happen, consumers should file a police report and contact the shipper. UPS works closely with law enforcement.”

According to UPS, should customers have concerns about the security of their residential deliveries, they have options:

  • Have the shipment sent to where they are – not where they aren’t. In other words, if they are at work during the day they can have packages delivered to where they work. They can also choose to have things sent to a relative or neighbor who is home during the day.
  • They can tell the driver where they would like UPS packages left, for example, in the shed in the backyard, or behind the garage, etc. UPS drivers can enter that information into their handheld computers for future deliveries.
  • Consumers can sign up for the free UPS My Choice service that gives consumers more control over their residential deliveries.

UPS My Choice sends a text message or email when their packages are on the way. With the UPS My Choice mobile app, package recipients can redirect their packages to nearby UPS Access Point locations for pick-up at a more convenient time. UPS My Choice members can even set a preference to have all their packages delivered directly to a UPS Access Point location, instead of a UPS driver attempting a delivery to their home.

UPS Access Point locations are convenient retailers such as delis, grocery stores, dry cleaners, florists and The UPS Store locations with evening and weekend hours. Nearly 9,000 UPS Access Point locations throughout the U.S. provide about 78 percent of U.S. consumers an alternative to home delivery that’s within 5 miles of their residence.

People can also consider using mailbox services at their local UPS Store. These centers can serve as a “mailroom receiving agent” and offer a real street address, secure 24-hour access (at participating locations) and email or text notification when you have a package waiting. Unlike the Post Office, The UPS Store can accept packages from all carriers.

Still, that’s exactly what Schwartz did when it came to receiving the package with her new iPhone. She said now she’ll only pick up large purchases direct from the store.

“I’m very nervous because I have other packages being delivered for the holidays,” Schwartz said. “I’m nervous about packages left that need to have signatures or left at my house.”

Valve’s ‘Bridge Constructor Portal’ arrives on Android on December 20th

Portal is a beloved gaming franchise for many, and while fans still want a proper sequel to the game’s last release, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Luckily, Portal is making a return, but by means of Bridge Constructor.


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Valve, makers of Portal and Half-Life, today announced a partnership with Headsup Games and Clockstone Software to develop “Bridge Constructor Portal.” The licensed expansion of the Portal series pulls the design characters from those popular games into brand new gameplay set in the world of Aperture Laboratories.

Typical Bridge Constructor games are already pretty fun, but with Portal elements at play, players will have portals, repulsion and propulsion gels, and GLaDOS making things is all the more interesting.

Bridge Constructor Portal will blend the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience, all under the demanding gaze of GLaDOS.

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Bridge Constructor Portal” debuts on Windows, Linux, and macOS later this month on December 20th, and it’ll arrive on consoles such as the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch early next year. It’ll also arrive on mobile devices, including Android, on the 20th.

Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV, updated for iPhone X


 

An Amazon Prime Video app that provides full iPhone X support also brings along a tvOS version to finally provide Apple TV owners video playback from the service without relying on AirPlay.

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The release of the iOS update for iPhone X compatibility comes at the same time as a native tvOS version. Amazon notes that the tvOS app requires the “Apple TV 3rd generation or later” —but installation may necessitate a reboot of the device, or a reboot followed by a user signing out of iTunes, then back in.

A snippet of text in a misfired app description update on Tuesday night heralded the update.

Version 5.0 of the Amazon Prime Video app requires iOS 9 or tvOS 11.2. It is a 76.6MB download.

Word of Amazon Prime Video coming to Apple TV first leaked in early May with a report that claimed that Amazon and Apple were close to finalizing a deal. Until Wednesday’s release, Apple users wanting to watch Amazon Prime Video and other streaming content needed to rely on Amazon’s iOS app, which includes AirPlay support.

Amazon ceased Apple TV sales in October 2015, citing potential customer confusion over which streaming devices support Amazon Prime Video. As a result of Amazon Prime Video becoming available, the Apple TV is expected to the marketplace.

Windows 10’s ‘Timeline’ continuity tool arrives soon for Insiders

The feature was first shown off at Build back in May and its tools for resuming work from where you left off, regardless of the device you were using at the time, seemed incredibly ambitious. It was so ambitious that they wouldn’t make it in time for September’s big update. In July, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said that the feature wouldn’t launch until sometime after the seasonal patch.

And that brings us back to today; closing the loop if you will. Timeline isn’t nearly as flashy as the other new feature that’s out soon — Sets — but it’s still pretty useful.

Android 8.1 Preview 2 arrives on Google devices and enables that …

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Google has posted the second developer preview of Android 8.1. This release brings a “near final” build of Android 8.1 to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus 6P and 5X.

The first Android 8.1 Preview, which launched last month, was a bit of a mess. Google’s incremental update files didn’t work, so the company had to take them down. The full system images couldn’t be flashed on the Pixel 2 for a few days due to needing a new version of the Android Developer Tools that wasn’t yet posted. When we did get the files finally flashed, we found out that the headline feature—enabling Google’s custom SoC, the Pixel Visual Core—didn’t actually work. After a bit of a back-and-forth with Google, the company confirmed that the Visual Core would be enabled in the second preview.

Android 8.1 Preview 2 arrives on Google devices and enables that custom SoC

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Google has posted the second developer preview of Android 8.1. This release brings a “near final” build of Android 8.1 to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus 6P and 5X.

The first Android 8.1 Preview, which launched last month, was a bit of a mess. Google’s incremental update files didn’t work, so the company had to take them down. The full system images couldn’t be flashed on the Pixel 2 for a few days due to needing a new version of the Android Developer Tools that wasn’t yet posted. When we did get the files finally flashed, we found out that the headline feature—enabling Google’s custom SoC, the Pixel Visual Core—didn’t actually work. After a bit of a back-and-forth with Google, the company confirmed that the Visual Core would be enabled in the second preview.

Android 8.1 Preview 2 arrives on Google devices and enables that custom SoC

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Google has posted the second developer preview of Android 8.1. This release brings a “near final” build of Android 8.1 to the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, the Pixel 1 and 1 XL, the Pixel C tablet, and the Nexus 6P and 5X.

The first Android 8.1 Preview, which launched last month, was a bit of a mess. Google’s incremental update files didn’t work, so the company had to take them down. The full system images couldn’t be flashed on the Pixel 2 for a few days due to needing a new version of the Android Developer Tools that wasn’t yet posted. When we did get the files finally flashed, we found out that the headline feature—enabling Google’s custom SoC, the Pixel Visual Core—didn’t actually work. After a bit of a back-and-forth with Google, the company confirmed that the Visual Core would be enabled in the second preview.

HBO’s interactive ‘Mosaic’ series arrives on Android – Engadget

Despite all the high profile TV shows currently on the air, HBO and Steven Soderbergh have found a way to make Mosaic stand out in the age of binge-watching: hand over narrative control to the viewers. Billed as “interactive storytelling,” the 7.5-hour series starring Sharon Stone debuted earlier this month on iPhone/Apple TV, and is now available for Android users as well. You won’t decide the show’s outcome, but you can choose how to watch it across 15 chapters, with multiple perspectives available depending on which character you may be following.

If you want to go back and see things in another order, or from another angle, that’s possible too, and there’s additional content available for any story elements that need a deeper dive. Soderbergh’s six-episode cut of Mosaic will debut on HBO January 22nd, in case you’d like to see how your version matches up.

HBO’s interactive ‘Mosaic’ series arrives on Android

Despite all the high profile TV shows currently on the air, HBO and Steven Soderbergh have found a way to make Mosaic stand out in the age of binge-watching: hand over narrative control to the viewers. Billed as “interactive storytelling,” the 7.5-hour series starring Sharon Stone debuted earlier this month on iPhone/Apple TV, and is now available for Android users as well. You won’t decide the show’s outcome, but you can choose how to watch it across 15 chapters, with multiple perspectives available depending on which character you may be following.

If you want to go back and see things in another order, or from another angle, that’s possible too, and there’s additional content available for any story elements that need a deeper dive. Soderbergh’s six-episode cut of Mosaic will debut on HBO January 22nd, in case you’d like to see how your version matches up.

Sequel to World of Final Fantasy arrives by year’s end for Android

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With almost 500 thousand copies sold worldwide, it appears that, in Square Enix‘s eyes, 2016’s World of Final Fantasy more than merited a sequel. It’s just interesting that the sequel, World of Final Fantasy: Meli-Melo, would be exclusive to mobile and arrive by the end of 2017.

For those unfamiliar with the original, World of Final Fantasy let you play as twins hoping to regain their memories as they travel to various locations and get involved in different conflicts. The plot is definitely thin, but it allows for a greater focus on the unique gameplay, which allows players to capture Mirages à la Pokémon and use them in battle. You can stack these Mirages to pull off various combinations and attacks, though that limits how many moves you have at your disposal.

It also helps that World of Final Fantasy is incredibly adorable, an aesthetic that World of Final Fantasy: Meli-Melo also features. The sequel also brings over the gameplay of the original, albeit with a new story with new characters. Even so, expect to see familiar faces from previous Final Fantasy games, such as Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII.

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What’s interesting about Meli-Melo is the shift to mobile, whereas the original World of Final Fantasy was available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Windows. That’s a strange move to pull, but one that makes sense for Square Enix, seeing how the company has released numerous Final Fantasy titles on mobile.

The only thing I’m afraid of are the possible micro-transactions that Meli-Melo appears ripe for. Then again, the move to mobile exposes the World of Final Fantasy series to a new and incredibly huge market, which will help with future entries in the series.

World of Final Fantasy: Meli-Melo will launch in Japan by the end of 2017 on Android. Square Enix did not mention a US release, but we wouldn’t be surprised if we see the game make its way to other regions sometime in 2018.

Android Pay arrives in Ukraine, Czech Republic, Brazil, and Slovakia

Google announced today that Android Pay has arrived and will arrive soon in four new countries around the world: Ukraine, Czech Republic, Brazil, and Slovakia.


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Ukraine got the payments service a few weeks ago, the Czech Republic and Brazil (you can find Google’s local announcements here and here, respectively) are getting it starting today, and Google says it’s soon coming to Slovakia as well.

Google says Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk was the first to try the service when it launched earlier this month:

And in a region full of Android fans, we’re excited to see it’s already taking off! Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk was the country’s first person to try Android Pay when we launched on November 1, demonstrating how it works on the Kiev Metro.

And Brazil is the first country in Latin American to get support for Android Pay:

On the other side of the globe in Brazil, contactless payments are just picking up speed. So we partnered with merchants like Ipiranga and Casa do Pão de Queijo to help us merge new experiences (like paying with your phone) with familiar ones (like buying groceries or Brigadeiros).

Finally, as will seemingly be the case until Google has launched Android Pay everywhere, the company teases that it will be “bringing Android Pay to even more places soon.”

Earlier this year, Google also launched Android Pay in Spain as well as Taiwan, Canada, and Russia.


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Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM arrives after seven years of …

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Using ARM chips and Linux, Barcelona center dreams of being ‘Airbus of supercomputing’

A chapel in the heart of Barcelona Univesity is home to one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers – and a mobile chip-based successor is under development.

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For years, we’ve wanted ARM servers. Even Microsoft has thrown its server hat in the ARM ring. Now, Red Hat has moved this from an idea to a shipping product: RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for ARM.

RHEL for ARM has a RHEL 7.4 user space with the 4.11 Linux kernel. It also comes with updated standard RHEL 7 Server RPMs packages.

The new corporate Linux is for use with 64-bit server-optimized System on a Chip (SoC ) silicon. These are designed for cloud, telecomm, edge, and high-performance computing core applications.

Why do we care about yet another platform being support by Linux? Simple. A 64-bit ARM-powered microserver has a thermal design power (TDP) of of between 10 and 45 watts. A conventional x86 server runs at 90 watts. The lower the power consumption, the lower your server and data center operating running costs.

Jon Masters, Red Hat’s chief ARM architect, is very proud of his team’s work. “Making ARM servers real for the mainstream enterprise required working up and down the entire stack — from the early architecture and platform standardization stage, to pre-silicon design, to validation and verification of platforms, to operating system enablement, to ecosystem development, and beyond. We helped with the design of server standards, with silicon design, we co-founded LinaroEnterprise Group to help pull Linux in the right direction for real servers.”

Now that RHEL for ARM is here, can ARM find a place in the data center? Sure, it costs less to run ARM servers, but how do they compare to x86 servers in performance? The early benchmark numbers look good.

CloudFlare, a major Content Deliver Network (CDN) company, has been comparing ARM and Intel server platforms. Vlad Krasnov, a Cloudflare engineer, benchmarked an engineering-sample server fitted with a 2.5Ghz 46-core Qualcomm Centriq SoC against a dual-socket 2.2GHz Broadwell Xeon E5-2630 v4 with a 3.1 GHz turbo mode, and a dual-socket 2.1Ghz Xeon Silver 4116 system with a 3 GHz turbo clock.

“The engineering sample … impressed me a lot,” Krasnov found. “This is a huge step up from any previous attempt at ARM based servers. Certainly, core for core, the Intel Skylake is far superior, but when you look at the system level the performance becomes very attractive.”

Last, but not least, the largest ARM win is its “low power consumption. Although it has a TDP of 120W, during my tests it never went above 89W. In comparison Skylake and Broadwell both went over 160W, while the TDP of the two CPUs is 170W.”

In short, with a supported RHEL for ARM operating system and the newest ARM processors, ARM really is becoming a serious contender for your data center dollar.

Try it. RHELfor ARM ISO images are available now for download.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM arrives after seven years of development

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Using ARM chips and Linux, Barcelona center dreams of being ‘Airbus of supercomputing’

A chapel in the heart of Barcelona Univesity is home to one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers – and a mobile chip-based successor is under development.

Read More

For years, we’ve wanted ARM servers. Even Microsoft has thrown its server hat in the ARM ring. Now, Red Hat has moved this from an idea to a shipping product: RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) for ARM.

RHEL for ARM has a RHEL 7.4 user space with the 4.11 Linux kernel. It also comes with updated standard RHEL 7 Server RPMs packages.

The new corporate Linux is for use with 64-bit server-optimized System on a Chip (SoC ) silicon. These are designed for cloud, telecomm, edge, and high-performance computing core applications.

Why do we care about yet another platform being support by Linux? Simple. A 64-bit ARM-powered microserver has a thermal design power (TDP) of of between 10 and 45 watts. A conventional x86 server runs at 90 watts. The lower the power consumption, the lower your server and data center operating running costs.

Jon Masters, Red Hat’s chief ARM architect, is very proud of his team’s work. “Making ARM servers real for the mainstream enterprise required working up and down the entire stack — from the early architecture and platform standardization stage, to pre-silicon design, to validation and verification of platforms, to operating system enablement, to ecosystem development, and beyond. We helped with the design of server standards, with silicon design, we co-founded LinaroEnterprise Group to help pull Linux in the right direction for real servers.”

Now that RHEL for ARM is here, can ARM find a place in the data center? Sure, it costs less to run ARM servers, but how do they compare to x86 servers in performance? The early benchmark numbers look good.

CloudFlare, a major Content Deliver Network (CDN) company, has been comparing ARM and Intel server platforms. Vlad Krasnov, a Cloudflare engineer, benchmarked an engineering-sample server fitted with a 2.5Ghz 46-core Qualcomm Centriq SoC against a dual-socket 2.2GHz Broadwell Xeon E5-2630 v4 with a 3.1 GHz turbo mode, and a dual-socket 2.1Ghz Xeon Silver 4116 system with a 3 GHz turbo clock.

“The engineering sample … impressed me a lot,” Krasnov found. “This is a huge step up from any previous attempt at ARM based servers. Certainly, core for core, the Intel Skylake is far superior, but when you look at the system level the performance becomes very attractive.”

Last, but not least, the largest ARM win is its “low power consumption. Although it has a TDP of 120W, during my tests it never went above 89W. In comparison Skylake and Broadwell both went over 160W, while the TDP of the two CPUs is 170W.”

In short, with a supported RHEL for ARM operating system and the newest ARM processors, ARM really is becoming a serious contender for your data center dollar.

Try it. RHELfor ARM ISO images are available now for download.

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Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days • The …

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel.

Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news.

He opened by saying “it is probably worth pointing out how the 0day robot has been getting even better (it was very useful before, but Fengguang has been working on making it even better, and reporting the problems it has found).” Said robot is an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues. With version 4.14 slated to be the next kernel version to receive Long Term Support, and that support now running for six years instead of two, a more secure release will be widely welcome.

Also in version 4.14 you’ll find: Heterogeneous Memory Management, which will allow GPUs to access an application’s memory space. The addition should make Linux a far better platform for GPU-intensive applications like machine learning; No kernel firmware in the tree, as the powers that be feel it doesn’t belong there; Improvements from Red Hat to make Linux a better Hyper-V guest; Preparation for Intel’s forthcoming Cannonlake processors; A vibrator driver. No. Not that sort of vibrator! This one’s for the buzzer in Motorola’s forthcoming Droid 4 phone;

Torvalds also points out that he added a “’leaking_addresses’ perl script, which is actually under active development, but I put the first version in for 4.14 just so that people could see that initial state and start looking at the end result and perhaps ask themselves “should my code make these kernel addresses visible to user space.”

“The actual changes will hopefully start percolating into 4.15,” he added, “with one notable likely early change (which has been discussed extensively on the list) being to just hash any “%p” addresses by default. We used to have strict modes that just zeroed the address out, but that was actually counter-productive, in that often people use the address as a ‘kernel object identity’ for debugging (or fro cross-correlation – think network sockets), and so just clearing the pointer value makes those kinds of uses pointless. But using a secure hash allows for those kinds of identity uses, while not actually leaking the address itself.”

The Linux Lord also pointed out one last-minute chnage, namely “we had to revert the code that showed a good MHz value in /proc/cpuinfo even for the modern ‘CPU picks frequency dynamically’ case. It worked fine, but it was much too expensive on machines with tens or hundreds of CPU cores. There’s a cunning plan, but it didn’t make 4.14, so we’ll get it working and then back-port.”

Torvalds has declared this release “painful” and urged kernel devs to get their pull releases for version 4.15 in sooner rather than latter. Stragglers will be told “tough luck, you were late to the merge window, and I felt more like being out in the sun than taking your second-week pull request.”

“Because it really would be lovely to have a smaller and calmer release for 4.15.” ®

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Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel.

Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news.

He opened by saying “it is probably worth pointing out how the 0day robot has been getting even better (it was very useful before, but Fengguang has been working on making it even better, and reporting the problems it has found).” Said robot is an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues. With version 4.14 slated to be the next kernel version to receive Long Term Support, and that support now running for six years instead of two, a more secure release will be widely welcome.

Also in version 4.14 you’ll find: Heterogeneous Memory Management, which will allow GPUs to access an application’s memory space. The addition should make Linux a far better platform for GPU-intensive applications like machine learning; No kernel firmware in the tree, as the powers that be feel it doesn’t belong there; Improvements from Red Hat to make Linux a better Hyper-V guest; Preparation for Intel’s forthcoming Cannonlake processors; A vibrator driver. No. Not that sort of vibrator! This one’s for the buzzer in Motorola’s forthcoming Droid 4 phone;

Torvalds also points out that he added a “’leaking_addresses’ perl script, which is actually under active development, but I put the first version in for 4.14 just so that people could see that initial state and start looking at the end result and perhaps ask themselves “should my code make these kernel addresses visible to user space.”

“The actual changes will hopefully start percolating into 4.15,” he added, “with one notable likely early change (which has been discussed extensively on the list) being to just hash any “%p” addresses by default. We used to have strict modes that just zeroed the address out, but that was actually counter-productive, in that often people use the address as a ‘kernel object identity’ for debugging (or fro cross-correlation – think network sockets), and so just clearing the pointer value makes those kinds of uses pointless. But using a secure hash allows for those kinds of identity uses, while not actually leaking the address itself.”

The Linux Lord also pointed out one last-minute chnage, namely “we had to revert the code that showed a good MHz value in /proc/cpuinfo even for the modern ‘CPU picks frequency dynamically’ case. It worked fine, but it was much too expensive on machines with tens or hundreds of CPU cores. There’s a cunning plan, but it didn’t make 4.14, so we’ll get it working and then back-port.”

Torvalds has declared this release “painful” and urged kernel devs to get their pull releases for version 4.15 in sooner rather than latter. Stragglers will be told “tough luck, you were late to the merge window, and I felt more like being out in the sun than taking your second-week pull request.”

“Because it really would be lovely to have a smaller and calmer release for 4.15.” ®

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Having launched for iOS in April, Oval Money has quickly become one of the most popular apps that help users save and learn more about how to manage their finances.

Work on the Android version began soon after the iOS launch, as a waiting list on Google Play quickly grew. In addition to the UK, strong demand in countries like Italy, Spain and Germany, where the majority of smartphones run Android, convinced Oval Money to bring forward their Android launch date.

“In the past six months, over 5,000 people have either joined the Android waitlist or written to us directly to ask when our Android app was going to launch,” said Benedetta Arese Lucini, CEO of Oval Money. “We were hearing from individuals whose friends were using Oval on iOS and had recommended the app. It was amazing to see the word of mouth in action, and to know that the Android community was going to welcome our app if we accelerated its development.”

Oval Money recently concluded a closed-beta of the Android version of the app, drawing on the feedback of 150 handselected users. Those who download Oval for Android can expect to see immediate and significant improvements in their personal savings habits. On average, Oval users set aside an average of £120 per month, and a new Facebook integration, allowing users to contribute to their savings each time they post on social media, is expected to help users grow that figure even further.

According to the latest Aviva Family and Finances report, the average British household maintains just over £3,000 in savings and investments. Yet, one-in-four UK households has less than £100 pounds saved. For families and individuals it can be a constant challenge to make saving contributions regularly, and to grow savings sufficiently so that investing with a long-term outlook even becomes a possibility.

“We are excited to be bringing Oval to Android. Android users are famous for being some of the most engaged and vocal early adopters, and we know that the feedback and engagement we are going to receive will help us improve the app in countless ways,” said company COO Claudio Bedino.

Oval Money is planning a crowdfunding campaign in November as it seeks to expand its offering with a marketplace in which will curate and arrange financial products and services for its users. The company was founded by Benedetta Arese Lucini, former CEO of Uber Italy, with Claudio Bedino and Edoardo Benedetto, co-founders of do-it-yourself crowdfunding platform Starteed.com, and Simone Marzola, long-time expert in Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence with previous start-ups and now Oval’s CTO. Combining Simone’s background in big-data solutions to everyday problems, Benedetta’s previous experience in growing a consumer app from the ground up and Claudio and Edoardo’s deep understanding of crowd-sourced solutions, Oval Money is well positioned to emerge as the most innovative solution to personal finance.




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