July 25, 2013

Motorola’s new X8 ARM chip: The cornerstone of Google’s always-on Android vision

Motorola has traditionally used ARM chips designed by other companies. Motorola simply chose the chip best suited to its devices and bought them. With the newly announced Droid devices on Verizon, Motorola is doing things differently with some custom silicon. The Motorola X8 is a custom ARM system-on-a-chip (SoC) that the company is calling an […]

July 24, 2013

Intel supercharges AVX to 512 bits, will likely come to mainstream CPUs in 2015

Starting with Sandy Bridge, Intel made next-generation vectorization capabilities a priority. Sandy Bridge (SNB) introduced the AVX instruction set for floating-point operations and widened the CPU’s registers to 256 bits, up from SSE’s 128. AVX2, which just launched with Haswell, widened integer registers to 256 bits as well. AVX also introduced a non-destructive operand mode, […]

July 19, 2013

Liberty Reserve Got Banned

Yesterday, the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan brought charges against the founder of LibertyReserve.com, an online e-currency trading company that an indictment handed down in Manhattan federal court claims was “the predominant digital form of money laundering used by cyber-criminals worldwide.” The site was shut down last week and replaced with the nifty image above. […]

June 25, 2013

Bitcoin compliant: Mt. Gox registers as money service, seeks federal blessing to continue operations

The last six weeks have been rough ones for Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox. On May 15, federal agents seized its account with Wells Fargo. It cut relations with online payment processors like Dwolla and OKPay, which left expensive wire transfers as the only way to move USD funds into or out of the system. 11 […]