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AMD’s CEO steps down, COO takes over

From the Cnet.com Article by Ben Fox Rubin ( @benfoxrubin)

AMD named Lisa Su, its chief operating officer, as its new CEO, effective immediately, replacing Rory Read as the struggling maker of PC chips continues its attempt at a turnaround.

Read, 52 years old, stepped down as president and chief executive, and as a board member. He will support the transition as an adviser, remaining with the company through the end of this year. Prior to joining AMD in 2011, Read was computer-maker Lenovo’s chief operating officer, and before then spent 23 years at IBM.

The company said it’s currently negotiating a transition and separation agreement with Read.

Su, 44 years old, joined AMD in 2012, and most recently has been responsible for integrating AMD’s business units, sales, global operations and infrastructure enablement teams. Before coming to the chipmaker, she worked at chipmaker Freescale and at IBM.

“Leadership succession planning has been a joint effort between Rory and the board and we felt that Lisa’s expertise and proven leadership in the global semiconductor industry make this an ideal time for her to lead the company,” Bruce Claflin, AMD’s chairman, said in a statement.

The company has attempted to turn its business around as it tries to become a tougher rival to Intel, though it has struggled along the way. For its second quarter, AMD reported stronger revenue, of $1.44 billion, and narrowed its loss to $36 million from $74 million a year earlier.

AMD is scheduled to report third-quarter results next Thursday.

 

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A Wearable Drone That Launches Off Your Wrist To Take Your Selfie

From the Techcrunch.com article by Greg Kumparak ( @grg)

Oh man, this would make a great picture. I wish there was someone else here to take our picture for us so we didn’t have to take a selfie!”

Has this ever happened to you?

Of course it has. You’re a human being in the 21st century who reads tech blogs.

The Nixie aims to solve that. It’s, as crazy as it feels to type this, a wearable selfie drone. A flying wristband, with a camera built in. When you’re ready for your close-up, it launches off your wrist, reorients to frame you in the shot, and then hovers back over for you to catch it.

The bad news? It’s… still pretty conceptual. It looks like they’ve got a prototype that can launch off your wrist and float away — but it’s still early days. They have a long way to go (this thing looks about as fragile as can be right now) — but even as a concept, it’s damned cool.

The good news? It’s a finalist in Intel’s Make It Wearable competition — meaning they’ve just scored themselves $50,000 and all of the mentorship, design help, and technical support a company like Intel can throw at them in order to make it real.

The project is the brainchild of Christoph Kohstall (a physics researcher at Stanford), and is built in collaboration with team members Jelena Jovanovic and Michael Niedermayr.

 

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Farewell to Noisy Computers? Intel’s Latest Chip May Make Your Laptop Way Quieter

Intel wants to kick battery speed and battery life up while getting rid of fans that generate so much noise in laptop devices. Check our the full article HERE by Yahoo! Tech Columnist Rob Pegoraro ( @robpegoraro) :

‘Intel’s newest processor wants to shut your computer up.

To be more exact, the chipmaker hopes its smaller, more efficient Core M chip will allow laptop and tablet manufacturers to dispense with cooling fans and their background whir and whine.

Along the way, the Core M is supposed to upgrade speed and extend battery life — and hopefully allow Intel to make money from selling tablet processors instead of having to pay manufacturers to use them.

At a keynote at the IFA trade show here, Intel vice president and general manager Kirk Skaugen introduced the Core M as “a purpose-built processor” for the growing category of two-in-one devices that can transform into a laptop or a tablet by detaching or flipping the screen. Longer battery life, faster performance, and less noise are the three major benefits you should see as a computer buyer in the coming years.

Skaugen also noted that the Core M is “100 percent conflict-free,” keeping a commitment Intel made at the Consumer Electronics Show to ensure that the raw materials used in its chips don’t fund the long-running civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ‘

To read the full article click the HERE link above.

 

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A Possible Step in the Wrong Direction for Apple.

A Possible Step in the Wrong Direction for Apple.

So you think that new iMac was a steal since it was $200 well think twice before you put down your hard earned money.  The new iMac has a nerfed Intel Core I-5 clocked at a lowly 1.4ghz processor, to add some perspective, the previous version of the iMac has a 2.7ghz Intel i5 CPU. Furthermore, the lifespan of pc’s could easily be increased by a simple memory upgrade but Apple has made that impossible as the new iMac’s ram is soldered into place.

Looking at the bigger picture Apple may be intentionally limiting upgrades for a couple of reasons including the encouragement of new iMac purchases, preventing owners from using non Apple endorsed hardware, etc. Only time will tell how this will impact Apple, if at all.

Based on the specs of the new iMac I’d argue that extra $200 for the 2.5ghz model is well worth the long term investment.

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