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AMD sheds light on High Bandwidth Memory in new Radeons, pokes Nvidia
May 19, 2015 - 6:38 PM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar More than seven years in the making, AMD on Tuesday unveiled what it believes will be a game-changing technology: a superfast, stacked chip technology called High Bandwidth Memory. Even better, the company crowed: Nvidia is at least a year behind it.

Using stacked RAM chips that communicate through tiny holes, High Bandwidth Memory offers three times the performance of traditional GDDR5 that’s used by GPUs today and drastically reduces power consumption too, said AMD Chief Technology Officer Joe Macri, who oversaw HBM’s development.

Why this matters: A graphics card’s memory bandwidth matters as much to game performance as the graphics processor. An increase in memory bandwidth almost always means more performance, too, when coupled with changes to the GPU.
The Problem

Modern graphics cards drink memory bandwidth like a big-block V8 drinks gas. The problem is the current memory, GDDR5, is rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns, Macri said. To add more memory bandwidth using GDDR5 would consume too much power to be an effective performance boost.

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Bloatware Banished: Windows 10 Eliminates the Need to Ever Reinstall Windows New PCs
May 14, 2015 - 10:39 AM - by etaf
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Bloatware Banished: Windows 10 Eliminates the Need to Ever Reinstall Windows on New PCs
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Tsu, the Tidal of social networks, pays you for posting
May 11, 2015 - 11:25 AM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar People are tired of being commoditized, sick of their photos and posts and life stories being used to sell advertising. But few social networking upstarts have been able to capitalize on this, because even people who loathe Facebook won’t leave it. But Tsu (pronounced “sue”) is taking a different approach: Use ad dollars to pay users. Share the revenue with everyone.

Tsu, which bills itself as “the people’s social network,” launched last fall, shortly after Ello catapulted into our collective conscious and then promptly faded away. The network has been flying under the radar, gathering more than 3 million users through an invitation-only system, and recently debuted an overhaul of its website and mobile apps with new creation and discovery tools.

Tsu CEO Sebastian Sobczak compares what his network is doing with what Jay-Z’s new streaming service Tidal has done for musicians. Tidal shares equity with artists who get in on the ground early, to give them more of a financial stake in the success of streaming. Tsu shares its revenue, not equity, but the principle is the same: Give money to people who create content.

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Tips for Extending the Life of SSDs
May 09, 2015 - 3:50 PM - by etaf
etaf's Avatar Tips for Extending the Life of SSDs
Posted By : Ken Colburn of Data Doctors on April 29, 2015

I purchased a Windows computer with SSD storage for the performance, but I understand that maintaining them is different than a regular hard drive. What do I need to know?

This question was answered on April 29, 2015. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
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OneDrive roadmap reveals offline mobile viewing and 'next-gen' desktop sync
May 10, 2015 - 12:01 AM - by TechSocial
TechSocial's Avatar OneDrive may be one of the cheapest cloud storage services, but it’s not necessarily the most convenient.

That’s something Microsoft is looking to change in 2015. Thanks to a roadmap that Microsoft showed at this week’s Ignite conference, we know exactly which features the company is working on, and when they’ll likely arrive.

As Neowin notes, the focus is mainly on making files easier to access and share. For instance, Microsoft is adding read-only offline file access for iOS and Android in the third quarter. OneDrive’s universal Windows 10 app will also have this feature when it launches in the fourth quarter. Microsoft plans to support offline editing and folder sync for its mobile apps in the future, but doesn’t have a timeline yet.

Microsoft also revealed a “next-gen sync client” for PC and Mac, launching as a preview in Q3, and with general availability in Q4. Microsoft has previously said that it’s working on a desktop sync overhaul that lets users view their cloud contents without having to store them locally. While this is already possible with “placeholders” in Windows 8.1, Microsoft removed the feature in Windows 10, citing reliability issues and a confusing interface. It sounds like the improved version won’t be fully-baked in time for Windows 10’s summer launch. The new version, Microsoft said, will also allow users to selectively sync which folders they wish to or do not wish to back up online.

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