How Intel’s Latest Server Chip Will Speed Up Everyday Internet Services & Future Technologies

Phones, laptops, PCs let you get online. But once there, a ‘server’ is what you connect with to get anything meaningful done. And the company that makes over 90% of online servers just upgraded their latest batch to be more powerful and energy efficient than ever before.

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The similarities between a waiter and server

Just like a waiter in a restaurant, who takes your order, passes it onto the kitchen, and returns with your meal, there’s an innumerable network of machines behind-the-scenes of the Internet doing just that. Accepting your commands through connected gadgets, processing or retrieving the desired result, and ultimately letting you know about it.

These digital servers are the reason you can do anything on the Internet. From sending or receiving email, posting a Facebook message, watching a Youtube video, streaming the latest episode of Game Of Thrones on Hotstar, even looking up a website on your browser. It’s all thanks to always-on Internet servers. Without them, the Internet simply wouldn’t function.

Intel Xeon Scalable Processor

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A server isn’t unlike a desktop PC — it’s largely the same, actually. But it’s specially made to always remain on, connect to hundreds of thousands of devices, constantly perform tasks with next to no idle time. Google’s servers contain a large database of online websites and snippets of information they contain — you connect to them via google.com to browse the Web. Similarly, Facebook’s servers contains all the public and private Facebook data of every account on facebook.com — every update, picture, meme, video and emoji you see there. There are servers that power critical infrastructure like the world’s stock exchanges, financial institutions and banks, the airlines industry, global telecommunications, television and broadcast, and lots more.

Now imagine these servers, powered by Intel, not only get more efficient at their task but also a lot more powerful? Now that’s a shot in the arm that the Internet deserves and needs, making sure the online services we all use and depend on become that much more faster, reliable and secure.

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So what’s special about these new Intel servers?

Xeon — which is Intel’s server brand — servers are powered by processors that are bigger and more heavy duty than Intel’s laptop or PC chips. And the new Xeon Scalable processors are at least 1.6 times than Intel’s previous batch of server chips released over two years ago. The most high performing chip from the current lineup, the Platinum Xeon Scalable processor, has up to 28 cores, operates at very high frequency, with access to unfettered memory bandwidth and storage utilities. That’s performance several times higher than multiple laptops, phones and desktops combined — in just one chip!

This new line of Intel Xeon Scalable processor chips are specifically designed for servers to be used in corporate scenarios and cloud data centers. Companies like Dell, Lenovo, HP, and other manufacturers take Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors to build and manage online services of their customers. Services that everyone who connects online to consume. These services can’t be faster if the server chips they’re running on don’t giddy up and improve, and that’s what Intel has done with Xeon Scalable processor.

Intel also claims that its new server chip’s increased performance is due to superfast connections between different components within the chip, like the processing cores and the memory storage. And all of this has been credited to Intel’s new “mesh architecture” at the chip level, debuting for the first time in the Xeon Scalable processors.

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Internet outage in violence-plagued Somalia is extra headache for businesses

Image result for Internet outage in violence-plagued Somalia is extra headache for businessesA severed marine cable has left Somalia without internet for weeks, triggering losses for businesses, residents said, and adding a layer of chaos in a country where Islamist insurgents are carrying out a campaign of bombings and killings.

Abdi Anshuur, Somalia’s minister for posts and telecommunications, told state radio that internet to the Horn of Africa state went down a month ago after a ship cut an undersea cable connecting it to global data networks.

Businesses have had to close or improvise to remain open and university students told Reuters their educational courses had been disrupted.

Anshuur said the outage was costing Somalia the equivalent of about $10 million in economic output.

“The night internet went off marked the end of my daily bread,” Mohamed Nur, 22, told Reuters in the capital Mogadishu.

Nur said he now begged “tea and cigarettes from friends” after the internet cutoff also severed his monthly income of $500 that he took in from ads he developed and placed on the video website, YouTube.

Somalia’s economy is still picking up slowly after a combined force of the army and an African Union peacekeeping force helped drive the Islamist group, al Shabaab, out of Mogadishu and other strongholds.

Al Shabaab wants to topple the western backed government and rule according to its strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

The group remains formidable and lethal, with its campaign of frequent bombings and killings a key source of significant security risk for most businesses and regular life.

Now the internet outage potentially compounds the hardships for most firms. Most young people who say they are unable to work because of the outage spend hours idling in front of tea shops.

Mohamed Ahmed Hared, commercial manager of Somali Optical Networks(SOON), a large internet service provider in the country, told Reuters his business was loosing over a million dollars a day. Hared’s clients, he said, had reported a range of crippled services including passport and e-tickets printing and money remittances.

Some students and staff at the University of Somalia in Mogadishu told Reuters their learning had been disrupted because google, which they heavily rely on for research, was now inaccessible.

The absence of especially popular internet sites like Facebook and YouTube and Google was, however, cause for celebration for some in the conservative, Muslim nation.

“My wife used to be (on) YouTube or Facebook every minute,” Mohamud Osman, 45, said, adding the online activity would sometimes distract her from feeding her baby and that the habit had once forced him to try to get a divorce.

“Now I am happy … internet is without doubt a necessary tool of evil.”

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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‘It’s creepier than Covfefe’: Deepika Padukone’s latest Instagram post leaves Internet confused

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Well, the 31-year-old actor uploaded what seemed like a .. umm.. well it seemed like she is probably trying to send out cryptic messages. (Source: Deepika Padukone/Instagram, File Photo)

It will not be an exaggeration to say that Deepika Padukone is among the actors who have a strong social media presence. With Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra leading the pack by sharing almost every snippet of their lives, especially on Instagram, Padukone often uses the photo sharing app to share pictures from shoots, to talk about her close ones and family and even about the causes she support and has a result amassed a huge following of over 18 million people. But, one of her latest posts has left the Internet confused. So much so, somebody has even called it ‘as confusing as Covfefe’. Others turned to Ranveer Singh for some help.

(Source: Deepika Padukone/Instagram)

Well, the 31-year-old actor uploaded what seemed like a .. umm.. well it seemed like she is probably trying to send out cryptic messages. And being the loving fans that they are, people got down to deconstructing what she probably must have meant when uploading the picture.

“That a metal curve at the end of furniture, probably a chair or a lounge seat,” “Some porcelain top of a temple or lamp shade i guess,” some offered helpfully. Others, well, blinded by their love for Padukone (not your fault, guys) commented “Superb,” “Owsmmm”(Millenials way of writing awesome) on the picture. “It’s a Fleur de lis , the lily flower it’s the sign of life , light and perfection,” “Symbol of bharat scouts and guides,” wrote another Instagram Good Samaritan.

 

(Source: Deepika Padukone/Instagram)

Well, when we looked up, it did look like a certain Fleur de lis and the symbol of scouts — we’d still prefer the Padmavati actor to not leave us hanging on social media like this. As one of her fan aptly puts, “What is this dear Deepika?”

(Source: Deepika Padukone/Instagram)

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The Latest in Internet Memes

Image result for The Latest in Internet MemesEven by Trump-era standards, Sean Hannity is a joke these days. Trump could give the Louisiana Purchase back to France and Hannity would find some way to hail it as the most brilliant foreign policy coup of all time.

In other words, there’s no reason to bother with him, even for a bit of drive-by mockery. But every rule has exceptions, and anyway, tonight’s episode has turned into a viral meme already. You do want to keep up on your memes, don’t you?

Note Kellyanne Conway’s Freudian use of the word “yet.” Maybe she knows something we don’t?

Here’s China’s latest plan to keep its citizens from the open Internet

The Chinese government is cracking down on a key technology that Web surfers use to protect their privacy and get around online censorship, according to Bloomberg News.

Some of the country’s biggest telecom companies — Bloomberg lists state-run China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom — are being instructed to block customers from using virtual private networks, a technology that redirects a person’s Internet traffic through other servers to make it look like they are connected to the Web from someplace else.

For years, Chinese citizens have used VPNs to circumvent the country’s Great Firewall, the colloquial term for blocks and restrictions imposed on the Internet by Beijing in an effort to ensure that only a filtered version of the Web is visible to most of the country. VPNs have allowed tech-savvy Chinese Internet users to access restricted news sites and social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.

China has periodically clamped down on Internet users’ attempts to evade the Great Firewall. The last such campaign took place in 2016, prompting widespread reports of VPN outages. But the government has intensified its attack on VPNs in recent months. In January, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ruled that all VPNs that did not seek government approval to operate would be deemed illegal. Since then, a slew of VPN providers have been forced to shut down, citing regulatory warnings. Under President Xi Jinping, the VPN crackdown is part of an effort to “clean up” the Chinese Internet and enhance the country’s “cyber sovereignty,” the government has said.

The moves will make it harder for the average Chinese citizen, who may not be tech savvy, to find a way to access the open Internet, said Adam Segal, a cybersecurity expert and China scholar at the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations.

“Bad,” he said of the implications of the ban. “Getting around [it] will require using VPNs based outside of the mainland or setting up and using [one’s] own VPN servers, additional barriers for the individual user.”

Other analysts say China’s latest move raises the risk of even further action by the government down the road.

“It is clear that the crackdown has intensified,” said Charlie Smith, the pseudonymous co-founder of GreatFire.org, a website that monitors China’s Internet filtering and maintains an app to help Internet users get past the restrictions. “The authorities could take other steps to block our app, which would be extreme, more extreme than this. I didn’t think they would consider doing that before but I would say it is a possibility now.”

Commercial VPNs operate commonly worldwide. Many saw a flurry of interestfrom U.S. customers in the spring, as a Republican-led rollback of federal privacy protections prompted American Internet users to seek ways to shield their Web browsing activity from their own broadband providers. U.S. Internet providers said that adjusting the privacy protections could help them mine, store and share their customers’ Internet usage history to sell advertising and compete with major online advertisers, such as Google and Facebook.

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SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE LEAVES THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS WITHOUT INTERNET

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Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be worst affected / Getty

Sky is experiencing service issues, leaving thousands of broadband customers without internet access.

The company has told the Independent that approximately 32,000 Sky customers are affected.

Users located in the south east of the UK appear to be the hardest hit.

The service issues started early this morning, at around 05:30am, according to DownDetector.

“You might not be able to get online or make/receive phone calls due to a problem in your local area,” Sky has said.

The company has also listed Baldslow, Battle, Beckley, Bexhill, Brede, Brightling, Brookland, Castleham, Cooden, Crowhurst, Guestling, Hastings, Iden, Lydd, Ninfield, Northiam, New Romney, Peasmarsh, Rye, Sedlescombe, Staplecross, Wittersham, Eastbourne, Hampden Park, Alfriston, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Polegate, Pevensey Marina, Pevensey, Seaford and East Dean as affected areas.

The Sky Help Team says it has engineers working to resolve the issues for customers in Sussex.

“Update: East Sussex. Due to extent of the damage. Engineers are still working on repairs. Updates to follow. Sorry for any inconvenience,” it tweeted earlier this morning.

It then followed up with: “Update: Sussex – Engineers have located 7 separate breaks in the Fibre cables & are working to repair damage as quickly as possible.”

The account is also tweeting affected users directly, and has told some of them that its engineers are “preparing cables now for splicing”.

Sky says its engineers are “making good progress”, and that normal service will be restored in Sussex this evening.

[“Source-independent”]

Court Freezes $182 Million in Assets of Chinese Internet Tycoon

Jia Yueting, the chairman of LeEco, in Beijing last year. The company has piled on debt to fuel its ambitious expansion. CreditJason Lee/Reuters

BEIJING — A court in Shanghai has frozen $182 million in assets tied to the chairman of the Chinese technology company LeEco after one of its affiliates missed loan payments.

The ruling last week by the Shanghai High People’s Court was the latest setback for the chairman, Jia Yueting, and for LeEco, which has piled on debt in recent years to fuel its ambitious expansion.

A company spokesman confirmed that the court had frozen assets connected to a loan for LeEco’s mobile phone business, Le Mobile, but said collateral was enough to cover the debt. Nie Chengzhi, LeEco’s vice president of finance, said the company would work with China Merchants Bank on repayment. In an emailed statement, the bank said it had taken legal action after many attempts to recover interest owed by Le Mobile.

The frozen assets belonged to Mr. Jia, his wife, and three LeEco affiliates, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing court documents.

It is a personal blow for Mr. Jia, one of China’s most outspoken technology figures, who in recent years had pledged to challenge American giants like Apple and Tesla. His ambitions propelled LeEco from its start in internet video into a dizzying array of new businesses, including online wine delivery and electric cars. Mr. Jia remains the primary shareholder of Faraday Future, a troubled Los Angeles-based electric car venture with 1,400 employees.

All that investment required heavy borrowing. Since the start of 2016, LeEco brought in at least $6 billion in financing from investors big and small, but it saw little in the way of a payoff.

Mr. Jia first admitted the cash crunch last autumn. Last week, at a shareholder meeting of LeEco’s main publicly listed arm, Leshi Internet, he acknowledged that the company had made mistakes in allocating funds.

“The cash problems at the nonpublicly traded businesses are more serious than when this crisis erupted,” Mr. Jia told investors, according to a transcript of his remarks. “Our businesses are constantly using cash to repay loans, having a huge impact on their operations.”

At the meeting, Mr. Jia indicated that LeEco was having difficulty securing additional loans. As of Leshi Internet’s most recent filing, Mr. Jia had pledged 97 percent of his shares in the company to back loans that as of November totaled $1.7 billion.

LeEco has also started selling assets to raise cash. Last week, its ride-sharing affiliate, Yidao Yongche, announced a change in control, without naming the new controlling shareholder. The company had for months delayed paying many of its drivers.

And creditors are showing up in person in Beijing, asking LeEco to pay up.

Last week, Zhang Jun, a supplier for Le Mobile, ventured into LeEco’s Beijing lobby for the seventh time. She joined other small suppliers for a seven-day sit-in, she said, but left with no money.

“I don’t have any hope anymore,” she said, noting that a civil suit she had filed against LeEco in Beijing courts was unlikely to produce a result until the end of the year. “By then there probably won’t be any money left for us.”

The overdue loan to China Merchants Bank financed LeEco’s 2015 purchase of an 18 percent stake in the Hong Kong-listed Coolpad Group, the business weekly Caixin reported. Coolpad’s share price has dropped this year as competition in the smartphone market has eroded its position. Hong Kong corporate records show the $324 million loan was backed by all the acquired shares of Coolpad, in addition to collateral in mainland China.

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Trending: Disha Patani’s Fabulous Photoshoot Is Winning The Internet In Style

Trending: Disha Patani's Fabulous Photoshoot Is Winning The Internet In Style

Disha Patani from her latest photoshoot: (Image courtesy: GQ India)

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Disha Patani wore pieces from several high-end brands for the photoshoot
  2. Disha’s next is opposite Tiger Shroff, whom she’s reportedly dating
  3. She’s featured in films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Kung Fu Yoga

Actress Disha Patani topped the trends liston Friday, courtesy her latest photoshoot with a fashion magazine. Disha, known for her role in films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Kung Fu Yoga, shared one pic on her Instagram page, in which she’s wearing an Emanuel Ungaro dress with Dior accessories and Christian Louboutin pumps. Disha’s picture has been liked over three lakh times in 13 hours and the comments thread is showered with compliments like ‘nice,’ ‘sexy,’ and ‘pretty.’ Disha posed for GQ, who shared several other pictures of the actress on their Instagram page. Take a look at Disha’s photoshoot, which is winning the Internet.

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In this, Disha is wearing a Philipp Plein dress with Louis Vuitton accessories:

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This Atsuko Kudo wonder cup pencil dress looked perfect on Disha.

Disha Patani paired a Temperley London dress with Mimi Holliday and added Louis Vuitton and Hermes accessories.

Disha Patani debuted on the big screen in Telugu film Loafer (2015). Her first Bollywood film, M S Dhoni: The Untold Story opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, released in 2016. This year, Disha featured in Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Yoga, co-starring Sonu Sood and Amyra Dastur.

Disha Patani has also featured in the video of the T-Series song Befikra with her rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff. Disha Patani has also been confirmed as the female lead in Baaghi 2opposite Tiger Shroff. “When we did the look test of both of them together, we were convinced with their chemistry and about Disha being the perfect choice for the role,” said Sajid Nadiadwala, the film’s producer.

Baaghi 2 is the sequel to 2016’s Baaghi, which featured Shraddha Kapoor opposite Tiger Shroff.

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How The Internet Revolutionized Offline Retail

How The Internet Revolutionized Offline Retail [Infographic] | Social Media Today

Year after year, the command of retail continues to interest customers. Although numerous consumers are now taking advantage of online deals, the experience a shopper has when they can interact with the product in person is still highly influential. Studies show that 25% of consumers purchase a product or service after they’ve searched locally. In fact, 18% of these purchases are made within one day according to the infographic below from Store Traffic.

Nonetheless, the influence the internet holds over shoppers is intriguing. This can be seen both in the way customers shop and how businesses operate. The landscape of retail has drastically changed. This graphic gives us a summary of how, since its inception, the internet has continued to dominate the shopping experience. It highlights the importance of innovation – if your business doesn’t have at least one digital element in it, you may be left behind.

Emerging trends, such as the Internet of Things, will help to shape the future of retail. Soon, simply having a company website will not be enough. Without social media channels, many businesses are failing to connect with a large portion of the population.

 

 

[Source:- socialmediatoday]

Untangle the Internet

Untangle the Internet

The Internet is a teeming tangle of billions of pages, where brilliant information is buried in dubious content. All the information is there, somewhere; you just can’t find the best and most relevant quickly. The new Dutch startup DOT.world, a spinoff company from the University of Twente, has a modest goal: To change all that.

This “platform of platforms” wants to redesign how people and organizations interact with online content. It aims to filter out Internet noise via topic-specific platforms that reveal the best on that topic, empowering online communities and organizations to share, organize, and curate content. The filtering process takes places by enabling the crowd to create a clear structure and curate the content. The platforms ultimately help people save time by providing them with quick access to the most relevant information on specific topics.

It’s the next phase of evolution from the directories and aggregators of yore, pushing beyond the hard-to-navigate lists of links on sites like Reddit, or the fusty encyclopedia structure of wikis, into a visually engaging, dynamic, organized world of information, where quality and relevance rule.

DOT.world is already enabling several platforms dedicated to topics such as startups, management and consulting, food security, and the Zika virus. “No matter what the topic is, the content is clearly structured and you can drill down and quickly see what others find most helpful and interesting,” says DOT.world founder Wim Korevaar. “In this age of information overload, structured platforms allowing experts and the crowd to curate and filter information are key,” for both consumers and businesses.

A young but seasoned entrepreneur, Korevaar says the inspiration for the platform sprang from “the frustration that we’re spending too much time on low-quality information. What do we really want online, when searching for information? We want to find an overview of the best on X, the best on Y, the best on Z, in a matter of seconds. While there is a great deal of valuable information everywhere on the Internet, there is also a lot of noise. We wanted to empower experts of all kinds to unite, create structured community platforms, to filter the information, and find the best content for each topic.”

Powered by the wisdom of the crowd, the DOT.world platforms ensure users find information worth their attention—even if they are relatively new to the subject. “If you know precisely what you’re looking for—a particular blog post or product, say—use a search engine. If you want to stay in touch with friends and family, a social network is perfect. But if you’re looking for a place to discover, organize, and discuss the best on a specific topic, then the DOT.world platforms will help you put it all together and separate the wheat from the chaff,” explains Korevaar.

The most characteristic feature is the platform’s navigation. Via the platform’s navigation structure, users can filter away uninteresting information and home in on the subtopic that most interests them. When browsing, users see the best-related content, all shared and ranked by other users. The more people contribute, the better the quality of the platform becomes. “If there’s no platform on the topic you care about, you can register your own, and connect a community which shares your passion for politics, sports, culture, or anything else” says Korevaar.

Users and organizations can register platforms on the topics they feel most passionate about. All it takes is choosing a subdomain name (cooltopic.dot.world, for example) and a topic. Once people are invited on the platform, they can start sharing, organizing, and ranking web content related to the topic. As content is added, users can curate, deciding what’s worthwhile by upvoting or downvoting the content.

There are two flavors for DOT.world’s structured, community platforms. Basic platforms are free, include DOT.world branding, and are open and fully democratic. The other, for organizations and corporations, provides more customization, branding, and advanced moderation features, for a fee. Nonetheless, all platforms have the same goal: Facilitate the discovery, organization, and ranking of relevant information on specific topics.

“In the end, we believe that not a single person, a single company, or a single algorithm can organize all content online and determine the best on a specific topic, but together we can,” Korevaar concludes. “It’s exciting to see this vision becoming a reality.”

[Source:- Phys.org]