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.

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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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The Latest in Web Design? Retro Websites Inspired by the ’90s

The website Windows93.net imagines what the Microsoft operating system would have looked like had it been released.

To navigate the website for Arcade Fire’s coming album, “Everything Now,” users need to click through a cluttered cascade of Windows 98-style pop-ups.

Balenciaga’s new website looks as stripped down as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, with plain black boxes and no-frills Arial font.

And the D.I.Y.-looking home page for Solange resembles the desktop of a candy-colored iMac, complete with QuickTime windows and rows of blue folders.

Web designs have come a long way in 20 years, but some are taking a step back to evoke a sort of hipster nostalgia for the early days of the internet.

“They’re tipping their hat to the 1990s,” said David Lee, the chief creative officer of Squarespace, a web platform company based in New York that has created millions of websites for clients. Mr. Lee said that he has seen a recent uptick in what he calls an “anti-design brutalism,” with clients opting for more bare-bones, retro-looking sites.

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The website for Arcade Fire’s coming album, “Everything Now.”

Some websites are purposely cumbersome to navigate, with loud, clip-art-filled pages. Others employ a simplistic Craigslist-style utilitarianism that feels like a throwback to an era when web pages were coded by hand.

“There’s a lot of animated GIFs and flames, but mixing it with something new,” Mr. Lee added.

While millennials and members of Generation Z — those born in the years from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s — may not remember what the web looked like in the era of AltaVista and GeoCities, the retro designs tap into the current cultural revival of all things ’90s. (See the return of “Twin Peaks,” “Will & Grace” and concert T-shirts.)

For those who are older, these sites recall the improvised internet of their youth, in the days before mobile optimization and beta-tested user interfaces brought a sleek uniformity to modern web design.

Nostalgic websites meant to mimic the days of dial-up modems are cropping up in artsy and tech-geek corners of the web.

Windows93.net, a web project by the French music and art duo Jankenpopp & Zombectro, imagines what the Microsoft operating system would have looked like had it been released. (After a two-year development delay, Microsoft instead released Windows 95.) The site has had more than eight million visitors.

Neocities, built in 2013 by Kyle Drake, 33, a web entrepreneur based in Palo Alto, Calif., is a homage to GeoCities, the early web hosting platform. (GeoCities, started in 1994, was acquired by Yahoo in 1999 for $3.6 billion and went defunct in the United States in 2009.)

“I really hate the modern internet,” Mr. Drake said. “My vision is to bring back making websites as a creative thing, not just as a business thing.” More than 140,000 websites have been created through his platform, he said.

Paul Ford, 42, an instructor of interactive design at the School of Visual Arts in New York, agrees that the web today can feel disappointing to early adopters. “It’s almost like if your indie band went on to be not the size of U2, but a $4 trillion industry,” he said. “I think there’s a sense of, ‘How do we get back to that?’”

One way is to create a website the old-fashioned way: by enlisting a friend who knows basic HTML. That is what Billy Silverman, 40, a restaurateur, did in the harried final days before opening Salazar, his acclaimed Sonoran barbecue restaurant in Los Angeles.

He tapped his buddy Zack McTee, who runs a small production company in New York, to slap together something quick. The two decided that, if they didn’t have the time or money to make the website good, they would at least make it fun.

The result recalls a personal website built by a bored teenager in the days before Facebook and Myspace, with flashing Comic Sans text, dancing MC Hammer GIFs and cheesy keyboard music. A banner declaring “now with working email” scrolls across the top.

Mr. Silverman said he regularly gets emails from customers who are confused. A common note: “‘I love your restaurant but saw your website and think I can help you out.’”

[“Source-nytimes”]

‘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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Latest Windows 10 preview looks to extend your Surface’s battery life

Latest Windows 10 preview looks to extend your Surface's battery life

A new Windows 10 preview build landed last Thursday, but then this weekend just gone, Microsoft pushed out another preview hot on its heels – indicating that testing work is intensifying as the Anniversary Update approaches (it’s due on August 2).

Build 14385 was unleashed at the weekend with the usual accompanying blog post that noted Microsoft was now “churning out builds like crazy”, with a load of bug fixes on board.

Redmond said it wanted to get the build out quickly so as to give the maximum amount of testing to these hundreds of new fixes.

They include improved battery life for those running Windows 10 preview on Surface devices, and the smoothing over of a load of issues with various apps including Spotify random crashes, and errant clipping with Google’s Chrome browser, as well as problems with the LastPass and AdBlock extensions in Microsoft’s Edge browser.

There were, of course, plenty more fixes than this, and if you want to check out the full list see the post here.

Swift pace

It’s likely that we’ll see preview builds coming out pretty quickly for the rest of this month as Microsoft tries to tighten everything up.

Another interesting point to note is that this is build 14385, and it scotches speculation that the next build from Microsoft, which was rumored to be version 14384, would be the RTM (release to manufacturing) client.

Obviously, that isn’t the case – although clearly we are in the final stretch with testing of the Anniversary Update.

The previous Windows 10 preview build fixed plenty of issues itself including problems with Surface machines being connected to external monitors, and erratic behavior with Bluetooth mice.

 

 

[Source: Techrader]

Latest iOS Upgrade Drives Users Buggy

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Apple has been deluged with complaints from users who say the latest version of its mobile operating system is breaking links and crashing apps.

“Following iOS 9.3 on iPhone 6splus update links in safari no longer open, then safari crashes — any ideas how to fix? Same problem in Chrome,” user John MacDonald posted Monday on Apple’s support page on Twitter.

Another user, Armando Couri Filho, had similar problems. “My IPhone 6 is not opening links from Safari, Mail and WhatsApp. What should I do?” he asked Apple support.

“Clicking on links in the new iOS update causes safari to freeze. I’ve had to switch to using @googlechrome and @firefox,” noted Ohanes Kalayjian.

What’s causing the problem with links in iOS 9.3? So far, Apple has been mum on the subject, but according to one news report, the issue could be with Universal Links, which Apple introduced in iOS 9.0.

Universal Headache?

Universal Links allow Web links to be opened directly from within apps running under iOS without first opening Apple’s Web browser, Safari.

The Universal Links are stored in a database in iOS, and if an app contains too many, they will crash not only the app, but Safari too, according to TechCrunch.

However, that doesn’t explain why apps without any Universal Links are crashing, nor does it explain other problems, such as iOS refusing to verify updates because it says a device is not connected to the Internet when clearly it is.

For users who have installed the new version of iOS, there doesn’t seem to be a quick fix. Turning off JavaScript in Safari has helped some users, but not all, BGR reported. Others have avoided the problem by using Google’s Chrome browser, but that too seems to be an inconsistent fix.

Of course, unlike with some desktop operating systems that allow an update to be rolled back to a previous version that worked fine, once most users commit to a new version of iOS, there’s no turning back.

There are good reasons for that no-rollback policy, noted Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

“Many more times than not, the latest software is safer and better,” he told TechNewsWorld.

What’s more, “backgrades are very complex and if not done precisely, the backgrade could break all functionality,” Moorhead added.

More Regression Testing Needed

Kevin Krewell, an analyst with Tirias Research, has the new iOS running on his iPhone and hasn’t experienced any problems with it yet, he said.

However, “any time there’s a major change in an operating system, there’s always the risk of problems,” he told TechNewsWorld

“I would be concerned that Apple is not doing enough regression testing on applications to catch these things before they ship new software,” Krewell said.

Although Apple always has touted its commitment to software excellence, the latest iOS fumble may be a sign it’s succumbing to the pressures plaguing all software makers, according to Moorhead.

“Apple should take a look at their development process as insiders are starting to question their commitment to software quality,” he said.

“Apple is racing top speed across many different, complex platforms, and every software developer, including Microsoft and Google, are issuing software with bugs,” Moorhead continued.

“The whole software industry has taken a fast-fail approach to get code out and let users find fixes,” he said. “This is particularly happening in consumer environments.”

Too Many Apps

Given the size of Apple’s app ecosystem, the problem of getting everything to work right is a mighty one for the company, which released seven beta versions of iOS 9.3 before sending it to users.

“It’s hard when your ecosystem is so large, but they should have stats on which apps are most popular and test for those,” Krewell said.

“Part of the problem is the amplification of software. There are so many different apps, it’s getting harder and harder for Apple to keep track of the apps you have on your phone,” he added.

“While it is true that OS updates need to go through intense scrutiny before being pushed to customers, it’s sometimes impossible to test for all in-the-wild scenarios,” added Adrian Liviu Arsene, a senior threat analyst with Bitdefender.

“The issue here,” he said, “is how fast will Apple fix the bug, how many apps trigger the crash, and whether it will persist even after the fix.”

 

[Source:- Technewsworrld]