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Intel’s first Optane SSD: 375GB that you can also use as RAM
A 3D XPoint wafer.Intel reader comments 23 Share this story Intel announced today the first Optane-branded product using its new 3D XPoint memory: the catchily named Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X. It's a...
The best USB flash drives 2017
USB memory sticks (or flash drives as they're often known) are essential to how we consume data on our PCs these days, and to help you choose what kind of USB sotrage is right for you, we've put together...
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti review: The fastest graphics card, again
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 59 Share this story Specs at a glance: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti CUDA CORES 3584 TEXTURE UNITS 224 ROPS 88 CORE CLOCK 1,480MHz BOOST CLOCK 1,1582MHz MEMORY BUS WIDTH...
Super-sized memory is trainable and long lasting
The ability to perform astonishing feats of memory, such as remembering lists of several dozen words, can be learned, researchers report. After 40 days using a strategic memory improvement technique, individuals...
How to train your brain to be like a memory champion’s
Total recallWENN Ltd/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Sam WongBecoming a memory champion is easier than you think. The techniques mnemonists use to memorise hundreds of words or digits in minutes can be learned by...
AMD targets Xeon CPU with Zen-based Naples
Following the big splash AMD caused with its Ryzen processors, the firm has now revealed initial details on its ‘Naples’ CPUs destined for servers and data centres.These processors are built on the same...
AMD Naples server processor: More cores, bandwidth, memory than Intel
reader comments 13 Share this story A Zen Core Complex. AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD Hot on the heels of the launch of its Ryzen desktop processors last week, AMD today announced...
Neurons recall place-related memories if you just get close
Enlarge / Fear is the mind killerLaLumiere Lab, University of Iowa reader comments 0 Share this story Place cells in the hippocampus are known to encode memories associated with a specific location. However,...
To keep US jobs, chipmakers share factory and pin hopes on Trump
Robots glide along the ceiling, moving silicon wafers the size of dinner plates between hulking machines that deposit and etch microscopic layers of material to build the most advanced memory chips in...
To keep US jobs, chip makers share a factory and pin hopes on Trump
Nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains here, the IM Flash plant is a paragon of American high-tech manufacturing. Robots glide along the ceiling, moving silicon wafers the size of dinner plates...
Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data
Acid the meme machine reader comments 3 Share this story Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently...
Scientists find way to erase painful memories
Fear-based memories in mice were successfully activated and erased by Canadian researchers, who over-produced a particular brain protein that flags up which neurons are being used to form a bad memory.Although...
The best movies to stream on Valentine's Day 2017
Most of us have had relationships that ended in heartbreak, so if a company came along with the technology to delete a person from your memory forever, would you do it? That's the premise of Eternal Sunshine...
Newly discovered flaw undermines HTTPS connections for almost 1,000 sites
Enlarge reader comments 7 Share this story Encrypted connections established by at least 949 of the top 1 million websites are leaking potentially sensitive data because of a recently discovered software...
Kaspersky Finds New Malware Designed to Stay Invisible in Memory
NEWS ANALYSIS: Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new strain of malware that hides in memory and trusted applications while it stealthily steals sensitive data. A new breed of malware found by Kaspersky...
Nvidia or AMD: Who makes the best budget graphics card?
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 10 Share this story What constitutes a "budget" graphics card? I'd argue that it's anything that costs less than £250/$250. Although—as evidenced by the, uhh, constructive...
Recycled eggshells can be used for next-gen data storage
A cracking idea?Ursula Alter/GettyBy Abigail BeallIf you want to make a computer, you’ve got to break a few eggs. A new data storage device made from crushed-up eggshells could possibly lead the way to...
Random access memory on a low energy diet
Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers have now managed to lay...
Half of people "remember" events that never happened
Ever find yourself caught up in a vivid memory of an event that, you later realize with confusion, didn’t really happen the way you thought? According to new research by psychologists at the University...
Brain blocks new memory formation on waking to safeguard consolidation of existing memories
During consolidation, the brain produces new proteins that strengthen fragile memory traces. However, if a new experience occurs while an existing memory trace is being consolidated, the new stimuli could...
How technology is changing what we remember
I’m supposed to be making sure I can use the term ‘down with the fourth wall’ in the context I want to. But within a few seconds I’ve found an article titled ‘25 Classic Moments When Movies Broke the...
We may be able to tap into our memories from infancy
If only we could remember…Hashir Abdulla/EyeEm/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouYou probably can’t remember life as a 2-year-old. But memory traces from our earliest years might stay in our brains, ready to be...
What can Google tell us about 'the memory web' in the brain?
Associations are a key memory mechanism - to remember personal experiences like meeting a person in a place, we create associations between the concepts involved. A research team used internet search engines...
Thanks for the memory: How cheap RAM changes computing
reader comments 31 Share this story A wafer of 3D NAND chips (OK, it isn't DRAM, but it's very pretty.) An early Micron DRAM die, with a capacity of around 1 megabit. ZeptoBars A completed 1-megabit Carl...
The 10 best graphics cards in the world
On PC, choosing the right graphics card, or GPU, for your build can be the difference between barely managing 30 frames-per-second (fps) at the lowest settings and pulling off the latest 4K, triple-A...
8GB of RAM? It could be ready in time for Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung announced today that it is introducing a new generation of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) packages capable of 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM for mobile devices - both a first of its kind and a potential...
Flaw in Intel chips could make malware attacks more potent
Enlarge reader comments 8 Share this story Researchers have devised a technique that bypasses a key security protection built into just about every operating system. If left unfixed, this could make malware...
Gen-Z Consortium to Develop New Memory Interconnect
The new alliance, founded by the likes of IBM, Dell EMC, HPE, ARM and AMD, says the new open architecture will better link systems and memory. A group of industry heavyweights, including Dell EMC, Hewlett...
DeepMind’s AI has learned to navigate the Tube using memory
How do I get there quickly?Photofusion/Getty By Chris BaraniukMemory: upgraded. DeepMind’s latest AI has a “working memory” so that it can learn how to solve tasks for itself – such as how best to get...
Google's next Chrome update will make it less RAM hungry
Google’s Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers around because it offers a host of appealing features, but that doesn’t make it perfect, so the latest update is very welcome. One of the most irritating...
Keeping your synapses sharp: How spermidine reverses age-related memory decline
Synapses, connecting the neurons in our brains, continuously encode new memories, but the ability to form new memories ("learning") diminishes drastically for many of us as we get older. Researchers found...
In depth: Do we really need expandable memory on our phones any more?
Everyone wants more storage on their phone, but the cost seems too high. Apple is constantly lambasted for not having expandable memory ports in its iPhones – but now that we have a 256GB iPhone, and access...
Fujitsu Makes GPUs More Efficient for Machine Learning, AI
New technology developed by Fujitsu Labs is designed to help neural networks scale and learn more quickly by streamlining GPU internal memory. Engineers at Fujitsu Laboratories are focusing on the memory...
iPhone passcode bypassed with NAND mirroring attack
EnlargeSergei Skorobogatov/YouTube reader comments 29 Share this story Passcodes on iPhones can be hacked using store-bought electronic components worth less than $100 (£77), according to one Cambridge...
Leaked specs show that Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti has the Titan X factor
Want to know how powerful Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be? Well, handily enough the spec of the juiced-up 1080 has been leaked.According to the spillage of details which was spotted by OC3D thanks...
Apple Introduces Water Resistant iPhone 7 Without Headphone Jack
NEWS ANALYSIS: The latest version of the iPhone offers some improvements, but at the same price as before. The new features should be useful to business buyers. Apple has made some bold changes to the...
False memories arise because the brain codes similar ideas similarly
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reader comments 8 Share this story Recent advances in imaging have revealed that false memories can be held by the very same cells that hold accurate ones,...
Laptops using Intel's next budget processors will suffer from one big flaw
Notebook manufacturers producing machines powered by Apollo Lake CPUs are turning to soldered-on system memory in a bid to make these laptops as svelte as possible.Of course, this quest for thin devices...
Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories
Looks familiar…Daniel Högberg/plainpictureBy Jessica HamzelouFeel like you’ve read this before? Most of us have experienced the eerie familiarity of déjà vu, and now the first brain scans of this phenomenon...
Parents giving unproven IQ-boosting drugs to kids with Down's
Prozac memory boost?plainpicture/MaskotBy Clare WilsonDRUGS that change the chemistry and structure of the brain could boost the intelligence of people with Down’s syndrome. Several compounds have improved...
Seagate’s new 60TB SSD is world’s largest
reader comments 19 Share this story Seagate has unveiled the world's largest SSD: a 60-terabyte monster. Pricing isn't available, but the company says the drive will provide "the lowest cost per gigabyte...
How to quickly check your Mac for errors
Whenever an app quits unexpectedly, or your Mac restarts after freezing, you would probably like to run a quick check to reassure yourself that there's nothing more serious wrong with it.You could restart...
Toshiba Debuts Flashmatrix at 2016 Flash Memory Summit
Flashmatrix is aimed specifically at the growing need for real time/streaming analytics in distributed systems targeted at high data-intensive applications. Toshiba America Electronic Components, which...
AMD unveils Radeon Pro SSG graphics card with up to 1TB of M.2 flash memory
reader comments 19 Share this story While graphics cards with more than 8GB of memory might seem like overkill to gamers, those in the creative industries like VFX and 3D modelling can't get enough of...
AMD has just put an SSD on a graphics card
AMD has announced a new range of affordable Radeon Pro WX graphics solutions for workstations and professional use, along with a fresh graphics card – the Radeon Pro SSG – which runs with a whole new concept...
Scientists develop plastic flexible magnetic memory device
Scientists have successfully embedded a powerful magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic material. This malleable memory chip hails a breakthrough in the flexible electronics revolution, and brings...
Scientists develop brain-inspired memory material
Our brain does not work like a typical computer memory storing just ones and zeroes: thanks to a much larger variation in memory states, it can calculate faster consuming less energy. Scientists have now...
Why DRAM Prices Are Expected to Rise in Q3
Demand for instant application performance is up, but supply is down in the DRAM production business, thanks to several factors. With more demand in the markets for real-time or near real-time performance...
AMD RX 480 review: The best budget graphics card—but for how long?
Specs at a glance: AMD RX 480 COMPUTE UNITS 36 TEXTURE UNITS 144 ROPS 32 CORE CLOCK 1120MHz BOOST CLOCK 1266MHz MEMORY BUS WIDTH 256-bit MEMORY SPEED 8GHz or 7GHz MEMORY BANDWIDTH 320GB/s or 224GB/s MEMORY...
MateBook: Huawei's First 2-in-1 Runs Windows 10
Huawei is getting into the 2-in-1 convertible notebook market with its first-ever 2-in-1, the MateBook, which is also its first Windows 10 notebook. Preorders are now being accepted for the machine, which...
The incredible new Stonehenge theory
Thought to be built thousands of years ago as a prehistoric temple, they attract one million visitors each year. Courtesy: Getty Prehistoric Stonehenge has baffled scientists for centuries. Constructed...
For better recall, try a work out four hours after learning something
Nottingham Trent UniversityTo make sure you’ll be able to jog your memory quickly, you might want to go for an actual jog a little after learning something. Healthy volunteers that exercised four hours...
Regenerating memory with neural stem cells
Although brains -- even adult brains -- are far more malleable than we used to think, they are eventually subject to age-related illnesses, like dementia, and loss of cognitive function. Someday, though,...
Opinion: The biggest OnePlus 3 flaw? No expandable storage
Despite still being in the honeymoon phase with the smartphone world, OnePlus already has an identity and strong fanbase - but with the OnePlus 3, it's risking that relationship.Don't get me wrong - the...
Nvidia GTX 1070 review: Faster than the Titan, at a more reasonable price
EnlargeMark WaltonSpecs at a glance: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 CUDA CORES 1920 TEXTURE UNITS 120 ROPS 64 CORE CLOCK 1506MHz BOOST CLOCK 1683MHz MEMORY BUS WIDTH 256-bit MEMORY BANDWIDTH 256GB/s MEMORY SIZE...
Buying Guide: The 10 best graphics cards in the world
Best Graphics CardsAre you a PC gamer? Then as you probably already know, the graphics card rules the roost.Yes, your monitor and even your mouse matter. But nothing has more impact on what settings you...
Writing Solid Code
Memory mapped files use the system's memory manager and let you treat large files as if they were in-memory objects, supporting extremely large file access, faster access, and multiple, simultaneous processes...
Sony PS4K is codenamed NEO, features upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM—report
Sony may be tight-lipped for now, but it's looking increasingly likely that it will release an updated version of the PlayStation 4 later this year. So far the rumoured console has gone under the moniker...
Interview: A closer look at HP's new revolutionary memory technology
Two weeks ago, HPE announced a new memory type that promises to change make things slightly more exciting in the world of storage and computing generally. Dubbed Persistent Memory, it is initially geared...
Containerized PHP Development Environments with Vagga
It happens to all of us once in a while. We clone a project, and then we try to run it. However, something doesn’t work. It may be our version of NGINX or Apache. It might be that npm isn’t doing something...
Google Maps Already Tracks You; Now Other People Can, Too
Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring...
Google’s Duo video chat app adds voice-only calls
Duo, Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime (and more recently, the mobile replacement for Google Hangouts) is getting a new, handy feature that takes the "video" out of "video calling."Audio calls are coming...
Android security updates will soon arrive much faster for all devices
Google has shared the results of its past year of stepping up Android security, showing not just how the mobile platform has cut down on malicious apps and other hazards, but its plan to roll out security...
More Google trouble: AT&T pulls non-search Google ads as concerns mount about hate content
AT&T joins other companies that have stepped back from Google, after an investigation from The Times of London found that ads for Mercedes-Benz and Marie Curie were running next to jihadist and neo-Nazi...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark