Samsung Wins iPads, A Facebook Groups App and November’s Fastest Computers

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The Samsung-Apple love-hate thing is literally old hat now, so let’s get this out of the way quickly: Samsung will be manufacturing the chips for the iPhone and the iPad, starting 2016. Until then, it looks like TSMC foundries get the money. (source: Korea Times)

Interestingly, as Business Insider points out, Samsung’s recent slump in sales is also forcing the Korean giant to rethink it’s smartphone lineup, which honestly is ridiculously huge. Of course, Business Inside credits Apple for bringing about this rethink, but we think that’s just because BI is biased. Nevertheless, Samsung is chopping out over 30% of their product lineup, which still leaves…how much is two-third of infinity, again?
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Facebook launched a standalone Groups app, marrying Whatsapp-like functionality to an essentially Facebook experience. The app also tracks notifications from people in those groups, which we think is brilliant: now we can maintain a hint of sanity among the 50,000 Facebook groups that we inhabit. (source: Facebook Newsroom)

Human Rights Group Amnesty launched Detekt, an open-source, free tool that lets you scan for the kind of spyware that governments typicall install on computers. It’s available at resistsurveillance.org. Mareck Marczynski, head of military, security and police at Amnesty (yes, they have one of those) pointed out that this was to help activists and journalists free from government interference. We’d install it when our government learns what ‘spyware’ means. Here’s an FAQ for all your questions.
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Firefox switched away from Google as their default browser. They still offer Google, Bing, Amazon, eBay, DuckDuckGo, Twitter and Wikipedia (that browser is amazingly useful, despite the fact that nobody here seems to use it), but different countries now have different default search engines. Russia, for instance, has Yandex. China has Baidu. Read this post on the Mozilla Blog  for details.

And last but not least, ZDnet put together this slideshow of the six fastest computers in the world, beginning with China’s Tianhe-2, which uses over 3 million Intel Xeon E5  cores paired with Xeon Phis. And all of these giants apparently run Linux. It’s amazing.

 

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