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AMD Presents Ryzen Desktop CPUs

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AMD returns to the high performance processor game with Ryzen 7-- a CPU family based around Zen architecture, with 8-core, 16-thread parts and 16MB level 3 cache shared across all cores.

AMD RyzenAccording to the company, Ryzen 7 CPUs can do 52% more work per cycle than a similarly-clocked predecessor, thanks to a 14nm manufacturing process, a 5x increase in bandwidth and the architectural changes brought about by Ze. The processors also support simultaneous multithreading (the AMD take on Intel's Hyper-Threading), allowing each core to execute 2 code paths simultaneously.

Post-PC Intel Looks to Drones

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An ailing PC market drives Intel to look for other product categories in which to prosper-- such as drones, as Chipzilla now offers the Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

Aero droneThe Aero is a full-assembled drone complete with integrated flight controller, remote control receiver and transmitter. Since it is an Chipzilla product it uses an Intel CPU (specifically an Atom x7-Z8750) and a 3D RealSense depth camera, which come in handy when used together with GPS, altimeter and magnetometer to power an auto-pilot mode.

Other details include 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 802.11ac wifi and a USB 3.0 port. The OS of choice is a version of Linux, meaning programmers can develop apps for the drone. Construction is in carbon fibre, and of course it also includes electronic speed controllers, motors and propellers. Strangely enough the package does not include a power pack-- instead customers need to buy a specific high-capacity lithium-polymer battery separately.

Oracle Adds to IoT Cloud Software

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Oracle expands its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with four cloud solutions allowing enterprises to manage equipment and other assets, factories and other plants, commercial fleets and employee movement.

Oracle IoT CloudAccording to the company, organisations with the ability to integrate device data into business processes and applications gain "critical predictive insights" and drive cost-effective actions, allowing them to deliver innovative services faster and with less risk to customers.

“The world is becoming ever-more digital and IoT is the next step on that journey—delivering better customer experiences and helping organisations achieve a competitive advantage," Oracle claims. “Oracle IoT Applications enable businesses to leverage connected devices and equipment to modernize the digital supply chain.”

IBM and Ricoh Team Up in Watson-Powered Whiteboards

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IBM and Ricoh announce a partnership in a cognitive-enabled interactive whiteboard using IBM's Watson intelligence and voice technologies to support voice commands, taking notes and actions and even translating to other languages.

IBM Ricoh whiteboardThe so called Intelligent Workplace Solution leverages IBM Watson and Ricoh interactive whiteboards to allow voice control. It also makes sure Watson does not just listen, but instead is an active meeting participant, using real-time analytics to help guide discussions.

Once a meeting begins, any employee (be it in-person or remotely) can control the screen, including advancing slides, through simple voice commands using the Watson Natural Language API. As mentioned earlier the whiteboard can translate speakers' words into several other languages, and even display them on screen or in transcript.

Ingram Micro Refreshes EMEA Leadership

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Ingram Micro brings new blood in its EMEA leadership team with the appointment of cloud specialist Jacek Murawski as VP of EMEA vendor engagement.

Ingram MicroMurawski came to Ingram through the 2015 acquisition of cloud automation platform Odin, where he served as EMEA VP. He replaces Tasneem Baldiwala, who is moving to a "strategic planning and execution" position reporting directly to EMEA president Mark Snider. Prior to Odin, Murawski held EMEA leadership positions at Microsoft, Dell, SAP and Cisco.

Underneath Murawski come two new appointments reporting to him-- Günter Schiessl and Jordi Muñoz. Schiessl takes care of Ingram engagement with volume vendors across EMEA, while Muñoz assumes relationship management with value vendors.

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