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By Art Samaniego Jr.

Google Glass is still alive and got its first update after almost three years.  After failing to get consumer attention in 2014, Google sidelined the whole project, killed the Google Glass website in 2015 and moved it to the enterprise. Then suddenly out of nowhere, without any explanation, Google released an update.

The new update includes some bug fixes and now a Bluetooth support.  This means you can now connect Bluetooth input device like keyboard and mouse.  However, as of this writing, if you connect a Bluetooth keyboard to the glass, you can only use the left and right keys which function like swipes back and forth; the Enter key for tap and Escape Key for swipe down.  I was looking forward to typing a document using my glass as a monitor but could not do it, so other keys of your keyboard are useless.


AMD has made the processor wars exciting again. The American multinational semiconductor company launches its EPYC server chip to take on Intel in the data center arena.

AMD claims that the EPYC design, with up to 32 high-performance Zen cores could deliver greater performance than Intel across a full range of integer, floating point, memory bandwidth, and I/O benchmarks and workloads.

“With our EPYC family of processors, AMD is delivering industry-leading performance on critical enterprise, cloud, and machine intelligence workloads,” said Lisa Su, President and CEO of AMD. “EPYC processors offer uncompromising performance for single-socket systems while scaling dual-socket server performance to new heights, outperforming the competition at every price point. We are proud to bring choice and innovation back to the datacenter with the strong support of our global ecosystem partners.”


The modern datacenter needs more cores, more memory, more I/O, and more security. AMD EPYC powers the datacenter with 32 cores, 64 threads, 8 memory channels with up to 2 TB of memory per socket, and 128 PCIe-3 lanes coupled with the industry’s  first hardware-embedded x86 server security solution.

One feature that may prove appealing to datacenter administrators is the security EPYC has to offer. First is the Secure Memory Encryption (SME) that allows full encryption of data stored in DRAM, with an AES-128 engine SME is designed to protect against physical memory attacks; then comes the Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) that allows individual virtual machines to be assigned a unique cryptographic key, thus isolating them from each other and protects VMs even from administrator tampering and untrusted hypervisor.

“A dedicated security processor in the EPYC SoC minimizes potential attack surfaces and protects your software and data as it is booted, as it runs, and as it moves from server to server.”


The Cherry Mobile Taiji is a phone that packs two screens. Like any other Android device, it has front LCD (of course) and a bonus e-ink back panel you can use to mirror the primary display or show widgets like time, appointments, news and iReader.

Both screens have full Android functionality, but E-ink display is best for reading ebooks and could give you up to 18days of battery life. It could also display the last image you accessed even when your battery dies as it could show an image without using any power.

YotaPhone, a Moscow based company first introduced the concept of an Android phone with dual screen in CES 2013.

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