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Microservices guru says think serverless, not Kubernetes: You don’t want to manage ‘a towering edifice of stuff’

Sam Newman, a consultant and author specialising in microservices, told a virtual crowd at dev conference GOTOpia Europe that serverless, not Kubernetes, is the best abstraction for deploying software. Newman is an advocate for cloud. “We are so much in love with the idea of owning our own stuff,” he told attendees. “We end up in thrall to these infrastructure systems we build for ourselves.” He is therefore a…

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By the beard of Zeus! Arm takes another tilt at serious servers with SVE-capable 96-core Neoverse V1

Arm is taking another serious tilt at server silicon with new designs that incorporate the Scalable Vector Extensions (SVE) beloved of HPC and machine-learning types. The Nvidia-stalked chip designer’s newest offering is the Neoverse V1 – code-named Zeus – which will offer up to 96 cores per socket, all with SVE support. Arm says the V1 offers its best performance-per-core rating, and is available for licensing now. System-on-chip makers…

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Adidas now stands for All Day I’m Disconnecting All Servers as owners of ‘smart’ Libra scales furious over bricked kit

In 2015, German sportswear manufacturer Adidas acquired a plucky Austrian IoT startup called Runtastic, which, among other things, manufactured a $129.99 “smart” scale called Libra. Now that product is being discontinued, preventing owners from synchronising their data or even downloading the app required to use it. In a post published yesterday, Adidas announced the discontinuation of key functionality from the Libra smart scale. “We wanted to let you know…

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Apple Watch Series 6 isn’t a step back for repairability but in its own way that’s a leap forward

iFixit, terror of the tri-point, has pulled apart Apple’s latest wrist job and found that the friend of the well-heeled fitness fanatic has retained the repairability of its predecessor. The Watch Series 6 made its debut at an Apple event last week free of the usual fanboi whooping but heavy on the hyperbole. Aimed squarely the fitness market, the revamped wearable features an updated health sensor capable of reading…

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UK Ministry of Justice dangles £20m, seeks paper-free payroll services – this time for the judiciary

The UK’s Ministry of Justice has put out market feelers for the second time in three months in what could amount to a £20m deal, this time for a new payroll system. The government department published the market-testing tender notice asking for help dealing with payments to judicial system staff last week. The “Prior Information Notice” asked for the “supply, implementation, support and management of a future-proofed payroll service…

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Oracle Zooms past rivals to run TikTok’s cloud and take stake alongside WalMart and ByteDance investors

Oracle has been formally announced as TikTok’s new technology partner and will also become a co-owner of a new entity that will run the made—in-China social network in the USA and other parts of the world. US president Donald Trump has backed the deal publicly. “Oracle Corporation announced today that it was chosen to become TikTok’s secure cloud technology provider. This technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by…

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Wanna live on the edge and play with a multi-core system crammed with 5G, AI? Here’s a dev kit Qualcomm has in mind

Roundup Samples of Qualcomm’s Cloud AI 100, teased more than a year ago, are now shipping to select customers, the tech giant said this week. The hardware is due to officially launch in the first half of next year. The Cloud AI 100 is a system-on-chip designed to accelerate machine-learning workloads at the edge of networks, in data centers, and in 5G infrastructure – the idea being running neural…

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 debut derailed by website glitches, bots, lack of supply

Analysis Nvidia launched its GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards on Thursday and promptly sold out from its online store, to the annoyance of more than a few would-be customers who were left empty-handed. Part of the problem was inadequate technical infrastructure, which failed under heavy load. Bots also played a role, snatching up available units for resellers before those trying to buy the devices for themselves could place orders….

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Let’s go space truckin’: 1970s probe Voyager 1 is now 14 billion miles from home

NASA’s extraordinarily long-lived Voyager 1 probe this week passed 14 billion miles from Earth. It takes light nearly 21 hours to reach the spacecraft, making commanding the thing increasingly tricky. Of course, the distance counter can occasionally roll backwards slightly due to the orbit of the Earth around the Sun, but the milestone is an impressive feat nonetheless. The spacecraft was a mere 3.7 billion miles from Earth when…

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Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy

Review Mechanical keyboard aficionados spend years (and an unconscionable amount of money) searching for typing perfection. One recent pocket-crushing contender in this arena is the Das Keyboard 4C TKL, which retails at $139 (or £139 in Blighty). The Das Keyboard 4C is a conservative affair. While other mechanical keyboards (especially gaming-oriented ones) come with more RGB LEDs than a Berlin nightclub, this effort wouldn’t look amiss in an office…

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