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  • Alerte rouge : une autre vulnérabilité critique dans OpenSSL (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Le projet OpenSSL demande de se préparer à la proche venue d'un patch pour combler une vulnérabilité de sécurité à l'importance jugée élevée.
  • The MSI HQ Tour: Design 101 (AnandTech)

    This year marked my fifth year at Computex, starting from 2011. Out of the trade shows I attend each year, it ranks as number one for a variety of reasons – the location (Taiwan) is a great country to visit and experience, most of the PC component companies I deal with on a day-to-day basis are there, and every year there tends to be a number of big launches either just before, during, or immediately after. Each year of my Computex visits, we have synchronized with a company in order to obtain both a tour of the headquarters as well as a high profile interview. This year we had a chance to visit MSI, based in the Zhonghe district of New Taipei City.

  • Samsung Launches New 2TB SSD 850 EVO And 850 PRO Models (AnandTech)

    Due to what Samsung is citing as a surge in demand for larger capacity SSDs, they have now launched two new models offering up to two terabytes of storage each. In order to drive the extra capacity, they have also launched a new SSD controller in the MHX controller. Our resident SSD expert Kristian expects the MHX to be similar in design to the MEX controller, but with additional DRAM to track the extra blocks.

    The 2TB 850 EVO leverages the same 32-layer 128 Gbit TLC V-NAND that we have already seen in the smaller capacity 850 EVO products, but the 850 PRO will use a new 128 Gbit 2-bit MLC die, but still at 32-layers. It should be a nice addition to the 850 PRO series, especially with the rise of 4K video and the extra storage it requires.

    Samsung 2TB SSD Specifications
    Model 850 PRO 850 EVO
    Controller Samsung MHX
    NAND Samsung 128Gbit 40nm MLC V-NAND 32-layers Samsung 128Gbit 40nm TLC V-NAND 32-layers
    DRAM (LPDDR3) 2GB
    Sequential Read 550MB/s 540MB/s
    Sequential Write 520MB/s 520MB/s
    4KB Random Read 100K IOPS 98K IOPS
    4KB Random Write 90K IOPS 90K IOPS
    Power 5mW (DevSLP) / 3.3W (read) / 3.4W (write) 5mW (DevSLP) / 3.7W (read) / 4.7W (write)
    Encryption AES-256, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 (eDrive supported)
    Endurance 300TB 150TB
    Warranty 10 years 5 years
    Price $1000 $800

    Samsung will still package these drives in the same 7mm 2.5” SSD enclosure which means they will be SATA based for now, but Samsung has said they will be moving their 3D NAND to mSATA and M.2 form factors as well. Endurance ratings for the drives are 10 years or 300 TBW (Terabytes Written) for the PRO, and 5 years or 150 TBW for the EVO model.

    The 850 Pro retails for $1000, and the 850 EVO retails for $800. Although not inexpensive by any means, and still much more than the $75 of a spinning disk, the prices are right around double the 1TB models in the lineup so there is not any extra premium to get the larger models at this time.

    Kristian should have a full review of the new models soon.

     

  • Windows 10 : une nouvelle build cette semaine (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Microsoft proposera une nouvelle build de Windows 10 Insider Preview dans le courant de la semaine.
  • Free: roaming gratuit dans toute l'Union Européenne (MacBidouille)

    Voilà c'est fait, après avoir distillé progressivement des annonces de nouveaux pays ajoutés à sa liste, Free propose maintenant le Roaming gratuit dans les 27 pays de l'Union Européenne.

    Il reste toutefois une limitation de taille à prendre en compte. Cela n'est valable que sur une période globale de 35 jours par année civile et par pays.
    Cela concerne les appels voix, les SMS et MMS tandis que la data sera décomptée sur la base des 3 Go par mensuels.

    Free anticipe donc en grande partie ce qui sera la règle le 15 juin 2017. La seule chose que l'on ignore est si à ce moment-là il perdurera une limitation temporelle mais à notre avis elle perdurera pour éviter que des personnes ne prennent définitivement des abonnements dans un pays où ils ne sont pas résidents pour des raisons économiques.

  • Free: romaine gratuit dans toute l'Union Européenne (MacBidouille)

    Voilà c'est fait, après avoir distillé progressivement des annonces de nouveaux pays ajoutés à sa liste, Free propose maintenant le Roaming gratuit dans les 27 pays de l'Union Européenne.

    Il reste toutefois une limitation de taille à prendre en compte. Cela n'est valable que sur une période globale de 35 jours par année civile.
    Cela concerne les appels voix, les SMS et MMS tandis que la data sera décomptée sur la base des 3 Go par mensuels.

    Free anticipe donc en grande partie ce qui sera la règle le 15 juin 2017. La seule chose que l'on ignore est si à ce moment là il perdurera une limitation temporelle mais à notre avis elle perdurera pour éviter que des personnes ne prennent définitivement des abonnements dans un pays où ils ne sont pas résidents pour des raisons économiques.

  • NVIDIA @ ICML 2015: CUDA 7.5, cuDNN 3, & DIGITS 2 Announced (AnandTech)

    Taking place this week in Lille, France is the 2015 International Conference on Machine Learning, or ICML. Now in its 32nd year, the annual event is one of the major international conferences focusing on machine learning. Coinciding with this conference are a number of machine learning announcements, and with NVIDIA now heavily investing in machine learning as part of their 2015 Maxwell and Tegra X1 initiatives with a specific focus on deep neural networks, NVIDIA is at the show this year to release some announcements of their own.

    All-told, NVIDIA is announcing new releases for three of their major software libraries/environments, CUDA, cuDNN, and DIGITS. While NVIDIA is primarily in the business of selling hardware, the company has for some time now focused on the larger GPU compute ecosystem as a whole as a key to their success. Putting together useful and important libraries for developers helps to make GPU development easier and to attract developer interest from other platforms. Today’s announcements in turn are Maxwell and FP16-centric, with NVIDIA laying the groundwork for neural networks and other half-precision compute tasks which the company believes will be important going forward. Though the company only has a single product so far that has a higher performance FP16 mode – Tegra X1 – it has more than subtly been hinted at that the next-generation Pascal GPUs will incorporate similar functionality, making for all the more reason for NVIDIA to get the software out in advance.

    CUDA 7.5

    Starting things off we have CUDA 7.5, which is now available as a release candidate. The latest update for NVIDIA’s GPU compute platform is a smaller release as one would expect for a half-version update, and is primarily focused on laying the API groundwork for FP16. To that end CUDA 7.5 introduces proper support for FP16 data, and while non-Tegra GPUs still don’t receive a compute performance benefit from using FP16 data, they do benefit from reduced memory pressure. So for the moment NVIDIA is enabling this feature for developers to take advantage of any performance benefits from the reduced memory bandwidth needs and/or allowing for larger datasets in the same amount of GPU memory.

    Meanwhile CUDA 7.5 is also introducing new instruction level profiling support. NVIDIA’s existing profiling tools (e.g. Visual Profiler) already go fairly deep, but now the company is looking to go one step further in helping developers identify specific code segments and instructions that may be holding back performance.

    cuDNN 3

    NVIDIA’s second software announcement of the day is the latest version of the CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN), NVIDIA’s collection of GPU accelerated neural networking functions, which is now up to version 3. Going hand-in-hand with CUDA 7.5, a big focus on cuDNN 3 is support for FP16 data formats for existing NVIDIA GPUs in order to allow for more efficient memory and memory bandwidth utilization, and ultimately larger data sets.

    Meanwhile separate from NVIDIA’s FP16 optimizations, cuDNN 3 also includes some optimized routines for Maxwell GPUs to speed up overall performance. NVIDA is telling us that FFT convolutions and 2D convolutions have both been added as optimized functions here, and that they are touting an up to 2x increase in neural network training performance on Maxwell GPUs.

    DIGITS 2

    Finally, built on top of CUDA and cuDNN is DIGITS, NVIDIA’s middleware for deep learning GPU training. First introduced just back in March at the 2015 GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA is rapidly iterating on the software with version 2 of the package. DIGITS, in a nutshell, is NVIDIA’s higher-level neural network software for general scientists and researchers (as opposed to programmers), offering a more complete neural network training system for those users who may not be accomplished computer programmers or neural network researchers.


    NVIDIA® DIGITS™ Deep Learning GPU Training System

    DIGITS 2 in turn introduces support for training neural networks over multiple GPUs, going hand-in-hand with NVIDIA’s previously announced DIGITS DevBox (which is built from 4 GTX Titan Xs). All things considered the performance gains from using multiple GPUs are not all that spectacular – NVIDIA is touting just a 2x performance increase in going from 1 to 4 GPUs – though for performance-bound training this none the less helps. Looking at NVIDIA’s own data, it looks like scaling from 1 to 2 GPUs is rather good, but scaling from 2 to 4 GPUs is where the performance gains from scaling slow down, presumably due to a combination of bus traffic and synchronization issues over a larger number of GPUs. Though on that note, it does make me curious whether the Pascal GPUs and their NVLink buses will improving multi-GPU scaling at all in this scenario.

    In any case, the preview release of DIGITS 2 is now available from NVIDIA, though the company has not stated when a final version will be made available.

  • Disque dur: Toshiba veut empiler les couches magnétiques (MacBidouille)

    Toshiba a présenté une nouvelle technologie de stockage des données magnétiques qui pourrait aider à démultiplier la capacité des disques durs.

    La société a réussi à créer un concept dans lequel on réalise une chose que l'on pensait impossible, empiler et gérer plusieurs couches magnétiques sur un support.

    Dans le principe, chaque couche a des propriétés différentes de celles qui sont adjacentes. Cela se joue sur la fréquence de résonance de chacune d'entre elles.
    La tête magnétique d'écriture va ensuite, grâce à des micro-ondes, pouvoir choisir précisément la fréquence et donc la couche sur laquelle les données seront enregistrées. Les autres couches qui ne seront pas en résonance ne seront pas modifiées.

    Le concept semble très intéressant et permettrait la multiplication de la capacité des disques durs sans avoir à utiliser des lasers.

    Il reste toutefois à voir les obstacles techniques qu'il faudra surmonter pour fabriquer en masse de tels disques et les méthodes qui seront utilisées pour lire les données sur ces supports multicouche, car aucune information précise n'a été donnée sur ce point.

  • Windows 10 : Xbox Music devient Groove avec des nouveautés (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Changement de marque pour l'application Xbox Music qui sera rebaptisée Groove dans Windows 10 avec au passage de nouvelles fonctionnalités. Un même traitement pour Xbox Video.
  • Packaging d'accessoires: Apple veut plus de cohérence dans ses boutiques (MacBidouille)

    Apple a commencé à travailler avec certains fabricants d'accessoires destinés à ses produits afin que les emballages soient plus proches de ceux qu'elle propose.
    Ainsi, elle a fixé des règles plus strictes pour ces emballages, qui auront une forte identité commune.

    Comme vous pouvez le voir, on retrouve les codes d'Apple, boîte blanche et rectangulaire, grande photo du produit et marque mise en petit.

    Apple veut aussi réduire le nombre d'accessoires vendus en Apple Store et se focaliser sur ceux qui auront adopté ce type d'emballages. Ainsi, ses points de vente seront encore plus "lisses" et normalisés qu'ils ne le sont actuellement.

  • Microsoft Rebrands Entertainment Apps (AnandTech)

    What’s in a name, you may ask yourself. Branding is likely one of the more difficult tasks out there, and companies like Microsoft seem to move around on branding, and what seems like a good naming decision at the time can be shown to be the wrong move with the benefit of hindsight. So it was for Microsoft’s Zune brand, which consisted of not only the Zune media players but also PC software and services. The Zune name was killed off and replaced with one of the stronger brands for Microsoft on the consumer side, with it being replaced with Xbox Music and Xbox Video a couple of years ago.

    While the Xbox name is well known, it is also well known for a gaming system, and not necessarily media. The Xbox One pushed media as one of its strengths when it was launched, but perhaps it was pushed too hard at the expense of gaming, and over the last year or so Microsoft has been pushing the Xbox brand as a gaming brand. So I suppose it should come as no surprise that the Xbox Music and Xbox Video brands are being phased out. They do not fit in with the gaming brand, and they don’t necessarily reflect the actual services very well either.

    Music, as it is named now, will be called Groove

    Xbox Music is being renamed Groove, which at least fits in with the music theme. Like I said before – branding is hard. Perhaps it is also an attempt to at least have the service mentioned, since it certainly seems to be the forgotten music service. Apple recently released their Apple Music service to great fanfare, but in almost all comparisons it was compared to Spotify and Google Music, and not Xbox Music. Xbox Music, now Groove, formerly Zune, has been an all-in-one music service for some time. Way back in the Zune days it even offered a paid streaming tier which originally included ten MP3s to download per month to keep for the $14.99 per month price, which I believe was an attempt to bridge the gap between people who were used to owning music rather than paying to stream music. In 2011 the price was reduced to the now familiar $9.99 per month or $99 per year, but the ten bonus tracks to keep was taken away.

    Now we have Groove, which is really just the same as Xbox Music, but at least no one should be confused into thinking they require and Xbox to use it (and yes, I’ve heard that exact complaint before) and other than the name change, it continues as the same service as Xbox Music. It offers à la carte music purchase, or full album purchase. If you want to stream music to the app, you can simply copy your mp3 files to the OneDrive music folder, and it will give you free streaming of your collection. It also offers the paid tier which grants access to the entire music library, which is somewhere around thirty million songs. Microsoft offers monthly purchase for $9.99, or annual payments of $99.99, so you can save a bit by purchasing an annual plan. They also offer some pretty steep discounts around Black Friday, with an annual pass being as low as $30 or so.

    One thing that it used to offer back in the Zune days was playlists created by real people, but with the demise of Zune this has also gone away. They offer a “radio” feature, but it is just an algorithm that picks music based on a song or artist. Perhaps with Groove they will update the service to include more social features and make it easy to share playlists, but at the moment it does not offer much in the way of social. What it does offer though is availability. There is a client for Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Xbox, and even on the web. The iOS and Android apps are not as full featured, with those platforms lacking the free OneDrive support, but that support is coming soon.

    Film & TV will be renamed to Movies & TV in Windows 10

    Xbox Video is also being renamed to a very bland but descriptive Movies & TV. Once again, I believe there was some confusion that Xbox Video required an Xbox, which was never the case.

    Xbox Video used to be the place to buy and rent movies as well, but that functionality is being migrated over to the Windows Store to make it the one place you go to do any of your purchases.

    I’m an Xbox Music subscriber, and have been happy with the service. The rename to Groove makes sense but they will have to work hard to build up that brand if they want it to succeed. There certainly was some confusion with the names being under the Xbox umbrella, and the Xbox brand has been more focused on gaming over the last while so these change were needed. And after all, what’s in a name?

    Source: Windows Blog

  • AMD Confirms 20nm Products Moved to FinFET, Warns on Q2’15 Earnings (AnandTech)

    A little bit ago AMD sent out an announcement updating their official outlook for the second quarter of 2015. Though we don’t typically publish financial projections, the long and short of it is that AMD is looking to brace investors for a worse than expected Q2, after an already difficult Q1. Soft APU sales are being blamed for dragging down both revenue and gross margins, with AMD now expecting Q2 revenue to be down 8% sequentially, or around $950M, while the non-GAAP gross margin will be just 28%.

    Much more interesting however is this little nugget of information buried in the announcement towards the end, offering a short update on AMD’s 20nm plans. AMD had previously announced their intentions to bring out some products at 20nm – these were most likely just APUs, with the only one we explicitly know about being the now-canceled Skybridge. In any case, AMD is now confirming that they have moved several of their 20nm designs to a “leading-edge FinFET node,” and as far as we know AMD no longer has any further 20nm projects in the pipeline. AMD’s press release does not state which foundries these products are now at – or indeed if they’re at multiple foundries – so it’s unknown at this time whether the work is at TSMC, GlobalFoundries, or split between the two of them.

    The rationale for announcing this shift at this time comes from the financial aspect. AMD will be taking a $33M charge to their GAAP gross margin as part of the work required to move these designs to a new node. Jumping to FinFET nodes should improve the competitiveness of these products, and greatly so in the case of anything that needs to clock high or is otherwise heavily exposed to leakage, but of course this will take additional time and engineering resources in order to transition these products.

    We expect AMD to discuss the issue in at least a bit more depth later next week, when they hold their Q2 earnings call on July 16th.

  • Windows 10 serait finalisé cette semaine (Génération NT: logiciels)
    La firme de Redmond finaliserait le code de son système d'exploitation Windows 10 dès cette semaine.
  • Apple poursuivie pour l'utilisation de la marque Ion-X (MacBidouille)

    Apple propose sur les Apple Watch Sport ce quelle appelle un verre Ion-X, très dur.
    Patently Apple rapporte que la société Saxon Glass Technologies a déposé plainte contre Apple pour contrefaçon de marque.
    Elle produit un verre dont le nom est Ionex. Si le nom n'est pas identique la prononciation est assez proche du point de vue de la société pour justifier cette plainte.

    On verra dans quelques temps comment se finit la procédure mais usuellement, les tribunaux condamnent dans certains cas des sociétés utilisant des marques à la prononciation proche, surtout dans des domaines identiques.

    Pour rappel, pour que la contrefaçon soit reconnue, il suffit que le consommateur puisse être induit en erreur.

  • A New Challenger Appears: Realtek Dragon NIC on ECS Z170 Motherboards (AnandTech)

    When a motherboard manufacturer develops a product, it has to consider which third party controllers are going to be used. When we discuss network controllers, there are several entrants in the market that satisfy a range of prices and marketing opportunities although I perhaps would not call the motherboard network controller market competitive or crowded. When an engineer/sales rep has to choose the controller, depending on the NIC manufacturer there may also be firmware and software additions which add value.

    The main entrants in the network controller market for end-users are Intel, Realtek and Killer.

    Intel has a range of models in use, such as the I210, I217 and I218 families separated by features but also offer –LM and –V models to differentiate server or enterprise level support. Intel’s hardware doesn’t come with much end-user hardware, although there are third-party companies that can provide a level of extra control. Typically Intel’s solutions are more expensive, but are respected for consistency, performance and control.

    Realtek focuses on the budget end of the market, where the 8111 range is found on most motherboards below $150 and most notebooks below $700. Realtek is also known to offer discounts if a manufacturer purchases stock of both its network controllers and the audio controllers, making it more of a value proposition for markets where margins are tight. Technically Realtek also licenses its network management software, which we’ve covered in the past and is too simple for enthusiast levels of control, although we are unsure if this costs any extra for the manufacturers.

    The Killer line of network controllers is also a prominent fixture, especially when we consider MSI’s gaming motherboards and laptops, or ASRock’s Fatal1ty motherboards. The focus here is gaming and providing a low-latency solution where possible. The original company that built Killer as a hardware solution was bought by Qualcomm Atheros (who also make NICs) several years ago. Killer thus became more of a software solution (with an interface we have criticized too many times to count), with the Killer NIC being not much more than a base Atheros network controller with a software layer on top. In the past 12 months, Killer has been spun-out again and integrated into Rivet Networks and headed by the original Killer owner, whom I understand wants to develop the package as both a hardware and software implementation going forward. Because of the required software bundling, Killer NICs are more expensive than Realtek and compete with various Intel pricing but offers that gaming branding focus.

    With that said, Intel + third-party licensed software is usually the most expensive solution, but judging by the comments our reviews, it also seems to be the best received.

    Out of these three, only one is focused on gaming as a specific market, although the other two will offer reasons why their solutions are also applicable for gaming. As a result, Realtek has sensed an opportunity in the market. This is where the Realtek Dragon network controller comes in, and aims to compete directly with the Killer brand for gaming network throughput.

    The Dragon NIC is indicated by the model number – 8118AS is the first model from this line. The first recipient of these controllers is going to be ECS’ Z170 line under the L33T branding, specifically the micro-ATX Z170 Blade:

    As well as the Z170 Claymore:

    Not much is known about the Dragon NIC, with respect to pricing or anything else. We were lucky enough to encounter one of Realtek’s engineers during our meeting with ECS, to which we exchanged business cards and he sent a few screenshots of the upcoming software to be provided with the NIC. Unfortunately they are under NDA, but we have been told that the software is fully customizable by the motherboard manufacturer and on the face of it, it seems to at least be nicer to navigate than the Killer solution, although we’ll wait until ECS’ customization to see how it pans out on actual products.

    Realtek also informed us by email that the Dragon provides better performance for small UDP packets (which are apparently what online games mostly use), and that the performance is similar to Killer but power consumption is lower.

    As always, a company like Realtek is promising that this is only the beginning, with further updates down the line. So it is worth pointing out here that the situation throws up a number of questions.

    Realtek’s naming for the controller is the Dragon. MSI’s logo is a dragon, and thus the obvious linkup should be with MSI, but instead ECS is the first motherboard manufacturer to jump on board. Therein offers a potential element of confusion – the main Dragon brand (MSI) is not using the Dragon NIC, and why?

    The answer from MSI is that while they have tested the NIC, they feel that the deal with Killer is far more lucrative. They have built their gaming products with the Killer branding for several years, and thus to jump (in volume) over to the Dragon would introduce confusion in the brand. As a result, Killer is there to stay.

    So does this mean Realtek has metaphorically shot itself in the foot? If a main player in the gaming motherboard market, which was the main focus for the branding of the NIC, doesn’t want it and implementing it on other motherboards adds confusion, who would want it? GIGABYTE, ASUS or ASRock wouldn’t want to be associated with the competitor, or get confused with Dragon nomenclature. There’s some method in the madness, as it turns out that some of ECS’ motherboard marketing team are former MSI employees.

    While it’s perhaps a good thing to have another entrant into the gaming-specific network market, personally I think that Realtek should have cast the net a little wider, because the Dragon naming is not optimal when the ideal candidate for your product is already happy with their supplier and branding. A different name for the gaming focus (as well as some verification on performance and user experience) might be a prudent direction here to encourage other customers to examine the product at hand.

  • Top Tier CPU Air Coolers Q3 2015: 9-Way Roundup Review (AnandTech)

    If there is a season for advanced cooling solutions, that season is summer. As temperatures are rising, enthusiasts are easily enticed by high-end cooling solutions, making it easier for companies to market them as well. Today we are having a roundup review to look at nine of the best air-based CPU coolers available.

  • Samsung lance un SSD 850 Pro de 2 To (MacBidouille)

    Samsung a lancé sa nouvelle gamme de SSD, les 850 Pro. Ils utilisent de la 3D VNAND et leurs performances sont de 550 Mo/s en lecture, 520 Mo/s en écriture avec 100 000 IOPS.
    Ils sont dotés de 2 Go de RAM et le modèle le plus coûteux a une capacité de 2 To.

    Cela faisait longtemps que l'on attendait que les fabricants de SSD proposent des modèles de plus de 1 To. Maintenant que les vannes sont ouvertes, on devrait rapidement voir arriver d'autres produits de même capacité chez ses concurrents, de quoi faire rapidement baisser les prix au Go.

  • Firefox se prépare pour Windows 10 (Génération NT: logiciels)
    La prochaine version majeure de Firefox sera prête pour fonctionner sur Windows 10. Les plans de Mozilla vont toutefois au-delà pour cette nouvelle plateforme.
  • Le stock d'IPv4 est épuisé aux Etats-Unis (MacBidouille)

    Voilà des années que l'on parle et qu'on annonce l'épuisement des stocks d'adresses IPv4 aux Etats-Unis. On y est arrivé.
    L'ARIN, qui gère les pools d'IPv4, a pour la première dû refuser une demande d'attribution de nouveaux blocks à une société dans le courant de la semaine dernière.

    On passe donc dans une gestion de crise où l'ARIN va distribuer au compte-gouttes les IPv4 qui lui restent en fonction des besoins les plus pressants.

    Il devient donc très urgent de passer à l'IPv6. Or, si certains s'y sont mis très tôt, d'autres traînent et tergiversent encore.
    Au niveau des systèmes d'exploitation et des ordinateurs il n'y a pas de problèmes particulier. Il en va autrement pour d'anciens équipements réseau incompatibles et surtout d'opérateurs qui ne distribuent pas encore d'IPv6 à leurs clients.
    Selon Google, la France, après un bon départ, s'est faite dépasser par de nombreux autres pays. Il faut dire que la situation est un peu moins critique chez nous et l'on a encore des stocks d'IPv4 pour tenir un petit moment. Il est toutefois temps de s'occuper réellement de cette transition plutôt que de devoir la gérer dans la précipitation.

  • Grande-Bretagne: Apple Pay arrivera le 14 juillet (MacBidouille)

    9to5Mac a publié des documents qui ont été envoyés aux commerçants de Grande-Bretagne.

    Ils sont destinés à leur expliquer le fonctionnement du système de monétique de la société et on y voit clairement affichée la date de lancement, le 14 juillet.

    C'est la première incursion d'Apple Pay en dehors des Etats-Unis et un vrai test en grandeur nature pour Apple en dehors de son territoire. Il y aura toutefois quelques limitations, en particulier sur le montant du paiement, qui sera dans un premier temps plafonné. Les banques veulent certainement éprouver le système contre les fraudes avant d'ouvrir les vannes en grand.

  • La mairie de Paris menace de démonter les équipements de Numéricable (MacBidouille)

    Comme tous les autres opérateurs, Numéricable utilise des locaux et autre fourreaux appartenant à la mairie de Paris pour déployer ses infrastructures.
    Tout comme les autres opérateurs la société paye un loyer pour cette utilisation du domaine communal.
    En 2009 la mairie et les opérateurs avaient renégocié à la hausse le montant de ces loyers mais Numéricable avait rejeté la nouvelle proposition.

    Depuis février dernier la société n'a plus de contrat de location et occupe donc selon la mairie ses locaux de manière illégale.
    La mairie a décidé d'agir avec fermeté et demande à Numéricable de démonter ses équipements au plus tard le 10 août. Dans le cas contraire ce seront les employés municipaux qui le feront à partir du 11 août.

    Si cela se produit, ce qui reste fort improbable, ce sera catastrophique pour les clients de la société, ceux qui utilisent des antennes collectives de Numéricable pour recevoir la seule TNT mais aussi les autres opérateurs, les interconnexions étant nombreuses dans la capitale.

    La mairie devra donc choisir entre faire valoir ses droits ou mécontenter potentiellement des centaines de milliers de parisiens (donc d'électeurs). C'est certainement là-dessus que compte Numéricable pour renégocier ces contrats à son avantage, ce qui mécontentera alors les autres opérateurs qui voudront avoir les mêmes conditions plus avantageuses...

    Notez pour finir que le démontage des installations de Numéricable devrait avoir des répercussions sur ses clients dans toute la France, étant donné que certains d'entre eux sont destinés à fournir des services partout, comme la téléphonie ou la télévision.

    [MàJ] La marie de Paris a annoncé que le différend avait été réglé. Numéricable a cédé, et va signer non seulement la nouvelle convention d'occupation, mais également régler les arriérés de dette estimés à un peu plus de 8 millions d'euros.
    Numéricable a certainement voulu mettre fin au plus tôt à une fuite de clients effrayés par l'idée d'être coupés d'internet.

  • Mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Comme tous les dimanches, retrouvez notre résumé des mises à jour et téléchargements de la semaine.
  • Windows 10 : les pros y pensent à court terme (Génération NT: logiciels)
    D'après une étude, près de trois quarts des professionnels de l'IT pensent déployer Windows 10 dans les deux prochaines années.
  • ClamXav : l'antivirus pour Mac n'est plus gratuit (Génération NT: logiciels)
    Changement de statut pour ClamXav. Après des années de gratuité, cet antivirus pour le système d'exploitation OS X devient un produit commercial.
  • Samsung poursuivi en Chine pour l'installation de Crapwares (MacBidouille)

    Les Crapwares sont les logiciels que les fabricants de PC installent par défaut sur leurs machines et qui parfois sont impossibles à effacer.
    On y trouve des logiciels d'auto-promotion mais aussi d'autres, tiers, dont les éditeurs payent pour se retrouver ainsi par défaut sur des machines neuves et ainsi pouvoir toucher de nouveaux clients.

    Le ShanghaiDaily rapporte que les autorités chinoises ont lancé une enquête sur Samsung, qui installe par défaut ce genre de logiciels sur ses tablettes et smartphones.

    Samsung va devoir s'expliquer là-dessus et les autorités chinoises voudraient que dorénavant les boîtes des appareils comportent la liste des logiciels préinstallés dessus.

MB: C'est calme ici, n'est-ce pas ?
FB: Quel bonheur. On entend les oiseaux gazouiller.
FS: Non ! On entend les drosophiles vrombir ! C'est pas la même chose.
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