Intel CEO Swan says chip shortages will never happen again on his watch

Posted on Friday April 26, 2019
Intel CEO Swan says chip shortages will never happen again on his watch

Newly-confirmed Intel chief executive Bob Swan made a bold claim on Thursday afternoon: that the company’s manufacturing would never again be a constraint on customer growth, following several quarters in which it did just that.

Put another way, Intel said that it was investing again in more 14nm capacity, even as it planned to offer a higher volume of next-gen 10nm products during the 2019 holiday season than it had originally planned.

Both statements came as Intel reported a tumultuous second quarter. The PC-centric Client Computing Group—which has historically struggled, and which Intel was gradually deemphasizing—reported positive revenue and operating income growth, while the historically more successful Data Center Group saw revenue and operating income decline. That, as Intel reported flat revenue of $16.1 billion and an 11-percent drop in profit to $4.0 billion YOY, and lowered full-year revenue forecasts because of a “more cautious” view of the year. Whew!

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Astell&Kern KANN Cube high-res digital audio player review: Astonishing performance, with a price tag to match

Posted on Friday April 26, 2019
Astell&Kern KANN Cube high-res digital audio player review: Astonishing performance, with a price tag to match

Astell&Kern’s new KANN Cube--on display at the Tokyo Headphone Festival in Japan--is a powerhouse music player that will drive almost any headphone on the market.

Don't erase, overwrite: How to avoid being that person who resells a drive with data on it

Posted on Thursday April 25, 2019
Don't erase, overwrite: How to avoid being that person who resells a drive with data on it

A recent study of hard drives purchased on eBay found that 42 percent of them contained data, even though the sellers claimed that they’d been formatted to prevent that from happening. It’s a good reminder: You need to do more than format hard drives before you sell, give away, or destroy your old PC.

The study was conducted by Blancco, a company that provides hard drive and SSD format tools. It was obviously set up to encourage users to download the company’s tools and services. But it also serves as a useful reminder that merely “erasing” a drive isn’t necessarily wiping it clean of data.

Between September and October 2018, Blancco staffers bought 159 hard drives and SSDs from eBay, purchasing them in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Finland. According to the sellers, all of the drives had been formatted and erased of data. When the drives were provided to OnTrack, a data-recovery organization, they found that wasn’t true. Of the drives, 66 were found hiding some sort of identifiable data. Another 25 drives retained personal data as well: scanned copies of passports, 5GB of internal corporate email, family photos and personal documents, Word and Excel files, and more. 

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