Category Archives: Technology

Amazon wants to curb warehouse clutter by installing 3D printers on trucks

More than anything, logistics are the biggest hurdle for retailers like Amazon. Managing stock, maintaining warehouses, and shipping orders is a constant juggling act. What if you could cut out all of the hassle, make an item on demand, and deliver it directly to the consumer? A recent patent application from Amazon has that future…
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Novartis AG (NVS) Japan Ordered to Halt Business for 15 Days

TOKYO – Japan’s health ministry ordered the Japanese unit of Novartis AG (NVS) to halt sales and manufacturing of prescription drugs for 15 days for failing to report the side effects of some medications, Reuters reported Friday. The 15-day suspension, which will take place from March 5 to 19, was handed down for failing to…
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Boeing invents four-part reusable satellite launch vehicle

Taking even small payloads into orbit is expensive, thanks in large part to the use of expendable rockets to break the bonds of gravity. Companies like SpaceX are working on reusable rocket technology that could carry cargo and people into space, but Boeinghas just filed a patent for an alternative method. Being’s new reusable launch…
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TSMC announces lithography milestone as EUV moves closer to production

TSMC and ASML have announced a key milestone in extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) tech this week at the 2015 SPIE conference (SPIE is an international professional society for photonics and optics). The two companies announced that TSMC has managed to expose more than 1,000 wafers in a 24-hour period using an ASML NXE:3300B EUV system in a…
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Why Hybrid Cloud Continues to Grow: A Look at Real Use-Cases

Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere. In fact, there are more cloud platforms, services and environments being developed each and every day. The evolution of the cloud has seen many organizations evolve from private to public and now hybrid cloud platforms. In reality, almost every cloud environment within a pubic cloud has some sort of connection…
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Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool

Google today launched PerfKit, an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that, in Google’s words, is an “effort to define a canonical set of benchmarks to measure and compare cloud offerings.” The PerfKit tools currently support Google’s own Compute Engine, Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure clouds. Google says it has worked on this project with over 30 researchers, companies and…
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SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM derailed, company banned from shipping hardware to US

We’ve previously discussed SanDisk’s ULLtra DIMM technology on several occasions. Developed by Diablo Technologies, this approach allows for a large SSD cache to run via a RAM slot rather than a conventional SATA drive. The reason for taking this approach is that it can drastically improve access latencies and speed data transfers, key factors for the…
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New polymers use visible light to offer 35 times more wireless bandwidth

Over the past 15 years, WiFi has gone from a curiosity to a common feature — it’s not uncommon for desktop systems to ship with WiFi adapters these days. This explosion in capacity and performance has created a significant spectrum crunch that’s left multiple companies hunting for new spectrum or creative ways of re-using existing…
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Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

Facebook revealed the final piece in its scalable data redesign today, one that completes its vision of redefining traditional hardware and software to make it more flexible to meet the needs of Facebook’s scale. To that end, they announced a new open-source modular switch platform called 6-pack. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and…
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Apple-The-Record-Label

You better believe that when Apple’s streaming music service comes out later this year, it’s going to come hard. Apple’s MO is to arrive late but with superior firepower, as it did with the iPhone and will with the upcoming Apple Watch. What does that mean for its quest to steamroll Spotify, Google Play, Deezer,…
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Tech Perspectives For the Next 15 Years: And Why They Matter Urgently

The communications industry is undergoing a massive transformation. It is so fundamental; it will affect every person and every business on the face of the planet in the next 10 to 15 years. You can look at it as the third wave, comparable with the way railroads, automobiles and planes transformed life in the 20th…
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Facebook Outage Affects Sites That Used Social Network’s Log-In System

Facebook, Instagram and other high-profile sites using Facebook’s log-in system suffered outages lasting around 45 minutes to an hour Monday evening Pacific Time. Dynatrace analysis showed that over 7,500 websites were impacted by the Facebook outage because they were using Facebook as a third-party service. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles about hi-tech, startups and new…
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Gartner, IDC: Hyperscale Data Centers Drive Server Sales

Both IDC and Gartner think growth in the server market is being driven primarily by investment in hyperscale data centers. The top four customers in the server market are cloud service providers, accounting for a fifth of all servers shipped, according to IDC. The two research firms released their third-quarter worldwide server revenue figures this…
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New aluminum air battery could blow past lithium-ion, runs on water

As battery technologies go, the world has a love-hate relationship with lithium-ion. On the one hand, breakthroughs in Li-ion designs and construction are responsible for the Tesla Model S, new installations, green energy research, and the modern smartphone. On the other hand, lithium-ion limitations are the reason why most EVs have a range of 40-60 miles,…
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Mercedes-Benz May Have The Best Ad Of Super Bowl XLIX: Video

The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare gets a fresh, modern spin in Mercedes-Benz’s ad for Super Bowl XLIX. The tortoise is still the winner, but this time he doesn’t rely on the hare falling asleep but rather the pace of the all-new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT. In the 60-second spot, we see the…
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Airbus focuses on thermoplastic composite materials

Company claims thermoplastic CFRP holds several advantages over thermoset CFRP, including 100 percent recyclability. While the use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) has become a mainstay in aircraft production, many are unaware there is more than one type available. Airbus, Toulouse, France, is working to take maximum benefit of thermoplastic CFRP material—which holds several key advantages…
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China is going to mine the Moon for helium-3 fusion fuel

China’s Chang’e lunar probe dynasty is already having a great year. The Chang’e 3 lunar lander surpassed all expectations last week to emerge from its 14th hibernation while the Chang’e 5-T1 just completed its transfer from the Earth-Moon Lagrange Point 2 into a stable orbit around the Moon. Chang’e 3’s main mission was only to…
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Sequoia Supercomputer Breaks 1 Million Core Barrier

The Stanford Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) has set a new record in computational science, using the Sequoia supercomputer with more than one million computing cores to solve a complex fluid dynamics problem — he prediction of noise generated by a supersonic jet engine.  Installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)  Sequoia was named the most…
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Big Data company proposes servers in space, we have no idea why

Space technology is cool. Whether you’re a fan of Elon Musk’s SpaceX, NASA’s Curiosity, or the ESA’s ongoing exploration of Comet 67P, ongoing space exploration is at the heart of some of humanity’s most impressive endeavors. This, however, doesn’t makeevery space-based idea a good idea. We’re honestly scratching our heads over how Big Data analytics…
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Berkeley Continues to go “Green” in a $100B+ Industry

Going “green” in chemistry has become a lot more lucrative than was anticipated just 18 short months ago. In June of 2013, Biotechnology Calendar Inc. reported that the green chemistry market was expected to grow from $2.8 billion in 2011 to $98.5B by 2020 and will save the industry $65.5B. However, recent reports indicate that…
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Kraftwerk fuel cell will let you charge your phone with gas

Even the largest external battery packs will only free you from the grid for so long before you need to plug in and recharge. Kraftwerk isn’t just another battery, even though it might look like one. This tiny 200g device is actually a self-contained fuel cell that runs on standard lighter gas and can charge…
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Flexible nanogenerator harvests muscle movement to power mobile devices

The consumer world is becoming powered by mobile devices, but those devices are still powered by being tethered to a wall or a reserve power pack. What if you could generate power for your mobile devices simply by moving your body, and the power source was almost unnoticeable? A new device developed at the National…
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How Data Center Operators Can Avoid Energy Price Hikes This Winter

Energy consumption is one of the largest operating expenses for a data center, contributing to nearly 50 percent of total operating expenses. Due to last winter’s “polar vortex” that caused a deep freeze in much of the U.S., many large energy consumers in unregulated markets saw their energy prices quadruple. In fact, we have seen…
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Hard drive failure rates point to clear winners and losers in 2014

One of the most common questions we’re asked about hardware reliability is whether there’s a real difference between the various storage manufacturers. This information is typically locked up like Fort Knox, which is one reason why Backblaze’s ongoing storage reports have garnered widespread attention. Most drive reliability studies are either small scale, take place over limited…
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SwissRTec America introduces delamination milling machine

SwissRTec, Kensington, New Hampshire, a company specializing in recycling technology, has announced the production of its largest delamination mill to date. SwissRTec America Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of SwissRTec International of Switzerland. The company sells technology and mechanical systems to the international recycling industry and as of 2014 has expanded sales to the…
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What Pundits Think: Cloud Predictions 2015

While some trends in the cloud market in 2015 will signal maturity – trends like consolidation and cloud service portfolio pruning, for example – some are shifts of non-organic nature. Examples of the latter include a growing focus on Asia and the effects of new data privacy legislation around the world on cloud decisions. Excess…
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Elon Musk’s speed-of-sound Hyperloop is actually being built

Way back in the summer of 2013, SpaceX’s Elon Musk proposed a new transportation system that was equal parts awesome and insane: The Hyperloop. The system, which would consist of an above-ground vacuum tube, would be able to get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under 30 minutes. Excess Logic continues reposting interesting articles. We…
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