Python never sits still. With each iteration, both the Python language and its most widely used implementation, CPython, move forward to make life a little easier for everyone using them.As Python becomes more popular, and its use cases expand, certain Python limitations—from slow startup to the lack of concurrency—become more glaring. The latest set of improvements are driven by the demands being imposed on Python in realms as diverse as automation, machine learning, and microservices. Here we look at four key areas in which Python’s core development team is pushing for major improvements. [ The art of programming moves rapidly. InfoWorld helps you navigate what’s running hot and what’s going cold. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ] Shortening Python’s startup timeMany of the improvements planned for Python fall into the general bucket of “make things faster.” One … [Read more...] about What’s new in Python: 4 major fixes on the Python roadmap
SiFive, the first fabless provider of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, today announced it has raised $8.5 million in a Series B round led by Spark Capital with participation from Osage University Partners and existing investor Sutter Hill Ventures. This Series B round brings the total investment in SiFive to $13.5 million. The funding comes as SiFive experiences a growing demand for RISC-V IP and increased interest in custom silicon. SiFive was founded by the inventors of RISC-V - Krste Asanovic, Yunsup Lee and Andrew Waterman - with a mission to democratize access to custom silicon. In its first six months of availability, more than 1,000 HiFive1 software development boards have been purchased and delivered to developers in over 40 countries. Additionally, the company has engaged with multiple customers across its IP and SoC products, started shipping the industry's first RISC-V SoC in November 2016 and announced the availability of its Coreplex RISC-V based IP earlier … [Read more...] about SiFive secures $8.5M in funding to advance RISC-V based semiconductors
By John P. Mello Jr. Nov 29, 2016 3:21 PM PT Apple's latest iPhone was barely out of the gate when rumors began percolating about the company's next new phone. Although the iPhone 7 garnered mostly tepid reviews when it was released this summer, initial inventories sold out quickly, and the company had to scramble to meet demand. That demand may have peaked, though, which may be why chasers of the next big thing are looking down the road. "You can rest assured that next year being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, Apple will come out with something special," said Wayne Lam, principal analyst for telecom electronics at IHS Markit. "Whether it's a completely new 10th anniversary model in conjunction with the regular iteration model of the iPhone 7, we'll have to find out -- but most likely, there will be drastic design innovation coming with the iPhones in 2017," he told TechNewsWorld. "Historically, Apple likes to make a big deal out of decade-length anniversaries," … [Read more...] about iPhone 8 Dreaming in Full Swing
The Chinese government issued a series of statements over the weekend that defended the country's Internet censorship policies and accused the United States of maintaining a "double standard" when it comes to online surveillance. Also referenced was Google's announcement almost two weeks ago that it was rethinking its presence in China following a series of cyberattacks it said originated there. A 'Groundless' Accusation "Accusation that the Chinese government participated in [a] cyberattack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China," an unnamed spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on Sunday. "We [are] firmly opposed to that. "China's policy on Internet safety is transparent and consistent," the spokesman added. The country's regulation of the Internet is legal and has nothing to do with the claims of "restrictions on Internet freedom," an unidentified spokesperson with China's State Council Information … [Read more...] about Is the Ball in Chinese Netizens’ Court?
Zenoss, an open source IT operations management software developer, said this week that it has closed a US$4.8 million financing round, led by Boulder Ventures and Intersouth Partners. Zenoss said it will use the capital to further product development expand infrastructure and support for its user community, and build out commercial operations. NEA founder Frank Bonsal; SourceFire CMO Michele Perry; Amplifier Venture Partners and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) also participated in the round. In connection with the funding, Jonathan Perl from Boulder Ventures and Don Rainey from Intersouth Partners will join Zenoss's board of directors. Integrated Solution Annapolis, Md.-based Zenoss provides an integrated application that has the ability to monitor an organization's entire IT infrastructure, including network devices, servers, applications and environmental controls, according to the company. "Companies will spend over $8 billion on IT … [Read more...] about Zenoss Secures $4.8 Million in Venture Funding
When testing a new operating system from Microsoft, finding the right hardware is often the biggest problem. Many of the negative reviews of Windows 8, including my own, are tied to hardware that just wasn't designed for it. I was at Microsoft's TechEd last week, and after hearing presenters drill down in detail on the specs for what an ideal Windows 8 laptop should be, I experiences an aha moment. It came with the announcement of the new MacBook Pro Retina, which fit the specs for a non-touch Windows 8 laptop almost perfectly. The "almost" part is it doesn't ship with Windows -- but it is closer than any other laptop in the market. I'll explain why the best Windows 8 laptop comes from Apple, and I'm going to make the best Windows 8 tablet my product of the week. The Perfect Windows 8 Laptop Most of the existing laptops in market suck with Windows 8, with or without touchscreens. This is because Windows 8 really pushes three things: It pushes touch (of course); it pushes graphics … [Read more...] about The Best Windows 8 Laptop in the Market: The MacBook Pro Retina Edition
At a time when consumers are flocking to tablets and laptops, HP has decided to push strongly into the all-in-one (AIO) PC market. The company on Monday announced four new consumer AIO PCs: the Envy 20 and Envy 23, the SpectreONE and the HP Pavilion 20. Who Wants a Desktop? That positioning as an entertainment device "offers HP and desktop vendors a strategy of protecting their price points," Eric Ogren, principal at The Ogren Group, told TechNewsWorld. "Why else would someone cough up US$800 on a desktop PC when you can run Microsoft Office and a browser for hundreds less?" Another possible target is people who like to carry the smallest laptops or tablets, Robert Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group, told TechNewsWorld. "This allows them to have a ready box with a bigger screen and more power without having to carry something larger and heavier," he explained. "Consumers continue to demand modern PCs with a smaller footprint," HP spokesperson Ann Finnie told … [Read more...] about HP Trots Out 4 Big, Bold Win 8 All-in-Ones
Windows 8 has failed to give PC sales the boost it was supposed to, the NPD Group has found. "Desktops have performed better than notebooks all year, based mostly on the popularity of all-in-one products and the niche appeal of desktops to today's mass market consumer," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD. "We remain optimistic that Windows computing device sales will strengthen during the holiday season." Behind the Win 8 Ball In the four weeks since its launch, Windows 8 accounted for 58 percent of the Windows computing devices sold, according to the report. In comparison, Windows 7 chalked up 83 percent of Windows computing device sales four weeks after it was released in July 2009. "After just four weeks on the market, it's still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market," Baker said. One reason for Windows 8's weak performance is the poor back-to-school sales of PCs, which left a lot of inventory in the channel. … [Read more...] about PC Sales Get No Lift From Win 8 Launch
The Transformer AiO is one unique all-in-one that runs on Windows. The actual dock holds all the Intel x86 components. So what happens when you remove it from the dock? You get an 18.4-inch tablet that can 'stream' your Windows 8 PC experience onto the tablet as you move around the house. Alright, but that's limiting. Want to take the 18.4-inch tablet outside the home? Sure, you can do that too- though you'll be using Android instead. Interestingly enough, the actual tablet has a Tegra 3 processor and Jelly Bean onboard. This means that you can easily switch between Windows 8 and Android while in your home, and have a massive Android tablet when on the road. Let's be honest, this isn't for everyone. It's a niche device, but it is also pretty cool as well. So how much will it set you back? The i3 version will start at $1,299 and it will go up from there, depending on if you get an i5 or i7.There is currently on official word on when this thing is coming to stores, however. What do you … [Read more...] about Asus Transformer AiO is both a Windows 8 All-in-One and Android Tablet
PC vendors will ship 33.2 million units worldwide in the first quarter, up 4.8 percent from a year earlier, Dataquest, a unit of Gartner, said Tuesday. The market is expected to rebound later in the year as businesses start replacing PCs bought in the late 1990s as part of investments to fix Year 2000 (Y2K) problems, Dataquest said. Full-year shipments are expected to reach 138.7 million units, up 7.9 percent compared with 2002, Dataquest is more optimistic than Merrill Lynch, which last week reduced its full-year 2003 PC shipment growth estimate to 137.6 million units, or 5 percent growth, down from its previous forecast of 7 percent growth. [ Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous. Send it to [email protected] | We've all been there: 7 hardware horror stories from the help desk. | Follow Off the Record on Twitter and subscribe to the newsletter. ]Demand for PCs is still weak and … [Read more...] about PC shipments to grow 4.8 percent in Q1
Thanks to Intel, I just got a 20X speed-up in Python that I can turn on and off with a single command. And this wasn’t even in ideal conditions. but in a virtual environment: openSUSE Linux (Tumbleweed) running on a VBox on my quad-core iMac. What I did can be done on Windows, Linux, or OS X. Intel doesn’t list openSUSE on their list of tested Linux configurations (SUSE Enterprise is on the list), but it worked perfectly for me. Here’s how I did it: 1. Download the Anaconda command-line installer from https://www.continuum.io/downloads. 2. Install it (per their web page): % bash Anaconda2-4.3.0-Linux-x86_64.sh 3. Install Intel’s acceleration, as a separate “environment” that I can turn on and off: % conda config --add channels intel % conda create --name intelpy intelpython2_full python=2 4. Run my sample program and see speed-up of 15X to 20X on my openSUSE VBox setup. % source deactivate intelpy % python np.sin 102400 10000 36.1987440586 np.cos … [Read more...] about How Does a 20X Speed-Up in Python Grab You?
In the workplace you'll generally meet three kinds of personalities: Type A, Type B, and Type IT. The last are a breed apart from the rest. We're not sure what it is about technology that draws certain types of people while repelling others. Maybe it's all those electrons spinning through millions of miles of circuitry; maybe it's just the lack of sunlight and human interaction. [ Find out which of our eight classic profiles in geekdom best suit your IT temperament by taking the InfoWorld IT personality type quiz. | Learn about IT's dirtiest jobs, or have a laugh thanks to your network's weakest link in Stupid user tricks 4: IT horror never ends ] [ Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and web data. • Maximum-security essential tools for everyday encryption. • InfoWorld's encryption Deep Dive how-to report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]In any case we've identified the eight classic … [Read more...] about IT personality types: 8 profiles in geekdom
Microsoft will start allowing developers to preview Windows 8 Embedded in the first quarter of next year, with plans to eventually release its embedded computing products in the quarters following the Windows 8 desktop version launch. The next version of Windows Embedded Enterprise will release within one quarter after Window 8 becomes available, said Ben Smith, director of program management for Microsoft's Windows Embedded business, during a news briefing last week. Windows Embedded Standard will release within three quarters of the Window 8 launch, he said. [ Windows 8 is coming, and InfoWorld can help you get ready with the Windows 8 Deep Dive PDF special report, which explains Microsoft's bold new direction for Windows, the new Metro interface for tablet and desktop apps, the transition from Windows 7, and more. | Stay abreast of key Microsoft technologies in our Technology: Microsoft newsletter. ] [ Considering the move to Office 365? Take these crucial steps before, during, and … [Read more...] about Microsoft to preview Windows 8 Embedded in first quarter 2012
Intel is seeking a reboot in the tablet market with its upcoming Atom Z2760 chips code-named Clover Trail, and 20 tablets are in the works with the new chips, the company said on Tuesday. "Our customers have 20 designs in their labs based on Clover Trail," said Hermann Eul, president of Intel Mobile Communications Group, during an interview at the Computex trade show in Taipei. [ Also at Computex: Acer unveils Windows 8 tablets, Ultrabooks with hybrid designs. | Stay up to date on the latest news in information technology with InfoWorld's Today's Headlines: First Look newsletter. ] [ iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro vs. Pixel C vs. Galaxy TabPro S: The "tabtop" tablet/laptop hybrids compared. | Get deep into Windows: Subscribe to the InfoWorld Windows Report newsletter. ]Many of the tablets currently in the labs are planned for release in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows 8, a touch-optimized OS due for release later this year. Asus at Computex announced the Asus Tablet 810 with an … [Read more...] about Intel says 20 Windows 8 tablets in works with new Clover Trail chip
The blogs are all lit up with news that Steve Ballmer himself, speaking at the Build conference this week, claimed Microsoft has sold "more than 4 million upgrade copies" of Windows 8. Ballmer also claimed that "tens of millions" of copies of Windows 8 have shipped to hardware-manufacturing partners around the world. "Enthusiasm is very high" for Windows 8, he extrapolated. Let's indulge in a little grain of salt here. On the same day at Build, Ballmer claimed there are 670 million Windows 7 PCs in the wild, all of which can be upgraded to Windows 8. If you assume that almost all of the people who upgraded to Windows 8 over the four-day weekend were starting with Windows 7 as a base, somewhere around one half of 1 percent of all Windows 7 owners decided to upgrade. [ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]I'll bet a substantial portion of those owners … [Read more...] about Steve Ballmer: Four million upgrades of Windows 8 sold in four days
IT spending will hit $3.7 trillion this year and $3.8 trillion by 2014, thanks in part to increased investments in enterprise software and IT services, according to research company Gartner. Overall spending would be higher, in fact, were it not for low-priced tablets and other mobile devices bringing down the computer prices. Gartner's outlook for IT spending is rosier today than it was in Q3; the firm predicts a 4.2 percent boost now, up from 3.8 percent. "Uncertainties surrounding prospects for an upturn in global economic growth are the major retardants to IT growth," said Richard Gordon, managing vice president at Gartner. "This uncertainty has caused the pessimistic business and consumer sentiment throughout the world. However, much of this uncertainty is nearing resolution, and as it does, we look for accelerated spending growth in 2013 compared to 2012." Broken down by segment, Gartner anticipates spending on computing devices will hit $666 billion in 2013, a 6.3 percent … [Read more...] about Gartner: Big data will help drive IT spending to $3.8 trillion in 2014
Minetest is an open source game similar to Minecraft. Here's how you can install Minetest 0.4.8 in Linux Mint 16. 1. Open a terminal window. 2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minetestdevs/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install minetestc55 Here's the official description of Minetest: "Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. It has been in development and use since October 2010. It is Free and Open Source Software, released under the LGPL 2.1 or later, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Minetest is designed to be simple, stable and portable. It is lightweight enough to run on fairly old hardware. It currently runs playably on a laptop with Intel … [Read more...] about Install Minetest 0.4.8 game in Linux Mint 16
Minetest is an open source game similar to Minecraft. Here's how you can install Minetest 0.4.8 in Ubuntu 13.10. 1. Open a terminal window. 2. Type in the following commands then hit Enter after each. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:minetestdevs/stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install minetestc55 Here's the official description of Minetest: "Minetest is an infinite-world block sandbox game and a game engine, inspired by InfiniMiner, Minecraft and the like. It has been in development and use since October 2010. It is Free and Open Source Software, released under the LGPL 2.1 or later, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Minetest is designed to be simple, stable and portable. It is lightweight enough to run on fairly old hardware. It currently runs playably on a laptop with Intel … [Read more...] about Install Minetest 0.4.8 game in Ubuntu 13.10
Believe it or not, it was eight years ago that Amazon Web Services' S3 (Simple Storage Service) went into production. At the time, the promise was revolutionary: Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It's designed to make Web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple Web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of websites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers. [ Cloud computing shares resources that were never shared before, creating a new set of risks and demanding a new set of security best practices. Learn those new security practices from Cloud Security Digital Spotlight PDF special report. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ] … [Read more...] about Amazon Web Services celebrates 8 years in the cloud
With the total shipment of 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, the worldwide PC market has been witnessing fresh challenges in the wake of the new session. The data presented by International Data Corporation (IDC) in its Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker reflected some serious concerns. While the release of Window 10 is round the corner, what impacts will the downfall bring? What will be the consequences on big brands like Apple and Lenovo? The data that was recently presented by IDC reflected a year-on-year decline of -11.8%! The rate of decline was almost one percent below than the earlier projections made for the present quarter. According to the company, the size of the decline reflects a stronger second quarter in the year-ago period- all because of the impact created after the death of Window XP. The data informs the sale of 66.1 million PCs within the duration of three months. Not to forget that IDC doesn’t count the ‘handhelds, x86 Servers or … [Read more...] about PC Market Falls by 11.8 Percent in Q2: IDC Reports!