How Russia’s oldest bank found itself on the leading edge of in-memory computing

It’s not your average company that can trace its origins back to a 19th-century Russian czar, but then, Sberbank is no average financial institution.

Established through a decree by Emperor Nikolai I in 1841, Sberbank is Russia’s oldest bank and has played a long and storied role in the nation’s history. Today, with more than 16,000 branches in all 83 constituent entities of the Russian Federation — traversing 11 time zones — it serves roughly 70 percent of the Russian population.

Therein lie the roots of the bank’s very modern challenge.

Whereas once virtually all transactions were conducted in person during office hours and on bank premises, the arrival of the Internet turned that pattern on its head. No longer constrained by branch operating schedules or the on-site availability of bank officers, customer-service demands skyrocketed as consumer expectations extended 24/7.

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EU tells Facebook and others to stop hate speech — because terrorism???

The European Union has told social platforms such as Facebook to do something about hate speech. And, yes, this is indeed something — something they’re already doing.

And does it surprise you to learn that this “code of conduct” is being justified in the name of combating terrorism? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are ever so glad they won’t be subjected to hate speech any longer. <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –> Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

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Apple expected to double base storage on iPhone 7 to 32GB

One of the biggest criticisms of the iPhone 6 and 6S’ entry-level models is that they’re  well behind the RAM and ROM curve with just 1GB of memory and 16GB of NAND flash. Many rival smartphones offer twice as much or more.

Apple has chosen to leave its base model memory capacities unchanged since the debut of the iPhone 5 in 2012.

That, however, is about to change, according to an IHS analyst who described Apple plans to double both the RAM and ROM on the next iPhone release, which is expected to be unveiled in September as the iPhone 7. 

Kevin Wang, director of market research at analytics firm IHS Technology, posted on the Chinese website Weibo that “supply chain research shows that the new iPhone’s RAM is 2GB, ROM 32GB.”

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IDG Contributor Network: Why the Microsoft Windows 10 upgrade nanny is now a security nightmare

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Intel beefs up integrated graphics in Skylake server chips

If you are not happy with the quality of streaming video, it’s perhaps because your provider’s server doesn’t have a good graphics processor.

To address that, Intel is improving the integrated graphics processor in its new Xeon E3-1500 v5 family of server chips. Servers with the chips will be able to deliver multiple 4K video streams over the Internet to PCs and mobile devices.

The chips are based on the Skylake design and have the Iris Pro Graphics P580, which Intel claims is its best integrated GPU.

Intel says that about 80 percent of the Internet traffic is video, and better GPUs are needed to improve the quality of streams.

Many servers use discrete GPUs like AMD’s FirePro and Nvidia’s Quadro to process streaming video. Intel’s Iris Pro isn’t as powerful, but is a power-efficient alternative that won’t use up a PCI-Express slot in a server.

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Microsoft’s investing arm is back on the market, but will entrepreneurs bite?

After laying dormant for quite some time, Microsoft has announced that it is getting back into directly investing in startups. Microsoft Ventures has been overhauled, though it’s not clear why Microsoft has decided to get back into investing — or if the company is in it for the long haul.

Nagraj Kashyap, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Ventures, laid out his vision for the investing arm in a blog post Monday, saying that the fund will be used to support early-stage companies and help Microsoft be more involved in new technology developments.

Microsoft’s existing series of startup accelerators, and its BizSpark program to offer discounts on software, will be rolled into a new Microsoft Accelerator organization. For larger business partnerships and acquisitions, Microsoft will rely on a different team. This version of Ventures is supposed to fill in a gap Microsoft left open when it stopped directly investing in companies.

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HPE wants Oracle to pay $3 billion for breach of Itanium contract

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is asking a jury to award the company $3 billion from Oracle after the database giant stopped supporting HPE’s Itanium-based hardware, even though it allegedly signed a contract to do so.

A jury trial in the five-year-old legal dispute between the tech giants is scheduled to begin Tuesday, nearly four years after a California judge first ruled that Oracle must continue porting its software to HPE’s Itanium platform. The new trial is scheduled in Santa Clara Superior Court in California.

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