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This week’s headline story: Moore’s Law’s Days are Numbered

Moores-law-chartSo says Robert Colwell, director of the microsystems group at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Moore’s Law has defined or perhaps motivated microprocessor manufacturing, stating that every two years, the number of transistors on a microprocessor would double. The shrinking of transistors results in the speeding up processing. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore coined the Law in a 1965 paper and the law has held, with transistors shrinking and processor speed doubling every two years ever since. Currently transistors are manufactured on a 22nm scale. Colwell believes that 7nm is as small as they will go before funding to make them smaller runs out. “I pick 2020 as the earliest date we could call it dead,” said Colwell. “You could talk me into 2022, but whether it will come at 7 or 5nm, it’s a big deal.” said the engineer who once managed the Pentium-class processor design at Intel.

Moore’s Law Dead by 2022, Expert Says [EETimes]

and elsewhere in Tech News.

  • Experts predict that Solid State Drives will continue replacing hard disk drives in many PCs as they continue growing in capacity and shrinking in price. SSD technology will dominate the storage industry for at least the next decade when one of the emerging memory types currently under development like phase-change memory (PCM), RRAM (resistive random-access memory) or MRAM (magnetoresistive RAM) may be able to challenge it.

    SSDs still maturing, new memory tech still 10 years away [networkworld]

  • Nissan announced that it expects to begin selling multiple models of self-driving cars by 2020. Self-driving cars, also known as autonomous drive vehicles, use cameras and sensors to detect roadway lanes and objects around them in order to guide themselves without human intervention. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon are already driving their autonomous car around town, and estimate that it will be decades before totally autonomous driving will be commonplace on the country’s roadways.

    Nissan plans to offer affordable self-driving cars by 2020 [Computerworld]

    Carnegie Mellon developing driverless car of the future now [Post-Gazette]

  • A new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project states that nearly a third of Americans are still without a Broadband Internet Connection.

    Pew Finds a broadband connection at home [NewsFactor]

and in Information Security news this week…

  • As the situation heats-up in Syria, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is busier than ever creating chaos on the Internet and distributing its pro-Syrian government message. Last week the group hacked the Internet’s DNS records to hijack users attempting to visit websites belonging to the New York Times and Twitter redirecting them to SEA websites designed to launch drive-by malware attacks on the victims.

    NY Times, Twitter Hit in Syrian Electronic Army DNS Attacks [NewsFactor]

    ID Security CEO: NYT Hackers Did Their Homework [NewsFactor]

    Companies Rush To Lock Web Domains After NYT Hack [NewsFactor]

  • China’s official domain extension, .cn, came under a distributed denial-of-service attack last week, causing many Chinese Web sites to become impossible to reach. This DDoS attack is considered the largest ever recorded with millions around the world impacted. Experts say that the most obvious suspects are hackers upset with China’s Internet censorship.

    Chinese Web Sites Go Down in Denial-of-Service Attack [News Factor]

  • The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have released an unclassified memo to U.S. police and emergency medical personnel, alerting them to the fact that 79 percent of all malware attacks target Android-based devices.

    FBI, Homeland Security: Android Draws 79% of Malware [NewsFactor]

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Apple has launched an iPhone trade-in program. Simply bring your old iPhone 4, 4s, or 5 into an Apple store and Apple will take between $125 and $250 off your purchase of the upcoming iPhone 5S.

    Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program [NewsFactor]

and finally…

  • AT&T is rolling out a new no-contract program named aio. The program copies T-Mobile’s Jump plan which allows customers to purchase phones at full price or bring in an unlocked device and sign up for a cellular plan with no contract. T-Mobile has filed a lawsuit against AT&T for using a magenta color in its marketing of the plan which it says is too close to T-Mobile’s shade of pink.

    Wait, What? AT&T Follows in T-Mobile’s Footsteps [Ecommerce Times]

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