Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms. An interesting twist, however, is that the Baikal processor is actually based on an ARM (Cortex-A57) design, which means the East / West divorce isn't quite as complete as it might sound. It could also mean that many Russian bureaucrats won't get the chance to be a Mac or a PC: they'll have to use some sort of ARM-compatible, presumably Linux-based operating system instead.
Severe storms lashed portions of the central USA late Thursday, bringing hail, high winds and a few reports of tornadoes. No injuries or deaths were reported. Six tornadoes were spotted in Missouri and one in Iowa, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Okla. One tornado near Jameson, Mo., destroyed a […]
Torrential rain, heavy thunderstorms and howling winds are forecast on Halloween all the way from Texas to the Midwest and interior sections of the Northeast, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Andy Mussoline. Almost 42 million people could contend with severe thunderstorms Thursday, the Storm Prediction Center warns, with cities such as Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, Memphis, […]
(Reuters) – World share markets stalled near five-year highs and the dollar dipped on Friday as investors braced for monthly jobs data from the United States, which could add to growing concerns over the global growth outlook. Oil and gold were also supported as the dollar eased while the euro recovered some of its losses […]