The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

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Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors with up to a staggering 22 cores. Of course, there is much more to discuss than just a higher core count in the Xeon world. Join us as we introduce you to the a new killer enterprise application, brand new real world benchmarks on top of the latter, and our usual benchmarks on no less than five different generations of Xeons!

 

Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo should arrive on major streaming services tomorrow

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Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo should land on major streaming services tomorrow, a change that’s taking place despite West’s February promise the album would remain a permanent Tidal exclusive. Sources tell The Verge the album should be available on Spotify tomorrow, and Re/code and Mashable are both reporting The Life of Pablo will also be available on competitors like Apple Music and Google Play Music. The album’s full exclusivity was punctured earlier this week when singles “Famous” and “I Love Kanye” were made available on Spotify and Apple Music. West tweeted The Life of Pablo would “never never never be on Apple” on February 15th, one day after The Life of Pablo‘s release; the album remained a Tidal exclusive for about a…

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Flipd app forces you to put your iPhone away so you can get some work done

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promo2 Let’s face it, your phone is a blessing and a curse. Behind its sleek glass front is a whole world of excitement. All your friends, the entirety of the Internet and omg, a kitten video… If you haven’t the self-discipline to keep the phone away when you’re trying to get some work done, Flipd has your back. Today, a shiny new iOS version of the app joined its… Read More

PayPal’s Braintree Auth launches to bring its payments platform to more merchants, service providers

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credit-card-laptop-shopping Following yesterday’s news of Square’s entry into the online checkout space, the PayPal-owned payments platform Braintree today announced news of its own, with the launch of Braintree Auth. The system is designed to allow e-commerce platforms a way to give their merchants easier ways to enable payments on their online storefronts, as well as a way for service providers to access… Read More

Mission 360 is a VOD platform for yoga, meditation, fitness classes

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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 10.47.41 AM We all want to be in better shape, but the commitment of going to a gym or a yoga class can be costly and time-consuming. Mission 360 is looking to eliminate all of the friction involved with working out, letting users work out right from their home through on-demand video classes. The model is similar to Classpass, in that users get unlimited access to Mission 360’s entire store of… Read More

Microsoft celebrates strong Azure adoption at Build 2016

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Azure Momentum Microsoft’s Azure cloud services are growing at an increasing clip, and at the company’s Build conference today, it showed off some of the numbers it for the past year. At last year’s conference, Microsoft celebrated that it had 100k new Azure customer subscriptions per month, but it today revealed that the rate of growth has accelerated further, now topping 120k new… Read More

Thanks to Microsoft, small teams can now get Xamarin’s IDE and core tools for free

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O92A3235 Microsoft acquired the cross-platform iOS, Android and OS X development service Xamarin last month and the new acquisition is already at the center of attention at Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference this week. As the company announced during today’s keynote, the core Xamarin tools are now available for free as part of the free Visual Studio Community edition and… Read More

Sprint offers customers a bad deal on access to Amazon Prime

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Sprint is still trying all the tricks it can to get back into the game, but the carrier’s latest is something we haven’t seen before. Customers can now get access to Amazon Prime as a monthly add-on for their contract for $10.99. You get everything you’d normally get from Prime (free two-day shipping, access to Amazon’s music and video services, etc.), but you pay for it along with your cell phone bill.

Weirdly, though, it’s just not a good deal. Paying $10.99 a month for Prime works out as $131.88 a year — which is much more expensive than Amazon’s regular $99 annual rate. There’s an outside chance that it might be useful if you’re a Sprint customer who wants Prime for less than a year but more than a month (which you could get as a…

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Tesla Model 3 event: what to expect from Elon Musk’s most important car yet

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This is it: after years of hype, Tesla Motors is scheduled to pull the covers off of its Model 3 electric car at the company’s facility in Hawthorne, California this evening at 8:30PM Pacific Time. Unlike the Model S sedan, the new Model X crossover, and the seminal Roadster, the Model 3 is supposed to have mass-market pricing — a base price around $35,000, before tax credits — making it potentially attainable by everyday commuters who are ready to go electric.

The Model 3 name and project were announced in mid-2014 (after Ford blocked “Model E” on trademark grounds, ending Musk’s dream of spelling “SEX” with his product lineup). The concept of the Model 3, though, dates back a decade, when Musk first laid out the plan for arriving at…

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Apple launches the best iPad ever and Microsoft dreams of bots

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This week on Ctrl-Walt-Delete, we continue the talk about the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 after Walt’s review of the products, and then dive into what came out of the Microsoft Build developer conference.

We love your feedback and suggestions on how to make our show better and more fun — you can tweet to Walt at @waltmossberg and Nilay at @reckless. And of course, we’d love it if you subscribed in iTunes (and here’s the direct RSS feed, if you like), along with The Verge‘s other great podcasts like Verge ESPWhat’s Tech, and The Vergecast. You might also want to check out Re/code Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge‘s Lauren Goode.

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Stream the 2016 Masters golf tournament from your iPad

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masters-ipad Today IBM announced the newest iteration of their iPad app for the 2016 Masters Tournament, which offers a live broadcast of all four tournament days. While the app was built from the ground up to work on all iPads, the update has some new features designed to take advantage of the new iPad Pro’s larger, 12.9 inch display. For example, this year’s update… Read More

Amazon expands Dash Button line-up, top sellers to date include Tide, Bounty, Cottonelle

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dashbuttons Amazon this morning announced an expansion of its Dash Buttons product line – those Wi-Fi connected, push-button devices that let you buy products from its site with just a press. One year after the buttons went live, and apparently not the April Fool’s joke people once imagined, Amazon says it now has over 100 buttons available, and orders have increased by more than 75 percent in… Read More

Shoowin lets you reserve playoff tickets to sports events on the cheap

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Mobile Screen Shot All sports fans love a good playoff game. But actually attending one is something most folks never have the chance to do. The ticket prices for these games, from pro basketball to college football bowl games, is exorbitant. Plus, you don’t even know if your team is going until way late in the season, when prices are at their highest. Shoowin, a new startup backed by BBG Ventures, is… Read More

Seoul-based learning app developer Knowre partners with Sylvan Learning

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shutterstock math Knowre, a Seoul-based learning app developer, has taken a big step forward in its American expansion plans. The company announced today that its math programs, which gives kids personalized recommendations, will be used in Sylvan Learning tutoring centers. Sylvan is the largest paid tutoring company in the U.S. by market share, with more than 800 locations. Read More

Investors pour $70 million into Juicero, a smart kitchen appliance maker

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Juicero Juicero.com a food tech startup that makes internet-connected kitchen appliances, raised $70 million in Series B funding in a round led by Artis Ventures. Juicero’s flagship product is a $699 counter top device that cold presses juice out of “packs” of already prepped fruit and veggies. The packs- reminiscent of the cups and pouches used in single-cup coffee brewers from… Read More

How Valve’s hands-off approach led to a 30-plus HTC Vive game lineup

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From the get-go, Valve’s approach to virtual reality gaming has been as laid back and unstructured as the company appears to be: And, so far, that seems to be a good thing.

Even as Valve hurdles toward its first major hardware launch in history next week with the HTC Vive VR headset, the structure of that launch – details like the games that will be available on day one – are still coalescing organically, almost as if without the guiding hand of the platform’s creator.

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