Items tagged with 64-bit

Google has slowly been grooming Android developers for a 64-bit world for the past couple of years, and will continue to do up through the latter half of 2021. Nothing has really changed in that regard, though Google is now providing app developers with a more detailed timeline so they can plan their switchover accordingly, if they haven't already. The benefit of moving to 64-bit code is that it can provide faster performance overall and make way for future innovations, like machine learning and artificial intelligence schemes. Generally speaking, 64-bit apps can make better use of your hardware, assuming you own a relatively modern handset. "We want to help you get ready and know you need time... Read more...
Google is giving Android developers a heads up that in the not-too-distant future, they will be required to offer 64-bit versions of their apps alongside 32-bit versions. When the restriction goes into effect, it will apply both to new apps, and existing ones that are updated. This is one of three measures Google is taking to improve app security and performance "to ensure everyone has a positive experience." For developers, the change in policy should not come as a shock to the system. Android has supported 64-bit apps since Android 5.0 Lollipop started rolling out to users in late 2014. Developers who have not been releasing 64-bit versions of their apps still have ample time to make the switch—the... Read more...
Are you still partying like it's 1999 on a 32-bit browser? Pshaw! To borrow a line for Weird Al Yankovic, "What kinda chip you got in there, a Dorito?" Well, Google is having none of it. Users running Chrome on a 64-bit Windows system with at least 4GB of RAM installed will be migrated from 32-bit to 64-bit, so long as they have Chrome configured to automatically update itself. The migration will take place with Chrome 58, which Google has already started to dole out. if a user wants to go back to using the 32-bit build for any reason, it will still be available to download (manually). However, Google says the migration to 64-bit is intended to improve stability, performance, and security, so... Read more...
It's hard to be impressed in 2016 at the concept of a 64-bit processor. After all, 64-bit processors have graced our desktops for over a decade, and in recent years, our mobile devices. Currently, both Android and iOS natively support 64-bit processors, enabling faster performance (in some cases) and the ability to use more than 4GB of memory. What about Windows 10 Mobile? Well, we're still waiting on it. However, the wait might actually not actually be that far off. It was Microsoft itself that revealed Windows 10 Mobile's future in a very interesting way: through a blog post dedicated to Dave Cutler, a Senior Technical Fellow who's worked on key technologies at the company, including Windows... Read more...
Attention iOS developers, Apple just dropped the ban hammer on any 32-bit coding aspirations you may have had for new apps you plan to release on Apple's ecosystem. Effective February 1, 2015, all new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, which is included in Xcode 6 or later. "To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of 'Standard architectures' to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code," Apple says. This shouldn't come as a bombshell to iOS developers. After all, just about every current iOS device is rocking a custom 64-bit A7 or A8 series System-on-Chip (SoC). That's been true... Read more...
ARM continues to make headway into territories typically occupied by AMD and in particular Intel. Namely, the server market. Giving ARM a boost in the enterprise segment, Hewlett-Packard today announced two ARM-based servers, one of which is the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server. In addition, HP is making available a production-ready platform for software developers to build, test, and port applications to the 64-bit ARM based server. "ARM technology will change the dynamics of how enterprises build IT solutions to quickly address customer challenges," said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking, HP. "HP’s history, culture of innovation... Read more...
Google is getting ready to unveil Android L (or Lemon Meringue Pie or Lollipop or Licorice or whatever tasty treat will serve as the next build's namesake), and one of the big features is that it will optionally support 64-bit processors. Of course, it will be up to smartphone and tablet makers to take advantage of the 64-bit opportunity that's about to be laid before them, and the good news they seem just as anxious as their customers. Citing those always-chatty "industry sources," Digitimes is reporting that Android-based smartphone vendors will speed up the migration to Android L's 64-bit architecture, thereby making 64-bit processors mainstream technology for handsets in the second half of... Read more...
Don't tell Qualcomm that 64-bit computing in the mobile world is a "gimmick" (more on that in a moment). Not only does Qualcomm feel the opposite is true, but the company just introduced its Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The Snapdragon 410 is built using 28nm process technology and is Qualcomm's first 64-bit part. Qualcomm's former chief marketing officer, Anand Chandrasekher, was moved to a new position in October a month after making disparaging comments about Apple's A7 SoC (System-on-Chip). The tidbit that sticks out most from his critical remarks is calling 64-bit computing a "marketing gimmick." It's hard to argue against that at this early stage, but with Qualcomm... Read more...
Go ahead and credit Apple with blazing a trail to 64-bit processing in the smartphone sector -- that's fair, considering the recently announced iPhone 5S is the first smartphone to boast a 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) -- just don't expect its competitors to sit idly by. Just the opposite, Samsung confirmed it's also planning to make the leap to 64-bit. Samsung Mobile co-CEO Shin Jong-kyun told The Korea Times in an interview that the next generation of Galaxy branded smartphones will be more powerful and faster due to an upgrade to 64-bit processing. He stopped short of saying exactly when these new phones will debut, though you probably shouldn't expect anything until 2014. "Not in the shortest... Read more...
One of the coolest aspects of Linux is its ability to support hardware long before other OSes - and even well before consumers can even get their hands on the hardware. Take USB 3.0, for example, which hit the kernel months before the first products hit the market, in September of 2009. And then there's the SSD command TRIM, which was first launched to the kernel in December of 2008 - six months before Windows 7 introduced the same thing as standard. Of course, supporting something and actually having people be able to use it are two entirely different things. In the case of TRIM, the file system tools had to catch up, and the same was probably true for USB 3.0. Overall, this is common, but what's... Read more...
Thanks in part to the lack of stability and plugin support, Mozilla's Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg has requested that developers stop building 64-bit versions of Firefox. If the idea of a 64-bit Firefox sounds strange, it's likely because it's not something Mozilla ever promoted. Instead, it was left up to the user to seek out a specific build on the FTP, which most of course never do. In all regards, the 64-bit version of Firefox was considered a tester's build. To some, it seemed inevitable that Mozilla would officially release a 64-bit version at some point, but with this latest event, that time looks to be a long way off. With as few users as the 64-bit version must have had, plugin... Read more...
AMD CEO Rory Read has announced that the company intends to develop dense computing platforms based on the 64-bit ARM architecture today. This is the second major collaboration between AMD and ARM; Sunnyvale announced earlier this year that it would integrate an ARM core to provide additional hardware-level security on future APUs. The meat of AMD's announcement today is that it's going to leverage the SeaMicro acquisition of earlier this year to ensure it has a platform for its own products. SeaMicro's Freedom Fabric virtualizes a great deal of technology that's normally built into hardware on a typical motherboard and reportedly saves a great deal of power and improves server density by doing... Read more...
A new security post at the Xen.org community blog warns Intel users to patch their operating systems or risk falling prey to a particular type of escalation vulnerability. What makes this warning unique is that it's not related to a software problem only effects Intel users running 64-bit operating systems. This is an issue that affects Windows (Microsoft has released a patch) and may affect netBSD, FreeBSD, and OSX as well. The overwhelming majority of end users have never had to worry about the difference between AMD's implementation of its x86-64 standard and Intel's later copy, but there are subtle differences between the two. In this particular case, one of those differences turns out to... Read more...
Customers of the antivirus/antimalware company BitDefender ran headfirst into a major problem over the weekend, courtesy of a (very) faulty virus definition update for systems using 64-bit flavors of Windows. After installation, users flooded the company's forums complaining that BD was now identifying every executable on the system as being infected. To its credit, Bit Defender responded quickly to the situation; the update was apparently yanked less than a day after it was made available. The following is an exerpt from BD's official webpage on the topic: "Today BitDefender products running on Windows 64-bit systems experienced problems caused by a faulty update. Multiple BitDefender and Windows... Read more...
Thinking of upgrading your Mac to 'Snow Leopard?' At just $29 to upgrade from OS X 10.5, the answer to that is probably "yes" if you own an Apple machine. Generally speaking, early reviews have shown that the operating system is a worthy upgrade, and while it's certainly nothing revolutionary, it does offer up enough new functionality to justify the small asking price.But not all is peachy in the world of Snow Leopard. Early testers have discovered a strange quirk within the OS that casts some doubt on just how "64-bit" the "64-bit OS" really is. While the ins and outs of the story are quite complex, the gist of it is this: Apple's OS X 10.6 boots with a 32-bit kernel by default, despite the... Read more...
OCZ Announces Availability of Vista 64-bit Drivers for the nia (neural impulse actuator) gaming peripheral After much anticipation from Gamers and Enthusiasts, the 64-bit Windows Vista drivers are now available for OCZ’s ground-breaking Neural Impulse Actuator (the nia). New drivers have been in constant development since the release of the nia, and with this latest availability gamers using 64-bit Vista can now fully integrate the nia into their systems as a revolutionary new gaming device."The migration to the Vista 64 environment with the unified ver. 2.0 software suite required a complete recoding of the human interface device library, but in view of the increasing acceptance of 64-bit computing,... Read more...
Despite our technophile-ness, we haven't seriously considered moving to the i 64-bit version of Windows Vista, mostly because we figure we will have application or device driver woes. However, in a blog post on the Windows Vista blog, Microsoft product manager Chris Flores said that Microsoft has noted a shift in adoption of 64-bit operating systems. Microsoft has been tracking this shift by tracking the number of 64-bit PCs connecting to Windows Update. According to Flores, The installed base of 64-bit Windows Vista PCs, as a percentage of all Windows Vista systems, has more than tripled in the U.S. in the last three months, while worldwide adoption has more than doubled during the same period.... Read more...
Apple and Adobe have had a fairly cozy relationship over the years, a few misunderstanding not withstanding. We can’t help but wonder how we’d define their relationship in a year or so when Adobe is shipping 64-bit applications for the Windows platform while OS X users have nothing but 32-bit options. When Mac users begin complaining, they’ll really only have to look to Apple to find the source of their problem."At the WWDC show last June, however, Adobe & other developers learned that Apple had decided to stop their Carbon 64 efforts. This means that 64-bit Mac apps need to be written to use Cocoa (as Lightroom is) instead of Carbon," he explained. "This means that we'll need to rewrite... Read more...
We've been wondering how much performance benefit there might be for 64-bit software on the desktop ever since AMD started talking about the Sledgehammer series of chips nearly a decade ago.  Now that 64-bit is here, in various forms of implementation, we're getting our answers.  Some of the most interesting answers might come from recent tests that "the rest of us" might be curious about.  OS X's latest build has 64-bit support without losing its 32-bit compatibility, and a very interesting performance trend emerges:“...The performance difference between the 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz Mac Pro isn’t as great as the difference between running 32-bit code and 64-bit code. In fact, the 2.8GHz... Read more...
In 2003 AMD released the Opteron and followed it with the Athlon 64, bringing the dream of 64-bit computing to the masses.  The dream would mean the end of the 4 GB memory limit, as well as other potential performance benefits.Fast forward to mid-2007, and 64-bit is still the other flavor of Windows.  So what’s holding 64-bit back on the windows side?  Drivers for one: “Several issues have contributed to the problem, but as seen in other transitions, device drivers always seem to be front and center. Drivers are a vexing piece of the PC puzzle. They're small bits of software needed to make sure devices like printers, DVD drives and graphics cards connect properly to PCs and Macs, and they can... Read more...
IT-Analysis has posted a very interesting history lesson and perspective about 64-bit computing. The memory aspect of 64-bit computing really seems to make the most compelling argument, given the increasingly high memory requirements of newer games and multimedia editing packages. Then there's multi-tasking to consider. Hopefully we'll see better 64-bit drivers and compilers in the near future as that still seems to be the big roadblock. "Cast your mind back fifteen years, if you can. Believe it or not, that was when the IT industry suddenly started to get excited about 64 bit computing. IBM (in conjunction with Apple and Motorola) had already embarked on the design of the 64 bit Power... Read more...
By now, we've all seen how Conroe performs. However, all the Conroe reviews circulating around the 'net have been centered around 32-bit applications where the Conroe is clearly king. Some people have taken note of this and many concerns about Conroe's 64-bit performance have been raised. The guys over at X-bit take a look at how the Conroe matches up to AMD in the 64-bit arena in an attempt to find some answers. "At the same time I would like to point out that it looks like Athlon 64 processors ensure higher performance increase when switching to 64-bit work mode. The average performance improvement we have seen from Athlon 64 FX-62 equaled 16%, while Core 2 Extreme X6800 demonstrated... Read more...
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