Tech Bytes: AMD faces suit over cores in processors

AMD faces suit over cores in processors

Processor manufacturer AMD is facing a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of misleading buyers over the number of cores in its Bulldozer-based CPUs.

According the lawsuit filed in California, the company advertised that its processors have eight cores, but they effectively have only four, as each component was half a module that could not operate independently.

AMD has not commented on the lawsuit.


The Witcher to be on silver screen in 2017

Fans of the popular video game The Witcher can look forward to watching the mediaeval fantasy on the silver screen in 2017.

The movie adaptation of The Witcher, which began life as a series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, will be produced by The Sean Daniel Company. They are the same folks who produced the Mummy movie series for Universal.

They will be working with Platige Films for the film, which follows the adventures of the protagonist Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter for hire.


YouTube adds VR support on app

Video streaming site YouTube has added support for virtual reality videos on its Android app.

All viewers need to do is tap on the Cardboard icon in the menu, and they will have access to a library of virtual reality videos that give them a sense of depth as they look around in different directions.

The videos are all designed to be used with a phone viewer like Google Cardboard.


Expedia plans to buy HomeAway for $5.6b

Travel website Expedia has announced its plans to buy Airbnb competitor HomeAway for US$3.9 billion (S$5.6 billion).

In a press release, the company wrote: "We have long had our eyes on the fast-growing US$100 billion alternative accommodations space."

The deal is expected to be closed next year.


Polaroid Cube maker sues over copyright

C&A Marketing Inc, the company that produces the Polaroid Cube, is suing GoPro for design copyright infringement for its Hero4 Session camera.

C&A filed for, and received a design patent in May this year, which covered the camera's unique square look.

Both cameras are similarly-sized cubes which can fit into the palm of the hand, and have rounded edges.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe