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Is it time for open processors?
The disclosure of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities has brought a new level of attention to the security bugs that can lurk at the hardware level. Massive amounts of work have gone into improving the (still poor) security of our software, but all of that is in vain if the hardware gives (...)
[OSNews]

Gemini is a tiny Android laptop with the spirit of Psion
The Gemini is a clamshell Android device with an 18:9 ultrawide 1080p screen and a compact but more-or-less full physical keyboard. It runs on a 10-core MediaTek Helio X27 processor and has 4GB of RAM, a 4,220mAh battery, and two USB-C ports. It’s 15.1mm thick when closed and weighs 308g. There (...)
[OSNews]

Microsoft's chip security fix is turning some PCs into bricks
Some older PCs with AMD processors couldn't boot into Windows after installing Microsoft's security patch.
[CNN Money]

The oldest x86 processor still supported by a modern Linux kernel?
What is the oldest x86 processor that is still supported by a modern Linux kernel in present time? I asked the above quiz question during the Geekcamp tech conference in Nov 2017 during my emcee role. The theoretical answer as you can glean from the title of this post is the 486 which was first (...)
[OSNews]

AMD Redefines High-Performance Computing with New Processor and Graphics Products Preview at CES 2018
Building on the global enthusiasm generated in 2017 by Ryzenâ„¢ processors and Radeonâ„¢ graphics technology, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during an event in Las Vegas just prior to (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

AMD Redefines High-Performance Computing with New Processor and Graphics Products Preview at CES 2018
Building on the global enthusiasm generated in 2017 by Ryzenâ„¢ processors and Radeonâ„¢ graphics technology, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today detailed its forthcoming roll-out plan for its new and next generation of high-performance computing and graphics products during an event in Las Vegas just prior to (...)
[WebWire Computer hardware]

New Intel-Powered Always-Connected PCs Debut at CES 2018
In an increasingly connected mobile world, there is an expectation that our PCs should be always-connected and always-on. This week at 2018 CES, our partners have announced a number of exciting new Intel® Coreâ„¢ processor- and Intel® XMMTM modem -powered always-connected PCs: - - - • Acer* (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

New Intel-Powered Always-Connected PCs Debut at CES 2018
In an increasingly connected mobile world, there is an expectation that our PCs should be always-connected and always-on. This week at 2018 CES, our partners have announced a number of exciting new Intel® Coreâ„¢ processor- and Intel® XMMTM modem -powered always-connected PCs: - - - • Acer* (...)
[WebWire Computer hardware]

Apple says all Macs and iOS devices affected by chip flaws
Apple finally responds to the flaws in processors.
[CNN Money]

The T2 chip makes the iMac Pro the start of a Mac revolution
The T2 processor isn't doing the heavy lifting in the iMac Pro - that's the Intel Xeon processor with between 8 and 14 processor cores. The T2 is the brain behind that brain, running the subsystems of the iMac Pro from a single piece of Apple-built silicon. The result is a simplified internal (...)
[OSNews]

Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work
Here's why computer processors are vulnerable to hackers thanks to two recently discovered bugs.
[BBC News]

Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work
Here's why computer processors are vulnerable to hackers thanks to two recently discovered bugs.
[BBC]

Intel claims other chips also affected by design flaw
Update: Google's Project Zero disclosed details about the vulnerability a week ahead of schedule due to growing concerns, and they indeed confirm AMD and ARM processors are also affected: The Project Zero researcher, Jann Horn, demonstrated that malicious actors could take advantage of (...)
[OSNews]

Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug. Programmers are scrambling to overhaul the open-source Linux kernel's virtual memory system. Meanwhile, Microsoft is expected to (...)
[OSNews]

iPhone performance and battery age
A Reddit post from last week has sparked a discussion regarding iPhone performance as a function of battery age. While we expect battery capacity to decrease as batteries age, we expect processor performance to stay the same. However, users with older iPhones with lower-than-expected Geekbench (...)
[OSNews]

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