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Why Apple’s Best MacBook Pro is Too Powerful for Its Own Good

After being long overdue for an update to new CPUs, last week Apple announced refreshed 2018 MacBook Pros with 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips from Intel, including the company’s top-of-the-line consumer laptop processor, the six-core 2.9GHz Core i9-8950HK CPU. And in theory, this option seemed like a great addition to the MBP lineup by giving high-level video editors and graphics artists a little extra performance without any added bulk. Read More >>

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Inside AMD’s Quest to Build Chips That Can Beat Intel

There are few gambles in the tech world as big spending billions to build a new computer processor from scratch. Former AMD board member Robert Palmer supposedly compared it to Russian roulette: “You put a gun to your head, pull the trigger, and find out four years later if you blew your brains out.” Six years ago AMD loaded the gun and pulled the trigger, dramatically restructuring itself internally in a mad bid to escape a disaster of its own making. Now we’ve seen the results and instead of dying, AMD has a savvy new CPU microarchitecture, Zen, that’s the foundation of the shockingly good new series of Ryzen processors. They’re so good, in fact, that they could pose a real challenge to Intel’s incumbent dominance and change what the computer market looks for the next few years. Read More >>

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It Doesn’t Look Like Spectre and Meltdown Really Hurt Intel at All

When the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities were made public earlier this year, things were a mess. Practically every Intel processor made in the last decade had backdoors that potentially let normal programs and software access what are supposed to be protected areas of a CPU’s kernel. Read More >>

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Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called speculative execution and extract hidden system data. While numerous platforms have rushed to roll out patches, and Meltdown appears to be less of an issue than Spectre, it’s still unclear just how badly this situation could go. Read More >>

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What We Know So Far About Meltdown and Spectre, the Devastating Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

This week, news of massive security vulnerabilities afflicting every modern model of Intel processor went public, even as developers for practically every major platform frantically rushed to roll out fixes. Much more information has now become available about Meltdown and Spectre, a group of attack methods malicious parties could use to break into some of the most sensitive inner workings of any device using the affected CPUs. Read More >>

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Report: All Intel Processors Made in the Last Decade Might Have a Massive Security Flaw

There’s small screwups and big screwups. Here is tremendously huge screwup: Virtually all Intel processors produced in the last decade have a major security hole that could allow “normal user programs—from database applications to JavaScript in web browsers—to discern to some extent the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas,” the Register reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

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Intel Will Sell a New 18-Core Processor for £2,000 Because Why Not

Here we go again. It’s Computex time in Taipei, and that means that Intel is announcing an insane new lineup of ultra powerful processors—some of which seemingly exist only so that you’ll pay attention to the cheaper CPUs the company sells to average humans. This year, Intel has outdone itself with the Core X-series, the crown jewel of which is an 18-core, 36-thread processor with a retail price of $2,000. [Editor's note: UK prices haven't yet been announced, but it'll probably be close to £2,000.] Read More >>

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Don’t Waste Money on Intel’s Top Processor

It’s time to replace your computer. Maybe it was purchased during the last Republican administration, or you ruined it was a spilled drink, or maybe you’ve just got some money to burn and you’d like to blow it on Intel’s new Kaby Lake microarchitecture. Whatever the reason, you’re ready to upgrade your computer, and you’re going to be left with a big choice. Do you spend the extra cash for the categorically faster i7 processor, or do you pinch a few pennies and go with the i5? Read More >>

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Intel’s New Kaby Lake Processors: What You Need to Know

Kaby Lake, Intel’s latest processor family, wasn’t supposed to exist. Earlier this year Intel announced the end of its well-known tick-tock release schedule, whereby it trots out a new processor every September. The tick is the shrinking and improvements of the current microarchitecture, while the tock is a whole new architecture. Instead last year’s “tock,” Skylake, was going to hang around a while, with no new “tick” in sight. Read More >>

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Moore’s Law to Reach Breaking Point by 2021

The people in charge of foreseeing the future of electronics think we could be about to see the end of Moore's Law's portentous argument for the constant improvements of hardware power, as the miniaturisation of transistors could soon be about to reach a point where it's no longer financially viable -- or technically possible -- to pursue the constant shrinking of processors that's made the modern world so full of fun things to look at. Read More >>

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Moore’s Law Stutters as Intel Switches From Two-Step to Three-Step Chip Cycle

Intel has announced that it’s moving away from its current “tick-tock” chip production cycle and instead shifting to a three-step development process that will “lengthen the amount of time [available to] utilise... process technologies”. Read More >>

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Qualcomm Could Pay Samsung Over $1 Billion to Make the Snapdragon 820 Chip

Qualcomm has confirmed that Samsung will build its flagship Snapdragon 820 mobile chip. The South Korean powerhouse could pocket over $1 billion from the deal, which would come in fairly handy right about now. Samsung’s had a relatively rough ride recently, financially-speaking, and is looking to explore new profit-boosting avenues. Read More >>

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NVIDIA Has a Plug-in Computer AI Brain

NVIDIA would like us to think that its newly announced Jetson TX1 is some sort of AI upgrade for computers and networks, one built to aid autonomous systems by enabling machine learning. It's basically a powerful dongle. Read More >>

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Snapdragon 820 Phones Will Have Much Better Signal and Battery Life, Says Qualcomm

The Snapdragon 810 chip was a bit of a disappointment. It was plagued with overheating complaints and overlooked by Samsung for its 2015 flagships, so Qualcomm’s hoping to bounce back with its next-gen processor, the Snapdragon 820. Read More >>