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Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go, its lightest, slimmest, and cheapest Surface tablet yet. Cheapest is relative only to other Surface 2-in-1s and it’s hardly iPad thin or slim. And that 9 hours of battery life doesn’t even hold a candle. With LTE support still coming later, it’s far from being the “always connected” experience Microsoft was singing about last year. It could have tried with a Windows 10 on ARM device but, if the Surface Go is to even make a dent in the market, there was really no other choice than to go with an Intel x86 processor.

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Snapdragon 1000 for Windows 10 on ARM faces a big challenge

Snapdragon 1000 for Windows 10 on ARM faces a big challenge

It's almost ironic if you think about it. Intel wanted to get into the mobile and wearable market dominated by ARM chip makers like Qualcomm that it rushed head on, only to unceremoniously retreat from those markets after repeated failure. Now it seems that Qualcomm is poised to do the same but coming from the other side. Just days after a rumors surfaced about a Snapdragon 850 or 950 designed for Windows 10 on ARM devices, word arrives of a Snapdragon 1000 for the same. And, to add to the irony, it might be stepping up to Intel's disadvantages as well.

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Arm reveals 2019 chip tech to oust Intel from ultraportables

Arm reveals 2019 chip tech to oust Intel from ultraportables

Mobile chip-maker Arm has unveiled a new set of high-end processor tech, targeting laptops, premium smartphones, and AR/VR devices as it cranks up the pressure on Intel and AMD. Although Arm chips may have traditionally been associated with smartphones, the company is pitching its new line-up at larger hardware as notebook buyers begin to demand always-on connectivity and all-day battery life.

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Apple “Star”, new Windows ARM PCs: why you’ll want one eventually

Apple “Star”, new Windows ARM PCs: why you’ll want one eventually

As far as personal computing, that is, desktops and laptops, goes, Intel has the lion's share of the market. In terms of computer architecture, x86 (and x64) still dominate what most consumers will consider to be the "serious" kind of computers, despite how ARM-based devices, thanks to smartphones, actually win by the numbers. But, as they say, change is coming and this change has a name: ARM. ARM-based PCs have already started rolling out and Macs might soon be next. But is this new breed of computers really worth the hype? They are, but only if the market gives them time to grow a bit.

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Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Windows 10 on ARM 64-bit apps will finally be coming soon

Depending on who you ask, Microsoft’s and Qualcomm’s Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon, is either a dream come true or a deja vu. The first compatible devices have almost delivered on the core promises but falls flat on its face in terms of performance and software selection. The latter, however, might soon finally have a solution in the next few months. Windows 10 on ARM will finally be gaining support for 64-bit apps, which could at least increase the number of compatible apps you can use.

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Qualcomm Windows on Snapdragon ads try to prove reviewers wrong

Qualcomm Windows on Snapdragon ads try to prove reviewers wrong

The first reviews of the first Windows 10 on Qualcomm Snapdragon devices are out and they are anything but flattering. Microsoft and Qualcomm nearly promised the moon and more, which made not a few rather dubious if they could pull it off. And it seems those doubts were well-founded. Perhaps trying to do some damage control, Qualcomm has released three new ads that showcase the advantages of software and hardware combination, without actually addressing reviewers’ biggest complaints.

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HP Envy x2 pricing: Looks like Windows-on-ARM won’t be cheap

HP Envy x2 pricing: Looks like Windows-on-ARM won’t be cheap

Windows-on-ARM was seemed like a good way to get Windows to users with low processing power needs, presumably for low prices. Using a smartphone chip instead of x86, there was a good place for a category of users that might otherwise have gone with something like a Chromebook. But HP's reveal of one of the first Windows-on-ARM computer's pricing seems to have dashed those dreams - at least from this angle.

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Windows 10 on ARM is being groomed to fail

Windows 10 on ARM is being groomed to fail

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to be on all its supported platforms and so far it indeed has, from desktops to 2-in-1 tablets to Xbox to even mixed reality. But there is one place where Windows 10 continues to flounder: mobile. While the nascent Windows 10 on ARM, technically “on Qualcomm Snapdragon” really, aims to at least make Microsoft’s case on a new, and so far niche, class of devices. But it seems that Windows 10 on ARM’s published and now retracted limitations seems to paint a picture that is only a bit better compared to Windows RT but still more of the same. That is, a version of Windows 10 that might serve nobody in the end.

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Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 on ARM on Raspberry Pi is off to a good start

Windows 10 is popping up in some odd places, like old phones and ARM boards. It’s all unofficial, of course, but it might still serve to spark some interest in taking Microsoft’s operating system to places where Microsoft itself might have given up on. We’ve seen both Windows RT and a smidgen of Windows 10 on ARM running on Lumia phones. Now Dutch developer Bas Timmer, a.k.a. @NTAuthority, has brought Windows 10, again its ARM version, to a device that Microsoft already half supports: the Raspberry Pi 3.

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Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

Meltdown, Spectre affect Mac, iOS but there are no known exploits

The computing industry has just gotten its first security scare of the year and boy is it a big one. Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad difficult to fix without repercussions. Plus, it affects not just in Intel but AMD and even ARM CPUs as well and doesn’t discriminate between operating systems either. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren’t immune, Apple’s latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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Windows 10 on Snapdragon isn’t answering the right questions

Windows 10 on Snapdragon isn’t answering the right questions

Microsoft just recently revealed its play on the ARM platform that has Windows fans both excited and skeptical. On the one hand, it is a return of the operating system to a CPU platform that is hailed for its battery longevity, thermal management, and performance efficiency. On the other hand, it may feel like deja vu. Things do seem to be better this time, with both software and hardware set in place. But Microsoft might be kidding itself if it expect everything to be different and be successful. Because if Microsoft hasn’t learned from its past, it is bound to repeat it. And like the boy who cried wolf, there might not be a next time.

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