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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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ASUS Windows 10 on ARM device benchmarks are terrible

ASUS Windows 10 on ARM device benchmarks are terrible

When it announced its Windows 10 on ARM, specifically on Snapdragon 835, thrust late last year, Microsoft emphasized power efficiency as the primary selling point. What it might not have disclosed is that those savings in battery life might come at the cost of a significant hit in performance. Following last week’s revelation of a now deleted Geekbench entry comes one that drags ASUS’ name into the news. Sadly, this Windows 10 on ARM sighting might be the worst we’ve seen so far.

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Windows 10 on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Windows 10  on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Microsoft has made it no secret that it will put Windows 10 on ARM devices, specifically on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It has, however, denied that will take the form of a smartphone as some have hoped for. Which is probably all for the best, if this sighting on Geekbench is any indicator. While it is, perhaps, impressive that we are able to see figures for Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 835 board at all, the scores it yielded are way below what you’d expect from the processor, at least compared to Android running on the same chip.

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Apple releases kernel source code for iOS, ARM macOS

Apple releases kernel source code for iOS, ARM macOS

While it doesn't have as aggressive a stance against open source as the old Microsoft did, Apple has never really been seen as an open source-friendly company. Which is somewhat ironic considering some of its core foundations are built on open source software, like the BSD kernel and the KHTML engine used by WebKit. So it's not exactly a small thing, though not exactly huge either, that Apple just released the kernel source code for iOS. What's more interesting, however, is that Apple also released the source code for macOS kernel for the ARM architecture.

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Full Windows 10 on phones is not going to happen, insists Microsoft

Full Windows 10 on phones is not going to happen, insists Microsoft

If you had any fantasies of running a "regular" Windows 10 stack on your phone, Microsoft just dashed them. Not that it was a completely viable dream anyway, even with Windows 10 on ARM almost in full swing. Microsoft's own Joe Belfiore confirms that phones, if there will ever be new ones, will be running Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile only. Which also implies that Windows 10 Mobile isn't going anywhere, at least for now.

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ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

ARM Cortex-A75, Cortex-A55 preparing phones for AI invasion

Almost exactly a year ago, ARM Holdings announced the Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU that had their sights on empowering mobile and embedded devices to take on the computing trend of that time. Namely, virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. This year, the trends have shifted a bit and ARM is shifting appropriately as well. Launching the Cortex-A75, as well as the Cortex-A55 and Mali-G72 GPU, ARM aims to equip small-form computers with all the processing power they need to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning to everything from smartphones to your car dashboard.

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Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

Windows 10 on ARM will run win32/x86 programs without a hitch

One of the perhaps the biggest but easily overlooked revelations Microsoft's BUILD 2017 developer conference didn't happen on stage or with any major press release. It, instead, happened in a 13-minute long video over at Microsoft's Channel 9 site. This video confirms once and for all what developers and perhaps users as well have been hoping for. Windows 10 on ARM will fully support "legacy" win32, a.k.a. x86, software at "nearly" native speeds and without any changes to the programs themselves.

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ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

ARM’s new DynamIQ tech puts cores at the service of AI

Although in existence for decades, artificial intelligence and machine learning have only recently hit mainstream, becoming the hottest thing in the tech industry. But for all the capabilities and ambitions of AI and ML, they are practically limited by the computing power that runs those algorithms and data processing tasks. In other words, advancement in AI requires not just more powerful but also more efficient computing processors. Which is why ARM Holdings is announcing the next evolution of its ARM chip design which it calls DynamIQ.

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Apple working on MacBooks with ARM chips for low-power mode

Apple working on MacBooks with ARM chips for low-power mode

No, Apple isn’t working on ARM-powered MacBooks that will take on Chromebooks and 2-in-1 convertibles in the lower market segments. The report coming from Bloomberg, instead, highlights the addition of an ARM processor working alongside an Intel one. This ARM chip, however, will only kick in when the MacBook goes into low-power mode, thereby prolonging the laptop’s battery life. And while Apple may not have any short-term plans to ditch Intel’s chips, it still doesn’t bode well for Intel’s image in the power efficiency department.

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4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

4 reasons Windows 10 on Snapdragon should excite you

The gulf between Apple and Microsoft's strategies for desktop and mobile continues to spread. On the one hand, Apple has iOS on its own ARM-based mobile chips, and macOS on Intel x86 processors. Taking the complete opposite approach, Microsoft is forging ahead with the same Windows 10 across both ecosystems. While there's no single "right answer" there are plenty of reasons why Microsoft's announcement with Qualcomm that full Windows 10 is coming to Snapdragon should get you excited.

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