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Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

Intel chip flaw allowed hackers to watch you browse the web

There's a flaw in the vast majority of Intel chips from here back to the year 2011 called ZombieLoad. That's what security researchers are calling it, anyway. The name refers to data a processor cannot handle, a "zombie load" which can be exploited thanks to a code vulnerability in Intel hardware.

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Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 give Qualcomm some affordable grunt

Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 give Qualcomm some affordable grunt

Qualcomm has a trio of new Snapdragon mobile platforms to announce, with the Snapdragon 730, 730G, and 665 targeting mid- to high-tier devices with an eye on value. The three new chipsets borrow tech from the category above while delivering increases in AI performance, computational photography, and a bump in gaming abilities.

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Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

Qualcomm Apple war chip-blocked iPhone 7, slows race to 5G

The latest in the Apple Qualcomm squabble is a testimony from the iPhone maker, suggesting that Qualcomm's not been keen on supplying chips since their FTC trial began. Apple COO Jeff Williams testified during the US Federal Trade Commission trial against Qualcomm, suggesting that it seems as though once Apple filed (several) lawsuits against Qualcomm, Qualcomm's been unwilling to "support [Apple] with new design wins past that time."

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Samsung 7nm EUV chip production gets underway

Samsung 7nm EUV chip production gets underway

Samsung Electronics revealed they'd gotten underway with wafer production on its next process node, 7nm LPP EUV. That's also known as 7-nanometer (nm) LPP (Low Power Plus) with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography technology. Also in the mix this week were new SmartSSD, QLC-SSD, and 256GB 3DS RDIMM.

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Intel Core 9th-generation processors first prices and details

Intel Core 9th-generation processors first prices and details

The first 9th-gen Intel Core processors were revealed with release prices and dates this morning at an Intel event. The first wave of these processors will - SHOCK - be aimed at desktop processing power enthusiasts as well as gamers. Inside we'll find support for Optane-based memory sticks and hardware-level fixes (and pre-fixes) for Spectre and Meltdown attacks. You'll find the first chip in the series comes as a monster: That's the Intel Core i9-9900K, the first so-called "broad volume" processor to hit 5Ghz.

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Snapdragon Wear 3100 promises smartwatch battery and feature boost

Snapdragon Wear 3100 promises smartwatch battery and feature boost

Qualcomm promised some big news in smartwatch chips, and the Snapdragon Wear 3100 is just that. Bringing a long-awaited update to the company's wearable-focused silicon, the new platform promises to be more powerful and more power-efficient, with a number of big names in smartwatches already signed on.

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Qualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makers

Qualcomm’s next-gen 7nm Snapdragon is in the hands of phone-makers

Qualcomm will shift to a new 7nm system-on-chip design for its next, 5G-capable flagship mobile platform, though the company isn't quite ready to spill the beans completely on what it has planned. The new SoC - which Qualcomm says it expects to be the first 5G-capable mobile platform for premium-tier smartphones and more - is currently sampling to device partners.

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Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

Behold, 3D color X-rays: MARS scanner, made with CERN tech

This week the folks at MARS Bioimaging revealed the first 3D color X-Ray of the insides of a human body. They've got a device called the MARS large bore spectral scanner, AKA the MARS spectral x-ray scanner - and we're crossing our fingers for a simpler name as the product is further developed, too. This scanner uses an adaptation of technology first used by CERN in the hunt for the God particle.

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Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform brings premium features to more phones

Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform brings premium features to more phones

Qualcomm has unveiled its new Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform, the first mobile platform in the company's 700-tier portfolio. The 710 Mobile Platform, Qualcomm explains, will bring certain "premium-tier" features to a wider mobile audience. The new chip will offer better performance in areas that include artificial intelligence, connectivity, camera capture, battery life, and more.

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Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Forget phones: the next Snapdragon is reportedly all about VR and AR

Qualcomm will be revealing its new Snapdragon XR1 chipset for standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets next week, at least according to sources leaking the plans. The sources claim the announcement could come as soon as next week, though it may be bumped to a later date. We might see the chipset unveiled during Augmented World Expo in California.

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Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Samsung coming to Bitcoin with ASIC chips

Overnight news from South Korea spoke of Samsung's efforts to enter the bitcoin mining industry. Samsung was reported to be joining said market with mass production of bitcoin mining hardware starting this month. Their first move will hit the ground running with ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) production this year, with the company's efforts in developing said semiconductor technology throughout 2017.

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There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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