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New iMac release with Apple chip may change your next buy plan

New iMac release with Apple chip may change your next buy plan

Apple Silicon MacBooks are only the first MacOS computers to roll with the company's own-designed processors. Tips from supply chain sources this week suggest Apple is hard at work on its first desktop computer processor as well. This could change the way MacOS computers work (and play). Will this change your plans to buy a new computer in the near future?

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AMD ZEN 3 revealed with fully re-arranged layout

AMD ZEN 3 revealed with fully re-arranged layout

Today AMD introduced ZEN 3, 7nm processing power ready to roll in Q4 2020. ZEN 3 delivers higher max boost than ever before, significant IPC uplift, and a whole new core layout and new cache topology. AMD confirmed that ZEN 4 was on-track with a 5nm design as well - it would appear that, as one would expect, AMD will "not let up" going into the future.

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Apple T2 security chip might have an unpatchable security flaw

Apple T2 security chip might have an unpatchable security flaw

The use of a dedicated security chip in computers is hardly new and has become the standard practice to lessen the risk of software-based hacking. Unfortunately, the same finality that gives these chips their security often makes it almost impossible to fix hardware-based vulnerabilities. Just like with the first-gen Nintendo Switch, Apple's own touted T2 security silicon might be vulnerable to an exploit that can't be fixed through a software update. Fortunately, the situation might be less dire than it sounds, depending on your situation.

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US restricts exports to China’s biggest chipmaker

US restricts exports to China’s biggest chipmaker

Local and international media have been focused on covering the US government's moves against popular social media TikTok but what's happening outside of the spotlight could have even bigger economic repercussions globally. Although not exactly the blacklisting that was earlier feared, the US Commerce Department has just placed restrictions on the export of American products to SMIC, China's largest semiconductor company, which affects not only the already embattled Huawei but potentially even US companies like Qualcomm as well.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G promises graphics bump for midrange Android

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G promises graphics bump for midrange Android

Qualcomm has a new gaming chipset for smartphones, with the Snapdragon 732G aiming to deliver an uptick in graphics performance in more affordable handsets. Compared to the Snapdragon 730G, Qualcomm says that the Adreno 618 GPU in the new Snapdragon 732G should deliver a 15-percent improvement in graphics rendering.

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Apple’s “Insane” iPhone 12 Upgrade Leaked

Apple’s “Insane” iPhone 12 Upgrade Leaked

A new leak of performance power for the next major iPhone release suggests that the iPhone 12 collection will be a true upgrade. Normally, iPhone users that purchase a new iPhone every year, or even ever couple of years, know that sometimes this purchase is more of a "I just need a newer version of what I've already got" sort of situation. This year, that might all change.

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400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

400 Qualcomm Snapdragon DSP chip bugs put phones at risk [UPDATE]

The size of smartphones often belies the power they hold as well as the complexity of their construction. Phones may be said to come from this or that country or manufacturer but the truth is that different parts can be traced back to different sources and suppliers. All smartphones have many components in common, of course, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors have the lion's share of those. Unfortunately, that also means that when that particular chip turns out to have a vulnerability, it also puts the majority of the world's smartphones at risk.

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NVIDIA reportedly close to buying ARM from Softbank

NVIDIA reportedly close to buying ARM from Softbank

It's a bit strange to hear that Arm, whose chip designs and computer instruction set architecture or ISA has been quickly overtaking the computing world, might soon be sold off despite its growing popularity and ubiquity. That is exactly the case, however, for the England-based company who just four years ago was acquired by Japanese conglomerate Softbank. The latter has reportedly been in talks with many potential buyers, including Apple, but one name keeps rising to the top. NVIDIA, however, may be facing an uphill battle if it does make a formal bid for Arm Technologies.

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Intel 7nm delayed again: Chipmaker admits embarrassing slide

Intel 7nm delayed again: Chipmaker admits embarrassing slide

Intel earnings released this afternoon showed a bit of a change in the company's outlook for chip manufacturing. Intel revealed that their "7nm-based CPU product timing is shifting approximately six months relative to prior expectations." That's a very skillfully stated way of saying Intel's 7nm-based CPU product will be about a half-year later than they'd planned.

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Arm just revealed the core tech of 2021’s flagship phones

Arm just revealed the core tech of 2021’s flagship phones

Arm has revealed its next-generation smartphone chips, and the new Cortex-A78, Mali-G78, and Ethos-N78 promise a whole new turn of speed and efficiency for 2021's flagships. At the same time, Arm is also throwing open its new Cortex-X Custom (CXC) program, which will cook up custom chip designs for those companies which need something special from their silicon.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G aims to game-boost midrange 5G phones

Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G aims to game-boost midrange 5G phones

Qualcomm has launched a new midrange gaming-focused smartphone chipset, with the Snapdragon 768G promising 5G along with a speed boost and features cherry-picked from the flagship Snapdragon 865. It's the latest in the Snapdragon series to bear the "G" suffix, which Qualcomm has used to denote its gamer-friendly chips for players on a tighter budget.

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Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Hunting new customers, Arm offers startups its chip tech for free

Chip-developer Arm is hoping to snag a place at the heart of new tech startups by offering access to its chip technology for free, staving off costs until products are actually being produced. The Arm Flexible Access for Startups program offers the company's processor designs, tools, and technical support with no fees, assuming the startups fit some criteria.

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