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Intel Core i9 six-core brings gaming CPU to notebooks

Intel Core i9 six-core brings gaming CPU to notebooks

Intel announced a new batch of 8th-generation Core CPUs for laptops today, with the star of the show being the new Core i9-8950HK. This CPU is notable for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the biggest is the fact that this is the first six-core processor Intel has made for laptops. Obviously, we're probably only going to see this CPU in top-of-the-line notebooks, which means that most people probably won't experience its benefits.

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Intel details Meltdown and Spectre-proof processors

Intel details Meltdown and Spectre-proof processors

Intel promised hardware protection in its chips in the aftermath of the Spectre and Meltdown discovery, and now it's detailing just what it has planned for its new CPUs. The chipmaker found its processors under the spotlight back in January, when Google Project Zero and others discovered low-level vulnerabilities in several generations of Intel chips that could potentially allow hackers to exploit consumer and enterprise systems.

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AMD expands Ryzen and EPYC with new embedded processors

AMD expands Ryzen and EPYC with new embedded processors

AMD has been doing pretty well with PC hardware meant for consumers, but today, the company is turning its attention to enterprise. AMD has announced new embedded processors featuring both Ryzen and EPYC branding. It has also announced a number of product and manufacturing partners who have signed on to use these processors, which could be good news for its ongoing efforts in the embedded space.

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Intel finally has an 8th Gen Core i3 for cheaper laptops

Intel finally has an 8th Gen Core i3 for cheaper laptops

Intel has finally added an entry-level 8th Generation processor to its line-up, opening the door to more affordable new laptops and 2-in-1s with the latest silicon. The chip-maker's 8th Gen Core i5 and Core i7 processors have been spreading through notebooks and desktops since all the way back in August 2017, but Intel's staggered launch has left some odd gaps in the line-up.

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Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Alexa is getting a custom Amazon AI chip: Report

Amazon plans to join the custom chip club, with future Alexa devices like the Echo smart speaker reportedly set to be powered by a homegrown AI processor. Efforts to design a special chipset that would give Alexa offline talents, among other improvements, are said to have been underway for the past few years. As well as further differentiating its assistant technology, it could also open Amazon up to a potentially lucrative new market.

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VAIO S TruePerformance laptops fend off thermal throttling

VAIO S TruePerformance laptops fend off thermal throttling

Throttling has seemingly become a more mainstream and even thornier topic as more and more users become aware of the ways their devices might not be performing at their best. Sadly, throttling is also the unavoidable consequence of physics that can’t be easily overcome by our current level of technology and knowledge. That, however, isn’t stopping companies from trying, or at least from advertising their success. VAIO has just announced a new generation of its VAIO S laptops that boast of one special feat: higher performance over a longer period of time.

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Microsoft undoes Intel’s buggy Spectre fix with emergency patch

Microsoft undoes Intel’s buggy Spectre fix with emergency patch

Microsoft undoing an Intel processor patch might seem unlikely, but that's just what an emergency update for Windows is doing because of Spectre reboots. Reports among Windows users of their PCs becoming unstable and rebooting randomly underscored quite how badly Intel's Spectre security fix had got things, with Microsoft now forced to issue an emergency Windows patch that rolls back the processor company's handiwork.

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Intel: Spectre and Meltdown-proof CPUs coming this year

Intel: Spectre and Meltdown-proof CPUs coming this year

Intel plans to have versions of its processors directly addressing the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws on the market later this year, the chip-maker has confirmed today. News on the processor update came during the earnings call with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, after the company announced better-than-expected results for Q4 2017.

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Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown advice just changed over reboot issues

Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown advice just changed over reboot issues

If you were about to install Intel's fix for Spectre and Meltdown, don't be so fast: the chip company is advising those with certain processors to avoid the security patches currently available. Intel began pushing out fixes along with the help of its system partners earlier this month, as it tried to deal with the twin security issues identified by Google Project Zero and others. However, that process hasn't been entirely smooth-running.

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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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CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

CPU flaw: Key details of the huge processor problem [Fixes are here!]

An Intel bug was just announced which could have negative effects on the performance capabilities of computers all over the world. Before we go any further, I need to be clear in saying this will not have a significant effect on most users, or so we're lead to believe thus far. Intel has not released all the details on the issue, but we do have a general idea of what's happening and what to expect.

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Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

Intel AMD processor details leak: Kaby Lake likely

A brand new Intel Core i7-8809G processor was just discovered lurking in the company's overclocking listings. This processor is quad-core and rolls with two different sets of options for graphics processing. Intel HD Graphics 630 isn't particularly surprising, but the other option points to the future: Radeon RX Vega M GH Graphics.

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