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Samsung Exynos 5 7872 to power 2018 mid-range phones

Samsung Exynos 5 7872 to power 2018 mid-range phones

Last year’s premium specs often become this year’s mid-tier features. That does seem to be the pattern proven by Samsung’s newest Exynos system-on-chip, not for the high-end phones but for those in the middle. The Exynos 5 series 7872 processor is designed to do more for less. That is, less cores and less capabilities. That said, there are some serious limitations to the chip that could hinder its use.

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Samsung Exynos 9810 processor highlights AI for face recognition

Samsung Exynos 9810 processor highlights AI for face recognition

If there were any still any lingering doubt that Samsung would be going the Face ID route sooner rather than later, its newest product announcement should clear all those away. No, it hasn’t yet revealed the Galaxy S9 but, instead, has announced the brains behind it. The Exynos 9810, its first in the Exynos 9 series, boasts of more than just improved performance and power efficiency. It will be talking a lot about its AI and machine learning capabilities that will be put in the service of image processing and face detection.

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Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

Intel’s bug response: It’s not just us! [UPDATE: AMD, ARM, Google statements]

This week Intel found themselves on the wrong end of the controversy stick as a bug, flaw, or whatever you'd like to call it, appeared on Intel computers. What they suggest is that they are not the only company whose products are "susceptible to these exploits." Intel made clear several times in a comment to the press that they were not the only hardware manufacturers that are part of this mess.

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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 chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel chips have a severe security flaw and the fix isn’t good

Intel isn’t exactly having a good few months as far as security goes. Just two months ago, the chip maker admitted to having discovered quite a number of severe security flaws in its firmware, specifically those related to its Management Engine. Now another, still undisclosed vulnerability has both Linux and Windows kernel programmers scrambling to put out a fix. Unfortunately, this is a case where the cure is almost, just almost, as bad as the disease, potentially causing almost all modern Intel processors to perform significantly slower than they do today.

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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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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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Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

Google nabs Apple engineer to help with its own chip development

As Google continues its recent work towards developing its own custom chips for use in the Pixel line of phones and other devices, the company has now managed to lure some top talent from one of its biggest rivals, namely Apple. It appears that well-regarded Apple chip designer John Bruno has left his position at Cupertino to join Google for an unspecified role.

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Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Intel Pentium Silver, new Celeron take on Qualcomm’s challenge

Although we still have to really see how it performs in the real-world, it was pretty clear that Qualcomm took a big shot at Intel when it introduced the Snapdragon 845 together with Microsoft. It struck at the heart of some of the biggest complaints about Intel’s chips, especially on mobile, like battery life and always-on connectivity. Naturally, Intel isn’t taking it sitting down and has announced its new Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron range that addresses those concerns. Or at least one of them.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 chips are ready, but there’s a huge question

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 chips are ready, but there’s a huge question

Samsung's Galaxy S9 is coming, and the company's chip-making arm is ramping up its production line for the new 2018 flagship's processors. Compared to most other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung finds itself in a privileged position. Not only does it make its phones, it makes most of the components inside them, too.

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iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

iMac Pro tipped to feature always-on ‘Hey Siri’, A10 Fusion chip

While we don't have an official release date just yet, Apple's new iMac Pro is still due for release before the year's end. With that window quickly closing, a few interesting details about Apple's high-end desktop have begun to surface thanks to developers getting their hands on the BridgeOS 2.0 software. Namely, it appears the iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor, and that it will be able to support an always-on "Hey Siri" setting.

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