Windows 10 build 17074.1002 now in the Fast ring with a fix for AMD PCs

A week ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17074 to the Fast ring with quite a few new features. Since then, the company has been releasing fixes for current versions of the OS that fix an issue that was causing PCs with AMD processors to become unbootable. Now, that fix is coming to… [Read More]

What the newest laptops tell us about 2018 trends

Each and every year we see more and more laptops at the Consumer Electronics Show. We’ve seen insanely small and light ones, giant gaming machines, ones that flip and spin, and then just regular plain old laptops. At this year’s show the laptops haven’t been as insane, but a few of them might give us… [Read More]

Intel fix causes reboots and slowdowns

Image copyright Reuters Intel says devices are rebooting more than usual after being patched with fixes it has issued to the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in its chips. The company said it had reproduced the problem and was “making progress toward identifying the root cause”. It also shared information about how the patches might… [Read More]

Ubuntu 17.10.1 ISOs available with corrupting BIOS fix

Canonical has a now made Ubuntu 17.10.1 available on its servers but is yet to list it on its main download page as of Saturday evening (GMT). The new ISO comes with the SPI kernel driver disabled in order to avoid damaging the BIOS on some computers. People have been unable to download the latest… [Read More]

Intel NUC6CAYH (Arches Canyon) Apollo Lake UCFF PC Review

Intel has enjoyed great success with their NUC lineup of ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs. They have segmented the NUCs into three markets – the entry-level, mid-range, and enthusiast. The enthusiast segment is served by H series processors and the mid-range by the U series processors with the Core architecture. The entry level is served… [Read More]

Europe puts 1bn euros into supercomputer research

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Car makers have had help from supercomputers which have been modelling manufacturing methods The European Commission has unveiled plans to spend 1bn euros creating “world class” supercomputers. The project was needed, it said, because European contributions to existing high-performance computing projects was “insignificant”. The cash will be spent developing machines… [Read More]

Intel’s fix for Meltdown and Spectre had a bug of its own

Intel took a beating this month as reports of critical vulnerabilities in the operation of its processors going back two decades caused its stock price to go in a nosedive, and led to a massive erosion of confidence in the company’s processors. The chipmaker’s troubles aren’t over yet, however. Reports of a bug in the… [Read More]

Intel CEO Addresses the Industry on Meltdown and Spectre Issues in Open Letter

Brian Krzanich on Thursday published an open letter addressing its partners and customers regarding the aftermath of the Meltdown and Spectre exploits publication. Chief executive of Intel reiterated the company’s plans to release security updates for its recent CPUs by early next week and mentioned the importance of collaborative industry-wide security assurance and responsible disclosures… [Read More]

AMD starts rolling out its own Spectre processor fixes

AMD has kept a low profile throughout the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability crisis. It has maintained that Meltdown poses near zero risk because of the architecture of its processors, while a Spectre exploit would also be highly unlikely. However, that is not keeping the company from issuing firmware updates for its Ryzen and EPYC chips… [Read More]

Samsung Starts Production of HBM2 “Aquabolt” Memory: 8 GB, 2.4 Gbps

Samsung this week announced that it had started mass production of its second-generation HBM2 memory code-named “Aquabolt”. The new memory devices have 8 GB capacity and operate at 2.4 Gbps data rate per pin. To hit the new data rate, Samsung had to apply new technologies related to TSV design and thermal control. Samsung intends… [Read More]