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Only New CPUs Can Truly Fix ZombieLoad and Spectre

RMIKKA/Shutterstock Current CPUs have design flaws. Spectre exposed them, but attacks like Foreshadow and now ZombieLoad exploit similar weaknesses. These “speculative execution” flaws can only truly be fixed by buying a new CPU with built-in protection. Patches Often Slow Down Existing CPUs The industry has been frantically scrambling to patch “side-channel attacks” like Spectre and Foreshadow, which trick the CPU into revealing information it shouldn’t. Protection for current CPUs has ...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Amd, Spectre, New Intel, Zombieload


Daily News Roundup: ZombieLoad is the Latest Threat to Intel PCs

Last year saw the release of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, but researchers warned that this pair of flaws was just the start of something bigger. ZombieLoad is the newest vulnerability to leverage a similar type of attack. While there isn’t a lot to say about ZombieLoad that hasn’t already been said, here’s what you need to know. First off, it affects nearly every Intel processor made since 2011. Secondly, since it directly affects the processor, it’s OS agnostic—this flaw is presen...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, Intel, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, Pixel, Engadget, Baraka, Google Express


How to Watch Netflix in 4K on Your Windows PC

Netflix offers a variety of TV shows and movies in 4K. You can watch these on your PC, but you’ll need the right hardware, internet connection, software, and Netflix subscription. It’s not as easy as streaming Netflix in 1080p HD. The Hardware You’ll Need for 4K To stream Netflix in “Ultra HD” on your TV, the only hardware you need is a 4K TV and a 4K-capable streaming box. That’s pretty simple. On a PC, it’s a bit more involved. You’ll need a PC with a 4K display—that’s 3840×2160 pixels. You...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Netflix, Amd, Ultra Hd, Kaby Lake, HDCP


Daily News Roundup: New Chrome for Android Attack Spoofs the Omnibox

There’s a new Chrome attack on the horizon, and man, it’s a doozy. Dubbed the “Inception Bar” by the finder, it replicates Chrome’s Omnibox, essentially giving attackers the potential to take control of Chrome completely. Found by developer James Fisher, the Inception Bar is an incredibly clever phishing attack that leverages the fact that Chrome for Android hides the Omnibox—that’s what the address bar on Chrome is called—as you scroll. Once you scroll down the page a bit, the Omnibox is hidde...
Tags: Apple, Chrome, Google, Crafts, Facebook, Spotify, Washington Post, Intel, App Store, Qualcomm, Zuckerberg, Phil Schiller, Nubia, McDonald, Engadget, Fisher


How to Watch Netflix in 4K on a Mac

Netflix Watching 4K Netflix on a Mac is unnecessarily complicated. It’s not currently supported in macOS, so you’ll need to run Windows on your Mac—and even then you’ll still be limited to the Edge browser. But it can be done. Why is 4K Netflix an Issue for Macs? The 4K content itself isn’t the problem; it’s an issue of compatibility, codecs, and DRM (Digital Rights Management). And it’s not just Macs—4K streaming is an issue in general. When you stream video on any platform, it has to b...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Safari, Netflix, Kaby Lake, HDCP, HEVC, DRM Digital Rights Management, Netflix Premium, Netflix Watching 4K Netflix, 4K YouTube, DRM Netflix


Daily News Roundup: What the Apple-Qualcomm Settlement Means

Apple and Qualcomm met each other in court this week in what was supposed to be a brutal trial. Turns out that wasn’t the case, as the two companies surprisingly agreed to a settlement yesterday. This means three things. Firstly, the settlement ends all ongoing legal action across the board—from Apple, Apple’s manufacturing partners, and Qualcomm. While it’s unclear why the two suddenly decided to settle, it’s very likely that neither wanted company secrets made publicly available in court. The...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Verizon, Intel, Ars Technica, Harvard, Qualcomm, Beowulf, Engadget, Apple Apple, Bleeping Computer, Notre Dame Digital Trends


Is Income Inequality Fair?

Opinion Is Income Inequality Fair? USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you've made enough money.” An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” tweeted, “My goal for this year is to get a moderator to ask ‘Is it morally appropriate for anyone to be a billionaire?'” Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. ...
Tags: Guns, Microsoft, Obama, Congress, America, Barack Obama, Intel, South Africa, Williams, Bill Gates, Gates, Moore, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Gun Rights News, USA Ammoland, Walter E Williams


USB 4 Will Bring Thunderbolt Speeds for Less Money

kontrymphoto/Shutterstock Have you just learned the difference between USB Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 2×2? Well, get ready to throw all of that out because the USB Implementors Forums (USB-IF) just announced USB 4 and it will trump them all. USB moves fast, both in a “transferring your data” sense and in a “the standards have changed again” sense. The USB-IF just recently announced new naming schemes for USB 3.2, the latest USB spec that promises data transfer speeds up to 20 Gbps. But as fast ...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Usb, Gbps USB, USB Promotor Group USB


What Are NVMe Drives, and Should You Buy One?

Samsung The biggest upgrade you can make to your old PC is faster storage. Other components like the CPU and GPU have certainly improved in the last decade, but everyone will appreciate faster storage. NVMe is the latest and greatest storage interface for laptops and desktops, and it offers much faster read and write speeds than older interfaces. This comes at a cost, so depending on what you use the computer for, buying an NVMe drive may not make sense. What Are NVMe Drives? Non-Volatil...
Tags: Crafts, Samsung, Intel, Gpu, Sata, Gbps, Blu Rays, Intel Next, SATA Samsung


Deal Alert: Grab the HP Chromebook x360 for Just $450

Have you been fighting the urge to grab a new, modern laptop? Maybe one of those touch screen 2-in-1 devices? Well, now might be the time to go for an HP x360. We’ve spent a lot of time raving about the Chromebook, and why wouldn’t we? Chromebooks are great alternatives to Windows or Apple laptops. They’re powerful, affordable, and reliable. The HP x360 is no exception. It’s a 14″ 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebook with 8GB of RAM, 64GB of flash storage, and an Intel i3 Processor. That’s more power ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Intel, Netflix, Chromebooks, Bestbuy


Acer Announces New Chromebase Models (Reminder: That’s a Chrome OS All-in-One)

Acer It’s been quite a while since we heard anything about a “Chromebase,” the informal term for an all-in-one desktop computer based on ChromeOS (as opposed to a Chromebook). Acer announced two new designs based on Intel 8th-gen processors. The Chromebase 2412 and its more button-down “Chromebase for Meetings 24Vs” variant hide all of their computer guts behind a 24-inch, 1080p touchscreen. Said guts include a maximum Core i7-8550U processor (a screamer for ChromeOS), 4-8GB of RAM, and 32-...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Intel, Acer, Vesa, Chromebase, Said, Chromebook Acer


Deal Alert: Grab An Entry-Level Surface Pro For Just $649

Microsoft’s line of Surface tablets have been extremely successful, but they’re a bit expensive. Now’s your chance to grab one for cheap. Tablets have become more and more powerful over the past few years, and the line between tablets and laptops has started to dissolve. The perception that tablets are only useful for playing games and watching Netflix is no longer correct, these are serious devices that can be used for work, video editing, sound design, and graphic design. Apple users have the...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Best Buy, Netflix, Intel Core


What Do “7nm” and “10nm” Mean for CPUs, and Why Do They Matter?

archy13/Shuttertock CPUs are made using billions of tiny transistors, electrical gates that switch on and off to perform calculations. They take power to do this, and the smaller the transistor, the less power is required. “7nm” and “10nm” are measurements of the size of these transistors—“nm” being nanometers, a miniscule length—and are a useful metric for judging how powerful a particular CPU is. For reference, “10nm” is Intel’s new manufacturing process, set to debut in Q4 2019, and “7nm...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Samsung, Intel, Amd, TSMC, Moore


Dell’s XPS 13 Should Hold the Lead for Windows Ultraportables With 2019 Update

The Dell XPS 13 is generally (though not universally) regarded as one of the top Windows machines available, thanks to a sleek design and a great value. Dell’s gentle revision of the laptop continues into 2019, notably including the most requested change. Dell lowered the curtain on the latest refresh at CES, drawing crowds with a headline feature: the camera is now exactly where you expect it to be. Previous iterations sought the thinnest screen bezels possible, and achieved this by sticking t...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Dell, Skype, Intel Core


Lenovo’s Latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga Slim Down and Style Up

The ThinkPad line is full of workhorses, and Lenovo’s most adamant customers like it that way. But even a workhorse can wear some fancy tack. Such is the case with the latest high-end ThinkPads, the newest updates to the X1 Carbon flagship and X1 Yoga convertible unveiled at CES. ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Generation) The 7th-gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s new aesthetic touches mean it finally looks the part: the cover, usually a soft-touch plastic or similar finish, now shows off the carbon fiber wea...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Lenovo, Dolby Atmos


Acer’s New Chromebook is Cheap, Big, And One of the First to Run an AMD Processor

At CES 2019 Acer took the wraps off a new Chromebook, and it’s one of the first to use an AMD processor. Like so many of the company’s other Chromebooks, it’s an entry-level model. At first blush, there isn’t really anything remarkable about the Chromebook 315, but a quick peek under the hood reveals its AMD A-Series processor. While that chip on its own is nothing to write home about, its inclusion in a Chromebook is, since most Chromebooks use either Intel or ARM-based silicon. Acer makes the...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Chromebook, Acer, Amd


Windows 10 Is Only Making Windows Fragmentation Worse

With Windows 10, Microsoft wanted to get every Windows user on the same platform. Now, the opposite is happening. Just 6.6% of Windows 10 PCs have the October 2018 Update over three months after its release. The Numbers These numbers come courtesy of AdDuplex, which tracks Windows update market share, as spotted by Bleeping Computer. In December 2018: 6.6% of Windows 10 PCs were running the October 2018 Update 83.6% were running the April 2018 Update 5.7% were running the Fall Creators Updat...
Tags: Apple, Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Amd, Bleeping Computer


Acer’s Bodacious Predator Triton 900 Convertible is Among the First RTX Laptops

Following NVIDIA’s announcement of RTX-powered laptops at CES, Acer showed off its first design, and it’s a doozie: the Predator Triton 900 features a 17-inch 4K touchscreen that folds down on a boom hinge, technically making it a massive “convertible.” This no-holds-barred gaming laptop comes with the top-of-the-line RTX 2080 GPU, paired with Intel’s latest Core i7 8th-gen processor, up to 32GB of RAM, a pair of solid-state drives in RAID 0 configuration, and a built-in Xbox wireless controlle...
Tags: Crafts, China, Intel, Acer, Nvidia, Gpu, US Europe, CES Acer


Integrated Graphics Are About to Get Way Better

Forget buying a dedicated graphics card, pretty soon you’ll be gaming without one. At least, if you’re part of the 90% of people who still game at 1080p or less. Recent advancements from both Intel and AMD mean their integrated GPUs are about to tear up the low-end graphics card market. Why Are iGPUs So Slow in the First Place? There are two reasons: memory and die size. The memory part is easy to understand: faster memory equals better performance. iGPUs don’t get the benefits of fancy memor...
Tags: Crafts, Intel, Amd, Gpu, Integrated Graphics Are About


Why Your PC’s UEFI Firmware Needs Security Updates

Microsoft just announced Project Mu, promising “firmware as a service” on supported hardware. Every PC manufacturer should take note. PCs need security updates to their UEFI firmware, and PC manufacturers have done a poor job of delivering them. What Is UEFI Firmware? Modern PCs use UEFI firmware instead of a traditional BIOS. The UEFI firmware is the low-level software that starts when you boot your PC. It tests and initializes your hardware, does some low-level system configuration, and the...
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Amd, UEFI, Intel Management Engine


Windows 10’s October Update is Now Widely Available, Here’s How to Get It

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October Update has had its fair share of issues, but now it’s widely available for all users. The thing is, you still may have to pull it manually. Here’s what you need to know. The October 2018 Update, which is Version 1809, has been plagued with issues since its initial rollout—the worst of it was probably when it was accidentally deleting users’ files (oops). But it also broke network drives, borked Windows Media Player’s seek function, and did some janky stuff with In...
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Start Menu


The Great China Trade Barrier

Art by A.F. Branco China Trade Barrier Tariff Trump USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Great China Trade Barrier.President Trump continues to win, this time by breaking down the huge china trade barrier and opening Chinia to the auto trade, and agriculture. Also, some major headway with Intel property theft and forced tech transfer.Did you enjoy this cartoon?Sign up for Ammoland in your Inbox and get our daily cartoon and email news! You call yourself pro-gun? Prove it by joining any one or all of the...
Tags: Guns, Washington Post, America, Economy, Intel, Fox News, Trump, Nra, National Rifle Association NRA, Ammoland, Gun Rights News, A.F. Branco, Gun Cartoons, Branco, Preservation Of Firearms Ownership JPFO, James Woods Sarah Palin Larry Elder Lars Larson


Windows 10 Had a Thanksgiving Weekend Stuffed With Update Bugs

Nothing is certain in life but death, taxes, and Windows 10 update bugs. While we were enjoying the holidays, Microsoft acknowledged it broke everything from Windows Media Player to the sound output on some PCs. More Broken Intel Driver Updates At exactly 5 PM eastern time on November 21—the day before Thanksgiving— Microsoft updated the Windows 10 Update History page to note a new problem with the October 2018 Update. On some systems with Intel graphics, audio playback from a monitor or tele...
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Woody Leonhard, Microsoft Intel


Microsoft’s October Update Failure is Holding the Whole PC Industry Back

Microsoft still hasn’t re-released Windows 10’s October 2018 Update. Now, PC manufacturers are shipping PCs with unsupported software, and Battlefield V is coming out next week with real-time ray-tracing technology that won’t work on NVIDIA’s RTX hardware. Some New PCs Are Running Unsupported Software The holiday shopping season is almost upon us. PC manufacturers have been working on new hardware and want to release it in time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season. As Brad Sams ...
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel, Nvidia, Lenovo, Sams, Brad Sams, Battlefield V


The New MacBook Air Might Kill Off The MacBook

Apple has a real crowd-pleaser on its hands with the long-overdue return of the MacBook Air. With modern processors and a new retina screen, plus a redesigned unibody and Touch ID, it’s definitely gathering some interest from fans of the original. But what about the MacBook, the oddly in-between redesign that goes without an adjective? Introduced in 2015, this teeny-tiny 12-inch laptop was ostensibly the successor to the original Air, re-using the name of the old plastic entry-level Mac laptops...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Intel, Macbook, Air, MacBook Air


Mobile CPUs Are Now as Fast as Most Desktop PCs

Apple says its new iPad Pros are faster than 92% of all laptops, tablets, and convertible PCs released in the last year. And yes, that includes PCs with Intel Core i7 processors! Mobile CPUs are becoming as fast as desktop PC CPUs, never mind laptop CPUs. Sure, an iPhone or iPad isn’t going to replace your desktop PC any time soon, but that’s just because of the software. The hardware is ready. Just think what we could do with better mobile software, or even with a Windows 10 on ARM PC running ...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Intel, Intel Core, Intel Skylake, AnandTech, Skylake CPU


Mobile CPUs Are Now as Fast as Your Desktop PC

Apple says its new iPad Pros are faster than 92% of all laptops, tablets, and convertible PCs released in the last year. And yes, that includes PCs with Intel Core i7 processors! Mobile CPUs are becoming as fast as desktop PC CPUs, never mind laptop CPUs. Sure, an iPhone or iPad isn’t going to replace your desktop PC any time soon, but that’s just because of the software. The hardware is ready. Just think what we could do with better mobile software, or even with a Windows 10 on ARM PC running ...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Intel, Intel Core, Intel Skylake, AnandTech, Skylake CPU


Apple’s New MacBook Air Finally Gives Us Everything We Want

Today at Apple’s iPad event, the company finally announced a new MacBook Air, the first major refresh to the line since March 2015. The biggest feature is its Retina display with 48% more color. Before today, the MacBook Air was the only device that Apple sold that didn’t have a Retina display, so this feature has been a long time coming. The laptop mostly keeps the same overall design and style, but taking up 17% less space and 10% thinner than the previous Air. Furthermore, it weighs just 2.7...
Tags: Apple, Crafts, Intel, MacBook Air


Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 Kicks Back with an ARM Processor and LTE

The first Galaxy Book was something of an odd duck: a standard tablet form factor with a full-power Intel setup for running Windows. The sequel hardware mixes things up a bit. The most obvious change for the Galaxy Book 2 is the Surface-style kickstand, integrated into the tablet for freestanding goodness just about anywhere. The original model used a wrap-around folio case with an integrated keyboard, very much like Google’s new Pixel Slate. The keyboard on this machine is also very reminiscen...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Verizon, Microsoft, Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, AT T Sprint


How to Fix Your PC’s Sound if Windows Update Just Broke It

Windows Update keeps breaking things. Earlier this week, Microsoft released a buggy Intel audio driver that broke the sound on some PCs. If your PC suddenly can’t play audio, here’s how to fix it.
Tags: Crafts, Microsoft, Intel



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