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New Spectre attack once again sends Intel and AMD scrambling for a fix

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Since 2018, an almost endless series of attacks broadly known as Spectre has kept Intel and AMD scrambling to develop defenses to mitigate vulnerabilities that allow malware to pluck passwords and other sensitive information directly out of silicon. Now, researchers say they’ve devised a new attack that breaks most—if not all—of those on-chip defenses.

Spectre got its name for its abuse of speculative execution, a feature in virtually all modern CPUs that predicts the future instructions the CPUs might receive and then follows a path that the instructions are likely to follow. By using code that forces a CPU to execute instructions along the wrong path, Spectre can extract confidential data that would have been accessed had the CPU continued down that wrong path. These exploits are known as transient executions.

“Dangerous implications”

Since Spectre was first described in 2018, new variants have surfaced almost every month. In many cases, the new variants have required chipmakers to develop new or augmented defenses to mitigate the attacks.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/new-spectre-attack-once-again-sends-intel-and-amd-scrambling-for-a-fix/
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Intel ordered to pay $2.18 billion in patent lawsuit

6e377550-7bfe-11eb-bd7e-9a4bc9d74213Intel has been ordered to pay $2.18 billion dollars after losing a lawsuit over two decade-old patents, Bloomberg has reported. A jury ruled that Intel infringed patents related to clock frequencies and voltage owned by a company called VLSI LLC. &qu…

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Intel’s PC business is up 33 percent thanks to cheap notebooks

a85cc840-5c3f-11eb-bfeb-10234ab4073eWe already know that 2020 was a huge year for PC shipments, now Intel is confirming that report with explosive fourth quarter earnings results. The chipmaker says its PC business was up 33 percent compared to last year, with notebook revenue in parti…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/intel-q4-earnings-pc-revenues-notebooks-232707825.html
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Intel’s White Box Laptop Will Hit Stores Under Smaller Brand Names

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Intel has a long history of making concept hardware and inviting vendors to build it: that’s where we get the term “ultrabook.” Its latest design is a bit more straightforward. The NUC M15 is in the same line as the Next Unit of Computing mini-PCs, and Intel’s going to farm the design out to boutique manufacturers to customize and resell.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/61891/intels-white-box-laptop-will-hit-stores-under-smaller-brand-names/
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Why an AMD 5000 CPU Might Beat Intel’s CPUs for Gaming

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Here we go again! AMD Zen CPUs already have a reputation as the best performers in multi-threaded and productivity application performance. Now, the chip manufacturer has its eye on Intel’s longtime dominance in PC gaming.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/696168/why-an-amd-5000-cpu-might-beat-intels-cpus-for-gaming/
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Intel confirms 11th-gen ‘Rocket Lake’ desktop CPUs for early 2021

2e12d880-08b2-11eb-9567-39c3d39e274bIf you’re looking to upgrade your rig or pick up a new desktop, it may be worth waiting until next year. In a Medium post, Intel has confirmed that its 11th generation “Rocket Lake” CPUs will be arriving in the first quarter of 2021. They’ll also fin…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/intel-11th-gen-rocket-lake-cpus-desktops-160054994.html
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HP’s first Intel 11th-gen laptops use recycled ocean-bound plastics

073fb9a0-fcad-11ea-97d4-47c4837d0715HP has unveiled its latest 13-, 14- and 15-inch Pavilion laptops that are its first to use 11th-generation Intel Core processors and Iris XE graphics that should deliver a huge GPU boost over last-gen Intel chips. They’re also among the company’s fir…

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Lenovo’s New Yoga 6 and Yoga 7i Laptops Come in AMD and Intel Flavors

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Lenovo’s mainstream line of laptops is now dominated by the “Yoga” brand on the high end, and today it gets a refresh. The successors to the Yoga C640 and C740 are, respectively, the Yoga 6 and Yoga 7i. The Yoga 6 is a 13″ model powered by AMD’s popular Ryzen platform, while the 7i gets Intel hardware in 14″ and 15″ variants.

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Let’s start at the bottom. The Yoga 6 comes in a fetching blue finish that reminds me of the “denim” pencils I had in elementary school—and it should, since the lid is covered in fabric. Underneath is an AMD Ryzen 4700U processor available on the top end. Lenovo says it’ll be offered with “up to” 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, but with prices starting at $700, I’d expect a typical 8GB/256GB setup at the entry level.

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Lenovo claims up to 18 hours of battery life from this 2.9-pound laptop, which seems pretty optimistic. Other charms include a “full HD” touchscreen, front-facing speakers, a built-in fingerprint reader, but the digital pen is optional. It features two USB-C and two USB-A ports, one of each side, plus a headphone jack. It will include support for Amazon’d Alexa voice assistant pre-loaded. The Yoga 6 will be available starting in October.

The Yoga 7i comes in two flavors, at 14 and 15.6 inches. Though it doesn’t have that swanky fabric-covered lid, its screen is VESA400 certified at up to 500 nits—some seriously impressive brightness. Both versions get “next-gen Intel Core processors” (presumably the as-yet-unannounced Tiger Lake series) and Rapid Charge Boost, which allows for two hours of use on just 15 minutes of charge. As far as total life is concerned, Lenovo says the 14″model can go 16 hours and the 15.6″ can go 13—again, pretty optimistic.

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Physically, they get two USB-C ports on the left (supporting Thunderbolt 4, no less) and two USB-A ports on the right, with a headphone jack for good measure. Note the “bump” up top for the front-facing camera, which Lenovo is particularly proud of. Both models get a built-in fingerprint reader, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, and the larger model gets a full tenkey area on the backlit keyboard. It comes in slate grey and a fetching “moss” green, with Alexa pre-loaded.

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Like the Yoga 6, the 7i tops out at 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, though entry models will obviously be cheaper. The 14″ model starts at $850 with the 15″ version starting at just $800, both landing in November.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/50930/lenovos-new-yoga-6-and-yoga-7i-laptops-come-in-amd-and-intel-flavors/
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Someone Leaked a Bunch of Confidential Intel Documents

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Earlier today, a Twitter user leaked 20GB worth of confidential Intel documents stored on a file-sharing service—documents that the Twitter user claims they received from an anonymous hacker. According to the leaker, the folder contains classified information under NDA, and the hacker who provided the documents to…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/someone-leaked-a-bunch-of-confidential-intel-documents-1844639482
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Intel’s 7nm CPUs are delayed, won’t arrive until at least 2022

ad6fb810-cd4c-11ea-9f19-fec0fa3f9f72Intel delivered bad news to its investors today, announcing that its plans for 7nm chips have slipped another six months, and yields are now running a year behind original projections. This comes after Apple announced plans to rely on its own CPUs fo…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/intel-7nm-delay-013258837.html
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