Intel has microcode updates for modern CPUs and fixed silicon for late - [security]
05:12 AM EDT - Mar,17 2018 - post a comment
Krzanich has made a blog post
that says the company has microcode updates ready for all of its products released in the past five years, and that CPUs with "hardware-based protection" for the security flaws will launch toward the end of 2018. Those microcode updates include every one of the company's processors back to the launch of the Haswell family in 2013. It's worth noting that Intel's also cooking up microcode updates for CPUs as old as 2007's Conroe series. Unfortunately, not every system may have Intel's updated microcode available as a firmware update. Intel has a whole site dedicated to helping users deal with Meltdown and Spectre, and down the page a bit there's a list of manufacturers with links to their own pages about the flaws. The upcoming chips with hardware-based protection against Meltdown and Spectre include the next generation of Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Cascade Lake) as well as another run of eighth-generation Core CPUs. In the blog post, Krzanich tacitly admits that the Spectre Variant 1 vulnerability won't be fixed by updated hardware and will "continue to be addressed via software mitigations." That's not really a surprise given the nature of the flaw, as it exploits fundamental concepts in modern microprocessor design. Intel doesn't say exactly what it's done to help mitigate Meltdown and Spectre in the upcoming CPUs, but Krzanich notes that the company "redesigned parts of the processor to introduce new levels of protection through partitioning."
Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to open links in Edge - [briefly]
06:31 PM EDT - Mar,16 2018 - post a comment
When Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17623 to Skip Ahead today, one of the "changes, improvements, and fixes" listed was that the company is going to start testing a feature that will force users of the Windows 10 Mail app to open links in the Edge browser. Dona Sarkar, who wrote the blog post
, said that Edge "provides the best, most secure and consistent experience on Windows 10 and across your devices." The only problem is that not everyone feels that way. Many users have Chrome, Firefox, or something else set as their default browser, and Microsoft wants to subvert that in order to get them to use its own in-house solution. Luckily, Windows 10's default Mail app isn't the only email client that you can use. Luckily, Microsoft is only testing the feature, and it will take feedback from the Windows Insider community. Depending on how that goes, it may decide to push the feature. But make no mistake, despite the fact that this showed up in a Redstone 5 build, it will be made available through a Mail & Calendar app update, meaning that this could be pushed through at any time.
Intel Now Offering System Studio for Free - [software]
05:39 PM EDT - Mar,16 2018 - post a comment
Intel has changed their licensing model for System Studio and now they're offering it as a free 90-day renewable commercial license as well as a paid version with full Intel technical support. If you have a business and are interested in it then just head over to the download page
and register. Use Intel® System Studio with a free commercial license backed by community forum support. This license allows usage for 90 days, and can be refreshed an unlimited number of times to use the latest version. You can convert at any time to a paid license, which provides Priority Support for one year.
Apple Puts Family Resources On a Single Web Page - [briefly]
05:31 PM EDT - Mar,16 2018 - post a comment
recently published a new web site meant to help families manage their iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple accounts. The site offers high-level overviews of all the parental controls available, as well as deep-dive tutorials with step-by-step directions on how to enable each tool. Parents have long been able to manage iTunes purchases, control content, set time/usage limits, see location data, share calendars and iTunes purchases, and more. The new Families web page is meant to serve as a central resource. It describes in detail how parents can reduce distracted driving for teens, set family groups and manage communications, find lost devices, and so on. The web site arrives after shareholders published an open letter earlier this year asking the company to address smartphone addiction.
Microsoft Admits It Incorrectly Upgraded Some Windows 10 Users To V170 - [briefly]
06:51 AM EDT - Mar,15 2018 - post a comment
Microsoft has admitted that it incorrectly updated some Windows 10 machines to version 1709 despite users having paused update operations in their OS settings according to a report from BleepingComputer
. Only users that were on V1703 were affected, in that version Microsoft added special controls to the Windows Update setting section that allowed users to pause updates in case they had an issue with the latest version.
Cryptocurrency Exchange Offering $250k Bounty For Hackers - [crime-law]
06:50 AM EDT - Mar,15 2018 - post a comment
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was the target of a hacking attempt on March 7th, and they aren't happy about it. In an article from Binance
, they announced that they are offering a $250,000 USD equivalent bounty to anyone who supplies information that leads to the arrest of the hackers involved with the attempt on March 7th. Furthermore, the company has stated that they have allocated the equivalent of $10 million USD in crypto reserves for future bounty awards against and other hacking attempts on Binance. Of course the bounties will be paid in Binance Coin, which very well may be worthless when you get it, or worthless right now depending on your feelings on cryptocurrency.
Google Home Lets People Set Reminders That Ping Their Phone - [briefly]
06:05 PM EDT - Mar,14 2018 - post a comment
Google has this week added several new features to Google Home that make the product more useful. First, people can now set reminders
on their Google Home that are triggered by their phone's location. For example, at home, say, "Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store," and Google Assistant will remind you on your phone when you're actually at the grocery store. This is an expansion of a feature Google first announced last month. Second, routines are now more widely available. Routines
string together a handful of actions that are triggered by a specific catch phrase. For example, people can ask Google to tell them about their day and get the news, weather, and traffic information they need first thing in the morning. Routines can now proactively turn off mobile devices' silent mode, and even interact with Assistant-powered appliances. Google is offering a half dozen routines to start, including morning, leaving home, bedtime, and so on. Users can easily customize the routines, and even ensure Google Assistant recognizes individual users for personalized routines. The new tools are free to use.
Smartphone Camera Shoot-Out: iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S9+ - [briefly]
05:57 PM EDT - Mar,14 2018 - post a comment
Is photography your passion? If so, and you're in the market for a new phone, the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ should be at the top of your list. Here's a rundown of the features
offered by each and how the three devices compare in a head-to-head shoot-out
All three phones deliver outstanding results on average, and generally outperform competing models from other phone makers. That said, I think the Pixel 2 XL is the winner here, but only by the slightest margin. The S9+ comes in second. These two clearly offer better exposure and color than the iPhone X across a variety of shooting conditions.
The Pixel 2 XL wins because it maintains detail in low-light shooting that the S9+ sometimes lacks, and because the camera app itself is much easier to use. The iPhone X is still a great camera, but it trails the Pixel 2 XL and S9+ mostly due to the tone of images, which I found to be consistently less accurate. The iPhone X also managed to underexpose a lot of photos that the Pixel 2 XL and S9+ got right.
How can you choose between these phones? There are myriad other factors that go into selecting the best phone for you (read our full reviews of the iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, and Galaxy S9+ for all the dirt), but if you're choosing on camera alone, go with the Pixel 2 XL.
It's an invasion into your mind. Don't rewind! - [briefly]
03:29 PM EDT - Mar,14 2018 - post a comment
To rewind, or not to rewind: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?
Stephen Hawking has died aged 76 - [briefly]
01:43 AM EDT - Mar,14 2018 - (1 comments)
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76
He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.
The Briton was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.
At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease. The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.
Windows 10 Finally Adds Tabs to File Explorer - [briefly]
04:59 PM EST - Mar,10 2018 - post a comment
Better late than never: Microsoft has finally added tab support to File Explorer in the latest Insider Preview Build, allowing users to open multiple, different folders in a single window. It is part of Windows' new "Set" feature, which also allows for adding applications as a tab.
Elon Musk tweets video of the "urban loop" transport system - [technology]
04:21 PM EST - Mar,10 2018 - post a comment
Elon Musk has released a video which gives more insight into the potential plans for the transport system now being called the "urban loop" by some. In the video, people can be seen boarding a largely transparent vehicle that descends into a tunnel system filled with other fast moving vehicles. This video shows the development of the traffic beating sled transport system that was largely the inspiration for the Boring Company's start in 2017. Back then the idea was for people in cars to be able to drive onto one of these high speed electric sleds and then be whisked off underground avoiding all the conventional traffic.
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