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Freezing machines halt chip bug patch

Microsoft has halted some patches for the Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs after AMD customers complained that the software updates froze their machines. The flaw in computer chips affects billions of PCs, smartphones and tablets around the world. Specific fixes for the bugs on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 had caused some machines to suffer blue-screen errors, Microsoft said. In a blogpost, it said it was working with AMD to resolve the issue. Microsoft said that it would resume fixes “as soon as possible”. “To prevent AMD customers…

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Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

As technology companies race to fix two major vulnerabilities found in computer chips, the ways in which those chips could theoretically be targeted by hackers are becoming clear. Collectively, Meltdown and Spectre affect billions of systems around the world – from desktop PCs to smartphones. So why are so many different devices vulnerable – and what is being done to fix things? What part of my computer is at risk? When it is working, a computer shuffles around huge amounts of data as it responds to clicks, commands and key…

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Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: What you need to know

Nearly all computers worldwide – and many other devices – have been exposed to security flaws which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers. Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from Central Processing Units – better known as the chip or microchip – which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be hacked. So far no data breaches have been reported. So is it a big deal and what does it mean for you? What are the bugs? There are two separate security flaws, known as Meltdown…

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Intel Core i7-8700K Review: A 6-Core Chip That Punches Far Above Its Weight

Today, Intel is unveiling its new Coffee Lake line of desktop CPU cores and its first mainstream desktop response to AMD’s Ryzen architecture since that platform launched in March. That’s not to say we haven’t seen some significant shifts in Intel’s desktop parts–in fact, even before today’s launch, we’ve seen more price drops and feature improvements from Intel in 2017 than at any point since at least 2011. As we’ve previously discussed, the Core i7-8700K isn’t a new CPU architecture. It’s still based on the same Kaby Lake processors that…

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Samsung sees record quarterly profit on chip demand

Samsung Electronics has posted its biggest ever quarterly profit thanks to surging global demand for memory chips. The South Korean tech giant reported an operating profit of 14 trillion won ($ 12bn; £9.3bn) in the three months to June, up 72% on a year earlier. Sales climbed 18% to 60 trillion won, buoyed by strong sales of smartphones including the new flagship Galaxy S8. Analysts say the results indicate Samsung has recovered from the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 recall. That handset was axed after a battery fault led to some…

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This man had the chip from his travel card implanted under his skin

This Australian can now tap in and out at train stations with a travel card chip implanted in his left hand. Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow (yes, that’s his legal name) says he had it put under his skin by a professional piercer. The chip in his Opal card was cut down to 10mm by 6mm for the procedure and is one of several implants. Meow-Ludo says his new implant gives him “an ability not everyone else has”. “If someone stole my wallet I could still get home,” he told ABC…

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