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AMD systems gain Spectre protection with latest Windows fixes

Enlarge/ An AMD Ryzen. Fritzchens Fritz The latest Windows 10 fixes, released as part of yesterday’s Patch Tuesday, enable protection against the Spectre variant 2 attacks on systems with AMD processors. Earlier this year, attacks that exploit the processor’s speculative execution were published with the names Meltdown and Spectre, prompting a reaction from hardware and […]

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Google bans cryptomining Chrome extensions because they refuse to play by the rules

Enlarge/ Mining: no longer welcome in Chrome. Jeremy Buckingham / Flickr After a policy that previously permitted them, Google has decided to remove any and all Chrome extensions that mine for cryptocurrencies after finding that too many developers didn’t play by the company’s rules. Google allowed Chrome extensions that performed mining with the proviso that […]

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Intel bumps up mobile chips to 6 cores in expanded 8th-generation line-up

Enlarge/ Intel 8th-generation Core H-series mobile chip. Intel first launched its 8th-generation branding last year. In the mobile space, we had the U-series Kaby Lake-R: four-core, eight-thread chips running in a 15W power envelope. On the desktop, we had Coffee Lake: six-core, 12-thread chips. In both cases, the processor lineup was limited: six different chips […]