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  • Windows 10 on AMD? This new update plus Microsoft's patch block Spectre attacks

    04/11/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 11 2018 | Liam Tung
    Chipmaker AMD has released new microcode updates to mitigate the Spectre variant 2 side-channel attack, which Microsoft has supported with a Windows 10 patch for AMD systems. AMD's latest microcode update coincided with Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday fixes and comes just weeks after Intel wrapped up its Spectre 2 mitigations for all CPU families released over the past nine years. AMD's chief mitigation for its chips on Windows affected by variant 2 CPU indirect branch target injections is called 'indirect branch prediction barrier' (IBPB), which is only intended for cases when software switches from one user context to a context...
  • Intel reports strong quarterly growth, forecasts $1.3 billion windfall from tax cuts (MAGA Profits!)

    01/26/2018 8:48:13 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 01/25/2018 | Mike Rogoway
    Intel finished 2017 on a high note with revenue that handily topped expectations - especially in its key data center group, according to quarterly financial results issued Thursday afternoon. The company said it expects a $1.3 billion windfall in 2018 from the federal tax overhaul approved last month and said it will give nearly half of it to shareholders through a 10 percent increase in the company's dividend. The news sent Intel's shares up 3.75 percent in after-hours trading, to $47 a share. Intel's stock remains near its highest-point since the dot-com era.
  • The Blockchain Revolution Is Heading To Space

    01/23/2018 4:07:57 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-01-2017 | Edit
    There is a new wave of coders and hackers looking to upend the entire internet, signaling the start of a brand new space race. No, this isn’t an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley, this is actually happening. Currently, the internet is built by large centralized services including server owners, data managers, cloud providers, search engines, telecommunication companies, and social media websites. And these entities are beginning to expand their reach. Internet security and net neutrality are quickly becoming hot topics as more people become aware of the dangers of centralization. And for good reason. Google, Amazon, and Facebook are racing...
  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    01/13/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    PC World ^ | 12/13/17 | Gordon Mah Ung
    As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.[ Further reading: How to remove malware from your...
  • AMD Security Statement from CTO and SVP Mark Papermaster ( A patch for Windows coming)

    01/12/2018 11:55:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Guru3d.com ^ | 01/12/2018 02:30 PM | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    AMD have updated their web page and clarified a bit more on speculative_execution vulnerabilities with some additional details on current state of affairs and AMD actions.
  • 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' FAQ: What Mac and iOS users need to know about the Intel, AMD, and ARM flaw

    01/08/2018 12:45:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    iMore ^ | January 5, 2018 | By Rene Richie
    A series of flaws have been discovered in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets that allow speculative references to be probed for privileged data. "Meltdown" is a flaw currently believed to affect only Intel processors and "melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware". "Spectre" is a flaw that affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors due to the way "speculative execution" is handled. Both could theoretically be used to read information from a computer's memory, including private information like passwords, photos, messages, and more. Apple has apparently already started patching Meltdown in macOS. Here's what you need to know....
  • Major chip flaws affect billions of devices

    01/05/2018 6:05:01 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | January 4, 2018: 9:44 AM ET | by Selena Larson
    Two major flaws in computer chips could leave a huge number of computers and smartphones vulnerable to security concerns, researchers revealed Wednesday. And a U.S. government-backed body warned that the chips themselves need to be replaced to completely fix the problems. The flaws could allow an attacker to read sensitive data stored in the memory, like passwords, or look at what tabs someone has open on their computer, researchers found. Daniel Gruss, a researcher from Graz University of Technology who helped identify the flaw, said it may be difficult to execute an attack, but billions of devices were impacted. Related:...
  • The Spectre Bug aka Spectre Attack – What You Need To Know

    01/04/2018 10:41:43 AM PST · by Gennie · 25 replies
    Stronghold Cyber Security ^ | 01/04/18 | Jason McNew
    Like the Meltdown bug, the Spectre bug is a hardware bug in the form of a CPU design flaw. Unlike the Meltdown bug which only affects Intel processors, the Spectre bug impacts Intel, AMD, and some ARM (used in many smart phones and other mobile devices) processors. These three are by far the most common CPUs on the planet, running literally billions of devices. In a Spectre attack, the CPU is tricked into executing instructions that it normally would not, causing leaks in the victims memory address space.
  • Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    01/03/2018 6:43:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 54 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 1/3/18 | Devin Coldewey
    If you’re confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don’t worry — you’re far from the only one. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there. What are these flaws? Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed. Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or...
  • Emergency Windows Meltdown patch may be incompatible with your PC

    01/04/2018 10:05:16 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 50 replies
    techrepublic ^ | January 4, 2018, 3:40 AM PST | By Nick Heath |
    Microsoft has warned some PC users they will not be able to apply an emergency Windows patch because their security software is incompatible. The out-of-bounds update was issued by Microsoft yesterday to address the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Intel chips. These vulnerabilities affect most PCs and servers, and can be exploited to allow an attacker to read sensitive information, such as passwords, from protected memory. The Spectre flaw also affects AMD chips, but is considerably more difficult to exploit, as well as a small number of Arm-based processors. However, not every Microsoft system will be able to apply the...
  • How to protect your PC against the major ‘Meltdown’ CPU security flaw

    01/04/2018 6:45:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    www.theverge.com ^ | Jan 4, 2018, 8:12am EST | By Tom Warren
    Only Intel machines are affected by Meltdown Details have emerged on two major processor security flaws this week, and the industry is scrambling to issue fixes and secure machines for customers. Dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” the flaws affect nearly every device made in the past 20 years. The Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors, and researchers have already released proof of concept code that could lead to attacks using Meltdown. The vulnerabilities allow an attacker to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. They also allow an attacker to use JavaScript code...
  • Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

    11/22/2017 1:44:20 PM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Thomas Claburn
    Bugs can be exploited to extract info, potentially insert rootkits Intel today admitted its Management Engine (ME), Server Platform Services (SPS), and Trusted Execution Engine (TXE) are vulnerable to multiple worrying security flaws, based on the findings of external security experts.The firmware-level bugs allow logged-in administrators, and malicious or hijacked high-privilege processes, to run code beneath the operating system to spy on or meddle with the computer completely out of sight of other users and admins. The holes can also be exploited by network administrators, or people masquerading as admins, to remotely infect machines with spyware and invisible rootkits, potentially.Meanwhile,...
  • AMD, Nvidia shares drop after Intel hires AMD's ex-graphics head to take them on

    11/11/2017 2:22:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 9, 2017 | By Tae Kim
    Intel announced on Wednesday it hired the former head of AMD's graphics business and will start a new high-end graphics group inside the company. Raja Koduri will join Intel as chief architect and senior vice president of the newly formed Core and Visual Computing Group, and general manager of a new initiative to drive edge computing solutions. The battle over the red-hot graphics chip market just got more interesting. Raja Koduri Intel announced on Wednesday it hired the former head of AMD's graphics business and will start a new high-performance graphics group inside the company. Raja Koduri was named...
  • Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

    06/21/2017 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 21, 2017 | lauran Neergaard
    An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss among seniors, gradually eroding crucial central vision. There are different forms but more than 5 million people worldwide, and a million in the U.S., have an advanced type of so-called "dry" macular degeneration that has no treatment. First patients may notice blurriness when they look straight ahead. Eventually many develop blank...
  • AMD Starts Selling Powerful PC Chips to Challenge Intel

    03/03/2017 10:04:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wsj ^ | March 2, 2017 8:45 p.m. ET | By Ted Greenwald
    Three chips in AMD’s Ryzen line, which became available in high volume Thursday, represent first major processor redesign in five years Advanced Micro Devices Inc. started selling new personal-computer chips that challenge market leader Intel Corp. for the first time in years.
  • IBM’s Power Roadmap Extended By Chip Breakthrough

    10/08/2016 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    http://www.nextplatform.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Hot on the heels of the closing of the deal that divests its semiconductor business and places it in the hands of Globalfoundries, the former chip making business of AMD that is controlled by the government of Abu Dhabi, IBM and its academic and chip industry partners have announced that they have successfully etched chips with transistors that are 7 nanometers in size – significantly smaller than current processes and extending the Moore’s Law curve one more step.It is a big step, however, based on a mix of new technologies that have not been tested in volume production before,...
  • AMD, Infineon Look Poised For VR/AR Boost

    09/01/2016 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    seekingalpha.com ^ | Sep. 1 2016 | Larry Ramer Larry Ramer
    *********************clip The tremendous success of Pokemon Go, which is based on augmented reality, shows that the augmented reality/virtual reality era has arrived and is poised to be huge. With research firm Gartner predicting that 1.4 million virtual reality headsets will be shipped this year and 6.3 million will be shipped next year, investors should look to benefit from this trend. In 2020, 45.6 million augmented reality devices will be sold, another research firm IDC predicted.********************************************CLIP*********************************
  • This Dirt Cheap Stock Could be Investors' Best Way to Bet on Virtual Reality

    06/22/2016 7:50:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Demand for virtual reality is expected to surge in the years ahead. Research firm IDC expects that more than 110 million VR headsets will be sold in 2020, up from 9.6 million headsets in 2016. Investors looking to add exposure to the trend have a number of stocks to choose from, including both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). But while those companies may offer attractive upside, their shares certainly aren't cheap, trading for about 40- and 69-times trailing earnings, respectively. Those investors looking for more of a bargain might consider AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). The computing giant seems likely to play...
  • Oculus CEO: We’ll build for Apple if it ever releases a ‘good computer’

    03/04/2016 6:33:23 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 61 replies
    The Verge ^ | 2/4/2016 | By Sam Byford
    Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has poured water on the idea of his Rift virtual reality headset supporting the Mac by saying that Apple doesn't make any computers powerful enough to run it. "That is up to Apple and if they ever release a good computer we will do it," Luckey tells ShackNews when asked about Mac support. "It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs. You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended spec." Apple's high-end Mac Pro computers come...
  • AMD Launches Carrizo: The Laptop Leap of Efficiency and Architectural Updates

    06/03/2015 2:00:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 8 replies
    AnandTech ^ | June 2, 2015 | Ian Cutress
    Perform a small test for me. Close your eyes, and spend 15 seconds considering the state of the laptop market and what devices interest you, are available, or on the horizon. Done? Let me hazard a guess – Apple’s offerings loomed large over $800, with $1500+ gaming laptops on the periphery. At $300 we’re more in tablet-first space with a mix of cheap clamshell rubbish. In the middle is an assortment of $400-$700 good but not always great mixture of 2-in-1s (like the Surface) or clamshells (like the ASUS UX305), divided mostly on price and features but 95% of them...