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Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

By on January 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM.

Intel’s newest processor is arriving in PCs – and it has a weird math bug

If you bought a PC over the holidays chances are it came with Intel’s newest processor. That chip also comes with an obscure bug – that, fortunately, doesn’t appear to impact the average consumer.

Intel’s newest chip – branded as the 6th Generation Intel Core processor and codenamed “Skylake” – is its first redesigned chip in about two years. A few weeks ago, various online forums, including a post on an Intel community forum, began discussing a bug that can “freeze” any computer with certain versions of the new chip under certain conditions.

The bug was promptly reproduced on a variety of systems running both Windows and Linux. Then an organization called GIMPS, or Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, saw the bug when running its Prime95 application. Suffice to say, Prime95 is an obscure math application that has been used to benchmark and test computers but doesn’t appear to affect the average user. More →

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Drone Videos

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

By on January 11, 2016 at 11:30 PM.

Video shows the world’s biggest drone swarm lighting up the night sky

What do you get when you combine 100 drones fitted with color-shifting lights, Intel software and a full orchestra? A Guinness World Record and a very cool video, that’s what.

Intel headed to a remote area in Tornesch, Germany armed with the aforementioned fleet of drones as well as the aforementioned orchestra, and it ended up putting together a spectacular aerial display. In fact, as far as drone videos go this is perhaps one of the coolest ones we’ve ever seen. More →

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Intel Knights Landing 72 Core Processor

Intel’s 72-core processor is coming to desktop computers next year

By on November 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM.

Intel’s 72-core processor is coming to desktop computers next year

You think your PC gaming rig has a powerful processor? You haven’t seen anything yet. PC World reports that Intel wants to put its so-called Knights Landing chip into a limited number of workstation desktop computers starting next year. Knights Landing, which Intel says is its most powerful chip to date, is a 72-core processor with 8 billion transistors. Next year will mark the first time it’s been used in workstations. More →

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iPhone 7 Intel LTE Modem

iPhone 7 may finally have ‘Intel Inside’

By on October 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM.

iPhone 7 may finally have ‘Intel Inside’

A new bombshell of a report from VentureBeat claims that Intel currently has a team of 1,000 employees working hard in an effort to get its vaunted 7360 LTE modem chip ready to go for the iPhone 7. The large team size is reportedly a reflection of how seriously Intel is taking its potential partnership with Apple as it hopes to ultimately supplant Qualcomm, Apple’s current supplier of LTE modem chips for the iPhone.

Now given how high iPhone production volume is, don’t expect Apple to go all-in with Intel just yet. The report notes that Apple may initially opt to dual source LTE modems from Intel and Qualcomm. Of course, given the recent commotion surrounding Apple dual sourcing the A9 processor from TSMC and Samsung, we’d imagine Apple will take all necessary precautions to ensure similar performance across the board. As a point of interest, Intel’s 7630 LTE modem chip can support downlink LTE speeds of 450MB per second.

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PC Does What Microsoft Commercials

Microsoft does what?

By on October 17, 2015 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft does what?

Back in the day when Apple was trying to reaffirm itself in the computer business and convince buyers that Macs were better than PCs, the company came up with a slew of Mac vs. PC ads that were just hilarious. But times have changed, Apple dropped the campaign, and the current computer business looks nothing like the one from last decade. Smartphones are dominant in this “post-PC” era, and laptop and desktop makers are struggling against a marked demand decrease – interestingly, the Mac is now doing a lot better than PCs in terms of profitability.

So Microsoft does whaaaaat? More →

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Retina MacBook Pro Air Intel Skylake

New Retina Macbook, MacBook Pro and Air will be faster and more energy-efficient than ever

By on September 2, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

New Retina Macbook, MacBook Pro and Air will be faster and more energy-efficient than ever

It’s fairly easy to assume that Apple’s next-gen MacBooks will be better than predecessors considering that each generation of new laptops brings several improvements. However, Intel finally unveiled its new Skylake family of chips that will power next gen laptops, tablets and other smart devices, confirming the performance improvements coming to these types of devices. More →

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Intel Micron 3D XPoint RAM Memory Technology

Intel’s breakthrough new invention will fix all your memory issues and obliterate SSDs

By on July 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM.

Intel’s breakthrough new invention will fix all your memory issues and obliterate SSDs

How many times have you complained about the low amount of RAM or internal on your computer or smartphone? It turns out Intel and Micron have been listening for quite a while and the two companies have announced a brand-new type of memory that’s both faster and cheaper than NAND storage and DRAM memory.

But the best thing about the companies’ new 3D XPoint technology is that it can apparently replace both NAND and DRAM in a device while simultaneously improving overall speed.

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Intel Skylake Processors

Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life

By on July 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM.

Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life

After a number of delays, it finally appears that Intel’s long-anticipated Skylake processors will be ready for mainstream production later this fall. As a quick refresher, much of the hype surrounding Skylake is due to the fact that Intel’s next-gen processors promise to be not just more powerful than Broadwell, but significantly more power efficient as well.

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IBM 7nm Computer Mobile Chips

IBM’s new computer chips will obliterate everything else on the market

By on July 9, 2015 at 11:48 AM.

IBM’s new computer chips will obliterate everything else on the market

What’s the fastest computer chip you can think of? Now, forget about it, because IBM announced it has created the fastest computer chips ever made. The firm’s new chips are four times faster than today’s top-of-the-line silicon, and they’re also significantly more efficient. More →

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Intel USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Cable Specs

The Retina MacBook’s USB Type-C port is here to stay… and you’ll totally love it

By on June 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

The Retina MacBook’s USB Type-C port is here to stay… and you’ll totally love it

Apple’ Retina MacBook and Google’s newest Chromebook come with a new USB Type-C port that can be used both for charging purposes and for file transfers. Of the companies adopting USB-C ports so far, Apple made the boldest move yet by packing just the one port on its new 12-inch laptop. However, the USB-C port is here to stay, and it’s only getting better. More →

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Intel Compute Stick Preorder

You can finally order the Intel USB stick that turns any monitor into a full PC

By on April 6, 2015 at 12:40 PM.

You can finally order the Intel USB stick that turns any monitor into a full PC

A huge chunk of home PC users overpay for personal computers capable of performance that far exceeds anything they plan to do with their devices. There must be a cheaper option for simple things like web browsing and video streaming, right? Right: Intel’s new “Compute Stick” is a tiny USB dongle that can turn any modern monitor into a full-fledged computer, and it’s finally available for preorder. More →

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MacBook SSD Storage

MacBooks with gigantic 10TB SSDs might soon be a reality

By on March 27, 2015 at 2:14 PM.

MacBooks with gigantic 10TB SSDs might soon be a reality

All of the MacBook laptops Apple is currently selling come with flash storage on board, which significantly improves their overall performance. Moreover, putting an SSD into an old MacBook will offer you a nice performance boost, breathing new life into older OS X machines. However, SSD aren’t yet affordable, making so this faster storage option is still too expensive for many people.

That will soon change, PCWorld points out, as Intel and Micron have figured out how to build notebook-ready 10TB SSDs, a breakthrough that will help further drive down prices of SSDs, and potentially improve default MacBook storage options in the future. More →

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Windows 10 PC-on-a-Stick

This tiny dongle is fully capable of running Windows 10

By on March 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

This tiny dongle is fully capable of running Windows 10

You might not remember Intel’s interesting Windows-based Compute Stick dongle announced at CES 2015, but Microsoft a similar computer-on-a-stick product to buyers in Korea. The Register reports that Korea’s local Microsoft branch announced the Lucoms PC-on-a-stick device (image above), a USB PC-on-a-stick that’ll ship with Windows 8.1 on board and that will be eligible for a free Windows 10 update when the operating system launches later this summer. More →

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