Intel Chips Designed to Mitigate Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities Will Ship Later This Year, CEO Says

Intel announced on Thursday changes to its next-generation Xeon and Core processors intended to protect users against the near-universal Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities first disclosed in January. Read More >>

Intel Invented the SSD Killer of the Future, and It’s So Fast and So Expensive

This thing flies. The machine I’ve I installed it in is already positively loaded: It’s got Intel’s latest 6-core i7 processor, an Nvidia 1080 graphics card, and a whole mess of RAM. But this little stick of storage makes everything even faster. Intel’s Optane 800P storage is likely some of the fastest storage you can buy. It’s also incredibly expensive—think three-and-a-half-times more expensive than an SSD. Yet the Intel Optane 800P is hardly just another storage drive. Computing on the bleeding edge will cost you. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Intel’s Only Gone and Made a 5G Laptop

5G is one of the big themes at MWC this year, with companies trying to flog hardware, infrastructure, and concepts to take advantage of the next generation of mobile signal. Intel is no different, and amongst the many 5G-related things it has on show is something fairly cool: a 5G laptop concept. Read More >>

Researchers Find New Ways to Exploit Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities in Modern CPUs

In the past few weeks, the entire information security industry has grown very anxious about Meltdown and Spectre, two classes of exploits that can be used to manipulate vulnerabilities in the way many varieties of modern processors (but especially Intel ones) handle a performance-improving technique called speculative execution and extract hidden system data. While numerous platforms have rushed to roll out patches, and Meltdown appears to be less of an issue than Spectre, it’s still unclear just how badly this situation could go. Read More >>

New Silicon Chip-Based Quantum Computer Passes Major Test 

There’s another quantum computer to keep track of in this Wild West era of quantum computing research we’re in. And it uses some parts you might already be familiar with. Read More >>

Will Lasers Save Intel’s Google Glass Clones From Sucking?

Intel thinks it’s figured it out. The company that makes the CPUs in most of our computers has produced a set of glasses that could do what Google Glass could not—and what Magic Leap desperately wants to. It’s produced a pair of “smart glasses” that look like something you might actually wear. Read More >>

Intel’s Never-Ending Spectre Saga Continues to Be a Hot Mess

We’re nearly a month since The Register first revealed that every single major processor in devices today is subject to a series of harrowing security vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown. Today, in light of news that Intel informed foreign interests of the vulnerabilities before the US government, and that Microsoft is pulling its latest patch from Intel due to some heinous bugs, we thought we’d revisit the saga and what you can (and cannot) do to protect your data. Read More >>

Intel is Trying to Fix the Biggest Problem With Its Spectre and Meltdown Patch

Earlier this month Intel released a patch for Spectre and Meltdown, the devastating vulnerabilities affecting every modern Intel processor. The patch wound up causing another problem: It led some PCs to reboot unexpectedly. Now, Intel says it’s identified a fix for its fix, according to Intel executive Navin Shenoy. Read More >>

Intel Claims 90 Per Cent of Affected CPUs Have Live Patches Just as Rumours of New Attacks Arrive

This morning in a press release, Intel announced that it has “issued firmware updates for 90 per cent of Intel CPUs introduced in the past five years.” But it’s possible the flurry of patches is just beginning. Read More >>

CES 2018: This Might Be the Fastest Flash Memory to Ever Go in a Laptop

Last spring Intel released Intel Optane memory. It was a smart use of a cool new memory type—the first memory type announced in decades, and it allowed you to double the speed of the clunky old hard drive you find in cheap computers. Now Intel is announcing a new variant of Intel Optane, the Intel Optane 800P. It’s a tiny bootable drive that could make your computer ridiculously fast. Read More >>

Microsoft Pauses Meltdown Patches For Some AMD Processors, Blames AMD

Like every major tech company, Microsoft has been pushing out updates to help mitigate the unprecedented vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre. But some Windows users found that the update rendered their PCs unusable, and now Microsoft has paused the update in some cases until it can fix the problem. Read More >>

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CES 2018: Intel and AMD Join Forces on Tiny New Chip

Intel and AMD might be fierce competitors for decades, but that hasn’t stopped the two chip makers from teaming up to create a new mobile CPU with souped up integrated GPU that will soon be found in gaming and professional laptops from many major computer makers. We’ve known about this plan since November, but now we have the details. Read More >>

Linus Torvalds is Not Happy About Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre Mess

Famed Linux developer Linus Torvalds has some pretty harsh words for Intel on the fiasco over Meltdown and Spectre, the massive security flaws in modern processors that predominantly affect Intel products. Read More >>

Intel Hit With Three Class Action Lawsuits Related to Security Vulnerability

It’s been just a few days since The Register first reported that all Intel x86-64x processors were subject to a severe security vulnerability, and already Intel has been hit with at least three separate class action lawsuits related to the vulnerability. Read More >>

Amazon and Google Claim That Fixing Massive Security Vulnerability Won’t Slow Things Down Too Much

When news of major vulnerabilities impacting processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM broke this week, the Register warned that patches for the problems could slow processors down by up to 30 percent. Read More >>