A few months ago, computer users worldwide were shocked when it was discovered that their systems could be vulnerable to two hardware level security vulnerabilities called Spectre and Meltdown. Intel and AMD rushed to patch the firmware on the affected processors, but it appears that the ghost has returned to haunt Intel in the form of Spectre Variant 4.
Ignoring the spooky pun, the news is alarming. A joint research done by Microsoft and Google says that the new variants are called 3A and 4.
To fix these bugs, Intel has released microcode updates to OEMs in a beta form. These mitigations however come at a cost, not financial of course, but in terms of performance. [...]
Microsoft’s personal digital assistant Cortana, is one of the key components of Windows 10.
She can not only search your computer for files, but also the web for weather, news, and can even set reminders.
Of course, Cortana’s most important feature, is the ability to respond to voice-commands, and execute actions which you would have otherwise needed to type manually.
But, there is a catch to how Cortana works on PCs. You need the computer to be awake, for Cortana to respond to a voice command. That is not a hurdle any more, thanks to the new processors from Intel. The world’s most popular chip maker, released a new line of processors [...]
If you thought the Raspberry Pi was the World’s smallest PC, think again.
Back in January, at the Consumer Electonics Show (CES 2015), chipset manufacturer Intel, launched a PC which runs on a USB Stick.
The device is called the Intel Compute Stick, and looks just like a USB Flash Drive (or Memory Stick or Pen Drive). The Compute Stick runs on a quad-core Intel Atom Processor Z3735F, clocked at 1.33 GHz, and has 2GB of RAM. The hard disk is a Solid State Drive (SSD), the capacity of which is 32GB, which is expandable via a microSD card.
The Compute Stick has a HDMI Display port, a USB 2.0 port and supports Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. [...]