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Intel finishes Spectre patching, some older CPUs won't receive planned updates

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:43

Intel’s months-long marathon of releasing CPU microcode patches to protect against critical Meltdown and Spectre exploits is ending, but some older processors that were promised firmware updates won’t be receiving them.

The chipmaker’s latest microcode revision update now says planned revisions are “stopped” for CPUs based on the Penryn (2007), Yorkfield (2007), Wolfdale (2007), Bloomfield (2008), Clarksfield (2009), Jasper Forest (2010), and Atom “SoFIA” (2015), as Tom’s Hardware first noticed.

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Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:26
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's longtime AI and machine learning wizard, to head its new Siri team, but the transition is going to be tricky.

Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:26

Hey Siri, meet your new boss. In a surprise development that is sure to have huge implications across the AI landscape, Apple announced yesterday that it has hired John Giannandrea, the architect behind Google Assistant, mere hours after he announced he was stepping down from his lofty position at the Mountain View headquarters.

Giannandrea joined Google in 2010 as part of its research and development team and quickly rose through the ranks as AI took on a central role in the company. In 2016, his job duties expanded to search as well upon Amit Singhal’s retirement, and Giannandrea has since integrated AI and machine learning into all aspects of Google’s ecosystem with Google Assistant. Now Apple is hoping he can do the same thing with Siri.

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Intel Inside: The CPUs Apple could stuff in the next MacBooks

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 08:00

With Intel’s introduction of its 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs on Tuesday, it’s again that time of the year when the reality TV show called MacBook gets to act as a romance-seeking laptop looking for new internals.

While the future of the MacBook could see a marriage with an Apple-made ARM processor, the immediate future of the MacBook sees the continuation of the courtship with Intel and its x86 CPUs.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 07:00

It’s been a long while since Mac users had reason to get excited over a new chip. It’s not that Intel isn’t packing heat—just yesterday the first round of Coffee Lake laptop chips were unveiled with six cores and the promise of 5GHz speeds—but ever since Apple transitioned to x86 processors, cores and clock speeds don’t mean quite as much to the Mac as they once did.

Back when Macs ran on RISC processors, speed was the only thing that mattered. While the rest of the PC market had Intel inside, Apple’s computers had giant chips on their proverbial shoulders, as the Mac sought to convince Windows users that they were faster and more power efficient than their Pentium counterparts. Steve Jobs famously held bake-offs on stage to drive home that very point, and Mac users eagerly awaited each new update to see how much higher the bar would be raised.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 07:00
Bloomberg's report that Apple is working on a custom Macs processor could mean big things are in store for Apple's notebooks.

Penclic Mini Keyboard KB3 review: One set of keys for all your devices

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:30

Swedish company Penclic employs Scandinavian design principles to improve the ergonomics and efficiency of our most commonly used computer accessories. Its new Mini Bluetooth keyboard offers the best of all worlds, working as both a wireless and corded keyboard for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

Many portable keyboards are built with plastic to keep them light. As a result, they can feel chintzy. The K83, though, is constructed of brushed aluminum, which gives it a premium look and assures it won’t weigh down your laptop bag. It weighs about three-quarters of a pound and measures 0.4 x 11 x 5 inches. In practical terms, the keys almost perfectly overlaid those on a 13-inch MacBook Air’s keyboard.

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Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

Budget gamers: You can get some Intel Coffee Lake chips for as little as $42

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00

Fear not, budget builders: Intel is leaving room on the Coffee Lake CPU train for you, too.

Lost in the headlines of sexy and expensive Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 laptop CPUs was the introduction of no fewer than four Coffee Lake-based desktop chips—two Pentiums and two Celerons—all for well under $90:

  • Pentium Gold G5600: For $86 you get two cores with Hyper-Threading, a 3.9GHz clock speed, 4MB of cache, and Intel UHD 630 graphics.
  • Pentium Gold G5400: For $64 you get two cores with Hyper-Threading, a 3.7GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and Intel UHD 610 graphics.
  • Celeron G4920: For $52 you get two cores without Hyper-Threading, a 3.2GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and UHD 610 graphics.
  • Celeron G4900: For $42, you get two cores  without Hyper-Threading, a 3.1GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and UHD 610 graphics.

All of the CPUs are LGA1151-based chips and are rated at 54 watts. All support up to 64GB of DDR4/2400 RAM in dual-channel configurations.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 20:24
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 20:24
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

OnePlus 6 specs revealed: Snapdragon 845, 256GB of storage to go with its notch

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:27

While it's still likely several weeks away from being announced, we already have a pretty good picture of the OnePlus 6. After divulging that its next handset would indeed include a notch in the screen for the camera, the company has dropped a few more tantalizing details about its next phone, and it looks to be a screamer.

The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, bringing speed boosts and better battery to Android’s top phones—including the OnePlus 6. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ were the first phone to feature it, but many more are due to follow, including the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Nokia 9.

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TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:13
This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:13
This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:00

Macworld’s Leif Johnson has been using the new iPad for the past week. What does he think so far? Bloomberg says that Apple may use its own processors in Macs starting in 2020. Apple has released a beta of iOS 11.4. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 599.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Acer's Nitro 5 laptops bring Intel's 8th-gen CPUs to mainstream gamers

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:06

Intel’s 8th-gen laptop processors are finally here, and they’re stuffed with more cores and threads than ever before. Many PC vendors kicked off the charge with beastly flagships or MacBook Pro rivals, but Acer’s foray into the new generation starts with more humble beginnings. On Tuesday, Acer announced that its Nitro 5 series of casual gaming laptops is leaping into Coffee Lake.

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