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Optional Windows update disables crash-causing Spectre mitigations
— 9:01 AM on January 29, 2018

If you're one of the unlucky few affected by "higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior" as a result of a...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Windows 10 Insider Preview 17083 puts fonts first
— 11:30 AM on January 25, 2018

Windows Insiders on the Fast ring are getting a sneek peak at some features destined for the next big Windows Update in Build 17083....

Type: News story Tags: Software Windows

Microsoft announces $189 classroom laptops and Office 365 dictation
— 3:54 PM on January 22, 2018

Microsoft wants to keep the next generation of computer users familiar with its products as mobile devices become increasingly valid options for more use cases....

Type: News story Tags: Systems Mobile computing Windows

Microsoft resumes Spectre and Meltdown patches for AMD systems
— 12:00 PM on January 11, 2018

AMD's processors don't appear to have the exact same attack surface for the Spectre and Meltdown speculative execution vulnerabilities that Intel's chips have, but...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Windows

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 router swoops in at CES
— 3:15 PM on January 10, 2018

For whatever reason, few computer accessories get the "gaming" treatment quite as often as networking products. With its Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500, Netgear seeks...

Type: News story Tags: Networking

Rivet Networks and Intel partner for Killer Wireless-AC 1550 chip
— 2:15 PM on January 10, 2018

Back in the day, building a computer meant keeping a stack of add-on cards handy. Graphics, sound, and network cards made sure the inside of...

Type: News story Tags: Networking

Microsoft predicts performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown fixes
— 9:00 AM on January 10, 2018

The continued response to the challenges presented by the Meltdown and Spectre speculative execution vulnerabilities has been somewhat overshadowed by all of the shiny new...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Nvidia GeForce Now cloud gaming service reaches beta status on PC
— 4:00 PM on January 8, 2018

Nvidia's Pascal-based GeForce GTX graphics cards are awesome, but the price tag of a complete gaming PC and the associated maintenance headaches can be formidable...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Gaming Internet

Asus adds a handful of laptops to the Amazon Alexa ecosystem
— 11:30 AM on January 8, 2018

Despite challenges from Google, Amazon's Alexa voice-controlled AI assistant and the Echo-series devices it uses as a host have managed to ensnare the...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Internet

Google Chrome will block some types of ads in February
— 4:15 PM on December 19, 2017

We reported on rumors of future baked-in ad-blocking in Google's popular Chrome web browser back in April. We spilled words on the subject again...

Type: News story Tags: Storage Internet

Qualcomm lifts the veil on the Snapdragon 845 SoC
— 4:12 PM on December 6, 2017

Qualcomm just lifted the veil on its newest mobile device SoC, the Snapdragon 845. The company's previous-generation Snapdragon 835 is used in pretty much every...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Mobile computing Networking

Windows 10 Sets will let you group apps in tabs
— 4:59 PM on November 28, 2017

Windows 10's interface is defined, obviously, by the eponymous "windows." It's useful sometimes to have more than one layer of compartmentalization for tasks and ideas,...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Cyber Monday deals: everything but the kitchen sink
— 2:15 PM on November 27, 2017

El Dealino is back. The killer of dollar signs, slaughterer of price tags, collector of coupons. From underneath his poncho he produces uncountable hardware offers...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Multimedia Power Displays Input devices Mobile computing Game consoles Networking

Broadcom proposes to take over Qualcomm for $130 billion
— 7:45 AM on November 6, 2017

Broadcom issued an unsolicited proposal this morning to acquire mobile technology giant Qualcomm for $70 per share in a monster cash-and-stock deal that's...

Type: News story Tags: CPUs Graphics Mobile computing Networking Personal tech

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out to PCs worldwide
— 1:19 PM on October 23, 2017

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update has hit the mainstream. If you haven't updated yet, any Windows 10 machines you have will no doubt be...

Type: News story Tags: Windows

Qualcomm shows progress on 5G mobile broadband
— 3:00 PM on October 18, 2017

Qualcomm demonstrated progress on its 5G mobile broadband efforts at its San Diego laboratory yesterday. The company showed off two forms of next-gen...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Networking

WPA2 security hole KRACKs Wi-Fi networks wide open
— 9:31 AM on October 16, 2017

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has issued a warning about a new attack that affects Wi-Fi networks using the commonly-used WPA2 protocol....

Type: News story Tags: Internet Networking

Pour one out for AOL Instant Messenger
— 4:00 PM on October 6, 2017

Internet kids, pour one out. AOL Instant Messenger, one of the oldest messaging services around, is shutting down this year after 20 years of service....

Type: News story Tags: Internet