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Microsoft, Qualcomm Tuck Windows 10 Into ARM Devices

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the compatibility of Windows 10 and native Windows apps with ARM-based processors, including Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which currently powers a large percentage of Android devices. The new partnership will make it possible for Windows applications, peripherals and enterprise solutions to run on new mobile, power efficient and always-connected cellular PCs.

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Zen’s Place in the Computing World

AMD, which has been clawing its way out of the doldrums, recently showcased its octacore, 16-thread Summit Ridge desktop processor featuring its Zen core in a performance match-up against Intel’s octacore Broadwell-E Core i7-6900K CPU. The two similarly configured processors were locked at 3 GHz for the test, in which they ran the multithreaded Blender rendering application.

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900 Million Androids Could Be Easy Prey for QuadRooter Exploits

Four newly identified vulnerabilities could affect 900 million Android devices, Check Point researchers disclosed. The vulnerabilities, which the researchers dubbed “QuadRooter,” affect Android devices that use Qualcomm chipsets. They exist in the chipset software drivers. The drivers, which control communications between chipset components, are incorporated into Android builds.

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Microsoft Prods Skylake Users to Take the Windows 10 Plunge

Microsoft last week announced that within the next 18 months, it will end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on machines equipped with Intel’s 6th generation Core processors, also known as “Skylake.” As of mid-July next year, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Skylake systems, and only the most critical security fixes will be released for earlier versions of Windows.

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AMD finally ready to crack the data center with ARM chips

After a few years of effort, Advanced Micro Devices is finally shipping its ARM-based processor for data centers. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip design company hopes to fight the dominance of Intel with the AMD Opteron A1100 processor, formerly code-named Seattle. The chip represents the start of AMD’s effort to differentiate itself from Intel, which generates […]

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Tiny radar chips could pave the way for self-driving cars

Self-driving cars won’t always need to have those propeller beanies on top to sense the environment around them. NXP Semiconductors has unveiled a radar sensor chip today that is the size of a postage stamp. This kind of innovation, which is being announced at the 2016 International CES, is what will usher in the age […]

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Routers get a 64-bit brain that can control the whole smart home

Routers have been dumb for a long time. But like other smart appliances, they’re getting brainier. Thanks to new 64-bit quadcore processors, a new generation of routers will be able to control a lot of the appliances in a smart home. Courtesy of Broadcom, wired and wireless routers will soon have a 1.8-gigahertz, 64-bit quadcore […]

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The man who keeps Moore’s Law going

Bill Holt is one of the men who keeps Moore’s Law going. The Intel tech and manufacturing executive has done that for 42 years, and tonight his peers honored him for that. At a dinner in San Jose, Calif., attended by 400 peers, Holt received the Robert N. Noyce award (named after Intel’s founder) for […]

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That’s not a blade of grass. It’s a Freescale Internet of Things chip.

Freescale‘s newest chip is as thin as a blade of grass. Targeted at Internet of Things applications which are expected to become a $1.7 trillion market by 2020, the Kinetis K22 microcontroller from Freescale is just 0.34 millimeters in height. But it packs a 120-megahertz processor and a variety of memories and interfaces into a […]

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