Hardware

  1. Kernel panic! What are Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting nearly every computer and device?

    If you’re confused by the avalanche of early reports, denials, and conflicting statements about the massive security issues announced today, don’t worry — you’re far from the only one. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre, the two huge bugs that affect practically every computer and device out there.

    What are these flaws?

    Short answer: Bugs at a fundamental level that allow critical information stored deep inside computer systems to be exposed.


    Security researchers released official documentation — complete with nicknames and logos —  of two major flaws found in nearly all modern central processing units, or CPUs.

    It’s not a physical problem with the CPUs th...

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  2. CES 2018: what to expect from the year’s biggest tech show

    In a few days, we’ll all descend into Las Vegas for another year of the Consumer Electronics Show, an annual gathering of the latest gadgets, toys, car tech, and more. The Verge and Circuit Breaker are back to bring you all the latest from Vegas, with our teams on the ground this Friday and bringing you coverage all week long.

    So what can you expect to see at the show? Every year brings larger television sets with higher resolutions than ever, faster drones, a variety of self-driving vehicles, and more wearables than you can fit on your body. We’re also bringing Circuit Breaker Live to Las Vegas, streaming exclusively on Twitter every day from January 8th to 11th at 2PM PST / 5PM EST. Our colorful cast of Verge sta...

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  3. Samsung’s new curved monitor has Thunderbolt 3

    Thunderbolt 3, the high-bandwidth interconnect that works using the USB-C connector, is still struggling to break into the mainstream, but Samsung is giving it a helpful nudge today. Announced in the buildup to CES 2018, the latest curved QLED monitor from Samsung supports Thunderbolt 3, allowing it to both receive video from your laptop and charge it with up to 85W of power. It has the unglamorous title of CJ791 and measures in at 34 inches diagonally, with a 21:9 aspect ratio, 3,440 x 1,440 resolution, and a 4ms response time.

    The big advantage of Thunderbolt 3 is in streamlining the number and size...

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  4. Security flaw patch for Intel CPUs could result in a huge performance hit

    A security fix is currently being rolled out to users of nearly all major operating systems that patches the CPU-level flaw in Intel products that could result in a major hit to performance. Read more......

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