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Firefox 54 Finally Supports Multithreading, May Beat Chrome on RAM Usage

Firefox 54 Finally Supports Multithreading, May Beat Chrome on RAM Usage The new Firefox 54 is capable of using multiple threads simultaneously — a major step forward for the browser.With the release of Firefox 54, Mozilla has completed its transition to a multithreaded uarch.

GlobalFoundries Announces Early 7nm Availability, Huge Gains Over 14nm FinFET

GlobalFoundries Announces Early 7nm Availability, Huge Gains Over 14nm FinFET Now, GlobalFoundries is making a serious push of its own with early 7nm technology availability and volume production currently planned for the back half of 2018.That’s the news from Saratoga today, where GF announced that its 7nm LP node (LP = Leading Performance) is ready for partners to begin planning their designs.

New Logitech Mouse Pad Offers Wireless Charging for Supported Mice

New Logitech Mouse Pad Offers Wireless Charging for Supported Mice I’ve never been all that interested in wireless mice for gaming.The mouse pad you choose fits on top of the Powerplay base, where the Lightspeed receiver is embedded.

New Microsoft Whitepaper Details Windows 10's Built-in Ransomware Protection

New Microsoft Whitepaper Details Windows 10's Built-in Ransomware Protection Now, Microsoft has released a report on how Windows 10 is designed to prevent ransomware attacks.For older Windows versions like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 that didn’t take the fix in security bulletin MS17-010, but had cloud protection turned on (in Microsoft Security Essentials or Windows Defender AV) WannaCrypt was prevented from executing.

Netflix's New Content Download Option Has a Hidden Catch

Netflix's New Content Download Option Has a Hidden Catch When Netflix added support for content downloading late last year, it was hailed as a long-overdue move for the popular VOD service.According to Android Police, however, there’s another catch when you download content.

Apple Sees Self-Driving Car as a Massive AI Project

Apple Sees Self-Driving Car as a Massive AI Project The latest information comes from a reliable source, Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a video interview with Bloomberg TV.We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects.

Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X

Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X “I look at Pro as more of a competitor to S than I do to Xbox One X,” Spencer told Eurogamer in an extensive interview.That’s why we’re able to say, over 30 games will have 4K updates for Xbox One X when we launch it.

Microsoft Issues Surprise Windows XP Patch to Protect From State-Sponsored Hackers

Microsoft Issues Surprise Windows XP Patch to Protect From State-Sponsored Hackers It turns out unpatched Windows XP is a target of state-sponsored hackers.The company still offers custom XP support for organizations that need to keep running the OS and are willing to pay for it.

Russian Hackers Attacked Infrastructure, Voting Data in 39 States

Russian Hackers Attacked Infrastructure, Voting Data in 39 States We already knew that Russian hackers had struck at the United States’ election in an unprecedented way in 2016, but a new report suggests there were far more attacks across the US than were previously known.” One of these sources claimed that 39 states were struck in total, though we don’t know which states (or which areas of the states).

E3 2017 Proves Sony Hasn't Forgotten Beloved Franchises, PSVR

E3 2017 Proves Sony Hasn't Forgotten Beloved Franchises, PSVR But in spite of the wonky presentation, it’s crystal clear that Sony is doubling down on games — including VR titles.During Microsoft’s press event on Sunday, we saw a similar scenario play out: A minimal stage presence; mostly trailers for new games and DLC.

NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets

NASA-Funded Startup to Build Fusion-Powered Rockets These reactors are big and (currently) inefficient, but a NASA-funded startup called Princeton Satellite Systems is working on a small-scale fusion reactor that could power advanced fusion rockets.All the forms of rocket propulsion we currently have involve accelerating propellant out of a nozzle.

Surface Laptop Review Roundup: Nice Hardware, Windows 10 S Disappoints

Surface Laptop Review Roundup: Nice Hardware, Windows 10 S Disappoints With the Surface Laptop ($1,299 at Amazon), Microsoft decided to create a more conventional mass market design, but with a locked-down educational variant of the Windows 10 operating system, Windows 10 S.The Verge describes the Windows 10 Store as an “app desert” and confirms you cannot change the default browser away from Edge.

ET Deals: Dell OptiPlex 3050 Quad-Core Kaby Lake Tower for $569

ET Deals: Dell OptiPlex 3050 Quad-Core Kaby Lake Tower for $569 Right now, Dell is running an awesome sale on a quad-core Kaby Lake PC.4GHz Intel Core i5-7500 CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 630, 8GB of RAM (2400MHz), a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive, and an 8X DVD drive.

Chemically Custom-Tailored Graphene Could Diagnose HIV With Record Speed

Chemically Custom-Tailored Graphene Could Diagnose HIV With Record Speed And now our ability to handle individual carbon atoms could give us an advantage in the war against diseases like HIV.Currently, HIV testing takes two main forms: rapid testing via cheek swab, and the ELISA blood test that right now carries the global standard for accuracy.

Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones

Intel Sued for Allegedly Defective, Exploding Phones Several years ago, back when Intel was still trying to break into the smartphone market, the company announced a highly unusual partnership.Of the various SoFIA chips, only the Rockchip models are listed as having shipped on Intel’s Ark website: According to Qbex, Intel approached it about working together on a joint smartphone in January 2015.

Hovering Over Links Can Install New Malware

Hovering Over Links Can Install New Malware If someone can trick you into opening an email attachment or visiting a malware website, they can own your system.Security firm Trend Micro says a new method of delivering malware has popped up that doesn’t require you to even click on anything.

Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X Marketing director head Alex Penello confirmed in a tweet that these options would be available across all four Xbox platforms (the first Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One / One S, and the upcoming Xbox One X).The Xbox 360 emulation in the Xbox One sometimes produces results that are superior to the Xbox 360’s own native performance.

Intel Quietly Threatens Microsoft, Qualcomm Over x86 Emulation

Intel Quietly Threatens Microsoft, Qualcomm Over x86 Emulation Enforcement actions have been unnecessary in recent years because other companies have respected Intel’s intellectual property rights.However, there have been reports that some companies may try to emulate Intel’s proprietary x86 ISA without Intel’s authorization.

The Essential Phone's Exclusive Carrier Will Be Sprint

The Essential Phone's Exclusive Carrier Will Be Sprint Now, the company has announced Sprint, and only Sprint, will be the carrier partner for the Essential Phone.It’s the only US carrier partner for the Blackberry KEYone, the HTC U11, and a few others.

Microsoft's 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499

Microsoft's 4K-Ready Xbox One X Launches November 7th at $499 Dubbed “Xbox One X,” this high-powered gaming machine is designed for full-on 4K gaming and media playback.And when it ships on November 7th, it’ll cost $499 — twice that of the current Xbox One S.