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AMD’s RX Vega Won’t Launch Until Later This Year

AMD’s Radeon Technology Group (RTG) held a Reddit AMA session yesterday and answered a number of questions about their upcoming Vega GPU. Those of you hoping for a quick launch are going to be disappointed. While the company demoed and ...

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How L1 and L2 CPU Caches Work, and Why They’re an Essential Part of Modern Chips

The development of caches and caching is one of the most significant events in the history of computing. Virtually every modern CPU core from ultra-low power chips like the ARM Cortex-A5 to the highest-end Intel Core i7 use caches. Even higher-end microcontrollers ...

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New Ransomware Attack Used Leaked NSA Exploits to Hit NHS

Organizations across the world have been hit by another wave of ransomware, with targets mostly concentrated in Europe and Asia. One of the most prominent targets is the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), which has caused many clinics and offices ...

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Itanium’s Last Hurrah: Intel Releases the Itanium 9700 Series as the CPU Finally, Officially Dies

Today, Intel released its last updates to the Itanium family, the Itanium 9700 series. These new cores, codenamed Kittson, will be the last Itanium processors Intel manufacturers. Kittson is the first update to Poulson, which debuted a new Itanium architecture ...

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Inside Volkswagen’s Extensive Effort to Lie to Regulators, American Public

When news broke of Volkswagen’s widespread use of illegal ‘defeat devices’ on its diesel vehicles back in 2015, the company sought to pin the blame on so-called ‘rogue engineers.’ This response was never remotely credible, particularly at a rigid, hierarchical ...

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Intel Responds to Core i7-7700K Overheating Issue, Cluelessly Suggests We Stop Overclocking

People who buy the latest and greatest high-end Intel CPUs fit into a particular niche — they expect high performance. Some owners of Intel Core i7-7700 and i7-7700K chips have been complaining for months about mysterious temperature spikes, and now ...

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Microsoft’s $999 Surface Laptop Is a Blatant Windows 10 Store Push

For the past four and a half years, Microsoft’s Surface family has done double-duty as an aspirational product platform and a high-end demonstration of what PCs are truly capable of. At the low-end, devices like the Surface 3 offered a low-cost, ...

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This Week in Space: Cassini, the James Webb Space Telescope, and Bricks

NASA finally unfurled the James Webb Space Telescope! The JWST has been undergoing acoustic and vibration testing for months, but it’s been fully opened because now it’s time for the next phase of testing. That will take place at the ...

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FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality Regulations

Many of us hoped the net neutrality battle was over two years ago when the FCC implemented Title II classification of internet service providers. However, the election of Donald Trump and ascendance of FCC commissioner Ajit Pai to the chairmanship ...

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This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but safe distance, which it won’t do again for another ...

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