Intel Reports Progress on Patch-Related Performance Issues

Intel appears to have encountered some daylight in its struggle to fix performance issues related to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The company has identified the root cause on its older Broadwell and Haswell platforms, Navin Shenoy, general manager of Intel’s data center group, wrote in an online post earlier this week. Intel has begun…

Apple Skirts Tech Addiction Issue in Response to Worried Investors

Apple on Monday responded to an open letter from investors who called for the company to address the negative impact of the iPhone on children and teens. Though the company listed a number of controls provided to help parents screen content, it offered little to address the investors’ chief concern: the amount of time teens…

With Linux, You Don’t Get One Kernel of Truth… You Get Many

As much as I love to poke at the inner workings of my computer, I’ll admit that until recently, I didn’t give much thought to which version of the Linux kernel my desktop system was running. For most desktop users, this isn’t all that odd. Compatibility of kernel modules is often critical for servers and…

The End of Silicon Valley

If you haven’t read last week’s Vanity Fair article on the institutionalized sexual exploitation going on in tech companies, you should. This is on top of the realization that social media companies like Facebook are destroying the U.S., and former Facebook executives have been dissociating themselves from the company. Further, news recently broke of what initially was reported to be an…

Roku Takes a Different Angle on Voice-Controlled Home Entertainment

Roku on Wednesday announced new software and a licensing agreement for OEMs to develop smart speakers, soundbars and multiroom audio systems that will allow customers to control their home entertainment devices with simple voice commands. The company also introduced Roku Entertainment Assistant, a new smart speaker technology that allows customers to use voice commands on…

New Lens Tech Can Shrink Cameras, VR and AR Gear

Scientists at Harvard University on Monday unveiled a metalens that has the potential to shrink the size of any device that uses a camera while at the same time improving performance. While traditional lenses are made from glass, metalenses use a flat surface peppered with nanostructures to focus light. One problem with metalenses has been…

Ominous Processor Vulnerabilities Could Put Most Computers at Risk

Nearly a dozen cybersecurity researchers this week reported two potentially serious exploits of vulnerabilities that exist in most modern processors. Three teams — Jann Horn at Google Project Zero; a team at Cyberus Technology; and a team at Graz University of Technology — independently discovered and reported the Meltdown exploit. Two teams — Google Project…