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After ZombieLoad, Intel is running out of friends. Can Project Athena save it?

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

ZombieLoad is the latest in a line of high profile security flaws with attention-grabbing names to plague Intel processors, and it seems that many of the chip maker’s friends and allies are running out of patience with the company.

As with previous security flaws, like Meltdown and Spectre, the disclosure of ZombieLoad, which potentially allows malicious hackers to steal private browsing history, passwords and other information, has lead to companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google rushing out patches to help mitigate the impact of the errors.… Read the full article

Update: You can now officially install Microsoft Edge on macOS

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

UPDATE (21 May): Microsoft has officially released the preview version of its Chromium-based Edge browser for macOS and it's available for download from the Microsoft Edge Insider website now. Mac keyboard shortcuts, and Touch Bar and trackpad support are also in the pipeline.

Last year Microsoft announced huge changes to its Edge web browser, including the fact that it was moving to the open source Chromium engine (which its chief competitor Chrome uses), and the company revealed it would also run on MacBooks and Mac computers. 

It now appears that you can download and install and early version of Microsoft Edge for macOS right now.… Read the full article

More than 20,000 Linksys routers hit by serious security exploit

By | May 20th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Update: Linksys has released the following statement about the security exploit:

"Linksys responded to a vulnerability submission from Bad Packets on 7th May 2019 regarding a potential sensitive information disclosure flaw: CVE-2014-8244 (which was fixed in 2014). 

We quickly tested the router models flagged by Bad Packets using the latest publicly available firmware (with default settings) and have not been able to reproduce CVE-2014-8244; meaning that it is not possible for a remote attacker to retrieve sensitive information via this technique. 

JNAP commands are only accessible to users connected to the router’s local network.Read the full article

Google kills Windows 10 on Chromebooks

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

It appears that Google has dropped its plans to allow Windows 10 to be installed alongside Chrome OS on Chromebooks.

The plans – known internally as Project Campfire – would let Chromebook owners install Windows 10 so that they could switch between Microsoft’s operating system and Chrome OS – the default operating system made by Google that ships with Chromebooks. The feature was often referred to as Alt OS – in reference to the ability to install an alternative operating system.… Read the full article

ZombieLoad flaw affects nearly every Intel processor since 2011

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A major vulnerability, known as ZombieLoad, has been discovered that affects nearly every Intel processor made since 2011.

According to a new report by security experts, the ZombieLoad flaw allows potential malicious hackers to steal private browsing history, passwords and other information from affected PCs using a software that exploits four bugs in Intel hardware which researchers apparently reported to the processor maker last month.

A “zombie load” is a high amount of data that the processor cannot properly handle, which causes the processor to use elements of its microcode to prevent the whole PC crashing.… Read the full article

macOS 10.15’s Music app is basically iTunes, and won’t be cross platform

By | May 10th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The news that macOS 10.15, which is due later this year, will come with a standalone Music app was good news for anyone who doesn’t like iTunes. However, it appears that the Music app will be heavily based off the iTunes code.

This means that the Music app could end up being a lot like iTunes. So, while it will come with popular features of iTunes, such as smart playlists, iOS syncing and disc burning, it will disappoint anyone who was hoping for a more revolutionary change.… Read the full article

Logitech G502 wireless Lightspeed gaming mouse is faster than wired, claims brand

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Logitech G502 range of gaming mice has a new and improved addition, with the company announcing the G502 Lightspeed, which combines the gaming performance we’ve come to expect from the G502 with a new lightweight and wireless design.

Joining the likes of the Logitech G502 Proteus Core and Logitech G502 Hero (which is one of our picks for the best gaming mouse money can buy), the new G502 Lightspeed brings ultra-fast wireless technology, which Logitech claims is ‘faster than wired’.… Read the full article

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40 years of the laptop: how mobile PCs changed the world

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Main image: The IBM ThinkPad 700 series first appeared in 1992

If you own a PC there’s a very good chance it's a lightweight and portable laptop, rather than a big and bulky desktop. Those rectangular boxes that are tethered to your desk have been declining in popularity, with laptops now far outstripping them when it comes to sales.

Thanks to an almost constant stream of innovations, the humble laptop has become slimmer and lighter than ever before, while the hardware inside them has become ever-more powerful, while batteries are lasting longer.… Read the full article

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Chromium-based Edge gets a load of new features at Build 2019

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Microsoft has revealed several new features for its Chromium-based Edge web browser at its Build 2019 developer event in Seattle, Washington.

Last year, Microsoft announced that it was overhauling Edge, the web browser that is installed by default in Windows 10, to run on the open-source Chromium engine. This is the same code used by Edge’s biggest rival, Google’s Chrome web browser.

Many people welcomed this news, as it meant that Microsoft could allow Edge to use many of the features Chrome has.… Read the full article

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Apple blames Intel for poor Mac sales – so why doesn’t it just buy AMD?

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple doesn’t like losing, so when it announced its latest financial results (for the fiscal second quarter, running up to the end of March), the fact that it had to admit that revenue for its Mac business declined by 5%, must have stung.

However, Apple was keen to pin the decline on the fact that it “faced some processor constraints in the March quarter,” and that “Mac revenue would have been up compared to last year without those constraints”.

Essentially, Apple was blaming Intel’s recent processor shortage for the slump in Mac sales.… Read the full article

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