AMD Is Working on Its Own Hybrid x86 CPU

New patent applications suggest AMD is working on a hybrid processor of its own, even if it isn't talking about it yet. | Continue reading | 5 hours ago

Rumor: Intel May Buy RISC-V CPU Designer SiFive to Fend Off ARM

There's a rumor that Intel might purchase SiFive, the RISC-V CPU design company, for $2.1 billion. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

New Simulation Sheds Light on the Sun’s Mysterious Cometary Cloud

The sheath of comets surrounding our solar system is still theoretical, but it matches the available evidence. A new simulation from researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands models the cloud in unprecedented detail. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

RISC vs. CISC is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs

Try to investigate the differences between the x86 and ARM processor families (or x86 and the Apple M1), and you'll see the acronyms CISC and RISC. It's a common way to frame the discussion, but not a very useful one. Today, "RISC versus CISC" obscures more than it explains. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Microsoft Will Unveil New Version of Windows on June 24

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased a major update to Windows at the recent Build conference, but we didn't get any useful details. Now, we can at least tell you when we'll have the specifics. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

New ‘Morpheus’ CPU Design Defeats Hundreds of Hackers in DARPA Tests

A new CPU design has won accolades for defeating the hacking efforts of nearly 600 experts during a DARPA challenge. Its approach could help us close side-channel vulnerabilities in the future. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Seagate Specs the Mach.2, the World’s Fastest Hard Drive

Seagate has revealed the specs on its upcoming Exos 2X14, the fastest hard drive ever built. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

South Korea Commits $450B to Dominate Semiconductor Market

South Korea will invest $450 billion in its semiconductor industry by 2030, turning up the heat on the US to follow suit. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Writely: Google’s Online Word Processor (2006)

Review: Google's entry into the Web 2.0 world of word processors is finally available to all, but is it the best webware editor out there? | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Breakthrough Listen Project Scans 60M Stars, Finds Zero Aliens

Scientists with the Breakthrough Listen project took up the mantle of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) several years ago, continuing the decades-long search for ET. The project has just released its largest survey to date, consisting of more than 60 million sta … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Software Bug Delays Ingenuity Helicopter’s 4th Mars Flight

This appears to be the same issue that caused the delay in Ingenuity's first flight timeline. NASA says it's planning to try this one again today, and we should know in a few hours whether or not it was successful.  | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Taiwan Dismisses EU Effort to Build Leading Edge Semiconductor Capacity

TSMC thinks building new leading-edge foundries in Europe is a bad idea. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Sony Patents AI That Plays Games for You

At a certain point, do the machines even need us anymore? | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Signal Founder Hacks Cellebrite’s Phone Hacking Tools

The Israeli firm recently bragged that it has helped law enforcement retrieve data from the encrypted Signal chat app. Well, Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike had something to say about that. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Apple’s M1 Positioning Mocks the Entire x86 Business Model

Apple is positioning its M1 quite differently from any CPU Intel or AMD has released. The long-term impact on the PC market could be significant. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

There’s a Ticking Time Bomb Inside Older Playstation Consoles

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 have a mandatory online check-in feature that could make life difficult for video game history preservationists down the road. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Alienware Doesn’t Want You to Buy an AMD Ryzen PC

Just because Alienware sells Ryzen systems doesn't mean the company wants you to buy one. All objective evidence suggests it would rather you didn't. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Cryptocurrency Miners Are Reportedly Ruining the Laptop Market, Too

According to a new report, cryptocurrency miners aren't just buying up desktop PC GPUs -- they've started hoovering up gaming laptops as well. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Intel May Change Its Process Node Numbering to Align with TSMC, Samsung

Intel is reportedly considering a change to how it reports its process node sizes. It may be a good idea. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Remnants of Theia May Still Exist Deep Inside the Earth

The remnants of Theia, the planetesimal that created the Moon, may still exist hundreds of miles beneath the surface of the Earth. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

New Report from South Korea: LG Can’t Find Anyone to Buy Its Smartphone Business

LG has been trying to turn its mobile unit around for the last several years, but it has yet to pull out of the red. In early 2021, rumors suggested LG was looking to sell off its smartphone business. Now, a new South Korean report says LG has tried and failed to find a suitor, a … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

T-Mobile Will Start Selling Your Personal Data on April 26 Unless You Opt Out

T-Mobile will start sharing your data with third-parties and using it for targeted advertising on April 26, unless you take action to opt out. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Pentagon May Dump $10B Jedi Program over Microsoft, Amazon Fight

The government is so tired of fighting with Amazon over the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract that went to Microsoft, it'd rather just quit than move forward with litigation. | Continue reading | 3 months ago

SpaceX's Newest Starlink Satellites Have Space Lasers

According to CEO Elon Musk, these are the first nodes in SpaceX's network that have fully operational laser communication systems, allowing the satellites to talk to each other without ground stations for faster, more expansive coverage.  | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Apple's New M1 SoC Looks Great, Is Not Faster Than 98 Percent of PC Laptops

Apple's new M1 silicon really looks amazing, but it isn't faster than 98 percent of the PCs sold last year, despite what the company claims. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

ARM Co-Founder: Sale to Nvidia Would Be a Disaster

The co-founder of ARM believes letting Nvidia buy the company would be a disaster. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Stadia uses a web app to bypass Apple's policy on cloud gaming apps

Google promised iPhone support, but Apple's App Store policies got in the way. Now, there's finally a way to play Stadia on iOS -- just fire up Safari and go to the Stadia site to use the new progressive web app. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Recycling closed-loop shower is cleaner, greener, and can save you $1k per ye

A Swedish company has launched the OrbSys recycling shower -- a new kind of shower that saves up to 90% of the water and 80% of the energy consumed by a normal shower. The shower achieves such huge savings by being a closed-loop, recirculating system, much in the same way that as … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Current x86 vs. Apple M1 Performance Measurements Are Flawed

There's an intrinsic difference between x86 and ARM CPU designs that makes comparing performance difficult -- and it didn't get noticed in the initial wave of coverage. | Continue reading | 6 months ago

US Sanctions Forcing Huawei to End ARM Chip Production

Huawei CEO Richard Yu has told investors that the company will have to stop making its custom Kirin ARM chips because of ongoing sanctions from the United States. | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Can Apple Dominate the PC Market?

Apple's M1 SoC could have a profound impact on the PC market. After 25 years, x86 may no longer be the highest-performing CPU architecture you can practically buy. | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Intel Is Spreading Fud About Supposed Ryzen 4000 Performance Drops on Battery

Intel believes it has presented evidence that negates the value of AMD's Ryzen 4000 product stack. Intel is mistaken. | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Tesla Model 3 Crash Hurls Battery Cells into Nearby Home

Plenty of people wreck their cars. Most don't take out two trees, break windows in multiple apartments, and smash the plumbing in a third. | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Job Ads for AI Could Soon Look Like This. Are You Ready?

Our recent past has shown us that we can develop the type of machines that would soon open up a whole new field of lucrative and fulfilling work. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Massive ‘Kilonova’ Explosion Shows First Observed Birth of a Magnetar

We've never seen a magnetar come into being, but a new high-energy event several billion light years away might be the first -- a kilonova that signals the merging of two neutron stars.  | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Benchmark Results Show Apple M1 Beating Every Intel-Powered MacBook Pro

Apple's new M1 SoC can beat every single Intel system it sells, at least in one early benchmark result. We dig into the numbers and the likely competitive situation. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

YouTube Music Charges You to Play Your Own Music on Your Own Speakers – ExtremeT

Google is killing Google Play Music. Now it expects you to pay for features it provided for free when you bought its smart speakers, even when you're streaming your own legally-owned music. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

SpaceX Launches ‘Better Than Nothing’ Starlink Beta

Those lucky few who have gotten invitations to try the service will have to pay a hefty up-front cost, and the speeds aren't amazing. Still, it's a new generation of satellite internet.  | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Windows 10 Forced Restarts

More than five years after Windows 10 launched, Microsoft has never managed to curtail one of the operating system's most annoying features. | Continue reading | 7 months ago

AMD Has Scaled Ryzen Faster Than Any Other CPU in the Past 20 Years

Zen 3 doesn't just look like a good follow-up for the Ryzen 3000 CPU family. With the Ryzen 9 5950X launching on November 5, AMD has matched the cumulative scaling it delivered during its "golden age" of 2003-2007. | Continue reading | 8 months ago

Android Antivirus Apps Are Useless – Here's What to Do Instead

It's still on you to be aware of threats to stay safe, but Android is by its very nature more secure than a desktop computer. Still, you've probably already got what you need. | Continue reading | 8 months ago

A Stability Problem Is Brewing with Nvidia RTX 3080, 3090 GPUs

There are rumblings of issues on some RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 cards. The problem may be in how some vendors designed their power circuitry, but that hasn't been confirmed. | Continue reading | 8 months ago

Apple Books TSMC’s Entire 5nm Production Capability

Apple alone will soak up TSMC's 5nm capacity for the iPhone 12, iPad Air, and A14, leaving no room for anyone else. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

China Sells Minorities into Forced Labor to Benefit Apple, Foxconn, Others

A new report alleges China is deploying tens of thousands of ethnic minority workers in what amounts to a slavery scheme -- and dozens of American companies are benefiting from the result. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

What No Fan Has Seen Before: Remastering Deep Space Nine to Maximum Quality

Deep Space Nine has never gotten its due -- until today. ViacomCBS has made it clear it isn't interested, so we did it for them. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Scientists Detect New Kind of Black Hole After Collision

So-called intermediate-mass black holes (IMBH) between the two extremes have been elusive, until now. Scientists with the LIGO and VIRGO Scientific Collaboration report spotting an IMBH billions of light-years away thanks to peculiar gravitational waves.  | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Microsoft’s New Chromium Edge Can’t Be Uninstalled

Hope you like Chromium Edge, because there's no going back (or getting rid of it) according to Microsoft. | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Charging a MacBook on the Wrong Side Can Significantly Lower Its Performance

Apparently, there's a right way and a wrong way to charge a modern MacBook, and the wrong way can have significant performance consequences. | Continue reading | 10 months ago