During the recent update of documentation, Intel revealed a problem, which was not known until then. The problem is present in every Skylake and Kaby Lake processors and also Xeon v5 and v6. As described by Debian operating system developers, who managed to isolate the issue and determine the condition of its occurrence, the processors exhibit dangerous and unpredictable behaviour when Hyper-Threading is activated.

 

Hyper-Threading is Intel’s proprietary simultaneous multithreading feature that improves parallel computation in microprocessors. Usually, an operating system recognises two logical cores for each physical processor core. Hyper-Threading allows to increase the number of logical cores and, hence, drastically improve parallel computation speed. Intel reports 15-30% better performance in comparison with an identical processor without this feature being activated.

 

After the problem was detected, Intel made an urgent announcement advising the users to deactivate Hyper-Threading in BIOS or UEFI. If the feature is kept enabled, users may experience unpredictable behaviour of programs and OS, distortion or even loss of data. It was highlighted, that the problem is not exclusive to Debian or other Linux systems. It can appear in any OS including Windows.

 

Intel is currently working on the solution. At the moment only Skylake family received the patch. In order to resolve the issue user must update BIOS/UEFI when the appropriate patch is released. To find out how to do this contact London computer repair service.

A rather curious device was found on an American public-benefit corporation, Kickstarter. The device is designed for Apple devices and is called Nums.

 

Presented device is a ultra-thin glass film that is placed on top of the trackpad. The main purpose of this gadget is to add extra functionality to a sensory surface of a trackpad. An additional application needs to be installed in order for it to function.

 

Nums can imitate a traditional numerical pad. However, this function does not limit device’s capabilities. It is possible to activate a certain work mode or launch apps, including a calculator, by using assigned gestures or tapping on certain areas of the trackpad.

 

The glass panel, as developers state, possesses a high durability and is scratch-resistant. So it can be seen as an additional protection of an original trackpad as well. Nums’ thickness is just 0,26mm. It is also stated that the symbols etched on its surface will not fade with the time.

 

In order to launch the project into mass-production, the developers require $50 000, and the amount has to be collected within less than two months. Currently, the device can be purchased for $32 here.

 

Ultimately, it is a piece of glass film that segments the trackpad. The key element of this project is the app that recognises additional gestures. The software alternatives have been available for a while. Even default Synapsis drivers for Windows have quite an intricate configurations.

Kaspersky Labs rings a bell and beats the gong warning that intensity of cybercrime is on the rise. It was reported, that manufacturing companies experience a high level of phishing attacks. Only within 3 months, 500 companies in over 50 countries were attacked. Industrial concerns exceeded 80% of those victims.

 

Phishing emails were composed in the way that receivers accounted them as a legitimate. The messages appeared to be sent from business partners, delivery services, suppliers, and even from the company they worked for. In those emails, a person would be urged to check the balance, confirm the prices for certain products, receive a delivery for an invoice, etc. Believing that emails came from a trusted source, company workers would open an infected attachment. The attachments contained spyware, keyloggers, and hidden remote control apps.

 

Additionally, the specialists detected that the majority of domain names used in those attacks was registered in Nigeria. After spotting a potential victim, the attackers would register a domain name that would closely imitate a real name of a company and company’s partner. Starting a conversation directed towards both end, they would manage to get some specific information from either, which would be later used as a bait for one or both of them.

 

As a result of such attack, a company not only risks financial losses. Cyber criminals may gain an access to the internal networks, which is could have unpredictable consequences for a company. Check what Bits and PCs, London  IT support, can offer you to protect yourself.

 

Shuttle renewed the line with desktops that have a volume less than 1 litre. This tiny desktop is based on Intel Kaby Lake architecture. The top configuration uses Intel Core i7-7500U, a dual-core processor with a frequency of 2,7GHz (3,5GHz in Turbo Mode) and Intel HD Graphics 620 chip.

 

This tiny body accommodates some upgradability: inside there is a space for 2 RAM modules. NC03U can carry up to 32GB of DDR4-2133. There is also space for two hard drives: a traditional 2,5-inch SATA drive and M.2 SSD module.

 

The mini-PC is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet controller, wireless network adapter Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and SD-card reader. For video output, HDMI and DisplayPort were thoughtfully provided. Additionally, there are few USB ports: USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C and two USB 2.0 serial ports.

 

The device occupies extremely small space. Its dimensions are 142 × 142 × 42mm. It was noted that the device will be compatible with Windows 10 and Linux-based systems. This product is expected to appear on the market in the near future. However, no dates have been disclosed yet.

Probably, the loudest announcement that Apple made on WWDC conference was the release of iMac Pro. iMac Pro is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 27-inch 5K screen, visually resembling usual 27-inch iMac, but inside it is a beast: Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores, 16GB HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory) memory, 128GB RAM, and 4TB SSD. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?

 

Well… no. The biggest issue with Apple lately is that their devices are non-upgradable, non-repairable outside of Apple, and crazy expensive. Whoever is willing to get iMac Pro will have to pay over £4000 for a basic model. So if you are after a super-computer, you will probably have to pay significantly more. The release is scheduled for the end of the year, the same time world expects Intel Core i9 processors to be released. New generation workstations are about to flood the market instantly making iMac Pro with its Xeon processor a technology of the past, and you cannot upgrade a thing in this £4000-computer.

 

The target group for this device are creative professionals. 5K screen and AMD Radeon Pro are presumably unbeatable for 3D-rendering and media editing. However, a rare professional uses a single screen, so they will get additional screen anyway, and that is the moment when a striking difference becomes evident. You have fully adjustable, thin and light additional screens on the side and a somewhat bulky in comparison iMac Pro, where only viewing angle can be adjusted, as a centrepiece of your workspace.  

 

In our opinion, this iMac Pro is a mistake and only good for Apple fetishists. Yet, we are open to your comments. Let us know what you think.