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Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Back at the start of the year, a set of attacks that leveraged the speculative execution capabilities of modern high-performance processors was revealed. The attacks were named Meltdown and Spectre. Since then, numerous variants of these attacks have been devised. In tandem, a range of mitigation techniques has been […]

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Tinkerers, repair shops will have mixed feelings about this iPad Pro teardown

https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iPad+Pro+11-Inch+Teardown/115457 Following the controlled destruction of the Mac mini and the MacBook Air, iFixit turned its gaze to the new 11-inch iPad Pro. Its teardown reveals lots of adhesive, even more magnets, and only a few surprises inside the newest Apple tablet. Unsurprisingly, the super-narrow bezels make the new iPad Pro harder to get into […]

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Windows 10 users finding their legit installs are being deactivated

What’s the fucking shit with you, MS, pic.twitter.com/Bw9n7MbJ7v — FaiKee (@FaiKeeF) November 8, 2018 For reasons that are currently unclear, Windows 10 Professional users are finding that their properly licensed installations are being deactivated. On systems affected by the issue, Windows is complaining that a Windows 10 Home license key is being used with a […]

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Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”

Enlarge Isaac Bowen / Flickr Google is promising to punish sites that offer what the company calls “abusive experiences.” Chrome 71, due for release in December, will blacklist sites that are repeat offenders and suppress all advertising on those sites. The behaviors deemed abusive cover a range of user-hostile things, such as ads that masquerade […]