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Google's Pixel 2 has a hidden AI chip to make your photos better

Google's revealed its Pixel 2 smartphone houses an hitherto undisclosed processing chip specifically tasked with improving photos. The custom coprocessor was designed by Google and will be enabled in a software update.

Qualcomm's profits plunge as Apple patent battle begins to bite

Processor manufacturer Qualcomm, the largest producer of the ARM-based chips used in smartphones, has announced a dramatic decline in its profit forecast. The company is being hit hard by an ongoing patent dispute with Apple, one of its largest customers.

Google Sheets used to create a virtual machine that computes data

A developer has demonstrated how he used a Google Sheets spreadsheet to emulate the operation of a computer processor. The spreadsheet, written using scripts, features four registers, a memory area and the ability to calculate Fibonacci numbers.

Liquid helium lets Intel's Core i7-7740K hit record 7.5GHz speeds

A team of boundary-pushing overclocking enthusiasts at PC gaming hardware company Gigabyte has broken records by using liquid helium to get Intel's new Core i7-7740K processor to run at 7.5GHz. It went on to set several benchmarking records.

Intel 'Core i9' is now reality, costs up to $2,000

Intel has announced the most significant change to its desktop processor line-up in over half a decade by adding a new sub-brand to its "Core" series. The new Core i9 is aimed at enthusiasts and power users. It offers up to 18 processing cores.

Apple to build its own graphics chips, crushing its supplier

Apple will build its own graphics processors for upcoming mobile devices. The company's current supplier, Imagination Technologies, has seen its stock price fall by 70 percent in the wake of the announcement. The chips will be ready in two years.

AMD unveils new set of Ryzen processors for mainstream users

AMD has officially announced its new range of Ryzen 5 CPUs. The gaming-oriented chips are designed to undercut Intel's rival offerings by offering comparable performance at a much lower price, bringing competition back to PC components.

AMD's new processors are faster than Intel's, half the price

AMD has unveiled its next-generation line of processors, known as Ryzen. Anticipated for years and marking AMD's return to competitive performance-focused CPUs, Ryzen could be highly disruptive. The chips are faster and cheaper than Intel's rival line-up.

Serious processor flaw makes hacking devices much easier

A significant flaw in a key security feature of computer processors could allow attackers to gain control of devices far more easily than was previously possible. There's currently no cure because the problem lies in the chip's firmware.

Microsoft hints at the Surface Phone with new Windows 10 for ARM

Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 desktop can now run on the ARM-based processors used in mobile devices. The development hints at the emergence of a new class of devices capable of powering smartphone and desktop experiences.

Report: Future Intel processors could feature AMD graphics

Intel has struck an unusual deal with rival AMD, according to reports circulating online. The company may be planning to integrate AMD's superior graphics technology into its own processors. If true, the arrangement could prove to be mutually beneficial.

Intel plans to make AI '100x faster' with new computing chips

Intel has unveiled a new series of chips that it says could improve one metric of artificial intelligence performance by up to 100 times today's benchmarks. The next-generation processor range is aimed firmly at deep learning and neural networks.

New ARM GPU to bring VR to low-end phones by 2018

ARM has launched a new GPU design that's built to bring virtual reality to low-end smartphones. The Mali-G51 uses ARM's Bifrost architecture to create an affordable chip that's optimised for virtual reality and augmented reality content.

Attackers turn off critical security system in Intel processors

A flaw in Intel's processors could allow attackers to bypass security mechanisms and inject malware into code, security researchers have warned. The technique works on almost every operating system and enables more effective software exploits.

Intel hints it's quietly planning a return to mobile processors

Earlier this year, Intel suddenly bowed out of the mobile processor market. It ceased development of its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets, ceding defeat to the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. It has now hinted it could return in the future.

Qualcomm unveils new processor to power summer's top phones

Qualcomm has unveiled an upgraded version of its popular Snapdragon 820 flagship mobile processor. The new chip will find a home in smartphones set to be launched over the next six months, iterating over the original and boosting performance.

100 processors on a single chip? MIT genius says yes

Westborough - Anant Agarwal, the director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has announced that he has successfully mounted 100 microprocessors on one chip.

Intel shows off: New Tukwila chip has over 2 billion transistors

Intel has announced a new quad-core chip, called Tukwila, has passed the two billion transistor mark. It hits speeds of 2 Ghz. Intel calls it an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, advance. Tukwila is answering a market demand for more memory.

Intel to strip Lead from Chips Processors

Intel will remove all the lead materials used in PC chips.
 

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Brian Steffens Google Sheets virtual machine
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Brian Steffens Google Sheets virtual machine
Brian Steffens Google Sheets virtual machine
Brian Steffens