Another Significant Security Gap Discovered in Intel Processors

First Spectre and Meltdown, Now Foreshadow Intel has been notified by various researchers that yet another security gap has been found in their processors.  The vulnerability affects its chip security technology called Software Guard Extensions (SGX).  This technology has been used in Intel processors since  2015.  Therefore, if you have an older PC — there is […]

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Intel Facing 32 Lawsuits Due to Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Intel in Hot Water – 32 Lawsuits Filed According to Intel’s annual 10-K report filed with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC), the company is facing 30 customer class action lawsuits and two securities class action lawsuits as a direct result of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities reported last year.  The plaintiffs of the customer suit […]

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Spectre and Meltdown FAQ for End-Users

The security vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have impacted billions of devices and left the public with a variety of questions.  It is our hope, by addressing the questions below, some of the uncertainty end-users are facing will be diminished. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. […]

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQs for VARs and MSPs

The vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, have created a significant security concern around the globe.  Listed below are common questions managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) may be facing due to these security gaps. What is Meltdown? Meltdown is a security gap lying deep within the kernel of Intel processors. Meltdown, allows for programs […]

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Security Gaps Found in Billions of Processors

Security Gap Deemed Meltdown Exposed Intel has recently reported a major security gap lying deep within the kernel.  The kernel lies deep within the operating system, and manages operations between the computer and the hardware.  The security gap, deemed Meltdown, allows for programs and applications to communicate with one another through the kernel.  Typically, this […]

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Netbooks: Size Matters

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With sales approaching only 400,000 units in 2007, netbook sales exploded in 2008 reaching 11. 4 million units. Small, light, and super-portable are the catchwords describing a netbook. Definitions vary but the determining factors are price and size. Generally they have a screen size of 10″ or below, a reduced power/performance processor with 1.0 and 1.6 gig. the most popular of sizes. Price is dictating the use of limited amounts of memory but drive size has been creeping up.

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The PC Pitstop Notebook 500

I am very excited and proud to present a brand new report from PC Pitstop. Given the outrageous traffic on our web site, we are able to see the absolute fastest PC’s in the world, what technologies they use, and why they fall into an elite performance standing. It took a lot of culling of the data, but I am pleased to announced the PC Pitstop Notebook 500. This month we will look at the fastest portables that money can buy. So let’s get to the results.

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A Brief History of AMD v. Intel


In the beginning

Intel was founded on July 18, 1968 and produced its first microprocessor, the 4004 microcomputer, at the end of 1971. The processor used 2300 transistors, and was capable of executing 60,000 operations in one second. Shortly after the release of the 4004 the 8008 microcomputer was released and as the name implies, it was capable of executing twice as many operations per second. Eight years later on July 1, 1979, the Intel 8088 was introduced. It was IBM’s choice for their first PC and guaranteed Intel a viable future.

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World of Processors

Over the past 20+ years, the PC industry has revolved around key innovations in processor technology. Recent years have been marked by the emergence of multi-core processor technology. Today, there are essentially three types of processors currently available for the desktop PC user: single core, dual core, and quad core. The ‘core’ is the part of the microprocessor that does the work. This is different from computers with multiple processors.

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