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Microsoft teases new Windows 10 Start Menu April 09, 2020 - 11:02
E3 now says nope to online event April 09, 2020 - 10:41
Yes you can boot Windows 10 with 192MB RAM April 09, 2020 - 10:32
AMD fixes bugs and promises stability improvement with Ryzen chipset driver April 08, 2020 - 14:54
A highly detailed look at the surface of the Bennu asteroid April 08, 2020 - 14:44
AMD has faster Ryzen 9 4900U 15W TDP part April 08, 2020 - 14:34
Microsoft: No physical events until July 2021 April 08, 2020 - 14:17
Microsoft shelves out $1.7 million for the dangerous Corp.com April 08, 2020 - 14:07
800Gbps Ethernet specification announced April 08, 2020 - 13:43
Google makes seamless updates mandatory for Android 11 devices April 08, 2020 - 12:30
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Intel Core i7-1185G7 performance details leak - Xe graphics look good April 07, 2020 - 15:16
Rumor: AMD Zen 3 design to offer 10-15 percent IPC uplift April 07, 2020 - 15:01
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Posted on Thursday, April 09 2020 @ 11:02:23 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Microsoft published a new clip on Twitter that showcases some upcoming changes to Windows's user interface. You can see the redesigned Start Menu, in a dark and light version. Overall, nothing really earth-shattering here.


Posted on Thursday, April 09 2020 @ 10:41:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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ESA has reversed its position on holding an online-only 2020 edition of its E3 event. After the physical event got cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was a plan to make a digital-only event but that will no longer happen. ESA is now focusing its attention on bringing a "reimagined" E3 back in June 2021.
Instead, the ESA will simply help showcase "individual company announcements". In other words, as we have already seen announced, publishers are now doing their own thing - or alternatively not doing a thing at all.

"Given the disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be presenting an online E3 2020 event in June," an ESA spokesperson said. "Instead, we will be working with exhibitors to promote and showcase individual company announcements, including on www.E3expo.com, in the coming months.
E3 is world's largest video gaming event.

Posted on Thursday, April 09 2020 @ 10:32:24 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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These days a lot of people have too much time on their hands. Twitter user Sakura NØri decided to check the minimum system memory needed to run the 32-bit version of Windows 10. The answer to this totally pointless question is 192MB.

Anything less is too little to boot Windows 10. Microsoft's official minimum memory recommendation is 1GB. Interestingly, Windows 10 could partly boot with 140MB, but that proved to be too little for the UI to run.

The experiment was performed using a virtual machine. Booting took about three minutes and with 192MB of memory the system was very unresponsive.
Yesterday, 16-year-old Twitter user @0xN0ri (Nori for short) posted a thread where they continually tried to run the 32-bit version of Windows 10 on smaller and smaller amounts of RAM, using the operating system’s 1909 November update as a base and running it on Oracle VM Virtualbox off what they told Tom's Hardware was a Dell Inspiron 3670 running Arch Linux.

Via: Tom's Hardware

Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 14:54:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD published version of its Ryzen chipset drivers, you can find it over here. The new version promises better general system stability and fixes some installation bugs. Interestingly, the known issues list consists entirely of installation bugs.
Release Highlights:
  • Removed deprecated device IDs from the IOV driver
  • Removed deprecated device IDs from the USB 3.0 driver
  • General system stability improvements

    Fixed Issues
  • Installer may hang during installation progress
  • Installer may abort with “Error 1720” code
  • Installation will not install on a non C: location
  • Resolved screen rotation bug with select AMD mobile processors
  • Rare system halt on 7th Gen AMD A-Series APUs

    Known Issues
  • Windows Installer pop up message may appear during install
  • Moving installer window during install process may cause installer window to flicker/move around the screen
  • Cannot open installation log file after completion
  • Installer may not update a sub-package to the latest version: Workaround: Manually uninstall any prior sub-package, reboot, then re-install the full Chipset package

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    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 14:44:29 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
    Ever wondered how the surface of an asteroid would look like? Newly released photos provide an unprecedented detailed look at the surface of Bennu. These photos were collected by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019. A total of 2,155 images were stitched together to provide a photo with a resolution of 5cm per pixel, giving us the highest resolution at which a planetary body has been globally mapped.

    Engadget has more info over here:
    We already know lots of other things about Bennu, including the fact that it’s spewing particles into space — behavior that’s common for a comet, but rare for an asteroid. Scientists also discovered that it’s surprisingly rugged, as is clear by the number of boulders strewn on its surface. They also found the presence of magnetite, indicating that it likely interacted with water on Bennu’s parent body.
    Full-size versions can be found over here but be aware that the 50,669 x 25,350 pixels full version is 859MB.

    Bennu asteroid

    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 14:34:03 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Twitter user TUM_APISAK noticed AMD is working on a Ryzen 9 4900U. TechPowerUp writes this upcoming laptop chip is a 15W TDP model that will compete against the Intel Core i7-10710U and Core i7-1065G7. The 4900U is an eight-core model with sixteen threads.

    Performance-wise, there are some big processor performance gains versus the 4800U:
    Lenovo had a notebook featuring this part listed earlier this year. It is configured with an 8-core/16-thread CPU clocked at 1.80 GHz nominal, with up to 4.30 GHz boost, which may seem like a minor speed bump, until you compare its User Benchmark scores with those of the 4800U. Apparently, the 4900U has some boost algorithm secret sauce that makes it a double-digit percentage faster than the 4800U in multi-threaded tests (possibly better spread of boost clocks across multiple cores). The iGPU appears unchanged, with 8 "Vega" compute units (512 stream processors), and up to 1750 MHz engine clocks.


    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 14:17:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Microsoft announces its cancelling all internal and external events until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Until the summer of next year, the software giant will make all of its events digital-only.
    “In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Microsoft has been closely monitoring the developing global situation and re-assessing the overall company-wide in-person event strategy,” explains a recent email to Microsoft MVPs. “As a company, Microsoft has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021.”
    Build 2020, which was supposed to be held in Seattle in May, was already transformed in a digital event. This news implies the 2021 edition will also be a digital-only version, unless Microsoft postpones it to a date beyond July 2021. Furthermore, this also means Microsoft will not be present at Computex 2020.

    The latter was planned for June 2 - June 6, 2020 and got rescheduled to September 2020 due to the coronavirus - which may have been a bit too optimistic. With Microsoft already saying nope to Computex, more companies will likely follow.

    Via: The Verge

    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 14:07:48 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    KrebsonSecurity tells the tale of how Microsoft bought the corp.com domain name. This domain name had been in the hands of domain name investor Mike O’Connor (70) since 1994. He was one of the first domain name investors, with valuable purchases including bar.com, cafes.com, grill.com, place.com, pub.com and television.com. The exact details of the deal aren't public but O'Connor's asking price as $1.7 million.

    But corp.com was definitely has most sensitive holding. Earlier this year, O'Connor decided to sell the domain to simplify his estate. He hoped Microsoft would buy it because a future sale to a malicious actor would result in a lot of damage as hundreds of thousands of PCs are constantly trying to share sensitive data with corp.com.

    This is because in old versions of Windows, "corp" was the default or example Active Directory path. Many companies adopted this insecure setting and that causes issues when employees take a laptop outside of the corporate network. Basically, the gist is that due to historical errors made by Microsoft and network admins, the corp.com domain is passively intercepting sensitive data from hundreds of thousands of computers:
    Now, none of this was much of a security concern back in the day when it was impractical for employees to lug their bulky desktop computers and monitors outside of the corporate network. But what happens when an employee working at a company with an Active Directory network path called “corp” takes a company laptop to the local Starbucks?

    Chances are good that at least some resources on the employee’s laptop will still try to access that internal “corp” domain. And because of the way DNS name devolution works on Windows, that company laptop online via the Starbucks wireless connection is likely to then seek those same resources at “corp.com.”

    In practical terms, this means that whoever controls corp.com can passively intercept private communications from hundreds of thousands of computers that end up being taken outside of a corporate environment which uses this “corp” designation for its Active Directory domain.


    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 13:43:57 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Two announcements today from the 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium. First up, the organization is changing its name to the Ethernet Technology Consortium as they're now looking far beyond 25Gbps. Secondly, the Ethernet Technology Consortium announces the creation of a new 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) specification. The 800Gbps specification is based on two sets of the existing 400GbE logic from the IEEE 802.3bs standard with some modifications:
    The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, originally established to develop 25, 50 and 100 Gbps Ethernet specifications, announced today it has changed its name to the Ethernet Technology Consortium in order to reflect a new focus on higher-speed Ethernet technologies.

    The goal of the consortium is to enhance the Ethernet specification to operate at new speeds by utilizing specifications that are developed or in development. This allows the organization to work alongside other industry groups and standards bodies to adapt Ethernet at a pace that aligns with the rapidly evolving needs of the industry. The ETC has more than 45 members with top-level promoter members that include Arista, Broadcom, Cisco, Dell, Google, Mellanox and Microsoft.

    “Ethernet is evolving very quickly and as a group, we felt that having 25G in the name was too constraining for the scope of the consortium,” said Brad Booth, chair of the Ethernet Technology Consortium. “We wanted to open that up so that the industry could have an organization that could enhance Ethernet specifications for new and developing markets.”

    Championing 800GbE
    One of the first specifications to be championed by the newly named organization is the 800GBASE-R specification for 800 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

    The 800 GbE specification introduces a new media access control (MAC) and Physical Coding Sublayer (PCS). It essentially re-purposes two sets of the existing 400GbE logic from the IEEE 802.3bs standard with a few modifications in order to distribute the data across eight 106 Gb/s physical lanes. As the PCS is reused, the standard RS(544, 514) forward error correction is retained, for simple compatibility with existing physical layer specifications.

    “The intent with this work was to repurpose the standard 400GbE logic as much as possible to create an 800 GbE MAC and PCS specification with minimal overhead cost to users implementing multi-rate Ethernet ports.” said Rob Stone, technical working group chair of the Ethernet Technology Consortium. “The 800 GbE specification is an exciting first announcement under the consortium’s new name, reflecting the true capability of the organization. We are proud of the hard work of our member companies in completing this specification.”


    Posted on Wednesday, April 08 2020 @ 12:30:36 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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    Google announces that seamless updating will become a mandatory feature of all Android 11 devices. This feature was first introduced with Android 7.0 "Nougat" in 2016. It basically creates a second, inactive "B" partition on your phone's flash storage that features a copy of the operating system. Operating systems updates are performed on the inactive partition and the Android device switches to the "B" partition after a reboot. When a next update arrives, the update is performed on the then inactive "A" partition, and the system switches back to the "A" partition after a reboot.

    This makes updates much faster but requires more storage space:
    In a nutshell, this meant that your device would automatically create a second copy of the system and a few other partitions and install the new update on it. Then, the user would only have to restart their device to switch to the updated partition with the latest software thereby greatly speeding up the entire process of installing a software update. Google never made seamless updates a mandatory feature which is why we are yet to see the likes of Samsung and other OEMs implement this feature on their devices. One of the downsides of the feature was that it required an additional internal storage space which is perhaps why many OEMs have shied away from implementing it.
    Devices with Android 11 are expected by the end of the year or early 2021.

    Via: Neowin




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