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AMD laptops have a hidden 10-second performance delay. Here’s why

Enlarge / When it’s on battery, your new Ryzen 4000 series laptop doesn’t deliver its true performance until about 10 seconds into a full-throttle workload. Aurich Lawson / AMD In an embargoed presentation Friday morning, Intel’s Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout walked a group of tech journalists through a presentation aimed at taking AMD’s Zen […]

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Abusive add-ons aren’t just a Chrome and Firefox problem. Now it’s Edge’s turn

Enlarge Microsoft For years, Google and Mozilla have battled to keep abusive or outright malicious browser extensions from infiltrating their official repositories. Now, Microsoft is taking up the fight. Over the past several days, people in website forums have complained of the Google searches being redirected to oksearch[.]com when they use Edge. Often, the searches […]

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Google is testing end-to-end encryption in Android Messages

Enlarge / Security padlock in circuit-board background. Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino Google has begun rolling out end-to-end encryption for Rich Communication Service, the text-messaging standard the industry giant is pushing as an alternative to SMS. Abbreviated as RCS, Rich Communication Service provides a, well, richer user experience than the ancient SMS standard. Typing indicators, […]

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Massive, China-state-funded hack hits companies around the world, report says

Enlarge / Computer chip with Chinese flag, 3d conceptual illustration. Steve McDowell / Agefotostock Researchers have uncovered a massive hacking campaign that’s using sophisticated tools and techniques to compromise the networks of companies around the world The hackers, most likely from a well-known group that’s funded by the Chinese government, are outfitted with both off-the-shelf […]

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Hands-on with the Apple M1—a seriously fast x86 competitor [Updated]

Enlarge / Apple’s new octa-core ARM big/little CPU is putting its high performance x86 competition on notice. Apple Original story 9:00am EST: There’s a lot of understandable excitement around Apple’s ARM-powered devices right now. And we’ve got traditional reviews of those devices and their ecosystems, for Apple fans and the Apple-curious. This is not one […]