Don’t you just love it when you wake up to a massive security exploit that affects pretty much every device you own that has a processor? If you do, you’re going to love it when you find out that there are actually TWO massive security exploits that affect pretty much every device you own that has a processor.
They’re called Meltdown and Spectre, and here’s what you should know about these vulnerabilities as well as what you can do to keep yourself safe.
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Qualcomm has just unveiled their latest batch of chipsets, the Snapdragon 415, 425, 618, and 620, about time too considering that they’re getting serious competition from the likes of MediaTek and even Samsung’s own Exynos chipset.
There has been a stronger need for Qualcomm to step up their game, especially in the entry-mid range segment where low cost high performance is vital.
With 4K video creeping steadily onto TVs and computers, it’s next big target would be mobile phones if ARM has any say about it.
Having just unveiled their Cortex-A72 mobile processor reference design, the new chip promises to give a huge boost to graphics and general processing your mobile. The updates to the chip includes optimizations for 30 percent more memory performance and up to 80 percent speedier graphics, roughly makes it about 3.5 times more powerful than it’s ancestor the Cortex-A15 chip. It would also be capable of recording 4K video at 120 frames per second, which is a huge improvement over the 30 frames that most smartphones are only capable of.
On top of that, the processor will also consume about 75 percent less power than it’s predecessor the A15 at a similar level of performance, with graphics only needing about 40 percent less than what it was used to.
The Rubik’s Cube solving record has been smashed at an impressive 3.253 seconds with a CubeStormer 3 Robot. As comparison, the fastest Rubik’s Cube solved by man was 5.55 seconds. The CubeStormer 3 consist of Lego Mindstorm bricks and components while a Galaxy S4 Octa-Core smart phone was used as the brains of mechanical solving marvel.
It is amazing how much the CubeStormer has improved over the years, which is a clear indication that smart phones are evolving at a rapid pace. The first attempt in 2010 with a Motorola Droid had managed 24.02 seconds and a year later, the CubeMaster 2 with a Galaxy S II had managed to solve it quicker at 5.35 seconds.
Check out both CubeStormer 3 and the fastest human Rubik’s Cube solver after the break.
Solving Rubik’s Cube is challenging, at least for us. With the powerful processor on smart phones, solving them could be an easy task. Just check out the video above where a Samsung Galaxy S II is paired with a bunch of Lego Mindstorm NXT kits to create an awesome Rubik’s Cube solver. It was able to solve a random cube in 5.35 seconds.
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Weeks ahead of its big Unpacked event, Samsung has announced the latest addition to its range of Exynos processors called the Exynos 4212. The dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 will replace the 4210 chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S II. Like it’s predecessor, the 4212 is based on the ARM Cortex A-9 core as well.
The biggest difference between the new Exynos 4212 and its predecessor is its processor’s clock speed. The new 4212 variant runs at 1.5GHz while the old 4210 variant pushes out 1.2Ghz. The graphic processor unit has also been given a performance boost. Samsung claims that the new chip has a GPU that is 50% more powerful that the unit it replaces. On top of all that, the 4212 is also 30% more power efficient that the current 4210 unit.
The proximity of the launch of this new processor indicates that it could make it into the upcoming Nexus phone (believed to be called the Nexus Prime) that is expected to be unveiled on October 11 in San Diego.