• New Sony Xperia XA1/XA1 Plus update brings Spectre and Meltdown fixes

    8 days ago - By GSMArena

    Sony has started pushing out a new update to its Xperia XA1 and XA1 Plus smartphones. Arriving as build number 40.0.A.6.189 and 48.0.A.1.131, respectively, the update brings along Android security fixes for the month of January.
    It also includes fixes for the recently-uncovered Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities. The Android version remains at 7.0 Nougat though. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it might take time for the update to reach your device, so be patient.
    Meanwhile, for what it's worth, the Sony Xperia E5 from 2016 has also been receiving a new update...
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  • Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn't slow down PCs

    Google claims to have a Spectre fix that doesn't slow down PCs

    8 days ago - By TheBoyGeniusReport

    Since the Spectre and Meltdown processor flaws were first made public last week, tech firms have been scrambling to get updates pushed out to users' devices. The only problem? In fixing the bugs, which concern chip-level code and functions, Intel and Microsoft's patches have also made computers slower.
    But according to Google, it is still possible to have the best of both worlds. Google's own fix for Variant 2 of the Spectre CPU attacks, considered to be the hardest to patch without impacting performance, uses software patches, rather than disabling the affected CPU features. According to...
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  • Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

    8 days ago - By PC World

    As a performance junkie, I'm less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities -after all, there are no known exploits in use today-than I am about a performance hit from the fixes. And from what I'm seeing, my concerns are warranted. My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft's original Surface Book. It's based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator's Update. To read this article in full,
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