US bans 3nm processing technique exports on security grounds
Published in News


China targeted

The United States is formally banning the export of four technologies tied to semiconductor manufacturing, calling the protection of the items "vital to national security." 

Intel jumps from DirectX 9 to 12
Published in Graphics
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 11:43

Intel jumps from DirectX 9 to 12


On Xe, Arc GPUs

Intel has moved from native DX9 hardware support on its Intel's Xe integrated graphics solutions on 12th Gen CPUs and A-Series Arc Alchemist discrete GPUs to DirectX 12.

Microsoft sneaks 365  adverts into Office
Published in News
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 11:30

Microsoft sneaks 365 adverts into Office


Pop-ups

Software King of the World Microsoft has worked out a way to make its Office 365 product really unpopular with users by inserting  pop-up advertising within Microsoft Word documents.

Security update for Secure Boot creates BitLocker issues
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Vole makes a mess

Windows users are reporting BitLocker problems after installing last week's security update for Secure Boot.

Apple comes up with a new iOS scheme
Published in Mobiles
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 10:54

Apple comes up with a new iOS scheme


Buy now and we will add features later 

Fruity cargo-cult Apple has come up with a wizard scheme which will sell iPhones without having to provide any new features.

Nintendo HQ catches fire
Published in Gaming
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 10:35

Nintendo HQ catches fire


Charging electronic devices at work 

Nintendo’s headquarters in Kyoto, Japan caught fire after an employee choose to charge a device at work during a heatwave. 

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 up for pre-order
Published in PC Hardware
Monday, 15 August 2022 11:29

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 up for pre-order


In Canada 

AMD’s Ryzen 7000 processors are up for pre-order with a Canadian retailer. 

Meta's AI starts spewing fake news
Published in AI
Monday, 15 August 2022 11:11

Meta's AI starts spewing fake news


Blenderbot 3 insists that Donald Trump is president and will remain so after 2024

Last week we reported how Facebook's new Blenderbot 3 AI was sexist and racist, but now it has turned into a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist with the intelligence of plankton. 

UK government considers reducing cost of poor people's internet connections
Published in News


We need to stop them revolting 

The UK government is considering helping poor people pay for their internet connections to off-set the huge rise in the cost of living caused by subsidising the bonuses of power company executives. 

Apple to increase adverts on user interface
Published in Mobiles


We need the money 

Cash-strapped Apple is apparently so poor that it has to turn its user interface into a bill board for advertising.