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The Samsung Galaxy Book can do anything a PC does

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Tonight at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced the Galaxy Book, which is nothing I really cared about until they said: “It can do anything a PC does.”

Of course, this was my reaction:

(This is, in fact, GadgetMatch Creative Director Chay Lazaro, but I needed to steal her reaction to make a point.)

We’ve all heard that before.

A 10- or 12-inch tablet cannot possibly work like a computer. That’s why tablets are tablets, and, well, computers are computers.

I mean, look how tiny that thing is! Sure it runs on a PC processor, but let’s be real. It can’t possibly do—

Well, I mean, real photo editing with Photosho—

What tech sorcery is this?! I sought to find out.

I consulted GadgetMatch resources and asked what exactly the Galaxy Book’s specs meant. Samsung boasted a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in the 12-inch model.

And it seems it’s definitely a big deal.

I learned that the Galaxy Book can do what my 13-inch, 4.5-pound machine can.

Plus, it works so well with that cute pen!

And just like that, I’m sold.

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Integral Memory announces world’s first 512GB microSD card

When you want more space

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How much storage do you need for your Android device? Most phones nowadays start at 32GB of internal storage and go up to 256GB depending on the configuration. But, what if that’s not enough? If your phone supports storage expansion via microSD card, this might satisfy your need for more bytes.

UK-based Integral Memory just announced the world’s first 512GB microSDXC card. We’ve reached the point where our phones have more storage than our slim notebooks.

The tiny memory card is fully compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. It’s guaranteed to avoid bottlenecks, especially when used with apps, unlike other cheap memory cards in the market. It’s not only for phones though, it’s also for digital cameras, action cameras, drones, camcorders, and PCs that accept microSDXC cards.

With this large storage, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, it’s the speed. The 512GB microSDXC card only meets the Video Class 10 standard for Full HD recording. To be specific, the card has a V10, UHS-I Class 1 specification and can handle transfer speeds up to 80MB/s. This means high bit rate 4K video recording might be challenging for the card.

The 512GB microSDXC card will be available some time in February 2018. No pricing info yet, but the full specifications of the card is available on Integral Memory’s website.

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Microsoft’s new patches may be harming your PC

The Meltdown and Spectre patches are duds!

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The Meltdown drama continues. Days after researchers confirmed the existence of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, big firms like Microsoft and Apple started issuing patches against the bug. Microsoft’s fixes, however, might be doing more harm than good.

Microsoft’s series of patches have been causing issues among those who installed it already. Users are reporting that the patches have caused their PCs to run slower than usual.

Surprisingly, Microsoft themselves have confirmed the reports. A wide range of devices are indeed slowing down because of the patches. The firm has also listed down the affected PCs, as described below.

First, PCs that run Windows 10 on newer processors like Skylake and Kaby Lake show “single-digit” but hardly noticeable slowdowns. Meanwhile, PCs that run Windows 10 on fourth generation or earlier chips will suffer from noticeable slowdown. Finally, those that run Windows 8 or 7 on older chips will be most hit by the performance issues.

The chaos doesn’t even stop there. Some users have even reported that their PCs have stopped booting entirely. In an open thread on Microsoft’s support forums, a user suffering from a bricked PC has been joined by a torrent of users who are suffering from the same issue.

As with the performance issues, Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the unbootable state. This time, they have pinpointed that AMD processors are to blame for the issue, citing a lack of documentation on AMD’s part.

Microsoft has since halted distribution of the erring security patch to AMD processors. Their support team is working to resolve the issue among those already affected by the issue. Meanwhile, Microsoft and AMD developers are working to put out a more stable fix for the Spectre flaw.

Despite the lack of workable fixes for the issue, Microsoft is assuring its users that harmful exploits have not been discovered out in the wild. Not yet, that is.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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All Apple devices are at risk of Meltdown, Apple says

Patch your devices now!

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“Macs never get viruses.” It’s an adage that Apple fans often use to defend their beloved devices against PC users. With the Meltdown and Spectre reveals, that may soon change.

As we reported earlier, researchers recently uncovered hardware flaws that left affected devices open to hidden attacks that leaked sensitive info. Meltdown and Spectre affect nearly every device working today.

Tech firms, including Apple, are rushing to release their own patches to ease consumer fears. Apple users have been waiting with bated breath for a statement, especially since the company usually lives in its own world outside of the PC.

Now, Apple has finally released a statement for the issue. And it’s a resounding yes: Apple devices are affected.

Not surprisingly, every single Apple device, from the small iPhone to the towering iMac, are vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre attacks. The firm remains one of the biggest chip makers in the tech world.

Despite the flaw, Apple says that there is nothing to fear; they haven’t discovered any exploits that take advantage of the two flaws.

Even then, the firm has already released patches for Meltdown in its latest OS updates — iOS11.2 and macOS 10.13.2. The updates have been available for download even before the reveals for Meltdown and Spectre.

Meanwhile, Apple shares in the difficulty of patching the Spectre flaw. The flaw itself is hard to exploit, but equally as hard to patch. Other companies are still developing their patches to the bug. Likewise, Apple is also only promising an update through Safari in the coming days to ease the risk.

Further, Apple says that the Apple Watch is safe from Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

SEE ALSO: Newly discovered bugs leave two decades of devices vulnerable

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