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Windows 11 has advanced hardware security. Here’s how to get it in Windows 10 today

When Windows 11 was introduced in late June of 2021, many were excited by its revamped user interface — and countless PC enthusiasts rushed to download the Windows Insider Developer Channel builds of the new OS.

But, as they quickly discovered, the new OS has several new requirements for PCs to support its new hardware and virtualization-based security features. These features are critical for securing both consumer and business workloads alike from more sophisticated malware and exploit threats that are currently evolving in the wild.

Also: Microsoft just blew up the only reason you can’t use a Linux desktop


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Microsoft Building AI Upscaler to Compete with DLSS, FidelityFX

Microsoft has begun to hire software engineers to develop machine learning-based upscaling algorithms implemented using its DirectX/DirectML application programming interface (API), which is designed for Xbox and Windows systems. The technology will compete both against AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution and Nvidia’s DLSS. 

The software giant recently posted two job openings one for a Senior Software Engineer and another for a Principal Software Engineer for Graphics seeking graphics specialists who will work on the new technology in Redmond, Washington (via TechPowerUp). The openings were posted on June 18 and June 30, just days after AMD officially started to support its

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AMD, Nvidia GPUs Could Be More Affordable Real Soon

If things continue to go the way they are going, consumers may finally be able to find the best graphics cards at more reasonable prices. Mind you, we say more reasonable because it’ll probably be a while before we ever see graphics cards at their MSRP again. We’re still deep into the global semiconductor shortage so prices are apparently improving, but stock is another topic.

According to the latest data that Germany publication 3DCenter recently published, graphics card prices have plummeted in Germany and Austria in the last couple of months. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series (Ampere) graphics cards, which was

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DARPA makes hardware bug bounty platform open source

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Jackson Barnett

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has made its hardware vulnerability disclosure platform for white-hat hackers open source.

The platform, known as Finding Exploits to Thwart Tampering (FETT), was first launched last year, and the agency hopes that moving to an open-source structure will help ethical hackers to spot flaws with chip design and aid the creation of new processor prototypes.

The system virtualizes hardware and firmware, giving hackers a full range of access to chip designs before they are produced and installed into agency systems.

“We see value in making

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InWin’s New PC Case Has a Screen to Play Games On

InWin has announced the most gaming-oriented case you’ll come across called the InWin 309 Gaming Edition. This chassis is a literal gaming machine with a full ARGB LED front panel that can be used to play simple 2D-based video games.

The front panel is by no stretch of the imagination a screen that has any decent resolution, with a total of just 144 ARGB LEDs. So the games you can play on it are as simple as can be.

InWin provides you with three games to choose from: 309 Racing, Magi Jump and Blox, the latter of

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Thousands of Used GPUs Are Flooding China’s Second-Hand Market

Amidst China’s war against cryptocurrency mining, mining outfits are moving their operations abroad. Some of the not-so-lucky ones are quickly selling off their mining hardware to cut their losses. As a result, China’s second-hand market has recently seen a surplus of used AMD and Nvidia graphics cards. We could see a similar trend emerge in the U.S. as the crypto craze wanes, meaning you might soon be able to snag one of the Best GPUs. 

According to Hong Kong-based media HKEPC, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series (Ampere) and AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 (Big Navi) graphics cards weren’t the only models

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Upgrading your PC’s hardware for Windows 11

I’m both a cheap geek and a realistic one. There are some hardware upgrades that I will gladly do — upgrades such as ensuring that all hard drives in any computer I have are SSDs rather than IDE hard drives. Especially with Windows 10, it’s a no-brainer: an SSD makes any wheezy computer snappier.

I’ve even upgraded a server to include a TPM module. Typically the hard part is finding the right part that you need and then finding a picture (or ideally a video) showing exactly where the TPM module is plugged into the motherboard.

But upgrading a processor? 

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Micron: Taiwan Drought Is Over, but More Problems Incoming

Production of chips and display panels in Taiwan was affected by drought this spring, which is why Micron, TSMC, UMC, and other chipmakers even had to truck in water to prevent their fabs from stopping. But Micron says that the Taiwanese drought is over and there are now less risks for chip production. Meanwhile, the outbreak of SARS CoV-2 in in Asia is now a new problem that Micron has to face.

“We successfully mitigated the impacts of the drought in Taiwan with no reduction in our production output,” Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of Micron, said on an earnings

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Gigabyte Announces Windows 11-Ready Motherboards

Hot on the heels of Biostar, Gigabyte has become the latest motherboard manufacturer to announce which of its boards support a seamless upgrade to Windows 11.

Current Gigabyte Motherboard Compatibility With Windows 11
Intel AMD
X299 Series TRX40 Series
C621 Series 300 Series
C232 Series 400 Series
C236 Series 500 Series
C246 Series
C200 Series
C300 Series
C400 Series
C500 Series

Much has been made of the nascent OS’s reliance on hardware-based security – the notorious TPM 2.0 – so motherboard makers are keen to reassure their customers that a plug-in dongle isn’t always needed.

“Lots of Gigabyte Intel and

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NASA preparing to switch glitchy Hubble Space Telescope to backup hardware if needed

As NASA continues to diagnose a computer glitch on the Hubble Space Telescope, engineers are preparing to turn on some of the observatory’s backup hardware.

The main computer on the venerable telescope shut down unexpectedly on June 13; since then, the operations team has been working to identify and troubleshoot the problem, which is turning out to be rather elusive. More than two weeks into the process and while continuing to work to pinpoint the root cause of the issue, NASA is now preparing to potentially move the telescope to backup hardware, according to a statement released on Wednesday

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