It seems that PC makers are not happy with the Intel’s Management Engine (IME) and the flaws that keep being found in it. The original flaw allowed attackers a clean way to compromise a system including uploading malware and exfiltrating data. This could be done in a way that bypassed most security systems and even allowed for tampering with the UEFI BIOS if the attacker was sophisticated enough. To their credit, Intel did warn people and manufacturers about this and patched it fairly quickly. The problem is, now that the cat is out of the bag about one flaw; there are sure to be more.
Dell should soon unveil a new 4K monitor. This model marked UP2414Q comes with a diagonal of 24 inches, and even though there was no official announcement of the device, Dell presented specifications on their website.
Monitor brings 32 inch (31.5-inch visible) Sharp IGZO display in ultra HD resolution (3840x2160 pixels) with LED backlighting. Viewing angle is 176 degrees horizontally and vertically, with a contrast ratio of 100:1 and brightness of 350 cd/m2.
After being introduced at the beginning of this month, Dell's new tablet called the Venue Pro 8 arrived to stores these days. It comes with a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels.
Dell has released a quarterly report that could be the last one published by them as a company listed on the stock exchange. Although revenues in the second quarter of this year were still somewhat higher than expected and amounted to 14.5 billion USD, what is worrying is the decline in earnings by as much as 72%.
Dell at the fair Computex introduced the XPS 11, to be precise the prototype version of it. It is a computer with a screen diagonal of 11.6-inch in ultra-high resolution which is 2560x1440 pixels.
According to information released by CNBC, Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Michael Dell and private investment fund Silver Lake Partners to assist them in taking Dell, or in purchasing all shares in the company so they would have full ownership. [Ed – this plays into some rumors we have heard]
Although we have not written about Apple in a while there is some news about them that just begs to be talked about and to have some of the myths about it cleared up. In today’s news there were quite a few articles about Apple coming back to the US to make products. Most of this was fluff, but it did contain some truth in it. Apple will invest $100 Million in an unnamed east coast manufacturing plant with the first installments of this investment to start in 2013. What most of the articles missed is that compared to what they dump into China and South America this is nothing.
Sharp, who is in deep financial problems, could soon get a significant financial injection from the several companies, particularly Dell, Intel and Qualcomm. The three companies are holding talks with Sharp in about investing large amounts of cash into the company. Sharp has reportedly asked Dell and Intel for $240 million in exchange for shares in the company or as a debt. Qualcomm investments should probably be somewhat smaller.
At VMWorld 2012 AMD has summed up what we told you last week when we stated that they were going to split their time and focus on server CPUs for the cloud and APUs for thin clients. In an interesting statement AMD has come out and admitted that they have largely ignored the server and workstation segment for the last four years. This neglect has allowed Intel to push well beyond what AMD can currently offer even when you start factoring in price. In the data center it is all about scalability. Even in spending less you want to make sure you are getting the most out of the systems you build.