Tom's Hardware Weekly News Recap: June 22, 2018

Is it OK to open with "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times," or is that going to run afoul of the EU's stringent new copyright laws? Eh, we'll figure that out later. For now we're going to consider the tale of two CEOs: one who got ousted and one who goes around giving away bespoke GPUs.

The first (now-former) CEO is Intel's Brian Krzanich, who resigned after an investigation revealed a consensual relationship with another employee. Krzanich's replacement hasn't yet been announced; CFO Bob Swan will serve as the company's interim CEO for now. Intel's board is seeking a permanent replacement for Krzanich now, and has brought on an outside firm to help it with that process.

The second (and probably much happier) CEO is Nvidia's Jensen Huang, who gave away 20 limited-run Titan V CEO Edition GPUs at an AI conference in Salt Lake City. In addition to featuring Huang's signature, the limited edition GPUs feature several changes from the standard Titan V, including additional memory and improved performance from the AI-targeted Tensor Cores.

Gearbox

Board room shakeups weren't the only things announced this week. There weren't as many hardware announcements as there were during Computex, of course, but there were still a few products revealed here and there. (We also continued to catch up on the stories from Computex; hopefully we'll eventually be able to leave the conference in the past instead of keeping parts of our psyche in Taipei.) Check 'em out:

Calling Insecurity

We already knew that speculative execution flaws would continue to be revealed in the wake of Meltdown, Spectre, and their descendants. Now we saw that operating system makers are going to start taking matters into their own hands--OpenBSD announced that its OS would block Intel's Hyper-Threading to prevent the exploits from affecting systems with it installed. We wouldn't be surprised if others started to follow suit.

Here are the other security and privacy stories we covered this week:

The Best Of The Rest

Here are the other stories that rounded out our week:

That’s everything we have from this week. Enjoy your weekend!

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