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.
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:
- Custom-Binned 5.3GHz Intel Core i7-8086K Goes On Sale For $860
- Riotoro's Builder Edition 1200W PSU Marries Power With Affordability
- Hands On With Phanteks' New Cases and Power Supplies
- Meet Corsair's New SF Platinum And Vengeance PSUs
- Gamdias Adds to Greek Mythology With PSUs, Cooling and Gear
- Samsung Crams 8TB Into Its Next-Generation PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD
- Valve Completely Redesigned the Knuckles Controllers
- FCC Documents Reveal Magic Leap Controller's Electromagnetic Spatial Tracking
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:
- ACLU Warns About Government-Mandated Malicious Software Updates
- Google Home Helps Attackers Find Your Home
- Verizon Plans to Stop Selling Location Data to Brokers
- Multiple Zero-Day Bugs Found In 390 Axis Camera Models
- Alexa Is Coming To Your Hotel Room
- New Reports Say Hackers Targeting Defense Companies, Biochem Labs
- Google Offers Up Better Privacy & Security Controls
- Android P Will Encourage OEMs to Adopt Stronger Biometric Systems
The Best Of The Rest
Here are the other stories that rounded out our week:
- Ethics, Politics Pit Tech Employees Against Their Bosses
- Samsung Hit With $400 Million Fine Over FinFET Patent Infringement
- Quit Holding Your Breath For Xbox VR
- Amazon Faces Backlash Over 'Rekognition' Software's Use By Law Enforcement
- Atari Starts Another Run of Not-So-Limited VCS Consoles
- YouTube Blocking Legal Channels Ahead Of June 20 EU Copyright Vote
- Link Tax, 'Censorship Machines' Pass EU Committee Vote
- Nvidia's AI Tech Can Turn Standard Video Into a Slow-Motion Showcase
- New 'Embedded Dash Panels' Are Virtual TVs For Your Oculus Home
- IDC: VR, AR Headset Sales Are Down, But Don't Panic
- Dutch Gaming Authority Empties Valve's Loot Boxes Over Gambling Concerns
- Don't Cry: This Tool Tells You How Much You've Spent on Steam
- SteamVR Skeletal Input Animates VR Hands Using Real-Life Motions
That’s everything we have from this week. Enjoy your weekend!