macOS 10.13.4 lands with eGPU support and business chat in iMessage

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A new update is out for the Mac.
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Mac owners can finally use an external GPU to boost their computing power now that Apple has released macOS 10.13.4 to the public.

The software update has been in beta testing with developers for months and is now available to everyone for the first time. macOS 10.13.4 brings a number of improvements to the Mac, including some updates to iMessages, Safari and more.

Intel fixes Spectre flaw in latest CPUs

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Intel will task GPUs with antivirus scanning.
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Intel has completed its Spectre fixes for its latest range of processors.

Patches for Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chipsets are now available to computer and motherboard manufacturers. Apple has already rolled out macOS and OS X updates to fix the problem.

Apple named in class-action lawsuit alongside AMD and Intel

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Apple's A-series chips are also susceptible to Meltdown and Spectre bugs.
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Apple has been named in a class-action lawsuit alongside AMD and Intel. The case filed in Israel, one of many expected to hit major chip manufacturers, comes after the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre bugs that leave billions of users at risk.

Nvidia admits its graphics cards also harbor chip flaws [Update]

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Update your Nvidia cards!
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Update: Nvidia reached out to Cult of Mac to explain that “recent press accounts about our latest software patches are incorrect.” We have updated the article below to clarify.

Nvidia has rolled out security updates for its graphics cards following widespread chip flaws. Its most popular products, including GeForce and Quadro, are being updated to combat the Meltdown and Spectre memory vulnerabilities.

Intel’s first chips with AMD graphics mean new hope for MacBook Pro

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Intel forms unlikely friendship with AMD.
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CES 2018 bugUnlikely duo Intel and AMD have delivered a new generation of Core processors with discrete Radeon RX Vega M graphics.

They are the most powerful processors available for notebooks, Intel says, with each unit packing 4GB of memory dedicated to video. There’s a good chance you’ll see them in a future MacBook Pro.

iPhone and iPad are susceptible to widespread CPU flaw, too [Update]

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Apple's A series chips could also be vulnerable to a nasty flaw.
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A nasty CPU flaw that leaves computer users’ most sensitive data at risk is also present in iPhone and iPad processors, Apple confirmed Thursday.

The “Spectre” bug has been discovered in the mobile ARM processors that power iOS devices, as well as Apple TV — but there’s probably no need to panic.