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Intel Stops You Overclocking CPUs, Google Ditches Flash Ads… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 10-02-2016

Intel prevents you from overclocking its CPUs, Google bans Flash ads completely, Microsoft reveals Windows 10 changes, Google protects your emails, and Space Invaders is even more fun in real life.


Intel Closes Overclocking Loophole

Intel is closing the loophole that allows people to overclock non-K Skylake CPUs. This loophole, that was actively being used by various motherboard manufacturers, made non-K Skylake CPUs great value for money, as overclocking improved their performance close to that of more expensive processors 6 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your PC Motherboard Not sure if you should upgrade your motherboard? Here are a few tips to explain when and why to buy a new motherboard. Read More .

However, Intel is releasing a microcode update which will stop users from increasing the bclock setting on the processors in question. The company told PC World:

“Intel regularly issues updates for our processors which our partners voluntarily incorporate into their BIOS. The latest update provided to partners includes, among other things, code that aligns with the position that we do not recommend overclocking processors that have not been designed to do so. Additionally, Intel does not warranty the operation of the processor beyond its specifications”.

The only way current owners can keep overclocking their non-K Skylake processors is by skipping any and all future BIOS The BIOS Explained: Boot Order, Video Memory, Saving, Resets & Optimum Defaults Need to change your PC's boot order or set a password? Here's how to access and use the BIOS, and some commonly modified settings. Read More updates. However, that means also skipping any new features and bug fixes rolled into motherboard updates. Which is risky.

Google Bans Flash Ads

Google is banning display ads built using Flash from its platform entirely. Marketers have until June 30, 2016 to switch to using HTML5, as that’s the date after which Flash ads will no longer be displayed in AdWords or DoubleClick Digital Marketing. On January 2, 2017, Flash ads will also be banned from the Google Display Network.

Unfortunately, video ads built in Flash will not be impacted at this time. However, Google is one of a number of tech companies Die Flash Die: The Ongoing History of Tech Companies Trying to Kill Flash Flash has been in decline for a long time, but when will it die? Read More busy hammering nails into the coffin of Adobe Flash, along with Mozilla, Facebook, and others. Hell, even Adobe know it’s game over, having recently changed the name of the platform Mark Zuckerberg Launches "Charity", Adobe Kills Flash... [Tech News Digest] Mark Zuckerberg secures his baby's future, Adobe signals the beginning of the end for Flash, Microsoft seeks peace for Christmas, Google launches its Santa Tracker, and Uncanny Valley unsettles gamers. Read More from Adobe Flash Professional CC to Adobe Animate CC.


Microsoft Details Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft will now detail the changes made in every update to Windows 10, bowing to pressure from users demanding to know what improvements are being made. Up to now, Windows 10 has been updated in the background, with Microsoft not being particularly open about specific changes made to its last operating system ever The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More .

The new Windows 10 Update History page will track all changes made to Windows 10, starting with the initial version (Build 10240 from July 2015), and version 1511 (Build 10586 from November 2015). Microsoft will update the page as it releases more updates, with the whole thing building into a repository charting the evolution of Windows 10 Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More .

Google Warns of Unsecured Emails

Google has always encrypted emails coming in and out of Gmail. However, it cannot guarantee that the other person involved in the conversation is doing likewise. Thankfully, Google can at least inform you this is the case, which is exactly what it will do from now on.

If you send or receive a message from someone whose service doesn’t support encryption you’ll see a broken lock in the right-hand top corner. And if you receive an email from someone who cannot be authenticated, you’ll see a question mark rather than a photo, logo, or avatar.


Google made this change to mark Safer Internet Day (Feb 9). The company also began offering 2GB of additional Google Drive storage This 5-Minute Google Checkup Will Give You 2 GB of Free Space If you take five minutes to go through this security checkup, Google will give you 2 GB of free space on Google Drive. Read More for anyone completing a security checkup on their Google account.

Play Space Invaders in Real Life [NSFW]

And finally, if you’re old enough to remember playing Space Invaders down the local arcade How You Know You Spent Too Long Playing Arcade Games In The 1980s… The problem with arcade games -- as with any kind of video games, old or new -- was their addictive qualities that suck you in and refuse to let go until you (and your dwindling... Read More , you’ll love this video. Until you realize these idiots got paid to play video games in real life How Video Games Would Look In Real Life Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you... Read More , while you’re stuck in a boring office job. There really is no justice in the world.

It turns out that playing Space Invaders in real life is even tougher than in an arcade. It’s also messy, and painful. However, it does still look like bags of fun, and without the danger of playing something like Call of Duty in real life. You know, with guns and stuff. [H/T The Awesomer]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you annoyed at Intel for stopping you overclocking? Are you glad to see Google ditching Flash ads? Are you interested in reader more details of Windows 10 updates? Are you pleased to see Google upping its security efforts? What retro game would you like to play in real life?


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