CES 2020: Intel launches NUC 9 Extreme, NUC 9 Pro Workstation mini-PC kits

Intel NUC 9 Extreme 

Among the various forthcoming technologies and new products it presented in its CES keynote, Intel also presented its latest Next Unit of Computing (NUC) kits, which promise the best performance options that the mini-PCs have offered to date. In addition to a version that finally provides desktop-level gaming prowess in a NUC, there’s also a workstation edition available for the first time.

With the skull design on the side of its tiny chassis, the NUC 9 Extreme — also known as the Ghost Canyon NUC — is a successor to Skull Canyon and Hades Canyon NUCs. While those emphasized higher performance than what is typically expected from a small form factor PC, Ghost Canyon does them better in a number of ways. Intel says the NUC 9 Extreme is the first NUC that can accept desktop-sized graphics cards, thanks to a PCIe x16 slot, and

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IR35 tribunal sees Nationwide project manager lose £70,000 tax bill appeal to HMRC

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has succeeded in quashing a £70,000 IR35 appeal raised by a contractor relating to IT-related work they did for Nationwide Building Society between 2012 and 2015.

Project manager Robert Lee had completed a series of contracts at Nationwide between 2007 and 2014 through his limited company Northern Light Solutions that had been treated as outside IR35.

However, in the view of HMRC, the way Lee worked with Nationwide meant his engagements should have been classified as inside IR35, making him liable to pay the same National Insurance contributions (NICs) and pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax as expected of a permanent employee at the firm.

This, in turn, put him in the firing line for a £70,000 tax demand from HMRC to cover the tax years between 2012 and 2015, which Lee appealed against, only for the tribunal judge to rule in the government agency’s favour.


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AMD unveils new GPU architecture for data center compute workloads

AMD on Thursday unveiled a new GPU architecture designed expressly to optimize data center compute workloads. The new AMD Compute DNA (AMD CDNA) architecture was announced during AMD’s Financial Analyst Day, during which the chipmaker shared its multi-generational CPU and GPU roadmaps for growth. 

“Our multi-generational computing and graphics roadmaps are designed to significantly accelerate revenue growth and deliver strong shareholder returns,” President and CEO Lisa Su said in a statement. 

The company is aiming a 20 percent CAGR, accelerating the pace of growth above the 14 percent CAGR it achieved over the past five years. Most of that growth will come from the data center, which accounted for 15 percent of AMD’s revenues in 2019. Its long-term plan is to increase that share to 30 percent. 


To address data center needs, AMD plans to launch the AMD CDNA architecture later this year. It includes second-gen AMD Infinity Architecture to

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Kr00k vulnerability compromises billions of Wi-Fi devices

Billions of devices using Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress are at risk of being compromised through a serious vulnerability called Kr00k, uncovered by ESET Research threat hunters Miloš Čermák, Robert Lipovský and Štefan Svorenčík, and disclosed at RSA Conference 2020 in San Francisco.

Assigned CVE-2019-15126, Kr00k affects both client devices and Wi-Fi access points (APs), and routers with Broadcom chips. Successful exploitation causes unpatched devices to use an all-zero encryption key to encrypt part of the user’s network communications. If successful, an attacker can decrypt wireless network packets transmitted by a vulnerable device.

ESET testing has confirmed that prior to patching, devices including the Amazon Echo and Kindle, Apple iPhone, iPad and MacBook, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy, Raspberry Pi 3, Xiaomi RedMi, and APs made by Asus and Huawei, were all known to be at risk from Kr00k, which is related to, but largely different

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