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Netgear Orbi Voice is a wireless mesh satellite and smart speaker in one

With Netgear Orbi Voice, the networking firm has finally produced what we’ve wanted to see since smart speakers and wireless mesh routers first arrived: one product that does both. Announced during IFA 2018, Netgear Orbi Voice is a wireless mesh satellite and smart speaker in one.Netgear Orbi Voice is the firm’s logical progression for its Orbi line of wireless mesh products, bringing Amazon Alexa smarts and a 35-watt audio system inside a nearly identical-looking product to its line of wireless mesh routers. The biggest difference in design is the touch-capacitive surface on top for activating Alexa with your fingers.Well, that and the fabric mesh that wraps the whole thing … and the subwoofer in its base.Anyway, the Orbi Voice is designed to be additive to an existing Netgear Orbi wireless mesh network – you can’t start an Orbi network with this product as it’s not a router. For that reason, Netgear’s selling the Orbi Voice on its own for $299 (£279, €329) or paired with an Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Router for $429 (£429, €499) later this September.
Netgear Orbi Voice paired with an Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Router.
Exciting news – for smart home newbies
While this WiFi booster-meets-smart speaker contains Harman Kardon-tuned audio through a 3.5-inch front-facing woofer and 1-inch tweeters on top of boosting a tri-band Wi-Fi network across 4,500 square feet, it’s definitely one of the more expensive smart speakers out there. For instance, an Amazon Echo speaker on its own is just $99 (£89, AU$119).Knowing that, it’s clear that the Orbi Voice is best for folks just getting into this whole smart home thing that own neither a smart speaker nor a wireless mesh router. Getting both essential pieces to a smart home in a single package is plenty convenient.However, the cross section of people that own one of these necessary smart home pieces and not the other is bound to be a narrow one, and neither situation sees you saving any money with this solution. Nevertheless, Orbi Voice could be an ideal express ticket to a working smart home for a whole lot of interested homeowners and renters.
IFA 2018 is Europe’s biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they’re announced.

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Intel’s Amber Lake, Whiskey Lake Spectre and Meltdown protections aren’t 100% hardware-based

Intel has come clean to Anandtech regarding the level of Spectre and Meltdown protection within its new 8th-generation Whiskey Lake U series Core processors and 8th-gen Amber Lake Y series processors, concluding that its hardware-based defenses against the security flaws aren’t as extensive as we might have expected when Intel promised these fixes earlier this year.Update: Intel has provided TechRadar with the following statement on the matter:”Laptops powered by the new mobile 8th Gen Intel Core processors  announced today are expected to ship from OEM and system manufacturers with protections for the security vulnerabilities commonly referred to as ‘Spectre’,  ‘Meltdown’ and ‘L1TF’. These protections include a combination of the hardware design changes we announced earlier this year as well as software and microcode updates.”Anandtech created a helpful visual guide for exactly which Spectre and Meltdown defenses have been baked into the Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake hardware. Intel tells Anandtech that there are almost as many hardware fixes for the Whiskey Lake chips as there are in the upcoming Cascade Lake processors for servers.However, those don’t amount to much when you list out the current known variants of both security flaws. At that point, Whiskey Lake processors are only protected against two variants of Meltdown at the hardware level, with all other fixes being based on firmware and software.
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This means that it is possible for new workarounds to emerge that could circumvent Intel’s firmware and software-level fixes to these problems. And, if the nature of hackers has shown us anything, it’s only a matter of time before those we see those workarounds.In this regard, the Amber Lake line of chips isn’t protected at the hardware level at all. This is because Amber Lake is essentially a rehashing of the recently-released Kaby Lake Refresh processors – just at a smaller power draw of 5 watts for fanless designs – whereas Whiskey Lake is a more updated design on the same 14-nanometer process, allowing for some hardware-grade fixes.While the Spectre and Meltdown flaws aren’t widely targeting general consumers and more so businesses with servers hosting lots of data, it’s important for Intel to disclose vulnerabilities to attack and theft within their hardware regardless. That’s especially so considering how far we really are from true immunity to these security flaws.
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Lenovo Yoga C930 and Yoga Book C930 redefine Lenovo’s flagship laptops

Lenovo has taken the IFA 2018 stage to reveal radical redesigns for both its flagship Yoga laptop as well as its more experimental Yoga Book. Both have been updated with a new moniker, ‘C930’, suggesting they’re both within the same class of devices.The ‘C’ stands for convertible, as naturally both laptops use 360-degree displays. The Lenovo Yoga C930 makes massive updates to its design, dropping the watchband hinge in favor of a sound bar hinge, and including a stylus built into the base of the laptop.Likewise, the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 has been outfitted with a list of luxury-grade updates, including a new E Ink bottom display for its digital keyboard and notepad, as well as more powerful processors. To that end, the device is being re-positioned as a premium purchase, comparable to that of a MacBook or Surface Pro.

The speeds and feeds of Lenovo’s new flagship lineup
The Yoga C930 has been equipped with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor paired with 8GB of DDR4 memory and a 256GB PCIe SSD behind a 13.9-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS touchscreen to start. That configuration will cost $1,399 (about £1,000, AU$1,900) when it launches in the US this October. From there, you will be able to upgrade the C930 with an Intel Core i7 chip as well as up to 16GB of memory and 2TB of SSD space. There will also be a UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display option available with HDR capability. However, Lenovo hasn’t disclosed upgrade pricing at the time of writing.All C930 models will come with the stylus inside the laptop’s base as well as a fingerprint reader for biometric login via Windows Hello, which replaces the webcam option for the Lenovo Yoga 920.Meanwhile, the Yoga Book C930 comes with a 7th-generation Intel m3 processor paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 256GB PCIe SSD and a starting price of $999 (about £750, AU$1,300) when it, too, launches this October. This processor can be upgraded to a 7th-gen Intel Core i5 Y series processor, a step up from the m3 chip for fanless product designs.All Yoga Book C930 configurations include a 10.8-inch, QHD (2,560 x 1,600) touchscreen as the main display as well as a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) E Ink touch display driving the digital keyboard and notepad experience. Stay tuned for full reviews of both of these laptops in the coming months.
IFA 2018 is Europe’s biggest tech show. The TechRadar team is in Berlin to bring you all the breaking news and hands-on first impressions of new phones, watches and other tech as they’re announced.

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