PCs based on Intel's new MMX-enabled processors will boost communications speed by running Motorola's software-only modem 30 per cent faster than other Pentiums. The softmodem will be bundled on some MMX machines, although the list of PC makers offering the facility is not yet finalised. The speed increase is achieved because MMX offers special extensions for voice, which means that the performance of the softmodem, which runs off the CPU rather than a dedicated comms chip, is less likely to be degraded when the main processor is busy.
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
Fortnite easily out-earns PUBG, Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Red Dead Redemption 2 in 2018
Meteor showers as a service will be visible for about 100 kilometres in all directions
Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago