10 Tech News Roundup #17

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability allowed remote access to smart accessories including locks, fix rolling out – A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality. 9to5Mac

Apple hires yet another veteran TV programming exec for its original content efforts – As part of its growing original content efforts, Apple has hired programming veteran Michelle Lee to join its worldwide video department, as reported by Variety. Lee has previously worked on popular shows for several major networks as a producing partner at Universal Television’s True Jack Productions… 9to5Mac

Nvidia’s $2,999 Titan V is a 110 teraflop GPU for AI processing – Nvidia cards are the de facto standard for running machine learning workloads and today, the company added yet another high-end compute-centric card to its line-up: the Titan V. This card, which is based on Nvidia’s Volta architecture, features 21.1 billion transistors on a 815 mm2 chip that can produce a full 110 teraflops of compute power. Techcrunch

Uber lands investment from Singapore’s largest taxi operator in blow to rival Grab – Uber has struck a major deal in Southeast Asia after ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s largest taxi operator, announced [PDF] it has agreed to buy a majority share of the ride-hailing giant’s Singapore-based car rental business. Techcrunch

Uber reportedly paid a 20-year-old man to keep silent about security breach – A 20-year-old man was responsible for the massive data breach at Uber last year, and the company paid him to destroy the data through its bug bounty program, reports Reuters. In November, Uber revealed it suffered from a cyberattack in October 2016 that exposed the private data of 57 million drivers and customers, which it then covered up. Uber allegedly paid hackers a $100,000 ransom to delete the data and not disclose what had happened to the media and public. The company didn’t say how the hacker was paid, or who he was. The Verge

Bitcoin value tops $16,000 and shows no signs of slowing down – Bitcoin’s track record is a lot like a manic-depressive illness, defined by extremely high peaks and incredibly deep valleys. Judging by its latest rally, the popular cryptocurrency’s volatility isn’t going to normalize anytime soon. Techspot

Intel Nervana processor goes beyond terabit bandwidth with refined architecture – Earlier this year, Intel showed off its research and development efforts to build the Intel Nervana Neural Network Processor. The newly designed chip will far surpass any general-purpose processors for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. Best yet, it is a product that actually is going to make it to market. Techspot

AirPods will be even more ubiquitous in 2018, says report – Get ready to see even more of those distinctive AirPod stems sticking out of ears everywhere you go next year. Mashable

Windows 7 users are officially dropping like flies – For the first time in a long time, Windows 7 is now being run by less than half of PC users. Only 43.12% still use the eight-year-old operating system, reports TechRadar. Mashable

Every 2018 iPhone model could get a battery boost thanks to this new tech – Hands up who wants more battery life from their smartphone? The good news is that noted mobile analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities fame, reckons that all three of the 2018 iPhones are going to get a boost in capacity across the board, thanks partly to a new L-shaped battery design. Techradar

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10 Tech News Roundup #14

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Uber data breach includes UK users — but it’s still not clear how many – The UK’s digital minister has said the October 2016 data breach that Uber disclosed this week does affect UK users — though it’s still unclear how many are impacted at this stage. Techcrunch

In Israel, a blockchain and crypto hyper-cluster is just getting started – In recent times, it’s Eastern Europe and Russia which have become a hot-bed of crytpocurrency development. But on a recent trip to Tel Aviv, Israel, I took part in what might well turn out to be a historic lunch. Techcrunch

Microsoft confirms Surface Book 2’s power problem – Microsoft’s 15-inch Surface Book 2 laptop suffers from battery drain during heavy gaming or GPU usage, a problem The Verge first identified during our review of the device last week. While plugged into the supplied charger, the battery on the base of the device will drain during certain games if the power settings are set to max performance to fully utilize the power of the hardware. The Verge

Apple’s 2018 iPhones could have 62x faster internet speeds – Now that you’ve had plenty of time to come to grips with the iPhone X’s notch, let’s talk about next year’s iPhone. Yeah, seriously. Mashable

New paper from Apple research scientists dives deeper into work on autonomous systems – Tim Cook has publicly commented on Apple’s work in autonomous systems before, and a new research paper from two Apple research scientists dives deeper into the company’s efforts. The paper explains how Apple is using a combination of LiDAR with other technologies for 3D object detection that represents the future. 9to5mac

Millions of devices could be at risk from Intel Management Engine vulnerabilities – Intel has issued a security advisory over security flaws on its PC, server, and Internet-of-Things processors that make the platforms vulnerable to remote attacks. Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy of Positive Technologies Research identified the issues, and will reveal full details of the Intel Management Engine flaws in a talk at the Black Hat Europe security conference on December 6. Techspot

Intel increases production of Coffee Lake while Ryzen gets cheaper – Following the release of a product change notification, Intel has revealed that it has retrofitted an assembly line for Coffee Lake. Until now, Intel has been producing Coffee Lake CPUs in Malaysia, but will soon be shipping 8th generation i5 and i7 processors from Chengdu, China. Techspot

iMac Pro may feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, always-on Siri voice control – Back at its annual WWDC event in June, Apple revealed that a new iMac Pro model would arrive this December. We were told that “the most powerful Mac” it’s ever built would come in 8-Core, 10-Core, and up to 18-Core Xeon CPU configurations, but it seems Apple left out another detail: the presence of an A10 Fusion coprocessor that may enable always-on Siri functionality. Techspot

Companies Turn Blind Eye to Open Source Security Risks – Many software developers and enterprise users have been lax or oblivious to the need to properly manage open source software, suggest survey results Flexera released Tuesday. Linux Insider

Apple’s HomePod speaker delayed until next year – If you were hoping to buy a HomePod for your honey this holiday season, you’ll have to come up with plan b. CNN

10 Tech News Roundup #6

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting.

Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs – Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. Techcrunch

Why video games cost so much to make – Video game publishers are notoriously secretive about the budgets behind their games, but when a number does slip out, it can be shocking. Techspot

Apple Watch Series 3 reviews are in, see what the experts think – Apple’s smartwatch took a big step forward last week with the introduction of LTE connectivity on the new Apple Watch Series 3. Techspot

Apple will bring back iPhone’s 3D Touch multitasking gesture in future iOS 11 update – Apple executive Craig Federighi has apparently confirmed that a popular 3D Touch gesture for the iPhone that was removed in iOS 11.0 will be returning in an upcoming software update. The Verge

Netflix adds HDR support for iPhone X and iPad Pro – Netflix already streams HDR video on the new Apple TV 4K, so it only makes sense for the company to add support for Apple’s HDR-ready iOS devices as well. The Verge

Intel shows off 10-nm Cannon Lake wafer and talks process tech – Intel does fine work as a silicon designer, but its manufacturing technology is probably what truly sets the company apart from its competitors. TechReport

Google acquires part of HTC’s smartphone business for $1.1 billion – Google and HTC have officialized a deal under which a portion of HTC employees, many of whom were already working with Google developing Pixel phones, will join Google. Techspot

13 hidden features in iOS 11 – You don’t need to buy an iPhone 8 (or an iPhone X for that matter) to get that shiny, new-iPhone feeling.Mashable

Apple’s iOS 11 gives the iPad the boost it desperately needed – Every new version of iOS in the last decade has always put the iPhone first. Mashable

The Ionic is a smartwatch only diehard Fitbit fans would love – If the Ionic smartwatch is the best Fitbit can do, the company might be doomed, and the Apple Watch has nothing to worry about. Mashable

10 Tech News Roundup #2

Here are 10 tech news that I found interesting this week.

‘iPhone 8’ Could Start at $999 for 64GB Capacity – Multiple rumors have suggested the upcoming “iPhone 8” could be the most expensive that Apple has ever released, with several analysts calling it a “premium” device costing upwards of $1,000. MacRumors

Facebook faces another moderation scandal over migrant torture videos – Facebook is faced with yet another content-related scandal, after The Times newspaper reported that people traffickers and slave traders are using its platform to broadcast videos of migrants being tortured to try to extort money from their families. Techcrunch

Intel kicks off eighth-gen Core with four cores and eight threads in 15W – Intel is kicking off its eighth generation of Core processors this morning. Techreport

Apple to build Iowa data centre, get US$207.8m in incentives – Apple Inc is building a US$1.375 billion data center project in Waukee near Des Moines, Apple and Iowa officials said on Thursday, with US$207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Channel Newsasia

AccuWeather deflects blame after selling users’ data, even if they opt out – AccuWeather doesn’t know how to issue a reassuring statement. The Verge

The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid, Vega 64 & Vega 56 Test: 32 Games Benchmarked – The initial performance of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega 56 may have looked a little lackluster at launch if you were expecting it to exceed the strides made by Nvidia’s year-old GTX 10 series. Techspot

Apple to Debut Apple TV With 4K HDR Support at September Event – Apple will introduce a fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K video support at an event planned for September, reports Bloomberg. MacRumors

China Plans 2019 Exascale Machine To Grow Sea Power – The glory of having the world’s fastest supercomputer, as measured by the Linpack benchmark, has been China’s for four years running, first with the 33-petaflops Tianhe-2 and currently with the 93-petaflops TaihuLight. HPCWire

Google is offering a test for depression – Users in the United States who search for “depression” or “clinical depression” will now be offered a questionnaire to test their depression levels and help determine whether they should seek professional help, Google said in a blog post. CNN

Google Pixel 2 phone to launch on October 5 with Snapdragon 836, leaker claims – Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones might launch on Oct. 5. The date comes via often-accurate leaker Evan Blass, who also tweeted that the devices will run on Qualcomm’s yet-unannounced Snapdragon 836 chip. Mashable

Technology Tidbits #1

Rumor: Next Apple Watch won’t need an iPhone for data

Dated: 5 August 2017

Read More: Apple Plans to Release a Cellular-Capable Watch to Break iPhone Ties

Summary:

According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, who has been pretty spot on in the past, Apple is planning to release a version of its smartwatch that can connect directly to cellular network later this year. Apple is already in talks with carriers in the U.S and Europe about offering the cellular version.

Intel Corp. reportedly will supply the LTE modems for the new Watch and that is consider a big win for the chipmaker as it has been trying very hard to get its chips into Apple mobile devices. Qualcomm has been the primary modem supplier for Apple gadgets but then the two of them are currently in a bitter legal dispute.

Author’s Take:

I personally like the way Apple Watch is paired with iPhone but then consumers want convenience. Therefore having an untethered watch where users can just go to the gym or do workout without carrying a phone is just better. But I am concerned with the security, privacy, and battery life.

Stories are for news and not social in the eyes of Google and Facebook

Dated: 5 August 2017

Read More: Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social

Summary:

There has been signs that suggest both Facebook and Google believe that snapchat’s Stories slideshow format could work for sharing news. Snapchat has offered Discover channels for publishers since 2015 but it is limited in its appeal and reach due to the small audience and mobile-only format.

As reported by Techcrunch earlier this week, Facebook Stories are currently being used by public figures to share Stories to their followers and not just friends.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is preparing to launch “Stamp”, which combines Snapchat’s Stories format with Google’s own Accelerated Mobile Pages. This will allow news outlet share slideshows of content that will appear in search results and also be hosted on a publisher’s website.

Author’s Take:

There’s just so many similar products for the purpose of sharing news. I guess whoever wins is the one with the largest audience unless the company messed up badly and screwed with its users.

AMD reveals Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics card

Dated: 30 July 2017

Read More: AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics cards revealed

AMD finally reveals the details of their Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 graphics card. Most of the high-level details of the Vega architecture were already known by the public for a while now but the actual implementation on the Radeon RX gaming cards remained a mystery.

Now, there will be two different GPU configuration spanning three products.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid-cooled edition and Radeon RX Vega 64 (air-cooled) will both feature the fully enabled Vega 10 GPU, which has 4096 stream processors (64 compute units), 256 texturing units, 8GB of HBM2 RAM with a bandwidth of 484 GB/s, and 64 ROPs. Both of these cards will compete with the Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080.

The Radeon RX Vega 56 will be an interesting product. The Vega 10 GPU on the card will feature only 56 out of the 64 compute units (implied by its name), for a total of 3584 stream processors. Yet, it gets to keep all 64 ROPs despite shipping with only 224 texturing units enabled. Its lower memory clocks give a peak bandwidth of 410 GB/s. This card will compete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070.

Author’s Take

Personally, I will stay in the green camp and I just recently got a GTX 1080. Therefore, I don’t see the need to change card. For those who want to get a new gaming PC, the AMD Vega might be a good choice.