Month: February 2020

Are we doing panic about software updates again? Really? OK Some of the biggest names in the technology world still ship hardware that can be possibly hijacked by well-placed miscreants, thanks to poor or non-existent checks for firmware updates. Eclypsium said on Monday that, despite years of warnings from experts – and examples of rare
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Would-be buyer Ethos attempts closed-room meeting to push deal through The Internet Society’s own members are now opposing its sale of the .org internet registry to an unknown private equity firm. The Chapters Advisory Council, the official voice of Internet Society (ISOC) members, will vote this month on whether to approve a formal recommendation that
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Smart-home kit slinger does the right thing… under commercial duress Ring will make two-factor authentication mandatory for all its customers, forcing them to enter a six-digit code before they can access their accounts, the Amazon-owned outfit announced on Tuesday. The move comes after miscreants discovered they could force their way into people’s Ring smart-home devices
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Is “Twitter Stories” on the way? Or will we just get tools to send prettier tweets? Well now Twitter has the talent for both as it’s just acquired Chroma Labs. Co-founded by Instagram Boomerang inventor John Barnett, Chroma Labs’ Chroma Stories app let you fill in stylish layout templates and frames for posting collages and
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There’s always a tech angle The former CEO of education software business Symplicity was pardoned by President Donald Trump this week, almost six years after the suit admitted hacking into two rivals’ computer systems. In May 2014, Ariel Friedler ‘fessed up to the FBI that he, and two coworkers, had decrypted the account passwords of
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President slams his administration’s ‘ridiculous’ China crackdown President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants America’s semiconductor industry to be able to do business around the globe, calling into question a reported trade rule change targeting Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei. The Wall Street Journal on Monday claimed the US Commerce Department is drafting changes
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Meanwhile: Chip fabs still running just fine in China, FYI, says analyst Google has added rentable virtual machines powered by AMD’s second-generation Epyc Rome server processors to its cloud platform line-up – as a beta, we note. The N2D family is available in the web giant’s us-central1, asia-southeast1, and europe-west4 regions, and if successful, Google
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Samsung Electronics stands to be a major beneficiary of the China production problems announced by rival Apple on Monday, reaping the rewards of a decade-long bet on low-cost smartphone manufacturing in Vietnam. Half of Samsung’s smartphones are now made in Vietnam, where the coronavirus that has crippled the China operations of Apple and many other firms
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Japanese supplier’s biz model, like its products, were straight as a spring Two former sales executives at NHK Spring Ltd, Hitoshi Hashimoto and Hiroyuki Tamura, were indicted in America last week for alleged participation in a worldwide conspiracy to fix the prices of hard disk components. “This charge demonstrates that antitrust violations are not just
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Look over here! Mmmmm, tax breaks In an effort to counter the influence and spread of Chinese-built kit, the Japanese government has approved a draft bill that will offer low-cost finance to firms looking to develop 5G and drone technologies. The bill will give qualifying businesses cut-rate loans from state-owned banks, provided their products meet
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Fitbit, the American fitness wearables company that was recently acquired by Google, faces a serious challenge from Chinese competitors in India. While Fitbit has been around for a lot longer than its rivals, that does not guarantee success in the market. Companies such as Amazfit have launched several products over the last year, most of
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