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9 Jan 2018
iOS 11.2.2 is here and it provides Apple AAPL -0.37% with a much needed chance to change the script as it rolls out ?˜mitigations' to block the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws which affect the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. But it also only delays a bigger reckoning which pushes even greater pressure onto the mysterious iOS 11.2.5.
8 Jan 2018
Microsoft has paused distributing its Meltdown and Spectre security updates for AMD machines after reports of PCs not booting. Microsoft's support forums have been full of complaints from PC owners with AMD processors, and the software giant has acknowledged the issues today. Microsoft is blaming AMD's documentation for the unexpected problems.
Two major shareholders push Apple to study harmful effects of smartphone addiction in children (Jan 7)
Two big shareholders of Apple are concerned that the entrancing qualities of the iPhone have fostered a public health crisis that could hurt children-and the company as well.
Nvidia's big push into the world of autonomous vehicles has attracted a vast amount of customers for what is still early stage technology - over 320, by the company's count. This week at CES the company announced that it's finally making Xavier, an AI chip made for self-driving vehicles that Nvidia announced in 2016, available to customers. And the company's also adding a few marquee names to its list of self-driving technology customers, including Uber and VW.
5 Jan 2018
In 1994, Intel faced a public relations crisis over an elusive mathematics glitch that affected the accuracy of calculations made by its popular Pentium computer chips. After insisting that the problem would not affect many people, the company succumbed to public pressure and recalled the chips, costing it $475 million.
New York Times
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) continue to respond to reports today of a chip flaw in Intel's parts that could pose security risks. To recap, an article overnight by The Register said the company has a flaw in its chips that it is working to address. The report pressured Intel shares today, even though Intel refuted what it called "inaccurate media reports."
Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, sold millions of dollars' worth of Intel stock-all he could part with under corporate bylaws-after Intel learned of Meltdown and Spectre, two related families of security flaws in Intel processors.
Following Intel's disclosure that many of its chips have been vulnerable to hackers, the company said Thursday that it's been rolling out updates for most processors introduced in the past five years, with more on the way.
4 Jan 2018
"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time..."
Tech firms are working to fix bugs that could allow hackers to steal personal data from computer systems. Google researchers said the "serious security flaws" were in chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM, and affected devices which use them.
3 Jan 2018
A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world. It is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade.
There is a 40% likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix now that US President Trump's corporate tax cut has been passed, according to Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant.
Apple continues to ramp up its efforts to court developers by making it easier to create and iterate their apps for its platforms. The iPhone giant has now acquired Buddybuild, a Vancouver-based app tools startup that describes itself as "mobile iteration platform" focused on continuous integration and debugging tools - essentially giving an app development team a simple workflow for iterating and pushing their apps out into the world through GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab.
NVIDIA made a pretty big change in its GeForce EULA recently and this is something that could go on to cost a lot of entities an aggregate of millions if not billions of dollars in the long run. The company recently updated their EULA which now prohibits datacenter deployment of their GeForce GPUs for everything but blockchain processing. Needless to say, this would force a shift to Quadro and Tesla's in any datacenters that were actually using GeForce cards or had planned to.
A serious design flaw and security vulnerability has been discovered in Intel's CPUs that will require an update at the operating system level to fix, reports The Register. All modern computers with Intel chips from the last 10 years appear to be affected, including those running Windows, Linux, and macOS.