This Week in Tech News

Router Manufacturers Delayed A Year Due to Chip Shortage

Computer Chip

Episode 1787

An ongoing chip shortage is causing many industries to fall behind in manufacturing. From cars to computers. The latest is router manufacturers, which are over a year delayed. What is the problem? It's multi-faceted. Covid is part of it. High Demand is another. There's a shortage of silicon right now. But it's also that container ship that was stuck in the Suez. But it's also an exclusive deal that Apple has made with some chip manufacturers which bought up all their stock. And even then, Mac and iPad production has been delayed. Additionally, there have been fires at several factories.

Google and Samsung Developing a New Chip for Mobile Phones

Mobile Processor

Episode 1785

Google and Samsung are in the midst of developing a new chip for their mobile phone platforms. Qualcomm has dominated the mobile phone processor category for years, but Apple began to move away in favor of their own iOS-based processors, which became the foundation for the M1 design. Now Google and Samsung are making the same move, taking mobile processor development in house.

Apple Set to Announce New iPads and iMacs

iPad Pro

Episode 1785

In addition to the upgraded A14X processor (which is the M1 processor for iPads), Apple is set to announce new iPads this month, and Leo says that they could also be bringing mini LEDs to their displays. Additionally, there may be 32" M1 iMacs coming by the Worldwide Developer's Conference in June. The new iMac is rumored to have up to 20 cores, 16 high performance, and 4 proficiency.

Google Again Skips April Fool's Day

Google

Episode 1784

Saying again that it's not the time to mislead on April Fool's Day, Google has once again skipped it. The real problem comes when April Fool's jokes become indistinguishable from a real story. When it's obvious, it can be quite funny. But when it isn't: Leo says maybe it's time to say goodbye to April Fool's Day, for good.

Hackers Encrypting Universities and Companies with Ransomware

University

Episode 1784

The Clop Ransomware Team has attempted to encrypt networks from Universities around the country and threatened to release sensitive data. Colorado University sent out notifications this week that their network had been breached with ransomware, taking personal information and clinical data with a  demand of $10 million in bitcoin. Leo says if you were a student at any of those universities, look for a notice advising you of the breach. Companies that have also been hacked include Kroger and Shell Oil.

New Study Indicates Smartphone Privacy Concerns

iPhone SE

Episode 1783

A new study indicates that both Apple and Google phones share data with companies every four minutes, causing potential privacy concerns. According to the Irish study, Google phones dial home more often than iOS devices. However, Leo takes it with a grain of salt, as the study doesn't break down what the data really is. Location? Activity? And what else is new about smartphones? That's how they work. So Leo says that the headline is more "scare quotes," and the payoff really isn't.

Critical Security Flaw Requires iOS Update

iOS 14

Episode 1782

Known as a "cross-site WebKit vulnerability," a critical security flaw in the iPhone IOS 14.4.2 or iOS 12.4.2 could cause a hacker to get into accounts on websites through it. Apple is patching the flaw and iOS users should update once available.