This Week in Tech News

Researchers Announce New Quantum Internet

"Quantum Internet"

Episode 1714

Researchers have announced a theoretical new internet known as the Quantum Internet, which will use quantum entanglement to connect computers without a physical connection. And the government is investing $500-700 million a year to make it a reality. Researchers also claim that because of the nature of photons to connect, there will be absolute security with no means to hack into it, thanks to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.

Ransomware hits huge international conglomerates

Types of Ransomware

Episode 1714

Norsk-Hydro, a huge international conglomerate was hit with ransomware, costing the company $60 million. The malware came from an innocent email that had been intercepted and altered to include malware that infected the network when opened. Encrypting all data. The malware infected the company in December but wasn't triggered until March. Norsk-Hydro had a cyber insurance policy that consistently tests the network, but they were infected anyway. The company decided not to pay and relied on backups to restore their network. But the damage had been done as the network was down for weeks.

Microsoft Announces New Games and online gaming service

Xbox

Episode 1713

Microsoft announced some new versions of old games at their annual Xbox Games Showcase including Tetris and Halo Infinite. Microsoft is also making all their games available through Microsoft Game Pass, a monthly subscription service. Leo also says that Microsoft is also working on a new streaming game service, codenamed XCloud, which won't require a game platform. Users will play anywhere on any device, as the game servers will do all the work.

Tik Tok May Get Banned in the US

Tik Tok

Episode 1712

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US Government may be banning Tik Tok within weeks due to national security issues. The app is already banned in India, and Wells Fargo has banned it as well. The US government has banned it government-wide as well. 

Tik Tok is subject to the authority of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. The app has deleted posts that are critical of that government. But it also has a feature that looks in your clipboard, which could be a security issue due to data snarfing.

Twitter Gets Hacked

Twitter

Episode 1711

This week, Twitter got hacked, compromising verified user accounts. Leo says it's a big deal, and a little weird, because the Tweets started with BitCoin accounts and spreading out to other verified users. It was all wrapped around "giving back" bitcoin to communities, buy offering a two for one deal on sending bitcoin. A complete hoax. But then, other verified users started to tweet it, including Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Apple, and Elon Musk, clearly indicating that Twitter had been hacked.

Apple takes ARM Processors to next level with Apple Silicon

Apple ARM

Episode 1708

This week at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company unveiled its new direction called Apple Silicon. Based on the successful ARM architecture that is the heart of all iOS devices, the company is taking those ARM to the next level with desktop computers and laptops that will turn away from Intel's x86 in favor of a new platform designed in house by Apple. ARM-powered Macs will be transitioned in by 2021. Leo says that this is the beginning of the end for x86 architecture and is a seed change in how we approach computers.

WWDC: The ARM Mac, and iOS Devices Finally Get Widgets

silicon

Episode 1707

Apple announced this week at their prerecorded WWDC announcement keynote that iOS devices will get what Android has had from the beginning .... widgets. The iPad will also enjoy greater handwriting recognition through SCRIBBLE.

But Leo says the biggest news is that Apple has finally made the move away from Intel to their own in house designed ARM processors called "Apple Silicon." The benefit will be that the new desktops will be able to use iOS apps, as well as existing apps through Rosetta 2. Leo says that Apple is moving towards one OS to rule them all.

Apple to Announce new computers with custom designed ARM Processors

Apple's Custom Processor

Episode 1706

Tomorrow is the virtual keynote for Apple's annual worldwide developer's conference (WWDC). Leo expects announcements of new desktop and laptop computers, but the big news is that Apple is set to announce moving to their own in house designed ARM processors, leaving the intel platform behind. But Leo also expects that the price of these new ARM-based computers will be higher than their Intel models.

Meanwhile, Apple is closing all stores again due to a rise in CoVid19 infections.

New Products Expected on Monday's WWDC Virtual Keynote

Apple

Episode 1705

Apple's Worldwide Development Conference is virtual this year, and Monday's keynote is expected to have new product announecments including a new updated iMac, perhaps an iPhone announcement, and iOS 14, which will have "Car Key," an app that will enable users to open up their car and start it. Leo says that this is officially a bad time to buy Apple Products until we know what's coming. So play wait and see until Monday.