This Week in Tech News

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.

Chip Shortage Making High End Tech Scarce

Computer Chip

Episode 1782

Due partly to the Covid pandemic and partly due to a recent fire at a factory in Japan, there is a serious chip shortage now, causing car manufacturers to stop production and prices to rise on high-end tech like video cards and other devices. Coupled with how high the price is now on bitcoin that is prompting scalpers to buy up video cards for bitcoin mining, it's making it really hard for the rest of us to get Playstation 5s, video cards, and other devices. 

Happy Pi Day

Pie Day

Episode 1779

Today, March 14th (3/14), is Pi Day! Pi is the symbol used by mathematicians to represent the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. So have some Pie!  

It's also the 15th anniversary of Amazon Web Services. S3 was the first service, and these days, just about everyone runs their storage and app traffic through Amazon S3. Leo says we can call it the official birthday of the Cloud.

NFTs Are All the Rage, but Are They Worth Millions?

Non-Fungable Token

Episode 1779

NFTs, or Non-Fungable Tokens, are all the rage in the digital world these days. One example is a digital artist named Beeple, who has sold digital artwork and made a pretty sizable sum: $69.3 million; the third-highest auction price achieved by a living artist. It's not the work of art itself, since that was a digital JPG, but the ownership of the art itself. It was the first digital item sold by Christie's, and they accepted payment in digital currency: Etherium.