Citing security concerns with Tik Tok, the fastest growing social network in the world, the White House is poised to announce it will ban the app in the US. The app, which includes a lip-syncing feature that is very popular with teens and preteens, caused Tik Tok to catapult to the number one social network in the US. The feds are concerned that the Chinese owned Tik Tok is a security concern for spying on US users, and many banks, companies, and government agencies have banned its use on employee phones.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A new round of "Adpocalypse" is happening, as Unilever, Verizon, Coke and others are pulling advertising from Facebook and all other social media because the platforms aren't doing a good job of policing "hate speech."
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.
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.