China has proposed that the internet adopt a new IP standard that would give governments greater control over its users. It has been met with support from Russia and Saudi Arabia, no surprise there. Leo says it also enables a government to use a new "shut up" feature that would enable them to lock out so-called "bad actors" or dissidents using the Internet to resist. But Leo says the only bad actors around are Governments seeking more control.
This week, Apple announced the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. But while Apple has new devices for users to buy, all Apple Stores are closed, except in China. But Leo says that people really don't need to try the latest devices, they know what they're all about. The new MacBook Air is the first refresh of the laptop in a few years, and it's very thin and light. The new iPad Pro has a 50-80% speed increase with a faster processor. The camera has two lenses: wide and ultra-wide.
Some news came out recently of computer security firms that there's an unfixable security flaw in Intel Processors.
A new bipartisan bill will greatly expand the surveillance state by giving government the power to decrypt anything. Leo says that the Graham Blumenthal EARN IT Act will end any notion of privacy that we have. It's happened in Russia, Australia, Sweden, and now the US. It'll also be interesting how it will affect the new iPhone.
Fresh off the heals of Google canceling Google I/O due to the Corona Virus outbreak, the movie, music, and technology festival known as South by Southwest in Austin has been canceled. It's making Leo wonder if NAB is next.
Intuit has bought credit reporting app Credit Karma for $7 Billion. Leo says that Intuit isn't really buying the app: they don't care. What they are buying is your personal credit data, which Intuit says is worth about $70 a head. Leo thinks that a person should be able to opt-out or at least get some value from their own personal data.
With the Corona outbreak causing factories in China to be shut down, there may be a shortage of new technology devices in the near future.
Several upcoming technology conferences have been canceled due to fears of the spread of the Corona Virus worldwide. Leo says that the outbreak is also causing many manufacturers in China to suspend manufacture of mobile devices and other technologies, and will be making face masks for the near future.
The EU has passed a law that mandates that all mobile phones must be using a standard charger, namely USB-C. Apple, of course, hates the new law and will likely resist it legally. Because at $40 apiece, they make a lot of money on Lightning chargers. Leo says that forcing Apple to shift over to a standard connector is a good thing.
Samsung has announced its latest line of Galaxy S20 mobile phones starting at $1000. And while Leo likes the phones a lot, he's burned out with the constant latest and greatest upgrade cycle. But what's more interesting is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, which is a flip phone that opens up into a smartphone. That's $1400, though. Leo has ordered one, but he has yet to receive it because most of the stock went to stores in large cities.