Leo says that the credible rumors insist that this Tuesday's Apple Spring Forward Event will most likely feature new iPads, including an iPad Pro and iPad Mini. But it may also finally announce Apple's Location Tags, which could also support third-party tags as well. Leo is surprised by this, but it's welcome if true.
This week's coming Apple Event is expected to announce new ipads with miniLED displays and LIDAR. The displays will provide better resolution, color gamut and dynamic range, while the LIDAR will provide 3d information for creating 3d models, and do computational photography, as well as augmented reality.
With the ongoing chip shortage facing the US, the president is meeting with silicon valley and other technology executives to see what can be done to improve the availability of computer chips. Leo says that covid19 is only part of the problem, as an extreme high demand based on computers being put in just about everything is causing the ongoing shortage. The demand is exponential, and everyone was caught off guard. So the shortage will last at least a couple of years.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft says that a recent zero-day flaw has been patched in 92% of servers. But Leo says that doesn't mean that a bad guy hasn't gotten into the system before it was patched. So they could still be compromised.
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.
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.
You can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin.And Leo says a single bitcoin will buy a new Tesla, that's how much it's worth right now.