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|This is the Daily Tech News for Oct 4th, 2018. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|SL||The 6.4" LG V40 ThinQ smartphone is available for preorder now for $900+; and has five cameras but also runs Android 8.1 Oreo instead of the newer Android 9 Pie. And LG's new Watch W7 has mechanical hands so the watch works even if the battery dies. The W7 goes on sale on October 14th for $449.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/17933558/lg-v40-thinq-review-cameras-5-features-battery-screen-photo-quality|
|JRY||HMD Global officially announced the Nokia 7.1 will head to Europe and the US. Its 5.84-inch LCD screen supports HDR10 and HDR upscaling. It will get Android 9 Pie by November and is an Android Enterprise recommended phone. It's up for preorder Friday shipping October 28. Pricing starts at $349/319 Euros.||https://www.androidauthority.com/nokia-7-1-909025/|
|TM||Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime has stepped down as President after 27 years. World of Warcraft executive producer J. Allen Brack is the new President. Morhaime will stick around as a strategic advisor.||https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/3/17934432/mike-morhaime-blizzard-president-resigns|
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|:33||JRY||Nintendo’s working on a new Switch console to be released in 2019, sources tell the The Wall Street Journal. The new consolse may have an updated screen but other details are thin at this time. No word on a price for the updated Switch, which reportedly could arrive as early as next summer.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/04/a-new-nintendo-switch-is-reportedly-arriving-next-year/|
|:35||SL||Dell announced the Alienware m15 laptop, which is 4.7-pounds, a slimmer top and side bezels around its 15.6-inch display, narrow edges hugging the keyboard, and a new honeycomb speaker bar that sits right below the hinges. Users can choose from an FHD or 4K display panel, and the laptop will support up to Core i5 and i7 processors, Nvidia 1060 or 1070 Max-Q graphics, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB SSD drive or dual drives with PCIe and SSD combinations. Dell estimates that the device's 90Wh battery will last up to 17 hours on a single charge. October 25 availability, starting at $1,099.||https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/10/thin-and-light-comes-to-dell-gaming-in-new-alienware-m15-laptop/|
|:37||TM||Andrea Stocco and colleagues at the University of Washington have developed the first brain-to-brain network that call Brainnet. An EEG registers brain frequency in three participants and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS induces electrical activity in one of the three participants. The two senders see a tetris-like game and can "send" a signal to rotate or not by moving a cursor to the right hand side of their screen. The cursor is moved right by staring at a 15Hz LED which causes the brain to emit that frequency. The receiver can only see the top half of the screen The signals are sent to the recievers brain by TMS which causes a phosphene to appear in their vision which tells them to rotate.||https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612212/the-first-social-network-of-brains-lets-three-people-transmit-thoughts-to-each-others-heads/|
|:40||JRY||Yahoo has launched Yahoo Together, the messaging app for friends and family previously codenamed Squirrel. Together can organize group chats by topic and send reminders about upcoming events. The app is live today worldwide on Android and iOS.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/04/yahoo-returns-to-messaging-with-irc-inspired-yahoo-together/|
|:43||SL||Some Amazon employees have complained that despite the hourly wages being raised, they are losing stock awards and bonuses. Amazon stock trades at near $2,000 a share and employees got two shares upon being hired and one option a year. In addition to raising its lowest hourly rate to $15 an hour, Amazon is replacing stock awards with a direct stock purchase plan. Amazon is also ending its variable compensation pay program that added monthly bonuses based on performance. Amazon told CNBC, “We can confirm that all hourly Operations and Customer Service employees will see an increase in their total compensation as a result of this announcement."||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/3/17934194/amazon-minimum-wage-raise-stock-options-bonus-warehouse|
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|The general news is alive with the reports of Russian GRU agents attempting to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as they were about to report findings related to a nerve-agent poisoning in the UK. Dutch agents discovered a plot and seized a 4g smartphone, a transformer a battery bag, a wifi pineapple, a white rectangular wifi panel antennae covered with a dark coat. They also had taken their trash from the hotel and 40,000 dollars and Euros.|
But THAT'S NOTHING compared to the story fromBloomberg about a Chinese hardware hack. This is the difference between my high school metal band Roadkill and the Beatles.
|:46||Sources: Chinese spies inserted tiny chips onto products from US-based motherboard giant Supermicro to infiltrate almost 30 US companies like Amazon and Apple||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies|
|SOURCES: 6 current and former senior national security officials, who—in conversations that began during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration—detailed the discovery of the chips and the government’s investigation.||TIMELINE|
- First half of 2014 intelligence officials determined China was targeting adding chips to supermicro boards
- Apple found the chips in May 2015 after detecting odd firmware and networking activity and reported it to the FBI but did not provide access to data centers or tampered hardware.
- Amazon was evaluating acquiring Elemental Technologies in 2015. It compressed video files and reformatted them for various platofms.
- Elemental had government contracts with Dod, CIA, Navy, NASA, Congress, DHS, etc.
- Elementals servers were assembled by San Jose-based Supermicro.
- A 3rd-party security tester hired by Amazon found a rice-grain-sized microchip on Sunmicro boards that was not part of the original design. It resembled signal-conditioning-coupler but was wired into the baseboard management controller.
- The chips enabled a backdoor into whatever network they were part of allowing contact with remote servers and allowing code from those servers to be accepted.
- The chips were determined to have been added in factories run by four subcontractors in China
- Plant managers were approached by people claiming to represent Supermicro or the government and offering bribes or inspection threats in exchange for design changes.
- Found similar devices sent to almost 30 companies, bank, government contractors, and Apple
- No consumer data is known to have been stolen.
Amazon: “It’s untrue that AWS knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications when acquiring Elemental.”
Apple: “On this we can be very clear: Apple has never found malicious chips, ‘hardware manipulations’ or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server.”
Supermicro: “We remain unaware of any such investigation.”
China: “Supply chain safety in cyberspace is an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim.”
|THIS IS NOT AN EASY THING - so don't expect it to be common in devices made in China|
- product design understanding must be sophisticated
- Getting it into factory system not easy
- Making sure the doctored devices make it to the right place exceedingly hard
- Is a story like this stikier because Apple and Amazon are gigantic and the public is more tech literate?
- How does this affect Huawai and ZTE who have been outright accused of having Chinese backdoors?
- Is this a breaking point for some manufacturing to be moved out of China? If no, what is?
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|Michael from Texas chimes in our discussion yesterday about Kindle use. He emails:|
I used to use my Kindle, until my boss wanted me to read something for work that I KNEW would take me forever to READ. So, I bought the book on Audible. I haven't touched my Kindle in months, but I've listened to A LOT of audio books in the past year during my commute and road trips.
Like Scott said, though, I found the Kindle much easier on my eyes than a standard tablet, phone, etc. AND it was much less distraction-prone!
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