Chinese companies knew about Intel’s chip flaws before the U.S. government did
A report in The Wall Street Journal says that Intel chose to first tell a small group of customers that included Chinese tech firms about the chip flaws.
Earlier this month,researchers revealed major security flaws in chips developed by Intel, AMD and Arm. The flaws, named Spectre and Meltdown, affected nearly every modern computer.
As tech companies continue to issue patches to address the flaws, the Journal’s report is noteworthy because it means that the information Intel gave Chinese companies could have been relayed to the Chinese government before the U.S. government. There is no proof of that yet, though.
Will the U.S. government create its own 5G network?
Axios obtained government documents that said the Trump administration is considering paying for and building its own 5G cellular network in order to protect against Chinese hacking.
The move would mean that the U.S. government would have partial control over networks typically controlled by telecommunication companies. The government is only considering taking over certain airwaves, leaving companies still able to run their own 5G networks.
Companies such as AT&T have already begun building 5G networks. The 5G term refers to the 5th generation wireless broadband technology, which is expected to have faster speeds and better data capacity than the current 4G networks.
Microsoft has issued a second patch for the Spectre chip flaw
Customers experienced bug issues after the first set of patches by tech companies. While Intel has told customers to stop updating their computers until further property tests can be done, Microsoft issued its second patch after saying that tests showed it fixes an issue that made computers automatically reboot.
The update is available through Microsoft’s Windows Update Catalog.
Google Home is beginning to catch up to Amazon Echo
While Amazon still sold about double the amount of Echo smart home speakers during the holiday season than Google sold of its device, Google’s sales jumped, according to the International Business Times.
Google saw roughly 40 percent of the smart home speaker sales during the holidays, IBT reported. The increase shows how competitive the market is getting, with Apple set to release its own home speaker soon.
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