Tag: tech

Apple today released software updates to all of its platforms to address the Indian character crash bug discovered last week. The fix is included in iOS 11.2.6, macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, tvOS 11.2.6, and watchOS 4.2.3.

Another week, another bug. For those of us who’ve been under the Apple spell for decades this definitely isn’t the norm.

For everyone else who’s jumped on board the iPhone train, life continues as expected.

Apple to take a long hard look in the mirror come WWDC I hope.

Source: Apple releases iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates with Telugu character fix | VentureBeat

Someone is shipping out unsolicited products, frequently sex toys, to seemingly random customers, and the company does not yet know why they’re being purchased, and why they’re being shipped…

At first glance the story seems kinda funny. Someone is playing a joke, sending out packages to random people. Then, as you read through the story you quickly see the horror the recipients are going through and how Amazon’s gifting policies are essentially hide the harassing party’s details.

Amazon’s customer service, or lack thereof, is focused on heavily too as many of these reports appear to be ignored or fobbed off. One woman mentioned in the story was given a fake complaints number to call by one customer service rep for example. Very poor.

Source: Someone Is Sending Amazon Sex Toys to Strangers. Amazon Has No Idea How to Stop It.

The Commonwealth Bank has announced an immediate ban on the use of CBA and Bankwest credit cards to buy cryptocurrency, though it will not ban other methods of fiat payment.

My guess is that has happened because a bunch of people bought into Bitcoin at it’s media frenzied peak and now can’t pay their credit card bill as it bottoms out.

Makes sense. The CBA is following the lead of UK’s Lloyds and pretty much every US bank so I’d expect others in Australia to do similar soon too.

Source: CBA blocks crypto coin buys on credit cards – Finance – Security – iTnews

Uber has reached a settlement agreement with Alphabet over its lawsuit against the ride-hailing company claiming theft of trade secrets.

Uber has agreed to pay Alphabet the equivalent of $245 million in equity. The agreement specifically requires Uber to give Alphabet 0.34 percent of Uber’s latest funding series. Sources involved in the negotiations say it’s based on a $72 billion valuation.

That’s a spicy meatball! On the upside for Uber all those figures that were being bantered around for their value during their last series of funding were actually lower than what they’re really worth.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi still seems to think they did nothing wrong despite the settlement saying:

“…we do not believe that any trade secrets made their way from Waymo to Uber, nor do we believe that Uber has used any of Waymo’s proprietary information in its self-driving technology…”

I don’t know dude, say what you want but your company just paid US$245m to end a lawsuit. It certainly makes everyone think Uber did.

Source: Uber and Alphabet have settled their self-driving lawsuit with a $245 million equity payout – Recode

 

Emoji 2018

The new Emoji 11.0 set is fixed and final, and includes the data needed for vendors to begin working on their emoji fonts and code ahead of the release of Unicode 11.0, scheduled for June 2018. The new emoji typically start showing up on mobile phones in August or September.

There’s actually 150 new Emoji characters coming. Everything from superheroes to cupcakes to leafy greens are coming in the June ratification.

To see a full list head over the Unicode standard’s blog which has samples of them all or watch the video below that cycles through all of them, including their skin tone variations.

Source: The Unicode Blog: Unicode Emoji 11.0 characters now final for 2018

Tesla posted a loss of $675 million for the quarter, a rather significant increase from the $121 million loss it posted during the same quarter a year ago, and the worst profit figure the company has ever recorded.

Not exactly what you’d expect with the world living in a Musk-bubble for the past 12 months.

Tesla are optimistic about the downturn in profit and blowout in costs as their Model 3 is expected to ramp up its production. In fact they’re so optimistic they fully expect to turn into a profitable company this year.

This of course is reliant on their factory hitting production targets, which they’ve indicated March’s new target to be 2,500 Model 3s per week. An improvement over current output but far behind their initial targets for the same period.

Source: Tesla posts its worst quarterly loss ever, but Model 3 should lead a turnaround in 2018 – BGR

…Snap’s fourth quarter earnings were significantly higher than Wall Street expectations, with sales of $285.7 million, or a 72 percent increase over the same time a year ago, and a net loss of $350 million.

Well stick a tree up my butt and call me a Paddle Pop, Snap Inc didn’t lose as much money as everyone thought they would last quarter and investors are lapping it up. Perhaps our (my) continuing comments about its impending end are a little presumptuous?

They did still lose US$350m here, lets not gloss over that. It’s just they were expected to lose US$405m so Wall St sees that as a win.

The other actual positive for Snap is that their daily “Snaps sent” figures have trended up for the first time in a while. Is it enough to stem the flow?

Source: Snap stock soars on first ever better-than-expected earnings – The Verge

Vaunt is simply a system for displaying a small heads-up style display in your peripheral vision. It can show you simple messages like directions or notifications. It works over Bluetooth with either an Android phone or an iPhone much in the same way your smartwatch does, taking commands from an app that runs in the background to control it.

So Intel’s Vaunt are really nothing more than a concept at this point and one that they’re spinning up to gain some investment or potentially a buy out of the tech.

With that said, they’re pretty cool. For a start they look like actual glasses! Huge plus.

They also don’t have a camera in them either so people don’t need to have any privacy concerns, which was a major issue for Google Glass.

Finally the image is projected into your retina using a class 1 laser. This sounds scary but a class 1 is so low powered you don’t even have to licence or certify your product that uses one (in the US). It also means people you’re talking to don’t see flickers of imagery on the lens as it’s beamed directly into you.

Source: Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good – The Verge

Australia’s largest car-sharing service GoGet has revealed that its systems were compromised in June last year, with a man scabbing more than 30 free rides using the service.

GoGet informed the NSW police department about the breach as soon as it was aware however is coping criticism for waiting over six months to inform those affected.

The company was in fact asked by the NSW Cybercrime squad to keep the breach under wraps while their investigation continued allowing them to monitor the malicious activity.

It’s an interesting conundrum as it left their system vulnerable with an open hole they were not allowed to plug and the potential for others to access the system.

GoGet have advised that customer’s directly affected have now been individually informed and whilst no credit card information was obtained user’s address, drivers licence details, phone numbers & date of birth were all accessible.

Source: A Car-Sharing Service Says It Was Hacked By Someone Who Wanted Free Rides

Apple is working on at least three updated Mac models with custom co-processors for release as soon as this year, including updated laptops and a new desktop…

The writing’s been on the wall for a while and fuel-to-the-fire now is the massive security flaws in all Intel CPUs currently plaguing us all.

Most telling is the pieces’ final line;

Apple watchers believe it’s just a matter of time before the company designs the entire CPU, at which point Intel would lose its fifth-largest customer.

It’s not like Apple has been scared of jumping architectures before, long time users will know (and loathe) the later half of the PowerPC days. The bigger question is can they continue to race ahead with their custom SoCs or when push comes to shove do they end up lagging behind in a walled garden where history repeats itself?

Source: How Apple Built a Chip Powerhouse to Threaten Qualcomm and Intel