Lawsuits Pile Up Against Apple.
As you may know, Apple was caught throttling down speeds of older iPhones, specifically iPhone 6 and newer models. After a significant hue and cry from consumers and media alike, the company issued an apology and an explanation, claiming that it was a fix to prevent aging batteries from unexpectedly shutting down. Apple also offered those affected a 50% discount on new batteries.
Nonetheless, lawsuits continue to pile up seeking class-action recompense for potentially millions of iPhone owners nationwide. In general, lawsuits claim Apple defrauded owners by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, or that the Apple problem was a battery insufficient to handle the processor speed thus, in effect, creating a defective battery.
How To Check Your Older iPhone
Business Insider, suggests downloading an app that tells you the speed of your iPhone’s main chip. The app download link, as well as information about how to check your model, is at the link above. The throttling issue was only introduced in iOS 10.2.1., so if you are still running an older operating system, your phone has not been throttled. Here are the original “clock speeds for the following models:
• iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: 1.4 GHz
• iPhone 6S and 6S Plus: 1.84 GHz
• iPhone SE: 1.84 GHz
• iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: 2.34 GHz
Critical CPU Security Vulnerabilities Affect
All Operating Systems.
Code-named Meltdown and Spectre, massive security vulnerabilities in modern CPU hardware put all operating systems at risk including Windows, Linux, Android, macOS, iOS, Chromebooks and others. Nearly every device made in the past 20 years is affected.
The enormity of affected users and units have left Intel and others scrambling for patches, fixes and more permanent remedies. According to ZDNet, Intel can’t fix the design flaw, forcing operating system and software makers to step in.
How to cope:
PCWorld has excellent coverage on this complex issue, and goes further, detailing what fixes have already been pushed out, and what individual users can do to protect themselves.
According to Reuters news, some of Intel data center customers are exploring other vendors and others are already looking at alternative microchips. PC Vendors are also exploring options.
Intel Chief sold off millions in shares
Also according to Business Insider, in an unfortunate coincidence or perhaps something more nefarious, Intel was aware of the chip vulnerability when its CEO sold off $24 million in company stock
Tips For Individual Users
Individual users should apply any suggested vendor patches as soon as available, as well as related operating system updates.
Note, however, that some patches have associated performance issues, and individual users may want to explore tech news and vendor forums about a specific patch they are preparing to install.
In a nutshell, PC World emphasizes:
- Update your operating system
- Check for firmware updates
- Update your browser
- Update other software
- Keep your antivirus active
Following are other informative links. But the potential problems for both business and individuals is enormous, so stay tuned and alert to mitigation news and progress.
Wired The Hidden Toll of Fixing Meltdown and Spectre.
The Verge Processor flaw exposes 20 years of devices to new attack
Make Tech Easier Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities: Here’s What You Need to Know
CES 2018: Products for
Business & SOHO Shine.
For starters, a PDA comeback in the form of Gemini, an Android phone with a fold-out physical keyboard is creating some buzz. ZDNet has more on the this Indiegogo-project.
Plus, you might just find Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, on your next PC in the workplace. Several other new offerings include Netgear Armor a Smart WiFi router that includes security software that while intended for home use, serves SOHO (small office-home office) networks as well. Other office-ready offerings include the Acer Chromebook 11, Huawei’s Q2 mesh networking stations, and a newly refreshed Dell XPS 13 laptop.
Tech Radar gives awards for the best of Consumer CES
And because we are all consumers – TechRadar has their choices for the best of CES. The big winner? The Wall by Samsung – a 146-inch diagonal MicroLED TV that is said to rival OLED screens. Other interesting choices include LG’s rollable OLED TV, the Vuzix blade glasses a consumer grade augmented reality offering that includes Alexa digital assistant, plux the relatively inexpensive Tello Drone at $99.
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