Friday in CE: Apple Software Woes Grow With HomeKit Bug that Gave Full Control to Attackers
But I digress.
The recent track record for Apple's software has been, well, bad. High Sirrea let people access macOS without a password, only to be fixed and break file sharing. That of course was underscored by an iPhone update that not only turned the iPhone into an A[?]Phone but began to crash in a boot loop simply because December 2 exists on a calendar.
And to be fair, these sound like fairly rare occurrence, but I'm brave enough to report that now HomeKit is suffering from iOS 11.2 problems. First reported in October, the vulnerability allowed hackers to access HomeKit by simply breaking into their iCloud account. It’s unclear exactly what happened from there, but it sounds like the attacker was able to set up a shared HomeKit user without logging into the device. That would then give the person total control over any HomeKit gadgets their target’s iCloud account was hooked up to.
Apple has been really good at addressing these problems with hotfixes, even if it is just straight up disabling remote services, but man it's been a rough year for Apple software.
Gaze Upon Nvidia's Outlandish $3,000 Titan V Video Card
The custom PC market is seriously in something of a golden age right now. Consumers can build a computer from $300 to $2,000 to accomplish a variety of different needs, and that's before outfitting it with the latest keyboards, mice, monitors, and headsets. The options are nearly infinite.
And at the top of that mountain, is the Titan V from Nividia. Now, this isn't Nvidia's first run at something like this. Just seven short months ago, they launched the Tesla V100, a $10,000 Volta GV100 GPU. That GPU ran 5,120 cores at the same time for A.I. supercomputing. Its applications are primarily, as the price tag suggests, commercial.
Unfortunately, this probably has the same appeal. But there is good news for consumers, and that's the fact that a company like Nvidia can create something so insane (check the full stats here) and bring it's price down to earth.
Is $3,000 for just a GPU out of most peoples reach? Yes, of course, it is. But so is a need for 600+GB/sec of bandwidth backed by a 1200MHz core clock. It should also be of note that the Titan started as a prosumer lineup so we should expect to see top-end dedicated gaming video cards performance increase exponentially, instead of level out. It's a new market and Nvidia is at the forefront.
It is great that with #TITANV, HBM2 is finally in consumer space. Because with memory it is all about COST COST COST & thus VOLUME VOLUME VOLUME is important, no matter how good the technology is. This will pave way for HBM3 and bandwidth rich architecture for HPC.
— Satoshi Matsuoka (@ProfMatsuoka) December 8, 2017
The Best of the Rest
- Anheuser-Busch is getting Tesla's trucking party started with an order for 40 of its new electric semi-trucks. The Budweiser brewer says this is part of its strategy to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 30% by 2025.
- You get a rumor! You get a rumor! Everyone gets a rumor! Apple is rumored to be working on three battery specs for next year's iPhone line, planning to pack a 2,716mAh battery in it's smallest 5.8" OLED, a 2950mAh in the 6.1" LCD, and a 3,400mAh in the premium 6.5" OLED. For reference, the 2017 iPhone X has a 2,716mAh battery and is larger than the iPhone 8 specs.
- Amazon is providing 28 new countries, mainly in South America and Europe, with the same wonderful Echo smart speakers and Music Unlimited services that the U.S. has been enjoying for about a year.