Yubico has announced that it will soon replace hardware security keys from its YubiKey FIPS series due to a firmware flaw that reduces the randomness of cryptograhic keys generated by the devices.Unlike the company's consumer-focused products, the YubiKey FIPS Series are certified for use on US government networks and take their name from the US government's Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).In a recent security advisory, Yubico explained that YubiKey FIPS Series devices running firmware version 4.4.2 and 4.4.4 contain an issue where the first set of random values used by YubiKey FIPS applications after each device power-up have reduced randomness.This means that these devices will generate keys that can be either partially or fully recovered depending on the cryptographic algorithm the key is using for a particular authentication operation.Yubico discovered the issue internally in March and conducted a full investigation into the root cause, impact and how it could mitigate the issue for its customers.The company fixed the issue fully in YubiKey FIPS Series firmware version 4.4.5 but as a result of the firmware update, FIPS recertificiation was also required.
Welcome to another episode of Jargon, the new show from Digital Trends that deciphers the complex jargon of various industries into words and concepts the rest of us understand.We’re live each week on Tuesdays with a different set of jargon from a different industry.On this episode, host Myq Kaplan dives into the mysterious world of the acronyms that live inside your computer.Sean Cleveland, director of technical marketing at Nvidia, joins the discussion to lend his expertise at parsing the complicated capital letters that serve as shorthand for understanding today’s computer technology.Join us as we dive into the following terms:CPU – So what makes your computer tick?
Google Is Moving More Hardware Production Out of China – BloombergWhat happened: Google is preparing to move the production of smart thermostats and motherboards away from China to avoid the 25% import tariff on Chinese-made goods and to mitigate the risk of a volatile and often hostile government in Beijing, Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources familiar with the issue.The Silicon Valley company has already moved a significant portion of hardware production outside China.Motherboards are being migrated to Taiwan and smart thermostats to Taiwan and Malaysia, the anonymous sources said.Why it’s important: The report shows the growing impact of the Trump administration’s tariffs on the Chinese economy, as US tech giants are caught in the crossfire and forced to explore alternatives to manufacturing in China.Yesterday, Foxconn, the largest assembler of iPhones in the world, declared it is ready to move iPhone production away from China.
New versions of the Facebook Portal, the social media company’s video-calling smart speaker that launched in November 2018, are coming this fall.Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR, told The Verge’s Casey Newton at Recode’s CodeCon the company has “lot more that we’re going to unveil later in this fall,” related to Portal, including “new form factors that we’re going to be shipping.”It’s unclear what those new form factors look like, but TechCrunch speculated this could be the “Ripley” device that’s appeared in Portal firmware repositories.A report from Cheddar further suggested that “Ripley” would allow customers to attach a camera to the top of their television sets and bypass needing a device dedicated to video chat capabilities.Instead, people could just use their TVs.Bosworth also suggested that Portal sales were “very good,” although he declined to provide specific numbers.
A few moments on Project Scarlett stole the show at Microsoft's Xbox E3 press event, despite being was barely more than a shot of the logo and some hyperbolic promises that it'll be the most powerful Xbox ever.In truth, PC hardware at E3 today is already as powerful as the next Xbox or PlayStation consoles will be.While console games have dominated the show floor at E3 for many years, dig a little deeper and you'll find a big presence from companies like Intel and Nvidia, as well as high-end PC brands like Alienware.One E3 open secret is that no matter which console they're for, many of the game demos played at E3 are actually running on high-end gaming PCs, even if those PCs are hidden under tables or behind curtains."A lot of companies will be using PCs."It looks the best, has all of these features, is going to run the smoothest."
You can forward text messages from your iPhone to other devices connected to your Apple account to help you stay on top of your text conversations at all times.Setting up text message forwarding on an iPhone only takes a minute, and it can be switched off in a matter of seconds should you ever want to do so.Connecting your iPhone and your computer or iPad's Messages app allows you to send texts even if your phone is missing or out of battery.Even a few short years ago, the idea of getting text messages on your computer or tablet might have seemed a bit odd.Today, it's entirely acceptable for colleagues to use texts to discuss business matters, for a contractor and homeowner to work out the details of a project via text, and for liaising with anyone from a hairdresser to a doctor's office.Thus the ability to send and receive text messages from a computer or tablet is more than novelty; it's quite convenient and can even ensure you don't miss an important text.
Facebook’s Portal devices may still have plenty of privacy questions lingering around them since launch, but that hasn’t swayed the company’s dedication to bringing more video chat hardware to market.Onstage at Vox Media’s Code Convention, Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth shares that sales of the existing hardware were “really good,” but more interestingly let fly that there would be new form factors of Portal hardware coming to market in the fall of this year.Most signs point to this device being the “Ripley” device that popped up in Portal firmware code late last year.Cheddar had reported that the camera device would attach to the top of a TV and pipe the video feed to its screen.This cuts down on the need to have a wholly dedicated video chat device and allows Facebook to put their hardware in more central locations in people’s homes.There is of course the possibility that Facebook has even more form factors up their sleeves, but this seems like a potentially low-cost option that would make a lot of sense for them to get out there.
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Microsoft is working to create its most powerful Xbox yet as it gears up for the next wave of gaming console hardware.Xbox shared some details on its next hardware at E3 and it sounds appropriately next-gen.The company teased some huge factoids in a teaser about what it’s calling “Project Scarlett.” The upcoming console will have 8K capability, will be able to handle frame rates up to 120fps and will utilize SSD storage to keep load times low.The hardware will be powerful enough to enable real-time ray tracing.“This generation is going to be a bigger leap than any generation before,” a video describing the new hardware detailed.Microsoft says the new hardware will be four times as powerful as the Xbox One X.
the Investment in the technology of virtual and augmented reality to increase tremendously over the next five years.this year, it is expected that the overall global investments to the land of 16.8 billion u.s. dollars for the year 2023 to be perched on a breathtaking 160 billion.as well as the private sector, and government agencies investing in this technology.This is according to a new report from research firm IDC. "a Lot of companies starting to use virtual reality for education and training, co-operation, design and sales, and a variety of other applications," said Tom Mainelli, an analyst at IDC.when it comes to augmented reality, we are seeing more and more användarcase, with a large range of companies that make use of the next-generation of computer hardware, software, and services, in order to fundamentally change their existing business processes, and also to provide its workers with the new units.
After all, when the majority of laptop usage is on the web, lack of hardware performance and poor connectivity don’t feel all that different for the average person.Two sides of the same coinBoth Intel and AMD unveiled major die size shrinks and respective new generations of processors making their way into devices.For AMD’s desktop chips, it’s as early as July, while Intel isn’t far behind it with major laptop vendors including their Ice Lake chips in time for the 2019 holiday season.This week, Microsoft’s blog noted the Wi-Fi 6 capabilities built into machines as different as the new MSI GT76 Titan and the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4.The undertaking, Project Limitless, teases the world’s first Snapdragon 8cx-powered and, crucially, 5G modem-equipped laptop.
Even large data centers that are dedicated to cloud services, such as those provided by some big technology companies, often resort to FPGAs.Recently, however, scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) uncovered potential gateways for cyber criminals, as they explain in a report published in the IACR journal."FPGAs are for example built into the first product batch of a new device because, unlike special chips whose development only pays off when produced in high volumes, FPGAs can still be modified later," says Dennis Gnad, a member of the Institute of Computer Engineering (ITEC) at KIT.The computer scientist compares this to a sculpture made from reusable Lego bricks instead of a modeling compound that can no longer be modified once it has hardened.Having said that, FPGAs stand out by their comparatively low current consumption, which makes them ideally suited for the server farms run by cloud service providers.Such a use scenario is highly desirable for cloud services, where tasks related e.g.
Basically every peripheral and component features extraneous lighting from every corner.We think we've basically reached the point where everything attached to your PC could conceivably be RGB, and we're going to walk through all the crazy RGB accessories we saw at Computex 2019, to help paint a picture of how many different products use the fancy colored lights.For years, we've had RGB lighting in all kinds of accessories, components and peripherals.These days, it's not out of the ordinary to see PC cases covered front to back in bright lighting, or liquid CPU coolers lighting up the center of your motherboard.Sure, there are some people already that are like old men shaking their sticks at the clouds saying it's too much, but we can certainly see the appeal.After all, you put a lot of time (and money) into your PC build, so you should want to show it off with pride.
Nearly 40 companies, including hyperscalers, semiconductor companies, device manufacturers and the critical mass of AI hardware start-ups from across the globe, will present their approaches to processing machine learning training and inference workloads in both server and client computing.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 30, 2019–A year further into the nascent AI chip industry, the AI Hardware Summit returns to the Computer History Museum in Mt.Last year’s event was the first time that the AI chip industry had come together, and the show witnessed the world premiere of Habana Labs, alongside visionary presentations from hardware innovators working on silicon and systems for processing deep learning, neural networks and computer vision.This year’s event will feature an opening luminary keynote from John L. Hennessy, Chairman of Alphabet, Inc. and Turing Award laureate, titled ‘The End of Moore’s Law, CPUs (as we know them), and the Rise of Domain Specific Architectures.’ Additionally, the summit guarantees key announcements defining the next 12 months of the AI Hardware industry.Over 500 attendees are expected with over 150 already registered.
If you love computer hardware, there was a lot to be excited for at this year’s Computex, with Intel and AMD announcing new generations of technologies on both the processor and graphical fronts.Here’s a look at everything the two chip firms announced at Computex 2019 and a take on who had the most intriguing lineup.The high-end options can even beat some of Intel’s 9000-series HEDT chips that cost well north of $1,000.These processors are set to go on sale on July 7, with prices starting at $200 and topping out at $500.Intel’s CPU advancements were more limited and low-key, but nonetheless exciting.We finally got our first look at 10th-generation Ice Lake in the form of 10nm mobile CPUs that are now available in select laptops like Dell’s new XPS 13 2-in-1.
Nvidia revealed EGX earlier this week, its distributed platform for machine learning applications, based on Kubernetes.Now Taiwanese server vendor Tyan has furnished one of the first examples of the kind of hardware that will be used with EGX.The server, called Thunder SX TN76-B7102, is a 2U dual-socket machine equipped with second-generation Xeon SP silicon, 24 DDR4 slots, 12 SATA bays and up to four Nvidia T4 GPUs, which are sold as tools for machine learning – and are also available in the public cloud from Google and AWS.That's a lot of muscle packed into something described as an "edge" server: the core idea of EGX is it enables users to run sensor data through machine learning algorithms close to the point of origin, reducing the amount of information that needs to travel down the wire.Seagate is already using EGX to inspect the quality of its hard disk read-and-write heads, and Foxconn has deployed the platform to scan for defects on its PC production lines.Theoretically, this approach brings advantages in both latency and cost.
PCs are dogged by tradeoffs.It's hard to use your laptop all day on battery, get real work done during a two-minute break waiting for your train, or work hard when you're not plugged into an electrical outlet.Athena's goal: Make us love our laptops the way we love our phones.Laptops meeting Project Athena standards will be fast to process data and play games, snappy to wake up, useful all day on one battery charge and endowed with higher-end features.Athena laptops will be premium models costing $1,200 and up, but some of their benefits should trickle down to the whole market, he said.One example for 2019: Project Athena laptops will need to complete a biometric login process in a second or less after a laptop lid is opened, says Sudha Ganesh, Intel's senior director of systems and solutions assessments.
Asus always likes to use its hometown trade show of Computex, which also happens to be the world’s biggest computer hardware event, to show off a wide and occasionally wild lineup of new products.And it’s really outdone itself this time — the headline announcement is one of the most decadent laptops ever created.There’s a 15-inch 16:9 OLED panel where you’d normally find the display on a laptop, then a 32:9 IPS “ScreenPad Plus” screen directly above the keyboard that’s the same width and half the height.It’s as if Asus looked at the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and thought “what if that, but with 32 times as many pixels?”Unlike the Touch Bar, though, the ScreenPad Plus doesn’t take anything away from the ZenBook Pro Duo, except presumably battery life.Asus still included a full-sized keyboard with a function row, including an escape key, and the trackpad is located directly to the right.
For a small Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Meizu certainly enjoys grabbing headlines.Though the Meizu 16s is intended primarily for the Chinese market, it will eventually be sold globally.Since the Meizu 16s offers flagship specifications at a mid-range price, we consider it an “affordable flagship.” This segment has most recently seen phones like the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Asus ZenFone 6.Rather than stuff lots of goodies in the box, Meizu started offering discounts to Chinese customers who buy the phone and accessories together.Quite frankly, I was amazed at how quickly the phone could verify my face, even with different facial expressions.In addition to a standard eye-friendly mode which can be enabled from sunset to sunrise, the 16s also supports multiple preset display modes: Adaptive, Standard, Photo, and Dynamic.
Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Wednesday, May 22, 2019!Breaking: Huawei loses its ARM hardwareThe BBC reports that ARM, a vital UK-based chip designer supplying hardware designs, “must suspend business with Huawei,” which is an unexpected and massive problem for the Chinese company now facing complete disruption to its production line.BBC: “UK-based chip designer ARM has told staff it must suspend business with Huawei, according to internal documents obtained by the BBC.”“a source at ARM said staff had not been told they could start working again with Huawei or its subsidiaries, even temporarily.”“ARM is the foundation of Huawei’s smartphone chip designs, so this is an insurmountable obstacle for Huawei,” Geoff Blaber, from CCS Insight, told the BBC.