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Cloud infrastructure vendors begin responding to chip kernel vulnerability

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Several cloud vendors began responding to the chip kernel vulnerability that has the industry reeling today. Each Infrastructure as a Service vendor clearly has a stake here because each one is selling CPU cycles on their platforms.

TechCrunch sent a request for comment to six major cloud vendors, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Rackspace and DigitalOcean. At the time of publication, we had heard directly from three of the companies: Microsoft, Rackspace and DigitalOcean. In the case of Google and AWS, we learned their response indirectly through published blog posts. We have not yet heard from IBM.

AWS

“This is a vulnerability that has existed for more than 20 years in modern processor architectures like Intel, AMD and ARM across servers, desktops and mobile devices. All but a small single-digit percentage of instances across the Amazon EC2 fleet are already protected. The remaining ones will be completed in the next several hours, with associated instance maintenance notifications.

While the updates AWS performs protect underlying infrastructure, in order to be fully protected against these issues, customers must also patch their instance operating systems. Updates for Amazon Linux have been made available, and instructions for updating existing instances are provided further below along with any other AWS-related guidance relevant to this bulletin.”

(See the full blog post for additional details.)

Microsoft

“We’re aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers. We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and are releasing security updates today to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from AMD, ARM and Intel. We have not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been used to attack our customers.”

Google

“As soon as we learned of this new class of attack, our security and product development teams mobilized to defend Google’s systems and our users’ data. We have updated our systems and affected products to protect against this new type of attack. We also collaborated with hardware and software manufacturers across the industry to help protect their users and the broader web. These efforts have included collaborative analysis and the development of novel mitigations.” (See hereherehere and here for additional blog posts from Google outlining their responses.)

DigitalOcean

“DigitalOcean has been actively investigating the Intel chip issue which was disclosed earlier today. We’ve been working to gather as much information as we can to ensure our customers remain protected. Intel unfortunately has not made it easy to get a full picture of the issue due to their information embargo.

At this time we are working under the assumption that this flaw will impact all of our customers and we’re presuming that rebooting Droplets (a DigitalOcean cloud server) will be necessary. We will be providing advanced notification to any and all customers impacted as we learn more.

This is a developing issue and we are unable to forecast timeframes for implementing a fix at this time.”

(See DigitalOcean’s blog post for additional details.)

Rackspace

“On 2 January 2018, Rackspace was made aware of a suspected Intel CPU architecture vulnerability. The full extent and performance impact of this vulnerability and potential remediation are currently unknown as the vulnerability has not yet been publicly disclosed.

Our engineers are engaging with the appropriate vendors and reviewing the Rackspace environment and will take appropriate action. Should actions that would impact customer environments be taken Rackspace will communicate to affected customers.”

Should additional responses become available, we will continue to update this article.

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Why Should Your Apps Upgrade To Ios11?

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Apple has been the king of technology that is been providing its iOS using user kingdom the first grab at the latest technology. Whether it is multi-touch, fingerprint sensors, 3D touch etc, Apple has been behind all of it. Apple understands their users and their thirst for using the latest technology and they have been proving the latest technology since Apple was founded. Such latest technological advancement that was introduced by the Apple came to market last year and its name is “iOS 11”.

The new iOS 11 has the latest SDK and API packages for better app functioning. iOS 11 also introduced new architecture updates along with new visual changes. iOS is compatible with the iPhone 5 and the later model of iPhones, iPad mini 2 and the later model of iPads. If you are an iOS app development company then it is time for your apps to update according to the new iOS 11 features.

iOS app development companies around the world are updating their apps according to the new iOS 11 features and architecture. Whether you are building a new app or you have an existing iOS app here are some factors that should consider updating your app to the new iOS 11 system.

Apple app store update

With over 2 million apps on the app store, Apple decided to give their app store a makeover. The app store has changed the way the app store showcases its apps that help the customers discover new apps. App store also offers single app preview which is a video clip that user can watch before downloading the app so the user doesn’t regret the download. If you haven’t added the app preview of your app, this is the time to add it and attract more users.

Apple pay

Apple pay was introduced as a new feature in the iOS 11. It is just like Samsung pay that allows its user to transfer money to other Samsung pay users. Integrating new payment features into your app can ease the process of payment for the user. If you have an e-commerce app on iOS including Apple pay in your app can increase the sales. With the help of Apple pay, the user can send money from debit or credit card. Along with that Apple pay also supports Siri voice commands to pay someone.

Business chat for better engagement with users

Business chat is a powerful tool for engaging with your customers directly on messages. With the help of business chat, you can solve issues and answer questions related to your business, and also complete transactions on their iPad, iPhone, and other Apple devices. The business chat will solve the accessibility issue of businesses and developers. You can integrate this feature into your app for better engagement with the users. The features that Business chat offers can compete with other services because it is integrated across different platform.

Drag & drop features

The new iOS 11 has added a drag and drop feature within UIKit in the complete system across latest iPad and iPhone devices. It gives users an easy and quick way to manage images, videos, audio, etc from one app to another. Apple has introduced view controllers for local and remote file browsing. It is also compatible with third-party apps like Google Drive and Dropbox that makes accessing files from various platforms easy. You can use this features if necessary in your app for enhanced app performance.

Latest Core machine learning

Core machine learning had been included in the previous version of iOS. It enhances the performance with easy integration of new features in your application with just a few lines of codes. A good feature integrated with the help of Core ML can give your app the advantage of recognizing a complex pattern, make intelligent decisions, etc. Apple has also started to focus on having Core ML specifically on their apps such as Siri, camera, and quick type. The new iOS 11 Core ML model can read barcode, face, text, object detection, and landmark detection.

Latest ARKit for iOS 11

The AR has been found in many apps before it was popularized in the market. But Apple has perfected the AR in its new iOS 11. It works much better than its previous version. ARKit is one of the two largest frameworks introduced in iOS 11. ARKit allows developers to include high-end graphics into real-time images. In simple words, ARKit blends digital objects and information with the surrounding environment. Many e-commerce apps have included ARKit features into their apps to enhance the shopping experience of the user.

Apple has introduced iOS 11 in intention to enhance the user experience and it is about time you upgraded your app according to that. Try to integrate one or more feature in your app that is compatible with the new system. Ask your developers that if your app is compatible with the new iOS 11 system. Vrinsoft has the best iPhone developing team that makes sure the app is compatible with the latest features in the market.

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Intel’s 8th-generation chips are almost here

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On the 5th of October, Intel will officially launch its 8th-generation processors into retail and OEM. These desktop chips offer more cores than Intel’s 7th-gen processors did, at a slightly higher power cost and with a small price increase.

Since rival chip-makerAMD brought out its own new Ryzen processors earlier this year that offered more cores at a lower cost, and superior performance over Intel’s 7th-generation processors in certain circumstances, this is a welcome move for Intel fans who’d been hoping Intel would respond in kind.

The additional cores of these new processors offer improved performance in intensive parallel workloads, as well as improved gaming performance when compared directly to the previous generation’s processors. They’re also more overclockable than Intel’s previous-gen CPUs were. Intel says they will offer “up to 40%” of a performance improvement over previous-gen chips.

According to Engadget, Intel calls its top-end 8th-gen processor, the i7-8700k, its “best gaming desktop processor ever”. It’s a six-core, 12-thread, 3.7GHz monster that Intel says boosts some games’ frame rates by “up to 25%” over the i7-7700k, and does 4K video editing “up to 32% faster”.

Other improvements include faster video streaming and recording, tweaks to multitasking, smoother streaming of cutting-edge 4K/10-bit/HDR Ultra HD video, a Turbo Boost speed of 4.7GHz and the ability to push that even further without requiring liquid cooling.

Of course, Intel’s complete line-up includes Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips that occupy a wide range of price points, TDPs, and Smart Cache levels. Here’s a quick look at them from Intel’s official product brief:

Something to keep in mind is that these new processors will not run on Intel’s 200-series chipset – upgrading will require the acquisition of a new motherboard featuring the Intel’s new 300-series chipset. So while these processors feature the same pin configuration as their 7th-gen counterparts and thus feature same physical socket, they are incompatible with those older boards. Intel has no plans to issue a firmware patch to change this at a later date, either.

What’s more, the new chipset isn’t dramatically different, either, only sporting things like “improved power delivery for 6-core chips and better support for DDR4-2666 memory”, according to Engadget.

As with every new generation of PC tech, if you upgraded recently, these new products won’t hold much appeal. If, however, you or your business are running older hardware, like 2nd-, 3rd- or 4th-gen processors, these new shiny chips should offer a stunning leap forward in performance and value.

Just don’t forget to grab new motherboards with them, and some DDR4 RAM if you’ve not upgraded beyond 4th-gen.

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Intel’s 8th-gen Core processors won’t be revolutionary

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It’s clearer than ever that the days of tick-tock Intel chip upgrades (new process one generation, new architecture the next) are long gone. Intel has revealed that its 8th-generation Core processors, due in the second half of 2017 will once again be built on a 14-nanometer process — yes, for the fourth time in a row. The company is shy on what these new chips will entail, but it’s claiming that it’ll manage another 15 percent performance improvement (in SysMark tests, anyway) like it did with the 7th-generation Core designs you see now.

AnandTech notes that the upcoming refresh might focus more on the low-voltage U- and Y-series chips you see in very thin and light laptops, just as you saw with the initial 7th-gen processors late last year. That has yet to be confirmed, however.

One thing’s for sure: when Intel’s long-delayed 10nm processors finally do arrive, you won’t see a wholesale switch to the new technology. Intel says that future process uses will be “fluid” depending on the segment they’re targeting, and that data centers will get first crack at these upgrades. Don’t be surprised if the Xeon line gets first dibs on 10nm, then, or if only some mainstream chips make the leap at first.

The decision might be necessary given the challenges of shrinking large CPUs down to a 10nm process, but it’s likely to leave Intel feeling nervous. After all, mobile giants like Qualcomm are releasing 10nm processors this year. While mobile tablets probably won’t outperform most laptops any time soon, this could narrow the gap enough that you might be tempted to skip buying a conventional Intel-based PC in the right circumstances.

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