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Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google, Intel & Microsoft Are Asked To Answer Spectre And Meltdown Questions

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2018 by itnerd

It seems the Spectre and Meltdown gong show just got real. The leaders of Amazon, AMD, Apple, ARM, Google, Intel and Microsoft have been asked via a letters to answer questions about the two CPU bugs by Republican members of the US House of Representatives.

Specifically, the politicians want to know about a secrecy agreement that was put in place by these same companies. In short the agreement demanded silence from June 2017 which is when researchers recognized the seriousness of the processor design flaws, through the planned date of coordinated disclosure on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Except that The Register found out about the flaws and dropped the details on an unsuspecting world a week before the deal expired, which caused these companies to scramble to get fixes out.

You have to suspect that this is the first step in the eventual public flogging known as a Congressional Hearing. Given that this is an election year, that won’t end well for any of these companies. But we’ll see if congress decides to go there.

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Google Home And Chomecast Products Might Be Killing Your WiFi

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 16, 2018 by itnerd

Do you have a Google Chromecast or Google Home device? Have you been having WiFi issues? You may not be alone according to The Register. It seems that these devices appear to be killing the Wi-Fi connections of some users.

The issue centers around the fact that these devices send a whole bunch of data packets that is above and beyond what is normal in a short amount of time via the Wi-Fi connection. If the device goes to sleep, this stops. But when it wakes up, it can start up again. And the longer the device was asleep, the more packets it will send. Routers don’t know how to deal with this flood of traffic, so in the best case scenario, it will disconnect the offending device. In the worst case, it will crash your network taking every device down with it.

The issue reportedly affects routers from ASUS, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, and Synology. Thus this appears to be purely a Google issue. This is backed up by a report in 9to5Google where Google all but admits that this is their issue and they’re working on a fix. TP-Link clearly didn’t want to wait for Google to fix this as they released their own fix. It is possible that other router companies may do the same.

It will be interesting to see how fast Google fixes this as this based on my quick research seems to be a common issue.

Toronto To Be Home To Alphabets Biggest Smart City Project Yet

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 18, 2017 by itnerd

Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments:

That’s obviously an ambitious project, but some of the groundwork is already being laid: Alphabet’s Google will be the flagship tenant for the new neighbourhood, anchoring the easter waterfront, to be called “Quayside,” and Sidewalk Labs has committed $50 million to kick off pilot testing and planning in partnership with the City of Toronto. Sidewalk Labs won the contract through its response to a Request for Proposals issues by Waterfront Toronto, and organization created by the Canadian federal government, the Ontario provincial government and the City of Toronto together to foster development of Toronto’s lakefront areas in ways that address urban sprawl while respecting the realities of climate change and taking into account the ability of the city’s residents to get around efficiently. The area involved in the RFP that Sidewalk Labs will work with the government coalition to develop spans around 800 acres (though 12 acres are specified for the initial project), and is one of the largest underdeveloped urban areas in any North American city, making it a good target for Sidewalk’s ambitious vision, which involves building smart cities holistically from the very start. Ultimately, the partners hope to turn the area into a “place for tens of thousands of people to live, work, learn and play — and to create and advance new ideas that improve city life,” according to a release from Sidewalk.

Now being from Toronto, I should be happy about this. But to be honest I am not sure about this. Sidewalk Labs thinks it can use new technology and great reams of data to create a neighbourhood that demonstrates innovative solutions to problems that cities like Toronto suffer. I’d be interested to know what else Sidewalks Labs will do with that data besides building a smart city. After all, Alphabet AKA Google makes piles of cash from data. That’s why I will reserve judgement on this for now and take a wait and see approach.

Telus Announces Pre-Orders For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

With so much excitement surrounding Google’s announcements today, Telus is proud to confirm that both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available for pre-order. Pixel 2 will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on October 19 followed by the Pixel 2 XL next month.

To enrich their experience even more, Teluscustomers who pre-order the new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, will also receive a Google Home Mini! To take advantage of Telus’s seamless pre-order experience, customers can simply visit our website at telus.com

Google Maps Now Tells You How Difficult It Will Be To Park At Your Destination

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 29, 2017 by itnerd

Google has announced its “parking difficulty” indicator in Google Maps for iOS and Android will now appear in 25 additional cities around the world. Those cities are:

  • Alicante
  • Amsterdam
  • Copenhagen
  • Barcelona
  • Cologne
  • Darmstadt
  • Düsseldorf
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Málaga
  • Manchester
  • Milan
  • Montréal
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Stockholm
  • Stuttgart
  • Toronto
  • Valencia
  • Vancouver

What this feature does is shows a “P” icon with a difficulty level such as “moderate” or “limited,” based on how easy it will be to find parking at the destination entered. The feature is based on historical parking data and machine learning. That way you can figure out where to park your car long before you arrive at your destination and save time.

You can download this Google Maps update today from Google Play and the App Store.

 

Intuit & Google Team Up To Address The Invoicing Challenges That Many SMBs Face

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 29, 2017 by itnerd

Intuit and Google have rolled out Invoice with Google Calendar to help small business owners save time on invoicing and ensure they’re being paid accurately and on time for their hard work.

Finding the right partners is just as important for driving innovation as building new products, and Intuit and Google’s partnership is a prime example of how big tech players are increasingly coming together to help solve entrepreneurs’ most pressing issues. The app builds on Google’s previous QuickBooks integration, introducing a reimagined user experience and allowing entrepreneurs to easily import their event details directly from their synced Google Calendar to create and send invoices instantly – all within QuickBooks Online – so they can invoice, and get paid faster.

Why else should small businesses use Invoice with Google Calendar?

  • Saves time: No more time spent on double entries. You can easily import details from Calendar to create and send invoices instantly – all within the QuickBooks invoice section.
  • Gets you paid for the time you work: Maximize billing potential, and don’t sweat trying to find all the hours worked by digging through emails and calendar appointments.
  • Improves the accuracy of invoices: QuickBooks automatically finds and summarizes invoiceable hours. You can also search and choose items manually.

Over the past four years, Intuit has expanded its ecosystem from four to over 200 app integrations on Apps.com, more than any other small business accounting solutions company in the market. In addition to Google, Intuit has partnered with industry leaders like Square, Shopify, and DreamPayments among many others, to better meet small businesses’ needs.

For more information, you can also check out the following blog and landing page.

VMware & Google Expand Partnership To Enable Enterprise-Wide Management of Chrome Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 24, 2017 by itnerd

VMware has announced it will become the first unified endpoint management (UEM) provider with full Chrome device management capabilities. VMware Workspace ONE, a digital workspace platform powered by VMware AirWatch UEM technology, will enable customers to unify management of Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints from a single console.

Customers will be able to manage Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints in Workspace ONE due to the functionality of VMware’s UEM technology, AirWatch. Starting from out-of-the box on-boarding, configuration and policies, provisioning apps, auditing and tracking; all the way to end device wipe, IT can secure and enable Chrome devices using a simplified approach. With new enterprise-ready capabilities from Chrome Enterprise License, organizations will be able to deliver device policies using customizable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more, simplifying policy enforcement across an enterprise.

Building on previously released integrations of Workspace ONE with Chrome OS, IT also will be able to provide employees with access to all enterprise applications – cloud, web, native Android, virtual Windows – from a single app catalogue to deliver a consistent experience to employees anywhere, anytime, on any device. Chrome device users will even be able to access full Windows desktops and applications and use these devices as next-generation thin clients, helping to accelerate the adoption of Chrome devices in the enterprise. Workspace ONE will be able to deliver a unified platform to both manage and deliver any app to Chrome devices.

Management of Chrome devices with Workspace ONE will be available in September 2017.