Ring Bows End-to-End Video Encryption; Samsung Unveils New Exynos Processor; Apple Announces Projects Re Its Racial Equality & Justice Pledge; Weber Picks Up Smart Oven JunePosted: January 13, 2021
On the heels of a class action suit, Ring has introduced end-to-end video encryption. According to venturebeat.com, in 2019, a data leak exposed the personal information of over 3,000 Ring users, including log-in emails, passwords, time zones, and the names people give to specific Ring cameras. Following the breach, Ring began requiring two-step verification for user sign-ins and launched a compromised password check feature that cross-references login credentials against a list of known compromised passwords. Ring notes that end-to-end encryption disables certain features, including AI-dependent features that decrypt videos for processing work like motion verification and people-only mode.
Samsung Unpacked is tomorrow, but today they rolled out a new processor, the Exynos 2100 processor. Cnet.com reports that the company says The new 5-nanometer chip features an eight-core CPU including an Arm Cortex X1 core, clocked at up to 2.9GHz, to go with three Cortex A78 cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Samsung says the new CPU should deliver a “more than 30% enhancement in multicore performance” than its predecessor. There is also an Arm Mali-G78 GPU to improve graphics by “more than 40%” as well as improved performance when handling intensive tasks like artificial intelligence. It is widely believed that the new processor will power the new Galaxy S21 in international versions. Again, the S21 should bow tomorrow.
Last summer, Apple committed $100 million to a Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). Techcrunch.com now says the company has announced some of the contributions…including $25 million to the Propel Center, an innovation hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They are also investing $10 million in Harlem Capital, and $25 million in Siebert Williams Shank’s Clear Vision Impact Fund. Finally, Apple is making a contribution to The King Center.
Weber, which had partnered with the makers of the June smart oven, has now acquired June. According to engadget.com, the Weber Connect grill and June ovens and future devices will run on the JuneOS. Weber said the acquisition will help expedite its ‘connected innovation programs.’ June will now gain access to Weber’s infrastructure, resources, and expertise…scaling the tech to a whole new level.