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Update for iOS and Macs negates text bomb that crashed devices

Last week we reported a major bug in Apple operating systems that would cause them to crash from mere exposure to either of two specific Unicode symbols. Today Apple fixes this major text-handling issue with iOS version 11.2.6 and macOS version 10.13.3, both now available for download.

The issue, discovered by Aloha Browser in the course of normal development, has to do with poor handling of certain non-English characters. We replicated the behavior, basically an immediate hard crash, in a variety of apps on both iOS and macOS. The vulnerability is listed on MITRE under CVE-2018-4124. If you were curious.

Apple was informed of the bug and told TechCrunch last week that a fix was forthcoming — in fact, it was already fixed in a beta. But the production version patches just dropped in the last few minutes (iOSmacOS). Apple calls the magical characters a “maliciously crafted string” that led to “heap corruption.” It seems that macOS versions before 10.13.3 aren’t affected, so if you’re running an older OS, no worries.

The iOS patch also fixes “an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories,” which is welcome but unrelated to the text bomb.

You should be able to download both updates right now, and you should, or you’ll probably get pranked in the near future.

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Toshiba is preparing in the Philippines for mass production of HDD with helium

As previously reported, Toshiba in the second quarter of this year will begin mass production of 14-terabyte hard drives with a helium environment. Thus, closer to the end of the year in the market will be a significant percentage of HDD with helium, which also in bulk (and not the first year) produced by Western Digital Corp and Seagate. More precisely, the percentage of 12-terabytes and 14-terabytes of drives will sharply increase. This, incidentally, confirms the Japanese company Nidec, which produces engines for the rotation of the spindles of hard drives.


Monitors HP Pavilion 27q and 32s debuted in the market

For HP, the LCD business is not the main business, yet the American manufacturer produces monitors with a memorable design from time to time, which some other players in the corresponding market segment can not boast. Today on the agenda is not even an announcement, but the start of sales of two new models from HP Inc. – Pavilion 27q (product code: 1HR73AA) and 32s (2UD96AA). The smaller monitor, made part of the Pavilion family, has more resolution and costs more than a colleague – not least because of the unusual design of the stand.

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The history of AMD GCN architecture will be completed in 2019-2020 together with GPU Navi

Last May, AMD shared its plans for the development of video accelerators for the coming years. The GPU of the next generation Vega is codenamed Navi, it will be launched this year and will be produced on the 7-nm DUV process technology at GlobalFoundries plants using next-generation multi-layered HBM memory, will offer significantly increased performance and improved scalability. The following for Navi accelerators were only known dates: the beginning of 2020, and the use of the second generation of the 7-nm process technology EUV.

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SK Hynix releases eSSD on 72-layer 3D NAND chips

Financial turmoil Hynix (later – SK Hynix) at the turn of the decade became one of the reasons why the company was late in joining the fight for any significant share of the NAND  flash memory market. Nevertheless, the South Korean vendor makes every effort to strengthen its position. In particular, in summer SK Hynix announced the beginning of deliveries of 72-layer 3D TLC NAND. Further “maturation” of production technologies allowed to double the volume of microcircuits for their use in capacious enterprise SSD-drives (English enterprise SSD, eSSD), and now SK Hynix is ​​ready to ship to customers devices based on 512 Gbps 3D NAND. Judging by the absence of the abbreviation in the press release indicating the number of bits in the cell, it’s just a question of the multilayer version of TLC NAND.

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Samsung enters crypto-currency chips business

Samsung Electronics has revealed it is making chips designed specifically to harvest crypto-currency coins.

The firm made the disclosure in its latest earnings report, where it said the activity should boost its profits.

The report also confirmed that the South Korean company overtook Intel to become the biggest chipmaker last year.

And it forecast strong demand for its forthcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone, which is due to be revealed on 25 February.

Samsung Electronic’s fourth quarter net profit totalled 12.3tn won ($11.5bn; £8.1bn), which was roughly in line with analysts’ expectations.

But its shares jumped nearly 9% after the company revealed that it was splitting its stock 50-to-1, which should encourage trade in the asset.


Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Teams, gets its biggest update with new app integrations and app store

Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, rolled out its biggest update since the software’s launch last year, the company says. The focus of the new set of features is allowing users to better work with apps – something Microsoft Teams accomplishes via integrations, new search and discovery features, commands, and more.

Some of the features are, in fact, quite Slack-like.

For example, Microsoft Teams now offers a way to search for apps from the new app store where you can browse by category or search by name, category or integration type – like Project Management or BI. Slack, of course, also has its own app directory, which has allowed it to highlight all the work tools that currently work with its team collaboration resource – a move that helped it gain traction in the workplace.