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Major US telecom was infiltrated by backdoored Supermicro hardware, Bloomberg says

Enlarge Eric Kilby / Flickr Five days after Bloomberg stunned the world with still-unconfirmed allegations that Chinese spies embedded data-sniffing chips in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, and dozens of other companies, the news organization is doubling down. Bloomberg is now reporting that a different factory-seeded manipulation from the previously described one was discovered in […]

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Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]

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Bloomberg: Super Micro motherboards used by Apple, Amazon contained Chinese spy chips

Wikipedia Tiny Chinese spy chips were embedded onto Super Micro motherboards that were then sold to companies in the US, including Amazon and Apple, reports Bloomberg. The report has attracted strenuous denials from Amazon, Apple, and Super Micro. Bloomberg claims that the chips were initially and independently discovered by Apple and Amazon in 2015 and that […]

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Alienware m15 laptop sports thinnest Dell gaming design, Nvidia Max-Q GPUs

Dell’s new Alienware m15 laptop. Valentina Palladino It has a full-sized keyboard with number pad that features zone RGB lighting. Valentina Palladino New honeycomb speaker grilles sit at the top of the keyboard. Valentina Palladino Despite its thinner design, the m15 has a slew of ports including three USB Type-A ports. Valentina Palladino The drop-down […]