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Wrap up: the latest in technology

By WILLIAM XIE | October 11, 2018

Amazon and Apple deny their information was compromised

A Bloomberg Businessweek report claimed that Amazon, Apple and 30 other U.S. companies had their technologies compromised by Chinese espionage. The report declared that Chinese spies infiltrated multiple companies by installing microchips into their servers.

Seemingly all parties involved have rejected the claims. Amazon and Apple released statements denying the existence of the microchips and refuted the idea of compromised information. Supermicro, the server supplier used by Amazon, Apple, the U.S. government and other institutions deny the claims, stating that no government agencies have shown interest in investigation. Additionally, Supermicro affirmed none of its clients have felt inclined to leave because of the allegations.

Microsoft delays Windows 10 release due to bug

An early October 2018 Windows 10 Update (version 1809) came with a bug that deleted user files. Multiple users who have installed the update encountered the missing files bug and also reported issues of apps not being able to connect to the internet. Microsoft has recently responded by putting the update release on pause. Users affected by the missing files bug should contact Microsoft directly. Microsoft recommends users who have downloaded the update to hold off from installing until a new media is available. 

Chegg reveals data breach

Chegg, an educational company known for textbook rental and tutoring, recently acknowledged a data breach compromising over 40 million users. A week after the breach was made public, Chegg’s value decreased by nearly 18 percent. According to a statement Chegg released regarding the incident, the breach occurred a few months ago on April 29. 

“The company understands that the information that may have been obtained could include a Chegg user’s name, email address, shipping address, Chegg username, and hashed Chegg password,” the company wrote in their Form 8-K to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

A Morgan Stanley analyst highlighted that investors feel less confident not only because of the nature of a data breach, but also due to the fact that Chegg customers, including those who forgot about their paid subscriptions, will be reminded of their unused subscription. 

New comprehensible wifi version names to be released

Wifi Alliance, an organization of hundreds of industrial companies that certifies and manages wifi technologies, announced plans to revamp wifi naming conventions so that they are much more readable. The old convention named each wifi version with one or two letters such as “ac.” The proposed changes correspond wifi versions to numbers. Currently we are on the fifth version of wifi, so now 802.11ac is just wifi 5. Overall this change makes wifi versions more readable, so soon you will be able to sort out hardware compatibility by checking the new intuitive numerical version. 

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