A massive hardware hack, new Microsoft devices, and concept cars | Tech Industry
We’re gearing up for some big Google products this week at the company’s annual fall announcement event (we’ll be there live), but there’s a lot to catch up on before then, including new gadgets, and one of the most insane cybersecurity stories, well, ever. Here’s how to get caught up.
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Last week, Bloomberg published a story claiming server equipment from a company called Supermicro contained Chinese spying devices. Used by heavies like Apple, Amazon, and the U.S. government, the case signifies a new kind of hack, one based in hardware that lends hackers sustained access to a network. Apple vehemently denies the claims and the investigation will likely continue for quite some time.
LG released a smart watch and a smartphone with five cameras
Most smartwatches like the Apple Watch have a purely digital display, but new LG Watch W7 has a set of analog watch hands to go along with its 1.2-inch LCD screen. So, even if the rechargeable battery inside dies, you can still keep track of what time it is. It’s not a totally new concept, but LG is a major manufacturer so maybe the trend will pick up.
The other major LG announcement is the V40 ThinQ, which is a smartphone equipped with five individual cameras. There are three cameras on the back: a super wide-angle, regular wide-angle, and telephoto lens. There’s also an extra-wide-angle lens on the front of the phone (in addition to the typical selfie camera) for group selfies. You can likely expect to see this kind of multi-camera setup even more going forward.
Samsung’s 8K TV is up for pre-order
Do you demand a TV with the most possible pixels even if there’s really nothing to watch to take advantage of all that resolution? Well, Samsung’s new 85-inch Q900 (which debuted back at CES in January) is ready to absorb the bonus you got for working at an investment bank. You can plunk down $15,000 and get yourself on the list for the fanciest TV around. The rest of us will have to endure our 4K displays for a few years before 8K becomes more mainstream.
Banksy and the fine art world continued to do whatever it is they do
One of Banksy’s original artworks sold for roughly $1.4 million at auction. But, just as the sale concluded, the canvas painting slid down through a shredder built into the custom frame. Some reports say the now-shredded art is worth more than it was before because of the media circus surrounding it. As we all know, hype is the true measure of good art.
MobiLimb is a robotic finger that attaches to your smartphone
French researchers created a robotic finger that plugs into the bottom of a smartphone, which adds interesting functionality like haptic feedback and sensory input. Personally, I think it’s a cool idea, but I would also be totally fine locking my phone in a safe at night so it didn’t become self-aware and crawl into my mouth and down my throat while I sleep.