This week’s headline story: Happy 50th Anniversary to Moores Law!
Gordon Moore’s prediction, which became one of computing’s governing Laws, has held up pretty well over the years. Moore, who was one of Intel’s founding fathers, predicted that transistor densities in microprocessors would double about every two years. The implications of Moore’s law are 1) that transistor sizes would continually shrink, and 2) computer speeds would continue to increase – since smaller circuitry means shorter distances for electricity to travel.
In recent years, transistor technologies have reduced to nanometer sizes. A nonmeter is one billionth of a meter, a measurement used for ataomic scale measurements. The diameter of a helium atom, for example, is about 0.1 nm, and that of a ribosome is about 20 nm. Intel is working on a 10nm production process for its microprocessors and is researching 7nm and 5nm technologies. While many predicted Moore’s Law would become exhausted by 2015, due to the physical properties of silicon, researchers are preparing to celebrate its 50th year aniversairy with optimisme that processing technologies will continue along Moore’s prediction for another 10 years at least.
in other tech news…
- Facebook Sued for Creating Facial Recognition Database [NewsFactor]
A lawsuit filed in a Chicago-area court alleges that Facebook is violating Illinois law by using facial recognition technology to make it easier for users to connect with each other online. According to the complaint, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) makes it “unlawful for a company to collect, capture, purchase, receive through trade, or otherwise obtain a person’s or a customer’s biometric identifiers or biometric information'” without informing that person or customer and receiving written consent. The plaintiff in the case says he was never informed of the social networking giant’s use of facial recognition technology, asked for consent or given the opportunity to opt out.
- Passengers in Robotic Cars May Be Prone to Motion Sickness [NewsFactor]
According to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, driverless cars are likely to have a detrimental side effect on human passengers: motion sickness. That’s because the very thing self-driving cars free people to do — text, read, watch videos and work — are the activities that make some individuals prone to motion sickness. Moreover, people tend to gaze down when they do these activities, which increases the risk of motion sickness. Perhaps driverless cars will come equipped with dramamine.
in Information Security News…
- Russians Reportedly Hacked White House Computers Last Year [NewsFactor]
It’s looking more and more like Russia is to blame for a White House computer network breach last October. The breach caused temporary disruptions in some services while cybersecurity teams worked to push out the intruder. Several federal agencies are still investigating the breach and have not confirmed Russia is to blame but news reports are pointing fingers at the nation.
- US, European Police Operation Takes Down International Botnet [NewsFactor]
A joint operation between the FBI and European police agencies succeeded in shutting down a major cybercrime tool on Wednesday. The bust dismantled a network of more than 12,000 computers infected with a botnet that had targeted networks primarily in the U.S., Japan, India and Taiwan. No arrests have been made yet.
- ‘Darwin Nuke’ Vulnerability Discovered in Apple’s OS X, iOS [NewsFactor]
A serious vulnerability has been uncovered in Apple’s OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 devices. Dubbed “Darwin Nuke” the security hole exposes Macs,Macbooks, iPads and iPhones to remotely-activated denial of service (DoS) attacks that can damage a user’s device and impact any corporate network to which it is connected. APple users are encouraged to update their OS with the latest patch ASAP.
and in Tech Industry news…
- Samsung Hits Back at Galaxy S6 Edge Bending Allegations [newsFactor]
Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge review [The Verge – YouTube]
Samsung just released its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The 6S moves the Galaxy from a plastic case to a glass case with many features similar to the iPhones. The phone is getting rave reviews, and should give Samsung the boost it needs to compete with Apple in the smartphone market.
- Reviews Pour in Now for MacBook of the Future [NewsFactor]
The new Macbook – the thinnest and lightest macbook ever, hit the streets this past week, and is being touted as the notebook of the future. Apple says that it gave this macbook a top-to-bottom makeover resulting in an ultra-thin, fanless macbook equipped with a new “Force Touch” trackpad, and Butterfly Keyboard. Apple will release the much anticipated Apple Watch on April 24th.
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