ITy Bytes 14 October- in this edition,

  • Nokia 8.1 first to receive Google Android 10,
  • Windows devices may have a vulnerability,
  • Opensignal reveals the real state of 4G coverage and speeds,
  • Ailsa Bay releases world’s first blockchain whiskey to ensure authenticity,
  • Tile trackers new line-up,
  • Optus introduces Messaging service for fault reporting and more,
  • Circles.Life – new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) on the Optus Network,
  • D-Link adds a single camera to its 2, 3, and 4 camera OMNA kits,
  • Intel unleashes the “Hulk” – new Xeon processors for the professional creator,
  • Intel Core-X – Hulk’s little brothers

ITy Bytes 14 October is brief, curated news for those who want to know

ITy Bytes 14 October

Nokia 8.1 first to receive Google Android 10

Nokia first smartphone to receive Android 10 is the 8.1. It is also the first phone running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 mobile platform to receive the OS update. The Nokia 8.1 will benefit from the latest AI-led innovations, enabling even more accessibility options, intuitive gestures, and more control of your data.

Nokia 8.1 fans will get to experience a whole host of new features with Android 10, including: 

  • Gesture Navigation: control of your Nokia smartphone just got slicker, with faster and more intuitive controls at your fingertips
  • Smart Reply: receive even smarter responses in messages, not just words but actions you can take
  • Privacy Controls: have even more control of your data all in one place, as well as control when your location is shared with your apps – whether that is always, only while in use or never
  • Focus mode: block out distracting apps when you need to concentrate on what’s important (try it now in Beta)
  • Family Link: helping parents set digital ground rules for the whole family, now part of the Digital Wellbeing settings.
ITy Bytes 14 October Nokia 8.1

All Nokia Android phones get two years of OS updates and three years of security patches. That makes Nokia a safe bet.

Windows devices may have a vulnerability

SafeBreach found Open Hardware Monitor, a free, open-source software program that monitors a computers temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds has a major vulnerability. Tens of millions of computers use Open Hardware Monitor as part of monitoring systems, including HP devices using HP Touchpoint Analytics.

The critical vulnerability is the second of its type found by SafeBreach Labs during the past four months. Previously, SafeBreach also discovered a vulnerability in PC-Doctor, a monitoring and diagnostics packaged licensed to Dell and other major OEMs, that is run on hundreds of millions of systems. Both offer attackers the capability to take over machines and read and write to device memory, among the most serious types of security risks.

HP has patched the vulnerability (here), and some users may need to force an update.

SafeBrach says this is only the latest instance of supply-chain attack vectors. These are among the most dangerous because they compromise trusted components and allow for attackers to go months or years unnoticed enjoying privileged access to devices and systems without being discovered.

Opensignal reveals the real state of 4G coverage and speeds

Opensignal is a mobile analytics company. It is the independent global standard for understanding the true state of the world’s mobile networks based on measurements of real user experience

While we all thought that Telstra has the best 4G network everywhere, Opensignal has just proven that it only has the edge in Major cities and Optus gives it a hiding in all other areas. We will let the charts do the talking, but it is clear that Telstra only wants volume and is following the money. It also shows that Vodafone is improving outside capital cities. Perhaps its time to switch recommendations from Telstra to Optus.

ITy Bytes 14 October Opensignal
Opensignal

Ailsa Bay releases world’s first blockchain whiskey to ensure authenticity

GadgetGuy enjoys a good scotch and we reported on Ailsa Bay late last year as the first to use rapid micro-maturation and ‘precision science and engineering’ to measure and control the Sweetness Parts Per Million (SPPM – or how sweet the whisky is) in addition to the commonly measured Phenol Parts Per Million (PPPM – or how smoky the scotch is) – it is even listed on the bottle. Cost $95, and it is highly recommended for peat lovers.

For Ailsa Bay, blockchain data is collected from parent company William Grant & Sons’ existing data sources, including cask types, filling dates, and bottling dates are all tracked.

Consumers can trace the origins of their whisky via an innovative web experience, which is individually tailored to each bottle. By scanning a QR code, users are presented with a visual history of their whisky, produced using digitally created art generated by blockchain data unique to the drink’s journey.