Another Exynos with its own Samsung cores

Every next generation of mobile devices offers its users more power, and comes primarily from mainstream processors. Many smartphone manufacturers buy them from external vendors, but some rely on their own hardware. This is what Samsung is doing, which is planning further work on the development of Exynos chips.

The resignation of the installation of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Snapdragon 810 processor went out to Samsung for good. His own Exynos 7420, which was on board the new flagship of the Korean concern, proved to be the most efficient chip on the market, leaving rivals far behind.

But Samsung is not enough and, according to the latest reports, the next-generation 2.3 GHz Mongoose working system, instead of the standard Cortex-A72 cores, is going to be developed by its own engineers. They say they are very efficient when the rumors are that a test using one Geekbench benchmark has shown remarkable performance. The processor scored 2200 points, about 45 percent more than the current chip.

But before we start to get excited about the forthcoming arrangement, I have to point out that all these rumors are just gossip. But if there is a grain of truth in it, then Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S7 will receive new processors entirely manufactured by Samsung.

DRAM memory prices are getting lower

If anyone is planning to make a new computer, he will surely be pleased with the ever increasing price drop in DRAM modules. This is not only due to weak demand, but also to streamlining the production process and increasing the capacity of the factories, which may mean that prices will continue to fall.

Nomura Equity Research analysts believe that we can expect further drops in memory modules as warehouse inventories are increasing, while demand is currently not high. Currently, the contract price for the 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz module is about $ 2.75, and the 4GB DDR3 SO-DIMM costs $ 24.5 and is $ 3 lower than May this year.

In addition, the situation is complicated by the fact that memory manufacturers are switching to 20 nm manufacturing, which results in even lower cost of module production. The new process has already gone through Samsung, but other companies are also planning to follow in the footsteps of the South Korean giant, which will allow them to lower the price of their products.

Another issue is the increase in production capacity of Asian factories. The Hwaseong line-17 production line, which is based in Samsung, is able to produce 80,000 nm of silicon wafers each month, with as much as 60,000 dedicated to computer memory.

Hynix, on the other hand, plans to start producing 300,000 nm of wafers per month in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Micron is only turning to 20nm technology and will soon begin production, which will further increase the availability of modules and will further reduce their prices.

Amazon is challenging eBay

Amazon, which has been selling electronics for some time now, now extends this branch of business. The company launches a new market called Sell as Individual, which is to compete for auction sites and bulletin boards.

Not everyone can afford to buy new things, so it is so popular to have auction sites and classifieds sites where you can buy a variety of second hand products.

One of the most popular places to get rid of unnecessary stuff is us, eBay auction site and Olx notice board, but soon there will be another soon. The Indian subsidiary of the US Amazon group has launched a new Sell as Individual service in India as part of its pilot program.

The service is currently only available in Bangalore but plans to extend it to other Indian cities as well. The service allows you to sell used items to anyone who has at home some unnecessary items. Amazon is fully involved in the transaction. So it is enough that the owner submits a list of goods that are on sale, and the company employees visit him at home, will receive from him what he wants to sell. They will also pack and deliver products to the buyer.

Apple lost the patent dispute

Apple loves to pull rivals in court to infringe its patents. But it also does not avoid using anyone else’s technology and sometimes has to answer for it. The American company has just lost the trial with the Swiss company Kudelski, whose unlawful patents have violated.

German court in Dusseldorf has found Apple to be in violation of patents owned by the Swiss company Kudelski, the owner of OpenTV platform, related to video streaming technology. He also ordered the continued use of the disputed patents that were used on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

The OpenTV platform is currently not the most recognizable brand, but at one time it was one of the first players in the video content streaming market. In 2010, OpenTV was purchased by the Kudelski Group, which in 2014 sued Apple for infringing its patents by filing a suit against Cupertino in US and German court cases.

Twitter must keep user data from Russia in their country

The Russian authorities, like the Chinese, see social networking as another opportunity for surveillance of their citizens. Therefore, the governmental body Roskomnadzor issued a ruling that requires Twitter to keep Russian users of this portal stored in Russia. Thanks to this, the authority will have easier access to these resources.

It can not be denied that social networking sites are an excellent source of information for a user that he is willing to provide. While many countries want to have access to this data, they are hampered by the policies of the portals themselves, which physical servers are usually outside the reach of government agencies.

Such a policy is also Twitter, which very much does not like the Russian government. Roskomnadzor, a state media oversight agency, has therefore demanded from a well-known portal that Russian users should be kept on servers located in Russia.

Alexander Zharov Roskomnadzora explained to the media that the governmental body’s action was to enforce Twitter’s compliance with Russian law. And it is worth adding that in September this year there was introduced a law, which requires that every site collecting data of Russian users, kept them in the country. In case of non-fulfillment of this request, their owners must count on financial penalties, including blocking access to the site.

Computer Processors with Trojan Horse?

According to the latest report, which is a joint effort of European and American specialists, CPUs used in computers can be equipped with a hardware Trojan horse. Already at the stage of their production, the design of the system can be changed to include the appropriate technology to facilitate the break-in of computers and the spying of users of such equipment. Worse yet, these changes would be virtually undetectable without the use of specialized equipment.

The above message should not be a big surprise. Five years ago, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have proven that it is possible. By adding a few additional items to the chip, they can spy on the user without hindrance.

Recent research in this field shows, however, that the proper fabrication of the system does not require the installation of any additional circuitry, as it can simply change the doping of some transistors.

This is a method to introduce impurities into the silicon to thereby change its electrical properties. By adjusting the doping of a small number of transistors you can modify the operation of the system to create a hardware spy directly in the processor. And since the changes were made at the atomic level, they can not be detected using standard IC quality verification methods.

You could write that the NSA would be happy to welcome new ways of spying on citizens, but I am surprised that they have known this for a long time, and perhaps even use this knowledge on a large scale. All the more, as I recently wrote, NSA can hack into virtually any computer, and so modified processor would make it much easier.