tech-newsApple Launches Newest iPhone from New Campus Next Week 

Apple will debut its newest iPhone on Tuesday, using its new campus as a backdrop for the launch. Additionally, the company plans to unveil an updated version of its Apple Watch with better links to cellular networks and an Apple TV set-top-box that can stream higher quality video content. A premium version of the new phone, made with glass and steel, will also be offered.  

“The event will be the first at the new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, the company said. It will take place in a theater named for company co-founder Steve Jobs,” write Mark Gurman and Alex Webb in Bloomberg Technology. “The invitation to media reads: ‘Let’s meet at our place,’ referring to the event’s location.”

The iPhone still accounts for most of Apple’s sales, even though Apple’s share of the market is smaller than archrival Samsung’s.


Hackers Learning How to Gain More Control of Critical Cyber-Physical Systems

This isn’t good news: A mysterious group called Dragonfly 2.0 has apparently been launching cyber attacks on energy firms in the US and Europe. According to at least one report, the attackers gained enough control to stage power blackouts here in the US.

“Security firm Symantec is warning that a series of recent hacker attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe, but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations – enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will,” writes Andy Greenberg in Wired.

I’ve been writing for a while about the perilous gaps between IT and OT cybersecurity. We genuinely need to take these kinds of threats more seriously. The last thing we need is waking up one day to discover that our energy grids have been taken over by cyber criminals.


Buying Real Estate with Bitcoin

If you’re looking to invest in a fabulous new apartment in Dubai, a pair of British entrepreneurs will sell it to you. The catch is that you buy the apartment with Bitcoin.

I actually find this an interesting tidbit of news because it shows how Bitcoin is gradually becoming less of an oddity and more of an acceptable form of payment. I’ll also be interested to find out how the sellers plan to deal with the rising and falling prices of Bitcoin itself.

It’s possible that the apartments will soon be more valuable than the virtual currency that buyers used to pay for them. You can read this CNBC article for more information.