Wireless Charging Pads Are the Fresh Cool Accessory
Don't be surprised if the boss starts asking you about which charging pads are best. Wireless charging pads are in the headlines, thanks to Apple's decision to support the Qi charging standard for its newer iPhones. With Apple in the competition, charging pads will undoubtedly start looking much cooler.
"Apple jumping on board meant two things: lots of new customers looking for Qi pads, and the effective end of the other main wireless charging standard, PWA. In fact, PowerMat, which created PWA, announced this year at CES that all of its future chargers will include Qi. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em," writes Chaim Gartenberg in The Verge.
Not Taking Chances, Nvidia Updates Software After Intel Chip Flaws Revealed
Nvidia, the surging maker of GPUs for gaming and AI, announced that it would upgrade its software to counter possible threats posed by the Spectre flaw uncovered in Intel and other microprocessor chips.
The rapid update is a smart move by Nvidia, which has become a Wall Street sensation, thanks to its advanced graphics processors. At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the company's chips are "immune" to the problems potentially facing Intel and other chip makers.
I strongly recommend watching Jensen's amazing opening keynote at CES. It is truly inspiring, and touches on many of the tech trends most likely to impact all of us in 2018, such as self-driving cars, immersive virtual reality and huge leaps forward in AI.
Keep an eye on Nvidia. The company is riding a monster wave that will last for the next four or five years.
The Good News is that Raspberry Pi Remains Untouchable
There was a glimmer of good news in the latest debacle over the Meltdown and Spectre flaws: Raspberry Pi, the series of single-board computers favored by educators and members of the maker movement, is apparently invulnerable to danger posed by the two flaws.
"Both vulnerabilities exploit performance features (caching and speculative execution) common to many modern processors to leak data via a so-called side-channel attack. Happily, the Raspberry Pi isn't susceptible to these vulnerabilities, because of the particular ARM cores that we use," writes Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton.
For a more detailed technical explanation, I recommend reading Eben's excellent blog. Enjoy!