Apple included in far-reaching class-action lawsuit against Intel and ARM over security problems

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I get that class action suits targeting Apple are pretty hot right now, given the whole iPhone slowdown debacle. But that probably doesn’t mean that Apple should also be hit with class action suits over the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre security issues that affect most Intel, ARM, and AMD chips.

However, a planned class action suit in Israel has Apple as a co-defendant, right next to Intel and ARM.

According to Hamodia, a group of users filed a request with the Haifa District Court in Israel to file a class action against these three companies. The group is represented by attorney Rimon Zinati and includes computer and cellphone users.

Zinati said in the complaint that “something new has appeared on the tech landscape. Our worst nightmares have come to pass, and a giant tech bubble has burst. That this is an earthquake is an understatement. Since the announcement by the companies of the vulnerabilities of their products, we realize that we are living in a fantasy world and now realize that we do not even have a minimum of privacy.”

Oh. My. God. Run for the hills!

Don’t get me wrong, people are probably right to sue companies all they want. Apple should face all the iPhone slowdown trials it can handle. Cases against Intel, AMD and ARM aren’t warrantless either, as the products these companies sell should make sure that computers of any size and type can be hacked by anyone because of design flaws.

But why is Apple included in this particular suit? And if Apple should be added, doesn’t the same thing go for Microsoft, Google, Linux, and every other company that sells products with Intel, AMD, and ARM inside?

The Israeli court will decide on the matter in the coming weeks.

According to Patently Apple, Intel has been hit with some other class action suits.

Before you file your own class actions suits, make sure you install the latest software updates on your devices, if available.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 packaging reportedly leaks, spec list included

Samsung Galaxy S9 packaging specs leak

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the most hotly anticipated smartphones of 2018, and today some spec details for the upcoming Android flagship may have leaked.

A photo that claims to show the retail box for the Galaxy S9 has surfaced. Judging by the gloved hand and the timing of the leak, it’s possible that this box has recently rolled off the production line.

According this packaging, the Galaxy S9 will have a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, much like the Galaxy S8 before it. Also included is a Dual Pixel 12-megapixel rear camera with OIS, like the GS8. What’s interesting is that there are two apertures listed, f/1.5 and f/2.4, suggesting that the camera could switch apertures.

Also included in this leaked spec list is an 8-megapixel front camera, 4GB of RAM 64GB of storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, and wireless charging. In addition to the bundled AKG headphones, the GS9 reportedly comes with stereo speakers that’ve been tuned by AKG.

Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S9 will be very similar to the Galaxy S8, and this leak appears to back that rumor up. Many of these specs are similar to those included with the Galaxy S8, but there are some notable updates, like the AKG stereo speakers and camera with apertures that can change. There are other new features that may come to the GS9, too, like a Snapdragon 845 processor.

Will you be interested in the Galaxy S9 if this leaked spec list holds true?

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