QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Invention requires a long term willingness to be misunderstood. You do something that you genuinely believe in, that you have conviction about … but people may criticize that effort … Search yourself.” – Jeff Bezoz
A curious incident happened at Chicago’s hospital where all the Apple devices died unexpectedly.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?
A system specialist known as Erik Wooldridge discovered something very unusual about iOS devices at Chicago’s Morris Hospital. iPhones and Apple watches suddenly stopped working, some devices were entirely locked up for few days, some suffered long-term harm, while some were completely dead. He later confirmed that the issue occurred due to a Helium leak from newly installed MRI Machines.
Nearly, 120 liters of Helium liquid was vented for around 5 hours and significantly affected iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches to fail throughout the building.
Read his Reddit post describing the whole situation!
WERE ANDROID DEVICES AFFECTED?
It was confirmed that none of the Android devices were affected and no other electronic device had any symptoms of Helium poisoning. It was only Apple’s devices that get affected. Various sources have said that Apple has started using SiTime’s MEMS oscillators as a means of creating thinner mobile devices and it also reduces the manufacturing costs of devices. But it’s kind of susceptible to Helium intrusion.
However, the real question is Apple is not alone in using Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) gyroscopes, every other device uses it. So, why Android smartphones weren’t affected?
According to the sources, iPhones earlier than ‘6’ weren’t affected. So everyone’s assuming that it’s some fresh software bug in iOS and WatchOS which triggered the issue. The heavy gas leakage impacted only the newer models of Apple, some devices were entirely dead while some have long-term signal issues.
WHAT’S THE COMPANY’S TAKE ON THE INCIDENT?
Surprisingly, Apple has already warned about such an issue. If you’re one of those alert users who keenly read Apple product’s user-guides then you should probably know that it states, “Exposing iPhone to environments having high concentrations of industrial chemicals, including near evaporating liquefied gasses such as helium, may damage or impair iPhone functionality.”
There is not really a lot of pressure on Apple to publicize the issue. But sources are suggesting that it was solely the effect of MEMS & timing oscillators that company has recently started using.
Google announced remarkable security improvements to protect user’s information from online attackers.
WHAT ARE THE UPDATES?
To mark the last day of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Google announced security features to strengthen automatic protection from hackers and attackers.
The security enhancements will be implemented throughout the user account journey: Before user’s sign in, during the time they are using the account & sharing information and then in the cases when accounts get compromised.
New security protections include:
- The company is planning to pull data from Play Protect and run a security scanner that detects malicious apps during the security Checkup.
- When reached to Account login page, Google will run a risk assessment that will further process only if “nothing looks suspicious”.
- Once a user is logged in, Security Checkup will filter all the third-party apps & websites, a user has installed or has granted permission to access Google account data in the past.
- A user will be recommended to uninstall harmful applications.
- In few weeks, Google will also be rolling out notifications about where, with whom their personal information is shared.
- Google will also be rolling out a ‘Step-by-step – Secure your account’ walkthrough which will help users with compromised accounts. The process will automatically be triggered when any unauthorized activity will be detected.
You can read the detailed procedure on their support page!
WHY IS GOOGLE DOING THIS?
Jonathan Skelker, product manager at Google said, “Online security can sometimes feel like walking through a haunted house, and you aren’t quite sure what may pop up. Therefore, we are constantly working to strengthen our automatic protections to stop attackers and keep you safe from many tricks you may encounter.”
The tech giant’s renewed focus on user’s privacy and security features follow the biggest headline this year- Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal.