Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
Canonical enables Ubuntu on StarFive’s VisionFive 2 RISC-V single board computer [Canonical]
Canonical brings support for Ubuntu 23.04 to the StarFive VisionFive 2, a single-board PC with a 1.5 GHz quad-core JH7110 RISC-V processor with SiFive U74 CPU cores and Imagination BXE-4-32 MC1 graphics.
MINISFORUM announced the UM780/790Pro mini host, which is expected to be equipped with 7840HS / 7940HS [ITHome]
MINISFORUM’s upcoming Venus UM780 Pro and UM790 Pro computers are expected to be mini PCs with Ryzen 7 7840HS and Ryen 9 7940HS processors, dual HDMI ports, and at least 6 USB ports (4 Type-A and 2 Type-C)
How Android keeps you and your devices safe [Google]
Google unveils enhanced Find My Device network that will ring compatible devices or show locations on a map when offline. Like Tile and Apple’s networks, it will leverage other people’s devices to help keep track of your stuff. Google says while location data is crowdsourced, it uses end-to-end encryption, so even Google can’t see it. Unknown tracker alerts are also coming, to help prevent people from spying on you.
MediaTek Pushes Flagship Smartphone Performance Further with the Dimensity 9200+ [MediaTek]
MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ is basically a faster 9200. It has the same structure as the previous-gen flagship processor, but all of its cores have seen frequency bumps to deliver better CPU and graphics performance.
MediaTek Dimensity 8050 official with 3GHz prime CPU core [GSM Arena]
The new MediaTek Dimensity 8050 processor features 1 Cortex-A78 core @ 3 GHz, 3 Cortex-A78 cores @ 2.6 GHz, 4 Cortex-A55 cores @ 2 GHz and Mali-G77 9-core graphics. It’s very similar to the Dimensity 1200/1300.
Apple brings Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro to iPad [Apple]
You can run iOS apps on Macs these days, but you still can’t run native Mac apps on an iPad, even though they have the same processors. But Apple is using that similarity to port more Mac apps to run on iPads: Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are coming to iPad May 23.
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p.s. I despise Canonical (you alienated me too many times with your business decisions), but it’s good to see RISC-V get some linux support. I hope more distros support it!
It should be noted, that it’s not just Canonical that is supporting it, but the linux kernel itself. It kind of sounds like this article is trying to make Canonical out to be the saviour of RISC-V, when the linux kernel itself has started to support it, too. In fact, linux kernel 5.17 started to support the Starfive JH7100 board. (look for yourself, I wont try to post links here). Please give credit where credit is due.
“it will leverage other people’s devices to help keep track of your stuff”
I hope the ability to turn off this invasive feature will also exist. Google pretending it can’t be abused sounds very much like a lie.
Corpos don’t care about you. All they care about is money. Very few have any real integrity.
I don’t trust for a minute that google can’t tell exactly where your devices are. If nothing else, it can get that information from your phone as soon as your phone is done decrypting it and is reading it. I mean…that’s the google maps app in that one image isn’t it?
Not to mention their database of public routers which “see” devices that aren’t even connected come and go…
I do believe this given I use micro-g and Aurora Store on my phone, with zero google play services…..and I haven’t come across an app that doesn’t work yet.
So Play Services is doing something, and it probably isn’t good.