According to The Information, Android co-founder Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 after an internal investigation determined he'd carried on an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Now, after the outlet started asking questions, employees at Rubin's new company, Essential, have been informed that the founder is taking a leave of absence.
Yesterday afternoon word spread of a disturbingly easy-to-access security flaw in the last version of Apple's desktop OS. A developer tweeted that on High Sierra, typing "root" as a username to login and leaving the password blank will (after a few attempts) open full access to the computer. Apple says that a patch is coming to fix the bug, but for now, users must secure their devices by enabling the Root user account and setting a strong password (that they won't forget).
It wasn't a great day for Windows PCs either, as Computer World reported HP users have noticed an HP Touchpoint Analytics Service appearing on their devices. They've complained that it's installing without permission and sucking up telemetry data. According to HP, not only is it easy to uninstall or opt-out of, "It anonymously collects diagnostic information about hardware performance. No data is shared with HP unless access is expressly granted."
The focus of HDMI 2.1 is on higher video bandwidth; it supports 48 Gbps with a new backward-compatible ultra-high-speed HDMI cable. It also supports faster refresh rates for high video resolution -- 60 Hz for 8K and 120 Hz for 4K. The standard also supports Dynamic HDR and resolutions up to 10K for commercial and specialty use. Test specs will roll out next year "in stages."
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