Are you kids addicted to iPhones?

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Should we blame the companies that create addictive smartphones or blame ourselves for giving our kids the devices?

The California State Teachers’ Retirement System and Jana Partners LLC asked Apple to help protect kids from smartphone addiction. While Apple said they take the issue very seriously, they already have parental control features built into the iPhones and iPads. A new update that includes more parental features is coming soon.

“We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them,” said Apple in the statement. “We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.”

Read more about it at Softpedia News.


Meet Meltdown and Spectre

Meet Meltdown and Spectre

According to Tom’s Hardware, Google’s Project Zero team discovered the Meltdown and Spectre computer vulnerabilities when it found out that it could access data held in the protected kernel memory. Google does not believe these vulnerabilities have ever been exploited, but it’s impossible to verify.

Apple already patched the Meltdown exploit in the MacOS December OSX patch (10.13.2). Windows is pushing emergency patches out immediately.

“The Spectre exploit is much more nefarious and impacts Intel, AMD, and ARM. This exploit can access kernel memory or data from other applications. Researchers contend that fixing this exploit would require a fundamental re-tooling of all processor architectures, so we’ll live with the threat of this vulnerability for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, this exploit is extremely hard to execute and requires an elevated level of knowledge of the interior workings of the target processor.”

Read the entire article at Tom’s Hardware. Go to Softpedia News to find more information and patches for your system.

China’s Most Popular Mobile Game Charges Into American Market

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Arena of Valor (also known as Kings of Glory) has more than 200 million users in China. The game is so popular that Tencent, the game developer, implemented a daily time restriction for young players to “ensure children’s healthy development.” Unlike League of Legends, people play Arena of Valor on their phones and matches only last about 15 to 20 minutes. The game is also popular in China because it’s integrated in the social media app WeChat — the No. 1 messaging app in China.