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Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for Intel chip bug (Lead)

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San Francisco, Jan 4 (IANS) After chip-maker Intel confirmed a potential security flaw in its chips, Microsoft on Thursday issued emergency updates to supported versions of Windows.

The security bug, if used for malicious purposes, has the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices.

According to a report in The Verge, the software update was part of a number of fixes that would protect against the processor bug in Intel as well as AMD and ARM chipsets.

“We’re aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers,” Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge.

“We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD,” it added.

Amazon and Google were also reportedly working on security updates to their Cloud services and other products.

Earlier, Intel Corp confirmed a report about a potential security flaw in its Chips that is vulnerable to hacking and promised to fix the bug as soon as possible.

Intel said that the vulnerability, discovered by a British tech website, the Register, is not unique to Intel products, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Recent reports that these exploits are caused by a ‘bug’ or a ‘flaw’ and are unique to Intel products are incorrect,” Intel was quoted as saying.

It argued that “many types of computing devices — with many different vendors’ processors and operating systems — are susceptible to these exploits.”

However, Intel said it was working with its tech partners such as AMD, ARM Holdings and several operating system vendors, to develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue “promptly and constructively”.

“Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits,” it said.

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LG to release rollable TV next month says Report

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LG Electronics, a major home appliance maker in South Korea, is expected to release the industry’s first rollable TV next month, sources here said Tuesday, as the company tries to expand its presence in the high-end TV market.

LG recently opened a website dedicated to the Signature OLED R to receive preorders from its VVIP customers, according to the sources, reports Yonhap news agency. After holding an event for its customers in Seoul, LG is expected to launch the rollable TV in the market in late October, they said.

The price of the Signature OLED R has been reportedly set at over 100 million won ($85,400). LG’s rollable TV, with a 65-inch screen that rises from a box and can be rolled up inside, was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the United States last year.

The world’s top OLED TV maker originally planned to launch the rollable TV in 2019, but its mass production has been delayed due to OLED display supply and yield rate issues. At this year’s CES, LG unveiled a different model of its rollable TV with a screen that rolls down from the ceiling.

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