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Linux hardware vendor outlines Intel Management Engine firmware …

The Linux-equipped computer maker, System76, has detailed plans to update the Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware on its computers in line with Intel’s November 20th vulnerability announcement. In July, System76 began work on a project to automatically deliver firmware to System76 laptops which works in a similar fashion to how software is usually delivered through the operating system.

With the new firmware update, Intel’s ME will be disabled on all of its Intel 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-gen laptops; the vendor says this won’t affect the functionality of the laptop in any way and is safe to disable. With regards to desktops, System76 says the ME will remain enabled but that they’ll provide updated ME firmware.

In order to apply the update, you must be running Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04, 17.10, Pop!_OS 17.10, or an Ubuntu derivative, and have the System76 driver installed in order to receive the latest firmware and disabled ME on laptops.

If you don’t have the System76 driver installed it’s easy enough to add by using the following commands:

  • sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:system76-dev/stable
  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt install -y system76-driver

Head over to the System76 blog post linked in the source to find a list of affected devices and other details on the update.

Source: System76

Linux hardware vendor outlines Intel Management Engine firmware plan

The Linux-equipped computer maker, System76, has detailed plans to update the Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware on its computers in line with Intel’s November 20th vulnerability announcement. In July, System76 began work on a project to automatically deliver firmware to System76 laptops which works in a similar fashion to how software is usually delivered through the operating system.

With the new firmware update, Intel’s ME will be disabled on all of its Intel 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-gen laptops; the vendor says this won’t affect the functionality of the laptop in any way and is safe to disable. With regards to desktops, System76 says the ME will remain enabled but that they’ll provide updated ME firmware.

In order to apply the update, you must be running Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04, 17.10, Pop!_OS 17.10, or an Ubuntu derivative, and have the System76 driver installed in order to receive the latest firmware and disabled ME on laptops.

If you don’t have the System76 driver installed it’s easy enough to add by using the following commands:

  • sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:system76-dev/stable
  • sudo apt update
  • sudo apt install -y system76-driver

Head over to the System76 blog post linked in the source to find a list of affected devices and other details on the update.

Source: System76

Google outlines upcoming Nest improvements, deeper Google Home and Chromecast integration on the way

04951_Nest-Secure-lifestyle-2-840x560 Google outlines upcoming Nest improvements, deeper Google Home and Chromecast integration on the way

Google has revealed some upcoming Nest features at its event in San Francisco. Nest is going to integrate with the Google Home and Chromecast in a more meaningful way to offer more control over your home.

The Nest will soon be able to identify frequent visitors to your home and tell you who is at your door when they arrive, if you have a Nest camera set up there. This can also be used to display a live feed on your TV via Chromecast.

What’s more, the Nest will also support Google routines for features like arming your home security systems when you go to bed, just by saying “Hey Google, goodnight.” This is just one example of the new multi-step routines that can be activated with simple phrases.

It looks like Google is aiming to make its home products feel more unified going forward. How it will all work in practice, we’ll have to wait and see.




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