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BEAM is a wearable, programmable button with an AMOLED display PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 December 2017 22:58

There are “smart” versions of everything from watches to light bulbs, to toothbrushes these days, for better or worse. So it shouldn’t be surprising that someone decided the pins you attach to your backpack or shirt could be smarter. BEAM is a smart button/pin with a 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED display that can show images, slideshows, or even animated GIFs. You can use a mobile app to upload a picture of a smiley face, peace sign, band name, or just about anything else. And of course, since it’s “smart” there are social features as well. The $99 smart button also helps justify its price by offering another feature: a panic button. Press and hold the button for 10 seconds and it’ll send a panic text message and your GPS location to up to 4 people in your emergency contact list. I can’t help but think that in an emergency, a 10-second press might be difficult, but there’s certainly some merit in the idea...Get the full story at OUR FORUM.

Does Fluent Design Matter PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:24
fluent designFor the majority of Windows users, the way the operating system elements are displayed on a screen hover just below “didn’t notice” and right above “don’t care.” That is not to say Windows users don’t consciously or subconsciously acknowledge the evolving differences between each operating system upgrade [as evidenced by the backlash of Windows 8] but on the meter of relevance and importance, UI changes that don’t directly affect productivity seem to rate fairly low. For better or for worse, Windows as an operating system has hitched its wagon to productivity above all else and left the mindshare of visual delight and elegance to other operating systems such as macOS. Despite years of a well-established mindset for Windows users, the Windows team is looking to inject some refinement in the way content and information are displayed in the latest OS offering by iterating on its controversial Modern Design with its 2.0 version labeled Fluent Design...Navigate to OUR FORUM to learn more.
Vertical Surface Dock Now Let You Use the Surface Devices as Part of Workstation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:24
Many people nowadays use their tablets right next to their main monitors, for an extra boost of productivity (or an extra boost of slacking, if you’re watching TV shows on it).  Turns out that the Surface can also be part of this game, as it can be set up with a desktop workstation. The vertical Surface Dock is shown in action below and it’s part of a Surface Pro VESA mount ergonomic workstation. It’s easy to mount and dismount, plus it can be part of a multi-display and multiple desktop setups. It lets you drag and drop content onto the tablet’s screen or use it as a secondary display. In Photoshop you can assign it certain tasks, like a color palette or effects and it can also be useful for video editing or 3D graphics. The Surface is held vertically with the special dock, serving as an additional monitor, held in upright position. Judging by the video below, it’s very much a plug and play affair, without the need for extra setup...Turn to OUR FORUM to learn more.
This new laptop is powered completely by Microsoft’s Windows phone PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 23:15
Continuum, the Windows 10 Mobile feature that allows mobile apps to be run on a monitor via a wireless or wired adapter, has been around for a while now but few companies have chosen to take advantage of it or use it to innovate new hardware creation as much as Miraxess who are using it as the main focus of their upcoming Mirabook laptop. The Mirabook is based solely on the Continuum concept and essentially uses a Windows 10 Mobile Windows phone to power the laptop. The device boasts a backlit keyboard, up to 10 hours of battery life, a 1080p 13.3-inch screen, numerous ports (2 USB Type C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Audio Jack, and 1 SD card extender), and an aluminum shell. The user experience is very similar to connecting a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to a larger monitor and connecting a dock and BlueTooth keyboard but all of these additional accessories are bundled together into the one laptop form factor which is significantly more convenient...More details are posted on OUR FORUM.
World's biggest botnet delivers new ransomware threat PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 December 2017 14:00
bot-netThe latest Global Threat Index from cybersecurity specialist Check Point reveals that the Necurs spam botnet -- reckoned to be the largest in the world -- is being used to distribute one of the latest ransomware threats. During the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, Necurs sent over 12 million emails in just one morning, distributing the relatively new Scarab ransomware, first seen in June 2017. "The re-emergence of the Necurs botnet highlights how malware that may seem to be fading away doesn't always disappear or become any less of a threat," says Maya Horowitz, threat intelligence, group manager at Check Point. "Despite Necurs being well known to the security community, hackers are still enjoying lots of success distributing malware with this highly effective infection vehicle." The report also identifies the 'most wanted' malware. RoughTed, a malvertising program, tops the list. It can be used to attack any type of platform and operating system and utilizes ad-blocker bypassing and fingerprinting in order to make sure it delivers the most relevant attack...There is more to this can what is here, so Please visit OUR FORUM for more.
Windows 10 Christmas Themes and more PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 December 2017 16:28
christmas themes and moreChristmas is just around the corner, and everyone is already in the fiesta mood. Right from the roads to streets, shops, and houses, everything is already decked up in Christmas themes. So, why should our PCs be left behind? What I mean to say is that when everyone else has already started celebrating Christmas, our computer systems should also be Christmas ready. So, is your PC Christmas-ready or not yet? If not, this article is written just for you. Today in this post we will check some interesting Christmas themes, wallpapers, screensavers and other ideas. To begin with, let’s first talk about the Windows 10 Christmas Themes, Wallpapers, Screensavers, Desktop theme packs, Lights, Countdown timer, Snow, Tree, etc. Before you download or install any Screensaver, Theme, or other goodies from non-Microsoft, third-party websites, be careful during the installation and opt out of any third-party offers which may be included in the download package. For download links Please visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft on track to $1 trillion market cap PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 December 2017 21:59
microsoft's climb to a trillionAs can be seen from the graph above, Microsoft’s share price has been on a tear since Satya Nadella took over the leadership of the company, but how long can that continue? According to analysts at Evercore ISI, there is still plenty of steam left in the engine, and Microsoft could “reasonably” arrive at a $1 trillion market cap by 2020, if not sooner. Unsurprisingly they do not base this projection on the growth of Windows or Xbox, but on Microsoft’s now central Cloud computing focus. They were particularly impressed with the new Microsoft 365 offering, which bundles a number of Microsoft applications to businesses, seeing it as a key growth driver, and expected Office penetration to increase more in business due to Microsoft’s push to front-line workers and the education market. Microsoft reported some new success and growth in that area recently...Continue reading at OUR FORUM.
Microsoft’s Malware Protection Engine needs an emergency patch PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 December 2017 20:30
microsoft malware protection engineOne of the most dangerous things an app can do is process random files that could be from anywhere, and but that is exactly what an antivirus app needs to do, and sometimes when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stared back at you. Such was the case just recently when Microsoft discovered that a specially crafted file could cause a memory corruption error when it is scanned by its Malware Protection Engine, used in both the consumer and enterprise version of its Windows Defender app. The malware was then able to execute code with LocalSystem privileges, which is pretty close to full admin. Because files can be delivered in numerous ways to a PC, and they all have to be scanned by Defender, the vulnerability is very serious. “There are many ways that an attacker could place a specially crafted file in a location that is scanned by the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine. For example, an attacker could use a website to deliver a specially crafted file to the victim’s system that is scanned when the website is viewed by the user,” Microsoft explains...Learn more on OUR FORUM.
Apple messed up again and this time it’s your front door they left unlocked PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 December 2017 13:00
apple home security kitA HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevents unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality. The vulnerability, which we won’t describe in detail and was difficult to reproduce, allowed unauthorized control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, and plugs. The most serious ramification of this vulnerability prior to the fix is unauthorized remote control of smart locks and connected garage door openers. The vulnerability required at least one iPhone or iPad on iOS 11.2, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, connected to the HomeKit user’s iCloud account; earlier versions of iOS were not affected...You need to visit OUR FORUM to learn more.

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