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Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is now a viable operating system PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Monday, 04 December 2017 03:12
windows 10 sMicrosoft’s Windows S which debuted with the Surface Laptop has been the subject of some debate for its short existence. To briefly recap, Windows 10 S is a variant of Windows 10 S which has been streamlined and optimized for security and speed, the trade-off being a few limitations of varying importance. Microsoft won’t let you install software from anywhere but the Microsoft Store, and hides the registry editor and command line tools so you can’t really dive deep into your PC. Yet, despite all those limitations, a case could be made that Windows 10 S could evolve into something that goes beyond functional, but is actually desirable to use. To begin with the negatives first, Windows 10 S is still nearly mythical. This isn’t saying anything good or bad about the OS, just that it barely seems to exist at the moment. Microsoft shipped the OS with the Surface Laptop for the first time — though it was with an easy upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Microsoft also announced a number of devices, yet more devices featuring Windows 10 S have yet to come out...
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UK Government piles on the anti-Kaspersky bandwagon PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:22
anti-Kaspersky bandwagonDespite repeated vigorous denials, it seems anti-virus company Kaspersky is unable to convince anyone that matters that they are not in league with the Russian government. Reuters reports that UK’s National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin sent a memo to other government departments warning them that as Russia is “a highly capable cyber threat actor which uses cyber as a tool of statecraft,”  that has the intent to target the UK and its critical infrastructure, computers with info that could harm national security shouldn’t use an anti-virus software developed by a Russian company. In July Kaspersky was similarly been removed from the US governments approved vendors list after concerns were raised that the software provided by the vendor could allow the Kremlin access to the US government’s secure computer systems. Best Buy also removed their software from their shelves. The company has been accused of facilitating the stealing of classified data from US and Israel, though Kaspersky claimed the vulnerabilities used were simply a natural feature of software development. Kaspersky has fought back against the allegations by in October offering to allow 3rd party checkers to review its source code...Complete details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Apple messes up again PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 02 December 2017 20:06
apple's glass houseIt seems Apple is determined to make it super-easy for MacOS users to be casually hacked by passersby. We wrote recently of a MacOS High Sierra bug (or is it just pure negligence) which meant the OS shipped without a root password, meaning anyone could walk past your locked Mac laptop, casually log in and reformat your hard drive, amongst other nefarious things. Apple rushes out a patch, with rush being the operative word. Not only did the patch break some file-sharing functions on High Sierra, causing Apple to re-issue another patch, but now it appears simply updating the OS undoes the patch, leaving users vulnerable again. Wired reports that those who had not yet upgraded their operating system from the original version of High Sierra, 10.13.0, to the most recent version, 10.13.1, but had downloaded the patch, say the “root” bug reappears when they install the most recent macOS system update. This means users may believe they are protected but they are not. Worse, if users do re-install the patch (or if it is eventually re-installed automatically) it is not activated until a reboot (which for laptop users may be weeks to months) and the app offers no prompt to ensure users do a reboot after its application...Follow this discussion on OUR FORUM.
 
The Galaxy X foldable phone PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 December 2017 23:22
samsung foldable phoneWe’ve known for a while now that Samsung is looking to beat rivals to market with a smartphone sporting a foldable display. ZTE already has one such model so Samsung won’t be able to claim it was the first. A new report repeats what we’ve heard before, that the Galaxy X handset will be unveiled at some point next year without providing an actual launch date. According to Business Korea, Samsung should stick to its recently confirmed plans, and launch the Galaxy X next year. “We aim to launch a foldable smartphone next year,” Samsung’s mobile division chief DJ Koh said in September. The report notes that the Galaxy X will likely have a foldable panel with a curvature of 1.0R. That means the panel can be folded inwards like paper, Business Korea says. It’s unclear what this display is made of. The dominant opinion is that a plastic material will be used. Samsung is expected to use a method to process the display junctions separately so that the panel is slim and flexible. The report also notes that Samsung is eager to beat Apple to market with a foldable smartphone, especially considering the increased chatter that Apple is developing a foldable iPhone together with LG Display...For more, you need to visit OUR FORUM.
 
Eve V A Finnish Startup’s Dream Tablet PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 22:53
Eve V TabletI’m sure you’ve heard about the Eve V tablets, particularly since we also wrote about them a bunch of times. They’re the project of a startup from Finland, that grew in beautiful fashion, thanks in part to the contribution of Chinese aid.China is already a manufacturing giant, without which there would be no iPhone or PlayStation basically. Konstantinos Karatsevidis sat down with Forbes to discuss the ascension of Eve and how he met with Mikko Malhonen in Finland and created this joint venture. They wanted to make a device in China and then sell it to Europeans for a low price, certainly lower than what the stores were offering.
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HP Alleged Spyware Just Routine Program, Company Confirms PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:23
hp laptopDon't believe the hype. This week, a number of tech news sites have reported that HP laptops contain a mysterious 'spyware' program which tracks user behavior. However, as we found in our research and HP executives confirmed, the app in question, does nothing more than collect anonymous performance data which you must opt-in to share with the company. "We absolutely take privacy super seriously," said HP VP of Customer Experience Mike Nash. All HP laptops recently received an update which installs HP Touchpoint Analytics, a utility which runs in the background and collects system data. However, Nash explained, that the program is not new and just has a new name. A program with a different name but the same function has been shipping on HP laptops as part of the Support Assistant software without controversy since 2014, he said. If you have an HP laptop with Touchpoint analytics running and open the Windows services control panel, you'll see that it has the following description: "Harvests telemetry information that is used by HP Touchpoint's analytical services." Go in-depth and discover how to install this software on OUR FORUM.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Google releases Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 21:28
android 8.1 developers preview 2Google plans to release Android 8.1 to the world next month, but folks have been testing an early build of the operating system since Google released the first developer preview about a month ago. Now Google has released Android 8.1 Developer Preview 2. Among other things, it enables developer access to the Pixel Visual Core co-processor in Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones, which could lead to super-fast HDR image processing and machine learning in third-party apps. The second developer preview also includes some bug fixes, although Google notes that there may still be some problems with third-party apps that don’t work as expected. This is still a developer preview, after all, so Google recommends you only take it for a spin if you are a developer that needs to make sure your apps are ready for the next version of Android. That said, you can now download Android 8.1 DP2 for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel C, and Nexus Player by signing up for the Android Beta Program or by downloading and flashing the factory image for your device...For more, watch a video and a download link visit OUR FORUM.
 
Intel 8th Generation and 9th Generation Processor Lists Leaked PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 November 2017 21:25
intelOfficially, Intel does not comment on unreleased products, which often has the knock-on effect that processors aren’t actually known about until the day they appear on shelves. In order to find information early (in order to prepare for launches), it comes down to software and retailers to expose the details, either accidentally or on purpose. From a couple of sources today, we now have a full list of Intel’s 8th Generation processor stack, which is expected to launch during the first half of 2018, as well as some elements of Intel’s next 9th generation products. We have already had six processors from Intel’s desktop 8th Generation launch, called Coffee Lake, and a quartet of 8th generation notebook Kaby Lake refresh processors also launched. These are both called 8th generation, which can be confusing. Historically, Intel has never mixed and matched multiple microarchitecture designs in the same generation, but this changed when Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s VP and GM of Client Computing and IoT, stated that ‘process tech use will be fluid based on segment’, indicating that within the same generation, there will be multiple microarchitectures at play. But along with the ten 8th Generation processors already launched, we have been expecting a broader stack of desktop and mobile parts, along with enterprise CPUs with ECC support.  Turn to OUR FORUM for more details.
 
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