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Apple messes up again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
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
Written by Wayne   
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
Written by Wayne   
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.
HP Alleged Spyware Just Routine Program, Company Confirms PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
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
Written by Wayne   
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
Written by Wayne   
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.
Microsoft Surface Note Gets Alcantara and 5.7 inch PixelSense Infinity Display PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 26 November 2017 23:21
microsoft surface note conceptWe usually say that the Microsoft Surface Phone is going to borrow stuff from the Surface Book and Surface Pro, but that’s basically a generic saying. We have no idea what it will ACTUALLY borrow, but luckily designer Rafael Barbosa has some theories. And he decided to go with the new-fangled approach of the Surface Note, not just the Surface Phone.The smartphone you see here gets a 5.7-inch PixelSense Infinity display, with compatibility with Surface Pen and Dial accessories. There’s an Alcantara rear texture at the back side, which may look and feel nice, but there’s something off about it. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Surface Note is IP68 certified, has a 12 MP back camera with 4K Video capture and it’s much slimmer than previous Surface Note models. Specs are rather predictable, with a Snapdragon 835 CPU, 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 GB of storage. There’s also Windows 10 in some shape or form here, plus Windows Hello for authentication. My favorite hue here is the green one, but the “brick red” one is also interesting. The design is a bit of a tribute to the Lumia series and I’m willing to bet that magnesium is in the mix here, like on the Surface Pro...More details and images can be found on OUR FORUM.
Jaunt’s stunning VR experience Free the Night now available for WMR PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 November 2017 11:25
Free the NightOne of the most anticipated titles for Windows Mixed Reality is Jaunt’s “Free the Night” cinematic VR experience. Microsoft worked with celebrated director Nicole McDonald, who had previously worked with  Cirque du Soleil, to create an application for Windows Mixed Reality inspired by her childhood experiences of gazing into the night sky with her father.  “Free the Night” takes viewers on a journey to the stars and, throughout the film, viewers pick lights out of a city skyline, seeing and hearing the lights extinguish and reignite as they are placed back into the sky. Because it is a VR experience,  users are free to move around in the space and enjoy the experience from multiple angles. Once the liberation of the night sky is complete, slight touches or swipes will trigger real-time physical reactions, such as stars swooping, dancing, and traveling around the viewer...See its extended trailer on OUR FORUM.

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