lundi 21 août 2017

Android 8.0 Oreo is here, and as usual, your device will probably never get it -- hooray!

Look, we all knew Android 8.0 would probably be called "Oreo," and we now have confirmation. Today, Google releases 8.0 of its Android operating system and officially named it Oreo after the sandwich cookie. This is the search-giant's second time partnering with a brand for a dessert name, with the other time being "Kit Kat". Strangely, Google even used the solar eclipse to promote the Oreo name. Truth be told, it does feel kind of cheap and commercialized to have a corporate product tie-in. After all, if Windows 10 was named "Slim Jim," for example, and Microsoft urged you to snap into… [Continue Reading]

Hackers can disable your car's safety systems

Hackers could disable a modern car's airbags and other safety systems, putting the driver and the passengers at grave risk, according to a new warning. Researchers from security firm Trend Micro have revealed a flaw that could allow the controlling network of a connected car to be overloaded, allowing possible hackers to compromise key systems in the vehicle, including safety aspects. Trend Micro's report claims that hackers could, with relative ease, overload the controller area network (CAN) standard, which the company says is used in "practically every light-duty vehicle currently in circulation today." The system, which was developed in 1983… [Continue Reading]

Xbox One X Project Scorpion Edition now available to pre-order

The Xbox One X will not hit store shelves until November 7, but, as you may know, it is slated to be available for pre-order well ahead of its big release. And, like expected, pre-orders for the Xbox One X just kicked off. On offer is a special edition of Microsoft's latest and greatest gaming console, which his dubbed Project Scorpio Edition. The price? It can be yours for $499.99, which is the same price that the standard Xbox One X will be offered at come November 7. However, the Project Scorpio Edition throws in a couple of cool extras,… [Continue Reading]

HTC Vive VR gets a significant price cut

Most consumers are either unfamiliar with VR headsets or not interested in owning one. Part of the problem, at least with devices like HTC Vive VR, is the high price, which is hard to justify when we're talking about a technology in its infancy. However, as the barrier of entry is lowered, VR headsets will become more appealing to a larger number of consumers. HTC is aware of this, which is why it's given the Vive VR a major price cut. The Vive VR kit, which previously went for $799, is now available for $599 direct from HTC. The $200… [Continue Reading]

Barclays lets businesses view banking data in real-time

Small businesses struggling to keep track of all their data as they grow have been given a helping hand thanks to a new tool from Barclays. Designed for SMEs experiencing a surge in growth, SmartBusiness Dashboard offers a place for companies to view all real-time banking data and information about their business in one place. Barclays has worked with a number of leading app providers for the new launch, which is available now to the bank's estimated half a million business customers at no extra charge. SmartBusiness Dashboard will now allow businesses to import their existing apps or download a range of… [Continue Reading]

Intel's new 8th-gen Core processors promise massive performance gains

Intel today unveils a new generation of Core processors, promising a massive performance improvement over the Kaby Lake range announced nearly a year ago. Just how big of a gain can you expect? Intel says that the 8th-gen Core line is up to 40 percent faster over the previous generation. Compared to a "five-year-old machine," however, the difference is even more substantial, delivering a boost in performance of up to 200 percent. The performance gains Intel touts come from benchmark results from SYSmark 2014 SE, using reference Intel setups. If you look at more concrete applications, in photo editing and… [Continue Reading]

Get 'Successful Time Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition' ($12 value) FREE for a limited time

If you always feel like there's not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished -- and we certainly do! -- this is the resource that can help change your workday and your life. Filled with insights into how the most successful people manage distractions, fight procrastination, and optimize their workspace, Successful Time Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides an in-depth look at the specific steps you can use to take back those precious hours and minutes to make more of your workday and your leisure time. SEE ALSO: Get 'Linux Server Security -- Hack and Defend' ($29 value)… [Continue Reading]

How network segmentation can help contain cyber attacks

Cyber crime continues to be a major problem globally and companies are seeking new ways of combating it. However, there are some older technologies that remain an effective defense. One of these is network segmentation, and network security specialist Tufin Technologies has produced an infographic explaining how segmentation works and how it can help keep organizations secure from today’s sophisticated cyber attacks.. It explains why organizations need the ability to visualize and enforce segmentation from a single console across multiple vendors and platforms. This level of visibility and control enables enterprises to maintain compliance with industry regulations, tighten the overall… [Continue Reading]

Online abusers face stiffer penalties as social media hate crime will be treated as seriously as face-to-face offenses

Online hate crimes are to be treated as seriously as abuse offenses committed offline as the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) aims to crack down on abuse and harassment on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. New policies covering hate crime relating to race, religion disability, sexuality -- including, for the first time, specific bisexual hate crimes -- will lead to harsher sentences for offenders. Alison Saunders, director of public prosecutions, wants to do more to fight online abuse because of the risk of it escalating into the sort of extremist hate seen in relation to events in Charlottesville. She… [Continue Reading]

Data leak exposes 1.8 million US voters' private information

A supplier of US voting machines has confirmed a major data leak that has seen the details of more than 1.8 million voters in the state of Illinois exposed. The leaked data includes full names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers (albeit partial), as well as party affiliations. In some cases even ID numbers and driver license numbers were exposed. The breach was exposed by a security expert from UpGuard. Jon Hendren noticed that an Amazon Web Services device wasn't password protected. The company, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), posted about the leak on its website. It was said that the FBI… [Continue Reading]

Plex backtracks on controversial privacy policy change

Last week Plex upset a large portion of its userbase by announcing a change to its privacy policy. The change, which was due to take effect in late September, meant that it would not be possible to opt out of data collection. After a serious backlash, the company has changed it mind, backtracking on the privacy policy update, saying that it recognized the concerns raised by users. The company insists that it was not trying to sneak the policy change by users and that it had no intention of selling data. Importantly, however, users are still going to be able… [Continue Reading]

dimanche 20 août 2017

Watch Microsoft's Xbox One X Gamescom presentation here!

Later on today you will be able to learn everything you could possible want to know about the Xbox One X. Microsoft is holding a press conference at Gamescom in Germany and you can watch it here, live. The presentation kicks off at 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM EST / 8:00PM BT / 9:00PM CET, and Microsoft has already made it clear that pre-order details will be revealed. See also: Here's why the Xbox One X is so damned expensive We already know that the 4K Xbox One X is going to cost $499, making it the most expensive game console… [Continue Reading]

Microsoft leaks upcoming Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition

At GamesCon later today, we're going to hear about Microsoft's Xbox One X but it's looking as though there's also going to be some news about the Xbox One S. Microsoft accidentally -- probably -- posted about an Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition on the Minecraft Facebook page. The video included a link to the pre-order page for the console. The video only appeared online for around half an hour, but this was long enough for it to be spotted by Surface Phone Italia. The site managed to grab screenshots of the customized version of the console, and you… [Continue Reading]

Amazon hands out $5 credits after accidentally making Echo Dot available free of charge

Anyone shopping for an Amazon Echo Dot a couple of days ago may have spotted that the online retail giant was making its second-generation assistant available free of charge. But the old adage "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is" turned out to be completely accurate. The $49.99 "Audible Promo" discount that led to the device being reduced in price to $0 was a SNAFU -- but Amazon is going to make up for it. As noted by Engadget on Friday, a discount related to Audible results in the Amazon Echo Dot being made available free of… [Continue Reading]

samedi 19 août 2017

Plex updates its privacy policy -- and now you can't opt out of data collection

Plex -- the much-loved media server software -- has updated its privacy policy, and people are not happy with the changes. Included among the changes is a notification that future features may collect and share details about what you're streaming. Usage statistics are collected by many companies -- including Plex -- to improve product; moving forward users will not be able to opt out of this data collection. Needless to say, Plex users are more than a little upset. See also: Plex Live TV and DVR features arrive on Android and Apple TV Plex Pass Perks give you money-off deals… [Continue Reading]

Facebook will protect your privacy... when you're dead

Facebook won't -- usually -- hand over your private messages to anyone after you die. The social network has used a new blogging series called Hard Questions to reveal just how it handles deaths of its users. The site's director of global policy management, Monika Bickert, says that Facebook aims to not only be sensitive, but also to respect the wishes of the deceased. After death, accounts are memorialized by default, but everyone is also free to create a "legacy contact" who will be able to mange their account in the event of their death. But Facebook is, it says,… [Continue Reading]

YouTube introduces a breaking news section

To make it easier for people to access up to date information about what is going on the world, YouTube is adding a "Breaking News" section to its website and mobile apps. The new section takes the form of an additional video carousel, and it provides access to new stories from a number of sources. At the moment, not all users are seeing the Breaking News carousel, and Google has not made an official announcement about it, but it does seem to be spreading out at the moment. The new section was first noticed by Android Police who notes that… [Continue Reading]