Microsoft launches new Surface Pro and accessories for India

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Microsoft has announced the availability of a new Surface Pro in India. Starting at Rs 64,999 ($1,000), the range starts with a Core m3 model, and goes up to a Core i7 machine for Rs 182,999 ($2,800). The new models will be available directly from Microsoft, through Amazon, as well as through a range of authorized retailers. The company highlights the quiet, fanless design of some models, as well as the lightness and thinness of others. Battery life and performance is key to these latest additions to the Surface range, and there are models to suit differing budgets. While these… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Kodi addons site TVAddons loses appeal as judge draws comparisons with fully-loaded Kodi boxes

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TVAddons has been very much in the news over the past year or so, with the controversial site constantly fighting to prove it is doing nothing illegal, and did not exist with the aim of providing access to copyrighted content. In the latest stage of its on-going battle with copyright holders, the site has lost an appeal hearing in Canada after a judge overturned a ruling from June last year. It had previously been ruled that a search warrant (an Anton Piller order) against Adam Lackman had not been correctly executed, thereby negating any evidence it resulted in. Bell, Videotron,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Intel has a new Spectre firmware patch for you to try out

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The Spectre/Meltdown debacle continues to rumble on, and now the chip manufacturer has announced the availability of a new “microcode solution” to the Spectre vulnerability. The updated firmware applies to 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core devices, and the release sees the company crossing its fingers and hoping that everything works out this time. This is Intel’s second attempt at patching the Spectre vulnerability, and this time around both the company and its customers will be praying that the fix for Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chips actually does the job. See also: Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Intel has a new Spectre/Meltdown firmware patch for you to try out

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The Spectre/Meltdown debacle continues to rumble on, and now the chip manufacturer has announced the availability of a new “microcode solution” to the vulnerability. The updated firmware applies to 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core devices, and the release sees the company crossing its fingers and hoping that everything works out this time. This is Intel’s second attempt at patching the vulnerability, and this time around both the company and its customers will be praying that the fix for Skylake, Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chips actually does the job. See also: Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Scientists discover a new way to use DNA as a storage device

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The future of technology is about more than just increasing raw processing power and embracing the likes of quantum computing — storage is also a serious concern. We already generate huge amounts of data, and the amount we need to store is only going to increase. Just as processors have developed in new and exciting ways over the years, so there have been great strides made in the field of storage. But variants on the current methods of storage are simply not going to cut it for much longer. Thankfully, scientists in Ireland may have come up with a solution… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Europe threatens Facebook with fines for tracking users and non-users online

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Just last week Facebook was hit with the news that its privacy settings — as well as the way the company uses personal data — are illegal in Germany. Now the social network has been threatened with fines for tracking people through third-party websites. The tracking affects even people who do not have a Facebook account, and this is something that a Belgian court took exception to. Belgium’s privacy watchdog also told Facebook to delete data that had been illegally collected about Belgian citizens. See also: If you’re concerned about privacy, you might want to skip Facebook’s VPN — Onavo… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Freely accessible Wikipedia Zero is no more

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The Wikimedia Foundation is to kill off Wikipedia Zero this year. The zero-rated version of the online encyclopaedia was launched six years ago with the aim of providing free access to mobile users in numerous countries, but there has been a significant drop in demand. The foundation has partnered with dozens of mobile operators around the world to provide free access to Wikipedia. Among the reasons for shutting down the program is “low awareness of Wikipedia outside of North America and Europe.” See also: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sets up WikiTribune to fight fake news Wikipedia bans use of Daily… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft Edge vulnerability exposed as Microsoft misses Google’s Project Zero disclosure deadline

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Google has revealed details of a security vulnerability in Microsoft Edge before a patch has been produced. Through Project Zero, Google notified Microsoft about a bug in the browser’s Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG) feature back in November, giving the company the usual 90-day disclosure deadline. Google went further, granting Microsoft a further grace period of two weeks on request, but the vulnerability remains unfixed in Windows 10. As such, details of the “ACG bypass using UnmapViewOfFile” bug have now been made public. See also: Microsoft gives sysadmins Meltdown and Spectre detection in Windows Analytics Microsoft to bring Windows Defender Advanced… …Continue reading on BetaNews

White House joins UK government in blaming Russia for NotPetya

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The US government has joined the government of the UK in pointing the finger of blame at Russia for the NotPetya cyberattacks. The ransomware/destructoware hit computers around the world last June. After speculation that the attack was a state-sponsored one carried out by Russia, this position has now been confirmed as the White House accused the nation of the “reckless and indiscriminate.” At the same time, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said that the Russian military was “almost certainly” responsible for the attack. See also: UK government turns against Russian software Facebook asked to investigate Russian influence on EU… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Samsung cancels Oreo update for Galaxy S8 and S8+ due to restart issues

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It’s only a week since Samsung started to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and now the company has paused the update. A “limited number” of handset receiving the update have been experiencing reboot problems after installing Oreo. While Samsung investigates the matter, the rollout has been paused and a new version of the update is being worked on. See also: Samsung rolling out Android Oreo update for Galaxy S8 Android 8.1 Oreo shows the speed of public Wi-Fi before you connect Xposed Framework beta adds support for Android Oreo Samsung has already frustrated Galaxy… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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