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May 1, 2020

Like conventional criminals, criminal hackers choose easy, lucrative targets. One group in the crosshairs is made up of companies that have data on millions of users, such as private sector entities with a Web presence. Why go after one user at a time when data is collected in one place? Criminal hackers also like to hunt small organizations that have modest capital but weak information security. [More…]

May 1, 2020

endeavouros offers an improved arch linux user experience

EndeavourOS is a rolling release Arch Linux-based distribution with some handy new features that improve the user experience. This latest version comes with graphical install options and preconfigured desktop environments. Several new in-house utilities improve package management and error reporting. There are lots of installation tips with the Calamares installer, which has a new look and feel. [More…]

April 30, 2020

you can save money repairing or replacing a mobile device screen if you have the tools and patience

Cracked or broken mobile device screens can be costly to fix, but a few inexpensive DIY strategies can eliminate a repair shop visit and salvage your tablet or phone. It is relatively easy and cheap to replace the glass on a phone once you get the hang of it. Tablets are a bit more involved because of the larger size and added components. Tools might require an additional monetary outlay. [More…]

April 29, 2020

iphone se comes close to flagship phones without the premium price tag

Apple’s new iPhone SE delivers incredible value and performance, has a surprisingly good camera, and handles videos well. Reviewers were impressed by the phone’s A13 chipset. However, criticisms include insufficient battery life, absence of night mode, and lack of 5G support. “For those of us concerned about money … the SE provides the greatest bang for the buck,” said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More…]

April 29, 2020

the uk plans to launch a contact tracing app based on a centralized model

The UK’s plans to launch a smartphone application to track potential COVID-19 infections won’t include Apple and Google. The country’s National Health Service has designed its own mobile software to do contact tracing of people exposed to the coronavirus. The NHS reportedly found that its own tech works “sufficiently well.” The NHS chose a centralized model for its data collection and storage. [More…]

April 28, 2020

convincing deepfake tech has legitimate uses but it can distort the truth in dangerous ways

With measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 putting a chokehold on their filming capabilities, advertising agencies are enhancing old content with new tech, including deepfakes. Deepfakes typically blend one person’s likeness, or parts thereof, with the image of another person. Ad agencies are so restricted in how they can generate content, they’ll explore anything that can be computer-generated. [More…]

April 27, 2020

hp acted early to protect its employees from the coronavirus and support their work at home

Some of the troubling reports of corporate responses to COVID-19 include forced work in unsafe areas, not enough — or any — protection gear, massive layoffs and furloughs, and the sense that a critical mass of well-paid CEOs and politicians don’t get that many people live paycheck to paycheck. There are exceptions though, and HP stands out, thanks to HR VP Tracy Keogh and CEO Enrique Lores. [More…]

April 24, 2020

readily available privacy and security tools can help internet users safeguard their data

More than any other factor, it is our asset that determines our adversary. For most of us, our asset is the corpus of sensitive personal details used for online transactions. This all comes down to how much data an adversary can glean from you, and how thoroughly it can analyze it. If your data passes through some software or hardware, its developer or maintainer enjoys some measure of control. [More…]

April 24, 2020

based on ubuntu 20.04 the ubuntudde linux remix distro offers an unusually attractive design

One of the latest options slated for potential adoption as a sponsored flavor in the Ubuntu family of Linux desktops is UbuntuDDE. A beta version, released earlier this month, offers an interesting hands-on experience well outside the norm found with typical Ubuntu platforms. This new Linux distro is based on Ubuntu 20.04 and runs a slightly different version of the Deepin Desktop Environment. [More…]

April 23, 2020

samsung's active2 smartwatch will get blood pressure monitoring capability later this year

Cuffless blood pressure measuring is coming to the Android world. Samsung announced that South Korean authorities have approved its Health Monitor app for use on the Galaxy Watch Active2. The app will be available in the third quarter of this year. High blood pressure has been associated with increased risk of brain, kidney and heart problems, including stroke and coronary disease. [More…]

April 23, 2020

focal fossa canonical's latest long-term support Ubuntu release focuses heavily on security

Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, has announced the general availability of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, codenamed “Focal Fossa.” This major upgrade places particular emphasis on security and performance. Released once every two years, the new long-term support version provides a platform for enterprise IT infrastructures and workloads across all sectors for five years. [More…]

April 21, 2020

a free dedicated facebook gaming app lets android users watch and create live streams

Facebook has launched a free standalone app for creating and watching live video game play on Android devices. Some 700 million users already engage in gaming on the platform, but with its dedicated app Facebook is locking horns with the leaders in the market — Amazon, Google and Microsoft. “Live streaming was a growth opportunity before the pandemic,” noted Strategy Analytics’ Michael Goodman. [More…]

April 20, 2020

cosmos: possible worlds offers hope for a better future on earth

Humans may be wanderers by nature, but in the year 2020, with planet Earth overrun by a pandemic, most human activity has come to a shocking halt. Perhaps one of the best things for a wandering race stuck at home is an opportunity to look outward — to thought-travel into the boundless universe and dream of grand and sweeping possibilities. That’s what Cosmos: Possible Worlds offers. [More…]

April 20, 2020

an updated and modified version of intel's bunny suit could help prevent pandemic lockdowns

The reason governments had to shut down economies is that in the face of a pandemic, we could not tell who was sick and who was not. While widespread testing followed by a vaccine eventually will curb this virus, what about the next one? As we have seen, it takes months to develop tests and remedies for a new disease and more than a year to develop a vaccine. [More…]

April 17, 2020

an evaluation of your asset and adversary is the first step to protecting privacy online

At this point, remarking that people now are more concerned about online privacy than ever before is not a novel observation. What’s fascinating, though, is that interest in personal digital security has remained high since the issue exploded about seven years ago. In other words, instead of experiencing a short-lived spike, digital privacy awareness has been sustained. This is encouraging. [More…]

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