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Kasperksy uncovers Telegram vulnerability that allows malicious crypto-mining PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:18

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a vulnerability in the Telegram desktop app which allows the social messaging app to be exploited for mining cryptocurrencies. In a statement, Kaspersky says the zero-day vulnerability provides a backdoor that “has been actively exploited since March 2017 for the cryptocurrency mining functionality.” It adds that they had notified Telegram of the vulnerability and “at the time of publication, the zero-day flaw has not since been observed in [the] messenger’s products.” Research conducted by Kaspersky showed that the zero-day flaw was based on the RLO (right-to-left override) Unicode method, which is generally used for coding languages written from right to left, such as Arabic and Hebrew. However, it can also be used by hackers to dupe unknowing recipients into downloading malware, for example disguised as images. Kaspersky analysts identified “several scenarios of zero-day exploitation in the wild by threat actors.” The threats identified were two-fold.

Microsoft’s foldable Windows 10 device hardware is reportedly in prototype PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 February 2018 20:19
prototypeMicrosoft has already confirmed that the future of Windows Phone is dark and the platform is on life support. While the software giant hasn’t discussed the future of Windows on Phone, the company is believed to be working on super-anticipated Surface Phone. Since Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has confirmed that no new features and phones are planned in the coming years, it’s likely that the Andromeda won’t be called the Surface ‘Phone’, while it might be unveiled as Surface Journal. Microsoft appears to be speeding up the development of the long-rumored foldable Andromeda mobile device, also referred to as Surface Phone. If a new report is believed to be true, the foldable device hardware is now in the prototype stage and it could be released by end of this year. According to a new report, the hardware of the foldable phone powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is ‘almost ready’ and out for testing at the retail partners. Learn more on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft Surface Pro Is Now 5 Years Old PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 February 2018 16:28
5th anniversary of surfaceI almost can’t believe it’s been 5 years since the Microsoft Surface Pro debuted. The product’s lifespan was a story of ups and downs, as there were points when it underwhelmed and moments when it conquered the market, at least in its segment of tablet-laptop hybrids. Let’s have a look at the history. First of all the actual birthday is Friday, February 9th, that’s when the tablet turned 5. The original product brought a lot to the table when it comes to productivity and creativity, plus detachable computers. Windows RT and the Surface RT were flops, but the first Surface Pro was very well received. When it came out the artistry and engineering behind it was majestic. Nobody was using magnesium back then and not even today there aren’t that many companies relying on that approach. The keyboard accessories, the stylus and even the kickstand and its most flexible angles of the later generations were much appreciated. Still, during the lifespan of the product problems began to appear, either with faulty software updates, or simply bugs plaguing the devices. Where it matters Microsoft still holds its own, in the true convertible market, as defined by IDC, where it’s placed second following the iPad Pro. Detachable stand for just 14% of the total tablet market, according to IDC and growth is expected over time. You can depend on OUR FORUM to have complete details.
Windows 10 build 17093 allows users to delete diagnostic data PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 February 2018 13:15

In addition to the button that allows the removal of diagnostic data collected as part of the notorious telemetry process, Windows 10 build 17093 also brings better Bluetooth device pairing, improved graphics settings for multi-GPU systems, and more. As revealed in a detailed blog post by Microsoft's Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc, the Windows 10 build 17093 became available for Fast Ring PC testers yesterday. This new preview build continues what the previous preview build (labeled 17083) started with the inclusion of the Diagnostic Data Viewer tool. The build 17093 now finally allows its users to delete the Windows Diagnostic Data collected by Microsoft in a very direct manner: in Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback, a Delete button has been added. In addition to the button mentioned above, Windows 10 build 17093 comes with the following highlights:

The sad, abandoned state of Tablet Mode on Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 10 February 2018 06:20
microsoft surface proMicrosoft’s Windows 10 is an operating system that powers devices ranging from phones to consoles to tablets to laptops. While it has been argued before that an operating system that tries to do too much will inevitably be mediocre at most things, Microsoft touts Windows 10 as an example. Indeed, the best selling device that the firm puts out hardware wise is the Surface Pro hybrid device which is by all accounts a tablet-focused device. When all is said and done, however, there’s no denying that Microsoft has left the Windows 10 tablet mode in a dire state, and there’s no sign of that changing in the near future. Tablet mode in Windows 10 was introduced with Continuum, the term Microsoft coined for their software which enables multi-modal devices. The Surface Pro, for example, would be a multi-modal device, being able to swap between a tablet form-factor and the more conventional laptop-like design. Continuum would provide the best experience for with the user depending on which mode they were currently running. Windows 10 users using desktops would, for instance, get the traditional desktop interface with windowed apps, file explorer and more. For tablet mode users, a full-screen Start Screen, full-screen apps, and larger buttons would transform that desktop experience into a tablet experience. We have a lot more posted on OUR FORUM.
Google fined $21mn by Indian antitrust watchdog PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 February 2018 14:38

‘Search bias & leveraging dominance’ Google has been fined $21 million by India’s antitrust watchdog after being accused of search bias and abusing its dominant position. The search giant says it is reviewing the complaints. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said in a 190-page order that Google was “found to be indulging in practices of search bias and by doing so, it causes harm to its competitors as well as to users.” “Google was leveraging its dominance in the market for online general web search, to strengthen its position in the market for online syndicate search services,” the CCI said, as quoted by Reuters. The accusations against Google revolve around the CCI claiming the search engine places its commercial flight search function in a prominent position on the search results page. This, according to the commission, resulted in a disadvantage to businesses trying to gain market access.

Intel releases stable Spectre patch for Skylake CPUs PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:19
intel skylakeIntel has released a microcode update designed to help protect computers from Spectre-based attacks… again.The company says its latest microcode update patches “several Skylake-based platforms” to mitigate the risk associated with security vulnerabilities discovered earlier this year. Updates for additional chipsets should begin rolling out “in the coming days,” and beta releases are continuing to be rolled out. But this isn’t the first time Intel has released software designed to patch Spectre and Meltdown-related vulnerabilities. The company rolled out an update in January, but it caused computers to crash and Intel ultimately suggested users not install that update (Microsoft even went so far as to release a Windows update that disabled Intel’s patch on systems where it had already been installed). Now that Intel says it’s got a stable version of its security patch, the company is releasing the software to computer makers. End users will most likely be able to get their hands on the update when their PC maker releases a firmware update. Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.
iPhone source code leaked online could mean payday for hackers PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 February 2018 18:07

A source code for a key component of the iPhone's operating system was leaked online, potentially handing hackers coveted data which will make it easier to break into iOS. It was removed after Apple filed a takedown request. The code posted on GitHub is for the iOS 9.3 version of iBoot, a vital component of iOS which ensures the booting of the operating system. It was posted on the website by user 'ZioShiba.' It remains unclear how the user obtained the code, but it appears to be legitimate. That's according to Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS, who spoke to Motherboard and called the incident the “biggest leak in history” and a “huge deal.” The website Gadget Hacks also said the code is "definitely the real deal." The source code was eventually taken down, after Apple filed a copyright takedown request with GitHub. The code's release could have a number of implications. For starters, hackers could use it to locate flaws and bugs that could allow them to crack or decrypt an iPhone. Programmers could use the information to mimic iOS on non-Apple devices.


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