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Kaspersky Lab sues Trump administration over software ban PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:56

Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab is suing the Trump administration over its decision to ban the use of the company’s products by federal agencies. Washington thus deprived Kaspersky Lab of due process, the company argued. In September the US government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) banned federal agencies from using Kaspersky Lab antivirus products, citing national security concerns grounded in the fact that the company is Moscow-based. The company’s founder and chief executive Eugene Kaspersky denounced the move as “baseless paranoia at best.” “DHS [Department of Homeland Security] has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” Kaspersky said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency, published on Monday.

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US Government bans Kaspersky antivirus PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 December 2017 13:04
kaspersky anti-virusThe Trump administration is not known to be hard on Russia unless your name is Kaspersky it seems.  Last week President Donald Trump signed into law legislation which banned the use of Kaspersky’s antivirus and other applications in the US Government. This follows a directive in September by the Department of Homeland Security ordering civilian government agencies to remove Kaspersky software from their networks within 90 days. “The case against Kaspersky is well-documented and deeply concerning. This law is long overdue,” said Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who led calls in Congress to scrub the software from government computers. She added that the company’s software represented a “grave risk” to U.S. national security. Kaspersky, in turn, has filed a lawsuit against the US Government in Federal Court, saying the actions were simply based on media allegations without any evidence. “DHS has harmed Kaspersky Lab’s reputation and its commercial operations without any evidence of wrongdoing by the company,” the company’s founder, Eugene Kaspersky, said in an open letter to the Homeland Security agency published on Monday...Want to know more we have lots more posted on OUR FORUM.
 
Microsoft, IBM: We won't help build a Muslim registry PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 December 2017 23:21
MicrosoftSpokespeople from Microsoft and IBM say that their companies would not help create a registry of Muslims in the United States, an idea floated by President-elect Donald Trump. “We’ve been clear about our values. We oppose discrimination and we wouldn’t do any work to build a registry of Muslim Americans,” spokesman Frank X. Shaw told BuzzFeed on Thursday in response to their questions. IBM also expressly rejected a registry, with a spokesperson telling The Hill on Saturday, “IBM would not work on this hypothetical project." “Our company has long-standing values and a strong track record of opposing discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion. That perspective has not changed, and never will," the spokesperson said.The companies’ statements came days after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joined other tech leaders, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk, for a summit with Trump. Complete details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
 
Google finds a vulnerability in Windows 10’s Password Manager PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 16 December 2017 11:10
windows 10 securityGoogle’s Security Researcher Tavis Ormandy has discovered a bug in Windows 10’s Password Manager which allows attackers to steal passwords. The flaw is with third-party Keeper password manager app which comes installed Windows 10 devices. Tavis says that the flaw is similar to the one he discovered back in 2016. Tavis demonstrated the attack and shared the details as a part of Project Zero. The bug is subjected to a 90-day disclosure deadline which means that once 90 days are up, Tavis is free to share the details about the bug and how to exploit it publically. This might sound scary but Keeper has already flagged the issue and as of yesterday, a new update has been pushed to fix the issue. The company addressed it in a blog post. Let's hope the new update fixes the issue and as an advisory, we recommend you have all the apps up-to-date to prevent any attacks. For download links for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions visit OUR FORUM.
 
BEAM is a wearable, programmable button with an AMOLED display PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 December 2017 22:58

There are “smart” versions of everything from watches to light bulbs, to toothbrushes these days, for better or worse. So it shouldn’t be surprising that someone decided the pins you attach to your backpack or shirt could be smarter. BEAM is a smart button/pin with a 400 x 400 pixel AMOLED display that can show images, slideshows, or even animated GIFs. You can use a mobile app to upload a picture of a smiley face, peace sign, band name, or just about anything else. And of course, since it’s “smart” there are social features as well. The $99 smart button also helps justify its price by offering another feature: a panic button. Press and hold the button for 10 seconds and it’ll send a panic text message and your GPS location to up to 4 people in your emergency contact list. I can’t help but think that in an emergency, a 10-second press might be difficult, but there’s certainly some merit in the idea...Get the full story at OUR FORUM.

 
 
 
Does Fluent Design Matter PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:24
fluent designFor the majority of Windows users, the way the operating system elements are displayed on a screen hover just below “didn’t notice” and right above “don’t care.” That is not to say Windows users don’t consciously or subconsciously acknowledge the evolving differences between each operating system upgrade [as evidenced by the backlash of Windows 8] but on the meter of relevance and importance, UI changes that don’t directly affect productivity seem to rate fairly low. For better or for worse, Windows as an operating system has hitched its wagon to productivity above all else and left the mindshare of visual delight and elegance to other operating systems such as macOS. Despite years of a well-established mindset for Windows users, the Windows team is looking to inject some refinement in the way content and information are displayed in the latest OS offering by iterating on its controversial Modern Design with its 2.0 version labeled Fluent Design...Navigate to OUR FORUM to learn more.
 
Vertical Surface Dock Now Let You Use the Surface Devices as Part of Workstation PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:24
Many people nowadays use their tablets right next to their main monitors, for an extra boost of productivity (or an extra boost of slacking, if you’re watching TV shows on it).  Turns out that the Surface can also be part of this game, as it can be set up with a desktop workstation. The vertical Surface Dock is shown in action below and it’s part of a Surface Pro VESA mount ergonomic workstation. It’s easy to mount and dismount, plus it can be part of a multi-display and multiple desktop setups. It lets you drag and drop content onto the tablet’s screen or use it as a secondary display. In Photoshop you can assign it certain tasks, like a color palette or effects and it can also be useful for video editing or 3D graphics. The Surface is held vertically with the special dock, serving as an additional monitor, held in upright position. Judging by the video below, it’s very much a plug and play affair, without the need for extra setup...Turn to OUR FORUM to learn more.
 
This new laptop is powered completely by Microsoft’s Windows phone PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 23:15
Continuum, the Windows 10 Mobile feature that allows mobile apps to be run on a monitor via a wireless or wired adapter, has been around for a while now but few companies have chosen to take advantage of it or use it to innovate new hardware creation as much as Miraxess who are using it as the main focus of their upcoming Mirabook laptop. The Mirabook is based solely on the Continuum concept and essentially uses a Windows 10 Mobile Windows phone to power the laptop. The device boasts a backlit keyboard, up to 10 hours of battery life, a 1080p 13.3-inch screen, numerous ports (2 USB Type C, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Audio Jack, and 1 SD card extender), and an aluminum shell. The user experience is very similar to connecting a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone to a larger monitor and connecting a dock and BlueTooth keyboard but all of these additional accessories are bundled together into the one laptop form factor which is significantly more convenient...More details are posted on OUR FORUM.
 
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