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Google launches Android 8.0 Oreo PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 August 2017 22:23

Google Android 8.0Google Android 8.0 finally has a name. The operating system formerly called Android O will henceforth be known as be Android 8.0 Oreo. During an event timed to coincide with the peak of the solar eclipse in New York City today, Google unveiled a statue of the newest Tasty Treat that will be on display at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View California. It’s basically an Android character in a cape with Oreo cookie in its center… or maybe the bugdroid character is in the center, where it’s the creamy filling of the cookie. Anyway, the name doesn’t really matter as much as the new features in Android 8.0 (which include multitasking, notification dots, a new autofill framework, and battery life improvements and much more). But ever since Google started giving its Android versions code-names based on “tasty treats,” the unveiling of new names has started to become buzzworthy in its own right. Android 8.0 should begin rolling out to Pixel smartphones soon, followed by recent Nexus devices and then eventually to third-party phones and tablets. Google says Motorola, LG, Samsung, HTC, Sharp, Sony, Huawei, HMD, Essential, General Mobile, and Kyocera all plan to launch new devices with Android 8.0 Oreo and/or upgrade existing devices to the new OS by the end of the year. Update: Android O system images are now available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel CL, Pixel, and Pixel XL.

 
Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 display: one of the most finely-tuned screens ever PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 16:22
surface book 2In revealing the Surface Book 2 to a group of journalists in mid-October in New York City, Microsoft devices lead Panos Panay focused much of the unveiling on the superiority of its new 2-in-1 laptop’s touch display. Admittedly, and not to discredit Panay’s passion or dedication, but we heard many of these words in the same way we hear Apple CEO Tim Cook say that whatever iPhone he’s currently pushing is the best iPhone yet. Of course, it is. Of course, Microsoft has crafted the best Surface Book display to date. But, when you speak with someone like Stevie Bathiche, a Technical Fellow at Microsoft working on its hardware design, you begin to understand just how much engineering work and ingenuity goes into making such a claim. In fact, Microsoft designs its displays right down to the pixels – well, almost. “When we design the display we, for example, specify that we need negative-mode LCD, we specify the exact number of pixels, which is unique,” Bathiche tells us. “No-one creates those number of pixels this way and also the exact size and format. And, if you look at the numbers, we actually find for sweet-spot numbers that are mathematically nice. So, this is a 15-inch display, 3 by 2 [aspect ratio]. If you divide out the numbers, that means it’s actually 12.5 inches wide and it’s exactly 12.50, which is kind of nice, so the numbers round out to be quite beautiful.”...A detailed description posted on OUR FORUM.
 
LG V40 Gets an Introduction Video Already PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 17:57
LG V30 has got to be one of the most underrated and ignored quality flagship phones this year and this pains me since it also happened to the LG V20 last year. It may have to do with the flak that LG is catching with the buggy Pixel XL 2… Anyway, designers are already about the LG V40 and this is exactly what Techconfigurations came up with. We’re dealing with an 85% screen to body ratio smartphone, that should work to pre-empt the iPhone 9 and compete with the Galaxy S9. A stunning OLED screen is in the mix here and from what I can see we get a dual front camera and I’m sure there’s some sort of special authentication system in place. We’ve got a backside fingerprint scanner, a metal frame and a glass back, which catches the night in a mirror-like fashion. 3D facial recognition is promised by the designers, plus there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU inside, as expected for most 2018 flagships. The dual back camera is upgraded too and this basically feels like a beefed up LG V30 specs-wise, with slimmer bezels and a special Face Unlock mechanism. This is one of the very few cases when I see a horizontally oriented back camera that’s centered, instead of placed in the corner...For more on the prospects of this amazing new hopeful please visit OUR FORUM.
 
Net-neutrally is not censorship per-se, but it is corporatism run amok PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:11

Demystifying the concept of American ‘net-neutrality’ – separating fact from fiction. The Trump administration is making moves to repeal Obama era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules on so-called “net-neutrality”. Straight away, social media became a kind of ill-informed circus with many fearing that online free speech is now endangered-which is very much is, but not for the reasons generally being proffered. The concept of net-neutrality as defined by the FCC, has nothing specifically to do with policing internet content. So while many are saying that ending net neutrality will mean that one will no longer be allowed to post political content online that challenges the mainstream media/deep state narrative, this is technically not true, although the danger is a lurking one, for reasons which shall be explored subsequently. The deceptive term net-neutrality, brought to you by the same country that called the massacre of one million innocent Iraqis “operation Iraqi freedom”, was a series of new FCC rules passed in 2015, designed to regulate internet providers, the biggest of which in the US today are, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, AT & T and Cox.

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Windows 8 and 10 have an ASLR flaw PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 November 2017 16:54
lock down windows 10A new security bug has been discovered on Windows 8 and above which makes ASLR useless. The bug was discovered by a security researcher named Will Dormann. He explained the issue in a detailed post on CERT: Both EMET and Windows Defender Exploit Guard enable system-wide ASLR without also enabling system-wide bottom-up ASLR. Although Windows Defender Exploit guard does have a system-wide option for system-wide bottom-up-ASLR, the default GUI value of “On by default” does not reflect the underlying registry value (unset). This causes programs without /DYNAMICBASE to get relocated, but without any entropy. The result of this is that such programs will be relocated but to the same address every time across reboots and even across different systems. For those who don’t know, Microsoft first implemented ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) in Windows Vista that helps prevent code-reuse attacks. ASLR uses a random memory address to execute code, but in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 the feature is not always applied properly. In Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10, ASLR is not using random memory addresses, essentially rendering it useless...More details and a fix can be found on OUR FORUM.
 
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