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Google Pixel 2’s Portrait Mode PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 06:02

Camera NXThe camera on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is seen as one of the best smartphone cameras this year. Google put a lot of thought into how to tweak their camera software, and it really shows. Google Camera and its HDR+ algorithm is highly sought after, prompting some developers to go as far as porting it to other devices. Other Pixel 2 camera features such as Motion Photos and Face Retouching have also been ported to some devices, and now, the most popular camera feature, Portrait Mode, is now available on the first generation Google Pixel & Pixel XL, Google Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P. This development is thanks to XDA Senior Member Charles_l who publishes Google Camera mods on his website Chromloop. His previous mods have brought features such as Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) with HDR+, 60FPS video recording at high resolutions, and the aforementioned Motion Photos and Face Retouching features. His camera modifications have also brought the new Stranger Things and Star Wars AR Stickers to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P without requiring any extra files, and now he has worked his magic to bring us Portrait Mode to the Nexus devices. He explains how he was able to achieve this modification over on his website, but the actual implementation is probably more complex than his short description lets on. Still, we’re sure that most of you are interested in the final product given the incredible shots that Portrait Mode can create...Learn more and download from OUR FORUM.

 
Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before the offer ends on December 31 PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:40

If you're still rocking Windows 7 or 8.1, then now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10 free of charge while you can. Officially, Microsoft ceased its Windows 10 upgrade program in July of 2016 for existing  Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Nonetheless, users who utilize assistive technologies like magnifiers, braille, or mouse and keyboard alternatives have been enjoying an extended upgrade period with an expected end date of December 31, 2017. Unless if Microsoft suddenly decides to extend the free upgrade program further into 2018, then users will have just one day left to upgrade to the company's latest operating system for free. As many users have already discovered, Microsoft requires no proof of physical disability to upgrade to Windows 10 other than the installed software aid. Thus, it's possible for any Windows 7 or 8.1 user to take advantage of this oversight if they had missed the original July 2016 deadline. The official site to upgrade to Windows 10 can still be found here as of this writing, but it will likely be taken down in the next day or so if Microsoft is true to its word. The Redmond company recently rolled out its Fall Creators Update that sources say have now reached over half of all Windows 10 PCs. The update adds mixed reality features, better OneDrive integration, a faster Edge browser, and other numerous small UI improvements. Windows 10 Home currently retails for $120 and it will soon be the only official option in a matter of hours. Sources: http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12435/windows-10-upgrade-faq www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

 
The Pico Neo CV Headset Features Inside-Out Tracking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 19:36
pico neo cv headsetPico Technology is gearing up to disrupt the VR industry with the first self-contained, 6-degree of freedom (6DoF) VR headset with 6DoF motion controllers. The Pico Neo CV offers a room-scale VR experience without external cameras or a tethered host computer. In early January, at CES 2017, Pico Technology revealed the Pico Neo CV and said that the hardware would hit the market within the year. Pico didn’t live up to its 2017 release plans, but that could be because the company went back to the drawing board after CES and redesigned the headset, the controllers, and the tracking technology. The Neo CV headset the Pico showed off at CES featured two 90Hz “1.5K displays,” integrated speakers with AM3D 3D spatial audio technology, and internal gyro and rotational sensors. The headset relied on an optional external camera system to provide spatial tracking. The previous Neo CV design also included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which seemed somewhat underpowered for a self-contained headset, especially after Qualcomm revealed the Snapdragon 835 SoC at the same show. Pico said that it took advantage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR SDK to maximize the performance, but we still wondered if the Snapdragon 820 would be powerful enough for compelling VR at high resolution...The complete story can be found on OUR FORTUM.
 
Microsoft’s foldable phone might launch sooner than expected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 29 December 2017 12:33
microsoft foldable surface phoneDespite the fact that Microsoft has given up on the Windows Phone platform, the company is still committed to the concept of ‘Windows on Mobile’. While there are people out there questioning the company’s mobile strategy, Microsoft, on the other hand, is tight-lipped about its future plans for mobile devices. If the rumors and patents are believed to be true, Microsoft will announce the much-rumored foldable mobile device under the company’s Surface brand. Today, yet another unconfirmed rumor from TheWinCentral claims that Microsoft is talking to its channel about a new device, which could be the foldable Andromeda (Surface Phone). The Surface retail channels are supposed to increase the reach of the rumored device to the consumers. The source further explains that the device is supposed to create a new category of devices under the Surface brand. Several patents have revealed that Microsoft is indeed working on a foldable mobile type device, and the company might come up with the truly futuristic device in 2018. Microsoft in a patent recently explained why the company is looking forward to dual-display/foldable phones and how they are the future of the traditional smartphones...For more on this folding phone visit OUR FORUM.
 
How CrowdStrike placed malware in DNC “hacked” servers PDF Print E-mail
Written by riso   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:01

Fancy Frauds, Bogus Bears & Malware Mimicry?! Of course the DNC did not want to the FBI to investigate its “hacked servers”. The plan was well underway to excuse Hillary’s pathetic election defeat to Trump, and CrowdStrike would help out by planting evidence to pin on those evil “Russian hackers.” Some would call this entire DNC server hack an “insurance policy.” Disobedient Media outlines the DNC server coverup evidenced in CrowdStrike malware infusion… It’s amazing what people retain and how they pick up on conflicts of information and inconsistencies. I’ve been impressed by a lot of people I’ve come to know through Twitter and one great example is Stephen McIntyre (of Climate Audit – a blog that has an interesting history of its own in relation to the ClimateGate hack of 2009). Over recent months McIntyre has given some attention to the topic of the alleged hacking of the DNC in 2016 and his findings have been particularly interesting, at least, to anyone interested in unraveling digital deception. As always, some of the background helps for context, if you’re familiar with CrowdStrike’s activity at the DNC, their background and the dates of their activities, feel free to skip the next couple of paragraphs. CrowdStrike and DNC Malware Discoveries End of April 2016 – Breach Detected Towards the end of April 2016, the DNC (Democratic National Convention) contacted a cyber-security firm called CrowdStrike in relation to a suspected breach. Early May 2016 – CrowdStrike Called In, Falcon Installed CrowdStrike visited the DNC early in May and soon discovered malware.

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Facebook Confirms Aadhaar Prompt Test for New Users PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:59
AadhaarFacebook has started testing the use of Aadhaar as an example to encourage new users in India to use their real names on its site. The latest move is aimed at curbing the number of fake accounts on the social media platform that has over 241 million users in the country, making India the second largest market for Facebook after the US. Facebook's mobile site is testing the 'name as per Aadhaar' prompt when users create a new account. "What's your name? Using the name on your Aadhaar card makes it easier for friends to recognize you," the prompt reads. The testing was first spotted by users on Reddit and Twitter. Notably, not everyone can see this prompt when creating a new account via the Facebook mobile site. We weren't able to reproduce the prompt. It is worth noting here that Facebook is only asking the users under its pilot program to sign up on its social network using the names that are available on their Aadhaar cards and doesn't request any Aadhaar details. The move doesn't raise further Aadhaar privacy issues, and risk of possible misuse doesn't increase. Normally, we don't report on developments in an app or service's onboarding process. But the attempt of using Aadhaar - which is currently embroiled in its own privacy controversies - as an example to enhance real name usage on Facebook makes it stand out...We have more and an image of the prompt posted on OUR FORUM.
 
ATMs running on Windows XP in Russia hacked PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 26 December 2017 13:39
All ATMs that are still running on Microsoft’s 16-year-old Windows XP operating system are at the risk of getting hacked easily, as the OS is no longer supported by the Redmond giant except for emergency security patches (for instance, patch blocking the WannaCry ransomware released this year). An employee of Russian blogging platform Habrahabr recently discovered that the ATMs operated by the state-owned bank Sberbank running Windows XP has inherent security vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited by hackers. According to the user, a full-screen lock that prevents access to various components of an ATM operating system could be bypassed by turning on the Sticky Keys when special keys like SHIFT, CTRL, ALT, and WINDOWS were pressed 5 times. By pressing SHIFT key 5 times in a row, it allowed access to Windows settings and displaying the taskbar and Start menu of the operating system giving users to access deep within Windows XP from the touchscreen. This vulnerability allows hackers to deploy malicious software or modify ATM boot scripts. According to the German website WinFuture, Sberbank had been informed of this vulnerability almost two weeks ago that there was a security breach at its ATM machine. While the bank promised to fix the problem immediately, the user who discovered the flaw claimed that when he visited the terminal again, he discovered that the bug hadn’t been fixed. Microsoft has urged banks to update the latest version of Windows for ATMs to avoid scams or attacks...Follow this on OUR FORUM.
 
Bigscreen & Paramount host traditional screening of Top Gun in Mixed Reality PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Monday, 25 December 2017 10:30
If you have gifted yourself a Windows Mixed Reality headset this Christmas you may be wondering at this point what to do with it. You could, however, do a lot worse than enjoy a Christmas screening of Top Gun in a VR cinema, courtesy of the BigScreen app and Paramount Home Media Distribution. They will be showing the movie in VR for free for 24 hours, commencing at 6 pm EST on December 29th. The movie will offer immersive sound and lighting and allow viewers to interact in the lobby. “Bigscreen’s virtual reality platform offers a new way for fans to experience films in their homes,” said Bob Buchi, President Worldwide Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures...Try out that new Mixed Reality headset on the 29th by following the link posted on OUR FORUM.
 
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