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US President Donald Trump signs bill that bans ZTE and Huawei hardware from governmental use August 2018

No Huawei and ZTE handsets for the US government, decides President Trump

Although ZTE can sell its products to the civilian consumers all over the US, a recent bill that was signed by Donal Trump bans the government use of any device made by the Chinese brand due to security issues. Even more, this bil...
A team of researchers has found that it is possible to compromise a Mac during its initial boot. (Source: CGTrader)

Black Hat USA briefing indicates possible set-up exploits in enterprise-level Macs

Macs are more or less impervious to hacking, right? Not any more, according to two cybersecurity researchers during a briefing at the Black Hat USA Conference 2018. However, the attacks involved are difficult to achieve and need t...
Google's Project Zero was set up to research improved data security. (Source: SteemKR)

The head of Google's Project Zero sees no future for blockchain in security

Parisa Tabriz is a director of engineering and also leads Project Zero, a cybersecurity research core, at Google. Tabriz delivered the opening keynote at a recent conference in Las Vegas, in which she dismissed blockchain's potent...
Meltdown alongside Spectre was originally reported as a hardware level exploit on Intel CPUs (Source: meltdownattack.com)

Qualcomm CPUs have been shown to be unprotected against the Meltdown exploit, researchers say

Earlier this year two large security exploits known as Spectre and Meltdown were reported to exist on modern day CPUs. While Spectre has been confirmed to be exploitable on AMD, Intel, IBM, and ARM, it was previously believed only...
Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Four-year old Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets security update

Though the patch notes don't explicitly mention it, the update is likely addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities on the old Microsoft 2-in-1 tablet. Owners should prepare for a small performance drop if so.
TSMC is one of the world's leading producers in fabs and node process development (Source: Wikimedia)

Update | Semiconductor company TSMC attacked by virus, production line affected

TSMC stopped production in several fabs on August 3 after a virus had penetrated key systems. Production has stabilized and returned to normal, but how the virus infiltrated the company is still unknown. The downtime caused by the...
Contact number of the UIDAI was discovered in Indian Android phones. (Source India TV)

Google admits to 'inadvertently coding' Aadhaar helpline number in Indian Android phones

Smartphone users in India are reporting seeing an entry for a contact in their phonebook that purportedly belongs to a Government authority. The number apparently was added without users' consent and Google has now issued a clarif...
Ron Wyden wants all US Government sites to remove Adobe Flash content by next year. (Source: Fossbytes)

US Government agencies asked to stop using Adobe Flash

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has instructed Government agencies to come up with procedures to remove Adobe Flash from all US Government sites and PCs by August 1, 2019 citing Adobe's end of Flash support by end of 2020. This move is b...
Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9 is immune to AMT vulnerabilities

The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Core i9 is immune to Active Management Technology-related issues

While the Dell XPS 15 9570 that uses the high-end Intel Core i9 processor comes with vPro disabled, some users are afraid of the AMT-related vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to gain control of their machines. Fra...
The latest Bluetooth vulnerability affects smartphones as well as laptops integrating Intel/Broadcom/Qualcomm Bluetooth-enabled hardware. (Source: Cubot Blog)

New critical Bluetooth exploit discovered

The latest Bluetooth vulnerability may affect many more devices than last year's BlueBorne, because it can affect smartphones as well as laptops that integrate Apple, Google, Intel, Broadcom or Qualcomm hardware. Due to insufficie...
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

Bikram Yoga. The ThinkPad X380 Yoga steps back into the limelight, this time with a less powerful processor. Despite the reduction in clock speed, the i5 variant still sweats under pressure. This and other small shortcomings make for a good package with some small flaws.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
HP EliteBook 755 G5

87% HP EliteBook 755 G5 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Vega 10) Laptop Review

AMD for Business. HP's EliteBooks offer an attractive design, AMD technology, and many security features. However, these business notebooks frequently stood out with a high power consumption, their low display quality, and a mediocre battery life. We evaluate in our review of the HP EliteBook 755 G5 whether something has changed with this newest generation.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U | AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 topped the list of devices with high failure rates. (Source: NDTV Gadgets)

Report: Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Apple iPhone 6 were the 'worst performing' smartphones of 2017

Research firm Blancco has published a Mobile Device Repair and Security Report that throws up some interesting facts. The report puts Samsung as the OEM with the highest failure rate among Android manufacturers and the Xiaomi Redm...
Fujitsu LifeBook U938 (i5-8250U, LTE, SSD, FHD) Subnotebook Review

89% Fujitsu LifeBook U938 (i5-8250U, LTE, SSD, FHD) Subnotebook Review

Lightweight luxury. Compared to its predecessor, the LifeBook U938 is slightly lighter. The biggest upgrade is the quad-core processor, but not much has changed otherwise. Battery life is still decent, but falls short in direct comparison with its biggest rivals.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 920 g
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review

Pushed to the limit. The P52s is back, this time with an improved screen and a slight bump in processing power. Is the 4K display an improvement for the P52s, or is the display too much for the weak GPU?
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA Quadro P500 | 15.6" | 2 kg
The WPA3 security protocol is now official. (Source: Phone Year)

Wi-Fi gets its biggest update in 14 years — WPA3 security protocol now official

The ubiquitous and all-pervasive Wi-Fi is receiving its first major update in 14 years with the announcement of the WPA3 authentication protocol by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA3 is the successor to WPA2, which was the target of many ha...
Google Android Oreo statue at Googleplex, Android apps feature DRM as of late June 2018 (Source: Louis Gray)

Google adding DRM to all Android apps

Earlier this week, Google silently introduced a feature that is supposed to increase the security of the Android platform by adding a string of metadata to all APK files. As long as Google does not go DRM-crazy the same way Electr...
Just about as useful.

Update | Security vulnerability discovered in the new OnePlus 6

A fatal vulnerability has been discovered on the new OnePlus 6, one that allows the flashing of unsigned boot images on the device even when the bootloader is locked.
There have been similar reports. (Source: Telegraph)

Chinese police now installs surveillance software on tourists' phones

A user on Reddit has narrated the tales of their trip into China, which saw the country’s border police accost them and install what was almost definitely surveillance software on their Android devices.
Samsung will be using Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID 3D tech integrated in the OLED displays. (Source: Qualcomm)

Samsung Galaxy S10 confirmed to integrate ultrasonic, virtual fingerprint recognition

Samsung is finally acknowledging the arrival of the in-display fingerprint sensors with the launch of next year's premium smartphones. The Korean company has closely been working with Qualcomm to deliver what they call the ultraso...
The Cambridge Analytica scandal leads to a month-long Facebook ban in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook

Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month, but the starting day has not been unveiled yet. The reason for this is to allow the government's analysts to track down those behind fake accounts, adult uploads, and those ...
ZTE was initially banned from doing business with US companies for seven years after breaking trade sanctions. (Source: Reuters)

Update | Trump administration working on ZTE deal

A report by The New York Times has stated that the Trump administration has worked out a deal that would prevent ZTE from complete collapse. According to a source familiar with the matter, ZTE would have to comply with a number of...
BTC's bull support is fading yet again in the wake of federal investigations regarding price manipulation schemes. (Source: Crypto Coin Spy)

US Justice Department investigating Bitcoin price manipulation schemes

It looked like Bitcoin could finally break the 10K line after the Consensus annual event, but the US Justice Department thwarted all bullish plans, triggering a considerable devaluation. In just 5 days, Bitcoin dropped from ~US$8,...
The Amazon smart-speaker family includes the Echo, Plus, Spot, Dot, and Show devices. (Source: PCMag)

Update | Amazon Echo device records and sends private conversation without permission

It has been reported that an Amazon Echo device recorded and then sent out a husband and wife’s private conversation without their permission. The Alexa-enabled smart speaker sent the audio file to a random contact who just happen...
Talos has estimated that VPNFilter has infected devices in at least 54 countries. (Source: Cisco)

Russia accused of plotting massive VPNFilter malware attack

There has been a report published stating at least 500,000 networking devices around the world have been infected by malware known as VPNFilter. It has been speculated that Russian state-sponsored hackers are behind the attack due...
Google "Don't be evil" Be a force for good banner

Google silently removes its "Don't be evil" motto after almost two decades

Present in Google's corporate code of conduct since 2000, the "Don't be evil" motto was changed to "Do the right thing" in 2015 for use in Alphabet's code of conduct. However, Google did not drop this slogan until late April/early...
The House Appropriations Committee's considerable influence is linked to the size of the federal budget. (Source: House Appropriations Committee)

House Appropriations Committee slaps down Trump's ZTE support

According to a report, it appears the US House Appropriations Committee does not share the same sentiment in regard to ZTE as President Donald Trump. Trump recently tweeted a message stating he wanted to help ZTE find a way to kee...
HoweyCoin offers a kind of security the average ICO investor will not expect. (Source: HoweyCoins)

Exciting HoweyCoin pre-ICO sale comes with a twist

A very promising new entry into the cryptocurrency world has just announced a pre-ICO sale that offers some impressive bonuses to those who sign up in time. HoweyCoin claims to combine blockchain technology with elements of the lu...
Every HTC Exodus phone will act as a separate node for a decentralized blockchain network. (Source: HTC)

HTC Exodus blockchain phone announced

Smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced the development of the HTC Exodus device, which is based on blockchain technology. According to the Taiwanese company, the Exodus will use decentralized applications (DApps) and offer a “b...
Is "facecoin" going to overtake bitcoin at some point? (Source: Steemit)

Facebook is experimenting with blockchain tech, may launch its own cryptocurrency

Apart from the implementation of a proprietary virtual token and the subsequent financial ecosystem, the integration of blockchain with the popular social media platform should bring improved security features like encrypted messa...
Google My Activity lifts the lid on all the data Google has collected on you. (Source: Google)

Google 'My Activity' is far scarier than Duplex

If you thought that the Google Duplex demo was scary, Google's new "My Activity" page in your user account is even scarier. It shows all the data that Google has recorded on your activity, ostensibly, to improve your user experien...
As Thanos, a player can leap high into the air and deliver a massive blow to the ground. (Source: Express)

Epic issue Fortnite Android beta scam warning and Thanos gets nerfed

A representative for Epic Games has confirmed that an email inviting people to participate in a Fortnite Android beta is a phishing scam. Gamers have been warned not to share any personal information if they receive such an email....
Twitter might get encrypted messages soon

Encrypted messages apparently coming to Twitter

Although the company's representatives declined to comment so far, it looks like the "Secret conversation" option that was recently spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package is ready to bring encrypted messaging c...
Buffett called bitcoin a "nonproductive asset." (Source: Worldnews)

Gates and Buffett bully bitcoin

It appears neither Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett are the greatest fans of bitcoin. Both men have been recently reported saying rather disparaging things about the famous cryptocurrency, which may have prevented bitcoin from achiev...
Assets loaded on the card can be verified via smartphone through a validation app. (Source: Tangem)

Bitcoin gets physical

A Swiss technology company has started rolling out smart banknotes called Tangem Notes that offer a physical presence for cryptocurrencies. The "banknotes," which are actually plastic cards, have been launched for sale in a large ...
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ to get Oath bloatware on Verizon Wireless

The Oath bloatware is coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets on Verizon

All Verizon Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets will soon be pre-loaded with the following Oath apps: Newsroom, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, and Go90. Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it has ...
Image: Twitter (w/ edits)

If you are on Twitter, you should change your password now

Twitter discovered a bug in their password hashing process that created a plaintext log containing user passwords. While the social media platform does not believe any breach has occurred, they urged their entire user base to rese...
The US$1.7 billion in funds has come from fewer than 200 investors. (Source: Bitcoin News)

Telegram cancels plans for public ICO

A report by the Wall Street Journal has stated that Telegram has scrapped plans to carry out an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for the public. Apparently, because the two coin presales that have already been carried out for private i...
Cambridge Analytica was founded in 2013 as an offshoot of the British company SCL Group. (Source: Huffington Post)

Cambridge Analytica ceases operations

A press release from Cambridge Analytica and parent company SCL Group has stated that all the firm's operations have ceased. Insolvency applications have been filed in the UK and bankruptcy proceedings will soon commence in the US...
Although heavy correction may wipe out many smaller players, cryptocurrency is here to stay. (Source: Bitnewstoday)

Report suggests cryptocurrency market could face 90% correction

A report from a leading investment banking firm has forecast that cryptocurrencies are heading for a 90% correction within the next 12 months that will devastate the cryptocurrency market. Many virtual currencies could be wiped ou...
How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS

How to block annoying ads and secure your PC in any OS

The recent Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal has proved that user data can be harvested and used for any purpose by almost anyone without explicit consent. Therefore, it is imperative that one secures his/her online experience ...
Chrome OS devices will receive an update to version 66. (Source: Acer)

Chome OS updated to version 66, brings Meltdown patch, more

Google has updated its Chrome OS to version 66, bringing with it numerous bug and security fixes. Chief among the security updates is a patch for Meltdown for Intel-based Chrome OS devices closing off the vulnerability across all ...
Image: Purism

Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch

Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked...
Part of the code that exploits the Tegra SoC's boot ROM. (Image: Github)

New method of hacking Nintendo's Switch claims to be "unpatchable"

A newly discovered hardware exploit allows for the execution of arbitrary code on devices powered by Nvidia's Tegra processors. This includes Nintendo's wildly popular Switch, which has been under the scope of several hacking grou...
YouTube was founded in 2005. The site was bought by Google in 2006 for US$1.65 billion. (Source: YouTube)

8.28 million videos removed by YouTube in final quarter of 2017

YouTube has released a Community Guidelines enforcement report that states the video-sharing website removed over 8.28 million videos from the platform during the last quarter of 2017. The majority of these videos, 6.68 million of...
Avira Privacy Pal protection modes (Source: Avira)

Avira's Privacy Pal gives you more control over your personal data

Released last week, Avira's free Privacy Pal tool for Windows focuses on providing the user with a more precise level of control over the personal data collected and sent away by the web browsers and other apps. In addition to coo...
Ripple was initially released in 2012 and has a supply limit of 100 billion XRP. (Source: Express)

Get off the Bitcoin bandwagon, Ripple is on the rise

The cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) has been performing well lately and may hit a price of US$1.00 in the near future. Like many virtual currencies, it has dropped in value over the last few weeks, reaching a low of US$0.48 as recentl...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2018 (Core i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2018 (Core i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

Best of both worlds. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a sleek 2-in-1 for business professionals. While the top of the line configuration is an excellent machine, this mid-tier model may be the best solution for most users in need of a well-styled hybrid business device.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Windows Defender extension for Chrome (Source: Chrome Web Store)

Windows Defender now available as an extension for the Chrome browser

Available as a standalone antispyware program for Windows XP, Windows Defender shipped with Visa and Windows 7, then it replaced Microsoft Security Essentials as a full antivirus solution since Windows 8. Now, the time has come fo...
ThinkPad models always come with the signature ergonomic keyboard and the red TrackPoint. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo ThinkPad E485/E585 with AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs get detailed specs

The E485 model will feature a 14-inch 1366 x 768 IPS screen, while the E585 will come with a 15.6-inch FHD display. Hardware configurations for both variants are identical and include AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs all the way up to Ryzen ...

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)