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The Finney smartphone may feature specs such as 64 GB storage, 6 GB RAM, and a 5.5-inch display. (Source: Sirin Labs)

Huawei could be working on a blockchain smartphone

There has been a report suggesting that Huawei Technologies is developing a smartphone that could utilize blockchain technology. Officials from the Chinese multinational have apparently been in talks with representatives from Siri...
Jack Dorsey believes that Bitcoin will become world's single currency in about 10 years. (Source: The Times)

Twitter CEO foresees Bitcoin as world's single currency

Jack Dorsey believes that Bitcoin can take over all fiat currencies of the world in about 10 years, but before this could happen, the cryptocurrency needs to get over a few problems it is currently facing. Besides faster transacti...
CTS Labs classified the 13 vulnerabilities in 4 greater classes. (Source: CTS Labs)

AMD acknowledges CTS Labs exploits, will fix them in the next weeks

It took AMD more than one week to fully assess the CTS Labs report regarding 13 vulnerabilities found in all Ryzen and EPYC processors, but at least AMD's official position dismisses any claims that these vulnerabilities are criti...
Bitcoin was valued at almost US$20,000 per token in December 2017. (Source: The Merkle)

Productive G-20 discussions help boost Bitcoin value

Bitcoin has received a significant boost in market value that has been put down to “very productive” discussions about cryptocurrencies and regulation at a G-20 meeting. The leading cryptocurrency has seen its value battered recen...
The tiny computers can be seen in the lower left part of the miniaturized motherboard. (Source: Mashable)

IBM shrinks computer size to 1 square millimeter

The tiny chips are smaller than salt grains and integrate several hundred thousand transistors. Computing power for each chip is estimated to be similar to an early 1990s high-end x86 CPU. They will be used as "cryptographic ancho...
Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

86% Dell Latitude 5490 (i5-8350U, FHD) Laptop Review

Heavy on options. The Latitude 5490 by Dell is marketed as the notebook equivalent of a safe. The relatively high price tag of this 14-inch productivity device justifies itself with a large number of security options, making this laptop suited for security-conscious companies. We shall not only put its security features through its paces, but also compare it to other productivity-focused devices.
Intel Core i5-8350U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
It has been standard practice to give companies 60-90 days to react to newly found exploits.

Update | Previously unheard-of company claims AMD chips are full of vulnerabilities, does not provide details

Researchers at a cyber-security consulting company in Israel have claimed that they have found 13 serious vulnerabilities in AMD processors. CTS-Labs has published details about the flaws after only giving AMD 24 hours to comply. ...
The new Elite Slice G2 includes a tablet that makes it easier to manage video-calls. (Source: HP)

HP announces gen 2 Elite Slice mini PC for meeting rooms

With the new Elite Slice G2 model, HP also included a "Center of Room" 12.3-inch tablet that makes it easy to setup meetings with little to no input from users. The tablet detects when people enter the meeting room, while the mini...
Bitcoin had a value of over US$11,600 on March 5, 2018. (Source: RTT News)

Cryptocurrency news: illegal Petro, falling Bitcoin and Japan gets tough

Venezuela’s Petro cryptocurrency has been called “illegal” and “unconstitutional” by the country’s National Assembly. Bitcoin has suffered another fall in its current exchange value, with the virtual currency's latest closing pric...
Human emotions such as digust facilitate the rapid spread of fake news. (Source: JPost)

Study finds fake news spread by social media users not bots

A report published by the highly respected journal Science has estimated that fake news is 70% more likely to be retweeted than true news. The study found that false information which was rapidly shared online through social media...
Amazon has stated "we're aware of this and working to fix it." (Source: TheINQUIRER)

Unexplained Alexa laughter is freaking people out

Apparently, some Alexa-enabled devices have started laughing in a disturbing manner at their owners. There have been reports made of unrequested creepy chortles issuing from smart speakers and Amazon devices by a number of users, ...
The SEC has stated that some VC trading-asset mechanisms fall under federal securities laws. (Source: Wired)

Bitcoin value damaged by SEC statement

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a stern statement in regard to potentially unlawful online trading platforms. The statement includes a warning to investors that they should use “SEC-registered and regulated ma...
Broadcom has made offers of US$117 billion and US$121 billion to acquire Qualcomm. (Source: Mac Rumors)

CFIUS may have just stopped Broadcom acquiring Qualcomm

It seems that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) may have just thwarted any further attempt by Broadcom to succeed in their quest to takeover Qualcomm. CFIUS has sent a letter raising concerns to offi...
The stolen computers could be used to mine virtual currency. (Source: VentureBeat)

Cryptocurrency news: Big Bitcoin Heist and Merriam-Webster legitimacy

A seemingly coordinated series of burglaries has taken place in Iceland leading to the loss of around US$2 million worth of computing equipment used to mine Bitcoin. The thefts actually occurred back in December and January, but t...
The PS4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

PS4 jailbreak scene picking up steam with new firmware 4.55 exploits

The PS4 was released back in 2013 and has finally been jailbroken, allowing users of the system to run custom applications, game backups, and even install Linux. It's exclusive to users on the 4.55 firmware, though.
Mark Carney began his career at Goldman Sachs after studying at Harvard and Oxford. (Source: RTT News)

Top economist calls for cryptocurrency regulation

Could central regulation for cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, be coming sooner rather than later? Canadian economist and current Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, brought up a number of issues about cryptocurrency du...
The SEC wants to probe into ICOs that may be violating trading rules. (Source: CoinStocks)

Securities and Exchange Commission to crack down on shady cryptocurrency ICOs

It appears the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued dozens of subpoenas to cryptocurrency companies in regard to the number of token sales and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that have been made recently. The SEC i...
Bitcoin was the first decentralized cryptocurrency. It was released in 2009. (Source: VentureBeat)

VeganCoin and Sovereign join the cryptocurrency craze

VeganCoin and Sovereign have become two of the latest additions to the ever growing cryptocurrency world. VeganCoin was founded by the people behind VeganNation, who claim the currency will be “cruelty free”. The Sovereign is a vi...
SikurPhone uses a custom version of Android called SikurOS. (Source: Sikur)

MWC 2018 | Sikur announces secure phone with cryptocurrency wallet included

Sikur is a smartphone maker that likes to put an emphasis on security. In 2015, the company released the GranitePhone, which offered users multiple layers of data privacy protection. In the meantime, Sikur has been working on a ne...
Bill Gates made his first Reddit AMA appearance in 2013. (Source: CNET)

Gates and Wozniak offer contrasting views of cryptocurrencies

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session held today, Bill Gates made a comment about cryptocurrencies that suggests he is not currently a huge advocate of the decentralized and unregulated digital payment systems. In contrast, St...
Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook Review

86% Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook Review

14-inch Camouflage. Update 2/22/2018: finalized our additional tests. Asus is pretty ambitious with its latest subnotebook, to say the least. At 14 inches it is large enough for serious work but at the same time highly portable with just 13 mm of thickness and a weight of no more than 1.1 kg. Thanks to NanoEdge, Asus has been able to fit a large screen into a 13-inch case. Big, ugly ports are also a thing of the past: the future belongs to 2x Thunderbolt 3, which is incidentally also used for charging.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
Archos also produces tablets, media players and smartphones. (Source: Archos)

Archos to offer physical cryptocurrency wallet

French electronics company Archos has unveiled plans to release a hardware wallet that will provide cryptocurrency owners with a physical layer of security for their virtual currency transactions. The Archos Safe-T mini hardware d...
Huawei Honor 9 Lite Android handset gets Face Unlock in late February 2018

Honor 9 Lite gets Face Unlock in India

The quad-camera Honor 9 Lite receives the software update that enables Face Unlock after a few other Honor devices, such as the Honor 7X and the Honor View 10. According to the website that broke the news, the update arrives in st...
Maduro has claimed the total 100-million issue of Petro has a value over US$6 billion (Source: Steemit)

Petro "makes" US$735 million, Seagal lags behind

The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has claimed that the country’s cryptocurrency has enjoyed booming business on the first day of its pre-sale. Apparently, investors have snatched up US$735 million worth of Petro digital ...
Hijackers were not interested in customer data or car security, they just needed the processing power of the cloud servers. (Source: HybridCars)

Tesla cloud servers hijacked for illicit cryptomining

Instead of using malicious apps or website exploits, hackers just hijacked Tesla's cloud servers and made sure their illicit cryptomining endeavors would not seem suspicious.
Google has launched Google Pay, its new feature rich replacement for Android Pay. (Source: Google)

Google Pay app launches, replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet

Google has officially rolled out Google Play, its feature rich competitor to Apple Pay. The new app will work everywhere that Android Pay was already accepted while the company will continue to add new features and work with partn...
It's not known if Steven Seagal is backing Bitcoiin with his estimated US$16 million fortune. (Source: TechRadar)

Venezuela and Steven Seagal involved in cryptocurrency sales

The cryptocurrency craze continues as a sovereign state and a controversial celebrity become involved in the virtual currency (VC) industry. Venezuela's government has made its "petro" currency available in a presale launch, while...
Apple has released a patch for the Indian character bug that causes severe crashes on all platforms.

Apple releases patch to fix the Indian 'Telugu bug' on all platforms

Apple has released a patch that will fix the so-called 'Telugu bug' on iOS, MacOS, tvOS and WatchOS. When users receive a message or notification that contains a certain Indian character, the app crashes and becomes unusable. In s...
Both the Pentagon and the US Army run similar hacking events. (Source: Business Insider)

Hack the Air Force 2.0 costs USAF over US$100,000

The United States Air Force has made bounty payouts totaling US$103,883 to hackers invited to test the force's systems and software. The event ran from December 9, 2017 to January 1, 2018.
Intel seems optimistic about any financial losses that could occur with all the litigations queuing up. (Source: Tech Viral)

Meltdown / Spectre CPU vulnerabilities brought Intel 32 lawsuits in 1.5 months

Two of the class-action suits involve Intel's own shareholders and board members, essential pitting Intel against Intel in court.
Trump's increase in infrastructure spending positively affected Bitcoin's value. (Source: Dealbreaker)

Don't expect US regulation of Bitcoin anytime soon

White House spokesman, Rob Joyce, doesn't believe the US government is ready to attempt regulating Bitcoin until the good and bad aspects of the cryptocurrency are fully understood. The US official was discussing the topic at the ...
The new variants might cause some problems for Intel's and AMD's already announced hardware fixes. (Source:

Two new Meltdown and Spectre variants discovered

The latest variants dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime were discovered by Nvidia and Princeton University researchers. In a nutshell, these variants force two CPU cores to react to each other in order to trick multi-core system...
The 2016 LTSB version of Windows 10 will have mainstream support until 2021. (Source: Softpedia)

Windows 10 vital to US Air Force preparedness

The US Department of Defense has stated that the United States Air Force (USAF) must ensure its computers are operating Windows 10 by March 31, 2018. The Microsoft OS is considered to be a crucial component in the overall readines...
Litecoin is leading the latest cryptocoin appreciation wave. (Source:

Cryptocurrencies on the rise again, Litecoin leads rebound with ~30% appreciation in one day

The imminent release of the LitePay service lead to a sudden appreciation for Litecoin over the past few days. Litecoin is thus expected to become more useful and appreciate even further as LitePay is compatible with Visa-enabled ...
Huawei was founded by a former member of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. (Source: GamerSeason)

US spy chiefs stick Huawei on "no buy" list

The heads of a number of American intelligence agencies have backed a "no buy" list that includes devices produced by Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE. The agents praised American telecommunications companies for not bowing do...
Facebook faces legal problems in Germany due to its data-collection practices, which were deemed illegal

Facebook breaking the law when collecting personal data

Although Facebook already filed an appeal, it is worth mentioning that the Berlin regional court ruled against its data-collection practices, saying that the default settings break the law, while some terms and conditions do not m...
iOS 12 will focus more on polishing the user experience than introduce new features. (Source: MacRumors)

iOS 12 will finally make 'Peace' with customers

Apple is looking to revamp its software development workflow to balance introduction of new features and ironing out existing bugs. The upcoming iOS 12 internally codenamed 'Peace' will be the first result of this strategy.
Windows Defender ATP will now enable deep security insights for older Windows versions. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows Defender ATP coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has announced support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, a Windows 10 only feature, to Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. This is to help organizations protect themselves during the transition to Windows 10 fro...
How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre

How to check if your PC is protected from Meltdown and Spectre

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed inherent flaws in hardware and software design, which we've been using for many years. Chip vendors and developers alike are scrambling to quickly release fixes to prevent any damag...
Cybersecurity firms are analyzing the malicious code known as Olympic Destroyer. (Source: Forbes)

"Olympic Destroyer" virus fails to destroy Olympics

Friday's Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang came under cyber attack from malware known as "Olympic Destroyer." The virus affected Internet and television services used by media representatives but did not cause any ma...
The developers of the Nano coin are suspecting Bitgrail of being untruthful to its customers. (Source: BitGrail)

Italian crypto exchange BitGrail hacked for US$170 million

After CoinCheck and NiceHash, the BitGrail hack is the third major incident in less then 4 months. Of course, the Italian exchange kept most of the funds in a hot wallet, and many other exchanges are probably still doing this, pra...
How to protect critical data from ransomware in Windows 10

How to protect critical data from ransomware in Windows 10

With ransomware on the prowl every other day, it has become all the more important to ensure that critical files are protected from being encrypted or altered. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a new functionality calle...
Fujitsu PalmSecure. (Source: Fujitsu)

Fujitsu and Microsoft partner to bring palm-vein based authentication to Windows Hello

Fujitsu's PalmSecure authentication sensor technology, built in to their business laptops, is getting full integration with Windows Hello for a contactless login option that doesn't involve facial cameras.
Sarov is where the terrifying Tsar Bomba hydrogen bomb was made. (Source: Gizmodo)

Russian nuclear scientists in Bitcoin mining arrests

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a group of scientists who attempted to use a supercomputer at a top secret nuclear facility to mine Bitcoin. Security was alerted when the would-be miners tried to connect the c...
Linux running on Nintendo Switch due to boot ROM bug (Source: @fail0verflow)

Boot ROM bug allows Nintendo Switch to run Linux

Not long after they revealed a custom boot screen on a Nintendo Switch, a group of hackers calling themselves fail0verflow apparently managed to run a Linux-based operating system on this game console.
iOS 9 was released in 2015 and is found on millions of devices. (Source: Apple)

Apple in damage-limiting exercise over code leak

Leaked code for the iBoot section of iOS 9 was uploaded to GitHub this week, leading to concerns that the software may have fallen into the wrong hands. Apple has already made maneuvers to try to limit the damage caused, but the c...
Dealing with cheats: The latest patch for PUBG is coming. (Source: Bluehole)

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) combats cheats with latest patch

Developers for the massively popular multiplayer online battle royale game PUBG will be introducing a new patch for their product that includes new anti-cheat measures to combat players utilizing hacks and codes. The patch will go...
Essential Phone Android flagship gets February 2018 security patch

Essential Phone gets the February security patch

Although there is still a lot of work to be done in the camera software department, the Essential team was very quick in delivering this month's security patch from Google for the company's only handset.
The Nest thermostat shown alongside a Google Home speaker. (Source: Google)

Nest folded into Google's hardware team

Google has announced that it is folding the Nest smart home products team into its rapidly expanding hardware division. The move will see the end of Nest-branded products in favor of Google's own "Made by Google" branding.
ADB.Miner worm global infection map (Source: 360 Netlab Blog)

ADB.Miner worm turns your Android device into a mining rig

Although it quickly infected a few thousand devices worldwide, the spread of the cryptocurrency mining malware ADB.Miner seems to be quite limited at this time. However, there is still time for this piece of code to become a serio...

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