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The Galaxy S20 FE. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates the Galaxy S20 FE and S9 series with December 2020 security patches

The Galaxy S9 is a 2018 flagship. Nevertheless, its maker Samsung has reportedly updated it with the latest Android security patch. The more recent premium mid-ranger the Galaxy S20 FE has joined it in this respect.
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 02 Dec 2020 22:59:00 +0100
Extending Chrome support for Windows 7 until January 2022 (Source: Google Cloud Blog)

Chrome for Windows 7 refuses to die: Security updates coming until at least mid-January 2022

With over 20 percent of corporate users still stuck with Windows 7, Google has decided to extend support for Chrome on this old operating system until "at least" January 15, 2022. This comes as a 6-month extension of the previousl...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 23 Nov 2020 16:40:00 +0100
Sony Xperia 1 II gets November 2020 Android security patch

Sony Xperia 1 II gets the November 2020 Android security patch

Without an official changelog to go with it, the Sony Xperia 1 II has just received a new software update. The 108.6 MB patch is available via OTA and contains the November 2020 Android security patch from Google, most likely comb...
Codrut Nistor, Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:12:00 +0100
Microsoft Pluton security chip as part of a SoC solution (Source: Microsoft Security)

Microsoft intros the Pluton security chip

Unveiled yesterday, the Microsoft Pluton security processor is the result of a joint effort that has managed to bring together the Redmond giant and three major silicon partners, namely AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. This chip-to-cloud...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:00:00 +0100
Apple's macOS Big Sur is spying on you. (Image: Apple logo w/ edits)

MacOS Big Sur is spying on everything you do and sending the data to Apple

Apple's latest operating system, macOS Big Sur, uses a new API to constantly send users' data (including how, when, and where a Mac is used) to Apple. This data is transmitted to Apple without encryption, meaning anyone with acces...
Sam Medley, Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:32:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 8 Pro has gaming features such as GAME Turbo 2.0 and a LiquidCool system. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Redmi Note 8 Pro receives new MIUI 12 beta stable update

Xiaomi has announced that Redmi Note 8 Pro devices operating on the China MIUI 12 ROM will start receiving a new beta stable update of the Android overlay via OTA. For the moment, only random users of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will get...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 15 Nov 2020 21:29:00 +0100
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 devices get the November 2020 patch on Verizon

November 2020 security patch hits the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on Verizon

A few days after the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup in the wild has started to receive this month's security patch, the Verizon units have begun to receive the new firmware as well. The November 2020 patch fixes five critical vulne...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:56:00 +0100
Fujitsu LifeBook U7310 Laptop Review: Good 13-inch business laptop without performance ambitions, but with unique selling point

87% Fujitsu LifeBook U7310 Laptop Review: Good 13-inch business laptop without performance ambitions, but with unique selling point

Business laptop does not want to play. The 13.3-inch small LifeBook U7310 is aimed at business customers, so it has a number of security features on board and also scores with a real unique selling point. But the office notebook is not equally suitable for everyone. Our test will clarify who the 1,200-Euro (~$1,425) business laptop is aimed at.
Intel Core i5-10210U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.30" | 1.2 kg
Christian Hintze, Sat, 07 Nov 2020 00:03:00 +0100
The Galaxy Tab S2. (Source: Samsung)

A Samsung tablet from 2015 gets the latest Android security patch

The 9.7-inch display variant of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 hails from all of five years ago. Nevertheless, its units served by the carrier Verizon have been issued with October 2020 security patches. Therefore, even though it remai...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:49:00 +0100
VPN by Google One coming soon to the US (Source: Google)

VPN by Google One coming to the US

With a starting price of US$9.99 per month, eligible Google One plans in the US will include the VPN service for free. However, this handy feature will be available only in the Google One application for Android. In the coming mon...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:45:00 +0100
A smart doorbell. (Source: Ring)

61% of US households with smart home devices polled plan to buy a smart doorbell in the next 12 months

Video doorbells enable the user to see who is at their door on their smart screens or mobile devices. A recent study indicates that 10% of US households with high-speed internet surveyed owned one of these devices in the second qu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 01 Nov 2020 19:31:00 +0100
Samsung SmartThings Find service now live (Source: Samsung)

Samsung SmartThings Find gets launched globally

Introduced as a new part of the SmartThings app, SmartThings Find is now available for all Samsung users worldwide. This is a new way to locate a range of select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds at once thank...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 30 Oct 2020 11:24:00 +0100
The interest in smart home devices among different household types. (Source: Parks Associates)

Having a home security system may make it more likely for you to buy a smart home device

A new research report has concluded that 63% of households with residential security equipment in the US are now considering buying a smart home device in the next 12 months compared to 40% of broadband internet-using households. ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:17:00 +0100
APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming eSports-certified UPS (Source: Schneider Electric)

Schneider Electric unveils the first eSports-certified UPS designed for gaming gear, the APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming

The APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming UPS features sine-wave battery backup and automatic voltage regulation combined with a set of features that enable it to protect gaming systems and accessories from "more than seven different types of p...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 06 Oct 2020 18:46:00 +0200
Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-S will bring support for DDR5, PCIe Gen5, Wi-Fi 6E, and new security extensions. (Image Source: Intel)

Exclusive | Intel Tiger Lake-H, Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-S detailed: Alder Lake to offer up to 8C/16T configs with Xe LP, DDR5-4400 RAM, Wi-Fi 6E, and PCIe Gen5 support

We have received exclusive information from our OEM sources about upcoming Intel Tiger Lake-H, Alder Lake-P, and Alder Lake-S processors. While Tiger Lake-H will be based on Willow Cove, Alder Lake-P and S will feature a hybrid Go...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sat, 03 Oct 2020 20:10:00 +0200
The OnePlus Nord has a new software update. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus upgrades the Nord, along with its 2019 flagships, to September 2020 security patches

OnePlus has announced new stable versions of its version of Android, OxygenOS, for its premium mid-ranger the Nord. In addition, the 7T, 7T Pro, 7 and 7 Pro have also been updated. All of these OTAs contain the September 2020 secu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 03 Oct 2020 19:59:00 +0200
Generic Windows XP computer, leaked code widely available September 2020

Windows XP code now widely available, but still via unofficial channels

Although the latest statistics show its usage below 1 percent worldwide, the now ancient Windows XP is still being used by almost two times as many people as the more recent Windows Vista. However, the fact that the leaked code be...
Codrut Nistor, Sat, 26 Sep 2020 17:51:00 +0200
The Ring Always Home Cam brings an autonomous drone into your house for home security. (Image: Ring)

Ring teases home security drone straight out of a dystopian nightmare, due 2021

Amazon-owned connected home security brand Ring has raised eyebrows with the launch of the Ring Always Home Cam. The device combines a charging base with an in-door camera drone that will activate on the detection of movement and ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:11:00 +0200
The DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. (Source: D-Link)

D-Link releases a "True FHD" Wi-Fi security camera with AI person detection, weatherproofing and IPv6 support

D-Link has announced the DCS-8302LH Full HD Outdoor Wi-Fi Camera. Despite one part of its name, the OEM asserts it is sleek and sophisticated to have inside the house as well. It also packs features such as IR for night vision, AI...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:03:00 +0200
The VAVA Portable SSD Touch. (Source: Indiegogo)

VAVA crowdfunds the "world's most secure" portable USB type C SSD

The VAVA Portable SSD Touch is a new product launched via Indiegogo recently. It is a stick-like drive with a hardware-based fingerprint scanner on the top of its aluminium, supposedly shock-proof casing. It also apparently packs ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:34:00 +0200
The "iPad Air" shown in the new renders. (Source: SvetApple)

iPad Air 4: New renders show an updated tablet with a Touch ID-enabled power button

The fourth-generation iPad Air has been linked to a new design that would leave it looking more like its Pro sibling. SvetApple has posted new renders based on its latest leaks. They include support for Touch ID, which is found em...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 04 Sep 2020 00:09:00 +0200
Wearable payments may really take off in the coming decade. (Source: Samsung)

Wearable payments might fund a near-US$1.4 trillion market by 2027

The ability to complete point-of-sale transactions using wearables alone represented a market worth US$285.47 billion in 2019, according to new market research. However, this value is also now thought to grow until it reaches $1.3...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 16 Aug 2020 23:09:00 +0200
The P30 Pro's days as a normal Android device may be numbered. (Source: Huawei)

Google's temporary license to work with Huawei has expired, which may be bad news for the OEM's older phones

Google applied for a temporary general license (TGL) in order to keep older Huawei devices compatible with its Android app ecosystem even after this OEM was placed on the US administration's Entity List in May 2019. However, this ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 16 Aug 2020 15:07:00 +0200
Telegram unveils video calling for its anniversary. (Source: Telegram)

Telegram celebrates its seventh anniversary with the announcement of video calling for Android

The popular messaging app Telegram marks its seventh year of business today (August 14, 2020). It has ushered this anniversary in along with a new feature: video calling. It now exists in alpha form, boasting picture-in-picture an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 14 Aug 2020 23:31:00 +0200
Over 20GB of confidential design data and files were stolen from Intel in a security breach (Image source: Panda Security)

Hackers steal over 20GB of confidential design data from Intel in massive data breach

Days after Canon, Intel is the next major company to face a massive data breach. Over 20GB of confidential design data including SDKs, flash tools, marketing templates, debug tools, and more were stolen and subsequently leaked onl...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:25:00 +0200
Over 10TB of user data was compromised in the data breach (Image source: Panda Security)

Canon is hit by massive ransomware attack: 10TB of user data at risk, with doubts as to whether or not images were compromised

A large number of Canon domains were recently targeted by the Maze ransomware attack, resulting in the theft of over 10TB of sensitive user data. While Canon claims that photo images weren’t compromised, other sensitive user infor...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:30:00 +0200
The Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC starts at US$69 (Image source: Apricorn)

256-bit Hardware AES encryption on a USB Type-C pen drive for US$59? Meet the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android

Apricorn’s Aegis Secure Key 3NXC is reportedly the world’s first USB Type-C pen drive featuring hardware encryption. With a number of laptops and Android smartphones now leveraging USB Type-C, the 3NXC is increasingly relevant. Th...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:13:00 +0200
Hackers could conceivably leverage the Secure Enclave exploit to steal personal data and biometric info from iOS users (Image source: Panda Security)

Alarming “Unpatchable” exploit in Apple’s Secure Enclave could put the data of millions of users at risk, per Chinese hackers

According to Pangu Team, a Chinese hacker group, an “unpatchable” exploit has been uncovered for Apple’s Secure Enclave, the co-processor that stores keys for Face ID, Touch ID, and passwords. This potentially puts the personal da...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:51:00 +0200
AMD Ryzen 4000G aims to take on Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake head-on but will only be available in OEM PCs. (Image Source: AMD)

AMD announces the Ryzen 4000G series Renoir APUs for pre-built OEM desktops; claims a slam dunk when compared with Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake

AMD has now officially unveiled the Ryzen 4000 APU series for pre-built OEM desktops across consumer and commercial segments. The Ryzen 4000G APUs sport the exact same configuration as their mobile counterparts but feature additio...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Tue, 21 Jul 2020 15:00:00 +0200
The effects of a BadPower attack on a vulnerable device (Source: Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab)

BadPower can melt or set your phone on fire

Chinese security researchers discovered that the firmware of fast chargers can be corrupted to deliver higher charging parameters, thus damaging the devices connected to them. A charger affected by a BadPower attack can melt or ev...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:04:00 +0200
Cheetah Mobile's app suite has come under fire recently. (Source: NDTV)

Xiaomi supposedly disables the Clean Master app across its lineup in India

Xiaomi confirmed a short while ago that it would finally remove the Clean Master app and service from its phones in India, following the ban of the app by the government. The promised update has arrived for the Mi Cleaner app but ...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 15 Jul 2020 15:44:00 +0200
The new Mobvoi LifeSmart outdoor camera. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its first Wi-Fi enabled home security camera

Mobvoi may be best known as a wearables brand; however, it is also breaking into the market for smart-home gadgets. The latest of these is the LifeSmart outdoor camera. It supports footage at HD or FHD resolutions, has an IR night...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 14 Jul 2020 19:55:00 +0200
Belkin's new TruePrivacy Screen Protector. (Source: Belkin)

Belkin's new Screenforce-series product for MacBooks is also designed to boost privacy while using these devices

Belkin's latest screen protector for Apple ultrabooks also confers a property that HP devices with SureView have by default. It occludes the content on these screens for viewing angles not those of the user, thus reducing the risk...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:26:00 +0200
LinkedIn allegedly snooped on user data present in the iOS clipboard (Image source: LinkedIn)

LinkedIn taken to court for allegedly snooping on sensitive user info like passwords and credit card details through clipboard data on its iOS app

A California resident filed a lawsuit against LinkedIn for allegedly snooping on user clipboard data on the social media app’s iOS version. The issue was brought to light thanks to a new privacy-oriented feature in iOS 14 that tel...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:36:00 +0200
The eufyCam 2 Pro. (Source: Anker)

Anker's eufyCam 2 Pro is a new 2K, 100% wireless security camera system

The eufyCam 2 Pro improves on its previous generation in that its image sensor's resolution steps up to 2048x1080 (or 2K). It also incorporates night vision (color and IR), 2-way audio and a battery life of up to 12 months. This n...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:16:00 +0200
The PlayStation 4 is set to get a new jailbreak. (Source: Sony)

PlayStation 4 firmware 7.02 kernel exploit surfaces; jailbreak back on the cards

Be glad, PlayStation 4 owners; a new jailbreak is on the way. Developer @theflow0 has now announced the existence of a kernel exploit on PS4 running firmware 7.02 or older. The kernel exploit currently has to be chained with a fir...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:47:00 +0200
Image via Wikimedia commons (w/ edits)

The United Kingdom will remove Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by the end of 2020

Despite its 20-year reliance on Huawei-made telecom hardware, the United Kingdom has now decided to remove Huawei from its 5G infrastructure by the end of 2020. The shift in policy is based on a new report from British cybersecuri...
Sam Medley, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:19:00 +0200
The latest Chrome Dev for Android 10 is 64-bit.

Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions

Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:12:00 +0200
The Librem 14 brings a larger display and Intel's latest 6-core silicon to its privacy-focused approach. (Image: Librem)

Purism Librem 14 brings its privacy-focused hardware kill switches to a new Comet Lake U Linux-based laptop

Purism is back with its latest privacy focused Linux-based laptop. The latest device in its range is the Librem 14 which effectively crams in a larger display into a similar footprint to its Librem 13 model.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:57:00 +0200
Owners of the Redmi Note 9 in Europe will have to wait longer for MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 users in Europe apparently on hold as new MIUI 11 stable update rolls out

It seems likely that the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 smartphone users in Europe has been temporarily halted. A new MIUI 11 stable update has started rolling out for the Redmi Note 9 instead, which will bring the device up to d...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 04:51:00 +0200
Many S20-series phones are in line for this OTA. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates select newer phones with the July 2020 security patch

Some phones from 2019 and 2020 that bear the Samsung Galaxy name now have OTA updates that contain the latest Android security patch. They include the S20 series, as well as the Note 10s. Some higher-end Ax0 devices are also inclu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:04:00 +0200
Some of the POCO M2 Pro's new teaser material. (Source: Twitter)

POCO M2 Pro: more evidence of Redmi Note 9 Pro-clone status emerges

POCO has confirmed the existence of the M2 Pro, and is currently teasing it on Twitter and Flipkart ahead of its July 7, 2020 launch. These official leaks show some inextricable links between it and the pre-existing Redmi Note 9 P...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:48:00 +0200
A new PS4 jailbreak looks unlikely. (Source: Digital Trends)

A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak looks increasingly unlikely

The hopeful PlayStation 4 homebrew scene has waited a long while for a new kernel exploit, after the release of the firmware 5.05 jailbreak back in 2018. That wait is unlikely to end anytime soon, in light of recent developments.
Column by Ricci Rox, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:06:00 +0200
The Nintendo 3DS. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program

Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the h...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:01:00 +0200
German Amazon workers go on strike for 48 hours

German Amazon workers go on strike for 48 hours

On Monday and Tuesday, Amazon employees will strike at a total of six locations in Germany for better working conditions and, in particular, better protection against a possible corona infection in the workplace. In Germany, too, ...
Christian Hintze, Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:55:00 +0200
Broadband service awareness and uptake in the US. (Source: Parks Associates)

US households spend about 36% more on their ISP now compared to 2012: new study

New research of broadband internet provision and its adoption in the US found that consumers spend about US$60 on them per month at the end of 2019, compared to about $44 in 2012. This new study also concluded that these customers...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Jun 2020 17:47:00 +0200
The PlayStation 4 Pro. (Source: Digital Trends)

Sony deals sharp blow to future PS4 jailbreak prospects

Sony has now opened up its Bug Bounty program to the public, offering a whopping US$50,000 to anyone able to find a critical PlayStation 4 vulnerability. This deals a heavy blow to the hopeful PS4 homebrew scene, and further place...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 25 Jun 2020 23:27:00 +0200
The Acer Enduro N7. All images via Acer

Acer launches new Enduro line of ruggedized laptops and tablets

Acer announced several new ruggedized mobile devices today. The Enduro line boasts two rugged Windows laptops, two rugged Windows tablets, and a rugged Android tablet.
Sam Medley, Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:45:00 +0200
Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE: A 1080p and 360° security camera that costs just CNY 149 (~US$21) (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE: A 1080p and 360° security camera that costs just CNY 149 (~US$21)

Xiaomi has launched its fourth security camera, the Mi Smart Camera PTZ SE. The smart camera has a 110° field of view and can record in 1080p. The camera supports up to 32 GB microSD cards, H.265 encoding and can rotate 360° horiz...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:58:00 +0200
More vulnerabilities have been uncovered in Intel's silicon. (Image: Intel)

Another month, another Intel chipset malware vulnerability

Intel has undoubtedly had more than its fair share of chipset security issues over the past couple of years. However, the end to the company’s security woes doesn’t yet seem to be in sight after yet another vulnerability has been ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 10 Jun 2020 13:29:00 +0200

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