Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The 5 most common online scams to watch for

The internet can be a scary place. Misinformation, false promises, and fake news lurk behind every clickbait headline and questionable link. Entire industries are built to profit from deceptive tricks to con the naive.
They say a sucker is born every minute, and online scam artists are counting on it. Their tricks are built to prey on trust. In addition to regularly changing the passwords for all of your accounts, the best way to protect yourself from being swindled is to remain skeptical and vigilant of anything that seems out of the ordinary.

The most common online scams

1) “There’s a problem with your account!”

You get an email from what appears to be PayPal or your bank with a message along the lines of: “There’s a problem with your account. Click this link to fix the issue or your account will be suspended.”
Once you click the link, you’re taken to a page that looks exactly like the login page to your account. So you enter your information, hit enter, and then… it doesn’t go through. Maybe just a browser glitch? Probably not.
What’s likely happened is that you’ve just given your valuable account information to scammers who now have free reign to do whatever they please with it.

How to use your Android Wear watch with an iPhone

Courtesy of T3: T3 image If you've got a smartwatch rocking Android Wear 2.0 then you don't have to pair it with an Android phone - you can use an iPhone instead. You won't get quite the same level of functionality, unfortunately, but it means you're not stuck with one phone platform.

Samsung's extra-stretchable display can survive dents

Flexible displays are nothing new. However, most of them don't live up to the dreams of flexible tech -- they may only bend in a limited way. Samsung thinks it can do better. It just unveiled a 9.1-inch prototype OLED display that's stretchable in seemingly every way imaginable: you can bend, roll and even dent it (up to half an inch deep) knowing that it'll revert to its original form. The technology is still very young, but Samsung believes the stretchy screen will be useful for everything from wearables to in-car displays. Imagine a very thin smartwatch that can take some knocks without smashing into pieces.

Facebook Safety Check activated after deadly Manchester blast

Facebook's Safety Check activated after Manchester, England, explosion. Facebook's Safety Check activated after Manchester, England, explosion. Facebook's Safety Check was activated after the explosion in Manchester, England.
Facebook's Safety Check feature was activated Monday in the wake of an explosion at a concert in Manchester, England, that killed 19 and injured about 50 more.
The explosion occurred at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena just before 10:35 p.m. local time. Greater Manchester police said it was "currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise."

Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month

Apple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show, including the Siri speaker, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and new MacBooks. A new report says that Apple is indeed expected to launch new laptops this quarter, and there’s reason to be excited.
In a new research note to customers, TrendForce said that notebooks are having a little moment, again. Shipments for the first quarter of the year grew by 6.1% compared to last year, totaling around 37.81 million. That’s a 15.6% decline from the Christmas quarter, but still an impressive result for the period.

At least 22 killed in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert in Britain

 At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday.Slide 27 of 27: Police and fans close to the Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England. There have been reports of explosions at Manchester Arena where Ariana Grande had performed this evening. Greater Manchester Police have have confirmed there are fatalities and warned people to stay away from the area.Prime Minister Theresa May said the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack, making it the deadliest militant assault in Britain since four British Muslims killed 52 people in suicide bombings on London's transport system in July 2005.
Police said the attacker detonated the explosives shortly after 10:33 pm (2133 GMT) at Manchester Arena, which has the capacity to hold 21,000 people. Children were among the dead, police said.
"We believe, at this stage, the attack last night was conducted by one man," Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins told reporters. "The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network.

"We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity," said Hopkins, who declined to answer questions about whether the attacker was British.
A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building.
A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, screaming and running from the venue. Dozens of parents frantically searched for their children, posting photos and pleading for information on social media.

Friday, 19 May 2017

3 reasons why Google Lens won I/O

James Martin/CNETThere were plenty of cool announcements at Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference. But the one that got us really excited is Google Lens. Lens is not a piece of hardware, but rather a behind-the-scenes piece of software that can recognize text and objects from a picture or camera. It analyzes and contextualizes what it sees in real time and shares that info quickly.
It sounds pretty dry on paper (Google uses phrases like "machine learning," "vision-based computing" and "artificial intelligence" to describe it), but when it was demoed at the conference, it was actually pretty neat -- even garnering some "oohs" and "ahhs" from the audience.
Here are the three ways Google Lens works, as well as a few real-world scenarios where it may come in handy, and why we're excited about it.

Antivirus firm warns of cyberattacks on home appliances

Internet security became a hot topic when a ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 computers worldwide, affecting the likes of Britain's National Health Service, US package delivery giant FedEx and Germany's Deutsche Bahn rail network: Internet security became a hot topic when a ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 computers worldwide. Internet security became a hot topic when a ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 computers worldwide. Avast, the company behind the leading antivirus software, warned Thursday against attacks on home appliances connected to the internet, calling hackers targeting home routers a major threat to consumers.

"It's a trivial thing to do and there's nothing the user can do to fix it, other than to throw the router away and put in a new router," Avast chief executive Vincent Steckler told reporters.
Avast chief technology officer Ondrej Vlcek said that more and more people were using internet-enabled appliances which he described as "a total nightmare when it comes to security".

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Their code was used to hack Sony and create 'WannaCry.' Meet the 'Lazarus Group'

Sony Pictures Entertainment studios shown on Dec. 16, 2014 in Culver City, Calif. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/TNS)On Feb. 4, 2016, as employees left work to enjoy their weekends, the central bank of Bangladesh began firing off dozens of transfer orders to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, asking to remove money from its accounts — almost $1 billion.
It was a heist. The robbers hadn't walked in with guns or tunneled into a vault to get the money. They'd hijacked the bank's computer systems to access an international financial network, SWIFT, which shunts around billions of dollars a day. The invisible thieves made off with $81 million before officials halted the geyser of cash.

Samsung rumored to resell Note 7 as 'Fandom Edition' phones

Josh MillerIn a move to make lemonade out of lemons, Samsung may sell refurbished editions of its infamous Galaxy Note 7 under a new name: the "Galaxy Note FE," or "Fandom Edition."
As you recall, Samsung ceased production and recalled the Note 7 (twice) after users reported in summer 2016 instances of the phone catching fire. In March of this year, Samsung stated that it will recycle returned Note 7s in an "environmentally friendly way," and listed turning the devices into "refurbished phones or rentals phones" as one of its three core methods. Today, a report from Korean news outlet ETNews said these handsets may be called the Galaxy Note FE, with FE standing for "Fandom Edition."

Friday, 12 May 2017

Microsoft to sell mixed-reality headset, controllers for $399

 Microsoft just added a pair of motion controllers to its recently announced mixed-reality headset, and the combo price of $399 beats a similar hardware pairing from Oculus Rift by $200.Developers working on applications for this forthcoming product, due to hit consumers around Christmas, can immediately begin ordering the tethered headsets made by partners Acer ($299) and HP ($329), Microsoft mixed reality chief Alex Kipman said Thursday at Build 2017, the company's annual developer conference running through May 12 in Seattle.
Mixed reality, also known as augmented reality, layers holographic images over the real world. Many experts say that eventually this technology will lead to the next generation of computers that will do away with physical laptops and keyboards.
That leap requires a significant shrinking in the format of mixed reality goggles, which at present are still bulky and tied to a computer due to their image-processing power requirements.
Audience members look on as Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft, talks about Windows Mixed Realty at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)  
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