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When you are building a PC, you should never purchase low-quality RAM from a little-known vendor. Bad memory can lead to huge headaches, such as program crashes and blue screens of death on Windows. Troubleshooting corrupt sticks can be quite the tedious affair -- it is not worth the cost savings. There are many quality memory-makers nowadays, such as G.SKILL and Kingston. Regarding the latter, the company offers an enthusiast gaming brand, called HyperX. Today, the company announces a refresh of its popular value-focused FURY RAM. These sticks come in frequencies up to 2666MHz, with your choice of three heat spreader colors… [Continue Reading]
Over the past 25 years, SMS text messaging has become the most personal and ubiquitous form of communication in the digital era. In fact, it hasn’t simply held its ground, it’s actually gained momentum -- with global consumers preferring to communicate with businesses through this intuitive channel. As technology continues to bolster SMS capabilities, a new form of mobile messaging known as Rich Communications Services (RCS) is making waves in the mobile revolution. Leading the charge, OpenMarket has joined forces with Google to help businesses realize the full capabilities of RCS messaging for customer engagement. We caught up with its senior market development… [Continue Reading]
Cortana has been available on Android for a year now (in the US at least), and Microsoft recently made its virtual assistant even more useful by making it accessible on the lock screen. Today, however, the company takes things a stage further by making it possible to interact with Cortana above the lock. That means Android users will be able get answers to questions, set reminders, and more without firstly needing to unlock the device, just as you can with Siri in iOS and Google Assistant. In addition to that, Cortana can display more useful information about your day, and… [Continue Reading]
The statistics continue to chill. Two point three million estimated fraud victims in the UK alone in 2015 according to the ONS. 173,000 confirmed reports of identity theft amongst CiFas members (largely utilities and finance companies) in 2015. From a consumer perspective the chances are that over a period of three to four years you are now more likely than not to be a victim of a successful fraudulent act of some kind. I happen to have used UK statistics as the impact reporting is unusually well-defined thanks to the efforts of the Office of National Statistics crime reporting. Consider… [Continue Reading]
Debate and discourse around WikiLeaks’ announcement about a series of leaks from the CIA continue unabated. Codenamed "Vault 7," WikiLeaks claims this is the largest classified information leak to have come from the CIA to date. Added to that, only one percent of documents have been made public so far. From the leaked documents it’s become clear that the CIA has created its own internal hacking capabilities to rival that of the NSA. It may be more tactical than strategic -- but with exploit sets including Android, IoS, Samsung TVs, Linux, Mac, zero day attacks and more, it could certainly give the NSA a… [Continue Reading]
Facebook is introducing a new feature to its Messenger app for iOS and Android that makes it possible to share your current location with contacts. It is also possible to share other static locations to enable you to point out places on a map. With Facebook and location-sharing mentioned in the same sentence, there will be obvious concerns about privacy. To try to allay these fears, the current location is only shared for a maximum of an hour, and can be manually stopped at any time before the countdown reaches zero. Introducing the arrival of the new feature, Facebook Messenger's… [Continue Reading]
Shortly after we learned that Samsung is getting ready to remotely kill Galaxy Note7 units still in use in its home market, the South Korean maker announced that the Galaxy Note7 is going back on sale. Talk about a turn of events... What Samsung has actually decided to do is sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 units, not produce new ones. It makes sense for the company to want to recoup some of the lost revenue from recalling millions of Galaxy Note7s across the globe. Refurbished Galaxy Note7 units will probably be available in a limited number of markets, the list of which will… [Continue Reading]
Windows 10 has certainly not been short of controversy. Between forced upgrades, telemetry and privacy concerns, and the introduction of increasing numbers of ads, Microsoft has been on the receiving end of a good deal of criticism for the latest version of its operating system. And the trouble is not over. With the launch of Windows 10 Creators Update just around the corner, Microsoft faces a lawsuit from three people from Illinois who claim that the upgrade not only resulted in data loss, but also damaged their computers. The lawsuit makes reference to the difficulty many users found in declining… [Continue Reading]
If you are looking to get your hands on the special Midnight Black OnePlus 3T then you should know that OnePlus will start to sell the new limited edition model through its online store this week. The Midnight Black version is basically identical to the colette edition, which OnePlus unveiled in mid-march, save for the fact that there is no colette branding on the back. It first went on sale through Hypebeast last week, as part of an exclusive launch deal. OnePlus doesn't change a premium for the OnePlus 3T in Midnight Black. Price-wise, it costs the same as the 128GB… [Continue Reading]
New research shows that 35 percent of employees across the UK, France, Germany and Italy admit to have been involved in a security breach. This presents CISOs with a significant challenge when it comes to protecting company data, particularly in light of the forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in early 2018. The study from cyber security company Forcepoint surveyed over 4,000 office workers across the UK, France, Germany and Italy to better understand attitudes toward data protection and the number of insider threats, malicious and accidental, facing organizations across these countries. The findings show… [Continue Reading]
The Sony PS4 Pro is a more powerful version version of the traditional PlayStation 4 game console. Besides having more horsepower, it can output 4K video. Sony's console only does UHD through streaming apps, such as Netflix. Unfortunately, it cannot play 4K Blu-ray discs -- something Microsoft's Xbox One S can do. This is a hardware limitation, as Sony's offering does not have a compatible optical drive. Today, Sony is enabling a new way to enjoy 4K video on the PS4 Pro. Thanks to a software update, the Media Player app can now play 4K mp4 files. While this is appreciated, the ability to… [Continue Reading]
AI is starting to worm its way into our homes and workplaces, but a new study reveals that many consumers are currently unaware of the role it already plays in their lives. The survey of almost 2,000 US consumers by predictive sales platform InsideSales.com shows that in both their personal and work lives, people are split in their use of AI. Outside the office, more than half (55 percent) report that they have used AI before, but only about 10 percent can be considered early adopters, using AI on a regular basis. Interestingly use of AI seems to equate to lower… [Continue Reading]
Users of Microsoft's Docs.com website took to Twitter to complain after files marked as private were made public by the sites' search function. In response, Microsoft pulled the search feature from the site, but it is now back up and running. Even during the time it was not possible to search the site directly, Google and Bing searches could still be conducted to reveal social security numbers, job applications, contact details, and other private information. While it is possible to mark files as private or public, it appears that the owners of files exposed over the weekend were under the… [Continue Reading]
It’s easy to understand why Microsoft took the decision to take Windows 8 in a new direction. PC sales were falling, and people were transitioning to iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Microsoft felt it needed to do something radical to remain relevant in this changing world, and an operating system that could run on PCs, tablets, and smartphones seemed like a smart move. The problem, of course, is the Start menu-less Windows 8 was too radical an approach for PC owners -- the bulk of Windows users -- and the OS itself was simply too half baked. There were too… [Continue Reading]
Organizations are very much interested in equipping their mobile workforce with detachables, according to a new report by Panasonic. Released during CeBIT 2017, it says detachable devices with screens ranging from 12 to 13.3 inches are in the "sweet spot," when it comes to screen size. The second key element to a well-built device is ruggedization. Entitled Why Tablets Can Successfully Transform your Business, the report is based on a poll of 1,203 IT decision makers and line-of-business managers. For 60 percent of respondents, tablets are high on their priorities list for this year. Among those that have already made… [Continue Reading]
WhatsApp has been criticized for failing to help police following the revelation that Khalid Masood used the encrypted messaging service shortly before running down numerous people and stabbing a policeman to death in London last week. The UK home secretary Amber Rudd spoke out over the weekend, saying that police and other agencies should be granted access to encrypted messages with a view to countering future terrorist attacks. Later this week, Rudd is due to meet with technology leaders to talk about how the government should be able to access messages protected by end-to-end encryption -- something already dropped from… [Continue Reading]
JustPark is a smart app which helps you find your perfect parking space from more than 200,000 in more than 1,000 cities worldwide. Give the app a location and it’ll display available spaces on a map, along with its cost (the company says it’s up to 70 percent cheaper than street parking) and the time it’ll take to walk to your destination. You can book and reserve your space in seconds. This will be for a fixed period, but you can also manage it later from your phone (extend the booking, maybe cancel). JustPark’s spaces are rented out by individuals… [Continue Reading]
Amazon has written a "Hello World" example for building an Alexa Skill. At first glance, it looks like just what you need to get into Alexa Skills development because it's short and clear. But take a second look and you'll notice it requires an external dependency. It brings in the alexa-sdk npm package. I'll show that not only don't you need the alexa-sdk to teach Alexa a Skill but you might actually be better off without it. var Alexa = require('alexa-sdk'); The alexa-sdk claims to let you "focus on your skill's logic instead of boilerplate code." But it's exactly this… [Continue Reading]
HD Video Converter Factory is the free edition of a commercial product for editing and converting videos from one format to another. The program has a few "please upgrade" nag screens and some restrictions (720p resolution limit, some export formats aren’t available), but there are no time limits or watermarks and it’s all very usable. HD Video Converter Factory accepts files via drag and drop. There’s an "Add Files" option if it’s more convenient, and in theory you can download videos from some popular sites, although this kept giving us network errors when we tried it. Your source files can… [Continue Reading]
The best price tag to find on anything is one that reads "Free", and Google has introduced a new section to the Play Store with this in mind. The new "Free App of the Week" section does very much what you would expect -- slashes the price of a paid-for app to zero. Great news for Android users! It's an idea that Apple has experienced great success with, and it's a quick and easy way for Google to increase engagement in its app store. The first free app is Cartoon Network's Card Wars --Adventure Time which normally retails for $2.99.… [Continue Reading]