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 on: Today at 03:54:08 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Even the very best WiFi connections are dampened with multiple simultaneous users, especially in a house full of streamers and Netflix enthusiasts.  If this problem sounds all too familiar, you’ll be happy to hear that the WiFi Alliance just officially launched WiFi 6.

Wi-Fi 6 is the next-generation standard in WiFi technology. Wi-Fi 6 also known as “AX WiFi” or “802.11ax WiFi” builds and improves on the current 802.11ac WiFi standard.  TP-link has given us an introduction to the technology on their website:

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With traditional MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple inputs, multiple outputs), multiple users can access the router simultaneously without any noticeable decreases in bandwidth quality– up to a point. However, with 8 x 8 MU-MIMO, more than 8 streams are available for users to choose from. And whereas 802.11ac MU-MIMO only works for downloads, 8 x 8 MU-MIMO works with both uploads and downloads. This means that whether you’re streaming, downloading, torrenting, playing VR/AR, MMO’s or RPG’s; with Wi-Fi 6’s 8 streams, there’s more than enough bandwidth for everyone.


WiFi 6 comprises a set of tools that make data delivery faster and more efficient, and therefore more easily able to cope with higher WiFi demands- Tp-link reports that WiFi 6 has 4x more capacity for more devices.

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Wi-Fi 6 uses both 1024-QAM (Quadrature amplitude modulation )to provide a signal packed with more data (giving you more efficiency) and a 160 MHz Channel to provide a wider channel to make your WiFi faster. Experience stutter-free VR or enjoy stunningly vivid 4K and even 8K streaming.

Wi-Fi 6 uses 8×8 uplink/downlink, MU-MIMO, OFDMA (Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access), and BSS Color to provide up to 4x larger capacity and to handle more devices. Come home to a virtually flawless smart home experience or throw house parties with a network built to handle all your guests and their devices.


Since more data can be delivered at once, the theoretical maximum WiFi speed has also increased from 3.5 Gbps to 9.6 Gbps.  With 1024-QAM, each symbol carries 10 bits rather than 8 bites, which improves raw speeds by 25% compared to 802.11ac 256-QAM.

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Wi-Fi 6 is designed to improve speed, increase efficiency and reduce congestion in heavy bandwidth usage scenarios.


Another perk is the greater stability and wider-coverage, so you can once again step foot in the previously poor signal areas:

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OFDM is a symbol that transmits data. It divides its data among smaller subcarriers for more stability and wider coverage. AX WiFi uses a 4x longer OFDM symbol to create 4x more subcarriers. Because of this, Wi-Fi 6’s longer OFDM symbol provides increased coverage and makes it 11% faster. Enjoy rock-solid coverage from your garage to the second story and get ultra-fast connections for all your smart home, mobile, gaming and desktop devices in between.


WiFi 6 expands the WiFi band from 80 MHz to 160MHz, which is double the channel width and creating a faster connection between router and device:

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With Wi-Fi 6, you can enjoy 8K movies, large file downloads and uploads, and responsive smart home devices – all without buffering.


New Base Service Station (BSS) Colour technology has also been introduced, which will combat the common issue of Wifi conflicts:

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Interference from your neighbors’ wireless networks can cause issues with your wireless signal. BSS (Base Service Station) Color, marks frames from neighboring networks so that your router can ignore them. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment or close to your neighbors, this means that your router just became that much more efficient – no extra work required.


Finally, the environmental benefit comes from the Target Wake Time technology, which works to reduce power consumption:

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Target Wake Time (TWT) allows devices to negotiate when and how often they will wake up to send or receive data, increasing device sleep time and substantially improving battery life for mobile and IoT devices.


The WiFi Alliance confirm that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 will be the first smartphone certified for the new standard.  While older products can receive certification, the majority of products on the market don’t have the capacity to support WiFi 6; so new gadgets will be forced to adapt, or become redundant.

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 on: Today at 12:28:12 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Password manager LastPass has released an update last week to fix a security bug that exposes credentials entered on a previously visited site.

The bug was discovered last month by Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Project Zero, Google's elite security and bug-hunting team.

Fix Available

LastPass believed to be the most popular password manager app today, fixed the reported issue in version 4.33.0, released last week, on September 12. In a blog post, the company said the bug only impacts its Chrome and Opera browser extensions.

If users have not enabled an auto-update mechanism for their LastPass browser extensions, they're advised to perform a manual update as soon as possible.

This is because yesterday, Ormandy published details about the security flaw he found. The security researcher's bug report walks an attacker through the steps necessary to reproduce the bug.

Since the bug relies on executing malicious JavaScript code alone, with no other user interaction, the bug is considered dangerous and potentially exploitable.

Attackers could lure users on malicious pages and exploit the vulnerability to extract the credentials users had entered on previously-visited sites. According to Ormandy, this isn't as hard as it sounds, as an attacker could easily disguise a malicious link behind a Google Translate URL, trick users into visiting the link, and then extract credentials from a previously visited site.

"I think it's fair to call this 'High' severity, even if it won't work for *all* URLs," Ormandy said.

Since the vulnerability was discovered and then privately reported by Google, there's no reason to believe the bug has been exploited in the wild. A LastPass spokesperson did not return a request for comment.

Don't Abandon Password Managers Because Of A Fixable Bug

Like any other applications, password managers are sometimes vulnerable to bugs, which are in all cases eventually fixed.

Despite this vulnerability, users are still advised to rely on a password manager whenever they can. Using a password manager is many times better than leaving passwords stored inside a browser, from where they can be easily extracted by forensic tools and malware.

LastPass' efficiency in keeping passwords away from prying eyes was proven this summer when the company couldn't answer legal demands from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The company was told by cops to hand over information on a user, such as passwords and home address, but the company couldn't comply with the order because the data was encrypted and they couldn't access it.

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 on: September 16, 2019, 06:32:07 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
While pop-up selfie camera is a clever solution to get rid of the “notch design,” the risk of getting it broken is always there. The best solution that can be thought of is the under-the-display camera and that’s exactly what Huawei and a few others Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Oppo are working on.

Huawei filed a patent for its under-the-display camera smartphone back in 2018 and it was published by WIPO(World Intellectual Property Office) on August 29, 2019.

Titled ‘Mobile terminal and display method thereof,’ Huawei’s patent showcases how the company is planning to nail the under-the-display camera technology in a smartphone.

Huawei envisions a smartphone that features a partially transparent display and the upper of it which is usually occupied by status icons like battery indicator, is where all the magic happen. Huawei placed under-the-display-camera at the level of the status bar (via Letsgodigital).



Interestingly enough, components like the LED indicator, light emitter, and even the flash has been placed under the screen.

When the selfie camera is not in use, everything stays as normal — the status bar icons can be displayed as they get displayed in today’s smartphones. The display remains semi-transparent(between 50-99%) during this time.



And when the selfie camera is in use, the portion of the display where the cameras and components like LED indicator are located turn into a completely transparent display. You’ll literally be able to see through it! According to Huawei, this will ensure good quality selfies. Further, you’ll be able to control transparency.



The patent also talks about the possibility of extending the transparent part to other parts of the display.

Again, we’re not aware of whether or not Huawei is going bring such a technology to the market, but if ever Huawei launches a smartphone with technology that has been discussed in the patent, it’d be revolutionary, to say the least.

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 on: September 16, 2019, 02:21:44 PM 
Started by riso - Last post by riso
China's internet could continue to operate as a national intranet in the case of a cyber-attack or foreign intervention. The structure of the Chinese internet is unlike any other country, being similar to a gigantic intranet, according to research published by Oracle last week.
The country has very few connection points to the global internet, has zero foreign telcos operating within its borders, and Chinese-to-Chinese internet traffic never leaves the country.
All of these allow China to disconnect itself at will from the global internet and continue to operate, albeit with no connectivity to western services.
"Put plainly, in terms of resilience, China could effectively withdraw from the global public internet and maintain domestic connectivity (essentially having an intranet)," Oracle's Dave Allen said. "This means the rest of the world could be restricted from connecting into China, and vice versa for external connections for Chinese businesses/users."
Very few peering points
The most obvious sign that China is different from any other country in terms of how it structured its internet infrastructure is by looking at how the country is connected to the rest of the internet.
Normally, most countries allow local and foreign telecommunications providers to operate within each other's borders. These companies interconnect their infrastructure at physical locations called Internet Exchange Points (IXPs), and all the internet is a giant mesh of IXP peering points interconnecting smaller telco networks.
But China doesn't do this. Rather than allowing foreign telcos to operate within its borders, this market is completely off limits. Instead, local telcos extend China's infrastructure to foreign countries, where they interlink with the global internet.
This way, Chinese ISPs form a closely-knit structure capable of exchanging traffic among themselves. All connections that need to reach foreign services must go through the country's Great Firewall, reach foreign IXPs via closely selected telcos (China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile), and then land on the public internet.
This entire structure is very much akin to a corporate intranet, and has quite a few advantages.
First, China can impose its internet censorship program at will, without needing to account for foreign telcos operating inside its borders, and have to deal with their sensitive customer policies.
Second, China can disconnect from the internet whenever it detects an external attack, but still maintain a level of internet connectivity within its borders, relying solely on local telcos and data centers.
Internal traffic never leaves the country
But another advantage of this structure is that traffic meant to go from one Chinese user to another never leaves the country's borders.
This is very different from most internet connections. For example, a user from an Italian town wanting to access their city's website might find it surprising that their connection often goes through servers located in France or Germany before reaching the city's website.
Such "weird" connection paths happen all the time on the internet, and in many countries, but not in China. Here, because local telcos peer primarily with each other and have a few tightly controlled outlets to the external world, internal traffic has no reason to leave the country.
More "national intranets" to follow
The main advantage of this is that foreign intelligence services have very little insight into Chinese traffic, unless users connect to foreign services, and the traffic must cross China's borders.
From a national security standpoint, this is ideal; however, only China has such a system in place -- at least, for now.
"While China's structure is unique in the way it is physically set up to be separate from the rest of the world, other countries have begun to adopt the theoretical approach to cyber sovereignty that China is promoting," said Oracle's Dave Allen.
One of the countries that's trying to replicate this Chinese "national intranet" model is Russia. This March, President Vladimir Putin signed a new law giving the government expanded control over the internet. The law basically forces local internet providers to install devices that route Russian web traffic through government-run servers, where intelligence services are given free will to analyze the traffic.
Furthermore, the country has also been busy building a local backup of the Domain Name System (DNS), and has conducted tests to disconnect the country from the rest of the internet, as part of a planned experiment.
Russia may be a few years behind China, but the writing's on the wall as to Kremlin's intentions.
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 on: September 16, 2019, 11:11:01 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
At the October 2019 event, Microsoft might announce the long-rumored dual-screen device with lightweight Windows Core OS, which has been specifically designed to support dual displays hardware.

Over the past few years, and especially over the last few months, we have come across several mentions of Windows Core OS (WCOS) in Microsoft’s LinkedIn profiles. One of the profile recently revealed that Microsoft is working on a new Action Center tailored for Windows Core OS.

Today, we spotted mentions of Windows Core OS in support documentation published by Microsoft earlier this year – the first time the much-rumored Windows Core OS name has been used by Microsoft in the official documentation.

The document is for Windows 10’s basic level Windows diagnostic events and fields, and Microsoft has published this privacy-focused document for every latest Windows 10 update. A section of the page, which describes the properties that could be populated by a logging library on Windows, also include mentions of Windows Core OS:

   • wcmp The Windows Shell Composer ID.

   • wPId The Windows Core OS product ID.

   • wsId The Windows Core OS session ID.



According to Github, Windows Core OS mentions were added to the document on April 19, 2019.

In related news, a report recently claimed that Microsoft has been showing off its dual-screen device internally. Also, a patent published on Tuesday revealed a liquid-based hinge design for Microsoft’s foldable device.

This Microsoft product is due next year, sometime in the first half of 2020, but it could be unveiled at the October 2019 event.

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 on: September 15, 2019, 09:59:37 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Windows 10 KB4515384 is the latest cumulative update that Microsoft released on September 10 with a fix for high CPU usage bug and multiple vulnerabilities.

Microsoft initially stated that the cumulative update comes without any known issues, but the company has now updated the changelog to confirm a bug affecting both Start menu and Windows Search. Microsoft has also confirmed audio issues in this cumulative update.

It looks like Windows 10 KB4515384 is plagued by several other issues as well, including a bug that disables Ethernet or WiFi connectivity. A number of users are reporting on Microsoft community forum, Reddit and Windows 10’s Feedback Hub that network adapters have stopped working after applying this update.

“Cumulative update (kb4515384) causes the NIC to fail to enable with a code 10 error. Reinstalling network drivers from Intel or Windows Update sources does not resolve the issue. However removing the update through the ‘Programs & Software’ panel or using a recovery point set *before* the update fully resolves the issue,” a user documented the bug on Feedback Hub.

“KB4515384 breaks ethernet and wifi adapters on my PC. Appears to create new devices as they’re labeled ‘#2’ and when exposing hidden devices in Device Manager the previously named devices appear. Uninstalling these / new or old drivers do not fix the issues (i.e. “ethernet unplugged” which it is clearly not). The only option was to uninstall this update,” another user confirmed the annoying bug on Feedback Hub.

If you are affected by broken network adapters bug, you can disable and re-enable the adapter in Device Manager, and you might be able to use the adapters again after a system reboot. If nothing works, you should consider uninstalling the cumulative update until Microsoft acknowledges the bug and offers a workaround.

Action Center

If you’re facing issues with the Action Center on your Windows 10 device after the update, you’re not alone. A lot of users are reporting that Windows 10 KB4515384 broke Action Center, and a post on Microsoft community forum states that Action Center can’t be opened after applying the patch.

Similarly, reports of broken Taskbar and Action Center have significantly increased in the past few days.

“After installing KB2515384 I’m unable to open the Action Centre or Microsoft Edge. This is on Windows 19H1 18362, Tried repair and reset of Microsoft Edge. No success. Ended up removing the update. Last month I also had to remove the previous update KB4512941 that was causing SearchUI to use excessive CPU and stress the cooling fans,” a user noted on Feedback Hub.

“Update KB4515384 is causing problems on my PC with high CPU from Search and my audio icon won’t open, nor will Action Center. The only thing that makes things normal is uninstalling the update,” a user said in a Reddit post.

Another bug prevents users from opening app icons pinned to the taskbar.

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 on: September 15, 2019, 05:12:11 PM 
Started by riso - Last post by riso
In late August, we learned Microsoft was planning its next Surface event for October 2nd – although the fact that it was announcing hardware was more of an assumption than an official confirmation. But today Microsoft sent out a second, formal invite to journalists, and it’s now clear the company is planning big things for its next event.
There are two main details alluding to a major announcement: For one, TNW has learned both Surface head honcho Panos Panay and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be in attendance. For another, Microsoft will be livestreaming the event this time around.
Those two details may not sound like much, but they’re worth noting. While Panay is always at Surface events, Nadella is only there on occasion. Likewise, several Surface events have been low-key, press-only events with no livestream. The company didn’t have a livestream for the Surface Book 2 or Pro 6, for example. But it did have a livestream when it introduced the Surface Studio and Surface Book 2 – major new hardware categories for the company.
We understand that Microsoft will have both hardware and software to show off. We’ll likely see a new the Surface Book, which is nearly 2 years old now, and perhaps a spec bump for the more recent Surface Go, Pro, and Laptop. But we also think it’s likely the company will finally reveal its long-rumored dual-screen, extra-portable Surface, codenamed Centaurus. We’ve also heard rumblings of a Surface speaker.
Centaurus is expected to run Microsoft’s sprightly Windows Lite, which is rumored to be the company’s mobile-first alternative to Windows 10. This will run universal Windows apps and come with an all-new interface (as opposed to the less remarkable and unpopular Windows 10 S).
We’ll be there October 2, so stay tuned for more. The livesteam begins at 10AM that day.
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 on: September 15, 2019, 04:07:36 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Microsoft will introduce the Surface Laptop 3 in the 15-inch version as yesterday reported on the occasion of its hardware event in early October first introduce a notebook in this still extremely popular size. Now we know: the device AMD processors.

Still, there are some open questions about the new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15, are so far neither exact specifications nor first pictures before. For sure, however, due to a series of corresponding entries in non-public databases of European retailers, we are aware that the new Surface Laptop 3 15-inch model will definitely be equipped with AMD CPUs.

An example of an Ultrabook with Ryzen CPU: the Honor MagicBook Pro



This makes it the first product of the Surface series, in which Microsoft renounces the processors of its longtime partner Intel and instead uses chips from its archenemy AMD. On top of that, it is still a product that has not existed in this form at least at Microsoft so far, because so far was the Surface Book as the only device of the PC series from the development of Microsoft with a 15-inch display.

Great prestige win for AMD and its Ryzen processors

For AMD, the design-win at Microsoft certainly means a considerable gain in prestige, after all, the Redmond follow with their Surface series the claim to always create a kind of "lighthouse" product for each device category, each showing how the Software Group presents the best matching platform for its software and services around Windows 10.

According to the current state, we have encountered three AMD-based models of the Surface Laptop 3 with a 15-inch display, although this number may of course change. It is unclear which chips Microsoft wants to use concretely, but AMD has since the beginning of the year a surprisingly broad portfolio on offer, especially the AMD Ryzen 3000 series, which is distributed in the form of processors with a power loss of 15 or 35 watts.

Since the larger edition of the Surface Laptop 3 is a 15-inch model, which should probably offer maximum performance again, the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H and the Ryzen 7 3750H are also suitable. These are quad-core SoCs with integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU, which offer maximum clock rates of 3.7 and 4.0 gigahertz and are manufactured in 12-nanometer scale. In terms of performance, the chips are about the same level as the 8th-generation Intel Core i7 SoC used in the last Surface series.

Of course, the Ryzen 3000 chips of the U series come into question, which comes along with a lower power loss. Whether the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 with AMD chips will be available, we still do not know - but is safe, according to our dealer data that this model will continue to be with Intel processors. It is still unclear whether Microsoft might also offer the 15-inch model, at least as an option, with Intel chips, but we do not have any relevant information yet. Instead, you put at least the new Surface Laptop 3 15 fully on AMD. AMD, Ryzen, ZenAMD

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 on: September 15, 2019, 03:48:45 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The fact that the Redmond plan for their event on 2 October 2019, among other things, the presentation of new Surface Tablets, was actually already long clear, Dealers have now made their first listings on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7, which on the one hand confirmed the name of the new model and, on the other hand, provided initial information on the planned equipment variants.

According to information available to us, Microsoft will again offer a wide range of performance and storage options. We noticed, among other things, that in the absolute entry-level model of an " Intel Core i3 " processor is mentioned, which suggests that the Redmond want to put on the Intel Core i3-10110Y here. So far, the base model always had a Y-Series processor installed.

The Surface Pro 6 was also a similar Y-Series chip from Intel, but this was still referred to as Core m3. The data from the dealers suggest that Microsoft really wants to use the new Surface Series on the new Intel Core processors of the 10th generation. Appropriate evidence provided some weeks ago even entries in the database of Geekbench. However, we have no official information about the platform used.

Storage variants of the Surface Pro 7 for launch in Europe:

   • Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD

   • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD

   • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD

   • Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

   • Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

The most affordable model of the Surface Pro 7 will be equipped with an Intel Core i3 processor, a meager four gigabytes of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. The next lower-priced edition is the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Intel Core i5 CPU and eight gigabytes of RAM as well as a 128 GB SSD. Fortunately, the i5 variant with only four GB RAM, which was initially available in the predecessor, leaves Microsoft out with the Surface Pro 7, so that even the cheapest Core i5 model already has a sufficiently large amount of RAM.

The next level is the Core i5-based edition with eight GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD capacity. If you want more memory, you will have to use the variants with the Intel Core i7 CPU in the future. These will always be equipped with 16 gigabytes of RAM and are available with SSD capacities of 256 or 512 gigabytes directly for the early market introduction. A little later, it will probably be followed by an issue with a terabyte SSD storage space, but this variant is not yet listed in our retail sources.

Anyone who places value on the Surface Pro 7 not to use the probably gray-silver standard color variant again can get an alternative color from the slightly better equipped Core i5 model with 256 GB SSD. Probably the Surface Pro 7 is again in black, with the cheaper versions are offered only with silver or gray housing. For prices or other details about the Surface Pro 7th generation, we have no information. Surface Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Surface Pro 6Microsoft

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 on: September 15, 2019, 01:58:57 PM 
Started by riso - Last post by riso
Twitter suspended accounts of multiple Cuban politicians, including the account of the country’s leader, Raul Castro, and his daughter, as well as the account of a Cuban TV talkshow Mesa Redonda. Some of the journalists who collaborated with the programme in the past, including journalists who work for RT en Español, have also had their accounts suspended on Twitter.
The mass ban/censorship followed the televised announcement about the upcoming fuel shortages due to US policies.
Twitter commented by saying that the ban was implemented according to the social media giant’s policy that prohibits using multiple accounts to amplify political messages and propaganda…
But Twitter (as well as FB, Google, etc) shouldn’t do anything about the US, UK, and Israel’s psychological operations and mass propaganda on social media because those three are the good guys, right? Even though it is openly and officially stated that they create fake “sock puppet” accounts to brainwash people on the Internet, and that they’ve been doing so for years…
Oh, well, I’m pretty sure Twitter just follows the rules of the Free Market™ while making such decisions.
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