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 on: May 28, 2020, 01:25:48 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is almost here.

Microsoft has started to publish documentation for the feature update.

Processor requirements are updated, and hardware requirements have been updated to reflect that OEMs won’t be able to get 32-bit images of the OS anymore.

Just today, a couple of Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheets were updated with today as the release date.

The Windows 10 Version 2004 Media Creation Tool

You can now get your hands on the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool for version 2004.

While the official Media Creation Tool page has not been updated, the new link is live.

This was spotted by Twitter user Aggiornamenti Lumia.

Follow this link to download the Media Creation Tool

As indicated in the tweet, the build number is 19041.1.

The other way to get the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is via the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider Program.


 on: May 28, 2020, 01:16:26 AM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
No surprises. Not when you consider there are only a few days left of May. Windows 10 version 2004, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, should see daylight today.

At least, according to this Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheet page that has just been updated.

Apparently, Microsoft lists the date of availability as May 27, today. Buzz among the bees was that the company was planning to release this feature update tomorrow. But the German page has been refreshed with this new information.

The corresponding US lifecycle fact sheet is yet to be revised, as it still only goes up until version 1909.

According to the intel provided, support for Windows 10 version 2004 will end on December 14, 2021, which lines up with the usual 18 months of support that Redmond reserves for new versions of the Windows 10 operating system.

The date remains the same for Education and Enterprise SKUs, seeing as only the fall update gets the extra 12 months of support for these two variants.

All that said, if the Windows 10 May 2020 Update does indeed launch today, it’s not going to be forced on anyone. Microsoft no longer does that, unless the version you are on is nearing the end of support. Instead, you will now only see a link in Windows Update that will let you opt-in for deployment.

That is, only if you are ready and choose to begin the installation.

If you are ready today, then you will be allowed to make the upgrade after 10 AM Pacific Time.


 on: May 27, 2020, 02:00:33 PM 
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A critical Android security vulnerability disclosed today and dubbed StrandHogg 2.0 can allow malicious apps to camouflage as most legitimate applications and steal sensitive information from Android users.

According to Promon security researchers who found the bug, StrandHogg 2.0 impacts all devices running Android 9.0 and below (Android 10 is not affected), and it can be exploited by attackers without root access.

Spy and steal sensitive user information

After exploiting the critical vulnerability tracked as CVE-2020-0096 on an Android device, malicious actors can easily steal the users' credentials with the help of overlays or their data by abusing app permissions.

By abusing the StrandHogg 2.0 bug, attackers can perform a wide array of malicious tasks which allow them to:

• Listen to the user through the microphone

• Take photos through the camera

• Read and send SMS messages

• Make and/or record phone conversations

• Phish login credentials

• Get access to all private photos and files on the device

• Get location and GPS information

• Get access to the contacts list

• Access phone logs

Malicious apps that exploit the vulnerability can easily trick users by replacing the interface of legitimate apps after they are launched using reflection and remaining fully hidden as Promon explains.

"If the victim then inputs their login credentials within this interface, those sensitive details are immediately sent to the attacker, who can then login to, and control, security-sensitive apps," Promon says.

"Utilizing StrandHogg 2.0, attackers can, once a malicious app is installed on the device, gain access to private SMS messages and photos, steal victims’ login credentials, track GPS movements, make and/or record phone conversations, and spy through a phone’s camera and microphone."

Fix already rolled out to all vulnerable Android devices

A security fix was already released by Google for Android versions 8.0, 8.1, and 9, after being notified of the vulnerability in December 2019 and rolling out a patch to Android ecosystem partners during April 2020.

"Android users should update their devices to the latest firmware as soon as possible in order to protect themselves against attacks utilizing StrandHogg 2.0," Promon CTO and founder Tom Lysemose Hansen said.

Luckily, no malware has been observed so far actively exploiting the security bug in the wild until today.

StrandHogg 2.0 is similar to a previous Android vulnerability Promon found during 2019, dubbed StrandHogg, and actively exploited at the time by the BankBot banking trojan.

"They are similar in the sense that hackers can exploit both vulnerabilities in order to gain access to very personal information and services, but from our extensive research, we can see that StrandHogg 2.0 enables hackers to attack much more broadly while being far more difficult to detect," Promon CTO and founder Tom Lysemose Hansen said.

StrandHogg allowed malicious apps to hijack Android’s multitasking feature and "freely assume any identity in the multitasking system they desire," while StrandHogg 2.0 is an elevation of privilege vulnerability that enables malware to gain access to almost all Android apps.

Over 90% of Android users exposed to attacks

"Promon predicts that attackers will look to utilize both StrandHogg and StrandHogg 2.0 together because both vulnerabilities are uniquely positioned to attack devices in different ways, and doing so would ensure that the target area is as broad as possible."

Since many of the mitigation measures that can be taken against StrandHogg do not apply to StrandHogg 2.0 and vice-versa, many Android users might be exposed to future attacks attempting to exploit both vulnerabilities.

Additionally, since the vast majority of users are still running Android version 9.0 or earlier on their devices (91.8% of Android active users worldwide according to Google), malware designed to abuse the StrandHogg bugs will have a lot of potential targets lined up.

A video demo of StrandHogg 2.0 in action is embedded below.


 on: May 27, 2020, 01:42:10 PM 
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Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) will be arriving later this week for many of those individuals and companies not presently using it. This update would be the first major release of the year and it will introduce several improvements and a few new features including Cloud Reset, Cortana app and more.

Microsoft has been gradually preparing for the launch of the May 2020 Update. In April, Microsoft moved the May 2020 Update to the Release Preview Ring, and Intel GPU drivers were also released with support for the feature update.

In a leaked schedule, Microsoft also confirmed that Windows 10 version 2004 will be released on May 27 or May 28.

We are now hours away from the public rollout of Windows 10’s May 2020 Update and Microsoft has now published support documents (information pages) on the company’s website.

The page titled “Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004” is currently empty, but in another page, Microsoft says there are no active known issues with the May 2020 Update.

The other support documents for May 2020 Update are also empty and there’s no real information available at the moment.

It’s very likely that Micorosft will update these pages with actual information including known issues later this year. In a blog post, Microsoft previously stated that the company is aware of at least one issue in Windows 10 version 2004 where the DISM tool reports status incorrectly.

After the October 2018 Update’s disastrous launch, which caused many people to lose their data, Microsoft will be supremely cautious with the feature update. May 2020 Update will be rolling out slowly unless you manually force it on your PC.

You can manually install feature updates from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. In the Windows Update page, you need to click on ‘Check for updates’ and tap ‘Download and install now.’

However, that option may not appear for everyone as May 2020 Update will be rolled out in phases. That said, if you really need the feature update, you can always get it with Media Creation Tool or Microsoft’s Update Assistant.


 on: May 27, 2020, 01:17:00 PM 
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When visiting the site, a script will run that performs a local port scan of your computer to detect remote support and remote access applications.

Many of these ports are related to remote access/remote support tools such as the Windows Remote Desktop, VNC, TeamViewer, Ammy Admin, and more.

After learning about this, BleepingComputer conducted a test and can confirm that is indeed performing a local port scan of 14 different ports when visiting the site. script performing a port scan

This scan is being conducted by a check.js script [archived] on that attempts to connect to the following ports:

Ports scanned by the script

The fourteen different ports that are scanned and their associated programs and eBay reference string is listed below.

BleepingComputer has not been able to identify the targeted program on port 63333. If you recognize it, please let us know

The script performs these scans using WebSockets to connect to, which is the local computer, on the specified port.

Script to use WebSockets to perform local port scans

According to Nullsweep, who first reported on the port scans, they do not occur when browsing the site with Linux.

Once they tested in Windows, though, the port scans occurred.

This makes sense as the programs being scanned for are all Windows remote access tools.

Likely done to detect hacked computers

We first heard about eBay's port scanning script from Jack Rhysider of DarkNetDiaries, and it was theorized that it was being done for ad delivery, fingerprinting, or fraud protection.

As the port scan is only looking for Windows remote access programs, it is most likely being done to check for compromised computers used to make fraudulent eBay purchases.

In 2016, reports were flooding in that people's computers were being taken over through TeamViewer and used to make fraudulent purchases on eBay.

As many eBay users use cookies to automatically login to the site, the attackers were able to remote control the computer and access eBay to make purchases.

It got so bad that one person created a spreadsheet to keep track of all the reported attacks. As you can see, many of them reference eBay.

The script being used for fraud detection is further confirmed by Dan Nemec's great write-up, where he traced it to a fraud detection product owned by LexisNexis called ThreatMetrix.

As part of ThreatMetrix's description, they discuss how they detect and protect sites from Remote Access Trojans (RATs).

"Malware protection helps businesses mitigate the risk by being protected from Man-In-The-Browser (MITB), Remote Access Trojan (RAT), high velocity/frequency bot attacks to low-and-slow attacks mimicking legitimate customer behavior, ransomware, keylogging attempts, etc," ThreatMetrix's product page explains.

While the scanned for programs are all legitimate, some of them have been used as RATs in phishing campaigns.

Regardless of the reasons, port scans like this are still intrusive and not something that many users would want to happen when visiting a site.

When we reached out to eBay for the statement we were told:

"Our customers’ privacy and data remain a top priority. We are committed to creating an experience on our sites and services that is safe, secure, and trustworthy."

Update 5/25/20 12:01 AM EST: Updated article with correct attribution.

Update 5/25/20 12:28 PM EST: Updated article with further info from Dan Nemec's blog post about the port scans.

Update 5/25/20 01:25 PM EST: Added ebay's statement.


 on: May 26, 2020, 03:48:21 PM 
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Today marks the second anniversary of the introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

With privacy in the spotlight at the moment due to COVID-19 tracing apps, we got the views of some industry experts on the effect that GDPR has had on our individual privacy and on the way businesses handle data.

"While it's the second anniversary of GDPR, being GDPR-compliant isn't about a point in time," says Steve Grewal CTO of data management firm Cohesity. "Compliance is an on-going process that requires organizations to take the utmost care in managing and protecting personal data. This means minimizing data volumes, reducing data fragmentation, and -- absent standardized policies in the US across all 50 states on personal data and privacy -- taking a proactive approach to ensure data is secure and protected. In 2020, it’s imperative that organizations are good stewards of customer data. Failing to make compliance a key part of an overall data management strategy can severely damage trust and erode brand reputations."

Grewal also believes any erosion of privacy due to tracing apps will be temporary, "Just as individuals were asked to trade privacy to access social networks, individuals are being asked to consider a lower level of personal privacy while being under lockdown, as governments are exploring the use of tracking apps to track the spread of the virus. Though Europe's laws are strict, exemptions for public-health crises are written into EU data protection rules. Any use of data must be proportionate and fall away once the crisis has passed."

Matt Lock, technical director UK at data security firm Varonis says:

Many companies took the GDPR seriously and made great progress ramping up their data protection measures. Reports that the ICO isn’t taking forward any cases and delaying current ones sends the message that regulators have pressed pause for the time being.

There isn't time to lose -- the public needs to know safeguards will remain firmly in place and that companies that stray from GDPR requirements will be held accountable. Especially at this time when personal data is being shared and processed in efforts to manage the pandemic. It may be tempting to bend the rules now, but industry and regulators can’t turn the clock back.

It's reasonable to expect some lag time as regulators and companies re-assess their priorities during the COVID crisis. Ignoring data protection in the short term only opens the door to long term issues.

The pandemic forced companies to get their teams up and running remotely. In the rush to remote work, many organizations eased access and normal safeguards to ensure everything could remain business-as-usual. In doing so, they widened the attack surface. No doubt, there are companies that have been compromised and simply don’t know it yet. In the weeks and months ahead, expect to see a slew of disclosures to the ICO.

Bob Swanson, a security research consultant at SOAR company Swimlane believes GDPR enforcement has yet to fully bite, "When we look at the introduction of GDPR everyone was focused on proposed fines. But have the actual fines issued lived up to that? No they have not. How you institute change is through collaboration and accountability, specifically among the largest most influential organizations. Take Google for example. Of the millions in fines issued in 2019, the majority of those were issued to Google. However when you compare Google's 2019 issuance of $57 million in fines to annual revenue, some would say this fine more closely resembles a slap on the wrist, versus a mechanism to institute change among the tech giants. These types of organizations will be the ones to truly influence the adoption, adaptation, and staying power of such legislation."

Others though think GDPR has been a success. Grant Geyer, chief product officer of operational technology platform Claroty believes, "Just as important as the principles the regulation stands for, the European Union’s global enforcement of blatant and willful violations of the rights of European citizens to have their personal data safeguarded has raised its prominence to the gold standard of data protection regulations worldwide. In today's global economy, GDPR has swiftly created a replicable regulatory blueprint that represents a win for citizens to maintain ownership over their personal data.  That's a sacred right in a digital economy where for many years personal data has been abused and monetized without awareness, consent, or recourse."

"It is clear GDPR has so far been a success," says Paul Breitbarth, director, EU policy, and strategy at privacy management company TrustArc. "Companies around the world have become much more aware of the importance of privacy compliance, updating their approach to how their customers’ data is collected, used, and safeguarded."

However, he adds a caveat, "Two years of experience have also shown more work is needed to understand the nitty-gritty detail of complying with GDPR. Data protection authorities will have to develop further guidelines with practical examples, but also release the reports of any enforcement action -- ideally in English -- so companies anywhere in the world can learn from what has gone wrong."

It's clear from this range of views that, while GDPR has been largely successful in improving the focus on data privacy, there's still more work for businesses and regulators to do.


 on: May 26, 2020, 03:34:46 PM 
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Windows 10 May 2020 Update, also known as version 2004, will begin rolling out to consumers between May 26 and May 28.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update is much bigger than the November 2019 Update (version 1909) and it comes with a long list of new features and improvements for everyone.

Optional Updates experience

Windows 10 May 2020 Update introduces a new “Optional updates” page that will allow you to select and choose non-critical Windows updates for your drivers or other parts of the system.

To find new Optional Updates experience, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

Bluetooth A2DP

When you install the update on your device, you’ll be able to use your computer as a pair of Bluetooth speakers and play music from your phone.

May 2020 Update finally reintroduces support for Bluetooth A2DP sink, which was available in Windows 7 before being disabled with Windows 8 update. The older versions of Windows 10 are limited to the A2DP source role, which only allows you to stream a song from your laptop to speakers or smartphones.

For now, it appears that Bluetooth A2DP sink support will remain disabled until you turn it on with a third-party app from the Microsoft Store.

Cloud Recovery

The update introduces a cloud recovery option for Windows 10 and it makes the process of recovering your desktop or laptop from a corrupted installation of the operating system much easier.

To reset Windows 10 when something goes wrong, you need to use a Windows image that shipped with your device in a recovery drive, compact disk, or a USB storage device with the ISO image.

May 2020 Update introduces a cloud recovery option for users. Windows would offer two options when you reset your device: Cloud download or Reset locally.

Cloud download option would download the latest version of Windows 10 from Microsoft and install it for you without manual interaction.

In other words, Cloud Recovery allows you to bypass Windows 10’s traditional recovery process that may not work every time.

To use the Cloud download option, head to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery, and select the option ‘remove everything’ option. In the next screen, you can tell Windows to use “Cloud Download.”

Once selected, Windows will download the most recent copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft servers and install it on your system.

Faster performance

If you use HDD, you’re likely to notice performance improvements after installing the May update.

In May 2020 Update, Windows Search has been tweaked to reduce the stress on your system, Disk and CPU usage. You will notice faster performance on devices with older hard disk drives (HDDs), thanks to the reduced resources usage by Windows Search.

You are unlikely to notice any significant difference in devices with SSDs, which doesn’t suffer from slowdowns caused by Windows Search indexing.

Windows Update bandwidth controls

Windows 10 actively uses your internet for Windows Updates, Microsoft Store and other products

With May 2020 Update, Windows 10 will you to configure how much bandwidth (internet data speed) should be used for the Windows Update and Microsoft Store with ‘absolute value’.

“Absolute values” provide users with more control over how their internet connection is used by the Windows Update process. In Windows Update > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization, you can set an absolute limit in Mbps and throttle Windows Update downloads more accurately.

This is ideal for scenarios where you are using a metered connection or you have multiple devices on the same internet connection.

To use the feature, head to the Settings app > Updates & Security > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization > Advanced options.

In Delivery Optimization’s advanced options page, enable these two options:

   • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background.

   • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground.

Enter a value to set a limit for updates. For example, if you enter 20, only 20mbps of your internet speed will be used to download Windows Updates, Microsoft Store apps, and other services.

Task Manager

In May 2020 Update, Task Manager now displays your disk type (SSD or HDD), which allows you to identify the storage hardware installed in your system.

Microsoft is also updating the performance tab in Task Manager to display your GPU temperate.

If you have a dedicated graphics card with a driver that supports WDDM 2.4, Task Manager’s performance tab will finally display the GPU temperature.

Specialized Displays

For some computers, Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “Specialized Displays”, which can be configured from Settings > System > Display.

In Display settings, you need to select “Advanced display settings” and check “Remove display from desktop” option.

This feature allows you to use the second monitor as a Specialized Display for a specific purpose, such as gaming rigs, monitor panel for testing and validation in factories, etc.


Based on feedback from testers, Microsoft is adding more kaomoji to Windows 10’s emoji panel, which can be accessed with Win+(Period) keyboard shortcut.

DirectX 12

The May 2020 Update also includes support for new DirectX 12 features including Raytracing tier 1.1, Mesh Shader, and Sampler Feedback.

Windows Hello improvements

Windows Hello is a Windows 10 exclusive feature that allows you to use biometric security on your PC with facial, fingerprint, and even PINs.

In May 2020 Update, you can now use Windows Hello to sign in when you’re in the Safe mode, which is a basic state with a limited set of files and drivers to troubleshoot problems on your PC.

Network cameras

Windows 10 now also allows you to configure support network cameras, which are IP based cameras used in security scenarios.

With May Update, you can configure Windows to use network and stream photos or videos captured by the camera.

Automatic restart for UWP apps

You’ll now be able to restart UWP apps automatically when you restart your PC. Previously, this feature was limited to just Win32 apps.

May 2020 Update adds support for restarting UWP apps automatically on system reboot.

You can configure the feature under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.

May 2020 Update also gives you more control over when Windows 10 should automatically restart your Win32 and UWP apps.

If you turn on the feature, Windows will save your restartable apps when you log out or shut down the system and apps are resumed the next time when you sign.

Turning off the feature will reduce the startup time.

Bluetooth pairing experience

Microsoft is introducing improvements for pairing peripherals.

Bluetooth pairing for devices made by Microsoft is now done in Action Center’s notifications, which means you won’t have to open the Settings app to finish pairing.

Virtual desktops improvement

Virtual desktop lets you separate desktops

Windows 10 comes with Virtual desktops, which allows you to create multiple and separate desktops. Each desktop display different open windows and apps.

May Update adds the ability to rename virtual desktops. To use this feature, press the Win+Tab keyboard shortage and select ‘New Desktop’.

Once you select the desktop option, the field will become editable and rename the desktop.

You can also right-click the desktop thumbnail and edit the name.

New tablet experience for 2-in-1

The update also focuses on tablet experience and it comes with a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 devices. The feature is for convertible devices, which are supposed to easily serve as laptops or tablets.

According to Microsoft, the new tablet experience should make it easier for users to switch between the two form factors.

When you use your device in the tablet mode, Windows will now increase the spacing between Taskbar icons, collapse Search box on taskbar into an icon, optimize File Explorer layout, and touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap text fields.

Paint, WordPad, and Notepad are now optional

The Optional features app list in May 2020 Update contains three new entries: Paint, Notepad, and WordPad. The apps won’t disappear from Windows 10, but you will have the choice to uninstall them and use third-party alternatives such as Paint.NET or Notepad++.

Microsoft is also updating the Optional features app list page. You can now select and install multiple optional features at the same time, search through lists of optional features, and find out the install date for each optional feature on your system.

Redesigned Network Status page

Microsoft is redesigning the Network status page within the Settings app to display all available connections on the Status page and as well as the data usage.

You can now see how much data is being used directly from the Network Status page.

Other improvements in May 2020 Update:

• You can now change your mouse cursor speed Settings > Devices > Mouse.

• Chinese IME and Japanese IME improvements.

• You can now easily change the picture for the account you use to sign in to Windows from the Settings.

• Sideloading setting for MSIX is no longer required.

• Microsoft has updated the Narrator’s Outlook folder reading for the optimal triaging experience.


 on: May 26, 2020, 01:41:38 PM 
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Unlike other browsers, it can’t be said that Google Chrome’s focus is on privacy. However, as its browser rivals such as Brave, Safari, and Firefox continue to put privacy front and center, Chrome has little choice but to be dragged along with them. And as of today, Google Chrome is getting a massive privacy boost thanks to the inclusion of DNS-over-http.

DNS, or the Domain Name System, is a core technology of the internet. It’s what allows users to type in URLs instead of the numerical IP address of a website. However, the DNS system has historically required computers to perform DNS lookups (matching a URL to an IP address) unencrypted, which means anyone from your ISP to bad actors could see what websites you’re visiting.

DNS-over-http changes all that by encrypting the DNS lookups your browser performs—essentially shutting out ISPs from knowing which sites you go to (the websites themselves can still identify your computer by its IP, however). In other words, Google adding DNS-over-http to Chrome, the world’s most popular browser, is a major privacy win.

Though Chrome 83 and later supports DNS-over-http, Google isn’t flipping the switch on it automatically. Instead, it’s rolling it out gradually. However, if you want to flip the switch on it now, you can (via

   1. Make sure you’ve downloaded the most recent version of Chrome (version 83.0.4103.61 or higher).

   2. Type “chrome://flags/#dns-over-http” into Chrome’s address bar.

   3. Under the “Secure DNS lookups” menu, click the “Default” drop-down menu and select “Enabled.”

   4. Click the “Relaunch” button to relaunch Chrome.

Now, provided your DNS server supports Secure DNS, DNS-over-http will be enabled in Chrome, making your internet browsing that much more private.


 on: May 26, 2020, 01:18:31 PM 
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The hacking team behind the "unc0ver" jailbreaking tool has released a new version of the software that can unlock every single iPhone, including those running the latest iOS 13.5 version.

Calling it the first zero-day jailbreak to be released since iOS 8, unc0ver's lead developer Pwn20wnd said "every other jailbreak released since iOS 9 used 1day exploits that were either patched in the next beta version or the hardware."

The group did not specify which vulnerability in iOS was exploited to develop the latest version.

The unc0ver website also highlighted the extensive testing that went behind the scenes to ensure compatibility across a broad range of devices, from iPhone 6S to the new iPhone 11 Pro Max models, spanning versions iOS 11.0 through iOS 13.5, but excluding versions 12.3 to 12.3.2 and 12.4.2 to 12.4.5.

"Utilizing native system sandbox exceptions, security remains intact while enabling access to jailbreak files," according to unc0ver, meaning installing the new jailbreak will likely not compromise iOS' sandbox protections.

Jailbreaking, analogous to rooting on Google's Android, is a privilege escalation that works by exploiting flaws in iOS to grant users root access and full control over their devices. This allows iOS users to remove software restrictions imposed by Apple, thereby allowing access to additional customization and otherwise prohibited apps.

But it also weakens the device's security, opening the door to all kinds of malware attacks. The added security risks, coupled with Apple's steady hardware and software lockdown, have made it difficult to jailbreak devices deliberately.

Furthermore, jailbreaks tend to be very specific and based on previously disclosed vulnerabilities, and very much dependent on the iPhone model and iOS version, in order for them to be successfully replicated.


 on: May 26, 2020, 03:14:46 AM 
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Huawei recently released a 5G antenna technology called CableFree. This technology comes with major breakthroughs in key areas such as base station antenna integration, radiation efficiency, and power capacity. This device starts a new phase in the development of antennas in the 5G era. According to the company, CableFree technology breaks through the current antenna design bottleneck. It also effectively improves the antenna’s capabilities in all aspects.

Huawei’s new CableFree antenna, like its name, comes with a cable-free design. It also integrates a phase shifter design which improves antenna integration and antenna performance. CableFree technology has already been used for a couple of Huawei devices including Huawei’s Munich Pro, Golden Mini, and London Pro series antennas, as well as 32T32R Massive MIMO products. This helps customers to quickly deploy high-quality 5G networks.

Some Technology Advancement of Huawei's  Cable-free

• Good high-band coverage: 5G uses a higher frequency band and requires a higher antenna for better coverage. At the same time, 5G network coverage needs to be coordinated by multiple frequency bands. If 1.8GHz / 2.1GHz and other frequency bands are used as 5G uplinks, high-frequency coverage plays an important role in the continuity of 5G experience. CableFree technology improves antenna radiation efficiency by approximately 20%. This also increases the antenna coverage quality.

Meets higher power and frequency demand: In the 5G era, large-capacity and high-speed requirements need the use of more spectrum and higher-order MIMO. The antenna load power increases from five or six hundred watts to more than one kilowatt. CableFree technology improves the antenna power capacity by more than 80%. With this, it meets the greater output power requirements of the 5G era.

Lower weight, easy to install: The high degree of integration of antenna components effectively reduces antenna weight. Take the 6-band antenna as an example, the overall weight reduces by about 10kg. The weight of the control multi-band antenna is within 50kg. With this, it avoids the use of cranes, thus simplifying the installation process and saving installation costs.

Antenna PIM performance is better: CableFree technology reduces 80% of the internal antenna screws and welding joints. With this, it also reduces the PIM risks. PIM means “Passive Intermodulation”. CableFree comes with fewer screws and joints thus it guarantees long-term PIM stability. This new architecture and process improve the production automation ratio. It also ensures better consistency of mass production performance.


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