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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on May 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Windows 10 PCs Running on Snapdragon ARM Chips in Final Stages of Testing: Report 

    Highlights Microsoft and Qualcomm are working on mobile PCs These mobile PCs will have eSIM and will stay connected at all times These mobile PCs might have ‘multi-day’ battery life, report claims

    Windows devices running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon ARM-based processors are inching closer to a retail store near you. Microsoft this week said that it was in the latter stages of testing such mobile PCs.

    In an interview with ZDNet, Pete Bernard, group program manager for Windows expressed his excitement about the Windows on ARM project, adding that the company is testing “hundreds” of these mobile PCs in its offices on a daily basis. “The PC space and the phone space have been sort of in parallel universes for a couple of decades… what two better companies to bring those worlds together than Microsoft and Qualcomm?” he said.

    A Qualcomm executive said this was one of the most exciting projects the chipmaker has been working on. At present, the companies are also testing these devices with mobile operators. “We have been engaged with a lot of mobile operators… talking about not only strategically where does this fit into the portfolio and opportunities it brings them, but tactically how do we get these things into the market and into people’s hands,” he said.

    These mobile PCs will feature an embedded SIM to enable simple activation of the device. The device will have an “always-on” connectivity as well. As an individual customer, you would want be excited about these mobile PCs as well.

    First, these devices are expected to hit the market as soon as December, according to TrustedReviews. Second, these devices will have an amazing battery life. Microsoft is promising multi-day battery life for instance.

    Microsoft’s Bernard said several executives at the company are using this mobile PCs already. He said, he was pleasantly surprised when some of these executives said there was something wrong with the battery meter, it wasn’t draining fast enough. To which, Bernard recalls “It turned out not to be a bug; it just has a great battery life.”

    The Windows maker, which has called it quits on Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile), first unveiled its intentions to unveil ARM-powered Windows laptops last year. The company also demonstrated Photoshop running on an ARM chip. Earlier this year, Qualcomm said it was working with Asus, Lenovo, and HP on building mobile PCs powered by Snapdragon 835 platforms including the new X16 LTE modem.

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    Further reading: Qualcomm, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon, Windows, Windows 10

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , BlueBorne, , , Globally:, Infect, , , Report, Spread   

    BlueBorne Uses Bluetooth to Spread Malware, Can Potentially Infect 5.3 Billion Devices Globally: Report 

    Highlights The BlueBorne attack spreads via Bluetooth The hacker doesn’t need to pair with the device to infect malware The attack can spread malware on Android, Linux, Windows, and iOS devices

    Research firm Armis has taken the lid of a malicious new attack that potentially makes as many as 5.3 billion devices across platforms vulnerable to malware. This attack vector uses Bluetooth to infect devices with malware without being detected by the victim, and can affect Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS devices alike. The researchers have informed Microsoft, Google, Linux, and Apple about the new ‘BlueBorne’ attack, and some of these companies have even rolled out patches for it.

    BlueBorne is particularly dangerous because it doesn’t require a URL link to open, or a file to download, or for the device to even be on the Internet to be infected by malware. It spreads locally via Bluetooth, and the hacker does not need to pair with the device to infect it. The only pre-condition is that Bluetooth needs to be turned on, and then the hacker can easily connect to the device, take control, and spread malware, all of this without ever letting the user know that his device is compromised.

    “Armis has also disclosed eight related zero-day vulnerabilities, four of which are classified as critical. BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure ‘air-gapped’ networks, and spread malware laterally to adjacent devices,” the company notes on its website.

    What is even more dangerous is that BlueBorne is infectious, and it spreads malware to all devices, be it smartphones, tablets, wearables, laptops, PCs, or other connected devices running on Linux, Windows, Android, or iOS. So if the hacker is able to infect one device, that device can in turn then infect other devices in vicinity (with their Bluetooth turned on) without the knowledge of the victim. So for example, if your device gets infected, you can then potentially infect others just by walking past them, and no-one would realise that any malicious deed just took place.

    This could potentially give the hacker access and help infect secure systems of banks, and other institutions without being detected. Armis notes that all devices running on iOS 9.3.5 and above are vulnerable, but fortunately, Apple has released a patch for this with iOS 10, fixing all issues. Microsoft also released an update recently to close this bug, and Google has also released protective patches for Nougat and Marshmallow with the September security update. However, while devices that are in the hands of Google for software support have received the much needed fix, all other Android devices will need to rely on third-party manufacturers, to issue the fix. Armis said it is still not aware of a Linux fix, but it expects it to be released soon

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    Further reading: Android, Apple, Armis, BlueBorne Attack, Bluetooth Malaware, iOS, Linus, Windows

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on April 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    macOS High Sierra Update Contains Keychain Security Vulnerability That Reveals Passwords: Report 

    Highlights Apple released the macOS High Sierra update on Monday The update is affected by a security vulnerability, said a researcher Usernames and passwords can be stolen from Keychain, a report says

    Apple’s public release of the macOS High Sierra update for Mac owners has been tainted with a report by a security researcher that claims it has a serious vulnerability. Director of Research at security firm Synack and ex-NSA analyst Patrick Wardle on Monday said macOS High Sierra contains a major security flaw that can potentially allow hackers to steal user credentials from accounts stored in Keychain.

    Wardle said the macOS High Sierra flaw can allow hackers to steal usernames and passwords from accounts stored in Keychain. He told Forbes that the unsigned apps on macOS High Sierra can access the information from Keychain and even show the plaintext usernames and passwords without the need of user’s master password.

     

    on High Sierra (unsigned) apps can programmatically dump & exfil keychain (w/ your plaintext passwords)

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Breaks:, , Exchange, , Report,   

    India Wants Apple to Create Jobs in Exchange for Tax Breaks: Report 

    Highlights India wants Apple Inc. to commit to investment and creation of jobs Govt has asked the US company to lay out details of the investment money Apple has started manufacturing iPhone SE in India already

    India wants Apple Inc. to commit to investment and creation of jobs before it will consider the company’s plea for tax concessions for manufacturing iPhones in the South Asian nation, people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has asked the US company to lay out details of the money it plans to pump into the country and the potential number of jobs the investment will create, the people said asking not to be identified as the talks are private. The move comes amid concerns that growth in Asia’s third-largest economy isn’t helping add jobs.

    The Cupertino, California-based manufacturer of iPads and iPhones already started initial production of 4-inch iPhone SEs last month at a Wistron Corp. plant in Bengaluru in Karnataka. Electronics and IT secretary Aruna Sundararajan had said on May 23 that the company was in talks with the government on its expansion plan in the world’s fastest-growing major smartphone market.

    The Modi government has been urging foreign investors to make products in the country as part of its ‘Make in India’ policy, which aims to increase the share of domestic manufacturing in the $2 trillion (roughly Rs. 1,28,69,086 crores) economy and create jobs.

    Last year, the company had sought a slew of incentives, including lower duties for importing components and equipment for a period of 15 years. However, the finance ministry turned down the company’s demands.

    A spokesman for the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion did not answer calls seeking comment on the matter.

    Sector-Wide Concessions
    While India’s central government is unwilling to give company-specific tax concessions, it is prepared to look into the sector as a whole for concessions to enhance manufacturing in the country, the people said.

    In 2016, the company shipped 2.5 million iPhones into the country. While that is its best year ever in terms of revenues and sales, it only ranked 10th among vendors in the December quarter according Counterpoint Research. Apple accounts for about 3 percent of shipments in India, where an estimated 750 million smartphones will be sold by 2020.

    While Foxconn Technology Group – Apple’s main manufacturing partner – has expressed plans to assemble phones in the country for brands like China’s Xiaomi Corp., most iPhones are put together in China. The Taiwanese company only began making its first smartphones in India in the middle of 2015.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Gadgets, Greenpeace, iFixit, Laments, Reducing, Repairability, Report   

    Greenpeace and iFixit Report Laments the Reducing Repairability of Our Gadgets 

    Highlights Greenpeace and iFixit released a repairability report The report covers smartphones, laptops, and tablets It calls for more repairable gadgets to reduce e-waste

    It’s no secret that the rise of smartphones has led to a significant increase in e-waste generated across the world. Greenpeace, an organisation that has been campaigning against environmental degradation, and iFixit, which sells specialised tools to repair gadgets, have released a new report that documents the repairability of the smartphones, tablets, and laptops that we use.

    Some of the world’s biggest technology companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung have products with extremely poor repairability scores. According to Greenpeace, this is bad for the environment because if it’s hard to repair a gadget, it’s likely to end up as e-waste sooner. Even though some of the world’s biggest tech companies are taking steps to avoid harming the environment, there’s still a long way to go.

    This Chennai Startup Is Building a Waste Management Platform

    In its report, Greenpeace says,

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Plants, , Promised, Report,   

    Apple CEO Promised 3 New US Plants, Says President Trump: Report 

    Highlights Apple has promised to expand manufacturing in the US with 3 new plants Cook in May announced the creation of an Apple fund Apple has 80,000 employees in the US and plans to hire thousands more

    The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday reported that US President Donald Trump said Apple has promised to expand manufacturing at home with three new US plants.

    The Journal quoted Trump as saying that Apple chief executive Tim Cook committed to building “three big plants,” in the United States.

    No details were provided, and Apple did not respond to an AFP request for comment.

    Cook in May announced the creation of an Apple fund to get more people in the US to do “advanced manufacturing,” kicking it off with a billion dollars.

    Apple building plants in the United States would come as rare common ground with Trump.

    Cook has pointed out that Apple spent more than $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3,22,155 crores) in the United States last year – buying from suppliers such as Corning Glass, working with developers behind applications for the California company’s devices and more.

    Apple has about 80,000 employees in the US and plans to hire thousands more “in the future,” according to Cook.

    It is a sign of Apple’s success but also a thorny problem: a cash stockpile topping a quarter of a trillion dollars, sparking debate on what do with such massive reserves.

    The tech giant has resisted the idea of bringing the cash home, because the US tax code allows multinational firms to defer profits while they are held overseas but taxes income at up to 35 percent when repatriated.

    Trump vowed while campaigning that he would force Apple to bring production to US soil.

    Apple is not in the same position as automakers which relocated US factories overseas to cut costs, IHS manufacturing processes chief analyst Dan Panzica told AFP earlier this year. Apple never moved jobs offshore, it created them there.

    “The Apple jobs were never here,” Panzica said.

    “The entire supply chain grew in China.”

    Apple benefits in Asia from a network that goes beyond subcontractors assembling smartphones, tablets or laptops. The firm relies on a dense ecosystem of companies that make components and spare parts for its devices as well.

    China also offers sources of important raw materials, along with cheap, flexible and abundant labor to keep iPhone assembly lines cranking along.

    It would be challenging to replicate that situation with US workers without using more robotics, undermining the political aim of creating jobs here, according to some analysts.

    Moving iPhone manufacturing to the US would also likely push up costs, which is not in Apple’s interests.

    It was seen as more likely that Apple would make a symbolic move to appease Washington, such as investing more in making Mac Pro computers here, or in a facility for higher-priced, limited-edition devices such as an “anniversary edition iPhone” to mark the handset’s 10th birthday this year.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Apple, Donald Trump, Tim Cook, Apple US Manufacturing, Apple Manufacturing Plant, Mobiles, Tablets, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Microsoft Tests Smart Search in Windows 10’s Photos App, Coming With Fall Creators Update: Report 

    Highlights You need to be an Insider member to test this feature The updated Photos app brings a smart search feature It sorts photos into categories, places, colours, months, etc

    Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update this September, and features that are expected to arrive with the update, are already being tested by Windows 10 Insider Preview members. One such feature spotted lately is intelligent image sorting, which essentially sorts all your photos on OneDrive into faces, things, places, etc, just like Google Photos.

    Windows Central reports that this feature was spotted in the updated Photos app in the latest build for the Windows Insider ‘Release Preview’ Ring. The report states that the Photos app is using AI natively to search in Photos app, and not in the cloud, throwing results faster than before. It takes a second per image to search, and keywords like “car”, “phone”, and “beer”, and throw relevant results accordingly. Just like Google Photos, and the recently Photos app on iOS, it also has face detection that will group photos of what the app believes is the same person.

    Microsoft is testing this feature with version 2017.35063.13610.0 on the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring. The newly updated Photos app in the beta version now has a search bar on the upper right corner. Searching for keywords based on categories, colours, months, and even faces will throw relevant results, and clicking on the X icon at the end of the search bar will bring you back to all your photos collection once again.

    The new Photos app will also have a new feature called Suggested Albums that can be found in the mini-Gallery. It intelligently collects photos of similar themes and makes a slideshow for you see and save as an album if you like what you see. There is an Add to your albums button to save the suggested collection as well. Users testing this feature can also toggle smart search on and off in Settings > Viewing and editing > People, in case they don’t want additional data and space to be eaten up.

    For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    Tags: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Photos App, Windows 10 Update, Windows 10 Features, PCs, laptops, Microsoft

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Book:, , Rates, Report, , ,   

    Microsoft Memo Shows High Return Rates for Surface Book: Report 

    Highlights Surface chief Panos Panay sent out this memo He claims that Consumer Reports heavily relies on two products’ data Return rates on the Surface Book and Pro 4 were very high at launch

    Microsoft’s Surface products came under the scanner when Consumer Reports released a survey report claiming that the laptops and tablets in this series were not reliable. The non-profit publication surveyed 90,000 tablet and laptop owners and found that an estimated 25 percent of those with Microsoft Surface devices would be presented with “problems by the end of the second year of ownership.” While Microsoft dismissed these claims at first, it didn’t provide any clarity or detail to counter the findings. Now, an internal company memo has been leaked, and it seems to dive deep into the study and the possible reasons why these incorrect conclusions were derived by Consumer Reports.

    According to the leaked internal memo, obtained by Paul Thurrott, high Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book return rates could have influenced the findings of the Consumer Reports study heavily. The memo shared a chart that showed return rates for the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Pro 3.

    The Surface Book, notably, has suffered the most, with return rates reaching to 17 percent at launch. It remained above 10 percent for six months, and is reported to have the highest return rates than any other Surface product in two years of its life cycle. Surface Pro 4 had 16 percent return rates at launch, but dropped below 10 percent in one month. Lastly, Surface Pro 3 also saw 11 percent return rates, but that also dropped to 10 percent soon after.

    In the memo, Surface products lead Panos Panay writes, “It’s important for us to always learn more from our customers and how they view their ownership journey with our products. Feedback like this

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The HARC First Year Report 

    June 2017 marks the end of HARC’sfirst year. In that time, we have made significant progress towardsour shared vision of advancing humanity through technological andeducational innovation, especially in the areas of programminglanguages, simulation systems, physical/virtual user interfaces,computer-mediated student-teacher interaction, and virtual reality.

    Here are year-end reports from HARC’s six Principal Investigators.

    Vi Hart

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Eclipse 2017: Report from an Extinct Volcano 

    Location, location, location — what’s critical to real estate is also critical to eclipse watching, and without sounding too boastful, those of us atop South Menan Butte, an extinct volcano in southeast Idaho, absolutely nailed it. Not only did we have perfect weather, we had an excellent camping experience, great food, a magnificent natural setting, and a perch 800 feet above a vast plain stretching endlessly to the east and west. Everything was set up for a perfect eclipse experience, and we were not disappointed.

    Happy Campers

    The eclipse itself was merely the climax of a weekend that just kept giving, and that really started back in January when I started planning this trip. That was when I first wrote about the eclipse and announced that I’d selected Menan Butte outside of Rexburg, Idaho, as my ideal location. It turns out that while North Menan Butte is public land, South Menan Butte is private property partly owned by one Mr. Brent Gunderson. He actually read my Hackaday post and used it to gauge interest in opening up his land to eclipse watchers.

    Thankfully, he decided it was worth it, and he and his neighbor pulled out all the stops. I spoke to Brent briefly at the Saturday night meet and greet picnic dinner he threw on the lawn of his house; he was clearly a busy man but still managed to work the food line and serve up some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. He clearly enjoyed meeting all the people he had corresponded with for months as they arrived at the campground he had set up in an alfalfa field nestled between his home and the Snake River.

    I can’t say enough about Brent’s hospitality — where someone might have been tempted to take advantage of desperate eclipse watchers to extort as much money as possible and provide as little as possible in return, Brent and his family just kept giving. The food, the guidance on local services, the accommodation for the disabled and those unable to climb to the best viewing locations, even the merchandise like T-shirts and eclipse glasses — everything was available either for free or at extremely reasonable rates that I suspect barely covered his expenses. Everyone who camped at Brent’s owes him a debt of gratitude for everything he and his family did for us.

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    On the Rim

    Of course the crown jewel of the experience was the location itself. The Menan Buttes are volcanic cones that were formed about 10,000 years ago, rising 800 feet about the Snake River Plain. I climbed South Menan Butte on Sunday to watch the sun rise and to scout locations for viewing; it was a tough climb but well worth the effort. The view from the top was spectacular, with the Snake River Plain stretching 40 miles to the northwest to the Lemhi Mountains and 20 miles east to the Tetons. The spot I picked was a knob of rock on the north part of the rim, the highest point I could find. I made extensive notes about what I’d need for my expedition and headed back to camp.

    When the big day arrived, I set out for the rim at about 4:30 AM. It was still pitch dark, and the unpolluted skies of rural Idaho gave me a lovely view of the Milky Way as I picked my way up the butte. Eyes stared back at my headlight from the sage brush; deer perhaps? Or coyotes. After a hard hour of climbing, I reached my perch and staked my claim, watched another spectacular sunrise, and waited for everyone else to arrive. My son came up first with Chris, a Hackaday reader who also made the trip down from North Idaho and came to our little meetup on Sunday night. My daughters came up next, then my wife bearing breakfast sandwiches for us all. Nothing makes simple food test better than being outdoors.

    It was cold while we waited — in the lower 50s and windy. Partiality finally started at about 10:30. By then my perch was fully populated with other watchers, and all were welcome. To me, the most surprising thing about the eclipse was how much the experience was heightened by sharing it with complete strangers. We had a couple who drove up from San Diego, a young family huddled under blankets, and a group of young people who had traveled all the way from Slovenia for a grand tour of the National Parks before coming to the eclipse. I shared around my supply of Hackaday eclipse glasses, most of which were instantly torn apart and their filters taped over smartphone cameras. Everyone’s a hacker when the occasion calls for it.

    Last Light

    I truly was not prepared for what the last moments of partiality and the sudden onset of totality would be like. We had cameras trained to the northwest, waiting for the Moon’s shadow to race toward us across the plain. I desperately hoped it would be more than just a gradual darkening, and I was not disappointed. Here’s my raw video of the onset; I left the audio in because it shows how giddy everyone was:

    It’s hard to describe — and harder to capture on a camera — just how freaky the light quality is just before totality. It looks almost like a bad CGI render, with hard edges on everything as the Sun approaches becoming a point source. The camera also doesn’t capture the way the darkness builds up as it approaches, like a tsunami swelling across an ocean horizon. And while there was no defined shadow edge, we could clearly see the false twilight eating up the plain before us.

    Everything I had heard about totality was true, and more. The temperature dropped abruptly, the wind picked up and shifted direction, and the critters around us, like insects and the swallows that feed on them, came out in droves. We saw a 360

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