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General Mayhem / HP Tackles Print Security
« Last post by Zeus on February 20, 2018, 10:13:05 PM »
In a world that contains billions of connected devices, security breaches are as common as Tim Hortons up here in Canada (Starbucks for you USA readers). As we've discussed many times on WeeklyTechUpdate, in this day and age you should probably assume that any personal data you enter online will be viewed by someone that isn't authorized at some point due to a security breach. The thing is, it shouldn't be this way.


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Operating Systems & Software / Google Shares Microsoft Edge Exploit
« Last post by Zeus on February 19, 2018, 08:22:29 PM »
Google and Microsoft have an arrangement. When one company finds a security issue in any product (theirs or each others), they have 90 days to fix the issue before it is released to the public. Now, I don't know why they are ever released to the public - unless it's to broadcast the flaw so the company takes greater strides to fix it. The fact is that Google has given Microsoft a bit of extra time to fix the flaw in Edge, but like any good relationship with a browser, Microsoft says "It's Complicated". It will be fixed in under a month though - maybe. Until then, now that the flaw is public, it could be a good idea to cease using Edge for a bit.

   According to the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC), the problem turned out to be more complex than initially believed, due to which it was given an additional 14-day grace period by Google. Although the company missed this deadline in its February Patch Tuesday too - which forced Google to make the flaw public - Microsoft is confident that it will resolve the issue by March 13, aligning the shipment of the fix with the Patch Tuesday in March.Source: Neowin

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Operating Systems & Software / Windows 10 on ARM is Half-Baked
« Last post by Zeus on February 19, 2018, 08:12:00 PM »
Windows 10 for ARM was announced a while back and while it sounds great to have Windows on a device that can easily get all day battery life, there are some limitations - other than the slower processor performance. Microsoft has released the entire list and there are some areas of concern. While it's obvious that x64 applications aren't supported, things like the "Windows Experience, Anti-Cheat for games, OpenGL 1.1 or newer and more is an issue that will probably affect how your PC works and how you use it. While it'a a great idea, it seems like it's still not ready for prime-time.

   Apps that assume that all ARM-based devices are running a mobile version of Windows may not work correctly. Some apps that have been coded for Windows Phone won’t work correctly and could appear in the wrong orientation or have UI layout problems. This won’t be a huge amount of apps, though.Source: TheVerge

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General Hardware / iwown P1 Power Sport Watch Evaluation
« Last post by Zeus on February 17, 2018, 04:03:48 PM »
We have just posted our evaluation of the P1 Power Sport Watch from iwown. This fitness tracker enters a very crowded market, but brings a lot of features, performance and battery life to help it rise to the surface. The app support is very well thought out as well. There is a lot to like, but a couple of things to note. Check the article for all the details.

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The fact is that the P1 can hold its own in the market and do very well. It offers fantastic week-long battery life, a bright and clear display, touch interface, buttons as a backup, a comfortable band, enough sensors to keep most people happy and to top it off, it's water-resistant to 50M.

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General Hardware / Linner NC50 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Earphones
« Last post by Zeus on February 14, 2018, 08:15:44 PM »
We have just posted our review of the NC50 Active Noise Canceling Wireless Earphones from Linner. This is a company you've probably never heard of, but they make products that are worth checking out. We take a look and find out if the NC50's are not only worth the $70 asking price, but if they can hold up to other more expensive offerings from other companies. Check our review for all the details.

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As for audio quality, the NC50 exceeded my expectations. The bass is nice and heavy when it needs to be without being muddy and thick. The mid-range is very balanced for a $70 set of earphones - let alone noise-cancelling earphones. The treble isn?t sharp and balances very nicely as well. Even for $139, they sound great. For half that, they are solid gold.



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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #424 - Amazon to Launch Delivery Service
« Last post by Zeus on February 13, 2018, 10:37:51 PM »
We have just posted up Episode #424 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the headphone jack is alive and well, Amazon to launch their own delivery service and Facebook is shifting demographics. We have those stories and more...


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Amazon to Launch Delivery Service to Compete with UPS and FedEx


The End of Windows 10 S?


The Samsung Galaxy S9 to Keep the Headphone Jack


Nokia is Back!


SnapChat Re-Design Doesn't go Over Well


The 55+ Crowd is Flocking to Facebook


In Other News, 2.8 Million Teens Leave the "Grandparents" Network (Facebook)


Cryptocurrency LoopX Disappears, Taking $4.5 Million with Them



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Operating Systems & Software / Snapchat's redesign isn't so popular
« Last post by Fujitsu on February 13, 2018, 02:42:26 PM »
Snapchat just completed their biggest redesign since it launched in 2011. It unfortunately isn't all roses and sunshine as a "fake" tweet that said if it was retweeted 1.3 million times they'd revert back to the old design. Long story short, that fake tweet has become the 6th most retweeted tweet ever. 

It will be interesting to see if Snapchat caves or if the people that are upset actually leave. History shows that most likely people will accept the change and we won't hear about this in another week or so, but maybe Snapchat users are different?

TheDailyBeast has the story.

   Last week Snapchat rolled out its biggest redesign since the app launched in 2011.   The company split the app into two sections, consolidating friend content on the left side, media content on the right, and installing a slew of other design changes.   Snapchat’s massive teen userbase is outraged at the update, and already desperately trying to get the old version back. 

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General Mayhem / Amazon to launch delivery service
« Last post by Fujitsu on February 13, 2018, 02:35:12 PM »
I think we all saw this coming, but Amazon is said to be launching their own delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx. Not surprisingly, Amazon ships a ton of packages and has enough items going out on a daily basis to setup their own service in larger volume areas. Not that it's that bold of a prediction, but I think we'll see more Amazon trucks on the road in the next year.

TechCrunch has the story.

   Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report.   The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be readying the service for its first launch in LA in the “coming weeks,” starting, not surprisingly, with companies that sell stuff via its website. After its initial launch in LA, Amazon will look to expand it out to other cities, possibly as soon as later this year, the WSJ says.

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Operating Systems & Software / Google Working on Texting from Browser
« Last post by Zeus on February 12, 2018, 12:13:52 PM »
Google is stepping up their game with Android Messages and will soon allow you to pair your phone with your PC and then use your PC to send actual SMS's. This integration is what HP rocked with the Elite X3 Windows Phone and is something that other companies lack. Yes, there are 3rd party applications that do something similiar, but I've tried many of them and nothing worked as good as the Windows solution. Still, this is a step in the right direction. Also coming in Android Messages is the ability to send payments directly using Google Pay - or something similiar. 

   All told, Google appears to be transforming Android Messages into an Allo-like app, except for mobile SMS texts instead of web-based ones. It could also be monetizing it to a degree via Google Pay. Considering the power it yields over the Android smartphone ecosystem, that could amount to a lot of dollars. Take all the changes with some salt, though, because APKs don't necessarily mean features are set in stone, and some of the aforementioned features are still half-baked.Source: Engadget

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Notes from the Shows / Weekly Tech Update #423 - Who's the Biggest Loser?
« Last post by Zeus on February 08, 2018, 11:16:25 AM »
We have just posted up Episode #423 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we will be discussing the winners and losers of the tech industry. Disney loses money on Hulu, GoPro lost a bunch of money, Bitcoin is losing money and of course Twitter loses money - Wait, no, no, they actually made money. We have those stories and more...


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GoPro Exits the Drone Market


BitCoin is Down


Disney to Lose $250 million on Hulu in 2018


Facebook Loses in the USA


iPhone Source Code Gets Posted Online


If You Switch to OneDrive, They'll Pay for your Old Service for the Remainder of Your Contract


Xerox is No More


Twitter Made Money in Q4 (this is not a typo)


Twitter Posts First Profit - Shares Jump 22%



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