Run Windows in the cloud with Microsoft's new Windows Virtual Desktop - [briefly]
12:47 PM EDT - Sep,24 2018 - post a comment
Microsoft at its Ignite conference in Orlando on Monday announced Windows Virtual Desktop
, a multi-user Windows and Office experience virtualized in the cloud via Azure. The service allows users to run Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 R2+. It's optimized for Office 365 ProPlus should your end-users need access to those productivity-minded apps and if you're still working to transition to Windows 10, the Windows 7 virtual desktop offers free Extended Security Updates
. Microsoft is also working with a number of partners including CloudJumper, Citrix, FSLogix, Lakeside Software, Liquidware, ThinPrint and People Tech Group to extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop through the Azure marketplace.
Microsoft says users can deploy and scale in minutes, pitching the service as a way for IT professionals to eliminate the hassles associated with hosting, installing, configuring and managing components themselves. Windows Virtual Desktop will be available to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education customers through a public preview set to launch later this year. Customers will simply need to create or use an existing Azure subscription to deploy and manage virtual desktops and apps. Microsoft notes that the only additional cost incurred will be for storage and compute consumption from the VMs themselves, all of which will be managed from within your Azure subscription. Additional details are pending although according to Ars Technica
, Microsoft estimates that a typical task worker with Office 365 will cost about $10 per month in Azure resources.
(0day) Microsoft Windows Jet Database Engine Vulnerability - [security]
03:56 PM EDT - Sep,23 2018 - post a comment
According to the an advisory
released by Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), the vulnerability is due to a problem with the management of indexes in the Jet database engine that, if exploited successfully, can cause an out-out-bounds memory write, leading to remote code execution. An attacker must convince a targeted user into opening a specially crafted JET database file in order to exploit this vulnerability and remotely execute malicious code on a targeted vulnerable Windows computer.
Proof-of-concept exploit code for the vulnerability has also been published
by the Trend Micro its GitHub page.
Microsoft is working on a patch for the vulnerability, and since it was not included in September Patch Tuesday, you can expect the fix in Microsoft's October patch release.
Windows File May Be Secretly Hoarding Your Passwords and Emails - [security]
03:54 PM EDT - Sep,23 2018 - post a comment
Stylus or touchscreen-capable Windows PC owners who use handwriting gestures should know that all text files on their machines are likely being harvested in an unencrypted file called "WaitList.dat."
While worrisome, this is technically not a vulnerability, as the OS intentionally does this to improve handwriting recognition. "Once it is on, text from every document and email which is indexed by the Windows Search Indexer service is stored in WaitList.dat."
Since the Windows Search Indexer service powers the system-wide Windows Search functionality, this means data from all text-based files found on a computer, such as emails or Office documents, is gathered inside the WaitList.dat file. This doesn't include only metadata, but the actual document's text.
"The user doesn't even have to open the file/email, so long as there is a copy of the file on disk, and the file's format is supported by the Microsoft Search Indexer service," Skeggs told ZDNet.
"On my PC, and in my many test cases, WaitList.dat contained a text extract of every document or email file on the system, even if the source file had since been deleted," the researcher added.
Furthermore, Skeggs says WaitList.dat can be used to recover text from deleted documents.
"If the source file is deleted, the index remains in WaitList.dat, preserving a text index of the file," he says. This provides crucial forensic evidence for analysts like Skeggs that a file and its content had once existed on a PC.
Artificial Intelligence: The Robots Are Now Hiring - [technology]
06:32 PM EDT - Sep,21 2018 - post a comment
The Wall Street Journal
has an article from the Moving Upstream series
where the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the hiring process is discussed. Almost all Fortune 500 companies use some form of automation in the hiring process. By quantifying human behavior with software algorithms; cluster of words used, micro expressions and tone of voice are turned into data points for machine learning (ML) to analyze and pick the very best candidate for the job. These data points are used to generate a score as accumulated responses and facial movements are compared against a highly rated employee at the company. HireVue
is one of the companies that creates the software and ML algorithms that companies such as Unilever and Hilton use to video interview job candidates. HireVue CEO Kevin Parker stresses that some of the advantages of using A.I. include a lack of human bias as it creates a fair and level playing field in the hiring process. The model that HireVue uses captures all facial expressions as seen in top performers but only uses the data points that are relevant in predicting what matters to create the job candidate's score. Another company called DeepSense
seeks to use a person's personality instead of job skill and resume to determine compatibility with a job opening. They use ML to analyze an applicant's LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media accounts to find their underlying personality traits
OnePlus Pushing Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 6 - [mobile]
06:31 PM EDT - Sep,21 2018 - post a comment
today began delivering Android 9 Pie to its flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. The company had been testing a beta version of the new operating system from Google for several weeks. Android 9 Pie carries with it a brand new user interface, adaptive battery support, and revised gesture navigation. It adds a reworked Do Not Disturb mode, as well as a new Gaming Mode. The update also improves text and call notifications, and allows people to adjust the accent color. Last, the update includes the September security patch from Google. Android 9 Pie is free for owners of the OnePlus 6 to download and install. The company is rolling it out over the next few days.
Samsung Calls It a Day On Samsung Call Stickers - [briefly]
06:30 PM EDT - Sep,21 2018 - post a comment
has begun notifying customers that starting December 17, 2018, they'll no longer be able to send Call Stickers via their Samsung's phone application. Call Stickers, introduced with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, allowed people to send stickers as their caller ID when calling other Samsung devices. Similarly, people with Samsung phones to reject calls with a sticker. Samsung says customers who have purchased Call Stickers through the Galaxy App Store can request compensation for their purchase as long as the request is filed before June 15, 2019. Samsung thanked its customers for using Call Stickers. Samsung sold off the Call Stickers business earlier this year.
iOS 12 is now available - [mobile]
03:52 PM EDT - Sep,20 2018 - post a comment
Apple on Wednesday officially announced that Sept. 17 is the day iOS 12 will launch -- and the update is finally here. This is the operating system that will power your iPhone ($999 at Sprint), iPad ($357 at Amazon Marketplace) and iPod Touch for the next year. In other words, it's kind of a big deal. The new operating system is also the default on Apple's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The new features include Memoji, parental controls, better notifications and a new app, Measure. With iOS 12 finally upon us, let's take a look at everything you need to know.
iOS 12 features: Do Not Disturb, notifications and Screen Time
As part of its push to improve our "digital health", Apple has built features into iOS 12 designed to "help customers understand and take control of the time they spend on their iOS devices". These features are all available from the Settings menu, as the first group of options in the left column. They comes in a number of forms including:
New modes in Do Not Disturb
These modes automatically end depending on what time it is, where you are, or when you carry out a specific action. For example, Do Not Disturb during Bedtime dims the display and hides notifications on the lock screen until the morning. These can be scheduled, similarly to alarms, and tailored to specifically match which notifications should be ignored.
To help reduce interruptions, iOS 12 gives you more control over how notifications appear. This means you can turn them off completely, or manage how they sound and look. iOS 12 is additionally bringing with it "grouped" notifications making it easier to see and manage multiple notifications at the same time. This builds on the current "Clear all notifications" feature in iOS 11.
Screen Time is probably the most useful and insightful of the new "digital health" tools, letting users see exactly how addicted they are to their phone. Daily and weekly Activity Reports will show how much time you've spent in individual apps, how much you've used certain types of apps, how many notifications you've received, and how often you picked up your iPhone or iPad.
As well as tracking individual apps, the Screen Time menu tracks your use of different categories of apps, and allows you to set limits for apps, schedule 'downtime' in which apps will be unavailable, and choose to exempt apps from the aforementioned limits.
Interestingly, Apple doesn't say what it considers an ideal time for sessions. You'll just be able to see how long you've spent looking at your screen, but your phone won't guide you to decrease this figure. It's a subtle note, but it shows that Apple is treading carefully around making judgements about how long people should be using apps.
For parents, Screen Time additionally shows a child's Activity Report via Family Sharing in iCloud and lets them schedule time limits and restrictions around when a child can use their iOS device. These are a hard lock, and once the limit has been reached the child will not be able to access the app at all. The kid can, however, send a request for their parent to add a few more minutes.
Unfortunately the Screen Time tracking only tracks time spent on apps after iOS 12 is downloaded, meaning for the first week your Weekly Total of screen use per day is going to look shockingly low!
Apple has announced a new feature for its upcoming iOS 12 software update: automatic location sharing with emergency services when you call 911 from your iPhone.
Apple claims that around 80% of emergency calls in the US are made using a mobile device, but that "outdated" infrastructure has made it hard for emergency services to obtain a caller's location. The new feature aims to expedite that process by automatically sharing location data.
"Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "When every moment counts, these tools will help first responders reach our customers when they most need assistance."
The US-specific feature builds on technology released by the company in 2015, called HELO (Hybridised Emergency Location), which allows phones to pinpoint their location using a combination of Wi-Fi and GPS. Working with the technology company RapidSOS, that information will now be automatically relayed to emergency services.
Apple has been keen to stress that location data will only be shared during 911 calls, and that the information "cannot be used for any non-emergency purpose". There's no indication yet that the feature will come to Europe or the UK.
iOS 12 features: Measure app
A popular app added with iOS 12 is Measure, which uses augmented reality on the camera to measure objects in real life. The app can recognise lines and shapes at various distances, and use them in order to calculate surface area and various measurements. In addition, the app can change measurements between inches and centimetres.
The app has become popular on social media as many users have found it a novel way to measure pets, although with large (or furry) objects, the app shouldn't be taken as a reliable indication of size.
iOS 12 features: Memoji and camera effects
Animoji is a great selling point of the iPhone X. Of course, it's not worth shelling out £1,000 for on its own, but is a fun little feature on an overall impressive handset.
With the launch of iOS 12, Animoji just got an upgrade. In a move that could, by some, be seen as a rip-off of Samsung's own AR Emoji (which in turn was accused of ripping off Animoji), Apple will let you create animated emoji in your likeness to send in Messages. Dubbed Memoji, the icons will let you "choose from a set of inclusive and diverse characteristics to form a unique personality."
As part of iOS 12, the existing set of Animoji is also expanding to include the ghost, koala, tiger and T. rex. All Animoji and Memoji additionally feature winks and tongue detection to capture more expressions.
Elsewhere, new camera effects will let you use Animoji, Filters, Text and Stickers in Messages and FaceTime. These filters include "comic book" and "watercolour" and they can be added to photos and videos, and combined with labels, shapes, captions.
iOS 12 features: Group FaceTime
Speaking of FaceTime, iOS 12 is bringing with it Group FaceTime that lets you chat with multiple people - up to 32 in fact - over FaceTime simultaneously. It's something Facebook Messenger has had for some time and you'll be able to add people at any time during the FaceTime conversation, either via video or audio, on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch.
32 people simultaneously onscreen may sound like a recipe for disaster, but Apple had tailored this feature so it only surfaces the most active people in the conversation. How does it judge who is most active at any time? It uses a mixture of audio and gesture recognition. If you're speaking... or waving your arms, you'll have your stream emphasised.
Unfortunately, this feature isn't available in the initial launch version of iOS 12. Instead, it's slated to be added in an update available later in autumn.
It's not clear exactly why the delay has occurred, but according to 9to5Mac the iOS 12 Developer beta 7's release notes point to the feature arriving as a software update in late autumn.
The feature is also supposed to arrive as part of macOS Mojave too. It's not yet known if this is also delayed, but it's safe to assume that group FaceTime calls won't go live on Mac before they go live on iOS.
iOS 12 features: Siri Shortcuts
Despite its shortcomings being starkly highlighted by the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, Apple is continuing to push forward with its Siri software.
With Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12, you'll be able to program Siri to work with any app. Similar to how Google's own Cards work, Siri will be able to suggest actions at the most appropriate time, "whether it's to order a coffee in the morning or start an afternoon workout."
You'll be able to customise Shortcuts using voice commands, via a new Shortcuts app, and this will then create a series of actions for different apps that can similarly be controlled by voice. Think "If This Then That", but for your phone's apps.
Elsewhere, Siri translation is expanding to more than 40 languages as part of iOS 12, and adds more knowledge of sports, celebrities, food and nutrition. Siri can also be used to find photos of certain people, places, events, and topics from your Camera Roll.
iOS 12 features: Performance improvements
Ahead of WWDC 2018, reports claimed iOS 12 would forego the bells and whistles seen in previous releases in favour of reliability and performance of the software as a whole, and this is largely true.
Apple said iOS 12 has been "designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive with performance improvements across the system". Enhancements to the software mean the camera will now open up to 70% faster than before, the keyboard appears up to 50% faster and typing is more responsive, although what that means specifically is not known.
Elsewhere, iOS 12 can better handle multitasking, launching apps "up to twice as fast". Apple added that these figures come from tests carried out in May using iPhone 6 Plus models running iOS 11.4 and iOS 12. The camera launch was tested by swiping left from the Lock screen, the app launch test was done via the home screen and the keyboard test was done on Safari.
Apple did caveat the above with the fact performance will vary, depending on your device, content, how old your battery is, how you use your phone and "other factors".
Samsung Intros the Galaxy A7 with 3 Rear Cameras - [mobile]
03:44 PM EDT - Sep,20 2018 - post a comment
today announced the Galaxy A7, an addition to its mid-range roster that is the first to feature three cameras on the back. The triple-camera array includes a 24-megapixel main sensor at f/1.7, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor at f/2.4, and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera at f/2.2 for bokeh and other effects. The camera has the ability to detect scenes and adjust automatically to create better photos. The A7 relies on a metal-and-glass design and features an Infinity Display measuring 6 inches with full HD+ resolution on front. Dolby Atmos ensures the A7 delivers a great sound experience. A 2.2 GHz octa-core processor powers the phone, which ships with either 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of storage. It has a 3,300mAh battery and a slew of radios, including Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, GPS, NFC, and Cat 6 LTE. The fingerprint reader is located on the side edge and a 24-megapixel selfie camera on front allows for Selfie Focus shots with studio effects and Samsung's AR emoji. Samsung plans to sell the Galaxy A7 in Asian markets first, followed by European and other markets. Samsung didn't say if it intends to bring the A7 to the U.S., and the company didn't specify which LTE bands the phone supports. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy A6 in the U.S.
Twitter Adds Ability to Send Replies While Watching Videos - [internet]
05:40 PM EDT - Sep,19 2018 - post a comment
today said it has improved the experience of watching and responding to videos. Before today, users were forced to tap out of a fullscreen video before they could send a reply. Now, a bar appears at the bottom of the screen that people can tap to send a response. This action calls up the keyboard while still playing the video above it, allowing people to write while they watch. This functionality is available in the latest version of the mobile Twitter app.
NVIDIA GeForce 411.63 Game Ready Driver - [gaming]
05:38 PM EDT - Sep,19 2018 - post a comment
NVIDIA today released the GeForce 411.64 WHQL "Game Ready" driver
to go along with the embargo release for their latest and greatest Turing-based RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards. These drivers come with optimization for upcoming AAA game launches including Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon 4, and Fifa 19. For those of you who pre-ordered the new GPUs, or are going to purchase them imminently, this is the driver you will need to get the most out of the hardware. Other new features include support for CUDA 10.0, NVIDIA RTX technology, and the new Vulkan 1.1 API. As with any GeForce driver released after April 1, 2018, the driver adds performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes only on Kepler, Maxwell, Pascal and Volta series GPUs. NVIDIA reaffirms that critical security updates will continue to be available on Fermi series GPUs through January 2019
How someone stole $200,000 from me - [crime-law]
02:39 PM EDT - Sep,19 2018 - post a comment
League of Legends pro Yiliang "Doublelift" Peng recently recounted on a Twitch live-stream how he lost his entire Coinbase account
balance to a port-out scam. He says that a few weeks prior to the theft, his T-Mobile phone's service was terminated and the device was listed as lost or stolen. He thought that T-Mobile had a network glitch and forgot about it. The hacker took over his email and emptied his Coinbase account. To hide that activity, the hacker had all emails from Coinbase flagged as spam, forwarded to the hacker's email and then automatically deleted from Doublelift's email account.
Mr. Peng's bank contacted him when his bank account was seriously overdrawn and that is how he discovered the hack. When Doublelift tried to secure his email account, the hacker used his phone's authenticator app to take access back. He hopes to get the money stolen from his bank account reimbursed as it was considered fraudulent transactions by the bank. The $200,000 in cryptocurrency held in the Coinbase account will not be reimbursed.
Mozilla Launches a VR Browser - [software]
01:36 PM EDT - Sep,19 2018 - post a comment
Mozilla has launched
a virtual reality and mixed reality browser called "Firefox Reality". The new browser is based on the mainstream, 2D version of Firefox, and comes with all the privacy, security and performance updates new builds of Firefox have. However, Mozilla re-designed the interface from the ground up, creating a virtual VR space for dragging windows around and adding methods for dynamically switching between 2D and 3D content. According to Mozilla's blog post, Firefox Reality is only available on the Occulus Go, Android Daydream devices, and Vive Wave devices. However, Mozilla says this is only the beginning for Firefox Reality, so maybe we could see it on more VR devices in the future
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