TechAmok News Archive
The Apple Watch ECG App & Other Health Monitoring Assistants Are Live - [technology]
04:28 AM EST - Dec,07 2018 - post a comment
You'll notice fairly quickly that Apple asks if you're already been diagnosed with the condition. If you have, the irregular rhythm feature is not for you. Apple doesn't want its device to be the primary monitoring tool for people who have a medical condition that puts them at a higher risk of strokes and other potentially fatal outcomes. Instead, it wants to help people who don't know they have it take the first step to get a diagnosis: About a quarter of the 2.3 million people who have atrial fibrillation won't experience any symptoms. You'll then get a notification about everything that the Apple Watch does not do. It won't track heart attacks, help you get off meds or replace your doctor, among other things. Apple describes the device as an "intelligent guardian" for your health, but it clearly doesn't want users to make important medical decisions on their own.
Bethesda Security Leak - [security]
12:03 PM EST - Dec,06 2018 - post a comment
Be careful what information you put in your Fallout 76 support tickets because it seems some users have been able to view private information. Reports have been cropping up saying things like receipt screenshots, names, addresses, and even credit card details are on full display for some hopefully benevolent players. The Bethesda forums
have recently seen a slew of reports of players having access to user information through the Fallout 76 support tickets system. User RadioactiveTrinket said they have access to all sorts of information from the support website in what has to be some sort of horrible bug. Another Fallout 76 player reported the issue on Reddit
under the username Jessiepie. They claim to be able to read pretty much everything from the Fallout 76 support tickets and even have the ability to update or close off the ticket. "These receipts contain all your info," the post reads. "Your email and home address and the card you used to buy this extremely glitched game. I can see the problems you are having with the game, yes I'm having them too."
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.104.22.168 Driver - [gaming]
11:38 AM EST - Dec,06 2018 - post a comment
AMD has today released their Radeon Software Adrenalin 22.214.171.124 beta drivers
. This release is essentially the same as the previous 18.12.1 beta drivers, except for the fact they add support for the Epic Games store. Other than that one inclusion nothing else seems to have changed with no performance improvements or fixes mentioned. The known issues AMD have listed remain the same as well, with some systems running multiple displays still potentially experiencing mouse lag when one display is enabled but turned off. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is still likely to crash at certain locations on Windows 7 systems. Overall, if you plan to check out the Epic Games store you may want to grab these drivers otherwise you can likely just hit snooze and wait for the next release.
Nvidia Hardware Powers an Underwater Drone - [technology]
11:35 AM EST - Dec,06 2018 - post a comment
Using a 7.5W Nvidia Jetson TX2, the startup has created an underwater drone that can operate autonomously. "iBubble" can follow divers around, film them or their surroundings, and be remotely ordered around via a remote control. On their site
, Nvidia claims the drone uses data from camera feeds to avoid obstacles, follow routes, and more.
Apple Makes iOS 12.1.1 Available with Broader eSIM Support - [mobile]
06:05 PM EST - Dec,05 2018 - post a comment
today released iOS 12.1.1, an update for iPhones and iPads that introduces a handful of new features. To start, iOS 12.1.1 brings dual SIM support, via eSIM, to more carriers for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The XR gains haptic vibrations for notification previews. The update reinstates the ability to flip between the rear and front-facing cameras during a FaceTime call with a single button tap. The software makes it possible to capture Live Photos during one-to-one FaceTime calls, as well as take advantage of real-time text when using WiFi calling on the iPad. Apple News gives iPad users the option to hide the sidebar when in landscape orientation. As to be expected, a number bug fixes are included in iOS 12.1.1. For example, it makes stability improvements to dictation when using VoiceOver, fixes a Face ID reliability problem, addresses a visual voicemail glitch, and resolves an issue in Messages that sometimes prevented predictive text suggestions when typing in Chinese or Japanese. Other fixes tackle a problem that prevented Voice Memos from backing up to iCloud and a bug that prevented time zones from updating automatically. iOS 12.1.1 is free to download over the air.
The Top 10 Highest Paid YouTube Stars: 2018 Edition - [internet]
07:19 AM EST - Dec,05 2018 - post a comment
Forbes has created a top 10 list of the highest paid YouTube Stars
in 2018. Five of the slots are occupied by channels that play video games. The number one channel features an 8 year old that reviews toys and now has his own line of merchandise at Walmart. Ryan ToysReview - $22M. Jake Paul - $21.5M. Dude Perfect - $20M. DanTDM - $18.5M. Jeffree Star - $18M. Markiplier - $17.5M. Vanoss Gaming - $17M. Jacksepticeye - $16M. PewDiePie - $15.5M. Logan Paul. - $14.5M.
Don't think watching someone play PS4 sounds like fun? Markiplier's 22.4 million YouTube subscribers, with their 10 billion video views of his work, beg to differ. Indeed, Fischbach is one of five gamers on this year's list. The top 10 YouTube stars earned an aggregate $180.5 million this past year, up 42% from 2017. It pays to play: Compared with other common YouTube categories, such as scripted comedy or elaborate pranks, gaming clips can be produced and edited quickly; some gamers post new footage daily. More posts mean more viewers, naturally—and more ad dollars. (The going rate for top online talent, Forbes estimates, is about $5 per thousand views.)
It helps, too, that the same young viewers who eschew television in favor of YouTube are bonkers for video games. “Ten to 15 years ago, gaming wasn't cool. You didn't game because it was cool, you gamed because you loved it,” says David Huntzinger, a digital-talent agent at WME. “Now you have Drake going on Twitch and playing Fortnite, and [professional] athletes in the locker room saying they can't stop playing Xbox—it's what these kids are living and breathing.”
SpaceX Breaks Records With Falcon 9 Launch - [briefly]
02:12 PM EST - Dec,04 2018 - post a comment
The fairing catch attempt Monday was the first in more than four months by SpaceX, but Mr. Steven missed the fairing halves, despite the installation of a bigger net earlier this year, and several apparent practice runs in recent weeks using test hardware dropped from a helicopter. Musk tweeted after Monday's launch that the fairing halves will be retrieved from the sea, dried and used again. But it's not clear how easy it will be to refurbish fairings after dropping into salt water. The method of catching the fairings using a net was intended to keep the shrouds away from the corrosive effects of sea water, a problem that lengthens the time needed for SpaceX to refurbish Dragon cargo capsules for reuse after splashing down in the ocean.
Microsoft Is Replacing Edge in Windows 10 with Anaheim browser - [software]
11:01 AM EST - Dec,04 2018 - post a comment
According to a report from Windows Central, Microsoft is giving up on its Edge browser and is switching to a Chromium-based web browser code named "Anaheim."
This browser will replace Edge as the default browser on Windows 10.
Many will be happy to hear that Microsoft is finally adopting a different rendering engine for the default web browser on Windows 10. Using Chromium means websites should behave just like they do on Google Chrome in Microsoft's new Anaheim browser, meaning users shouldn't suffer from the same instability and performance issues found in Edge today. This is the first step towards revitalizing Windows 10's built-in web browser for users across PCs and phones. Edge on iOS and Android already uses rendering engines native to those platforms, so not much will be changing on that front.
In addition, Microsoft engineers were recently spotted committing code to the Chromium project to help get Google Chrome running on ARM. Perhaps some of that work will translate over to getting Anaheim running on Windows 10 on ARM, too.
I expect we'll see Microsoft introduce Anaheim throughout the 19H1 development cycle, which Insiders are currently testing in the Fast ring. This is a big deal for Windows. Microsoft's web browser should finally be able to compete alongside Chrome, Opera and Firefox, and those who are all-in with the Microsoft ecosystem will finally be getting a browser from Microsoft that works well when browsing the web.
There's still lots we don't know about Anaheim, and I'm sure we'll hear more about it officially from Microsoft in the coming weeks. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.
AMD Outselling Intel 2 to 1 in November - [hardware]
05:42 PM EST - Dec,03 2018 - post a comment
AMD seems to be picking up steam over Intel's previous sky-high dominance of the desktop CPU market (Intel still dominates aplenty, really; but AMD has been clawing back market percentage monthly). The latest figures from the German retailer show shoppers taking advantage of AMD's newfound competitiveness in the CPU space, with increasing sales momentum starting on June 2018 up to a staggering 69% total AMD units sold against Intel's 31% during the month of November. All in all, this equates to around 16,000 CPUs sold by AMD just last month
- and represents an almost twofold increase in total number of AMD processors moved YoY by the retailer. Intel's ASP may be much higher than AMD's right now, which helps the company close the gap in earnings to a mere 12% difference, but the latter is likely betting on the greater perceived longevity of its AM4 platform to bring more consumers to their side of the field via a market penetration strategy. It's all about rebuilding the competitiveness image at this time - while racking in a steady profit from AMD's smart choices in processor design. A national European market does not a global one make, of course - and while it may be a little over the edge to extrapolate this to the entire market, one thing is for sure: AMD is gaining market share.
NVIDIA Releases GeForce 417.22 WHQL Drivers - [gaming]
05:14 PM EST - Dec,03 2018 - post a comment
NVIDIA today released the latest version of GeForce software suite. Version 417.22 refines optimization for "Battlefield V," with specific game-ready tuning for Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture Update. The drivers also introduce fixes to a number of bugs, including display corruption noticed on some high refresh-rate monitors connected via DisplayPort, and a blank screen noticed on BenQ ZOWIE XL2730 monitors when the refresh-rate is set to 144 Hz. A game crash noticed on "Hellblade" with RTX 2080 Ti is also addressed. Also fixed are incorrect memory clock speed reporting, and incorrect application of RGB color formats in NVIDIA Control Panel.
Fixed Issues in this Release
- Provides the optimal gaming experience for Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture Update.
- Display corruption may occur on higher refresh rate DisplayPort monitors upon resume from sleep mode. 
- [NVIDIA Control Panel]: Incorrect overclocked memory clock is reported. 
- [NVIDIA Control Panel]: Incorrect Memory Data Rate is reported. 
- [NVIDIA Control Panel]: RGB color format does not get set correctly even when forced in the NVIDIA Control Panel. 
- [Geforce RTX 2080 Ti][Hellblade Senua's Sacrifice]: The game crashes. 
- [Microsoft Edge]: The browser does not respond after playing a video. 
- [BenQ ZOWIE XL2730]: The display shows a black screen when the refresh rate is set to 144 Hz. 
these drivers boost DXR ray tracing performance by up to 50%.
Smart Watch Gambling is a New Trend in Online Casinos - [briefly]
05:15 AM EST - Dec,03 2018 - post a comment
Today, games via mobile devices are certainly one of the most prominent features of the modern market. The gaming sector will soon exceed the amount of $ 182.8 billion, and most of it came from mobile gambling and virtual gaming machines. As a result, designers and developers are forced to adapt their devices and accessories to match the capabilities of mobile gadgets. This applies not only to phones and tablets, but also to accessories, which are technological products that can be worn, namely, the first smart watch from Android. If you have already purchased such a watch, you will probably be pleasantly surprised by their capabilities and potential as a gaming platform thanks to a select number of innovative developers who have created games that can be played from a small and compact display. For the first time, smartwatch gaming applications were shown at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. This has become a higher stage in the development of cross-platform games, as more and more game versions become available for such a device, like the Smart Watch, which has given gamblers all over the world an excellent opportunity to use best gambling source
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Core i9-9900K Achieves 5.50 GHz Overclock on a Z170 Chipset Mobo - [hardware]
06:10 AM EST - Dec,01 2018 - post a comment
It is already established that the incompatibility between Intel's 8th and 9th generation Core socket LGA1151 processors and Intel's 100-series and 200-series chipset motherboards is artificial, and that with the right BIOS modding, you can get the newer processors to work on the older motherboards. Finnish overclocker "Luumi" made a video demonstration of an i9-9900K successfully overclocking to 5.50 GHz all-core on an ASRock Z170M OC Formula micro-ATX motherboard. The overclocked processor is CineBench and Prime95 stable.
Officially, Intel carved out the 300-series chipset platform to ensure its "Coffee Lake" 6-core processors are given motherboards with a sufficiently powerful VRM setup to keep up with the increased core-count, such as this motherboard
with its astoundingly powerful VRM. Unofficially, it's believed Intel created the boundary between 300-series and older LGA1151 platforms, just so motherboard vendors are assured of selling new product lines every two generations of Intel processors. In contrast, AMD's AM4 platform already supports three generations of processors, and is scheduled to support future generations running up to 2020.
Meet Hottie Celeste Bright - [off-topic]
06:24 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
Here's a hottie moving up the Instagram model ranks. Her name is Celeste Bright and she's not afraid to show off her tight body.
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.12.1 Drivers - [gaming]
06:16 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
AMD has released today the Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.12.1 beta
drivers. Overall this release merely adds support for Just Cause 4, which is set to release on December 4, 2018. While it is good to see AMD improving support for games ahead of their release, this driver offers nothing else tangible, meaning no performance boosts in other titles, changes or fixes to speak of. That said, AMD has listed a few known Issues with these drivers, such as; mouse lag on multiple displays when they are enabled but one is powered off, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey may crash at specific locations on Windows 7 systems.
NVIDIA GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 417.21 - [gaming]
06:14 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
The NVIDIA GeForce Hot Fix driver version 417.21
has been released and it addresses the following issues. Memory Data Rate reporting incorrect value in NVIDIA Control Panel. Microsoft Edge does not respond after playing back video. Can't apply color format after updating to driver 417.01.
This is GeForce Hot Fix driver version 417.21 that addresses the following:
- Memory Data Rate reporting incorrect value in NVIDIA Control Panel
- Microsoft Edge does not respond after playing back video
- Can't apply color format after updating to driver 417.01
Google Assistant Will Be More Polite As It Adds Holiday Features - [briefly]
04:10 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
today introduced an update to Google Assistant that brings new behaviors and features to the voice-activated helper. First, the Assistant is rolling out a feature meant for families called Pretty Please. The idea, introduced at I/O in May, is to help parents and families respond to positive conversations with polite reinforcement. When children or other users say "please" or "thank you" when interacting with Google Assistant, it will respond in kind. Moreover, it is voice-matched so it will speak directly to the person by name. In addition to Pretty Please, Assistant is tacking on a handful of holiday-themed tools. For example, people can easily create notes and lists, such as "Hey Google, create a gift list." Assistant on smart displays will now play nicely with Nest video doorbells. It includes a two-way talk function so people can have a conversation with the caller. Google Play Music subscribers can take advantage of a new feature that brings song lyrics to smart display screens for sing-along fun. This is available for select songs. Assistant-supplied sound effects and music are available to more book titles for interactive read-along experiences. Children can say "Hey Google, call Santa" and have a chat with the annual gift giver. Google's Home Hub and Home speaker support replies to broadcasts. People can use Assistant from their phone to broadcast a message to the Assistant-powered devices at home, and receive a response from whoever is there. Last, Google has improved how Google Photos are shared on smart displays, making it easier to share photos with people on their contact list. These new features are rolling out today.
Android Auto Simplifies Music Discovery and Adopts Advanced Messaging - [briefly]
04:10 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
today announced a significant update to Android Auto, its in-car app for managing entertainment, navigation, and communications. Google tackled music discovery in this update. Android Auto now features an improved layout with larger album art to make identifying tunes easier. Google Assistant can lend a helping hand, too; the voice search experience has been fine-tuned. Drivers can say "OK Google, play 90s music" and the app will reveal more categorized search results on the screen. These tools are compatible with popular media apps such as Google Play Books, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, Pocket Casts, and Spotify. On the communications front, Google has added previews for incoming messages. This optional feature must be manually turned on. It lets people see the first few words of messages so they can determine whether or not an immediate response is needed once stopped. Android Auto also now supports MMS and RCS, meaning more content will be available within messages, such as group chats. Google says these features will hit the Android Auto app, free to download from the Google Play Store, over the next few days.
VR and gambling on smartphones - [briefly]
04:07 PM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
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ZOTAC Intros GeForce GTX 1060 6GB G5X Destroyer Graphics Card - [hardware]
11:46 AM EST - Nov,29 2018 - post a comment
ZOTAC began rolling out its first refreshed GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics cards that feature the more advanced GDDR5X memory, dubbed GTX 1060 6 GB G5X Destroyer. Since NVIDIA is carving out this RX 590-rivaling SKU from the larger GP104 silicon, ZOTAC appears to be using the same PCB as its GTX 1080 Mini, with 2/8 memory traces blanked out. The GP104 silicon is configured with the same 1,280 CUDA cores, 80 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and 192-bit wide memory interface as the GP106-based original, but with 6 GB of GDDR5X memory, albeit clocked at the same 8 GHz.
The card sticks to NVIDIA reference clock speeds of 1506 MHz core, 1708 MHz GPU Boost, and 8.00 GHz memory clock, although the 10 Gbps-rated GDDR5X memory chips could come with vast overclocking headroom. The card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. Display outputs include three DisplayPorts, and one each HDMI and DVI-D. Although the card physically features SLI-HB fingers, ZOTAC clarifies that SLI is not supported for this SKU.
Intel to unveil its dedicated GPU at a conference in December - [hardware]
06:34 PM EST - Nov,28 2018 - post a comment
Intel already confirmed
that it is working on its own discrete GPU, but now reports have surfaced that suggest we'll get our first glimpse of the device sooner rather than later.
The GPU, codenamed "Arctic Sound," will be unveiled by Intel at an unknown conference in December, according to DigiTimes. Though the conference will also serve as an avenue for Intel to discuss its other ambitions, Arctic Sound will undoubtedly take center stage.
Not much is known about the GPU at the moment, but it will reportedly act as the company's latest concrete attempt to break into the high-end PC gaming market (outside of CPUs), while also potentially allowing it to obtain a stronger foothold in the artificial intelligence industry.
Apple to Give More for Old iPhones On Trade-In Deal - [mobile]
03:53 PM EST - Nov,28 2018 - post a comment
will give you more money for your old iPhone if you trade it in for a new one. Specifically, Apple has upped the trade-in value of the iPhone 6/Plus, 6s/Plus, 7/Plus, and 8. For example, the iPhone 6 had a trade-in value of $75, but now has a value of $150. The iPhone 7 had a trade-in value of $175 and now has a value of $250. The trade has to be made through Apple when upgrading to an iPhone Xr ($749) or iPhone Xs ($999). The value will be applied as a refund toward the new phone or an Apple Store Gift Card. Phones ineligible for credit can be recycled. Apple said the improved trade-in values will be honored for a limited time.
Project Fi Earns a New Name, Opens Up to More Phones - [internet]
03:53 PM EST - Nov,28 2018 - post a comment
today renamed its MVNO, Project Fi, to Google Fi. Along with the name change comes dramatically expanded compatibility with phones. Moving forward, the service will work with most Android phones as well as the Apple iPhone. The process of activating Fi on Android devices will be straightforward. Google says compatibility with iPhones is in beta and will require people to jump through a few more hoops, including the use of an iOS app. Basic service will be available to the majority of devices. Fi operates on T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and WiFi, dynamically jumping to the strongest connection. Subscribers will need specific phones, listed on the Fi web site, to get this benefit, as proper LTE support is required. Google recently added VPN protection to Fi. The base service costs $20 per month for unlimited voice and text. Google charges $10 per gigabyte of data. People interested in the service will need to order SIM cards from the Google Fi web site. The service does not require contracts.
Bing Flags VLC's Official Site as Dangerous - [briefly]
03:52 PM EST - Nov,28 2018 - post a comment
As of now, Bing is flagging the VLC homepage as "dangerous." More specifically, Bing says
the site has "indications of malicious activity," was scanned "16 times over the past 30 days," and that the last scan was on November 25, 2018. Techdows
, who spotted the warning, did some digging and found that the warning is likely related to a security vulnerability in old versions of VLC that Microsoft disclosed
earlier this month. The VideoLAN team
doesn't understand why Microsoft is flagging the site, as they claim the files on VLC's homepage are correct.
Euclideon unveils the world's first Hologram Arcade Tables! - [gaming]
04:33 PM EST - Nov,27 2018 - post a comment
Australian based hologram technology manufacturer Euclideon have just unveiled their brand-new Hologram Arcade Tables!
Challenge your friends in frantic, fast-paced head-to-head gameplay in full holographic glory! Hologram Arcade Tables create game out of light that float in the air up to 90cm above the surface of the table.
These tables will soon be available for play at Holoverse on the Gold Coast in Australia, Holoverse in Oman, and at many other entertainment centres around the world.
Ed.note: Everybody knows that holograms do not require the use of glasses, that's AR!!! Anyway, it looks interesting.
Rachel Cook 2018 best moment - [off-topic]
12:41 PM EST - Nov,27 2018 - post a comment
I know she tried to build a female following, but it's not that easy so she did Playboy and even though the photos weren't as interesting as her Instagram Page photos, her body is incredible.
Jordyn Jones Is Alexis Ren 2.0 - [off-topic]
12:19 PM EST - Nov,26 2018 - post a comment
Jordyn Jones is working hard at being Alexis Ren 2.0 and at 18 years old she's doing a pretty solid job at it. I still think she needs a little more practice but in due time I feel that she will take the Instagram world by storm.
Core i7-9550U Will Replace Core i7-8565U - [hardware]
12:16 PM EST - Nov,26 2018 - post a comment
The specsheet of a Lenovo IdeaPad S530-13IWL has allowed us to know the existence of the new Intel 9000 series mobile CPUs. These are the Core i7-9550U, i5-9250U and i3-9130U. The laptop datasheet, spotted on Twitter by @momomo_us
, confirms new members of that family , with "IWL" at the end of the model name meaning "Intel Whiskey Lake", a family launched last October with the Core i7-8565U, Core i5-8265U and Core i3-8145U. There is no confirmation from Intel on this rumor, and there aren't much details about the CPUs either: clock speeds and core counts are not specified, though should remain quite similar to the previous members of the 8000 series.
This information points to a light rebadge of Whiskey Lake CPUs according to NotebookCheck given that there is no mention of the 9th generation of processors. This is weird because the 8000 series is basically a synonym of the 8th Gen and the same happens with the 9000 series and the 9th generation. It seems the Core i7 will be a quad-core CPU with Hyper Threading support and 8 MB of L3 cache, while the Core i5, with the same core count, will have 6 MB of L3 cache. The Core i3 CPU would be a dual-core chip with 4 MB of L3 cache. We'll have to wait for an official confirmation to confirm the specs and advantages over the older models.
NVIDIA Releases GeForce 417.01 WHQL Drivers - [gaming]
11:53 AM EST - Nov,26 2018 - post a comment
NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce software suite. Version 417.01 WHQL drivers
come game-ready optimization for "Darksiders III." The drivers also add SLI profiles for "Artifact." The drivers also address a number of bugs, including refresh-rates above 30 Hz not being applicable on certain 4K Ultra HD monitors (provided hardware requirements such as DisplayPort HBR2 or HDMI 2.0 or greater are met). The drivers also fix Frame Rate Limiter 2 not functioning in some cases. Also addressed is an "Event ID 14" error message when CSM is disabled in the UEFI setup program, G-Sync not disengaging after exiting a game, and incomplete Ansel images appearing when resolution is set 30X or higher.
Application SLI Profiles
- Provides the optimal gaming experience for Darksiders III.
Added or updated the following SLI profiles:Fixed Issues in this Release
- Monitor refresh rates higher than 30 Hz cannot be applied on 4k monitors. 
- Frame Rate Limiter 2 may not work. 
- [Turing GPUs]: Event ID 14 error may occur if CSM is disabled in the system BIOS. 
- [GeForce TX 650]: Shadowplay recordings are corrupted. 
- [G-Sync]: G-sync may not disengage after exiting games. 
- [GeForce Experience][Ansel]: Ansel images appear incomplete when the resolution is set to 30x or greater. 
New Linux malware mines cryptocurrency, steals passwords - [security]
06:03 PM EST - Nov,24 2018 - post a comment
is the current name of the new strand which mostly aims to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. But, in addition to that, this piece of malware which contains over 1,000 lines of code also tries to set itself up to shut down running services, hide files, and potentially steal your password.
Among the many steps it takes in rooting itself into a system, the malware tries to move itself into a folder where it has write permissions, gain root access, and escalate its own privileges using known exploits. It also adds itself to the autorun list and installs a rootkit.
As it does all this and gains more power over the system, it will try to stop any other software that may be mining cryptocurrencies, stop services and delete related files (many of which are related to antivirus solutions), and mine for Monero. The rootkit even allows it to steal user-entered passwords in the su command, so it seems to attack on a variety of fronts.
In addition to all of that, the virus tries to look for other systems to infect by looking at all the servers the system has connected to via SSH and then connecting to them itself.
Cash has almost gone extinct in Sweden - [briefly]
06:00 PM EST - Nov,24 2018 - post a comment
Half of all Swedish retailers predict that they'll have stopped accepting cash payments by 2025, and half of the country's bank branches have already stopped accepting cash deposits. Coins and notes make up just 1% of Sweden's economy, compared to 8% in the US and 10% in Europe. Paying with a card or phone or just buying things online first gained popularity due to its convenience, but as the New York Times
notes, it's now at the point where cash is so rare in Sweden it's costly for shops to support it. After noticing that only 1% of customers used cash while employees were spending 15% of their time counting, organizing and storing it, an Ikea store decided to stop accepting cash temporarily. Only 0.12% of customers have been unable to pay without cash, mostly in the store's cafe. The move hasn't been popular with everyone, however. The nearest branch of the Swedish National Pensioners Organization has been organizing protests against Ikea's experiment, saying that it has alienated many retirees that used to pay for meals at the cafe with cash. And considering one in ten Swedes admit to not being comfortable using digital payment systems, the government has been listening to the complaints closely.
Bitcoin has managed to lose over $1,400 in value in just one week - [briefly]
05:26 PM EST - Nov,24 2018 - post a comment
The world's most popular cryptocurrency has managed to fall under $3800. While crypto traders are convinced the bottom is in sight, Bitcoin has managed to lose over $1,400 in value in just one week
. Supposed catalysts include "the aftermath of the Bitcoin Cash's November 15th fork, an influx of institutional selling orders, the Bakkt Bitcoin futures vehicle delay, regulation measures from the SEC, and, arguably the most convincing, the final bout of capitulation from crypto's 'weak hands
.'" The total market capitalization for cryptocurrencies fell to $138.6 billion Friday, according to CoinMarketCap data, its lowest level since September 2017. Since its peak, the market has lost about $700 billion in value, according to the data. The tumble for bitcoin started abruptly last week when it fell below $6,000 and hit a new low for the year. The plunge followed what had been a surprisingly calm few months for bitcoin and a break from the rest of its volatile trading year.
Apple Reportedly Working On A 'Cheap' Product! - [briefly]
05:39 AM EST - Nov,24 2018 - post a comment
If there is one factor that is common in Apple products, it's that they are very expensive. The iPhone X for example, if you plan to buy it outright, will cost you up to £1000. While it is about the most advanced smartphone out there, that is still a lot of money to spend on something that you could achieve for less than 20% of the price with a competitor. In a report via Metro
though, Apple is reportedly set to be working on a brand new product that, heaven forbid, will actually be cheap?! Well, that is certainly subject to a lot of speculation. One of the more popular suggestions seems to aim towards Apple releasing a cut-price version of their TV add-on. While the Apple TV module costs around £120, Amazon's Firestick goes for only about £25. You can clearly see that due to this huge price difference, they might be losing out. The chances of a phone or tablet are slim, but not impossible. If I was going to put money on it, the TV stick would get my bet. What do you think?
The new supercomputer behind the US nuclear arsenal - [technology]
05:42 PM EST - Nov,23 2018 - post a comment
Sierra was just crowned the second-most powerful supercomputer on the planet. And while most of its peers use their power for climate simulations, astrophysics, and other civilian work, Sierra is purpose-built for an entirely different mission: nuclear weapons. We took a tour of this massive system, and found out why the US builds supercomputers to support its nuclear arsenal.
O2 announces trials at Kings Cross and Marble Arch - [gaming]
03:11 PM EST - Nov,23 2018 - post a comment
O2 has announced
that it is working on two Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) trials at Kings Cross and Marble Arch with Nokia in order to pave the way for full deployment of 5G across the capital city. The firm chose the locations due to their high levels of data traffic; this will allow O2 to evaluate the technology before rolling it out to other urban areas. The technology will work on 4G initially, however, Massive MIMO is a core component of 5G networks too, so they'll be adapted for that purpose later on after they've been trialled. Massive MIMO sends beams of data from antennas to end user devices in a way which is supposed to help with performance and capacity of the network, allowing more users to be served by the network.