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November 9, 2017

AmpliFi Announces Kickstarter for Teleport VPN System

AmpliFi, the consumer brand of popular enterprise grade networking company, Ubiquiti, recently announced a new kickstarter campaign for a product they call Teleport.

Currently about 40% funded, the AmpliFi Teleport works with AmpliFi’s Mesh Router system and essentially acts as a VPN for users when away from the home. By simply connecting to the Teleport while on the go, users can easily access a home network while outside the home as if they were at home allowing access to shared folders, wireless printing, home automation devices, security systems and more.

Those interested in the AmpliFi Teleport system can now make a pledge at the AmpliFi Teleport [...]

 
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October 16, 2017

Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Now Available

The next major feature update for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is here.

The Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update brings a long list of improvements and new features. Finally integrated is the long-promised desktop chat integration for contacts from LinkedIn and Skype, as well as a new Android and iPhone linking feature. You won’t be able to respond to text messages, but you’ll be able send browser sessions from your phone directly to your desktop for future viewing.

AR, or Augmented Reality, is also receiving a lot of love. The Fall Creators Update will prepare your system to be AR ready right off the get-go, no setup required. [...]

 
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October 12, 2017

Windows Phone is Confirmed Dead

After a succession of failures, Joe Belfiore, VP of Operating Systems at Microsoft, confirmed via Twitter that Microsoft will not be creating another Windows phone.

In another Tweet, Belfiore explained that Windows Phone’s phone’s fundamental issue was one it had since day one: the lack of apps. Users won’t use a phone with no apps, and companies won’t develop apps for a platform with no users. This vicious cycle is what ultimately drove the nail in the coffin. Joe also promised that Windows 10 mobile will continue to receive security updates, but active development in both hardware and software have ceased.

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October 4, 2017

All Yahoo 3 Billion Accounts Hacked in 2013 Breach

Oath Inc, a subsidiary of Verizon which now owns Yahoo, revealed in an announcement earlier in  the week that all of its users may have been affected in the 2013 data breach. This expands the number of affected accounts from the previously estimated one billion to three billion. An email has been sent to all Yahoo account holders who’s accounts were compromised during the hack.

Breached information include personal identifiable information including the name of the account holder, email address, encrypted passwords (not plain passwords), birthdays, and encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. Oath assures its users that no banking and credit [...]

 
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September 26, 2017

Microsoft Announces Office 2019, Release Expected in 2H2018

Microsoft announced the latest perpetual version of Office, Office 2019 at the Microsoft Ignite event in Orlando.

The announcement, written by the General Manager for Office, Jared Spataro, was fairly vague on the new features of Office 2019, only mentioning that it will add to and enhance the core features. Some of these new features include improved inking, new formulas and charts for Excel, better animation for PowerPoint, and improved management and security.

Microsoft’s cloud is also getting some major upgrades as well however, Microsoft has also stated that Office 2019 will be “valuable” for those more comfortable running their own apps [...]

 
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September 18, 2017

CCleaner Compromised, Hackers Install Backdoor Malware into Popular Utility

Popular Windows optimization utility CCleaner has a serious problem right now as a recent blog post by their VP of Products, Paul Yung reveals that hackers have compromised recent versions of CCleaner, installing a backdoor utility into the application that would allow hackers to remotely access systems with CCleaner installed.

The security issue which was discovered on September 12, affected the 32-bit version of CCleaner version 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud version 1.07.3191. Hackers were able to illegally modify the application before it was released and was able to introduce the malicious code. The malicious code not only granted attackers remote access to infected [...]

 
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September 14, 2017

Eero Review (2nd Gen, 2017)

The Next Generation

When Eero launched last year, it helped drive a revolutionary shift in the WiFi router market. Unlike the traditional WiFi router which was complicated to configure and manage for the average user, Eero wanted to create something that was easy to setup, easy to manage and could provide reliable whole home WiFi coverage no matter the size of the home. For the most part, Eero achieved its goal.

Now that it’s a bit more than year later, Eero has revealed the 2nd Generation Eero. Rather than a major redesign, the 2nd Generation Eero focuses on improving on the first generation product while simultaneously launching lower powered wall mounted node [...]

 
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September 8, 2017

Why You Need a VPN If You Use the Internet

Internet security has become one of the most prevalent issues in the past few years and while not as popular as it should be, one of the best ways to stay safe online is to use a VPN service. In this article, we’ll discuss what a VPN is, why you need a VPN service, and how to choose a good VPN provider.

 

What is a VPN

A VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network. As its name implies, VPNs were originally designed primarily to allow users to connect computers in different locations onto the same “virtual” private network. At first, corporations adopted VPN technology to allow its employees to use a shared drive or an intranet service [...]

 
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September 7, 2017

Equifax Gets Hacked, Exposes Information of 143 Million Users

According to a recent statement, credit reporting agency Equifax has suffered a major data breach exposing information such as names, addresses, social security numbers, birthdays, driver license numbers, credit card numbers, and other personally identifying information of approximately 143 million users in the US, Canada and UK.

The hack began back in mid-May, but wasn’t discovered late July of this year. According to the Equifax, hackers utilized a web application vulnerability to execute the hack, but additional details were not revealed at this time.

For those potentially affected, Equifax has setup a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, which [...]

 
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September 6, 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Coming October 17

It’s upgrade time again and Windows 10’s next big update, the Fall Creator’s Update, will land in user’s machines starting on October 17.

Like the Anniversary Update, the Fall Creator’s Update is a major update for Windows 10. As a result, it will bring numerous new features as well as improvements to many of its core applications. Patch notes emphasize that the Photos and Videos app has been overhauled to provide a more intuitive experience, and OneDrive Files On-Demand will allow you to access files stored in your OneDrive cloud directly without the intermediate step of first accessing it from your browser. Constantly losing track of [...]

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