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Australian Hi-Fi Magazine – 50 Years

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

This year marks a significant milestone in the history of Australian Hi-Fi Magazine… and, indeed, in the history of audio publishing, because it’s the magazine’s fiftieth year of publication. (So far my publisher hasn’t sent me a ruby-encrusted blue pencil to commemorate the occasion, but I live in hope…)

Not too many specialist hi-fi magazines have been around for as long as Australian Hi-Fi—indeed the only one I can think of off-hand that pre-dates it is the UK’s Hi-Fi News & Record Review which, having first been published in 1956, is the world’s longest-running audio title.… Read the full article

Alexa on Bluesound

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

All Bluesound players can now be controlled by Amazon Alexa.

As of yesterday, if you have an Alexa-enabled device such as an Echo Dot and the BluOS Voice Skill from the Amazon Alexa app, you can use Alexa to select presets, play popular songs from music services, or group multiple players together and listen to the same track in different rooms. Alexa is available on all generations of Bluesound players.

How do you get your Bluesound player Alexa-enabled? Follow these six easy steps to get up and running…

Plug in your Bluesound Player and download the BluOS Controller app to connect the Player to your Wi-Fi.… Read the full article

Security exploit left your Fortnite account open to hackers

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

While most of the gaming world watched Ninja become the biggest name in online gaming while playing Fortnite, the game’s publisher was hard at work closing a security vulnerability that could’ve compromised player’s account information.

The exploit was unveiled today by security researchers at Check Point Software Technologies, which released a video showing how hackers could’ve used security tokens (you know, those things that got Facebook in trouble a few months ago) to get around login pages. 

According to the researchers, the security vulnerability was first discovered back in November of last year and, thanks to some quick work on the part of Epic Games (Fortnite’s publisher), has officially been closed since late December. 

Thankfully, neither the researchers nor Epic Games have confirmed any cases in which the exploit was used – but it seems like it could’ve been an easy way for hackers to buy in-game content using players’ credit card information and allowed them to listen to your in-game chat. 

Security tokens strike again 

Without diving too deep down the security rabbit hole, the way the exploit worked was that hackers would send a phishing link to an unsecured URL on Epic Games’ website – ironically, a stats page for Unreal Tournament 2004… which was basically the Fortnite of its day minus all the streamers and sweet dance moves.… Read the full article

The best free website builder 2019

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Creating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but thanks to free website builder applications, these days it's something anyone can tackle.

The problem is that there are so many website creation applications and services vying for attention that it can be difficult to know which one to opt for – this is where we can help.

We've collated the very best free website builders available, including a mixture of offline software and online tools.… Read the full article

US government data leak exposes years of investigations

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A researcher by the name of Greg Pollock at the cybersecurity firm UpGuard recently discovered that the Oklahoma Securities Commission left three terabytes of sensitive data unsecured on a server allowing anyone with an internet connection to access it.

Among the millions of files that were not password protected, Pollock discovered details on sensitive FBI investigations along with emails and bank transaction histories.

UpGuard's Head of Research Chris Vickery provided further insight on the leak, saying:

“It represents a compromise of the entire integrity of the Oklahoma department of securities’ network.… Read the full article

Best website builder of 2019

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Website builders have been around for decades but a new generation now exploit new technologies like responsive and mobile platforms. A website builder can help individuals or businesses build anything from a simple single-page site to a professional web store, even if you've no design or HTML experience at all. 

Whether you're a sole trader or a multinational corporation, just about every business needs an online presence – in other words, a website. A growing number are adding bells and whistles like an email list or form facility, domain name registration and much more.… Read the full article

Amazon Super Bowl 4KTV deals: Sony, LG and Samsung offer Black Friday-like deals

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Super Bowl is now just weeks away, and that means it's a great time to find fantastic deals on big-screen TVs. Amazon is currently having a game day sale on some of their top-selling TVs from brands such as LG, Sony, and Samsung. We haven't seen price drops like this since Black Friday, so if you've wanted to upgrade to a big-screen TV then now is the time.

Right now you can get the massive Sony 75-inch 4K TV for $1,798.… Read the full article

Best computer 2019: the best PCs we’ve tested

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The best PCs might not be in vogue anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped getting more advanced with quad-core processors and high-end graphics cards that can render realistic ray-traced lighting. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve, you’re going to want one of the best PCs – even if all you do is browse the internet. It’s all too easy for your PC to get slowed down by loading too many ads or ever increasingly high-res video.… Read the full article

Best processors 2019: top CPUs for your PC

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Intel and AMD are at each other's throats again, bringing the spirit of competition to the processor market once more. This is possible because AMD has been dominating the market with AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation, and will probably continue to do so with the 3rd Gen. Intel has responded with 9th Generation Coffee Lake Refresh chips like the Core i9-9900K. So, the eternal battle of Intel vs AMD is on full blast, so there’s never been a better time to pick up one of the best processors.… Read the full article

Best gaming mouse 2019: the best gaming mice we’ve tested

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

When you go out and drop your savings on the best gaming PC you can build, it can be hard to avoid just jumping on a cheap mouse to get your game on. However, we wouldn’t advise doing this, instead, you should buy the best gaming mouse you can afford – everything attached to your rig should be of comparable quality. While you’re at it, you can pick up one of the best mouse pads, too.

If you’re looking for one of the best gaming mice, you should look for a mouse that can balance price and performance in a compelling way.… Read the full article