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IoT devices still major target for cyberattacks

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

During the first half of 2019, cybercriminals increased the intensity of both IoT and SMB-related attacks according to a new report from F-Secure.

The firm's “Attack Landscape H1 2019” report highlighted the threat unsecured IoT devices can pose to businesses and consumers as well as the continued popularity of Eternal Blue and similar exploits two years after the WannaCry ransomware was released on the world.

F-Secure uses decoy servers called honeypots to lure in attackers to collect information on their activities and this year its honeypots measured a twelvefold increase in IoT and SMB-related attacks compared to the same period a year ago.… Read the full article

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Google Nest Hub Max vs Amazon Echo Show: which smart display is better?

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In the on-going war between Amazon and Google to win your smart home, the companies have released a number of products to keep you connected, entertained and now, keep you safe as well. 

If you want all of the above in a single device, however, your best bets are the latest Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) and the Google Nest Hub Max, both of which have a built-in camera that allow you to keep tabs on your home while you’re away through their respective apps and a number of compatible streaming services.… Read the full article

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Simjacker attack could affect a billion smartphones

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A new SIM card flaw has been discovered by security researchers who say that more than a billion smartphones could be at risk as threat actors are currently exploiting it in the wild.

The vulnerability, called Simjacker, was found in mobile SIM cards by researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security and it is being used to track user's locations, intercept calls and more all by sending an SMS message to a victim's smartphone.

The researchers released a blog post in which they disclosed the vulnerability and explained that Simjacker has been exploited by a private company over the past two years, saying:

  • SIM hijacking and the flaws of traditional two-factor authentication

“This vulnerability is currently being actively exploited by a specific private company that works with governments to monitor individuals.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 Photo Essay Part 4

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

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Fitbit price cut: save on the Fitbit Alta HR, Charge 3, & Blaze smartwatch at Amazon

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you're in the market for a cheap activity tracker, then you've come to the right place. Amazon has some fantastic deals on popular models that include the Fitbit Charge 3 and Blaze smartwatch. Amazon also has the best-selling Fitbit Alta HR on sale for $79.96. That's a $50 discount and the best price we've found for the ultra-slim activity tracker.

The Fitbit Alta HR tracks steps, calories burned, and popular workouts like running and yoga. The activity tracker encourages you to stay active with friendly reminders and automatically logs your workout routines.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 Part 2 and Further Reflections

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Herb Reichert and Lynn Olson at RMAF 2015 (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson)

As my readers know, my usual beat is high-efficiency speakers, triode amplifiers, and surround sound (which was my start in the audio industry). So, this part of the show report is a part of the RMAF I don’t usually cover … solid-state and standard-efficiency speakers. I’m not in the slightest interested in the mainstream Krell/Wilson/Magico part of the industry… let others cover that, I don’t go there.… Read the full article

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Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

The following is a press release issued by Magico. September 13, 2019 – Magico LLC is pleased to introduce the MRACK audio equipment stand. Over the past fifteen years countless amplifiers, DACs, servers, transports, turntables and cables have made their way in and out of the Magico listening room as we have prototyped and brought to market over two dozen speaker models. The cornerstones that have remained throughout it all are the Magico MRACK equipment stands. The MRACK was originally designed for our own internal R&D to maximize system performance where available options consistently fell short.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 Photo Essay Part 3

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon.

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Heed Thesis phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player.

Analog: Fern & Roby Montrose Turntable and Soundsmith Zephyr MIMC Cartridge.

Computer Based System

Integrita C4 NAS from Certon, AURALiC Aries G2 and Mini (Lightening DS), Antipodes CX (Roon), Sonore ultraDigital and ultraRendu, AQVOX Switch, SBooster power supply (Netgear WiFi extender).… Read the full article

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Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , |

Posting a late Hi-Fi Girl Friday in honor of Thomas and Bjorns new book  High Quality Horn Loudspeaker Systems.
BUY IT IN OCTOBER
http://www.hornspeakersystems.info/

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Mozilla now charges for “premium” Firefox support

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

As part of its efforts to further diversify its revenue streams, Mozilla is launching a new premium service aimed at enterprise customers that use its open-source Firefox browser.

The company's new service is called Firefox Premium Support and it will provide organizations with several benefits including the ability to privately submit bugs, get critical security bug fixes with a service-level agreement and contribute to the browser and its roadmap for future releases starting at $10 per user. 

Users will also receive proactive notifications on critical Firefox events such as the recent introduction of DNS-over-HTTPS.… Read the full article

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