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Hackers spoofing US postal service to trap victims

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

After making the rounds in Europe, a new phishing campaign has arrived in the US and the attackers behind it are impersonating the US postal system with the aim of infecting users' computers with a banking trojan according to new research from Proofpoint.

In November, researchers from the cybersecurity firm observed thousands of emails trying to deploy malicious Microsoft Word attachments in the US. These emails impersonated messages from the US postal service as part of a campaign to infect computers with the IcedID banking trojan.… Read the full article

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Huawei Mate X goes on sale in China and sells out first batch in minutes

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The first wave of Huawei Mate X foldable phones has finally gone on sale in China – and the initial batch (of an uncertain amount) reportedly sold out in minutes, according to the BBC

The foldable phone was introduced at MWC 2019 back in February and originally slated to launch over the summer, then publicly delayed until September. TechRadar exclusively learned in August that there was no possibility it would make that deadline, and would much more likely become available in November (and at the very least, before the end of 2019). 

That’s come to pass after Huawei officially launched the foldable in China back in October and asserted it would go on sale in November – which it has, with a pricetag of 16,999 yuan (£1,900, around $2,495 / AU$3,559). 

A second wave of devices (again an uncertain number) will go on sale in China on November 22.… Read the full article

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Pokémon Sword and Shield: first impressions

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Pokémon Sword and Shield, the 8th generation of Pokémon games, are now available on Nintendo Switch. Having received a launch-day review code, TechRadar will be posting a full review in the next week once we've had a little more time with the game. In the meantime, we've recorded our first impressions of the first couple of hours spent in the Galar region below. 

At this point in the long-running series, starting a new Pokémon game is kind of like being a kid and going to your favorite soft play area.… Read the full article

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Samsung and LG phones at risk from Qualcomm security flaw

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Some of the world's most popular smartphones could be at risk of cyberattack after researchers uncovered new vulnerabilities in Qualcomm chipsets.

Experts from Check Point discovered a set of vulnerabilities affecting Qualcomm hardware which could potentially allow an attacker to steal critical information from Samsung, LG and Motorola smartphones.

The cybersecurity firm's findings show that the 'secure world' found in Qualcomm's CPUs suffer from a flaw that could lead to protected data being leaked, devices rooting, bootloader unlocking and the execution of undetectable APTs.… Read the full article

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Best portable monitor 2019: the top USB-connected screens

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Computers find more uses every single day, and that means you'll have a ton of applications in use at any time. This is true whether you're at work or play. 

No matter if you're writing, doing graphic design work, coding or working as a call center assistant, having a secondary monitor can let your desktop have some breathing room, spreading apps out in a more natural way. 

Now, getting an extra monitor is easy if you're sitting at home or in an office, but what about when you're trying to get work done in your local coffee shop?… Read the full article

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2020 Camera Magazine Imaging Awards – Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The annual Camera Magazine Imaging Awards recognise excellence in the design and execution of imaging products. This year there are ten categories and to be eligible, products had to go on sale around Australia from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. Not surprisingly, all our categories for mirrorless cameras were hotly contested this year. Here’s our enthusiast-level mirrorless champion.

Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Winner: Nikon Z 6

Although announced at the same time as its higher-resolution sibling, the Z 6 went on sale much later, hence its eligibility for this year’s awards.… Read the full article

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The Beatles <i>The Singles Collection</i> Arrives

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

There seems to be an overreaction to this review! Yes, I was disappointed by what I heard. It was not what I was expecting based upon the sound of the EP collection and the World Records box. This box doesn’t sound as good as it should, as described below: flat perspective, dried reverb that doesn’t translate into space and worst of all: a lack of textures to vocals and especially drums: all attack, little sustain, weak decay. Single after single comparisons produced disappointment.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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The true superpower on display in the current Spider-Man franchise might be its irresistible charm. Marvel’s beloved signature character has certainly had some Hollywood ups and downs, but in his most recent iteration he seems content to exist in the shadow of Tony Stark/Iron Man rather than stand truly alone. Add to that irksome choice an abundance of high school drama and perhaps an over-reliance upon comedy and big-screen Spidey is at risk of alienating longtime fans. Still, Spider-Man: Far from Home somehow manages to engage us from start to finish.

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Stereophile's Products of 2019

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The first vote I ever cast was in 1964, when I was 10 years old. Our fifth-grade teacher, a psychotic harpy who fined students 25 cents if they dropped a pencil, directed us to elect a Class President and a Class Treasurer: positions of indeterminate powers, although it was generally understood that they did not include the ability to wage war or annex adjoining classrooms. In retrospect—I didn’t realize it at the time—the very loud nominating process was straight out of Lord of the Flies, and even before the day’s final votes were cast, it was clear that the winners would not be chosen on the basis of intelligence, problem-solving skills, or ability to lead.… Read the full article

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Don’t use public USB charging ports

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

In a recent security alert, the Los Angeles District Attorney has warned travelers to avoid charging their smartphones and other devices using public USB power charging stations as they may contain dangerous malware.

USB was designed to transfer both power and data and security researchers as well as cybercriminals have learned how to use USB connections to deliver malicious payloads to users who thought they were merely charging their devices.

Over the past few years, several proofs of concepts were created with the most notorious being Mactans, which was unveiled at the Black Hat security conference back in 2013.… Read the full article

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