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A Few Days Ago I Wrote About The Meltdown And Spectre Security Flaws, Here Are Some Videos Explaining Them

By Tim

Less than a week ago we all heard about the security flaws that affect many Intel, AMD and even ARM processors. I even posted an article about it. As you may already know this is something that could potentially affect every one of us, but there is a lot of confusion about these two exploits.

Presumably Microsoft is going to be issuing an update on Tuesday January 9th and I assume other OS vendors will already be releasing patches or have already released them. Remember, this affects Windows, Mac, iOS, Chrome, Android and Linux devices.

Because folks seem to like videos I am going to give you folks 3 videos that may or may not clear things up.

So in no particular order, here are those videos. Keep in mind that there is a lot of info that we do not know just yet, but these will explain the basics without being too tech oriented.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Currency-mining Android malware is so aggressive it can physically harm phones

By Dan Goodin

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A newly discovered piece of Android malware carries out a litany of malicious activities, including showing an almost unending series of ads, participating in distributed denial-of-service attacks, sending text messages to any number, and silently subscribing to paid services. Its biggest offense: a surreptitious cryptocurrency miner that’s so aggressive it can physically damage an infected phone.

Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi is hidden inside apps distributed through third-party markets, browser ads, and SMS-based spam. Researchers from antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab have dubbed it a “jack of all trades” to emphasize the breadth of nefarious things it can do. Most notably, Loapi apps contain a module that mines Monero, a newer type of digital currency that’s less resource intensive than Bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies. The module allows the malware creators to generate new coins by leaching the electricity and hardware of infected phone owners.

But the lower demands of Monero mining by no means stop Loapi from straining infected phones. Kaspersky Lab researchers tested Loapi in a lab setting. After two days, the mining caused the battery in the phone to bulge so badly it deformed the cover. The researchers provided the pictures above as evidence.

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Another Video Worth Sharing: Top 3 Cheap Tablets For 2017

By Tim

Today we have a video from Chris over at TechTablets on the top 3 budget tablets he has tested this year. These are all Android tablets and all are priced very well for budget consumers.

The 3 tablets he is covering are the Lenovo P8, the Teclast Master T10 and the iFive Mini 4s. These are all excellent devices and all at reasonable prices

Each has advantages and disadvantages, but all 3 have laminated, good resolution displays.

I am not gong to go into the specs on them all because the video covers all that for you.

So next we will go right to the video and as usual make sure to subscribe to the TechTablets site if this sort of info interests you!

Below are some links to the best prices I have found on the 3 tablets, as usual shop around a bit before buying.

The above prices are all on Gearbest, I suggest checking Banggood.com also to compare.

That is all for now,

Tim

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Galaxy Note 8 is the latest Android phone to go on sale at Microsoft’s stores

By Peter Bright

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has joined a handful of other phones at, of all places, the Microsoft Store. Both the online store and brick-and-mortar locations have the handsets, both unlocked and carrier-branded; today, they’re $780, with a regular price of $930.

The Note 8 joins the Galaxy 8 and 8+ as well as Razer smartphone; Microsoft is selling all four Android handsets, alongside three Windows Phone devices (including the HP Elite x3, newly available to Verizon). Why is Microsoft selling Android handsets? Well, the company says, you can run Microsoft Launcher, a home screen/app launcher replacement for Android, along with all of Microsoft’s other Android apps, such as Office, Cortana, and Skype.

This represents Microsoft’s fallback position in the smartphone market. If people won’t buy phones with Microsoft’s operating system, the company will at least try to get people running Microsoft’s apps on their phone. Redmond is also trying to use these apps to improve the Windows 10 user experience. If you use the full range of Microsoft software, you get some convenient extra capabilities, such as the ability to open a Web page on the PC from your phone, with much deeper integration promised soon.

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Source:: Ars Technica Gadgets

Scratching head here, how, except from MS Office on Android does this benefit Microsoft?

Tim


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Google Chromebooks Now Come With Microsoft Office Android Applications

By Radu Iorga

Today’s news is excellent for Chromebook owners, who finally get the much wanted feature of using Microsoft Office apps on their machines. I’m talking about Microsoft Office Android apps of course.

All Chromebooks have received those today, including the Samsung Chromebook Pro, the Acer Chromebook 15 and the Acer C771. If you’re familiar with the Android Office apps, you’ll know that they’re tablet optimized, but also not very far from their desktop counterparts. Devices like the ASUS Chromebook Flip will easily use such apps, on their 10+ inch screens. Free access is offered on smaller diagonals, but larger devices need subscriptions.

It’s Microsoft’s well known rule of requiring an Office 365 subscription to unlock the function to edit, create or print documents, on devices larger than 10.1 inches in diagonal. The policy could increase the number of Office 365 subscriptions, but considering Chromebooks are used in schools, most institutions already have such subscriptions, so there’s no gain there for MS.

Apple and Google have been pushing their productivity suite, but Office remains the core choice for most users. With this offering and with future evolution, the Chromebooks will become full fledged machines and with the power of Snapdragon chips in the future they may even battle hardcore laptops in the future.

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