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10 Signs Your Computer Might Have a Malware Infection

Our computer is like a member of our family, when it doesn’t “feel good” or something is wrong with it, we can usually tell. We might not know exactly what is bothering it, but we have a feeling that something is wrong and we want to do everything we can to make them all better.

Who Is A Hacker? Mark Zuckerberg Explains In His Letter From The Past

The word hacker has been viewed with a bad filter that hackers always break into people’s computers. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hacking is an approach to doing things quickly and testing their limits. Hacking is an active discipline, and one should focus on the quick implementation of ideas.

Sony Is Working On Mobile-to-Mobile Wireless Charging Technology

According to a recently published patent application, Sony is working on a new futuristic technique that enables wireless power exchange between various nearby consumer electronic devices, including smartphones, computers, microwave, washing machine, fridges, and TVs, without cords.

Pinterest is now blocked in China

China has blocked one of the few Western social media sites that had remained accessible to its population: Pinterest.

How To Remove User Account Password In Windows 10

Windows operating system allows you password protect your user account for obvious reasons. While we always recommend users to use a strong password for a user account, there are users who want to have a password-free user account.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Is Wireless Technology Making Industries Safer?

We’ve been living wireless lives for a while now, with Wi-Fi now considered a necessity and cloud systems growing in popularity. While they’ve revolutionised our day-to-day lives, they’ve also made their mark on potentially dangerous environments.
Dust explosions occur in many industrial scenarios and involve the rapid combustion of fine particles. In an enclosed space, this combustion can cause major structural damage as a result of a build-up of pressure. If uncontrolled, the explosions could lead to injuries or, in the worst eventuality, death.
Before the advent of wireless technology, many companies would rely on wired explosion vent detection systems. Although these were effective, the systems needed to be hard-wired, which was often costly.
In response, rupture disc experts Elfab has designed and created GSM-Tel, a traditional explosion vent detection system with in-built GSM technology. This modern burst-detection system eliminates the need for a wired solution while still delivering instant notifications of remote explosion vent activation.
The system has been designed to interface with any of the brand’s explosion vent designs, including single, multi-layer, flat and domed constructions. The duel-channel, remote monitoring system is the first of its kind and specifically created for use in remote locations. Should an explosion occur, users will receive a customisable text message signifying panel rupture, notifying them of the incident without them needing to be adjacent to it.
Not only does GSM-Tel eliminate wiring costs, it has also resulted in reduced maintenance charges for companies. The alert system can be reused after explosion vent actuation, ensuring long-term reliability.
As technology continues to develop and we become more dependent on wireless activity across all areas of our lives, we can expect enhanced safety in the future. As you’ll agree, this is a wholly positive move for everyone connected to the sector.
Sources: techpatio

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The death of the smartphone is closer than you think. Here's what comes next

The arrival of the original iPhone back in 2007 heralded a revolution in how we use computing power, transforming it from something that sat on a desk in a PC that got used nine-to-five, to something that we carried in our pockets and accessed all the time.
And now, after almost a decade of furious change, the smartphone is at the height of its powers. It is our constant digital companion, having absorbed the capabilities of the PC, camera, TV, sat-nav, and more along the way.
But -- to misquote -- the screen that shines twice as bright, shines half as long. And the smartphone has shone so very, very brightly.
Smartphone innovation is grinding to a halt. There's just not that much more to stuff into a handset, which means that adding a curve to the screen is now considered the state of the art. Our smartphones are over-filled with clever features that most of us don't even know exist, and certainly have never used. In many countries the market is saturated.
The smartphone has taken ten years to get from its first version to near complete.
So what comes next?
For a while it looked like wearables would be the next big thing, but it is proving just too hard to fit enough processing power and battery life into something like a smartwatch to make it a viable alternative to a phone. And, even if those two problems can be overcome, the screen is never going to be big enough on any wearable for it to be our primary connection to the digital world.
That leaves augmented and virtual reality as the prime candidate.
I've tried out both and they already are jaw-droppingstunning technologies that most of the world continues to cheerfully ignore.
I think that will change, and that today's smartphones already contain the seeds of their own demise.
Smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S8 (and almost certainly the next iPhone too) can already function as VR viewers when connected to headsets.
I don't think this alone will create much of a breakthrough in terms of VR usage, although it will at least give consumers an idea of what is to come.
My best guess is that in the medium term, once the idea of AR/VR is more popular, smartglasses will eventually make a comeback. Lots of things count against smartglasses -- the 'glasshole' effect has already been well documented, for example. And many people won't like wearing glasses because of the barrier that they can create (especially when someone is reading something on the lens of their glasses rather than paying attention to a conversation).
But I just don't see a next evolution of personal technology that doesn't involved some sort of overlay on our vision.
Smartglasses will in turn be a stepping stone to smart contact lenses or even the mind-reading tech that Facebook announced last week it is working on (Elon Musk has talked about something similar too).
The smartphone won't die out entirely, of course. Old technologies don't die off, they just find their niche and fossilize.
The closest model we have is the PC: rapid adoption to saturation level, then stagnation for a long time followed by a late burst of innovation before settling into a comfortable niche. Over the next five to 10 years the smartphone will do the same. People will be using smarphones for decades, just like some people still use pagers. But already Silicon Valley is looking past smartphones.
Here's the problem. All of these future technologies like VR, and certainly the idea of using sensors to read thoughts, throw up huge questions around privacy, and around the appropriate use of technology and its impact on society.
Those questions have already arisen in the smartphone age, like how appropriate is it to be tracked wherever we go? And what does it mean for society if we spend more time interacting with our phones than we do with each other?
However, as smartglasses or mind-reading technology make our relationship with technology even more intimate and difficult to navigate, we may look back on the complications of the smartphone era with something resembling nostalgia.
Sources: zdnet

No IP Addresses For The Governments That Cut Off Internet Access To Their Citizens

Governments cutting people’s internet chords is a known concern across the globe. One of the global internet registry organizations AfriNIC has proposed that the internet address space shouldn’t be allocated to the governments ordering internet shutdown with an intention to restrict the internet access to their population.

Many countries around the world ruthlessly deprived their population of the internet access for no understandable reason. Well, it appears, an iron-fisted attitude won’t be beneficial for them in the future.

AfriNIC (African Network Information Centre) is one of the five global bodies designated to handle the internet address spaces in their respective regions, i.e., assign IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
The organization has suggested modifications in the consolidated policy manual (CPM) to take action against the African governments ordering internet shutdown in parts or across the whole nation.
“An internet shutdown is deemed to have occurred when it can be proved that there was an attempt, failed or successful, to restrict access to the internet to a segment of the population irrespective of the provider or access medium that they utilize.”
If it’s proved that a government ordered an internet shutdown, AfriNIC won’t be allocating any new IP address to them for 12 months. This also includes government-own bodies or entities having a “direct provable relationship with the said government”. During the ban, the affected government won’t be able to transfer address space from others.
For stubborn governments making internet shutdown attempts during the ban, the organization will take more rigorous actions. “In the event of a government performing 3 or more such shutdowns in a period of 10 years – all resources to the aforementioned entities shall be revoked, and no allocations to said entities shall occur for a period of 5 years,” reads the proposal.
AfriNIC has also specified that no action will be taken against the governments censoring content that’s illegal per the laws of that country. The censorship criteria can’t be extended to include “all content irrespective of its source or its nature.”
The proposal will be taken into consideration at the Avionic's meeting scheduled to happen in June this year.
If you have something to add, drop your thoughts and feedback.
Sources: Fossbytes

Monday, April 24, 2017

Google Just Launched a New App that Orders Food, Pays Utility Bills, and Thousands of Other Things

Life these days is on a fast pace. Whether it's chores, or just getting things checked off your laundry or shopping list, all help is welcome. Turns out, Google now has a new app for that.

Earlier this week, Google quietly released Areo, a hyper local app that offers "thousands" of services, it says. Users can schedule visits, and pay for the service from within the app. They will also be able to see reviews across these services to make an informed decision, the app description adds. 

The aggregator, first spotted by FactorDaily, is currently live only in two busy Indian cities – Bangalore and Mumbai. Available on Google Playthere's no web client, or iPhone app for Areo just yet. 

It will be interesting to watch how the arrival of Areo benefits the existing app ecosystem in India tailored to serve local needs. With Areo, Google is offering a platform that local services such as UrbanClap, Swiggy, Zomato, and Freshmenu could make use of. As of today, however, only a handful of such services are listed on the app.

Though the company remains mysteriously quiet about Areo, it may have plans to grow this app beyond India. During his recent visit to the country, company CEO Sundar Pichai had mentioned India being the testbed for several of Google services.

Sources: mashable

How To Enable Night Light On Windows 10

Here’s how you to enable, setup and use Night Light feature on Windows 10 to tweak the color temperature of your device’s display.

It seems that if you wait long enough you will ultimately see all platform builders eventually introduce the same type of functionality into their operating systems, albeit under a different name. With the Creators Update, Microsoft has baked in a feature called Night Light, which you can think of as being a similar proposition to Night Shift in iOS or macOS, existing to make the display user warmer colors in the evening to reduce eye strain.

Regardless of its name, or how many other operating systems offer similar functionality. the addition of Night Light is definitely a beneficial one, so if you’re ready to get up and running with it on your Windows 10 device then follow the simple steps below. But remember this only works on devices which have upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update.

Step 1: Like most features of this nature, in order to enable or disable it we need to begin our journey in the native Windows 10 Settings application. Use the Start menu universal search to search for Settings, then launch it.

Step 2: When in Settings, navigate to System > Display. This will get you to the location that you need to be in in order to change any settings or options pertaining to the device’s display.

Step 3: You will instantly notice that there is an option for Nightlight under the Display heading. Toggle the switch with it to the On position. This means Night Light is enabled, but you will also notice that it doesn’t change the color temperature of the display immediately. This is related to the (off until…) wording that’s located in brackets next to the heading, and basically, means that Windows 10 has detected the time for sunset in your particular location and won’t activate it until that time.

Step 4: If you are happy to let the system determine when to enable Night Light – i.e. when the sun sets in your location – then you can just leave it as is and expect the color temperature to miraculously change when evening creeps in. However, if you want to turn Night Light on immediately, regardless of sunset timing, then you can click on the Nightlight settings option under the toggle switch and use the Turn on the now option to enable immediately.

Step 5: If required, you can also change the specific color temperature using a sliding scale. This will allow you to choose the right setting for your own personal preferences. When the settings are configured, exit the Settings app and enjoy the Night Light experience.

Sources: redmondpie
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