5 New Tech Gadgets On The Go

tech-detail-1420319-1279x785Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Tablet

Samsung has actually preferred Android over Microsoft’s Windows os in its Galaxy line, but the two kissed and made up for the TabPro S, offering exceptional IT consulting services to customers. It’s a 12-inch tablet that utilizes Windows 10 and looks incredibly like Microsoft’s own Surface 4, but it also includes an AMOLED screen, with a pixel resolution of 2160 x 1440– a better than 50 percent improvement over standard high-definition TVs. And it boasts a battery life of 10.5 hours.

Sengled Boost

Having difficulty with Wi-Fi dead zones in your home? Sengled’s Boost is an LED light bulb that looks like it’s an emergency lighting fixture, that serves as a Wi-Fi extender, letting you surf the web at faster speeds, even in those areas that normally have you cursing at your phone, tablet or laptop computer.

D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router

Speed is important when you’re working online, and there aren’t many routers that can make things move much faster than D-Link’s AC3200. With 6 antennas, it likewise gives you a broad variety of protection. It more looks like a spider than a router– and it’s not low-cost– however it will guarantee that you’re able to access the web and send out and get files at the fastest speeds possible.

Dell UltraSharp 30″ Ultra HD OLED Monitor

Unless you’re working in high-end video modifying or design, odds are you don’t actually require this screen, but once you see it in action, you’re definitely going to want it. It’s huge enough that you can open several windows with ease. The 4K resolution is beautiful. And the added clarity from the eye-popping OLED (natural light-emitting diode) screen (which has considerably better color quality than other screens) will blow you away. So, however, will the price tag.

Plantronics Voyager Focus UC headset

In a perfect world, you’re at your desk throughout a call. In the real life, you typically need to stray, however, you cannot let anybody know that when you’re at an office tending to an IT support call The Voyager Focus UC headset lowers sound distractions no matter where you are and lets you walk up to 150 feet away to look after whatever emergency situation has actually surfaced (even if it’s simply the pet begging to be let outside).

Fourth Bank Around The World Hacked By ‘Lazarus’

Since October 2015, a sophisticated hacking group being nicknamed ‘Lazarus’, have accessed the interbank communication network called SWIFT. SWIFT is a worldwide network that settles transactions.

‘Lazarus’ are targeting international banks and they have just recently claimed their fourth victim, a bank in the Philippines.

The hackers first broke into the network security at Bangladesh’s central bank and stole $101 million. Similar attacks then happened on private banks in Vietnam and Ecuador.

The other day, Symantec revealed that hackers got into a bank in the Philippines and used the same computer virus. The name of the bank was not released to the public.

The technical director of Symantec Security Response, Eric Chien, said that the banks desktop computers were infected by the hackers. However, they still aren’t quite sure if they managed to move any money or even how they slipped in in the first place.

Researchers examined the bank attack in the Philippines and they found that the complex code used shared distinct properties. It was specific instructions written in the same words and the code that was used to attack the Bangladesh Bank.

This specific code has been traced to a group of hackers that the researchers worldwide have nicknamed ‘Lazarus’. However, it is still unclear on who these hackers are but there are definitely clues.

These bank attacks aren’t the first lot of attacks that the ‘Lazarus’ group has done. In 2009, they attacked the finance and media websites of South Korea and America. In 2014, Novetta, a cyber security firm, documented how Sony Pictures was also hacked by the same group. They apparently stole data and destroyed computers at the movie studio in Hollywood.

The U.S. government, however, accused the military government of North Korea to be behind the attack.

There is now a worldwide concern that this hacker group has the ability to attack the global financial system. Gottfried Leibbrandt, the CEO of SWIFT, said that these hackers are in a position to bring down numerous banks around the world.

Banks around the world, big or small, need to act with caution and it is a good idea to invest in security services to make sure you are well protected.

To read more about this attack, visit http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/26/technology/swift-bank-hack-philippines-lazarus/

Four Hottest Gadgets and Smart Phones of 2016

 

 

street lightingThe year 2016 has kicked off already with a plethora of stunning new tech gadgets that will take your breath away. With countless hours spent under the heavy industrial lighting and getting moved around the shelves by slab scissors in the manufacturing warehouses, going through vigorous testing before being released to the public, here is just a taste of what the tech industry has up its sleeve for 2016.

1. Sony Xperia Ear (Bluetooth headset)

The Bluetooth earpiece has always been seen as that ugly piece of plastic sticking out of people’s ears, which has the connotation of the person disengaging with the people around them. Sony is trying to bring this back with the intention of making it the new trend, with the in-ear piece now looking smaller and more sleek in design.

This newly updated piece of technology now acts as a personal assistant, who can give you directions, the weather, latest news and social media updates on the run. Sony utilises the latest version of its own voice command software, which has undergone vigorous software testing, instead of using the built in Google voice assistant.

 

2. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

When compared to its previous versions, the newly refreshed design of the Samsung S7 and S7 Edge have replaced the plastic flimsy body with a sturdy metal encasing with an attractive glass finish. The fan favourite features are still a major design draw card with water proofing and memory expansion options being incorporated into both of these designs. However, the most crucial feature this new mobile offers is its battery life, which is significantly better than its predecessors, not to mention the stunning 360 degree camera on offer.

 

3. Cat S60 Thermal Camera Phone

Now this piece of technology will literally blow your socks off! This ‘thermal imaging camera’, I mean, thermal imaging phone has a thermal imaging camera built into it, which is stunning! This is the ultimate tradesman phone. It can check temperatures of objects that you aim it at, is great for spotting hotspots and can be used in emergencies like fires.

This phone is waterproof for up to five metres, so if you accidentally drop it on the pool paving and it bounces in the water, don’t fret! It is also shock proof and is even said to comply with the specifications of the United States military for heat, salt, shock, dust and all of the conditions a serviceman would encounter in the line of duty that your regular phone wouldn’t cope with. This is the ultimate hulk of mobile phones and with countless hours with IT consulting experts, this phone is finally ready to take off!

 

4. LG G5

Trying very hard not be outcompeted by its competitor, LG has launched which is arguable its most risky venture in its history, with the Android operating system. The new sleek metal body, fingerprint scanner on the rear of the mobile, 5.3 inch quad HD screen and the new 6.0 Android operating system to take the new phone to the next level.

 

Unlike anyone has seen before from a mobile phone manufacturer, LG’s G5 features a removable bottom, which opens up the opportunities for owners to customise the phone to their liking. This feature offers the opportunity to add even more battery power to power all of the street lighting in your suburb! Well, maybe not your suburb, but the added power will definitely be a welcome feature. This will allow for add-ons to be inserted into the bottom of the phone to suit the individual user.

 

For more of this information, please see the link below.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/22/mwc-2016-smartphones-gadgets-samsung-galaxy-s7-edge

Quartz Hard Drive May Be the First Immortal Storage Medium

Quartz Hard Drive May Be the First Immortal Storage MediumFor all our accomplishments as a species, we’ve never found a storage medium that can last forever. Tapes, CDs, film … they all fade with time.  Even our hard drives, and our digital history, may eventually fade away. But thankfully, researchers at Southampton University are here with a solution: a quartz hard drive that can last 14 billion years and store 360 terabytes.

Given that that’s long, long after the sun will have consumed the Earth, it’s possible that the tiny optical disk could outlast humanity, so we might as well put the next Golden Record on it. The tiny discs are etched with a nanoscale laser in a microstructure about five microns tall, with each pulse creating a series of three lasers. By reading the polarized light passing through the discs, the massive treasure trove of data can be revealed.

The university is calling it the “Superman memory crystal.” The Large Hadron Collider produces about 30 petabytes of data annually, or about 30,000 terabytes or about 83 of the Superman discs. In addition, the Library of Congress estimates that the entire Internet is 74 terabytes (as of 2009, at least.) Each human’s genome is 200 GB of information, give or take a few gigabytes, so with 9 billion people on Earth right now, so that’s 1.8 trillion gigabytes or 1.8 million petabytes, which translates to 5,000 of these quarter sized discs.

 So … a nice big warehouse full of these disks, buried deep underground with all the thermal protection in the world, could be the ultimate time capsule of humanity, if we get to work with the massive task of storing all of the data into a new Library of Alexandria. Regardless, these definitely have a few billion years worth of advantage over using DNA hard drives.

But, uhh, will we find enough quartz for that?

Found on Popular Mechanics

Charge Your Smartphone One Day?

charge your smartphone one day?Fully Charged Handsets are Coming from the Future

Running out of juice while you’re running around town is the scourge of the modern day smartphone owner. Smart shoes could be the answer though, as boffins at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a pair of sneakers capable of recharging your phone as you walk.

Dubbed InStep NanoPower, the new “bubbler” tech makes use of the kinetic energy generated by repeatedly putting one foot in front of the other.The shoes use a high-tech sole fitted with a pair of flat plates separated by a small gap filled with a conductive liquid. They’re capable of creating up to 10 watts of power per square meter walked – more than enough energy to charge your 2 watt requiring phone.

Sure, they’re not the most stylish of kicks and they feature a platform sole that would bring Tom Cruise up to an intimidating height, but they’re a starting point. A sign of the walking, charging future. Sadly, this is just a prototype and the tech is a long way from being commercialized; you cant actually buy them. But with any luck, we won’t have to wait too long before someone figures it out, and slaps this tech in some slightly better-looking shoes.

From Popular Mechanics