Archive for January 3, 2019

A Whole Lot Of News From ASUS

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 3, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS announced a new line of education-oriented Chromebooks. They include:


  • ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100: The first tablet running the secure, reliable Chrome OS from Asus, with tough all-round protection and a stunning 9.7’’ QXGA touchscreen.
  • ASUS Chromebook C204: A 11.6 inch clamshell Chromebook that features classroom-ready durability, school day-long battery life, and compact size.
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C214: A 11.6-inch ruggedized convertible Chromebook that empowers innovative and flexible learning with 360° hinge built-in stylus, and world-facing camera.
  • ASUS Chromebook C403: A 14-inch clamshell Chromebook that combines big-screen productivity with classroom-ready toughness. Its ergonomic keyboard let things done in total comfort

The ASUS Chromebook Tablet CT100, ASUS Chromebook C204, ASUS Chromebook Flip C214 and ASUS Chromebook C403 will be available in the coming months with configurations, pricing, and availability to be announced at launch. For more detailed information, please read the article on EdgeUp

ASUS has also announced the new Mini PC ProArt PA90 series:

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This is a new series of compact, workstation-class PCs that deliver powerful, fast and stable performance for designers and content creators. Featuring 9th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, up to 64GB of high-speed DDR4 memory, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and a triple-storage design that blends ultrafast SSD and high-capacity HDD storage, Mini PC ProArt PA90 provides uncompromising performance for computer-aided design (CAD) workflows for architecture, engineering and manufacturing in an attractively modern, compact form-factor that fits easily into any workspace.

Finally, for the third consecutive year, eight Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams from all over the world will come together in Stockholm, Sweden to fight it out for the title of Join The Republic:Community Challenge (JTR:CC) champions. This flagship event is scheduled for January 4-7, 2019, and will be aired live on

JTR:CCoffers amateur players an all-inclusive pro-gamer experience of a lifetime. With the best gaming gear at their disposal, these players took part in team auditions at major events like GamesCom, PAX West, and DreamHack Masters Stockholm to impress team captains and earn their place in the regional teams. The captains are a mix of active professional players, coaches, influencers, and commentators that all have one thing in common — their lives revolve around CS:GO. The teams will represent their respective regions, taking on teams from all over the globe.

ASUS ROG invites CS:GO fans worldwide to take part in this event and catch the biggest names in gaming battle it out in the unique 2018 JTR:CCformat.


Hitachi Solutions America To Showcase Microsoft Dynamics 365 For Retail Operations at NRF 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 3, 2019 by itnerd

Hitachi Solutions will partner with Capax at Microsoft’s booth #3301 at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2019 Show and Expo in New York City, January 13–15.

Hitachi Solutions will present Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail Operations, a cloud-based platform designed to help retailers stay competitive in the digital age by delivering personal and differentiated customer experiences. Hitachi Solutions Retail Awareness, which is built on Microsoft Azure, will also be highlighted at NRF.

As consumer demands evolve and competition grows, retailers need to stay connected with their customers in order to remain competitive in today’s market. Hitachi Solutions Retail Awareness includes offerings that enable retailers to tailor shopping experiences to their customers’ specific needs and interests. Retailers can engage with customers during their visits and use data to create unique omnichannel experiences that are based on customer preferences, buying patterns, and purchase history.

Dynamics 365 empowers retailers with intelligent solutions that streamline merchandising, improve customer engagement, and deliver compelling in-store services. The platform unifies digital, in-store, and back office retail operations to enable retailers to merge disparate business systems with applications that work together under a single solution.

NRF is the world’s largest retail conference and expo. Through networking opportunities and the discovery of the latest technologies, this annual event allows attendees to explore how the retail industry is transforming to better succeed in the digital age.

Hitachi Solutions will showcase Hitachi Solutions Retail Awareness at NRF 2019 and highlight how the cloud-enabled, multifaceted engine:

  • Provides dynamic store clienteling using advanced analytics and Azure IoT Hub.
  • Drives omnichannel efforts using Dynamics 365 and Azure.
  • Empowers retailers to assimilate and act on data with Azure IoT Hub.
  • Delivers actionable operational insights via advanced analytics.
  • Accelerates innovation with easy-to-use, self-service analytics for retailers and customers.

For more information about Hitachi Solutions or Dynamics 365, contact Hitachi Solutions here.

Hackers Are Pwning Chromecasts To Broadcast Security Risks About Chromecast And UPnP

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 3, 2019 by itnerd

It seems that Chromcast devices that are on home networks with Universal Plug and Play enabled are reachable from the Internet. Which makes them pwnable by hackers. An example of this was captured by TechCrunch. Now the hackers aren’t out to steal anything as the message actually has some useful info. Such as you should turn off UPnP to make your network more secure. Oh yeah, according to the hackers, you should subscribe to the YouTube channel of Pewdiepie. Don’t know who he is? Ask your teenagers.

Now this isn’t a Chromecast bug as such. It is really an inherent weakness in Universal Plug and Play which is designed to make devices work easily with each other. But I have been on record as saying that UPnP should just be disabled on routers by default as it is a security nightmare just waiting to happen. So if I were you, I’d dig up your router manual and figure out how to turn off UPnP now. As in right the hell now. And that advice holds true whether you have a Chromecast or not.