Archive for October 20, 2020

A Sneak Peek Of Black Friday Deals From Dell Technologies

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

With this year’s holiday season fast approaching, Dell Technologies’ focus is simple: provide technology at a great value for the entire family! Whether for work, play or learning, Dell Technologies will start Black Friday deals earlier than ever and offer new ways to shop directly on Dell.ca for the lowest prices of the year spanning seven weeks

Starting now, catch a sneak peek of Black Friday deals available for consumers. Please find below more information on Dell’s top picks and stay tuned for more upcoming offers.

Alienware M15 R3 i7 6C|16|1TBSSD|RTX2060|FHD 144Hz No GYSNC|240W            

  • Original – $2,899.99       
  • Savings – $600

Dell G5 15 Gaming i5|8|256|1660Ti| 240w|FHD 120Hz (250n)|AX201|BLACK   

  • Original $1,538.99
  • Savings – $339

XPS 13 9300 i7|8|256 M.2 SSD|UMA UHD|NOODD|Wifi6 AX1650||FHD NT|silver

  • Original – $1,799.99
  • Savings – $200

Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 i5|8|256 SSD|UMA|NOODD|Wifi 6|FHD T|METAL            

  • Original – $1,088.99       
  • Savings – $209

Dell UltraSharp 25 USB-C Monitor – U2520D

  • Original – $639.99
  • Savings – $210

Please note all the above prices are in CAD.

EnGenius Launches EWS850AP High Capacity Next-Generation Outdoor Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

EnGenius Technologies today announced that its EWS850AP high-capacity Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) outdoor access point will begin shipping worldwide in October 2020. The new weatherproof AP uses the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology needed to support the growing bandwidth demands of densely congested outdoor environments like stadiums, airports, smart cities, and parks.

Backed by EnGenius’ decades-long expertise in outdoor wireless networking, the new EWS850AP paves the way for outdoor use of Wi-Fi 6’s top features. Armored by the ruggedized IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure, the EWS850AP is fully capable of withstanding harsh weather environments, including prolonged exposure to sunlight, extreme cold, frost, snow, rainfall, and humidity. It features four external detachable 5 dBi high-gain, 360° module SMA type antennas, which optimize the Wi-Fi signal, reception and bandwidth to connected devices through beamforming. Key benefits include:

  • Superior Connectivity: With up to 2 streams across both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz
    bands, the EWS850AP encompasses downlink and uplink MU-MIMO and OFDMA to simultaneously manage and transmit data between AP and client devices.
  • Powerful Computing: Dynamic data processing and management to boost data throughput up to 25% with 1024QAM and expand connectivity capabilities.
  • Advanced Data Management: Cut through densely congested outdoor environments with better data management and extend wireless coverage through longer OFDM signals and reduce channel interference through BSS coloring, offering less latency and improved transmit signals. 
  • Powerful Networking Acceleration: The exquisitely designed architecture can successfully associate and maintain connectivity for complex and secure data transfer. Enabled with WPA3 security, the EWS850AP supports higher encryption for sensitive data transfers for hundreds of simultaneously connected devices.

The EWS850AP delivers optimal performance through stronger, and more efficient wireless connections. 

The EWS850AP will ship worldwide in October 2020. For more information visit https://www.engeniustech.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/ews850ap-datasheet.pdf

Hellmann’s® Animal Crossing Island Returns To Educate Consumers On The Horrors Of Food waste this Halloween

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

Hellmann’s® Canada’s island is back on Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with a spooky makeover. Around 80,000 metric tonnes of pumpkins are produced in Canada each year, however most of these are never eaten and end up being thrown away*.  Hellmann’s believes nothing is scarier than food waste, and the Halloween-themed island aims to help Canadians be more resourceful with their food and waste less this Halloween. 

With Halloween tipped to look a little bit different this year, Hellmann’s Halloween Island will offer Canadians a new, spooky virtual island experience and fun escape to enjoy safely from home, as well as the opportunity to once again make change in the real world, by converting their spoiled turnips in the game into real food for people in need via Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue organization.

Along with the eerie makeover, Hellmann’s has introduced some exciting new features and experiences to offer a full 360 Halloween experience within the game, including a Pumpkin Carving Station, Canola Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Haunted House and Cemetery, along with additional opportunities for non-gamers to participate in the initiative and support Second Harvest. 

Scary Food Waste Costumes

Hellmann’s has created a collection of in-game scary food waste costumes, available to download for free here, which includes; “Spooky Fish Skeleton”, “Creepy Leftover Carrot Costume”, “Sad Jack-o Lantern”, “Frightful Bacon Fat”, “Orange Rind Mummy Costume”, “Bruised Banana” and “Eerie Egg Yolk”. Each costume, inspired by a commonly wasted food item, is also accompanied on the site by food waste tips and recipes to try and encourage Canadians to waste less over the popular holiday period.

How both Animal Crossing players and non-gamers can give back

Between the hours of 2:30 PM and 12:15 AM EST from Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31, players will be able to visit Hellmann’s Halloween Island to drop off their spoiled turnips**. In exchange for each turnip, Hellmann’s will donate a real meal to Second Harvest to help provide 25,000 meals in total to Canadians in need.

Non-gamers can also participate in the initiative, by using the costume collection as inspiration to create their own scary food waste costumes at home and if they wish, share pictures of their creations on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #HellmannsIsland. For each scary food waste costume picture shared, Hellmann’s will donate one meal to Second Harvest, for an additional 1,000 meals in total. Seehere for DIY inspiration and guidelines***.

Hellmann’s has been on the side of food since 2007 with the introduction of the Real Food Movement. To date, Hellmann’s has donated 127,250 meals through the Real Food Rescue program and original Animal Crossing initiative for Canadians in need, with an additional 26,000 meals to be provided through the brand’s ongoing partnership with Second Harvest via Hellmann’s Halloween Island. 

Hellmann’s Halloween Island will be open between the hours of 2:30 PM and 12:15 AM EST from Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31, with dodo codes provided on a first-come, first-served basis on Twitter @HellmannsCanada

Visit Hellmanns.wyng.com/animalcrossing for scary food waste merch codes, DIY inspiration and simple tips and tricks to reduce your personal food waste at Halloween. 

*Statistics Canada – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/spooky-statistic-most-edible-pumpkins-end-up-in-trash-1.4859127

**How to access Hellmann’s Island: 

  1. Hellmann’s Island will be open to visitors Between the hours of 2:30 PM and 12:15 AM EST from Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31
  2. To access the island, gamers will direct message Hellmann’s Canada on Twitter @HellmannsCanada to receive their personal dodo code which will be shared on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  3. Selected visitors will be given a 15-minute timeslot to drop off their spoiled turnips. For each spoiled turnip dropped off, Hellmann’s will donate a meal to Second Harvest until the 25,000 meal target is achieved.  
  4. After dropping off their spoiled turnips, guests will have the opportunity to explore the rest of the attractions on Hellmann’s Island including: 
  • Hellmann’s Farm – visitors can take a peaceful stroll through the picturesque canola fields or take a look at some other Hellmann’s ingredients, including freshly laid eggs from free-run hens and quality vinegar in rustic barrels.  
  • Second Harvest Outdoor Kitchen & Pumpkin Carving Station – here, guests can relax and unwind by a waterfall, or take a seat at one of the picnic tables, enjoy a light snack, and gaze into the eyes of some ghoulish gourds.
  • Canola Maze – visitors can explore the twists and turns of the canola maze, where scary surprises lurk around the corners.
  • Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch & Cemetery – while touring Hellmann’s Island, guests can take in the scenery, like trees full of fresh autumn fruit, pumpkins ready to be picked, and a spooky cemetery that just might be home to a ghost or two.
  • Guide’s Haunted House – guests who dare to enter here are certainly in for a scare, and it’s not just from the skeletons and bubbling cauldron: abandoned meals from feasts gone by are sure to leave visitors shaken.

***Hellmann’s social media donation initiative is a family friendly engagement meant to encourage people to learn more about food waste and engage with other participant’s costume ideas. Participants will create their food waste costumes to represent any type of food that may go to waste. Costumes can be homemade or purchased. Costumes must be family friendly. Photos must be posted to one of the qualifying platforms between 12AM, October 26 and 12.15AM, October 31, using the approved entry mechanisms. All described guidelines must be followed to qualify for the donation program.

Feds Plan To Sue Google For Anti-Trust As Early As Today [UPDATE]

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

The US Justice Department plans to accuse Google of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search and search advertising in a lawsuit to be filed on Tuesday, the government’s most significant legal challenge to a tech company’s market power in a generation, according to officials at the agency:

In its suit, to be filed in a federal court in Washington, D.C., the agency will accuse Google, a unit of Alphabet, of illegally maintaining its monopoly over search through several exclusive business contracts and agreements that lock out competition, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak on the record. Such contracts include Google’s payment of billions of dollars to Apple to place the Google search engine as the default for iPhones. The agency will argue that Google, which controls about 80 percent of search queries in the United States, struck agreements with phone makers using Alphabet’s Android operating system to pre-load the search engine on their phones and make it hard for rival search engines to become a replacement. By using contracts to maintain its monopoly, competition and innovation has suffered, the suit with argue.

The suit reflects the pushback against the power of the nation’s largest corporations, and especially technology giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. Conservatives like President Trump and liberals like Senator Elizabeth Warren have been highly critical of the concentration of power in a handful of tech behemoths. Attorney General William P. Barr, who was appointed by Mr. Trump, has played an unusually active role in the investigation. He pushed career Justice Department attorneys to bring the case by the end of September, prompting pushback from lawyers who wanted more time and complained of political influence. Mr. Barr has spoken publicly about the inquiry for months and set tight deadlines for the prosecutors leading the effort.

This will be interesting to watch because this can be the first of many lawsuits to be filed by the feds. Lawyers at Amazon, Facebook and Apple have to be very worried as it looks like Google is going to be made an example of. If and when the lawsuit gets announced, I’ll update this post.

UPDATE: The Lawsuit has dropped.

UPDATE #2: Google calls the lawsuit “deeply flawed” in a blog post.

Guest Post: NordVPN Has A Complete List Of Cybersecurity Tips Every User Must Follow: How Many Boxes Can You Check?

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 20, 2020 by itnerd

To the digital community, October is known as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For the 17th time, the celebration continues to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity, online privacy, and digital hygiene in general.

Did you know that approximately 6.85 million accounts get hacked every day? This is 158 accounts per second! “Even though the statistics are shocking, every user can avoid the risk of becoming a target just by following the right cybersecurity practices,” explains Oliver Nobel, a data encryption specialist at NordLocker.

Repetition is the mother of learning, so it’s a good idea to go over the things you think you already know. The list below includes 22 key tips every computer and internet user should follow to protect themselves from becoming a victim of cybercrime.

  1. Use multi-factor authentication for an extra layer of security whenever possible.
  2. Create complex and unique passwords for your online accounts. Start using a password manager to help you generate strong passwords and store them in one safe place.
  3. Stay away from unsafe public Wi-Fi and use your mobile data instead. If you really need to connect to a public network, always use a VPN. A virtual private network encrypts all communications passing between your device and the internet so no outsider can intercept your traffic.
  4. Turn off the Wi-Fi on your device when you don’t use it. 
  5. Back up your data to a portable hard disk or cloud-based storage so you can always recover your information if it ever got lost.
  6. Disable Bluetooth when you don’t use it.
  7. Make sure your operating system is up to date both on your computer and smartphone.
  8. Enable your firewall. Most operating systems have a built-in firewall, which keeps outsiders from going through the data you keep on your computer.
  9. Make sure your antivirus is up to date.
  10. Buy and download apps and software only from official stores.
  11. Set your social media account to private. Before posting anything online, check who you’re sharing the information with. 
  12. Turn off geotagging to prevent your photos from including location-disclosing metadata.
  13. Don’t overshare online. Avoid posting your email, phone number, or home address on blogs, forums, and social networks when it’s unnecessary. Never share your emotions, intimate pictures, and vacation plans with strangers online.
  14. Don’t upload high resolution photos to social media platforms. Make sure to hide all the street names, building numbers, and any other information that can indicate your whereabouts.
  15. Encrypt the sensitive files you store on your computer and in the cloud. There’re easy-to-use file encryption tools that turn all your files and information into uncrackable codes that even skilled hackers can’t read without your permission.
  16. Shop only on secure websites. The address of a safe website should start with “https://” (often preceded by a padlock symbol), where the letter “s” stands for “secure.” 
  17. Look for telltale signs of a fake e-shop to avoid scams: poor website design, broken English, shady contact information, unclear return policies, poor customer reviews, and so on.
  18. Don’t open emails from unknown senders, as those might be phishing attempts.
  19. Don’t download any attachments from suspicious emails.
  20. Never click on scammy links. Always verify the sender and contents of the email before clicking on anything.
  21. Don’t use your work device for personal needs, and vice versa.
  22. When browsing online, always protect your data and location. Use a VPN, which hides your IP address and creates a virtual tunnel for your data to safely travel across the web.