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Cellebrite Is Back And They Claim That They Can Crack iDevices Running Any Version Of iOS

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 17, 2019 by itnerd

Israel-based software developer Cellebrite is back and they’ve put out a claim that they can now crack any iDevice running any version of iOS which includes iOS 12.3 which has been out for about a month. They delivered this message by Tweet:

This is further supported by a visit to the  UFED web page where the company describes the tool’s ability to glean forensic data from any iOS device dating back to iOS 7, as well as from Android devices made by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi.

If all of this is accurate, Cellebrite’s tool will enable authorities to potentially crack the vast majority of smartphones currently available on the market. As Wired notes, no other law enforcement contractor has made such broad claims about a single product, at least not publicly. Which means that this will likely get Apple’s attention and they’ll be taking steps to come up with countermeasures. It also means that Cellebrite’s main competition which is GrayShift will have to come out with something of their own to match Cellebrite’s features as both are competing for the dollars of law enforcement.

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TELUS Serves Up Another Promo Plan In Response To Rogers

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 14, 2019 by itnerd

Hot off the heels of serving up this plan which was a direct result to what Rogers surprisingly came out with a couple of days ago, TELUS has served up another promo plan.

If you click here, you’ll notice that there is now a 20GB plan with a 5GB bonus for 24 months starting at $95 a month for new, renewing and existing BYOD customers. Like the original plan that I linked to, this plan is time limited as it expires on July 2nd. So if you’re interested, you may want to act quickly.

Activ5: The New Smart Fitness Device Arriving At Apple Stores This Week

Posted in Commentary on June 14, 2019 by itnerd

Activbody, Inc., a health and fitness product innovator, is excited to announce that their flagship product, the portable smart fitness device Activ5, is now available at apple.com and in select Apple Stores.

The Activ5 is unique because, with its companion training app, users are able to access and track their activity from over a hundred personalized 5-minute strength-training workouts and exercises that can be performed anywhere.

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Activ5 recently announced an Apple Watch app and the adoption of HealthKit.The app includes exercise and heart rate tracking and calculates energy burned. With HealthKit, users will be able to see the data tracked on Apple Watch in the Apple Health app on iPhone.

Activ5 will be one of the few non-Apple products that customers will be able to demo at the giant retail store, which will allow millions to see how fun and effective it is to exercise with Activ5 anywhere or get an idea of what training like the Pittsburgh Steelers’ football players feels like.

The Activ5 team doing live demos at two Apple stores on Friday June 14th:

 

Huawei Delays Foldable Smartphone…. And Trolls Samsung In The Process

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 14, 2019 by itnerd

Huawei who revealed a foldable smartphone at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year has now decided to put the product on pause. Here’s the reason that was given via a Huawei spokesperson to CNBC:

We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation

Clearly that’s a not so subtle reference to Samsung who’s Galaxy Fold product has become an bit of a joke at this point because of the screen issues that were highlighted by reviewers before the product actually shipped. Clearly Huawei, who has 99 problems at the moment, doesn’t want a sub par foldable smartphone to be one of them. And a tip of the hat to them for their expert trolling of Samsung. Well played.

Bell Fibe TV Does An #EpicFail During Historic Toronto Raptors Title Run…… TWICE

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 14, 2019 by itnerd

Imagine being one of the three largest telcos in Canada and having your customers not be able to watch the biggest games in the history of the country right when it mattered most. That’s what happened to Bell Canada when it’s Fibe TV product did a #Fail twice during the Toronto Raptors run to the NBA title. It failed once during game five with about a minute to go in the game (which the Raptors lost). Which of course resulted in outrage and forced Bell Canada to send out an email to their customers that said this:

Customers using the Fibe TV app, including Mobile TV, Satellite TV and Alt TV customers, lost service for approximately 10 minutes on Monday night due to a hardware malfunction. The outage impacted all channels on the app, including the last moments of the Toronto Raptors game.

 We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and will be automatically applying a $10 credit to your account.

But last night with about 5 minutes to go in game 6 (which the Raptors won), it happened again. And the outrage on Twitter was epic:

What’s really ironic about all of this is the Bell Canada is a part owner of the Raptors, and George Cope who is the CEO of Bell was actually on hand at Oracle Arena to watch the Raptors win and accept the trophy after the victory. Something that wasn’t lost on angry Bell customers:

My wife and I almost switched to Bell about 2 weeks ago as they have some really enticing offers to draw you in. But we instead renewed with Rogers for 2 years after they came to the table with some offers that kept our phone, Internet and TV costs within the bounds of reality. And that now seems to be a great decision as it is pretty clear that the Bell TV offering isn’t robust enough to handle a event like the Toronto Raptors run to the NBA title. Let’s face it Bell Canada failed miserably on the biggest stage possible and it’s going to affect their ability to entice people to switch to them. Not only that, I suspect that their retentions department is flooded with calls at the moment from customers who couldn’t see the only Canadian NBA team win their first title.

It sucks to be Bell Canada right now.

Infographic: The Dark Business Of Stolen Data

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 14, 2019 by itnerd

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ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces New Strix SCAR III and Hero III

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 13, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the new Strix SCAR III and Hero III gaming laptops, which are designed to deliver the speed, precision, and responsiveness required for high-level play. Users can catch every nuance of battle with the smooth, crystal clear graphics that pros demand on ultrafast displays up to 240Hz.

The high refresh rate and quick response time take full advantage of the triple-digit frame rates pushed out by powerful NVIDIA®GeForce RTXGPUs. Equipped with the latest 9th Generation Intel®Coreprocessors and a comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system that tweaks settings for the current scenario, these machines power through graphically-intensive games and anything else that comes their way.

Dual personas driven by innovation

The distinctive Strix SCAR III and Hero III personas are each available in 15-inch (G531) and 17-inch (G731) sizes to suit the gamer’s preference. They combine a sturdy, portable chassis with an upgraded aluminum lid. The FPS-inspired SCAR III wears a Gunmetal Grey finish with subtle carbon-weave styling on the inner deck, while its futuristic Hero III counterpart is finished in Midnight Black with a stealthy cyber-text pattern on the interior.

Both styles are based on the same forward-thinking design inspired by a collaboration between ROG and the BMW Designworks Group to imagine the future of gaming laptops. The sculpted surfaces echo a key element of the Face Off concept that resulted from the collaboration, with raised ridges that artfully accent the ventilated 3D Flow Zone at the back. The asymmetrical cut below the display also borrows a design cue explored during brainstorming workshops for the final concept.

Evoking a deeper physical connection with the machine was another key theme of the BMW Designworks Group collaboration. Strix SCAR III and Hero III channel this idea with the new ROG Keystone, which docks neatly with the chassis and offers a more personalized link to your laptop. These NFC-enabled devices act like physical keys: docking one can transform system lighting and other settings based on Armoury Crate profiles, and grant access to a secret Shadow Drive that hides important files. In addition to offering new capabilities today, Keystones lay the groundwork for additional functionality in the future.

Game-changing graphics

Delivering the frame rates needed for the fast pace of high-level esports is a serious business. NVIDIA graphics up to the GeForce RTX 2070 give the Strix SCAR III and Hero III offer major firepower. With ROG Boost, the GPU outperforms slower GeForce RTX 2070 configurations by clocking up to 1540MHz at 115W, offering incredibly smooth gameplay for action-packed encounters.

High frame-rates need a display that can deliver them. ROG works closely with professional esports teams and top tournaments that require a refresh rate of 240Hz, which is four times the speed of conventional screens. Displays this fast have traditionally been limited to high-end desktop monitors, but the new ROG Strix series can be configured with panels that make 240Hz gaming portable.

ASUS showed 240Hz laptop gaming with a 15.6-inch panel demo at CES 2019 in January and integrated the same display into the SCAR III and Hero III that were introduced in April. At Computex 2019 in May, ASUS took that speed to a bigger stage in larger versions of those designs; the SCAR III and Hero III are world’s first 17.3-inch laptops with 240Hz panels.

Each display has 3ms grey-to-grey response times to provide the crisp, clear visuals needed to track targets in the heat of battle. They’re also framed by ultraslim bezels that offer a more seamless view of the screen and enable a more compact body that fits into any bag.

Power through anything

Games are just the beginning with up to the latest Intel Core i9-9880H CPU. This processor pushes frequencies as high as 4.1GHz with a single core, and its eight-core design can execute up to 16 parallel threads to power through demanding workloads like video editing and 3D rendering.

Heavy multitasking is fast and efficient, especially with up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory. Gamers can play, chat, and stream simultaneously, while content creators can run all the apps they need for maximum productivity. They can also get the best of both worlds for speed and capacity with a mix of superfast SSD and spacious SSHD storage. The M.2 NVMe SSD significantly speeds up load times and transfer speeds for the most critical programs and files.

Visible cooling

A comprehensive Intelligent Cooling system sustains the potent performance of Strix SCAR III and Hero III by melding the right mix of hardware for the chips and chassis, along with software that adapts to the current scenario.

The striking structural design is not just a treat for the eye; it’s designed to carve out multiple cooling advantages. Scissor-door hinges are shifted forward, opening up additional room for the 3D Flow Zone at the back. Inside, dual 12V n-Blade fans deliver maximum cooling. Made from a special liquid-crystal polymer, their blades are 33% thinner than conventional designs yet still strong enough for high RPMs.

Cooling and performance requirements vary based on the usage scenario, so there are multiple modes tuned for different needs. Silent mode minimizes acoustics for less demanding everyday tasks like web surfing and video streaming. Balanced mode adjusts the clocks and cooling to lower noise levels for gaming. Turbo reaches even higher performance, offering maximum speed for more intense projects and tasks.

Gain an illuminated edge

Aura Sync accents add RGB shine to the distinctive structural design. A new wraparound light bar glows under the front and side edges of the chassis, extending illumination into the environment and complementing the backlit ROG logo on the lid. Plenty of USB ports provide connectivity for a collection of compatible Aura Sync devices that let gamers match RGB colours and effects across a mouse, headset, and other peripherals to make the gaming environment feel like home.

The lighting on the keyboard offers per-key control that can be used to highlight critical bindings and shortcuts for your favourite games and frequent workflows. Versions of Strix SCAR III and Hero III are also available with four-zone keyboard lighting that uses transparent caps on the WASD keys to provide a quick visual guide to standard in-game movement controls.

The right connections for maximum versatility

Whether expanding a home battlestation at home or taking games on the road, Strix SCAR III and Hero III have connectivity covered. Maintaining a stable Wi-Fi connection stable enough for on-the-go gaming can be tricky, but RangeBoost eliminates makes it easy by using a smart, quad-antenna system that regularly evaluates the environment and chooses the right pair of antennas to maximize signal strength for the surroundings.

Multitasking can be made more efficient with multiple monitors. The USB Type-C(USB-C) port has DisplayPort technology that supports a second G-SYNC®desktop monitor. To enjoy media and games at higher resolution, gamers can connect a 4K UHD monitor or big-screen TV via HDMI.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III and Hero III will be available in June in Canada. Please check with your local ROG representative for details.