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  • Apple updates multiport adapter with support for 4K HDR video

    The update means you could use certain Apple hardware as a legit home theater hub.
    After Apple streamlined the types of ports on its hardware, having adapters remains a necessary evil. For now, at least the company has made a notable quality-of-life improvement to one of its AV dongles. Apple recently released an updated version of the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. This dongle has USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI ports, and the HDMI options got a little better. The device now includes support for 4K video at 60 Hz as well as HDR video in either HDR10 or Dolby Vision.
    This update is available when the video is coming from a 15-inch MacBook Pro from 2017 or later, a Retina iMac from 2017 or later, an iMac Pro, or an iPad Pro, and is plugged into a playback device that also supports 4K and HDR. The Mac device needs to be running at least macOS Mojave 10.14.6, and the iPad needs to be on at least iOS 12.4. If you’re buying direct from Apple, the adapter retails for $69. Apple has discontinued the previous version, but you’ll want to make sure you have the correct model if you purchase this from a third-party vendor.



  • DSLR Cameras Can Be Infected With Ransomware

    Check Point proves all those precious photos stored on your camera can be encrypted and held to ransom if you're not careful.
    Ransomware is a very lucrative business for those distributing it, and it seems there's no limit to the devices they'll attempt to infect. The latest to be targeted? Your DSLR camera. As Check Point Research reveals, digital cameras are a great choice for ransomware as they typically contain photos that are of high value to the owner. Maybe it's an album of photos from a recent holiday, a wedding, or some other event we'd all hate to lose the memory of. In other words, we'd be more willing to pay to get them back.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    DSLR Cameras Can Be Infected With Ransomware

    Check Point proves all those precious photos stored on your camera can be encrypted and held to ransom if you're not careful.
    Ransomware is a very lucrative business for those distributing it, and it seems there's no limit to the devices they'll attempt to infect. The latest to be targeted? Your DSLR camera. As Check Point Research reveals, digital cameras are a great choice for ransomware as they typically contain photos that are of high value to the owner. Maybe it's an album of photos from a recent holiday, a wedding, or some other event we'd all hate to lose the memory of. In other words, we'd be more willing to pay to get them back.

    Who the heck is buying an SLR and using it for storage? Damn. I use an SLR and I'm always in a mad rush to get the images off of the camera!



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    DSLR Cameras Can Be Infected With Ransomware

    Check Point proves all those precious photos stored on your camera can be encrypted and held to ransom if you're not careful.
    Ransomware is a very lucrative business for those distributing it, and it seems there's no limit to the devices they'll attempt to infect. The latest to be targeted? Your DSLR camera. As Check Point Research reveals, digital cameras are a great choice for ransomware as they typically contain photos that are of high value to the owner. Maybe it's an album of photos from a recent holiday, a wedding, or some other event we'd all hate to lose the memory of. In other words, we'd be more willing to pay to get them back.

    Who the heck is buying an SLR and using it for storage? Damn. I use an SLR and I'm always in a mad rush to get the images off of the camera!

    Hopefully no one. though, if you have an infected machine - and you attach your camera to it - the infection could encrypt the pictures on the camera once it's connected, etc.

    FYI - didn't read the article.



  • Nearly 24 Percent of Parents Are Buying Tablets For Their Preschoolers

    Is it possible to be too young for tech? Apparently not—50 percent of parents are buying tablets for their elementary school and preschool age children.
    Our logic was two-fold. In part, we were wiser, kinder, and more mature than those fourth-grade philistines. And of course, we genuinely couldn't fathom what a toddler would do with one. But that was a decade ago (yes, it weirds me out too), and the tech landscape has changed dramatically—iPhones became ubiquitous, laptops became essential, and tablets simply became. As parents equipped themselves with fancy devices, their kids benefitted. Want to shut up your screeching 3-year-old? Hand them an iPad and load up a (hopefully not edited) Peppa Pig video. Simple.



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Nearly 24 Percent of Parents Are Buying Tablets For Their Preschoolers

    Is it possible to be too young for tech? Apparently not—50 percent of parents are buying tablets for their elementary school and preschool age children.
    Our logic was two-fold. In part, we were wiser, kinder, and more mature than those fourth-grade philistines. And of course, we genuinely couldn't fathom what a toddler would do with one. But that was a decade ago (yes, it weirds me out too), and the tech landscape has changed dramatically—iPhones became ubiquitous, laptops became essential, and tablets simply became. As parents equipped themselves with fancy devices, their kids benefitted. Want to shut up your screeching 3-year-old? Hand them an iPad and load up a (hopefully not edited) Peppa Pig video. Simple.

    And the rest are just handing them down old ones.



  • Apple is now selling the AirPower, basically, only it’s not made by Apple

    It doesn't have all the same features, but the basic concept is the same.
    Remember AirPower? You'd be forgiven if the answer is "no." In 2017, Apple introduced a Qi wireless charging mat by that name that could simultaneously charge an iPhone, an AirPods case, and an Apple Watch—or three items in any combination from those three. It was repeatedly delayed, and reports indicated that Apple was facing serious technical issues when developing it. In March of this year, Apple finally confirmed the product would never be released. Except now a variation on the original concept has, and Apple is selling it in its store. Made by mophie, a popular Apple peripheral and accessory maker, it's one mat that charges three devices. It's called, well, the mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging pad.
    To be clear, this does not fully realize the vision Apple originally laid out for AirPower. Whereas AirPower could charge three devices in any combination—say, two iPhones and a Watch, or two Watches and one AirPods case, or three iPhones—the mophie pad has a dedicated spot for each device type: iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods. Further, the Watch doesn't actually charge on the mat; it charges on a distinct surface that protrudes from the mat. And for AirPower, Apple imagined a software solution that would display on your iPhone's screen the charge status of every device on the mat. The mophie pad doesn't offer that.





  • @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/08/xfce-4-14

    They actually wasted time making a screen saver? WTF If there is one thing everyone universally wants removed today....



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/08/xfce-4-14

    They actually wasted time making a screen saver? WTF If there is one thing everyone universally wants removed today....

    Admins and power users want to get rid of screen savers... eye candy keeps the rest of the people busy



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/08/xfce-4-14

    They actually wasted time making a screen saver? WTF If there is one thing everyone universally wants removed today....

    I’ve always hated screensavers.



  • @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/08/xfce-4-14

    They actually wasted time making a screen saver? WTF If there is one thing everyone universally wants removed today....

    I’ve always hated screensavers.

    i stopped using screensavers since I started using LCD



  • You guys weren't in love with this?

    Youtube Video

    Also has anyone ever seen when the person gets out of that maze? Poor soul might still be trapped in there or the Minotaur is still chasing them.



  • Snipe-IT 4.7.6 has been out for 18 days now but at least on the DEMO and in my production environment there appears to be a bug where no results are displayed for anything (at least in my environment) and partially on the DEMO (assets only as far as I can tell).

    I've posted an issue to GH which can be reviewed here. I reverted to 4.7.5 and things are operational again.



  • Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Snipe-IT 4.7.6 has been out for 18 days now but at least on the DEMO and in my production environment there appears to be a bug where no results are displayed for anything (at least in my environment) and partially on the DEMO (assets only as far as I can tell).

    I've posted an issue to GH which can be reviewed here. I reverted to 4.7.5 and things are operational again.

    Same results after clearing out the cookies?



  • @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Snipe-IT 4.7.6 has been out for 18 days now but at least on the DEMO and in my production environment there appears to be a bug where no results are displayed for anything (at least in my environment) and partially on the DEMO (assets only as far as I can tell).

    I've posted an issue to GH which can be reviewed here. I reverted to 4.7.5 and things are operational again.

    Same results after clearing out the cookies?

    From the demo? I haven't checked, but this was from a few different browsers.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @black3dynamite said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Snipe-IT 4.7.6 has been out for 18 days now but at least on the DEMO and in my production environment there appears to be a bug where no results are displayed for anything (at least in my environment) and partially on the DEMO (assets only as far as I can tell).

    I've posted an issue to GH which can be reviewed here. I reverted to 4.7.5 and things are operational again.

    Same results after clearing out the cookies?

    From the demo? I haven't checked, but this was from a few different browsers.

    I'm seeing no results on the demo site. On my production I'm seeing results with v4.7.6 build 4143.

    Edit: The dev demo site works but not the stable demo site.



  • @DustinB3403 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Snipe-IT 4.7.6 has been out for 18 days now but at least on the DEMO and in my production environment there appears to be a bug where no results are displayed for anything (at least in my environment) and partially on the DEMO (assets only as far as I can tell).

    I've posted an issue to GH which can be reviewed here. I reverted to 4.7.5 and things are operational again.

    I'm also seeing the same thing with 4.7.6. If I click the Refresh button next to the search box, without entering a search term or doing anything else, it will bring up the results as expected.

    Running the following seems to have potentially fixed the issue, as results are now showing for me without having to click the Refresh button:

    sudo -u snipeitapp /usr/bin/php /var/www/snipeit/artisan cache:clear
    


  • Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac moves to Metal for DirectX 11 and more

    Update promises better graphics performance in games and CAD applications.
    Today, popular virtualization software Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac becomes available to new and current users. The flagship feature is support for DirectX in virtual Windows machines via Apple's proprietary Metal graphics API. Other additions include a handful of new macOS Catalina-related features and improvements to transitions between Mac and Windows software running on the same machine. When we wrote about Parallels Desktop 14 around this time last year, we asked about Metal support. The application then still relied entirely on OpenGL in macOS, and Apple had already announced that continued support for OpenGL would end. We were told it was coming, and we were not misled: the new version of Parallels Desktop now supports DirectX 9, 10, and 11 via Metal. Previously, DirectX 9 and 10 were supported via OpenGL and DirectX 11 was not supported at all. Parallels' rep noted to us that "Metal and DirectX work best in Catalina."



  • @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.

    Naaaah, just a few techie people. They might lose a couple of customers, but I can't imagine this having a big impact.



  • @kamidon said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.

    Naaaah, just a few techie people. They might lose a couple of customers, but I can't imagine this having a big impact.

    Sad. But true.



  • Microsoft Finds Two New 'Wormable' Flaws in Windows

    The flaws affect Windows 10, Windows 7 SP1, and Windows 8.1. If exploited, they can be used to launch a computer worm to attack vulnerable machines that have Remote Desktop Services activated.
    Microsoft has discovered two serious flaws in Windows 10 and Windows 7 SP1 that the company fears could be weaponized to launch a computer worm targeting PCs and servers across the world. Both flaws are "wormable," meaning they could pave the way for malware that automatically jumps from one vulnerable machine to the next, without any action from the user, Microsoft said in a blog post on Tuesday. Other operating systems affected include Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012. (Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 and 2008 are immune to the threat.)



  • @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @kamidon said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.

    Naaaah, just a few techie people. They might lose a couple of customers, but I can't imagine this having a big impact.

    Sad. But true.

    Unless businesses are going start paying for those home users to O365, I'm guessing home users will dump Office and find other options. OR... they'll simply use their extra work Office installs (assuming they have it) on their home computers.



  • @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @kamidon said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.

    Naaaah, just a few techie people. They might lose a couple of customers, but I can't imagine this having a big impact.

    Sad. But true.

    Unless businesses are going start paying for those home users to O365, I'm guessing home users will dump Office and find other options. OR... they'll simply use their extra work Office installs (assuming they have it) on their home computers.

    That's why the wrk accounts give so many installs. That is the expectation.



  • Biostar security software 'leaked a million fingerprints'
    More than a million fingerprints and other sensitive data have been exposed online by a biometric security firm.
    Researchers working with cyber-security firm VPNMentor managed to access data from a security tool called Biostar 2.

    According to VPNMentor, the exposed data, discovered on 5 August, was made private on 13 August.
    It is not clear how long it was accessible.
    As well as fingerprint records, the researchers say they found photographs of people, facial recognition data, names, addresses, passwords, employment history and records of when they had accessed secure areas.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @travisdh1 said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @kamidon said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @Dashrender said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    @mlnews said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

    Microsoft's march through subscription land continues apace.
    Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual.

    This is going to drive a lot of people away from MS Office.

    Naaaah, just a few techie people. They might lose a couple of customers, but I can't imagine this having a big impact.

    Sad. But true.

    Unless businesses are going start paying for those home users to O365, I'm guessing home users will dump Office and find other options. OR... they'll simply use their extra work Office installs (assuming they have it) on their home computers.

    That's why the wrk accounts give so many installs. That is the expectation.

    yeah - that is the likely the case for O365 work accounts...

    I'm not sure if HUP is something that was part of O365... I think it might only be part of SA as part of Open/Value/Enterprise agreements.

    So what I said about users just using their O365 additional install locations likely doesn't apply to those in the HUP situation.

    This is just one more shove from Microsoft to get away from perpetual licenses and onto subscriptions. Even though most people don't need a new version of Office every 2-3 years... once a decade or once a computer refresh is likely all most users need... so the perpetual was a huge cost savings compared any subscription... Hell - O365 for business (just office - $12/u/m) $144 year is about the cost of the home user version, or something like $350 for the full normal business edition... etc.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    That's why the wrk accounts give so many installs. That is the expectation.

    Yeah exactly.
    Honestly I see this all as a good thing. Yes in the long run we will be paying more, but there are benefits to it as well.
    With one sub, you do get a bevy of features and the five different machines you can install Office on.

    You could hop on to any machine in the world and use your Office suite and cloud storage and continue working. (So many ands...need moar coffee)

    I also like the quicker updating process too, I can't tell you how many times our users would have a bug while on the deferred track and we'd fix it just by updating. Sure you also get bugs by updating so quickly, but after a few years we stopped seeing game breakers.

    I suggest Libreoffice start doing the same thing, launch a subscription platform, the money would be put to good use in development of an even better product. This may seem counter intuitive, but "free" software doesn't get the love and attention as paid products.



  • @kamidon said in Miscellaneous Tech News:

    I suggest Libreoffice start doing the same thing, launch a subscription platform, the money would be put to good use in development of an even better product. This may seem counter intuitive, but "free" software doesn't get the love and attention as paid products.

    It does when people value the support - and buy that support.. they just get the software for free.


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