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Vaccine created for huge cyber attack

Posted On: 2017-06-28

Security researchers have discovered a “vaccine” for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday.

The creation of a single file can stop the attack from infecting a machine.

However, researchers have not been able to find a so-called kill switch that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers.

Experts are still unsure about the attack’s origins or its real Continue Reading »

Nintendo reveals classic SNES console

Posted On: 2017-06-27

Super Mario World, Starfox and Yoshi’s Island are set to be re-released later this year as part of a new classic SNES console.

The original Super Nintendo Entertainment System, launched in 1990, sold 50 million units worldwide.

The SNES Classic follows the NES Classic, which went on sale late last year but abruptly discontinued in April – much to the frustration of fans.

Nintendo said limited resources were to blame, but insisted it would not Continue Reading »

Samsung unveils CHG90 its 49inch ultrawide curved monitor

Posted On: 2017-06-12

Ultrawide really means ultrawide.

Samsung came out with a new 49-inch QLED gaming monitor on Friday — and it’s basically like an actual TV.

The CHG90 monitor has HDR technology usually reserved for televisions that “showcases games exactly as developers intended” with improved color and contrast.

“Gamers want to feel completely immersed when they play, and our new monitors provide the most stunning visuals to deliver the Continue Reading »

Apple reveals HomePod smart speaker

Posted On: 2017-06-06

Apple has announced a voice-activated loudspeaker powered by its virtual assistant Siri.

Like devices by Amazon and Google, Apple’s HomePod speaker can respond to questions and control smart home gadgets such as lights.

Analysts say Apple has been slow to improve its Siri virtual assistant and launch a smart speaker, after Amazon launched its Echo in 2014.

The company has pitched HomePod first and foremost as a music player.

“Apple Continue Reading »

Ethiopia blocks mobile internet

Posted On: 2017-06-01

Mobile internet access in Ethiopia has been blocked by the government – but officials are refusing to say why.

It was reported last year that the country banned access to social media sites after university entrance exams were leaked online.

There has been speculation that similar motives lie behind the latest “blackout”, although some reject this.

A state of emergency has been in effect in Ethiopia since October, following Continue Reading »

Asus unveils the worlds thinnest convertible laptop

Posted On: 2017-05-30

The world of convertible laptops just got its thinnest yet.

Asus unveiled the Zenbook Flip S on Monday in a large-scale launch event, a day ahead of the larger Computex technology show in Taipei.

The Zenbook Flip S is 10.9mm thin. In comparison, competitors like the HP Spectre x360 come in at 13.8mm, and the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm.

The Taiwanese maker’s 13.3″ laptop features a 360-degree hinge and weighs just 1.1kg — again, Continue Reading »

Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale

Posted On: 2017-05-24

The rebooted Nokia 3310 has gone on sale, nearly 17 years after the original made its debut.

The phone, which has a two megapixel camera and relies on 2.5G connectivity to offer only limited internet access, is being sold for £49.99.

The battery is claimed to offer up to 22 hours of talk time, and up to a month in standby mode.

One expert said its success depended on how much people would be willing to pay for a device that “oozes Continue Reading »

Samsung S8 eye security fooled by photo

Posted On: 2017-05-24

Samsung’s eye-scanning security technology, used on the new Galaxy S8 smartphone, has been fooled with a photograph and a contact lens.

The iris-scanner can be used to unlock the phone simply by looking at it, which Samsung says provides “airtight security”.

But researchers at Chaos Computer Club had easily tricked the device with a picture of an eye, Motherboard said.

Samsung told the BBC it was “aware of the Continue Reading »

Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Posted On: 2017-05-23

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee.

People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels.

Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in the UK.

But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was “not immediately desirable” and would struggle to attract Continue Reading »

Nigeria to launch first nano satellite

Posted On: 2017-05-22

Nigeria plans to launch Africa’s first nanosatellite into orbit between 23-27 May, reports Today.ng, citing the Director-General of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Seidu Mohammed.

He said Nigeria’s nanosatellite would be launched alongside Japan, Ghana, Nepal and Bangladesh from the launch base at Miami, Florida, in the US.

According to Mohamed, the latest satellite to be launched is another feat achieved by the Nigerian Continue Reading »

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