Digital Cameras – 2017 PC Magazine review of best models

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This review by PC Magazine shares their picks for best Digital Cameras this year: https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369450,00.asp Buying a digital camera is a very different experience than it was a year or two ago. Smartphone cameras keep getting better, so there are a lot fewer buyers out there for budget pocket shooters. And because of that, there […]

Android Security – August 2017 release patches 10 critical issues

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Android users should promptly patch their systems and devices as shared below: https://source.android.com/security/bulletin/2017-08-01 The Android Security Bulletin contains details of security vulnerabilities affecting Android devices. Security patch levels of August 05, 2017 or later address all of these issues. The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in media framework that could […]

Windows 10 Professional for Workstations version – Key Features

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Microsoft is releasing “Windows 10 Pro for Workstations” which is designed for engineers, gamers, and other power users who use high-end workstations.  https://blogs.windows.com/business/2017/08/10/microsoft-announces-windows-10-pro-workstations/ Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a high-end edition of Windows 10 Pro, comes with unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical […]

Microsoft Azure Cloud – Coco Framework Block chain standard

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Microsoft improves enterprise blockchain capabilities with a new OPEN standard designed to improve security and performance. https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-microsoft-s-coco-framework-for-enterprise-blockchain-networks/ http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-debuts-coco-framework-to-improve-blockchain-performance-privacy/ The Coco Framework — short for “confidential consortium” — is meant to work with any ledger protocol and work on any operating system and hypervisor that supports a compatible Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), or secure area of […]

SQL Server 2017 – Release Candidate 1 available

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SQL Server 2017 will offer improved security, performance, and even native  Linux support with this new version which is nearing official release. https://mcpmag.com/articles/2017/07/18/sql-server-2017-release-candidate-1-now-available.aspx https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017 Microsoft announced that the first release candidate for SQL Server 2017 is now available to the public.  After multiple preview builds over the last year, this marks the first time that […]

Microsoft Security Updates – AUGUST 2017

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Below are key resources documenting this recent monthly Microsoft Patch Tuesday release https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Microsoft+Patch+Tuesday+August+2017/22694/ http://blog.talosintelligence.com/2017/08/ms-tuesday.html https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance Microsoft has released its monthly set of security advisories for vulnerabilities that have been identified and addressed in various products. This month’s advisory release addresses 48 new vulnerabilities with 25 of them rated critical, 21 rated important, and 2 rated […]

Intel – Eighth Generation Coffee Lake CPU arrives August 21

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The new Intel 8th generation “Coffee Lake” processors will debut later in month offering 14nm state-of-art miniaturization.  These new CPU chipsets may be up to 30% faster in performance as shared in this informative article by PC Magazine https://www.pcmag.com/news/355489/intels-8th-gen-coffee-lake-chips-arrive-august-21 Intel promised back in February that we’d be getting 8th generation “Coffee Lake” Core processors in the […]

Word Press – Training resource links AUGUST 2017

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Below are some training resources for Word Press that I recently discovered: YouTube training resources offer excellent visual aids https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=word+press+training Word Press training resources https://codex.wordpress.org/New_To_WordPress_-_Where_to_Start https://www.lynda.com/WordPress-training-tutorials/330-0.html https://ithemes.com/2016/10/12/how-to-learn-wordpress/ https://www.udemy.com/complete-wordpress-course-for-beginners/ Open Source version of Live Writer (an excellent editor) http://openlivewriter.org/

Facebook Security – Fake YouTube link dangers AUG-2017

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The SANS Internet Storm Center warns of Fake You tube links circulating on Facebook.  The manipulation of the Open Graph protocol pulls in a genuine YouTube icon to display in the post, but the short URL redirects to potentially malicious sites and it is not from YouTube itself. https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Use+of+the+Open+Graph+Protocol+to+Disguise+Malicious+Facebook+Links/22684/ Whenever a link is posted to […]

Mobile Security – Broadpwn is first Wi-Fi worm POC attack

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Thankfully, key vendors have patched a vulnerability called “BROADPWN” which in POC testing would allow a malicious worm attack to occur without any user intervention.  It was achieved by a security weakness allowing malicious packets received by a smartphone to over-write the device’s firmware.  This now patched vulnerability was demonstrated at the Blackhat security conference last […]


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