31 October 2019

Businesses stung by highly convincing Office 365 voicemail scam

Cyber criminals are stealing the login credentials of Microsoft Office 365 users using a phishing campaign that tricks victims into believing they've been left voicemail messages.

In the last few weeks, there's been a surge in the number of employees being sent malicious emails that allege they have a missed call and voicemail message, along with a request to login to their Microsoft accounts.

The phishing emails also contain an HTML file, which varies slightly from victim to victim, but the most recent messages observed include a genuine audio recording, researchers with McAfee Labs have discovered.

When loaded, this HTML file redirects victims to a phishing website that appears to be virtually identical to the Microsoft login prompt, where details are requested and ultimately stolen.

"What sets this phishing campaign apart from others is the fact that it incorporates audio to create a sense of urgency which, in turn, prompts victims to access the malicious link," said McAfee's senior security researcher Oliver Devane.

Intel's latest processor: Core i9-9900KS - 8 core CPU that can run at 5GHz across all cores!

Intel has been talking about its Core i9-9900KS processor for months now. It was all the way back in May that the company first revealed what would become the new flagship processor in its mainstream computing platform. The processors are built from the same slab of silicon – an 8-core, Coffee Lake-refresh based die, packaged up for Intel’s LGA1151 socket. What makes the Core i9-9900KS different from its predecessor are its base and turbo boost clocks, in addition to its TDP. Whereas the Core i9-9900K has a base-clock of 3.6GHz and a single-core turbo boost clock of 5GHz, the Core i9-9900KS cranks the base clock up to an even 4GHz and all eight of its cores can turbo up 5GHz. Those higher clocks result in a higher TDP as well, though. Intel's Core i9-9900KS rated TDP is 127 watts.

With clock frequencies so high and the ability to boost all cores to the peak turbo frequency simultaneously, it’s all but certain that the Core i9-9900KS is going to be the fastest processor Intel has produced for its mainstream platform to date.

30 October 2019

ASA slaps Amazon.co.uk after folk bought Prime subscriptions they didn't want

Amazon has been rapped by Britain's advertising watchdog after its baffling online payments page duped customers into signing up for an Prime subscription as they tried to pay for goods.

The trick, which falls squarely within the online category of "dark UX", was designed to confuse Amazon users into signing up for the £8/month (£96/year) service.

Several people complained after being confronted with the confusing payment options – and now Amazon has been ordered not to display the misleading boxes again.

As the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) put it: "There was little incentive to cancel during the free trial period and no way of determining whether those who paid for Prime membership did so because they had intended from the outset to do so."

28 October 2019

Update your iPhone 5 before November 3 2019, or lose its internet access

If you’re still using an iPhone 5 – you need to update to iOS 10.3.4 before Sunday November 3 2019, or you may find your smartphone loses access to the internet.

The warning comes from Apple itself, which says that an iOS update is essential for features that require the correct date and time – such as the App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing.

In other words, if you want to do anything actually useful with your iPhone 5 beyond making calls, you had best update its operating system.

Some affected iPhone 5 users report that they have seen a warning message appear on their device’s home screens advising them to take action now, rather than leave it until it’s too late. To avoid the problem, iPhone 5 and users of the 4th generation iPad are advised to update to iOS 10.3.4 before November 3.

The 2019 Poppy Appeal. Please give generously - as they did for our freedom

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In 2017 the Royal British Legion installed lines from this renowned poem in iconic locations across the UKBy re-creating John McCrae’s images, the Legion hoped to bring ‘In Flanders Fields’ into modern-day consciousness, encouraging the nation to Rethink Remembrance by recognising the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community, past and present. Click here to view the video at YouTube.

Find out more at: www.rbl.org.uk/remember
Support the Poppy Appeal: www.britishlegion.org.uk/poppy-appeal

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

Think your passwords are secure? Think again

Understanding the password-cracking techniques hackers use to blow your online accounts wide open is a great way to ensure it never happens to you.

You will certainly always need to change your password, and sometimes more urgently than you think, but mitigating against theft is a great way to stay on top of your account security. You can always head to www.haveibeenpwned.com to check if you're at risk but simply thinking your password is secure enough to not be hacked into, is a bad mindset to have.

So, to help you understand just how hackers get your passwords – secure or otherwise – we've put together a list of the top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers. Some of the below methods are certainly outdated, but that doesn't mean they aren't still being used. Read carefully and learn what to mitigate against.

23 October 2019

How to use OneDrive: A guide to Microsoft's cloud storage service

Onedrive is the kind of tool that, once you'll start using it, you can't imagine what it's like not to. It's an easy way to make your files accessible on any computer, phone or tablet, both as a way to send files between devices and back-up these files in case you lose them on your local system.

You can take a picture on your phone one minute, and open it on your tablet the next to edit, then access it on your computer to publish online. You can also continuously and instantaneously share files with friends so they can work on the same project as you. You can even view previous versions of your precious files. It's an invaluable tool.

Anyone with a Microsoft account can access it straight away, and enjoy the 5GB free space (which you can increase with paid plans). It's easy to create a Microsoft account, if you don't have one. Then you can access OneDrive at onedrive.live.com, where you can drag and drop files to and from your desktop or browser.

However, to get the most from it, it's best to properly install OneDrive on your PC, smartphone, tablet, so you can always find your files quickly and easily.

16 October 2019

PrinCube the ultra-lightweight, WiFi printer that fits in the palm of your hand!

New York, USA--Oct 10th, 2019--‘The God Things’ is an exciting new startup working on innovative product design and production. Today they announced the launch of the world's smallest mobile color printer. This handheld device fits in a pocket, goes anywhere and can print on virtually any material or surface. This revolutionary mobile printer is available now on Indiegogo.

PrinCube is ultra-lightweight, fits in the palm of the hand and lets users take high quality, fast printing anywhere. It works over Wi-Fi with a smartphone to easily upload any text, image or design and instantly print onto any object at the touch of a button. Weighing only 160g (Cartridge included),  this amazing cube printer is portable enough to take the power of inkjet printing on-the-go using an on-board battery that provides 6 hours of work time and an incredible one year of standby time. The output is outstanding as well, it can print across 415 pages of A4 paper. It’s perfect for business travel, events, art classes or the office. Have a glance at the video.

Unlike other small-scale print solutions, PrinCube isn’t limited to black and white, it prints in vivid color that makes messages stand out. Its color inkjet personalizes ordinary objects and is perfect for designers and artists as well as business people. Surprisingly, the device is extremely simple to use.

“Our goal from the beginning was to create an effective and portable mobile printer but we knew that it couldn’t be complicated or require constant ink charging and maintenance. With those goals in mind, we spent over 8 months constantly refining the design of PrinCube to achieve high performance in the smallest form factor possible. We made it compact, lightweight, long-lasting and finally, we made it simple to use. Connect your phone, select your design and press just one button. There has never been an easier way to print.” - TheGodThings Team

One of the limitations of traditional printers is that they can only print on paper. Until now, expensive laser engravers and screen-printing were required for putting logos and lettering on everyday objects. Now, with the PrinCube handheld portable printer, virtually any object can be printed upon. It works on any texture or shape, even on the skin, and can print over uneven surfaces with ease.

The new mobile handheld PrinCube promises to make effective inkjet color printing truly mobile. The device is compact, affordable and more user-friendly than other printing options and opens up a world of possibilities for consumers, professionals, students, and artists.  

PrinCube is available now with special deals and discounts for early adopters. 
Learn more here: www.indiegogo.com

14 October 2019

Schuberth C3 Basic helmet Sale £50 off @ Motolegends

The current Schuberth C3 Pro is a great helmet. For some people it works better than the Shoei Neotec 2. Now, the C3 Pro came on to the market five or six years ago, and in so doing it replaced the standard C3, which at that time was the only flip-lid to own. 

When Schuberth introduced the C3 Pro, they renamed the previous model the C3 Basic. They reduced the number of colourways in order to make it less sexy, and they removed the Pinlock from the box so that they could hit a £299.99 price point. At this price, it continued to sell well. The new Pro was a better helmet in a number of marginal respects, but the changes were minor. 

But now Schuberth has decided that it wants to rationalise its range, and so in the not too distant future the Basic will be discontinued. In anticipation of this, the price of the Basic has been reduced to an even better price of £249.99, which frankly makes it a steal. Bear in mind that the C3 Basic is still one of the quietest helmets on the market. And now that Schuberth has moved to Sena rather than Cardo, it can be fitted with with the same comms. as the C3 Pro. If, therefore, you’re looking for a high-end flip-lid at a low-end price, there’s never been a better opportunity to do so. 

There is only one problem. The UK is the only market to offer the C3 Basic, and already stocks are running low. Indeed, in some colours, in some sizes, the Basic has totally sold out. Anyway, if you’ve been thinking about a flip-lid, now’s the time to act. As ever, if you want to make sure that the helmet fit is good for you, you can always come and see us, but the fit of the Basic is pretty consistent with the Pro, and indeed all other Schuberth helmets. Just for information, you should know that if you have a large head, the C3 Basic is one of the few helmets to come in an XXXL size. 

We love Schuberth lids, and think you will too. The name "Basic" is a bit rubbish for a great helmet, perhaps it lost something in translation? Deffo worth checking out & at £250 - it's a bargain! 

Reading for today: God's plan for us

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Read all of Jeremiah 29 at Bible Gateway

03 October 2019

Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?

Microsoft has annoyed some of its 900 million Windows 10 device users after apparently removing the 'Use offline account' as part of its effort to herd users towards its cloud-based Microsoft Account. 

The offline local account is specific to one device, while the Microsoft Account can be used to log in to multiple devices and comes with the benefit of Microsoft's recent work on passwordless authentication with Windows Hello

But Windows 10 users are annoyed that Microsoft has hidden the local account option when setting up a new PC or reinstalling Windows 10. A user on a popular Reddit thread notes that the local account option is now invisible if the device is connected to the internet - but offers a workaround

Its a wrap! Microsoft Future Decoded 2019 - a brilliant catchup on tech trends, & many inspiring speakers

Now in its sixth year, Microsoft Future Decoded is the place to network with like-minded peers, discuss new ideas and go hands-on with the technologies that are transforming the way we live, work, and play.

Cutting-edge AI and cloud computing is driving unimaginable growth, helping us better understand our clients, customers, and competitors.

But that’s just the beginning…

As a new era of computing dawns, rapid advances in technology offer new and ethical ways to solve the social issues that impact us all.

Over two days, Microsoft Future Decoded promises insights into all the top technology trends – and what it means for your world.

Through a series of highly focused sessions led by industry experts, discover the skills your business needs to adapt to our exciting AI age.

Keynote Speakers: day 1
Dr Chris Brauer, Director of Innovation, Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths University
Nick Wise, CEO, OceanMind
Dr Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Microsoft
Dr Helen Sharman, CMG OBE
Major Tim Peake CMG

Keynote Speakers: day 2
Chris Bishop, Technical Fellow & Laboratory Director, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Mitra Azizirad, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft AI, Microsoft
Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive, British Heart Foundation
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
Christian Horner OBE, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing Formula 1

A great use of two & a half days days. Now to catch up on the messages!