Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch 3

The original model appeared in April 2015; the second generation, which included the Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch Series 2, debuted in September of 2016.

It’s conceivable that Apple could bring out the next Watch this fall, but right now it’s pretty unclear. And a product introduction could come in a number of forms ranging from a major redesign to a minor, iterative upgrade. Plenty of other manufacturers will launch wearables during the second half of 2017, and it would be odd if Apple didn’t throw something new into the mix.

One major factor potentially impacting the timeline: the next iPhone. Apple usually unveils its new flagship during the first week or two of September. This year, however, supply chain sources are warning that the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, expected to be based closely on the current generation, are facing serious production challenges.

One rumored blockbuster upgrade is a cellular modem, which would enable calling and texting from the Watch without the need for an iPhone. In March, Barron’s published an article citing a semiconductor analyst’s research on the topic; he claims that the next Apple Watch will come equipped with a SIM card and support for LTE.

Since the run up to the second edition of the Watch, there has been (hopeful) speculation about a camera. According to 9to5Mac, Apple has considered building a camera into the Watch’s top bezel, making it the smallest device capable of running FaceTime.

Aside from giving the Apple Watch yet another competitive advantage in the market, this feature would finally fulfill the decades-old promise of George Jetson’s watch.

There are a few changes potentially coming to the Apple Watch’s display. One is a shift from the Apple Watch 2′s OLED display to Micro LED — a brighter and more efficient variation of the technology. Nikkei Asian Review has reported that Apple is piloting Micro LED technology for wearables, though it’s unlikely that the new panels would find their way into a final product until 2018. And DigiTimes has reported that Apple will move to glass-firm touch panels for the third edition of the Watch, leaving behind the touch-on-lens panels onboard the Apple Watch 2.

The original Apple Watch started at $349 for the 38mm model and $399 for the 42mm edition in the US. In March 2016, the company slashed prices by $50, dropping the entry-level price to $299. Today, the Watch Series 1 starts at $269 (38mm) and $299 (42mm) and the Watch Series 2 at $369 (38mm) and $399 (42mm). Barring a bombshell redesign, featuring cellular connectivity or an integrated camera, the consensus is that Apple will stick pretty close to the current pricing scheme with the Watch 3.

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LinkedIn Debuts Match-making services

The business-focused social network LinkedIn this week unveiled a new service that is basically like Tinder for finding a mentor. The new service aims to match members who are looking for career advice with those who can provide it.

Here’s how it will work: You tell LinkedIn what type of advice you’re looking for and your preferences for a mentor (someone in your region, for instance, or someone who works in a certain industry). The company will then recommend other members who have the interest and experiences to help. If you and your potential mentor both think it’s a match, you’ll be able to chat.

LinkedIn says the service is still in the “early phases” of testing. For now, it’s only available in San Francisco and Australia, but LinkedIn expects to wrap up testing and roll it out for all members “in the coming months.”

“This is a lightweight way to identify and connect with other members and it works well with the informal, casual nature of today’s changing workforce where you often need advice for certain situations such as job searching, salary negotiation or on the job questions,” LinkedIn says.

The service is free for mentors and mentees, so don’t expect to get paid if you’re the one doling out advice.

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Control Windows 10 with your eyes?

In a bid to improve the accessibility of Windows 10, Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled details on how it would let you control its operating system with your eyes.

The company introduced a beta version of eye control into Windows 10, which includes a launchpad that lets you choose between mouse, keyboard and text-to-speech options. Windows 10 will support the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, with future eye-tracking cameras to come.

The move will enable people with limited or no ability to move their arms a chance to more easily use Windows 10. It’s part of a broader push by Microsoft, and the larger tech community, to make products accessible to more people.

Eye Control is aimed at “empowering people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes,” Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Users require eye tracking hardware by Tobii in order to try out the feature.

When Eye Control is launched a box appears allowing a user to choose to control the mouse, keyboard or text-to-speech feature with their eyes.

When the mouse function is selected, a user has to look at what they want to click on then select, again with their eyes, what action they want to take such as a left click or right click.

Typing works in a similar way. Users need to look at letters that they want to type. But Microsoft is also trialing a feature called “shape-writing” to help people type faster with their eyes.

“You can form words by dwelling at the first and last character of the word, and simply glancing at letters in between. A hint of the word predicted will appear on the last key of the word,” Microsoft explained.

The feature is currently in the beta testing stage for the so-called Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, which is available for select users.

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WannaCry ransomware make out with $140,000

The WannaCry ransomware wreaked havoc on the roughly 300,000 affected PCs it locked up. But it proved to be lucrative for the hackers.

The people behind the ransomware withdrew roughly $140,000 in Bitcoin from three wallets on Wednesday. That’s an impressive total considering each affected computer asked for $300 in bitcoin.

WannaCry was one of the more high-profile cyberattacks in recent history, spreading in an unprecedented manner by using a sharing tool found in the Windows software. While Microsoft has patched this vulnerability in new versions of Windows, hundreds of thousands of PCs running older versions of Windows were affected.

International trackers set up a Twitter account to monitor and report any movement in the three accounts the hackers used. On Thursday, that account noted the accounts were drained and the bitcoins were transferred into larger joint accounts known as mixers. Though the bitcoin can still be tracked, mixers allow users to break up bitcoin transactions into smaller ones that are more difficult to trace.

Europol, the European investigative agency, declined to comment on the status of the WannaCry investigation. The U.S. Justice Department did not immediately respond to comment.

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Malicious code used to intercept and steal payment card data during online transactions

Scottsdale, AZ – November 14, 2016: With attacks that are now compromising online shops to scan credit card information, it seems as though encryption might not be the answer to keeping network data safe, says Jupiter Support senior tech analyst Vinay Patel.

This was brought to light after a Dutch researcher reported that almost 6,000 online shops, most of them built with the Magento content management system, have malicious code that intercepts and steals payment card data during online transactions. Among the websites was the online storefront of the U.S. National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

His research also showed that in many cases these compromises go undetected for up to a year. This has to do with the poor understanding of the problem by webmasters who believe that if their sites use HTTPS or a third-party payment processor the customer data is safe.

Upon investigation by web security firm Sucuri of a shop compromise that wasn’t detected by automated scans, it was detected that one of the site’s core files, called Cc.php, had recently been modified.

Malicious code was found to be designed to steal payment card data and stored inside an image file. “This technique of hiding data inside files with non-suspecting  extensions, such as image files, is not new and is intended to avoid detection,” said Patel.

“To obtain the stolen numbers, the attacker would not even have to maintain access to the site,” Sucuri researcher Ben Martin said in a blog post. “The image was publicly accessible. All the attacker would need to do is download the image from the website just like any other and view its source code.”

For more information on how to safely shop online, visit www.jupitersupport.com

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The “Internet of Things”… a blessing or a curse?

More than12 billion devices can currently connect to the Internet, and researchers estimate that by 2020 there will be 26 times more connected things than people

Scottsdale, AZ – November 14, 2016: A high-profile cyberattack has put the growing Internet of Things (IoT) space on alert, news reports say.

Last month a cascading string of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks took down parts of hundreds of sites including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit and The New York Times — demonstrates record-breaking volumes that are overwhelming website defenses. The four-fold growth in attack size over the last year is being driven by hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices hackers are adding to their botnets, according to industry sources.

With an estimated 21 billion devices expected to be connected to the internet by 2020, there is a critical need to ramp up the security of “things.” The Smart Card Alliance said it advocates for the addition of embedded security in IoT devices.

“Because the producers of these insecure IoT devices currently are insulated from any standards requirements, market feedback, or liability concerns, I am deeply concerned that we are witnessing a ‘tragedy of the commons’ threat to the continued functioning of the internet,” Virginia senator Mark Warner wrote in a letter to the US Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies after the attack.

Experts at Jupiter Support, a remote tech support organization, sense a vital need for consumers to change the passwords on their IoT devices. Neil Britto, CIO of Jupiter Support says the burden is even more on IoT companies to make sure their devices are highly secure, even if vulnerabilities are not necessarily solely their industry’s fault – with the first step being for companies to program their devices to require users to change passwords upon first use.

Security holes of IoT devices are present in any products running software, but IoT items are especially vulnerable, Britto said. He added that patching devices can fix security vulnerabilities without any user interaction, easily.

Playing safe:

  • Create a special guest network for a home Wi-Fi router that allows the creation of separate guest networks to keep untrusted visitors off the regular network.
  • Turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on the router, and on all IoT devices if possible.
  • Keep the firmware up to date on all IoT devices.
  • Choose passwords carefully and write them down if needed.
  • Refrain from carrying IoT devices to work or connect them to the employer’s network without permission from IT staff.

Visit www.jupitersupport.com for more information.

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Bogus Invoices produced by Dropbox Phishing campaign

Scottsdale, AZ – November 14, 2016: Yet again, Cloud storage giant Dropbox wreaks security related troubles through a malware-based phishing blast that attempts to impersonate itself as a Dropbox notification email.

According to AppRver an email and web security firm, the phishing email alerts the recipient that they’ve must download an invoice file via a link provided in their email. The message claims that the invoice is for work completed for language translation.

“The download link within the message is an exploited SharePoint URL where the .zip file is stored. From the live samples we’ve seen, it appears that this is an isolated source of the malware and that it hasn’t spread to other SharePoint sites,” AppRiver said in a report.

In a recent report shared with Infosecurity,  Tools and Osterman Research said that phishing campaigns like this one are up several hundred percent this year—and all too often, those campaigns are delivering ransomware.

The report said that 51% of C-level and IT execs have experienced between one and five phishing or ransomware incidents in the past year, while nearly a quarter have experienced six or more. There are now 4,000 ransomware attacks occurring daily, a 300% increase from 2015, the report found.

For information on how to get rid of malware, visit www.jupitersupport.com or call 1-800-860-8467.

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Cybercrime to surpass $6 Trillion by 2021: Cybersecurity Ventures

Scottsdale, AZ – November 14, 2016: A report by information-security analyst firm, Cybersecurity Ventures, estimates that cybercrime will double within just five years, reaching $6-trillion annually by 2012, up from an expected $3-trillion this year.

“One of the reasons that cybercrime damage is rapidly on the rise is because of everything that is computerized and connected to the Internet,” said Rohit Pillai, tech support analyst with Jupiter Support, an online remote tech support organization.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • By 2020, the dramatic increase in the number of people and devices connected to the Internet will need 50 times the protection than it needs today

  • The number of points at which an attacker can target is expected to grow ten times larger over the next five years.

  • There is no effective law enforcement against financial cybercrime today.

The best way to protect yourself against the rising tide of cybercrime is to be prepared. Visit www.jupitersupport.com for more information.

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Disabling Cortana is still possible with Windows 10 Anniversary Updates

Scottsdale, AZ – November 14, 2016: Disabling Cortana is now not as simple as it was. This is because the toggle switch has been removed with the Windows 10 Anniversary Updates. It has to be manually disabled through the registry editor, Jupiter Support, a remote tech support organization said.

Jupiter Support lays out the manual process to disable Cortana, as follows:

  1. Press the Windows button and R on your keyboard to open the Run window

  2. In the window, type regedit and click OK

  3. Using the path tree in the left of the Registry Editor – navigate to the following path

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows S

  1. if you do not have the ‘Windows Search’ path you will need to create by following these steps

  2. Right-click on the ‘Windows’ path click on ‘New’ then ‘Key’

  3. Enter the name – Windows Search

  4. Right-click on the ‘Windows Search’ path and click on ‘New’ then‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’

  5. Enter the name – AllowCortana

  6. The default value should be 0 (zero) – if it is not – double click on it and set it to 0

  7. Restart the computer and standard non-Cortana search will be back again.

For more Windows 10 tips and tricks, visit www.jupitersupport.com or call 1-800-860-8467.
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Instapaper now free for everyone

Instapaper is dropping its monthly subscription and will begin offering its service ad-free to all users. All of Instapaper’s Premium features, including full-text article searches and speed-reading, will also be opened up to everyone.

This is a big shift for Instapaper, and one that’s clearly driven by its recent acquisition by Pinterest. Before today, Instapaper offered a $2.99 per month (or $29.99 per year) subscription to support itself. But in doing so, it placed some of the service’s unique and helpful features behind a paywall, making it harder to stand out from its much-loved competitor, Pocket.

In opening those features up to everyone, Instapaper starts presenting a more compelling offering. It’s now including various features for free — like full-text searches and ad-free browsing — that Pocket charges for. The services are more-or-less equivalent, so that might be enough to win over people undecided on which read-it-later app to start using.

The app has gone through several different business models — free with ads, paid only, paid with optional subscription, free with optional subscription — and gone through three different owners -its founder, then Betaworks, now Pinterest. If subscriptions were bringing in a meaningful amount of revenue, Pinterest probably would have let them be.

Pinterest says it has “no new monetization plans to share at this time” for Instapaper. The decision to drop subscriptions, Pinterest says, was simply a matter of the app being “better resourced,” so that it can “offer everyone the best version.” Those resources may be Instapaper’s best chance at taking on Pocket.

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