New WhatsApp subscription trap: clicking on the link can be costly

Once again, a WhatsApp subscription trap hides behind what looks like a serious message. What is especially cruel is that you get the message from your own contacts.

So the message appears to be serious because you would think that your contacts do not want you any harm. But beware. If you click on the link in the message, a website opens asking you to answer some questions. This is where the subscription trap is hiding..

So be always watchful, because WhatsApp is very popular with fraudsters.

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WhatsApp subscription trap entices with vouchers

Initially you are asked numerous questions, you will be then asked to send the message to ten of your contacts. If you do not, you have no chance to participate in the promised contest. But of course, you want to  enter into the competition, because you have already answered so many questions. And so the annoying news spreads like a chain letter.

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Apple launches new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar, Touch ID, USB-C

The New Apple MacBook Pro

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Apple today introduced new MacBook Pro models, marking the first substantial update its made to its flagship laptops in several years. The new 12-inch and 15-inch laptops are Apple’s thinnest MacBook Pros to date, weighing three and four pounds respectively. According to The Verge, both laptops feature up to 10 hours of battery life and feature a new Touch Bar, which is an OLED touch strip that replaces the function bar with contextual function keys.

Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Apple, said: “It’s a retina display, multi-touch, responding to gestures and taps. We call it Touch Bar. First it replaces the standard system functions, but it goes way beyond that. It adapts to whatever software you’re using.”

Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering for Apple, showed that the Touch Bar could be used for navigation in browsers, photo manipulation and text suggestions when typing. It can also suggest and insert emojis without leaving the keyboard.

The right end of the strip now contains Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button, which is similar to the one fitted to the iPhone and iPad and can be used to unlock the laptop and confirm payments. The new Force Touch trackpad is also twice the size of the old one.

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“In addition to the 13-inch and 15-inch models with the Touch Bar, Apple is also introducing a 13-inch model without the touch strip, which is designed to take the place of the MacBook Air,” The Verge says. “Compared to the old MacBook Air, the new MacBook Pro is over 2mm thinner (at the thickest point) and has 13 percent less volume.

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It has two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports instead of the four of the other Pro models and a lower spec Core i5 processor.” The new laptops also come with Touch ID, which is Apple’s fingerprint authentication module. The new laptops also do away with the SD, Mini Display, and USB ports.

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Pricing for the New Apple MacBook Pro

“The entry-level MacBook Pro starts at $1,499, while the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar runs $1,799. Apple is also keeping around a $1,299 MacBook with the previous design, aimed particularly at enterprise customers,” The Verge says. “The new 15-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,399. All three models can be ordered starting today, but only the low-end version is shipping immediately.”

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8 Ways Technology Is Improving Your Health

 

New Apple MacBook Pro expected soon

New Apple MacBook Pro

Apple are expected to announce a new Apple MacBook Pro at an event this Thursday. Naturally, this will be expected to boost their Christmas sales. And it is not before time because for some time even Apple has been feeling the downward trend in the computer market. And this is also true for Apple hardware products.

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The Mac product category is now considerably outdated. The MacBook Pro has not been updated since March 2015. Apple are holding their media event “hello again”. It is expected to present new products at this event. In the UK the launch date of the new MacBook Pro is expected to be shortly after.

OLED display

In the tenth anniversary year of the MacBooks there are interesting innovations. A new MacBook with a special features: the bar with the function keys will be composed of an OLED display with touch screen. These virtual keys adjust the function and availability of the program currently in use.

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Get all your messages put in one place

There are increasingly more messaging apps being released and it can become quite complicated keeping tabs on all of your messages at any given time.

You may be getting messages simultaneously on

  • Facebook messenger,
  • WhatsApp,
  • Skype
  • and many others

It can become annoying having to switch between these platforms several times during the day. So. the ideal solution is to bring them all together in one pot. They are a cross-platform solution which means that your apps can all be put under the same roof. TechSpot have carried out a review of these solutions and we now bring you the best of the bunch.

Franz

Franz is a free messaging app and combines chat & messaging services into one application. It currently supports Slack, WhatsApp, WeChat, HipChat, Facebook Messenger, Telegram,Google Hangouts, GroupMe, Skype and many more.

Read more about this and two other apps you can use.

Franz – A message client for Slack, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram and more

Sirius A is a full desktop PC that fits in your pocket

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The new Sirius A:

is a smartphone-sized, mini-PC running a full version of Windows 10 Home.

No more huge tower PCs, this is a Windows 10 machine so small you can fit it in your pocket.

Despite its phone-like appearance, the Sirius A is made by Dutch hardware firm Ockel and runs a full desktop version of Windows 10.  The little machine has all the ports you need to connect a monitor, keyboard and a network cable.

Ockel is looking for additional funding on Indiegogo, the mini-PC also includes:

  • a six-inch touchscreen, 1080p display for use on the go,
  • a microSD booster slot,
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • 64GB in-built flash storage
  • a 3,000mAH battery

However, unlike a smartphone, the Sirius A is equipped with two USB 3.0, a USB Type-C, HDMI, DisplayPort and Ethernet ports, as well as a 12V power input for when it is used as a desktop. The device also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Sirius A is shipped with Windows 10 Home 64-bit as an OS, and packs an Intel Atom quad-core processor with 4GB RAM. A heatsink built into the aluminium casing keeps the device cool while the Sirius also houses a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer.

Ockel claims to be working with Microsoft on developing “switch mode”, which allows the device to function as a mouse or keyboard when attached to a display. Currently, the portable device only has a 3 hour battery life which isn’t that bad considering. However, newer laptops and iPads tend to have around 10 hours. The Sirius measures 8.5cm x 15cm.

The Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $100,000 which was it’s initial target. In fact, it has nearly trippled it by raising $261,371 so far from only 495 investors and has 22 days left. During the campaign period, prices start at $549, however the device will sell for $699. Ockel is hoping to ship the finished product in May 2017.

Last year Ockel released the Sirius B, which has similar specs to the Sirius A but lacks a touchscreen display.

While somewhat novel, a pocketable Windows 10 device isn’t the only device on the market. HP recently released the HP Elite X3 that allows users to dock the six-inch phone and link it to a monitor and keyboard. The Windows Phone device can run Windows 10 apps and a limited Windows 10 desktop. However, the phone is $100 more expensive at $799.

Your account is locked, please verify your data

“Your account is locked” or “Account status suspended” – or something similar,  is the new wave of phishing emails that look as if they apparently come from PayPal. The police have already warned about the deceptively real-looking messages. PayPal have also responded to the scam emails and warns about them on it’s site .

It is not easy to detect whether the emails are genuine or fake. They are published as an exact copy of the original PayPal page. The colour and design are virtually indistinguishable from the original. Even the logo appears to be the original. The sender address service.team@paypal.co.uk  indicates a mail from PayPal itself.

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Macro virus risk; Spreading via attachments

A new danger lurks in e-mail attachments: The macro virus. These nasty little viruses embed themselves in the computer, change all the documents and even gain access to the e-mail program in order to spread itself independently. We will tell you how macro viruses work and how you can protect yourself from them.

Macro viruses are small viruses that are not available as a standalone program but as a macro They initially go unnoticed whilst they go about their mischief. Many commands in Office programs are based on macros, such as the command “Open File”, for example. A macro virus changes the instruction sequence and crashes the computer into chaos.

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Why are mobile phones exploding?

How can it be that some mobile phones just explode? And are all phones affected? Have you even thought about this before? We will tell you the reasons and also dispel any myths about batteries.

Exploding batteries, especially in smartphones has become a hot topic of late. But you may be surprised to find out that it’s not only the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that is predisposed to this fault. Until recently people never gave a second thought to flying with an iPhone 7 in their pocket. The LG G3, the OnePlus One, the Galaxy 7 or notebooks like the Acer Aspire have been similarly affected.

Other mobile phones could catch fire too.

The Note 7 from Samsung became a fire threat, but other mobile phones have exploded too.

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US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights