Microsoft Surface Hub 2 With 50.5-inch 4K Display Launched

Microsoft has launched the next-generation of its giant conference room display – Surface Hub 2. The Hub 2 uses a 50.5-inch 3:2 display with a greater than 4K resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio with extremely thin bezels.

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The Hub 2 rotates to a portrait position with a clever mechanism that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book muscle wire lock, and also works as a powerhouse to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.

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Furthermore, it comes with 4K cameras rotate with the device, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays allow everyone in the meeting to feel. Microsoft has also teamed up with workplace expert Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts.

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Furthermore, the Hub 2 runs on Windows 10 and brings in multi-user sign in using the built-in fingerprint reader, which will let multiple people authenticate and access documents and make collaboration as natural as meeting at a whiteboard.

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According to Microsoft, it has sold over 5000 Surface Hub devices across 25 markets. Well, the Microsoft Surface Hub will be available in 2019 (no exact time frame mentioned) and the pricing will be in line with similar competitive devices (no number mentioned).

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Aditya Birla Group suffers CryptoJack attack; 2000 computers used for mining

cryptominingFirst detected at an overseas subsidiary of the group a month ago, the malware spread to manufacturing and other services companies of Aditya Birla group. Monero was the currency mined.

Aditya Birla Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, suffered a cryptojack attack last month. In what is termed to be India’s first big cryptojacking attack, 2000 computers of various companies of the Aditya Birla’s group were targeted, reported Economic Times.

Cryptojacking, is a type of attack that lets a hacker mine cryptocurrency on the hacker’s behalf from someone else’s computer.
First detected at an overseas subsidiary of the group a month ago, the malware spread to manufacturing and other services companies of Aditya Birla group.

A person familiar with the attack told ET, that the hacker’s intent isn’t to steal information, rather use the power supply of the organization to mine crypto.

“Recently, the advance threat detection systems of our Group alerted us of suspicious activity on some desktop systems. Based on this, our internal team immediately carried out an investigation and deployed countermeasures to isolate and eliminate the cause of this activity. This has resulted in limiting its spread. We also ascertained that there was no data loss due to this activity,” a spokesperson of the group told ET.

Monero was the currency mined in the attack. Monero, is considered the best virtual currency as it is quite untraceable. It is a favorite among the dark web users as it caters to the privacy-centric users, who love anonymity. Also, Monero requires lesser computational power to mine, as compared to Bitcoin.

Symptoms that you are victim to cryptojack attack

1.    Your CPU usage is exceptionally high. Noticing a spike in the CPU usage while doing an activity that doesn’t require that much of the computational power, is a symptom of a cryptojack attack. You can check it on Activity Monitor on Mac and Task Manager on Windows.

2.    Sudden slowing of the machines is also an indication of the cryptojack attack.

A recent report by the security giant Symantec reveals that India stands second in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region and ninth globally when it comes to increased cryptojacking activities. Symantec’s Internet Threat Security report also revealed that the detection of coin miners on the endpoint computers increased by 8500 percent in 2017.

Though considered as a passing phase by many experts, cryptojacking is sure to wreak havoc if not contained in time, involving critical threat to your IT infrastructure.

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Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 update: Installation, features and improvements

Windows-10-Redstone-1280-720Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update called Redstone 4, is due to roll out today. The update will arrive as an OTA to Windows 10-powered systems that will roll out gradually in phases, so don’t expect a pop up notification right away.

For those of you who just can’t wait, there is something you can do till it arrives. Head to the Settings menu, tap on Update & Security, then click on Windows Update and then hit the magical ‘Check for Updates’ button until Microsoft decides on sending the update to you.

Jokes aside, there is another way and that is to head to Microsoft.com, download the latest Windows update tool, by clicking on the blue button on the page and then simply click to download the ISO file.

The new update is expected to bring a better Windows experience, with new security updates, some big changes to the UI, Cortana and the Microsoft Edge browser.

Called Redstone 4, it is the fifth big update to arrive after Microsoft’s decision to switch to change its product upgrade cycle to and deliver updates every six months. So let’s have a look at the new features that will arrive on your Windows-powered system in the coming days.

Timeline

The biggest feature is Timeline. It’s a new feature that lets you go back in time and find files, opened documents or even search queries that you were working on in the past few hours, a week or even a month ago.

Apart from being a visual treat, the feature is practical and will let you go back in time up to 30 days to help you find  files faster and pick up on something that you left half-way a few days ago.

The button appears on the task bar, right next to the Search bar. Tapping on it reveals a full screen window with plenty of tiles giving users a glimpse of all the tasks they were working on. So if you were planning on renovating your house and happened to perform a search on Bing, you will find that in a tile as a task. Simply tap on the tile to resume that task or open that app or to open that particular file. Timeline is all about saving time and finding stuff faster by simply remembering the time frame when you were working on it.

Since everything about Edge and Windows 10 works with the cloud, if you happened to be searching for something on the Edge browser on your Android smartphone, Timeline will browse through those instances as well making it even easier find.

Focus Assist

Focus Assist is simply a ‘Do Not Disturb’ button for your desktop or laptop on Windows. You can activate it by either heading into Settings or tapping on Focus Assist or open the Notifications bar and tap or click on the toggle that sits alongside the Network, Connect, Flight Mode, and Battery buttons. In short, it’s a renamed ‘Quite hours’ button.

Like the Do not disturb mode found on most Android smartphones, Focus Assist will basically let you focus on the task that you are working on and will turn off all sorts of notifications, coming from a variety of apps or contacts (both native and third-party).

While the time period is customisable, it you can also customise who you want to let in during those quiet hours. This could be your boss at work, your spouse at home or even a best friend whom you just cannot afford to disconnect with.

What’s different here, is that once the Focus Assist period expires, you are provided with a handy summary of the notifications (emails or updates) from the apps installed on your Windows system.

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Additionally, Focus Assist also makes its way on to the web thanks to Microsoft’s Edge browser. Users on the new Redstone 4 update will be able to mute and unmute tabs. Those who read a lot of documents off the web can now do so distraction free by going full-screen.

Microsoft’s browser also gets autofill not just for addresses, but payment information as well, making it easier to shop online. Also available are new Grammar Tools that enable comprehension aid, and even break words into syllables apart from highlighting nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Dictation

Dictation is another cool new feature that lets you type using your voice. Users with the new update simply need to tap on the text field and then press down Win + H and begin talking. Thanks to improved dictation with the new update, penning down your thoughts gets a lot easier.

Cortana

Indeed, no Windows update would be complete without any upgrades to Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. Redstone 4 brings a big update, in the sense that it now allows users to control their IoT devices using Cortana.

Need to change the living room’s temperature but can’t find the remote? Simply ask Cortana to set the living room thermostat down by a few degrees. For now, Cortana will be able to connect to ecobee, Honeywell and Nest devices for now.

The above mentioned features are simply the main ones that most users will notice, if you need to check out complete list of updates, bug fixes and improvements, you can check them out on Microsoft’s website by clicking here.

Update & Stay Secure. and End of the day, it’s Windows!

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Version 1803 may be called Windows 10 April Update

Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Build 17134.1 to the Slow and Release Preview rings. The official release date of version 1803 is still not announced, and even its official name is not revealed. However, Microsoft Edge on Build 17134.1 shows Windows 10 April Update on the homepage.

Welcome to the April update. This Windows 10 update contains a lot of new features. Start here.

The Welcome experience page says “Welcome to the April Update. This Windows 10 update contains many new features. Start here.”. This may indicate two things.

  1. Windows 10 build 17134.1 can be the final (RTM) build of Windows 10 version 1803.
  2. Redstone 4 can officially be called as the April Update.

Anyway, Microsoft hasn’t officially revealed the name of the feature update, so we can only guess it.

It is possible to access the updated Welcome experience page directly in your browser on the MSN website. Check out the following link:

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As you may already know, the original release date was April 10th, but critical bugs caused Microsoft to postpone the release. It looks like no blocking issues were found in Build 17134 and it is ready to be pushed out to users.

Windows 10 Build 17134 may receive a few cumulative updates before being pushed to the stable branch, then the Fast Ring will start getting “Redstone 5” builds. To learn what’s new in Windows 10 Build 17134, please refer to the article

That’s it.

Update : Windows 10 “Redstone 4” finally has an official name: The Windows 10 April 2018 Update. And it also finally has an official availability date. On Monday, April 30 . It finally will begin to roll out to non-Insider testers.

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Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

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Here how to do that, it’s just 3 keys :-

Windows key + Control + D : – To Creates new virtual desktop.
10. Windows key + Control + F4 :- To  Closes current virtual desktop
11. Windows key + Control + Left or Right :- To Switch between virtual desktops.

Treat Virtual Desktop as Temporary Workspaces for the Best Experience.

Unfortunately, the built-in virtual desktop feature in Windows 10 is still pretty limited compared to that found in other operating systems. You can’t set different wallpapers for different desktops. You can’t set different color schemes, or apply any other types of personalization. Different desktops cannot have different taskbars, or even different icons on the desktop.

There’s also no way to quickly jump to a specific desktop, either—you have to cycle through them with the keyboard commands or use Task View to navigate.

Virtual desktops are maintained after restarting your PC, but that doesn’t really do you too much good. Even if you have apps and windows set to automatically load with Windows, they’ll just open on your main desktop: Desktop 1. You’ll then have to move them to their respective desktops again after each restart. And that’s the part that takes time. Creating the virtual desktops in the first place is quick and easy.

With that in mind, we’ve found that virtual desktops—at least, as they exist in Windows 10—are best treated as temporary workspaces to help you organize your activities while you’re working on them.

Enjoy & Keep Sharing.!

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Israel users are now connected to WhatsApp via Facebook servers

imagesAt a time when governments are striving for stringent data security and privacy, users in Israel are now reportedly connected to WhatsApp through the Facebook servers, said a report on Monday.

According to WABetaInfo, a popular fan website that tracks WhatsApp Beta, the switch has been made to ensure better connection quality. “All users from Israel are now connected to WhatsApp through the Facebook servers,” the website tweeted. WhatsApp, however, was yet to confirm the report.

According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp (or Facebook too) can just read metadata of messages. “For example if the message you are sending is an image, a video, a sticker etc.. its date, the phone number of the recipient (otherwise the server wouldn’t know where the message should be forwarded),” WABetaInfo tweeted.

Replying to WABetaInfo, a Twitter user said: “Encryption is not a problem. Its just that metadata like last seen, online time, etc. which are dynamic and are not needed after a particular time, must be wiped from servers”.

The website, however, said that the fact that WhatsApp is starting to use the Facebook servers must not worry you. “This just ensures a better quality of the connection. All chats and calls are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp/Facebook/anyone cannot read/listen them. Everything is encrypted, also Stickers,” WABetaInfo tweeted.

WABetaInfo has asked people to wait till May “to see which data are really stored in the WhatsApp server and if they might be a problem for us”. The European Union (EU) has asked businesses and service providers globally to comply with its new privacy law — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — that comes into force from May 25 this year.

The EU GDPR has been designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe — to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

WhatsApp last month signed a public commitment with Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) not to share users’ personal data with Facebook until data protection concerns are addressed.

“WhatsApp has assured us that no UK user data has ever been shared with Facebook (other than as a ‘data processor’),” Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement.

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The next version of Windows 10 will install much quicker than before

Microsoft is making a concerted effort to reduce downtime when applying major Windows 10 updates.

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Microsoft is aware that major upgrades to Windows 10 typically take a long time to install. For the Creators Update that was rolled out in April 2017, Microsoft says the average offline time for a user was around 82 minutes. That’s slightly longer than it takes to watch Army of Darkness. With the upcoming Spring Creators Update, however, Microsoft has managed to cut the install time to around 30 minutes, the length of a typical sitcom if you count the commercials.

Otherwise known as Redstone 4, this will be the first major update to Windows 10 in 2018. Before we go any further, we should point out that “Spring Creators Update” is not yet the official name, though it’s the nomenclature that’s been leaked out, so we’re running with it for the time being.

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There have been three major updates to this point—Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update. Microsoft’s goal is to upgrade Windows 10 twice year with new features and enhancements, in between which it doles out monthly security patches.

Each major update consists of four phases that are broken up into online and offline modes. Online phases occur while the device is being used and the OS is up and running, while offline phases are, well, offline. These entail system reboots and other tasks that are performed outside of the OS being usable.

Microsoft aims to reduce the time it takes to install these bi-annual updates by moving more of the work performed in the offline phase to the online phase. For example, preparing user content for migration previously took place during the offline phase, but will be performed when the PC is up and running when installing the Spring Creators Update. Same goes for migrating drivers and other files that Windows requires.

“Because of these changes, the online phase for the feature update will take longer to complete. However, this should not be noticeable to most users, as the setup processes run at a low priority, so they won’t have a large impact on a device’s battery life or system performance,” Microsoft says.

Even by reducing the upgrade time to 30 minutes, updating Windows still requires some pre-planning. However, it’s nice to see that the install time has been cut nearly two-thirds compared to the original Creators Update, and is down from 51 minutes (on average) for the Fall Creators Update. This will vary by PC, of course, but the bottom line is that the Spring Creators Update will install much quicker.

Some of the more interesting changes that will arrive with the Spring Creator’s Update are related to Microsoft’s mixed reality push. It will include a new virtual environment for users to wander around, and the ability to take screenshots in mixed reality apps with the controllers. In addition, Microsoft is rolling out haptic feedback for motion controllers in SteamVR.

The Spring Creators Update is expected to release next month.

Enjoy!

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