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Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says like counts might go private – CNET June 26, 2019

He told CBS This Morning’s Gayle King the Facebook-owned site is making “well-being” a priority. Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says like counts might go private – CNET Source: CNet

Yahoo's upgraded Messenger App is now on desktops – CNET

The revamped Yahoo Messenger app, which first landed on mobile devices last December, is now available on Windows and Mac.
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Playstation VR launching in Asia same day as US – CNET

Gamers in Asia won’t have to wait any longer than their American cousins to get their hands on Sony’s VR platform — though they’ll have to pay a touch more.
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Samsung sees profit rise on sales of Galaxy S7 – CNET

The South Korean company beats expectations thanks in part to strong sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
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Online activist group petitions to keep Trump out of security briefings – CNET

Credo Action is seeking 10,000 online signatures on a petition that urges the government to not let the GOP presidential nominee attend security briefings.
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Tech firms call on lawmakers to invest in STEM ed, reform immigration – CNET

Representatives from Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon tell Democratic members of Congress they need a better-educated and more diverse workforce to stay competitive in the global economy.
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A Donald Trump Bluetooth speaker as bold as the man himself – CNET

A Russian company invites audiophiles to play Donald Trump “like he’s been playing you” with a Bluetooth speaker embedded in a bust of the GOP presidential nominee.
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Mark your calendars for Netflix return of 'Gilmore Girls,' 'Black Mirror' – CNET

Lorelai and Rory will start in with the sassiness right after Thanksgiving, so fans have something new to be thankful for this year.
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Qualcomm agrees to pay $19.5 million in gender discrimination settlement – CNET

Plaintiffs in the class action suit said women at Qualcomm were paid less than “the men who work beside them.”
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Flaw with password manager LastPass could hand over control to hackers

Even password manager LastPass can be fooled. A Google security researcher has found a way to remotely hijack the software.

It works by first luring the user to a malicious site. The site will then exploit a flaw in a LastPass add-on for the Firefox browser, giving it control over the password management software.

LastPass wrote about the vulnerability on Wednesday and said that a fix is already out for Firefox users.

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New No Man's Sky trailer spotlights the struggle to survive on alien worlds – CNET

The elements and lifeforms both present their own dangers.
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LastPass password vault reportedly not so secure – CNET

Security researcher with a record for hunting down holes finds a big one that could give hackers access to your online accounts.
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Live video has made Facebook the place to be – CNET

Mark Zuckerberg’s focus on live video has turned the social network into a destination of the political stage.
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Hands-on review: Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS

Hands-on review: Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS

Hannspree is one of the very few remaining Taiwanese display companies left. Alongside the likes of BenQ, AG Neovo, Acer and ViewSonic, they have had to fend off increasing competition from the likes of TP Vision (AOC, Philips), Samsung, LG and Japanese rivals (Ilyama, NEC and Eizo).

This has caused diversification to be seen as an essential aspect of Hannspree’s business plans, with mixed results. The company has dabbled in tablets, PCs, wearables, speakers and even smartphones, but these lines of business remained on the periphery.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS rear

At any rate, today we’re looking at Hannspree’s latest 4K monitor, the HannsG HU282PPS with a price tag of just under £290 (around $380, AU$510) at Ebuyer. That’s about a tenner more expensive than the AOC U2879VF, the cheapest 4K monitor on the market, with a 27/28-inch diagonal.

At techradar pro, we’re adamant that moving to a 4K monitor is one of the best upgrades that any business or professional can make to improve their workflow.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS ports

On paper, it looks like a pretty compelling offering: you get two rear-facing 3W speakers, a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, a DVI one, audio in/out ports, a VESA mount and a rated brightness/contrast of 280cd/m2 and 1000:1 respectively.

One HDMI port is a version 2.0 affair according to the manufacturer, and this means that it should be able to do 4K at 60Hz. Hannspree also claims that the monitor consumes up to 38W in use and 500mW on standby.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS rear close-up

The rest of the specification sheet reads as follows: a 5ms response time, a 0.15 x 0.16mm pixel pitch, and viewing angles of 170/160 degrees.

Interestingly, the monitor sports toughened glass which claims to be anti-glare – such a feature is usually associated with touchscreen functionality, but this is not even an option on this model.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS rear 2

Out of the box, the monitor comes with a power cable, a DVI cable and a pair of audio ones, plus a flat metal plate that can be screwed to the chrome stand.

The on-screen display (OSD) settings are basic to say the least, with the sort of options you’d expect to see on most monitors, allowing users to tweak the image to their working environment.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS front

We liked the design of the plate as it allows you to get extra real-estate on your desk, while the four ports allow you to use the latest devices as well as legacy ones that might have a VGA or a DVI connection.

You can only tilt the stand (up and down) as it doesn’t allow pivoting. With its large black bezel and a dash of silver plastic, this monitor does look a bit like an Apple iMac.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS stand

Maybe Hannspree is missing a trick here. We tested the monitor using a Dell XPS 13 laptop with a Mini DisplayPort. The HU282PPS was automatically recognised and ran in 4K at 60Hz without any noticeable hitch – we didn’t test the other ports which meant that we couldn’t confirm if it can do picture-in-picture (Ed: Hannspree confirmed that you can’t).

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS stand close up

In a brightly lit room, there is a significant amount of glare especially when it comes to darker or black areas. But on a more positive note, it does make for a particularly useful large format mirror when switched off (ahem).

The speakers are louder and clearer than we were expecting with no noticeable buzz or audio glitches, and you can connect an earphone or an external source to the monitor.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS display close-up

The HU282PPS uses a TN panel rather than an IPS one, which means that it suffers from relatively poor viewing angles, which in real life translates to colour shifts if you move your head in a sideways direction. Also, the thick slab of glass compounds this problem making things slightly worse.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPS profile

When sat dead in front of the monitor though, the viewing experience was better with adequately rendered content (moving or fixed). You can always tinker with the settings which are accessible via a row of five buttons located on the bottom edge of the monitor.

Hannspree HannsG HU282PPSOSD

You can swap the display colour temperature from warm to cool and there are six pre-programmed video modes to cater for most user needs.

Early verdict

If you don’t plan on using it in a bright and sunny environment (next to a window for example), you will get used to the glass slab that covers this display. The Hannspree HU282PPS does have quirks but it is by no means a bad product; when it comes to 4K monitors, we’ve seen worse.

At least this one has an HDMI 2.0 and a DisplayPort, allowing you to connect two 4K sources. Having two other inputs capable of full HD means that you will be able to hook up legacy devices as well.

If you are after a decent 4K monitor for less than £300, it is a toss-up between AOC and this HannsG as they share similar features (bar FreeSync on the AOC). We’re getting the former in for a hands on review soon, so will update this article in due course.

Source: Tech Radar

SpaceX's Mars lander mission said to cost $300 million – CNET

Estimated price tag is revealed for Red Dragon, the mission that will lay the groundwork for the company’s long-term goal of getting humans to Mars.
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Watch the first orangutan taught to mimic human conversation – CNET

Rocky, a friendly ape, might be the key to how we humans found our voices. He also really likes treats.
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Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Pro Education version to its line-up

Microsoft is adding a new Windows 10 variant to its Anniversary Update line-up and temporarily disabling Cortana in its new and existing Education SKUs. Here’s why.
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Jaguar Land Rover goes all in with Portland-based tech operations – Roadshow

The automaker’s rolling out a new facility, adding new jobs and increasing the size of its tech-startup incubator.
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Breaker, (circuit) breaker: Mercedes debuts all-electric Urban eTruck – Roadshow

eTruck? Really? We couldn’t have come up with a name that’s a little less 1998?
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Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails – CNET

Technically Incorrect: During a press conference in Florida, the Republican alpha dog offers his own version of mischief.
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Lockheed Martin's blimp-scaling robot hunts for leaks – CNET

SPIDER, a self-propelled instrument for airship damage evaluation and repair, helps sniff out tiny leaks in Lockheed’s hybrid airship.
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Review: Avira Phantom VPN

Review: Avira Phantom VPN

Every internet security company offers some form of privacy protection – ad-blocking, anti-tracker, secure browsing – but Avira takes this to the next level with its own VPN product.

Avira Phantom VPN is aimed very much at the home user. There’s no complexity, no choice or even mention of technical details such as protocols, and you only get 13 servers to choose from.

The pricing structure is equally stripped back – it’s just one product at what seems an expensive £51.99 ($68, AU$91) per month.

There is a free account, too. The base version has a crippling 500MB/month data cap (plus you get a four or five minute grace period before disconnection), but it doesn’t require registration or an email address: just download, install and connect. You won’t be able to stream anything, but for occasional low-bandwidth use, perhaps while travelling, it might be enough.


Avira’s no-registration free account is a good starting point, but once you upgrade the company requires all the usual details: physical and email address, credit card, PayPal or banking information (wire transfer or SOFORT banking).

As the free account has a data cap, it may log your originating IP address, and maybe connection times. The company doesn’t make this clear, although Avira does say that it doesn’t monitor the content of your traffic, or log the sites you visit.

Any data collected is normally held on servers within the European Union. As usual, the small print has a get-out clause or two, including the possibility that data may be backed up to a server in the US, but overall your activities are still more protected than with most of the competition.

The news gets even better when you’re browsing, as Avira Phantom VPN passed all our leak tests, including DNS (the product has its own server-side DNS).


Avira Phantom VPN covers all the main OS bases, with clients available for Windows, Android, Mac and iOS.

Installation requires some care as by default the program will install Avira System Speedup, SafeSearch Plus, Software Updater and Online Essentials Dashboard. But keep hitting ‘skip’ and the offers eventually disappear, and you’re left with the VPN client only.

Basic operations are as easy as hitting a single button to connect or disconnect.

You’re able to choose your preferred country from the Settings dialog, or set the program to launch when Windows starts, but that’s about it. Apart from a single unexpected "Send diagnostic data" setting, anyway – we don’t know exactly what it does, but for privacy it’s probably best to turn it off.

If you do have any problems, there’s little in the way of immediate online help, and the advice we saw seemed quite basic.

Actual VPN performance is difficult to measure as there are so many variables, but as well as general testing (browsing, streaming video), we also used to measure the latency, upload and download speeds, and then tested immediately again with the VPN turned off, to measure any difference (over several rounds of testing).

Fortunately Avira Phantom VPN proved very reliable in our tests, connecting without issue whenever we needed it. Performance was also consistent and a little above average in comparison to other VPN services we’ve tried – latency was only up by 36%, download speeds reduced by 17% on our standard speeds, and uploads were down 32%.

Final verdict

Avira Phantom VPN’s commercial package is a little overpriced for what you get, but if you’re an Avira fan or can live within the limits of the free plan then it might be worth a look.

Source: Tech Radar

With Yahoo on the skids, here's how to get your photos out of Flickr

For those with many precious photos stored on Flickr, Yahoo’s purchase may inspire some concern. Here are some tips for backing up your images, including ways to automatically save your images to cloud services and get more reliable backups.
Source: DIY IT

Microsoft says software fix coming for Surface Pro 3 with battery issues

After weeks of complaints by some users experiencing Surface Pro 3 battery-drain issues, Microsoft is now saying a software fix will likely remedy the problem.
Source: Microsoft

Imagine a future without waiting in line – CNET

A startup called Density has built a people-counting sensor it says could be used to tell you how packed the gym is, or which emergency room can see you the fastest.
Source: CNet

Microsoft tries building a smarter iPhone camera app in Pix – CNET

By using AI and other software tricks, Microsoft asserts that its camera app outdoes Apple’s at taking pictures of people. An Android version is on its way.
Source: CNet

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