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Xiaomi enters the laptop market with the $750 Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi enters the laptop market with the $750 Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi Inc. has launched its first laptop called the Mi Notebook Air, which comes in a top-of-range 13.3-inch version as well as a more portable 12.5-inch model. Whether this is a good move by the Chinese company is unknown at this stage. However, considering the Chinese notebook market is predicted to contract by 10.4 percent this year, according to IDC analyst Bryan Ma, it could be a risky move. We look at how the top-of-the-range 13.3-inch model compares to the Apple MacBook and 13.3” MacBook Air. Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air vs. Retina MacBook vs. MacBook Air: Tech specs 13.3” Mi Notebook... more »
Dropbox Business brings enhanced collaboration & security features with AdminX tools

Dropbox Business brings enhanced collaboration & security features with AdminX tools

Dropbox is making it easier for businesses and enterprises to manage and control the sharing of files both internally and externally. The company has launched several new features for Dropbox Business and Dropbox Enterprise administrators, including a new team folder, an updated Admin Console, and enhanced security. The changes form part of the company’s internal AdminX initiative that started last year and these new features form part of the first AdminX tools available for IT administrators. Secure collaboration with a centralized team folder The team folder acts as both a centralized file collaboration portal as well as providing businesses with additional... more »
Blockstream has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress

Blockstream has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress

Blockchain technology firm Blockstream, Inc. has acquired European bitcoin wallet provider GreenAddress (GreenAdressit Ltd.) for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2014, GreenAddress offers a per-transaction two-factor authentication, multi-signature and deterministic wallet that is claimed to deliver users unprecedented control over their transactions. The company uses a number of systems to keep the wallet secure and yet simple despite the fact that it does not store private keys at all, including quick PIN login to a wallet from any device without having to use your passphrase and a watch-only mode that allows users to quickly check their balances or receive funds without full... more »
Netflix announces the arrival of the latest season of arguably the best dark-side-of-tech series ever made

Netflix announces the arrival of the latest season of arguably the best dark-side-of-tech series ever made

Firstly, if you haven’t seen the first two seasons of Black Mirror, you should do that immediately. The previous seasons of the show, that have been called, “The Twilight Zone for the digital age”, and have garnered widespread acclaim from critics and the public, are available on Netflix. The streaming service just announced the US version of the show will arrive October 21st. Black Mirror is the brainchild of acerbic British comedian Charlie Brooker, a man whose career has been built on not pulling punches and getting underneath the fabric of popular culture. Brooker, who started off as a game reviewer, and later... more »
The unstoppable rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service

The unstoppable rise of Ransomware-as-a-Service

Security vendor Trend Micro Inc. has shined its spotlight on a worrying new trend in so-called ransomware – malware that uses encryption to lock up user’s files before demanding a ransom (usually in Bitcoin) to decrypt them. In a new post on Tuesday, Trend Micro takes a deep dive into the economics of “Ransomware-as-a-Service”, which is a catch-all term for cyber crooks who’re hawking their services via do-it-yourself (DIY) kits that allow anyone who purchases it to start spreading ransomware and holding companies hostage themselves. Trend Micro studied the business model of a newly identified strain of ransomware kit called “Stampado”, which... more »
Dropbox ramps up its enterprise appeal ahead of expected IPO

Dropbox ramps up its enterprise appeal ahead of expected IPO

Cloud storage vendor Dropbox Inc. is stepping up its enterprise push in order to get more profitable ahead of an expected initial public offering of stock, adding a set of new business-oriented features to its product. Dropbox, which boasts some 500 million users (including 200,000 companies currently using Dropbox Business), just announced AdminX, a new dashboard for IT admins that enables better control and customization of corporate files and user accounts. The move is a clear indication that Dropbox is trying to make its platform more appealing to business users. Admins can also use the new dashboard to monitor which employees are... more »
Trigger warning: Tumblr to introduce ads on all blogs starting Thursday

Trigger warning: Tumblr to introduce ads on all blogs starting Thursday

Three years after its acquisition by Yahoo, Inc., Tumblr has finally decided to attempt to monetize its social justice warrior blogging network by introducing ads on all blogs hosted by the service. The announcement, which is bound to cause outrage from Tumblr users given their all-round anti-capitalism anti-CIS gendered white men stance, was spun by the service as a way for users to make money, with Tumblr offering to share ad revenue made on each Tumblr blog back to the blogs creator. What format the ads will take was not made clear, only that they will go live across all Tumblr blogs... more »
Set up a Google Play Family Library & share everything with up to 5 family members

Set up a Google Play Family Library & share everything with up to 5 family members

Google has made it easy for you and up to five family members to share your app, game, book and movie purchases with the introduction of Google Play Family Library. Here’s how to set your Google Play Family Library, how to add family members, and share your purchases. How to set up a Google Play Family Library Family Library is rolling out over the next few days and will be available in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand. Step 1: Initial signup process Head over to the Family Library page in the Play... more »
Mobile tool maker LaunchKit has been acquired by Google

Mobile tool maker LaunchKit has been acquired by Google

Mobile tool maker LaunchKit (Cluster Labs, Inc.) has been acquired by Google for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2015, LaunchKit offers a suite of tools that makes it easier to track sales, reviews and build a landing page for apps and services. The company's products include Screenshot Builder, a tool that allows users to create beautiful, custom images for app store pages; App Website Builder, a tool that makes it easy and quick for any app developer to create and host a fully responsive website for their app; Review Monitor, a free service that checks for new reviews and posts them to... more »
Databricks ships out "easier, faster, smarter" Apache Spark 2.0

Databricks ships out "easier, faster, smarter" Apache Spark 2.0

The immensely popular open-source cluster computing framework Apache Spark has just reached version 2.0, according to an announcement by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) yesterday. Spark’s incredible popularity means it’s become one of the most active open-source Big Data projects of them all, approaching the same level as Apache Hadoop, one of the oldest and most established Big Data technologies around. Much of Spark’s acclaim comes due to the superior functionality it offers over MapReduce, the original Hadoop component that it’s now rapidly replacing. Spark supports numerous modern features not seen in MapReduce, such as real-time analytics of streaming data, in-memory... more »
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