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Saturday, July 30, 2016

MacBook versus Surface Pro 4: Battle of the ultra-lights













"It’s funny, and a little humbling, to realize you’ve been doing it wrong.

I mean, all this time, I was comparing the Surface Pro 4 to Apple’s giant iPad Pro. It made intuitive sense. Both have touch screens, both have detachable keyboards. Both are super thin and light. Both have multi-tasking. But I made a fundamental error. Only one of these systems runs a X86 CPU and offers a file system. One of them, the Surface Pro 4, is a personal computer and one is a powerful mobile system reaching to be the same.  

Honestly, if you’re shopping for an ultra-portable computer, with laptop chops, a desktop OS, applications and all-day battery life, these are probably the two systems you want to consider. And it won’t be an easy choice. Leaving aside the obvious differences in operating systems (which aren’t as big as you think), these two systems compare quite favorably.
To help you decide and for my own personal entertainment, I’ve decided to do a feature-by-feature comparison, focusing in on areas that I think impact ultraportable use the most. I will also try to choose a winner in each category.
This should be fun."




(Via.)  MacBook versus Surface Pro 4: Battle of the ultra-lights:

ASUS ZenPad Z8 review - CNET

ASUS ZenPad Z8 review - CNET

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SMS-based two-factor authentication will soon be banned - CNET



"In the latest draft of the Digital Authentication Guideline, the rules by which authentication software must abide, the US National Institute for Standards and Technology is preparing to get rid of SMS-based two-factor authentication.
This is where a service provider, such as Gmail, will send you a code via SMS that you will have to enter before you can enter your email account, for example. This is in addition to your password, the "second factor" of authentication.
The measure is being enforced because SMS is relatively insecure. The phone may not be in the original owner's possession, for example, or the SMS may be hijacked by a VoIP service, Softpedia notes.
The relevant paragraph of the draft reads: "[Out of band verification] using SMS is deprecated, and will no longer be allowed in future releases of this guidance."
However, the draft also notes that two-factor authentication via a secure application or biometrics, such as a fingerprint scanner, may still be used."

SMS-based two-factor authentication will soon be banned - CNET: " "

Monday, July 25, 2016

MacBook Mods: Storage Wars!

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Snowden: 'I never thought I'd be saved' after NSA leaks - CNET

"When Edward Snowden leaked highly classified secrets about government spying in 2013, the undertaking took meticulous coordination.

Snowden, a former NSA contractor, chatted with Guardian reporters Glenn Greenwald and documentary maker Laura Poitras over encrypted email exchanges. Their first meeting hinged on code words and a secret signal involving a Rubik's cube.

But when the first article revealing hush-hush surveillance programs went live that June while he was in a Hong Kong hotel room, that's as far as Snowden had thought things through, he said over a live internet feed from Russia, where he's been living in exile since the leaks.

"I admit it. I did not have a plan beyond that point, beyond getting the story out there," Snowden said during a question-and-answer session Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego. "I planned to ask the world for justice and see what happened."

As any reader of spy novels can tell you, danger might have quickly descended on Snowden.

"I never thought I would be saved," he said, adding he didn't even expect to make it out of Hawaii, where he was living before heading to Hong Kong to meet the journalists. "But I thought the stories might be able to still get out there."

Snowden: 'I never thought I'd be saved' after NSA leaks - CNET