Why moving to the cloud can help boost security and compliance [Q&A]

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/18/cloud-boost-security-complaince/ Although the adoption of cloud services has increased over the past few years, many organizations are still unwilling to make the move to the cloud due to security and compliance concerns. But Jim Hansen, VP of product marketing at security management firm AlienVault argues that … Read more

Western Digital My Book Duo 20TB USB-C external RAID hard disk drive [Review]

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/western-digital-my-book-duo-20tb/ Nowadays, more and more consumers are embracing the cloud for data storage and backup. This is not a mistake — it is smart to store your files off premises. With that said, it is even smarter to also store the data locally for redundancy … Read more

ZoomGo unveils its own media stick with extras

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/zoomgo-unveils-its-own-media-stick-with-extras/ Streaming media sticks have become an in-thing these days, with big releases from major players like Amazon and Roku. They plug into an HDMI port on any TV and bring you all sorts of entertainment goodness. The one drawback is that they aren’t exactly … Read more

Linux Mint 18.3 ‘Sylvia’ Xfce and KDE editions are available for download

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/linux-mint-sylvia-xfce-kde-final/ Linux Mint is killing the KDE version of its operaring system — a move some people applaud. That’s what makes the new 18.3 version — named “Sylvia” — so frustrating. It’s bizarre to release a new version of an operating system that essentially has … Read more

Google Assistant gains ‘Hey, Google’ support on a range of Android devices

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/hey-google-rollout/ Voice control of computers and smartphones is becoming increasingly common, and for Android users a new option is opening up. Previously only available on Nexus and Pixel devices, support for the “Hey, Google” trigger is rolling out to more handsets. This gives Android users … Read more

Windows 10 included a password manager complete with massive password-stealing potential

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/17/windows-10-keeper-vulnerability/ Microsoft has been bundling a password manager that features a dangerous flaw with some versions of Windows 10, a Google security researcher has revealed. Tavis Ormandy noticed that his copy of Windows 10 included Keeper, which he had previously found to be injecting privileged … Read more

Patreon scraps plans to introduce new charges, and apologizes to users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/16/patreon-pricing-change/ Artists’ and creators’ platform Patreon has scrapped controversial plans to introduce a new pricing structure after a vocal backlash from users. The site — used by many artists and creators to raise money — had planned to add a service charge to pledges placed … Read more

Facebook adds Snooze button to silence irritating friends, pages and groups

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/16/facebook-snooze-button/ If you’re friends with someone on Facebook it should mean that you’re interested in hearing about what they have to say and see what they have to share. But at the same time, it’s likely you’ve been extremely annoyed by the incessant stream of … Read more

Amazon extends Christmas shopping free shipping deadline — no Prime needed

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/amazon-christmas-free-shipping/ Christmas is quickly approaching. If you haven’t finished shopping for gifts, what the heck are you waiting for? The longer you wait, the more anxiety you will feel about potentially not having presents ready to give on the big day. Thanks to the internet, … Read more

Google Maps for Android gets step-by-step directions for public transit navigation

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/google-maps-android-public-transit/ When some people — such as suburbanites — think of Google Maps, their minds likely go to motor vehicles, such as cars, motorcycles, and trucks. People also use it for other types of transportation, however, such as walking, biking, and mass-transit. Google Maps works … Read more

The average US home is worth less than 20 Bitcoin

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/average-american-home-bitcoin-price/ It’s fair to say that, in its current state, Bitcoin does not work as a means of payment for basic things. The average transaction fee is over $20, which makes common purchases, like a cup of coffee, virtually impossible to justify. However, as I … Read more

Why the IoT needs wireless power

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/iot-wireless-power/ With a predicted 200 billion connected devices in use by 2020, the Internet of Things is leading to a massive growth in the number of powered devices. While this is a massive opportunity for manufacturers it’s also a problem as all of those devices … Read more

Synology announces DiskStation DS218 and FlashStation FS1018 NAS

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/synology-disktation-ds218-flashstation-fs1018-nas/ Synology has been slowly refreshing its NAS lineup in the past couple months, and now it is adding two more models to the range. The star of the show is the FlashStation FS1018, a high-end NAS that, as its name suggests, is designed with all-flash … Read more

Using AWS for data protection — where barriers can also be benefits

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/15/aws-data-brotection-barriers-benefits/ Cloud data protection and management specialist Druva has released the results of its 2017 AWS Cloud Data Protection Survey, which shows that the three biggest barriers for moving data to AWS for cloud storage are cost, security and lack of control. But for respondents … Read more

Apple begins selling iMac Pro, unveils official Thunderbolt 3 cable, and adds 360-degree VR editing to Final Cut Pro X

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/apple-imac-pro-final-cut-pro-x-thunderbolt3/ All-in-one desktops are generally a terrible idea. Outside of saving desk space, there is really no benefit to combining a display and your computer into one unit. Hell, it is quite a negative, as if the display breaks, you have to get the whole … Read more

Satechi unveils Aluminum Type-C Clamp Hub Pro for 2017 iMac Pro

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/satechi-aluminum-type-c-clamp-hub-imac-pro/ Today is a huge day for Apple, as its much-anticipated iMac Pro finally goes on sale. While it isn’t a revolutionary product, the computer should placate vocal Mac users that have been clamoring for more power. If you do decide to spend $5,000 or … Read more

Sphero BB-8: The app-enabled Star Wars droid you’re looking for [Review]

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/sphero-bb-8-star-wars-droid-review/ Star Wars fever is once again high as The Last Jedi arrives in cinemas around the world. Sphero offers a range of Star Wars droids — R2-D2, R2-Q5, BB-8 and BB-9E — which you can control via an app, and which also interact with … Read more

Get paid $5 just for trying Apple Pay!

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/get-paid-5-just-for-trying-apple-pay/ Apple Pay is amazing. I use it regularly wherever it is accepted. Two stores where it is particularly good are Walgreens and Kohl’s. These two retailers offer loyalty reward cards that can be linked to Apple Pay for added convenience. When you pay with … Read more

TVAddons: Streaming through Kodi addons protects you from malware and cryptocurrency miners

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/tvaddons-kodi-addon-are-great/ Kodi has been the subject of controversy for some time, and addon repository TVAddons has, in particular, been criticized from many quarters. Having recently announced that it will no longer proactively check for pirated content, TVAddons is suggesting that there’s a very good reason to … Read more

Windows 10 gets native OpenSSH client and server

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/windows-10-native-openssh-client-server/ It’s quite interesting to see just how far Microsoft has come since Satya Nadella became CEO. The company has gotten out of its comfort zone and made its products more appealing to a wider range of customers, embracing rival platforms and the open-source community. Having … Read more

The value of personal data to companies and cyber criminals

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/personal-data-value/ Businesses rely more and more on data, but a new study shows up significant differences in the value that is placed on confidential data around the world and in different industries. The research from cyber security firm Trustwave involved more than 500 IT decision makers … Read more

GlassWire 2.0 unveils major redesign, adds more network monitoring and protection tools

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/glasswire-2-0-unveils-major-redesign-adds-more-network-monitoring-and-protection-tools/ SecureMix LLC has released GlassWire 2.0.78, a major update of its security network monitoring and Windows Firewall control tool. The app, which comes in free and paid-for versions, unveils new features including support for firewall profiles and access to VirusTotal for scanning network-related files. … Read more

Over 90 percent of security pros worry about cyber criminals using AI

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/cyber-criminal-ai-use/ While machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming key to cyber security, a new survey shows that a majority of security professionals worry that the technology could be used against them. The study by cyber security company Webroot reveals that 91 percent are concerned … Read more

The case against Net Neutrality: An IT pro’s perspective

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/the-case-against-net-neutrality-an-it-pros-perspective/ As the vote to determine the fate of Net Neutrality regulations looms in the FCC, I’ve been taking a harder look at where I stand on the issue. Personally, I’ve got vested interests as a consumer that relies on many net-connected services in my … Read more

FileCloud launches GDPR support for private clouds

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/gdpr-private-cloud-support/ With GDPR coming into effect in may 2018, the complex requirements of the legislation may leave many companies struggling to comply. Enterprise file service platform FileCloud is adding new features to its platform to deliver compliance support for organizations using private cloud enterprise file … Read more