Hi, welcome to another segment of This Week’s Talking Points. I crawled throughout the news tabloid to compile the most significant stories for you at one place. Let’s get started.
Billions of Devices Vulnerable to a WIFI Attack
This week, it was revealed that billions of devices are vulnerable to a WiFi attack Known as KRACK. This was discovered by a researcher from Catholic University of Leuven known as Mathy Vanhoef. All devices from all manufactures are vulnerable to this attack until they have been patched, so be sure to install any updates as soon as you get them. This vulnerability could expose your private information to attack. All the attacker needs is to be in range of the WIFI you are using to execute this attack.
Google and Apple are yet to patch this vulnerability but Microsoft and other companies already patched this security hole. The issue is even worse for android devices as millions of devices won’t get the patch since manufactures don’t provide any sort of updates. Stay off the public wireless for the time being and use cable whenever you can. Get more technical details here.
Microsoft Releases Surface Book 2
Microsoft released the Surface Book 2 this week. This is one of the best productivity two in one with a different approach as compared to other two in ones. The screen is detachable from the chassis to use it as a a tablet. The Surface Book 2 comes in two sizes, a 13.5-inch and 15-inch display sizes. Microsoft has also added a single USB-C ports, a first for any Microsoft product. Somewhat disappointedly, it’s not thunderbolt enabled. That said, I would recommend this product to anyone if you can overcome its based price of $14,999.00 (I know, it’s a bit much but still worth it).
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Released
Microsoft has finally unveiled their latest Windows 10 Version, named Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This is the first version of windows that is Mixed Reality ready. Other features include: OneDrive files on demand, an upgraded windows ink and gaming mode and enhanced security features. You can get a detailed view of the features here. If you would like to know how to get Windows 10 fall creators update follow my guide here.
Microsoft Has added anti-cheat feature to Windows 10
If you are lover of games, here are some significant news for you. Microsoft has secretly added an anti-cheat feature to windows 10 known as TruePlay. Games utilizing true play will run protected process prevent access to the game code, this prevents a class of common attacks.
Additionally, windows service will monitor gaming sessions for behaviors and manipulations that are common in cheating scenarios. These data will be collected, and alerts will be generated only when cheating behavior appears to be occurring. To ensure and protect customer privacy while preventing false positives, these data are only shared with developers after processing has determined cheating is likely to have occurred. You can get more information here.
This API will be available for developers to start integrating with their games. The bad news is that it’s limited to UWP (Universal Windows Platform) games.
Huawei releases Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro
And to close this week’s segment, Huawei has released its flagship for this year the Huawei Mate 10. It comes in two iterations, a normal Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. Both devices have a duo-camera setup, with a 12-megapixel color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. You can learn more about various duo-cameras setups here.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a 6-inch super AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor at back. It also lacks expandable memory but comes with an internal storage of 128GB. The normal Mate 10 comes with expandable memory card slot but with less internal storage of 64GB. It also spots a fingerprint at the bottom of the display, on the home button. Both have a water and dust resistant rating of IP67. For a detailed review of this devices, check out this review by Digital Trends.
That’s it for this week’s segment of This Weeks Talking Points. Thank you and see you next week on Saturday for another new segment. Have a lovely weekend.