Are You Ready For The Most Expensive Apple Computer?

We all know that with innovations comes a hefty price tag. It’s been the trend all throughout these years. All the latest shiny and shimmering tech gadgets cost more than an arm and a leg but the funny thing is that people still buy it. From the vintage contrivances of yesteryears such as the pagers, beepers, old computers, and cellular phones, those who were able to buy them ahead of the others usually had to pay the price. Until today, the same mantra persists. Some smartphones can send someone to college while the more high-end computers can even buy a car but still, people choose to purchase these passing trends instead of investing in something more practical and meaningful in their lives.

When it comes to the technology that we know of today (especially smartphones), Apple is at the top of the game. People consider their goods as luxury products and the preferred brand used by the rich and the famous. It was just recently when they launched their iPhones 8, 8plus, and X as they celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone and now the world is abuzz with news of them unveiling the supposedly most expensive Apple computer in the planet right now. And I’m sure that despite its ludicrous price, people will still flock most Apple stores and lineup to get their hands on the newest addition to the iMac line.

On Thursday, December 14, Apple will begin selling the all-new iMac Pro. What makes this iteration so different from the others that have come before it? Well, for starters, the base price will, according to The Verge, be $4,999, making it the most expensive computer ever sold by the 41-year old tech company. Of all Apple computers, it would make sense that this would be the most expensive. And that’s mainly due to the fact that it is the first-ever iMac Pro.

This computer will appeal mainly to those creative professionals who spend their days on Final Cut Pro and Motion, among other similar applications. Looking at the exterior, it doesn’t appear to be much different than any other larger-sized Apple PCs. Sure, the keyboards and computer are a darker tone of gray, but for the most part this new computer is not a big leap from previous desktops. That is, of course, until you realize what is inside of it. The all-new iMac Pro will feature either an 8-, 10-, 14-, or 18-core Xeon processor that comes with 3 GHz, 128 GB Ram, and a shocking 2 TB of flash storage (which basically means it’s lightning-fast).

(Via: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/apples-most-expensive-computer-to-go-on-sale)

Well, some of you may faint upon hearing how much it costs for you to get the newest iMac Pro but you can’t perhaps blame Apple because this is this first-ever iMac Pro. It likely has some unique and amazing features both on its software and hardware that demands such a high price tag and many tech geeks and those who can afford this new apple of the eye are likely salivating for it. While it caters to a specific market because of some of its spec but we can be sure it will still appeal to the general public simply because it is from Apple and there are no other iMac Pros predecessors yet. It will definitely be a like a trophy or something to those who can buy it and then flaunt it.

“We’re thrilled to give developers and customers a sneak peek at iMac Pro,” said John Ternus, Apple’s vice president of hardware engineering back in the summer.

“This will be our fastest and most powerful Mac ever, which brings workstation-class computing to iMac for the first time.

“We re-engineered the whole system and designed an entirely new thermal architecture to pack extraordinary performance into the elegant, quiet iMac enclosure our customers love — iMac Pro is a huge step forward and there’s never been anything like it.”

(Via: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/imac-pro-apple-launching-most-11687418)

But for a PC that is mainly geared for gamers, will they really shell out almost $5,000 for this new tech toy? Apple actually already released some of its features but they’ve kept quiet about the rest and we will all soon find out if this first of its kind iMac Pro is worth all the hype it is getting now. We don’t argue that what we have heard about it so far is really mind-blowing and definitely gives them the right to brag about it but it still is pricey and surely for some that would remain to be an issue. But seeing how it looks on pictures now, let’s all pray that a miracle happens and we receive our Christmas gifts early and it’s enough to help us snag this latest tech craze but if not and you’re not a gamer or tech addict either, you can always tell yourself that it’s just fine.

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Google’s Quest For AI Domination

The only way for everyone is to go up. The same thing applies to technology. The digital innovations we are now using will only keep on getting faster, better and more state-of-the-art as the years go by. Only those who have the foresight to dream big can likewise achieve greatness. There are many of those companies who have kept on dreaming big for quite some time now. Since the tech explosion and now the consequential widespread use of smart technology, there are businesses that have been staples on the market and as such grew exponentially to where they are now. Fine examples are Amazon, Google, eBay, Facebook, and many others who have dominated the world in just about every aspect of it.

With that being said, let’s talk about Google’s unending devotion to developing artificial intelligence. Google is the popular web browser. You all know it and you are probably using one in your day-to-day too. Yet Google has other divisions that tap other market and one of them involves continuing scientific research and advances directed to the AI technology. Right now, we have databases after databases of data, files, and ideas that are stored somewhere safe and secure and they virtually make the world go round without all of us knowing. But if Google becomes successful in their quest for AI domination, we may be able to let go of some of the bulkiest and hardest to maintain computer databases by taking advantage of whatever this mind-blowing technology can offer to all of us. Surely, we can expect a total overhaul of the current computer systems in place in favor of the latest and the best and it may be a struggle for many to keep up but we may very well have to cross that bridge sooner or later.

An exponential increase in the availability of digital data, the force of computing power and the brilliance of algorithms has fuelled excitement about this formerly obscure corner of computer science. The West’s largest tech firms, including Alphabet (Google’s parent), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft are investing huge sums to develop their AI capabilities, as are their counterparts in China. Although it is difficult to separate tech firms’ investments in AI from other kinds, so far in 2017 (see chart 1) companies globally have completed around $21.3bn in mergers and acquisitions related to AI, according to PitchBook, a data provider, or around 26 times more than in 2015.

Machine learning is the branch of AI that is most relevant to these firms. Computers sift through data to recognise patterns and make predictions without being explicitly programmed to do so. The technique is now used in all manner of applications in the tech industry, including online ad targeting, product recommendations, augmented reality and self-driving cars. Zoubin Ghahramani, who leads AI research at Uber, believes that AI will be as transformative as the rise of computers.

(Via: https://www.economist.com/news/business/21732125-tech-giants-are-investing-billions-transformative-technology-google-leads-race)

Databases were handy in the inventory management and its role in bringing to life the first ever software we got our hands on but all of that is set to change once artificial intelligence finally becomes our reality. It may be surprising for some but some aspects of AI are already in use right now in many parts of the web and even by Google itself or even on the phone you are using. Certain Gmail features and Siri on iPhone are some examples of AI already in use and there are many more. It is essentially important for businesses especially tech companies have AI foundations in their systems if they want to be able to keep up with all the changes that will take place in the years to come but Google is arguably one of the top Western companies that have really taken this AI dream quite seriously. Google already makes use of machine learning in various ways such as in categorizing Youtube contents, in Google Photos, a core feature of the Android operating system, among others. When it comes to research, Google Brain is not only ambitious but one of the best in generating money from machine-learning innovations.

Six years ago he co-founded the Google Brain project, which for years has been at the cutting edge of developments in artificial intelligence.

Fast forward to 2017, and his AI work is centrestage. These days AI is part of everything Google does with chief executive Sundar ­Pichai having declared Google an “AI-first company”.

Dean was the key attraction at the company’s AI conference held in Tokyo last week. He says AI and machine learning, where computers “learn” without being explicitly programmed, are being used to improve seven of Google’s products, each with more than a billion users.

Studies in artificial intelligence have been part of computer science for decades, but mostly beyond the reach of technology to implement effectively. The recent ability to collect huge amounts of data with sensors, collate that data by moving it across fast-fibre networks, process it with fast computers and store it in massive databases has changed that.

(Via: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/googles-jeff-dean-were-using-ai-to-build-machine-learning-systems/news-story/c0120711ad2368cc8d9938f7575a78ba)

It was not long ago when Google began its pursuit of artificial intelligence and so much has happened already. The company even coined up the term “AI-first Company” as a part of Google’s identity. As of now, seven Google products exclusively use machine learning in their operation and they may be the key to Google’s eventual success with it in time. They may eventually wipe out the need in using extensive databases in collecting a substantial amount of data and making sense out of all those information collected as the machines itself will eventually be capable of decoding the message and then decide what to do about it. It is not a perfect technology, though, and the flaws identified so far can be costly, which is probably why we are still not seeing the fullest potential of machine learning and we have just barely scratched its surface.

For now, let’s continue on worrying about mundane problems like when your computer starts to malfunction and you can no longer access your data because of a broken hard drive. Issues like this, although costly and bothersome, are something we know we can manage, unlike the mystery that is machine learning. For now, let the rest of computer experts worry and tinker about our real-life issues that most likely involved these https://www.harddriverecovery.org/ms-exchange-data-recovery.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/SQL_database_recovery.html. Quite troublesome as they are but surely pales in comparison to the problems posed by artificial intelligence.

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Computer Servers: Always A Hacker’s Target

Technology definitely made our lives so much more vibrant, colorful, and definitely more efficient. We can do so many things all at once now and we don’t even have to travel hundreds to thousands of miles to find work overseas when remote staff are hired regardless of what part of the world they are from as long as they can do the job right and on time. Distance is no longer an issue and aside from virtually erasing boredom from our dictionary, our tech faves have also somehow managed to ease the homesickness felt by individuals working abroad as they can now communicate with their loved ones anytime they want through video calls, where most platforms are often free as long as you have an Internet connection.

Unfortunately, our obsession with technology is not always rainbows and butterflies. There are a lot of awful things that can also go wrong if you aren’t that privy when it comes to using tech gadgets. Cybercriminals are just lurking in the most obscure of places waiting to pounce on unknowing individuals who happen to be in the wrong place and at the wrong time and with a gadget in hand. And since we love to frequent the web the most and make use of platforms where we can interact with other users, we likely have to build profiles like in most SNS or perhaps love the ease and convenience offered by online shopping so we can’t keep track anymore of the places on the web where we have an account with. And since these places deal with big data, they often make use of computer servers. However, that is where the danger lurks.

Mecklenburg County government has been paralyzed by an unknown computer hacker after a county employee unknowingly opened an email attachment Monday that unleashed spyware and a worm into the county’s computer system.

County manager Dena Diorio said Tuesday night that the hacker has essentially frozen the county’s electronic files. The hacker is seeking $23,000 for an encryption key that would release the files.

The hacker’s deadline: 1 p.m. Wednesday.

“The files on the servers are being held for ransom,” she said before a commissioners meeting Wednesday.

Diorio said the county is working with a third-party technology company to decide what to do. She said she is open to paying the ransom, which would be paid in bitcoin.

(Via: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article188227084.html)

If you are not careful enough, you can easily fall prey to cybercrimes. Nowadays, malware is the most common way these virtual criminals disrupt the natural world order. Ransomware is the most common. Just this year alone, they were able to cripple nations, governments, and various organizations. Unknowingly opening a suspicious email is usually what it takes for the bug to corrupt your system and render your device useless and your data lost forever. It is even more costly when big servers are targeted because the extent of the damage can be extensive. While these facilities where computer servers are housed are often safe and secure, breaches can happen and even Amazon was a victim of that just this year.

A US-based man has pleaded guilty to creating a giant botnet that was used to disrupt access to much of the web in October 2016.

The Mirai malware also caused havoc later last year when it was used to stop people’s internet routers working.

Paras Jha has admitted working with others to infect more than 300,000 devices and using them to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and other criminal activity.

He has yet to be sentenced.

(Via: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42342221)

There are many ways for criminals to hack any system and leave everyone lost and in a panic. Imagine a widespread ransomware attack on big servers of famous sites can ever leave that specific down for an unspecified period of time, data in their server compromised, and even the remote gadgets connecting to them at that time infected as well. The damage is twice as hard, painful, and costly for people and organizations that lost their devices due to encryption, for instance, and no longer has access to pertinent files that are crucial to their business’ operation. For ransomware, they prefer payment in bitcoins because they no longer need to go to banks to get their hands on the money. Indeed, modern innovations can be modern pains as well.

Well, since these things happen no matter how much security measures big servers use in order to protect itself from cyber hackers, why not learn more about data recovery on these devices so you have an idea whether or not you can still get your data back after such a massive and widespread attack. These articles https://www.harddriverecovery.org/clean_room.html and https://www.harddriverecovery.org/server-recovery/ may be helpful to enlighten everyone about the process regarding recovering your data in light of such an unfortunate incident that is now becoming more common in today’s modern world.

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Be Familiar With The Threats To Your Mac

Since technology is basically embedded into the very fabric of our life today, you are also forced to take the pros along with the cons. In every technology or device you are using, it can be a delight to you and make your life easier and more fun but it can also drive you crazy once it starts to malfunction. Aside from smartphones, the computer is one of the most commonly used tech device these days. It actually came first than smartphones but had to take the backseat for a while as smart technology transformed our lives and we can do more with our handy and sleek gadgets that connect us to the web that let us do a multitude of other cool things.

Computers are still useful in work, business or in just about every other institution as they do the bulk of the work needed to run this highly digital world we live in. It is quite rare to see businesses or offices doing work manually today. Most have computers or a similar device doing it for them. It is not only convenient but it is basically how things work now. These data can be stored and shared in just about every online platform available and by automating, it can take your business to new heights and unlimited potential for progress. Unfortunately as already mentioned, the technology is not perfect especially that there are crooks that don’t stop in finding loopholes in existing systems in order to steal people’s data, money, and even identity.

While the popular belief that Macs are not plagued by malware or threats is deeply rooted in the minds of many Apple users, our security experts debunked that myth long ago by pinpointing information-stealing Trojans, ransomware, aggressive adware, and even advanced persistent threats specifically designed for Macs. While it’s true that the volume of Mac malware is lower than those targeting Windows-based systems, there has been an increased proliferation of threats tailored to Apple devices.

And many of those threats are coming from just a few sources. Almost 11% of all threats reported for Mac users during the first three quarters of 2017 involve an aggressive adware Trojan usually bundled with legitimate software, Trojan.GenericKD.

Once installed, it hooks deep into the system and starts hijacking browser traffic and interfering with the overall user experience. While technically not a virus, it exhibits many similar traits.

(Via: https://www.macworld.com/article/3235172/macs/study-of-most-common-mac-os-threats-reveals-adware-serving-trojans.html)

Apple is considered as one of the pioneers in computer innovation and their Mac computer line is believed to be almost immune to any cyber bugs or attacks. Well, it’s a myth that’s about to be debunked as we gradually come across with all sorts of problems that involves Mac leaving millions of its users frustrated. Trojan is the most common issue that they have to deal with and there are others that follow suit. The presence of these Mac bugs prove only one thing – your Mac is not your safe haven. Your data is not safe. You need to safeguard it all the time or you might find yourself searching for Mac data recovery services like this: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/.

Most garden-variety Mac threats involve applications designed to covertly collect sensitive user data by bundling themselves with legitimate applications, such as browser plugins or toolbars. But they should not be disregarded as minor threats.  These threats can hijack user browser traffic and redirect users to – at best – ad-serving websites—but they could also steer users to more pervasive websites designed to covertly install backdoor Trojans by exploiting various system or browser vulnerabilities.

These “generic” Trojans are usually designed to generate revenue for attackers by tricking victims into clicking ads to which attackers have some sort of affiliation. However, some threats simply collect private user information, such as authentication credentials and cookies, and broadcast them to attackers.

(Via: https://www.macworld.com/article/3235149/macs/united-states-most-affected-by-mac-threats.html)

The damage is not only limited to stealing your information but it is even possible for them to make a backdoor connection to your device and manipulate it remotely. It is really scary knowing they have that much power and control over your device without you knowing at all. This is really scary especially that most homes, for instance, in America, have automated security devices in place. Criminals can easily bypass the system and break into your home if they can manage to get into your security system first because of these tech glitches.

The reason why there are more Apple hacks today is that criminals are finally realizing just how lucrative it is if they can also tap into Apple devices user and not just focus on the multitude that are using Windows gadgets. Everyone is a potential victim, so please safeguard your devices because it holds so much information that can make or break your life. Businesses can spare themselves the trouble of looking into services like http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html if they can put into place security measures that can detect and prevent any suspicious activity that can compromise your data and everything else your computers hold, whether it is a Mac or a Windows one.

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Exciting Mac News For All

When it comes to technology, new is always better. These gadgets have the sleekest look and the best features yet there is a big catch, they may come at a hefty price too. And when it comes to computers, nothing beats the cream of the crop, the Apple computers. Macs are often used by the rich and the affluent and they have a loyal user-base who started using their products from their early days until now when they have established themselves as a mega mammoth in the tech industry. If you are already a Mac user looking for an upgrade or a new one wondering what it is like to use an Apple computing device for a change, you surely won’t be disappointed with the new Apple line up.

You will definitely get what you asked for: a sleek device that truly delivers in terms of performance. While not problem free, it is easy to spot a Mac desktop from afar because it screams expensive and posh just by looking at it knowing that Apple did not compromise any of its inner workings. This is especially timely as people now have more use for their devices rather than just simply surfing the web and updating their social media accounts but as a tool in doing productive work whether in the office or at home. We live in a day and age when everything is almost digital and people flock to the web like flies to honey.

Apple announced the iMac Pro in June. The company called this “the most powerful Mac ever.”

The introduction was seen as a gesture of solidarity with its long-term desktop users who had started migrating to other platforms in response to the glacial pace of desktop Mac upgrades. Apple has also promised a vastly improved Mac Pro machine next year.

Three leaked Geekbench speed benchmarks of what appear to be Apple-customized Intel Xeon chips suggest these pro iMacs will deliver substantial performance gains, even when compared to high-end PCs from other manufacturers.

The fastest (10-core) model achieved 5,345 in single-core tests and 35,917 for multi-core performance. That’s at least 41 percent faster than the current high-end iMac. (Which, incidentally, was no slouch when I tested it earlier this year.)

(Via: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3234386/apple-mac/mac-users-are-you-ready-for-the-super-fast-imac-pro.html)

Apple understands how much sales have fallen in the PC department and it affects all PC manufacturers without exception. By offering desktop computers that aren’t just eye candy but totally efficient and multifunctional, they can stand out from the crowd and give consumers new reasons to choose a desktop over a laptop any time of the day. Apple is making all of us realize that we should be investing in high-quality equipment that allows us to do everything we need because we deserve nothing less.

When it comes to actual scores, the 8-core iMac Pro averages at 23,536 in multi-core tests, making it the highest performance of any iMac ever, nearly 22% faster than the top-of-the-line 5K iMac.

The 10-core iMac does even better, reaching a multi-core score of 35,917, some 41% better than the high-end Mac Pro featuring a 12-core Xeon E5 processor. The single-core result, 5,345, is faster than all but the highest 5K iMac released this year.

If that’s not enough, then you should remember that Apple will also have an 18-core iMac Pro on sale this December, but that model was not benchmarked yet.

(Via: http://bgr.com/2017/10/17/imac-pro-2017-benchmarks-vs-mac-pro-scores/)

By now it’s probably clear to you just how superior Apple computers are over its Window counterparts although we all know that at times, it all boils down to user preference as well. Some have been so used to using Windows computers that they may feel uneasy navigating MacOS especially that the two are like poles apart as to what’s inside their hardware. But if you are someone who won’t hesitate giving an Apple computer the time of the day, now is the best time to buy one with all the cool upgrades these gadgets now have. Moreover, Mac computers rarely experience getting ransomware attacks so you can spare yourself from the usual tech problems that require such services: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/mac-data-recovery/ or http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-data-recovery.html.

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What The Digital World Has In Store For Us

The world is full of surprises. Everywhere you look, there is always a new technology meant to amaze you. Technology keeps on moving forward and there is no stopping it even if you are the type of person to ignore technology in your life. Modern advancements continue to be developed throughout the world and mankind waits in anticipation for the next big tech breakthrough to hit the market. Who would’ve thought humans will eventually be slaves of their smart gadgets? Almost everyone owns one now and they keep tinkering with it 24/7 up to the point that they even lose sleep because of their intense #FOMO or fear of missing out especially on social media.

We can only expect things to get more outrageous as the years go by. You think smartgadgets are the end of it? I’m afraid not. There are artificial intelligence and quantum computing to watch out for. And to bring more excitement to our lives, futuristic computer hardware will no longer be the sleek boxy–type we see today. You won’t have a need for them as the computer you’ll be using will be your very own desk. Mind. Blown. I. Know. It’s what experts call the digital desk and it is similar to any metal workstation we are seeing now except that it can do a lot of crazy stuff like what your current computer can do and even more.

IN THE EARLY 1990s, Xerox Parc researchers showed off a futuristic concept they called the Digital Desk. It looked like any other metal workstation, aside from the unusual setup that hovered overhead. Two video cameras hung from a rig above the desk, capturing the every movement of the person sitting at it. Next to the cameras, a projector cast the glowing screen of a computer onto the furniture’s surface.

Using Xerox’s desk, people could do crazy things like highlight paragraphs of text on a book and drag the words onto an electronic word document. Filing expenses was as easy as touching a stylus to a receipt and dragging the numbers into a digital spreadsheet. Suddenly, the lines between the physical world and digital one were blurred. People no longer needed a keyboard, mouse, and screen to harness a computer’s power; all they had to do was sit down and the computer would appear in front of them.

Despite its novelty—or maybe because of it—the Digital Desk never took off. Technology moved in the opposite direction; towards the glassy, self-contained boxes of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. But researchers never gave up on the vision, and now more than 35 years later, these half-digital, half-physical workspaces might actually make sense.

(Via: https://www.wired.com/story/augmented-reality-desktop-cmu/)

You’ll no longer be limited to what your screen can offer because you have your entire desk to utilize as you please. Desktopography will likely be the future that’s awaiting us on the use of technology at a personal level. It’s like smart technology right now that makes use of touch screen but on an entirely different medium. Researchers are already working on it today, so maybe we can already include it in our wishlist several years from now.

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century. “Optical computing” has long promised faster performance while consuming much less energy than conventional electronic computers. The prospect of a practical optical computer has languished, however, as scientists have struggled to make the light-based components needed to outshine existing computers. Despite these setbacks, optical computers might now get a fresh start—researchers are testing a new type of photonic computer chip, which could pave the way for artificially intelligent devices as smart as self-driving cars, but small enough to fit in one’s pocket.

A conventional computer relies on electronic circuits that switch one another on and off in a dance carefully choreographed to correspond to, say, the multiplication of two numbers. Optical computing follows a similar principle, but instead of streams of electrons, the calculations are performed by beams of photons that interact with one another and with guiding components such as lenses and beam splitters. Unlike electrons, which must flow through twists and turns of circuitry against a tide of resistance, photons have no mass, travel at light-speed and draw no additional power once generated.

(Via: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/light-powered-computers-brighten-ai-rsquo-s-future/)

Fast-forward into the future and because of our dwindling natural resources, we have no choice but to tap renewable energy sources to fuel our many innovations. Optical computing is now being considered mainly because of its lower energy demands as compared to the gadgets we are using right now. The technology will also make use of light-based components to make it work. It may even be used to improve current AI developments to make them more sustainable and environment-friendly.

While many of these new technologies are still untested, they are already in the works in various testing labs across the globe that will help determine the course mankind will take in the future. For the meantime, we are stuck with age-old tech dilemmas like data and hard drive recovery that has plagued computer users for quite a while now. But there’s no reason to fret for we are here to extend professional assistance to these technical issues. For problems concerning data recovery, hope this helps enlighten you: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/data-recovery-tools/. For hard drive recovery, try this one instead: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/blog/how-to-choose-a-hard-drive-recovery-service/. Feel free to give us a call for any problem involving the two and we assure you of our expert assistance at a reasonable price.

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Servers Down Because Of Another Ransomware Attack

Ransomware attacks are happening quite often now that many businessmen and even world leaders are worried about its disastrous consequences to society. Cyber criminals are becoming more brazen in carrying out these attacks and the latest string of attacks not only annoyed individual computer users but attacked various servers throughout the world making the discomfort and disruption felt on a global scale.

From its humble beginnings in Ukraine, a new cyber malware spread across the globe just recently and infected computers from different corners of the world. From a simple download of a famous tax accounting package or a peek at a local news website, this web virus stealthily infected Ukranian computers before going farther. And similar to the WannaCry attack, this new bug demanded a $300 ransom in bitcoins forcing 30 unfortunate victims to shell out the money in the hopes of getting their data back.

A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia‘s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers at multinational shipping and advertising firms.

Cyber security experts said those behind the attack appeared to have exploited the same type of hacking tool used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May before a British researcher created a kill-switch.

“It’s like WannaCry all over again,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with Helsinki-based cyber security firm F-Secure.

He said he expected the outbreak to spread in the Americas as workers turned on vulnerable machines, allowing the virus to attack. “This could hit the U.S.A. pretty bad,” he said.

(Via: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ransomware-virus-hits-computer-servers-across-the-globe/)

Cyber attacks like this one are becoming a common occurrence as cyber criminals become more adept in breaking down defensive barriers of most computers. It’s even worse when computer servers are hit because of the possible extent of the damage. Knowing how globally interconnected everyone in the globe is right now, it is no longer surprising for a simple cyber attack like this to go global in just a few hours.

Ukrainian police on Tuesday seized the servers of an accounting software firm suspected of spreading a malware virus which crippled computer systems at major companies around the world last week, a senior police official said.

The head of Ukraine‘s Cyber Police, Serhiy Demedyuk, told Reuters the servers of M.E.Doc – Ukraine‘s most popular accounting software – had been seized as part of an investigation into the attack.

Though they are still trying to establish who was behind last week’s attack, Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms have said some of the initial infections were spread via a malicious update issued by M.E.Doc, charges the company’s owners deny.

The owners were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.

Premium Service, which says it is an official dealer of M.E.Doc’s software, wrote a post on M.E.Doc’s Facebook page saying masked men were searching M.E.Doc’s offices and that the software firm’s servers and services were down.

(Via: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-attack-ukraine-police-idUSKBN19P1YF)

Following the said attack that originated in Ukraine, the police now have in custody the servers of the alleged accounting software firm that facilitated the spread of the malware and are currently being investigated considering how disastrous this attack has been. Police Intel says that pro hackers have already been planning the attack for months and were the ones who introduced the vulnerability into the firm’s program. In an effort to help affected individuals or organizations cope with this disaster, the Ukranian government extended its tax deadline so the victims have more time to prepare the necessary documents they just lost.

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Nokia Targets Millennials For New Smartphone Line

The Millennials are probably the biggest spenders these days and their purchasing power is expected to continue as they age. A.k.a. the Generation Y, the Millennials are individuals born in the early 80s until the late 90s to early 2000s. They are often the offspring of older Generation X adults and baby boomers and grew up in a culture of technological progress. Millennials made social media the force it is today because they are comfortable in using it after being exposed to technology at a young age. They are the ones who grew up watching cable television and then came the World Wide Web and the birth of smart technology.

In one survey, 83% of millennials answered that they sleep with their smartphones. That’s how inseparable they are from their gadgets. They are used to living in their virtual life before zoning out and then coming back to reality. Many can’t live without 24/7 access to the Internet and are more likely to log into their various social media accounts on a daily basis too. Facebook happens to be their social media channel of choice and most of them access it on their smartphone rather than on computers or laptops. Aside from using the web to connect with friends, millennials have various uses for the Internet and it involves banking, shopping, business, etc.

The Finnish-based home of Nokia phones – unveiled the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 handsets in Sydney on Tuesday before they hit stores in late-July retailing at a cost of $249, $329 and $399 respectively.

“It’s our ambition to be a top global smartphone player within three to five years,” HMD ANZ’s general manager Mark Trundle told AAP at the launch.

“In order to do that, we need to resonate with a new audience.”

Microsoft originally acquired the Nokia brand in 2014, producing Nokia Lumia and Nokia Asha handsets, however HMD Global secured a 10-year deal in 2016 to make Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets.

“We believe the millennial generation are the influencer generation of any age group so that’s where we’re going to put a lot of focus … ensuring that they fall in love with the Nokia brand again,” Mr Trundle said.

(Via: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/nokia-smartphones-unveiled-for-aust-issue/news-story/29585f4357e825bf628a1c76a41f179d)

The people from Nokia got it right about millennials. Millennials mainly dictate trends that go around these days and if they can catch their attention, they won’t have a hard time gaining the thumbs-up of other age groups too. After all, Nokia was what started the mobile trend in the past and they may be able to have a shot again at making it big in the smartphone business with the help of tech-savvy millennials who definitely know what they want when it comes to their go-to smartphone.

Nokia is back and it is making some compelling offers with the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 smartphones that include pure Android and two years of security and feature updates – and the unforgettable Nokia ring tone.

Cast you mind back to the 90s when it was a “Nokia” or nothing. Remember its amazing reliability, quality, and keen pricing. Then remember when Microsoft bought the Finnish phone company and finished it.

It has been reborn with a Finnish CEO Arto Nummela and about 600 enthusiasts, many formerly Nokia staff that love the brand and is bringing three models of smartphone to Australia in July.

Nummela said, “People just fell in love with the brand and what it stands for. Its new owner HMD is a startup that shares the original Nokia passion. It is the people’s brand, a trusted brand, and we have to protect that.”

(Via: https://www.itwire.com/mobility/78718-nokia-is-back-down-under-%E2%80%93-nokia-3,-5,-and-6-smartphones-first-look.html)

The new Nokia smartphones are very different from earlier Nokia smartphone models released years ago. It’s a testament that under a new management, they’ll be able to revive the Nokia brand and regain the market they once lost to Apple and Samsung. Millennials may get nostalgic over these new phones and buy them as soon as they hit the shelves and that’s exactly the goal of the people behind Nokia today. After all, most Millennials grew up with a Nokia in their hand. If they like the new Nokia today, it’s still highly possible for the new Nokia smartphones to become the household name that it once was and dominate the smartphone scene once more.

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Why Data Recovery Matters

People can get into a fit when they lose their precious data. Whether it is a photo from a decade ago or your favorite song/movie compilation to really important files and personal documents, your world comes crashing down when you can’t access it anymore. That’s when you realize how important these data are in your life and losing them can have a negative effect on the course your life will take. So now, you make your way to learn more about data recovery if you still want to have your files back or regret not doing so while you still can.

A hard disk failure is often the main reason why data loss happens. At times it can be a system crash or some other unknown cause that caused your data to get lost in the virtual world. At times it’s just the hard drive you can’t reach but it can also be a computer that’s no longer accessible giving you more headache than you can take. But no reason to fully panic just yet because there is still a slim chance you can get your data back if you just know what to do. With the help of some data recovery software or through the expert assistance of a hard drive recovery professional, you’d still be able to retrieve those lost files once more.

When a business of any size encounters a “blackout”, they lose access to the most precious company resource – data. Companies run on data, and firms that don’t want to lose customers or damage their brand should have a process in place for recovering from data loss and quickly moving forward. Thankfully, businesses can take steps to proactively lessen the chance of complete data blackout.

Develop a Detailed Plan

The first move companies should take to protect against a data blackout is to develop a plan. The plan should answer the big questions – what data do we have; where is it; who controls it? Creating a plan forces staff at all levels to think about data as an asset and their role in protecting data. The plan should not only dictate how data is stored and secured, but also categorize the information, for example by separating static data from fluidly-changing data.

(Via: https://data-economy.com/data-recovery-techniques-avoid-business-blackout/)

There are various causes as to why data loss happens. Accidental or permanent deletions, unrecognized formats, corrupt documents, and many more can leave you data-less for a while or for the long haul. Data loss can have catastrophic effects when it involves important personal/school/work files or documents that you don’t have any backup copy yet. However, data recovery isn’t a laughing matter because one small mistake can cause you all your valuable files, so you have to be doubly careful too when considering this option.

But even so, the risk of losing information persists due to various accidents or problems that can appear. In cases like this, having a handy data recovery software at your disposal can be crucial. Despite their significant importance and how much help they can provide, data recovery tools at overlooked by users of all statures that are afraid of the costs these would imply. However, they are not aware that they can get quality services for free. Free data recovery software is available and can provide tremendous assistance when important files and data seem to be lost forever.

Recovery tools operate by scanning your system and accessing the database which contains all information, old and new. Even if you erase a file, it will still linger in the database. From here, it can be extracted with data recovery software and brought back where it can be accessed and manipulated.

(Via: http://neurogadget.net/2017/03/21/importance-data-recovery-software/54884)

Data recovery isn’t just a personal or corporate issue because it can likewise be helpful in solving a crime like in forensics. Many times criminal suspects intentionally destroy properties to get rid of evidence especially the ones stored in computers. But through data recovery services, crimes are solved and the perpetrators of the crimes are put behind bars as valuable data are recovered that may be used in aid of prosecution. And the cheapest way to recover lost files is through a data recovery service.

Since it is the hard drive that is often the culprit why you suddenly can’t access files stored in your computer or laptop anymore, one of the most common recovery services you can tap is a hard drive recovery service. Check this: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/pricing.html out to find out how much such a service will cost you, so you don’t get ripped off of your hard-earned money by notorious scammers. Meanwhile, learn more about prices for a RAID recovery service: http://www.harddriverecovery.org/raid-pricing.html for business owners or organizations that still use this older server model in their operations. Data recovery services aren’t always cheap but it’s better to spend a little more on these services than say goodbye to your one-of-a-kind data forever.

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Warning Signs Of A Hard Drive Failure

Technology can leave many people dazed and confused at times because of the numerous technical aspects of this industry. Computers, for instance, are the highlight but there are many other components that are just as important as the end product. We have different uses for computers. It is helpful in doing administrative and clerical tasks in any institution or workplace, even at school. You can surf the web with it and discover all the wonderful things that the Internet has to offer – from social media to the many good things you can use if you are an entrepreneur who wants to take your business to the next level.

Data is a big thing. From photos to videos to important life-changing documents stashed somewhere on your PC’s hard drive, you want 24/7 access to them for when the need arises. And most of the time, your computer cooperates and makes life easy for you. Unfortunately, there is that slim chance when your hard drive will fail you and you can no longer access these precious data you can’t live without. When that happens, data recovery may be your best bet although it’s not a 100% assurance that you can really get your data back. Hence, be wary and observant all the time because there are telltale signs that your computer may be going on a hibernate mode sooner rather than later.

WARNINGS

With almost every component in your PC, you’ll see warning signs of a part going bad and in need of replacement. The hard drive is not an exception. Here are some signs to look out for:

Disappearing files: Files can be lost do to mechanical problems with the disk itself, and in some cases, you’ll be able to tell as the disk usually makes some out-of-the-ordinary noises when things are going haywire.

Computer freezing: A computer freezing is a common occurrence, and it’s almost always solved by a quick reboot. However, if you find that that it’s becoming more and more frequent, your hard drive could be on its last leg.

Corrupted data: If you’ve downloaded and installed files without a hitch, but suddenly out of nowhere, files have become corrupt, it’s possible that your hard drive is experiencing a gradual failure.

Bad sectors: A sector on a hard drive stores a certain amount of data accessible by the user. There are two types of sectors, a hard and soft sector. In most cases, Windows is able to repair a soft bad sector, as it’s almost always related to a software mishap. Formatting the drive will almost always fix this. But, if it’s a hard bad sector, this indicates physical damage, which can not be repaired.

(Via: https://www.pcmech.com/article/hard-drive-failure-warnings-and-solutions/)

Your hard drive may have bad, corrupted, or damaged sectors preventing you from gaining access to files/data stored within. You may be able to remedy such a situation but a mechanical hard drive failure is almost always a lost cause. Fortunately, the warning signs mentioned above can give you an idea of the state of your hard drive’s health and whether there is a reason for you to worry at all.

Running Chkdsk on an Unbootable Hard Drive

If you are unable to reach the Windows 10 desktop, you can try booting into the Windows 10 recovery environment, launch the command prompt, then schedule chkdsk there.

Turn your computer on and off three times while booting. Make sure you shut down the computer when you see the Windows logo. After the third time, Windows 10 will boot into diagnostics mode. Click Advanced options when the recovery screen appears. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options then click Command Prompt. Proceed to enter the chkdskcommands: chkdsk /r /f then hit <Enter>.

What if you are not able to boot into Windows 10 at all? Some manufacturers include drive checking tools built into the computer’s BIOS. On my HP desktop, I was able to initiate the hard drive self-testing utility called Drive Protection System (DPS) Self Test.  

(Via: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/check-hard-drive-fix-failures-windows-10/)

If you are a Windows user and you have upgraded to the latest Windows 10 OS, those tips were just some quick ways to find out how well your hard drive is doing. You can see its overall status to give you an idea whether it will fail you anytime soon. So to spare yourself from the hassles of data recovery, better to back up your data now while you still can access it rather than panic when the day comes that it’s no longer accessible on your drive.

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