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Apple Has Been Scanning iCloud E-Mails for Child Abuse Since 2019

As Apple prepares to scan users’ iPhones and iCloud backups for photos and videos relating to Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), recent reports suggest that the Cupertino giant has been scanning iCloud emails of users for such materials for the past two years.

The company confirmed this in a statement to 9to5Mac, who started investigating the topic after a discreet iMessage statement by Epic’s anti-fraud head Eric Friedman. He reportedly said that Apple’s iOS is the “greatest platform for distributing child porn.” Following this, 9to5Mac reached out to the Cupertino giant for further comment.

Apple, in a statement to the above publisher, confirmed that it has been scanning iCloud mail of users for images or attachments relating to child sexual abuse content. As per the statement, the company scans both incoming and outgoing emails of users that are sent via iCloud. And as iCloud emails are not encrypted, it is not that difficult to scan them in transit.

Now, if you remember, back in early 2020, we saw a report that stated how Apple’s CSAM scanning process works through emails. So, as per the previous report, Apple scans the meta-data of images that have been already tagged as CSAM material. If the system detects such an image in a user email, it flags the mail immediately until a human operator checks the email. If relevant CSAM content is discovered in the flagged email, the name, phone number, and address of the guilty are delivered to Homeland Security.

At the time, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey said, “I think the balance that Apple has drawn is a good one. It allows for the search for known extreme imagery but also has safeguards to prevent abuse of the ability to search emails.”

So, the scanning process of iCloud emails is not against the company’s policies and Apple maintains a good balance between CSAM content discovery and user privacy. However, whether the company will use the same process for scanning images for a user’s iPhone and iCloud Photos is not known yet. We will get to know more about Apple’s plans to fight CSAM on its platform once the feature releases with the upcoming iOS 15. If you don’t want Apple to scan your email, check out mail service providers on iPhone.

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How to Use Virtual Desktops On Windows 11

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 11, is already available as a beta download. Also, the operating system is set to arrive at compatible PCs this fall. If you are using Windows 11 for a while, you might have noticed many new features like Snap Layouts, Virtual Desktops, etc.

In this article, we are going to talk about the Virtual Desktop feature of Windows 11. Actually, the feature was introduced in Windows 10, with the built-in Task View button on the taskbar.

Virtual Desktop feature is also seen on Linux operating system. If you don’t know, Virtual Desktop is basically a feature that lets you set up different desktop experiences and switch between them easily. This means you could make separate desktops for work, school, and personal use.

Step 1. To create a Virtual desktop, hover your mouse over the Task View button on the taskbar. A new menu will pop up. Next, you need to click on the ‘New Desktop’ option.

Step 2. This will create a new virtual desktop. You can now create a work environment in it. For example, here, I have two virtual desktops running different apps.

Step 3. Windows 11 also lets you rename a virtual desktop. For that, you need to right-click on the virtual desktop and select the ‘Rename‘ option.

Step 4. If you wish to move Windows between Virtual desktops, you need to click on the task view button and hover the cursor over the Window which you want to move. Next, right-click on the Window and select ‘Move to’ and then select the desktop.

Step 5. To close a Virtual desktop, you need to hover over the desktop you want to close and click on the ‘X’ button, as shown in the screenshot.

That’s it! You are done. This is how you can create and use Virtual Desktops on Windows 11.

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What Is AppFlash on Android and Do You Need It?

Device carriers and manufacturers have never quite understood users – we don’t like or need bloatware. Yet, Verizon decided all Android users needed AppFlash on their devices. It quietly appeared on existing devices in 2017 and later became preinstalled. All users want to know one thing: what is AppFlash, and is it really useful?

What Is AppFlash?

According to Verizon, AppFlash is a content discovery service. It’s designed to be an all-in-one app for finding everything you need to make life easier. From recommending apps and restaurants to movies and getting rides, all you have to do is ask. On the surface, it doesn’t really sound that bad. After all, Google works similarly when you’re signed in, and sometimes, even when you’re not signed in.

What Is Appflash On Android And Do You Need It Safe

One good feature is that the app is designed to automatically stream any content you need without having to download another app to do so if you need a specific app to view or stream content on AppFlash.

It comes preinstalled on Verizon’s Android devices. However, it won’t look like a traditional app. Instead, it works as a type of left homescreen. If it’s enabled, all you have to do is swipe left from your homescreen to view it. And yes, it takes the entire screen.

While the feature was first introduced in 2017, it wasn’t well received. Since so many users started looking for “what is appflash” along with how to remove it, Verizon stopped installing it on most devices. Verizon lists which devices are still supported, which helps you to know if you’re affected by this app or not. These only include certain Moto, ASUS, and LG devices.

Is It Safe?

The answer is yes and no. Much like any app that provides personalized recommendations on your phone, AppFlash collects user data as you use your device. This includes your location data, even when you’re not using the app. It’s not really any better or worse than other popular apps that track your app usage, location, and preferences.

What Is Appflash On Android And Do You Need It What

According to Verizon, “In newer versions of the app, when you choose to enable location, it will be collected even when the app is not in use.” If this leaves you feeling less than safe, you’re not alone. However, many apps that ask for location permission do the same thing, especially search engine and social media apps.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation originally called AppFlash spyware. The EFF recommends users read the privacy policy before enabling the app. Even if it’s not spyware, it’s definitely bloatware if you don’t want it. But, it’s one of the many bloatware apps that you can’t uninstall easily, though there are a few ways to possibly remove it completely.

The app is actually available to download from the Google Play Store, if your device is compatible. Most Android 10 and later devices aren’t compatible. As you can see, users aren’t exactly thrilled with it, giving it just 3.6 stars.

How to Enable and Disable AppFlash

What irked users originally was that the app was downloaded, installed, and enabled without users’ permission. Users were asked to quickly agree to the privacy policy just to see what was on their phones. Now it’s disabled by default on newer devices.

You can enable or disable it yourself at any time via your device’s settings. The exact steps may vary slightly based on your Android device and system.

Go to “Settings -> Display.”

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Tap “Home screen.”

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Choose “Left Home screen.”

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Tap AppFlash to enable it. If you want to disable it, select another left home screen option or select None. Tap OK to save your changes.

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If you installed AppFlash yourself, you’ll have the option to uninstall it like any other Android app. If it’s preinstalled, it may not even be listed in your available apps. If it is, the only option is to disable it.

Alternatively, you might see an AppFlash slider instead of a Left Home Screen option. If so, turn the AppFlash slider to Off.

Dealing with AppFlash Crashes

Whether you like AppFlash or not, a common issue is crashing. Since the app pulls data from many other apps on your device to customize your experience, you might see an error message saying “AppFlash has crashed” on any number of installed apps. You don’t have to just put up with it though.

If AppFlash was installed without your permission, you can’t uninstall it without rooting your device. If you did install it, uninstalling it will prevent the crashing issue.

What Is Appflash On Android And Do You Need It Crashes

Most often, though, the issue is tied to Google Chrome and Android System WebView. Updating both of these apps fixes the crashing problem for most users. You can also try updating the app that’s giving you the error message.

Most apps like AppFlash give you a search box and allow you to follow topics you’re interested in. Based on how you use your device, results are more personalized. Simply signing in to your favorite search engine or browser gives you similar results. Any news, RSS feed reader, or content aggregation app brings you stories on the topics you love.

The more an app personalizes your experience based on use (especially when it sees what you do in other apps), the less private it is. The key is to mix convenience and privacy to get the experience you’re most comfortable with.

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How to Benchmark Your Windows PC

To fully understand your PC’s performance, you need to understand benchmarking and benchmarking software. This tutorial helps you do that by walking you through all you need to know to benchmark your PC and the benchmarks to start with.

What Are Benchmarks?

In this context, a benchmark is a fixed test (measure) of performance – whether of your entire PC or individual components. This measure of performance can be lined up to and compared with other PCs that have run the same benchmark, allowing you to see how your performance lines up compared to everyone else’s.

Is one of your components underperforming in comparison to what other people are scoring? A benchmark may reveal that discrepancy.

Have you overclocked your components? A benchmark will help you quantify how much improvement you made and test the system’s stability.

How do I benchmark my PC?

Fortunately, benchmarking software is usually pretty simple, especially if you aren’t specifically running a graphics-focused benchmark. As a quick example, below is the installation and initial process of Geekbench 5.

1. Download Geekbench 5 to your Downloads folder of choice. Once the download finishes, run the setup application.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example

2. From here, it’s just your usual Windows installation process – reading the EULA, deciding if you want it pinned, and so on. You can even launch it right out of Setup, and after choosing the trial run, your benchmarks are immediately available.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Setup Example 2

3. Click on the “Run Compute Benchmark” button to start the benchmarking test.

This straightforward download-to-setup-to-run process is pretty much identical across top benchmarking software. With the benchmarking software that I test in this article, I’m specifying where the installation process differs or more options are available.

Where more options are available in a piece of benchmarking software, it’s usually graphics options or other benchmarks. You’ll be walked through these options, what they mean, and if you should even use them for all of the software tested below.

The Best Benchmarking Software

Note: I have actually installed, run, and included my results in all of these benchmarks below! My PC’s specs for running these benchmarks are:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z490i AORUS Ultra
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9i chromax Low Profile CPU Cooler
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4-3200 Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO (XMP disabled, so clocked at 2133 MHz)
  • GPU: Gigabyte Windforce Nvidia GTX 1070
  • SSD 1 (boot): SATA3 ADATA ULTIMATE SU800 512GB
  • SSD 2 (storage): NVMe XPG Gammix S11 Pro 1TB
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Same PC, old graphics card

1. Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmarking tool. We’ve talked through the Windows setup process for this one above, but the specifics are what you should expect: download, run the installer, and run the program. Once you’ve done all of this, you’ll be presented with your choice of two benchmarks.

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With “CPU Benchmark,” you can test the speed of your CPU, both per-core and with all cores working together.

With “Compute Benchmark,” you may have a choice of different APIs to use. I recommend using Vulkan, if available, as it is the most modern standard. The “Compute” refers to GPU Compute and is used to benchmark GPUs rather than CPUs.

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On an Nvidia GPU, you may also see CUDA as an option under “Compute Benchmark” – this will score lower than the other tests for the reason that it’s focused specifically on a part of your GPU that normally isn’t used by other applications, even games. CUDA is mainly for accelerating professional workloads, like rendering video, without hurting GPU performance.

Once you have your results, you can compare them with any other set of results on the site. 

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Pc Results
Desktop run of Geekbench 5, showing a 1334 single-core and 7609 multi-core score.

To compare, I’ve also embedded below the results of the same test run off my phone. (To get it for your own phone, check the Geekbench site’s downloads page.)

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Geekbench Mobile Results
Mobile run of Geekbench 5, showing a 312 single-core and 1299 multi-core score.

According to this benchmark, it takes every CPU core of my phone to compare to even one of my desktop CPU cores in raw power. To compare results between your own devices, run the benchmark for yourself and use this page to find other results.

2. Unigine Valley

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Valley

Unigine Valley is not the latest Unigine benchmark, but it is the best one for running stability tests on a wide range of graphics hardware, including low- and mid-range hardware.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Setup

After a quick download and install process, type “Valley Benchmark” in Start and open the benchmarking suite. As with all benchmarking software, you’ll want to use a standard preset to properly compare to other users and hardware. I recommend “Extreme HD Preset” (even for modern low-end GPUs, due to the age of this benchmark). I’ve included my results with that preset at the bottom of this review.

If you’re looking to push the limits of your benchmark even further than this standard and have a compatible display (or graphics card that supports downsampling), you can push the rendering resolution past 1080p by switching Preset to Custom.

Now you get to choose each individual setting – including resolutions besides 1080p. 1440p and 4K, for instance.

In this case, I would recommend turning down anti-aliasing, since it isn’t as noticeable when you’re downsampling or running higher-than-HD signals at native res. This will keep the benchmark in line with what you can expect running most modern games at higher resolutions on your hardware.

“Quality” will have the biggest impact on specific graphical effects and fidelity for each of its tiers. I recommend keeping it on “Ultra” to account for the age of the benchmark, but you can definitely try to lower it if you’re interested in seeing how your hardware scales.

“Stereo 3D” is for 3D monitors. If you don’t have one, ignore that setting.

Once you’ve selected or customized your preset, launch into the benchmark by clicking Run.

At the top of the screen, you’ll notice a row of in-Benchmark options.

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Clicking “Benchmark” will immediately start the benchmarking run, which will rotate through various high-fidelity scenes, testing different graphical features while recording system metrics. Your final score will be given in a results screen like the one at the end of this review.

“Camera” allows you to adjust field of view and camera settings, including complete free camera control and a first-person walking camera. The Valley is quite large if you choose to explore it, so be mindful of that.

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In-Benchmark Settings and Quality Settings are about the same – mostly. Within Settings, you’ll find a few new options for toggling the FPS/GPU monitor and heavier graphics settings like Volumetric Shadows. I recommend keeping all of these enabled, especially GPU Monitor (to see if you’re overheating under high load).

That’s everything important explained. Now for the results on my system below running the recommended Extreme HD Preset. I’ll explain the score, too.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Unigine Valley Results

The FPS score is what is going to matter most here. For the majority of modern games, you’ll want to aim for a score of 60 FPS or better. This means your GPU should be in roughly the punching weight needed for modern games at high settings: 1080p and 60 FPS.

My results here show an average of 95 FPS for my GTX 1070.

According to these GTX 1070 July 2021 benchmarks, the GTX 1070 on High settings at 1080p can push about 88 FPS on average in the latest games. That is uncannily close for a synthetic benchmark, especially one this old, but it shows just how scalable both it and GTX 1070 still are.

At the default 1080p, though, you will be limiting the ability of high-end GPUs to use their faster and larger-density memory. If you want to really see what a modern high-end graphics card is capable of and aren’t just testing stability and temperatures, scroll down to the 3DMark review!

3. UserBenchmark

UserBenchmark is among my favorite full PC benchmarking tools for a multitude of reasons. First and foremost, using the application is exceedingly simple: it doesn’t need to be installed, and after you launch the application, you can benchmark your entire PC in one click. Once the benchmark finishes, you’ll see your results automatically opened in your default web browser on a page like the one in the screenshot below.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update Userbench Results

However, I would be remiss not to discuss UserBenchmark’s weighting of results. While UserBenchmark’s individual metrics will be generally accurate, the final score used to tally up everything can be less consistent, especially if you’re comparing AMD and Intel CPUs.

UserBenchmark remains useful due to the sheer sample size of its database, and it serves as an especially good way to make sure your hardware is performing as it should compared to identicalhardware. However, it’s important to NOT use it to make final hardware buying decisions, since the UserBenchmark-weighted score and real-world comparisons can differ.

4. 3DMark

3DMark is one of the premier graphical benchmarking solutions on the market, and like Geekbench, is also multi-platform. Unlike Geekbench, it has a variety of paid demos and tiers and essentially has the most intensive CPU and GPU benchmarks on the market at a given time. This is the benchmark to use when you really want to put gaming-grade hardware to the test.

For PC users, especially those who wish to test it for free, setup requires a few extra steps. Specifically, you’ll need to go to the 3DMark Steam Page and click “Download Demo” to get the free trial of 3DMark. From there, you would launch it like any other Steam game.

However, 3DMark is a little different from the other benchmarks on this list, since it’s actually a benchmark suite rather than a singular benchmark on its own. Let’s take a look at the main launcher together.

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By default, you’ll see whichever of the three benchmarks included in the demo that 3DMark decides is best for your system.

The current-gen 3DMark test included with the demo is “Time Spy,” so I recommend running that one if you want to see whether your current-gen gaming PC is up to snuff.

However, there are tests besides Time Spy! Let’s take a moment to peek at the others. Click “Benchmarks” in the top-right taskbar.

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Some of these Benchmarks will be grayed out due to paid tiers, but they all include explanations for what kind of hardware they’re made for.

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The free tests for all users are Time Spy for DirectX 12, Fire Strike for DirectX 11, and Night Raid for DirectX 12 integrated graphics users. Time Spy and Fire Strike are both viable for modern desktops, but Night Raid should be scalable to the integrated graphics in your laptop as well, so long as it was made after mid-2015.

Beside choosing your benchmark, there isn’t much to customize in the demo version of 3DMark. The actual settings are best left on default if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you can’t actually take control mid-benchmark as with Unigine. You’ll need to wait it out to get scored or cancel it entirely by hitting ESC.

Since Time Spy is the most modern test, and you’re unlikely to be using 3DMark without gaming-grade hardware, I’ve chosen to run Time Spy and include my results below.

How To Benchmark Your Windows Pc Update 3dmark Time Spy Results
My results screen for a 6377 Time Spy score; Individual Graphics Score is 5996 and Individual CPU Score is 9981

You’ll get a few different scores. The main two scores are Graphics and CPU score, which measure your GPU and CPU power, respectively. “Estimated game performance” is a metric that is locked behind paid tiers but allows you to see lab-tested estimates for your performance in specific games.

Your main Score is a little different. The green meter/worded score and the numeric score don’t actually match each other.

Your numeric score is for your ranking in the benchmark as a whole. An RTX 3070 gets a score of 12311 compared to my 1070’s 6377, for instance. Lined up with the 1070’s real-world performance of ~88 FPS average in modern games at 1080p, I’d say you’re doing very well once you breach 6000.

The green meter/worded score actually corresponds to how you performed compared to people with similar or identical hardware – below “Good,” and you’re most likely overheating or being bogged down by background programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What should I do before I benchmark my PC?

Before you start benchmarking your PC, it’s important to ensure that you have all other programs closed. Having other applications open will bog down your results, sometimes significantly, especially in the case of games and web browsers. You’re also advised to close as many background applications as you can, but those shouldn’t matter too much.

2. Should I benchmark my PC?

If you’re an overclocker: absolutely, you need to test the stability of that overclock.

If you’re a regular user: It depends. If you’re here, chances are you’re at least curious. We recommend anyone run a benchmark if they suspect that their PC is underperforming. Despite some controversies (discussed in its entry), UserBenchmark is great for identifying whether components in your system are underperforming compared to identical components in other systems.

Outside of testing stability, there’s no reason you have to benchmark your PC. But it can tell you a lot about what you’re working with, especially if you’re looking to compare your current performance to potential upgrades.

3. Should I benchmark my PC before selling it?

Absolutely, especially if you want to quickly demonstrate the legitimacy of your listing and asking price. If you’re selling a gaming PC in particular, you may even want to run games with in-game benchmarks and include those results with your listing.

4. My PC shut off during a benchmark, what do I do?

If you’re an overclocker: congratulations, you just experienced your first unstable overclock! Turn things down and try again or revert to stock and stay there.

If you’re a regular user, chances are high that something is wrong with your PC, most likely your cooling or power. Use a hardware monitor to verify that your components aren’t overheating when you’re running your benchmarks. If you are overheating, it may be time to replace your cooler or thermal paste. (You can also take the steps outlined in this article to alleviate the issue in the meantime.)

If your thermals don’t seem to be the problem, it’s most likely a case of your GPU trying to draw more power than your PSU can handle.

5. What do I do if my hardware is performing below expectations?

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UserBenchmark Results Page With Underpeforming Hardware

Simply take whatever steps you need to to fix the issue. Benchmarking software with a large database is ideal for finding issues like this.

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Google Introduces Additional Security Improvements To Protect The Privacy Of Minors

CSAM scanning technology announced by Apple to limit the distribution of child pornography on its services is getting a lot of attention, and now it’s time for Google to play its cards to increase the privacy of minors. Therefore, the Mountain View company has announced the additional improvement and implementation of security innovations to provide “safer experience online” for kids and teens.

The said security and privacy improvements affect several of the company’s products, although the most important are related to Google Search and YouTube.

One of the first improvements to note is that all videos uploaded by users between the ages of 13 and 17 will be private by default. This means that all material shared by people under the age of 18 through YouTube and YouTube Kids will only be visible to selected users. Anyway, the platform will allow you to change the settings so that the clips are public, but reminders will be displayed indicating who can see them.

On the other hand, YouTube also incorporates new digital well-being tools. Notifications to take a break and bedtime reminders will be enabled by default, while autoplay will be disabled.

Starting in the next few months, all users under the age of 18 will have SafeSearch enabled by default; the goal is to automatically filter inappropriate content that may appear in search results. In the coming weeks, Google will implement a policy so that those under 18 years of age can request Google to remove their images from Google Images results. The request can be made not only by the underage users themselves but also by their parents or guardians.

Also, by default, Google will block advertising segmentation based on age, sex or interest, so that the minor will not see ads of an explicit nature. In the coming months, Google will grant more filters in Family Link, the company’s family control app, so podcasts, news and web pages can be blocked on smart devices that use Google Assistant.

Another interesting point is that, soon, all accounts used by those under 18 will have the location history record turned off, and it will not be able to be turned on. Google also promise early privacy updates for minors in Play, Workspace for Education, and Google Assistant.

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Norton Is Acquiring Avast For $8.6 Billion

NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec) buys the Czech antivirus software competitor Avast. As the US company, Norton announced on August 11, 2021; the purchase price is $8.6 billion.

The agreed but not yet approved merger is valued at a total of $ 8.1 billion to $8.6 billion. Avast shareholders are entitled to a combination of cash and newly issued NortonLifeLock shares. However, the shareholders of both companies, as well as the relevant regulatory authorities, have yet to approve the merger. The transaction is currently expected to close in mid-2022.

Upon completion of the merger, NortonLifeLock Chief Executive Officer Vincent Pilette will remain CEO of the new company. The group will have headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, and Prague. Avast boss Ondrej Vlcek will become president and member of the board of directors, the companies announced. The stock exchange company resulting from the merger will unite over 500 million users, including around 40 million direct customers.

NortonLifeLock Inc. from Arizona, formerly known as Symantec Corporation (1982 to 2019), has more than 3,600 employees and generated sales of almost $2.5 billion last year. With around 1,700 employees and just under $900 million in sales, Avast Software (founded in 1988) is not even half the size. Both companies have their origins in the 1980s and operate internationally. 

Although, there is no information about Avast and Norton’s plans after the acquisition, so anything could happen. Maybe Norton would remain as a paid software for those who seek greater security, while Avast would continue to exist with a freemium model, as it has been up to now. The point is that both programs would belong to the same company.

In December 2020, NortonLifeLock bought the German antivirus software manufacturer Avira. The purchase price was $360 million. In 2016, Avast acquired another provider of antivirus software, AVG.

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CyberDog: Xiaomi Launches An Open-Source Robot Dog

At the launch of the Mix 4 and the Mi Pad 5, Xiaomi surprised everyone with its own open-source robot dog — CyberDog.

CyberDog, which is highly reminiscent of Spot from Boston Dynamics, is Xiaomi’s most advanced robot, with up to 6 built-in microphones and the best of Intel and Nvidia inside.

During the official announcement, Xiaomi addressed CyberDog as a “bio-inspired quadruped robot” and an open-source companion dog — this means that developers from all over the world can freely work and experiment on it. 

According to Xiaomi, “Robotics enthusiasts interested in CyberDog can compete or co-create with other like-minded Xiaomi Fans, together propelling the development and potential of quadruped robots.”

The Cyberdog moves at a speed of almost 12 km/h and weighs 3 kg. It is equipped with an Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX. This uses six self-developed cores with ARM’s 64-bit technology ARMv8.2. The CPU is made up of two faster and four slightly slower cores. There are also 384 graphics cores with Volta technology, including 48 tensor cores and two special deep learning accelerators. The NX can access 8 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 16 GB of eMMC.

According to Xiaomi’s announcement, the CyberDog is a true beast that features a navigation and obstacle detection system that is accurate to the centimeter. This is made possible by the implementation of the Intel RealSense D450 depth module, accompanied by interactive AI cameras and ultra-wide-angle “fisheye” cameras.

Xiaomi CyberDog specs

The CyberDog has high-performance servo motors, developed by Xiaomi to make it as versatile as possible. According to the Chinese company, the maximum torque is 32-newton ·meters, while the rotational speed reaches 220 revolutions per minute. This allows CyberDog to be fast, agile and have a wide range of movements.

As we mentioned already, Xiaomi’s CyberDog comes with a navigation system that allows you to analyze your environment and interact with great fluidity. But this is not all. The robot dog also comes equipped with an arsenal of sensors that provide “instant feedback” to guide its movements. In addition to cameras, it includes touch and ultrasonic sensors and GPS modules, among others.

It has facial recognition to follow its owner and obey him so that it can follow him wherever he goes, even if there are obstacles in the way. It is controlled by a remote or from its own application. In addition, it supports voice commands.

It also has USB-C and HDMI ports and a 128 GB SSD so that developers can take advantage of them and experiment with new software and hardware. Furthermore, the company has committed to establishing a robotics laboratory for engineers interested in advancing innovations.

Xiaomi insists that it has built the CyberDog in order for it to be adopted by the open-source community. In fact, the robot itself has been created using open-source algorithms.

Xiaomi has launched 1000 units of the CyberDog at a price of 9999 yuan (just over $1500), aimed at “fans of the brand, engineers and robotics enthusiasts.

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Gigabyte Ransomware Attack Leaked Confidential Documents Of Intel And AMD

Taiwanese PC and hardware manufacturer Gigabyte has suffered a ransomware attack, and hackers behind this attack claim to have copied more than 100 GB of data — including confidential documents from Intel and AMD that are not intended for the public.

Gigabyte confirmed to the Chinese news site United Daily News about the cyber attack that affected a small number of servers. After the attack was discovered, Gigabyte took the servers offline and notified law enforcement agencies.

According to Bleepingcomputer, the ransomware group RansomEXX is believed to be behind the attack. RansomEXX claims to have acquired up to 112 GB of data in the form of documents.

These documents, according to the hacker group, contain confidential material from AMD and Intel, as well as American Megatrends, one of the world’s largest hardware vendors. RansomEXX has, in fact, already warned that it is going to publish all the documents and sell them on hacker forums if no ransom is paid. The amount of the Gigabyte ransom demand is currently unknown.

Although this case is especially tricky since the interests of up to 4 different companies are involved, cybersecurity authorities always recommend not paying ransoms, despite the consequences. And the fact is that the payment of said sum is not a guarantee of anything — the hackers may also publish the documents or even worse, get paid and then re-sell copies of the documents to the highest bidder in hacker forums, making even more money.

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Windows

How to Install and Run the Nginx Server on Windows

Nginx is a web server that is very popular with Linux and BSD systems. It can also be installed on Windows 10. However, there are a few performance limitations in Windows that have not been mitigated so far, but the developers will address these problems in a future release. To install and run Nginx successfully on Windows, follow the steps below.

Download the Nginx Server

There are many download versions of Nginx for Windows, and Nginx recommends using the “mainline version.” However, you will not find any issues if you download its most recent stable version for Windows.

Select the version you want and download its zip file to your PC.

Nginx Windows Mainline Version Download

As a first step, you need to extract the new folder. You can use 7-zip, WinRAR or any other popular compression software.

Nginx Windows Extract Zip File

After extracting the file contents in the original folder, you have to move the entire folder that came with the built-in download copy into the “Program Files.” We can either move or cut-paste this extracted folder.

Nginx Windows Program Files

We will run Nginx from this location as a default web service program.

Installing Nginx

To install and run Nginx, select and double-click the Nginx.exe file. It has now been activated for further use. You may run into a Windows Defender block screen while running the Nginx server, which has to be allowed by you.

Nginx Windows Run Program

In the next step, you need to verify whether the installation has been successful. For this, go to your default browser and type localhost. Microsoft Edge is the browser used in the below example. If you see a screen saying the Nginx web server is successfully installed and working, it means there were no problems with your Nginx installation in Windows.

Nginx Windows Browser Localhost

To stop Nginx, you can end it from the Task Manager window.

Nginx Windows End Task

Running Nginx on Your Windows PC

To run Nginx, you have to use Internet Information Services (IIS), which is a Microsoft web server that serves requested HTML pages or files. You can enable it in “Turn Windows Features On or Off” in the Control Panel. Check the required fields for “Web Management Tools” and “IIS Management Console.”

Nginx Windows Iis Enabled

It will take a while for IIS to be enabled on your computer as the changes are applied.

Nginx Windows Iis Applying Changes

You can open IIS Manager directly from the Start menu. Always open it in Administrator mode.

Nginx Windows Iis Manager Start Menu

Here, you will be able to access the default website, which is usually located at “inetpub wwwroot.” This is also known as the web application root. You can look for it in File Explorer through a simple search.

Nginx Windows Inetpub Root Folder

It is helpful to change the physical path of this root to a more desirable folder. I created a new “Work” folder in C:\ and changed the physical path to “C:\Work.” When you double-click on the “default web site” option in IIS Manager, it should lead to this new folder. Alternatively, you can right-click the menu and select “explore” for the same result.

Nginx Windows Iis Manager Root Folder

After this, go to the Nginx folder that you renamed in the Program files. Click “Conf” and select “nginx.conf.” This file can be edited using the Notepad++ text editor, but you can use any other editor such as Atom or Visual Studio Code.

Edit Nginx Conf File With Notepadplusplus

In Notepad++, find the location of the root and change it from the default html.

Nginx Windows Location Root

As shown here, change the root to the edited physical path which we discussed above.

Nginx Windows Location Root Changed

You can edit the index.html file in the root folder in a separate tab. Change the text to what you want the web server to display on the screen.

Nginx Windows Text Changed Index.html

Exit the Nginx.exe program using “End Task.” Open and run the “nginx.exe” file in Admin mode.

Type localhost in a browser window. The Nginx web server will highlight the edits you made.

Nginx Windows Runing Program

Example Application of Nginx in Windows

The Nginx resources site has a full list of web server applications which you can use to run various applications on Windows PC.

For example, you can use Nginx in Windows to link to a webpage such as a customer login page. Once you make the configuration changes in the “nginx.conf” file, your end users will be able to access the login page on their end.

Go back to the “nginx.conf” file shared in the previous section. Instead of “localhost,” you need a domain name for the server to access. “index.html” is a command used to point to any static html page.

Nginx Windows Put Domain Name

In the next step, go to “location” and modify the text using an “api,” followed by a proxy server added with an “http” ping. This should point to any login page you want this page to direct to.

Nginx Windows Proxy Server Login

Save the file and run the “Nginx.exe” program in Admin mode. For this login page to look nice to the end user, you should have previously configured the web server in an IDE program like Eclipse.