MacBook Pro with mini LED display will arrive in the first half of 2021

Apple will be partnering with LG Display to provide the new iPad Pros with mini LED displays. The product is expected to hit the market in early 2021. According to a report from DigiTimes, this technology will also be used in a new MacBook Pro, which would be available in the first half of 2021.

The website is based on a few Taiwanese manufacturers who are already making the necessary preparations to produce the new models. Production of the iPad Pros will be split between Foxconn and Compal, while Quanta Computer will mainly be responsible for the MacBook Pros, followed by Foxconn.

The MacBook Pro lineup is rumored to be complemented by a 14.1-inch model, and a version measuring 16.1-inches. Although no official information is known, these models will most likely have an Apple Silicon, such as the M1-soc.


Growth in strong tablet and chromebook within the PC market.

According to Techspot, PC makers have a reason to cheer this week as the latest quarterly report from Canalys shows strong growth for the second successive quarter. The industry analyst said total PC shipments (including tablets) reached 124.5 million units in the third quarter. That’s up 23 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Lenovo led the way with 23.5 million units shipped, followed closely by Apple at 22.1 million. HP, Dell, and Samsung rounded out the top five with shipments of 18.7 million units, 12 million units, and 10 million units, respectively.

Pure growth aside, it was also a great quarter for tablets. Apple maintained pole position, shipping 15.2 million units during the three-month period, an increase of 47 percent year over year. Samsung placed second with a little over nine million tablet shipments, up 79.8 percent year over year.

In total, manufacturers shipped 44.3 million tablets during the quarter, good for a 43.3 percent year-over-year increase.


Apple likely to announce new Macs with custom silicon on its next scheduled event on November 10

Apple on Monday announced its third media event in as many months, inviting interested parties to tune in for an online presentation next week on November 10. There has been a rumor that during the upcoming event, Apple will be announcing that they will be transitioning to the next wave which is custom silicon.

Back in June during its WWDC keynote, Apple said it would begin the switch from Intel hardware to custom Apple silicon later this year.

With two events already in the books – one in September that focused on new Apple Watches and an updated iPad, and another in October that highlighted the iPhone 12 family – the Mac is really the only major product line that Apple has left to update.

Next week, we might see several other devices crack attention, not outside the realm of possibility, but if equipment such as the rumored AirPods Studio headphones or AirTags materializes, they would probably be in addition to news about Arm-based Macs. Neither seems effective enough to involve an event to expose their own product. Meanwhile, Arm is in the process of being acquired by Nvidia, the GPU manufacturer.

The "One More Thing" event for Apple is expected to be streamed over the Internet on November 10 at 10 a.m. pacific


Samsung Galaxy Tab S& Review

Summary

The Galaxy Tab S7 + has a 12.4 "OLED screen. That is very large for an Android tablet and it is simply the nicest screen on an Android or Apple tablet. It also has the fastest soc available for Android at the time. The software runs smoothly and is suitable for demanding tasks. However, few will want or be able to replace their laptop with it, even though the Book Cover Keyboard itself is a nice - albeit pricey - accessory and you get It comes with a handy stylus, but it's ideal for traveling and as a tablet next to a PC or laptop, but expensive, making it by far the best Android tablet you can get.

Pros
  1. Very nice 120Hz OLED screen
  2. Very Smooth user experience
  3. Four fine speakers
  4. Stylus included
  5. DeX mode has added value with a pointer

Negatives
  1. Pricey, especially with Book Cover Keyboard
  2. Slow changer included with a cable that is too short
  3. Not a laptop replacement for most
  4. More flexible than desired
  5. Moderate battery life


Dutch Coronavirus contact apphas been pushed backed until at least mid-October

The Dutch government-backed app which warns people if they come in contact with possible coronavirus patients will not be launched nationwide until mid-October at the earliest, broadcaster NOS said on Thursday.

This is because the legislation needed to anchor the app has not yet completed its passage through parliament, the broadcaster said.

The upper house of parliament will not vote on the legislation until October 6 at the earliest, but this could be delayed if senators have a lot of questions. Even if senators can pass the law on October 6, it will still take a week to finalize the legal paperwork and roll out a publicity campaign, a health ministry spokesman said. The app has been available for download since mid-August and is currently supported by five regional health boards.


Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire BabbleLabs to Improve Video Meeting Experience

Most Advanced Noise Removal Enables Working from Anywhere, Without Distraction

Summary

  • Most Advanced Noise Removal Enables Working from Anywhere, Without Distraction

  • The acquisition builds upon a focused technology and talent strategy to continue to integrate intelligence into the Cisco COllaboration platform - helping users work smarter and be more productive.
  • Promote Customer privacy and Cloud Security by processing noise removal 100 percent at the source where the noise happens (on the client-side), aligning with Cisco's culture of security by design.

According to a Cisco global survey* focused on the future of work, 98 percent of workers say they experience frustration from distractions during video meetings when working from home. Two of the top 5 frustrations called out are about background noise—either from other participants or their own side of the call.

With the addition of BabbleLabs, Cisco will bring native noise removal capability to its entire Collaboration portfolio. Initially, Cisco will focus on integrating BabbleLabs to deliver a best-in-class audio experience to Webex Meetings users - wherever they are, and however, they connect via the Webex application (whether via a conference room or mobile device). A great user experience is also secure user experience. BabbleLabs complements Cisco’s focus on secure and private collaboration by processing noise removal 100 percent at the source where the noise happens (on the client-side). In doing so, BabbleLabs aligns with strict data policies that underpin Cisco’s culture of security by design.

“A great meeting experience starts with great audio,” said Jeetu Patel, senior vice president, and general manager, Cisco Security and Applications Business Unit. “We’re thrilled to welcome BabbleLabs’ team of highly skilled engineers. Their technology is going to provide our customers with yet another important innovation – automatically removing unwanted noise - to continue enabling exceptional Webex meeting experiences.”

“BabbleLabs is excited to become part of Cisco and the Collaboration Group,” said Chris Rowen, CEO, and co-founder of BabbleLabs. “The Cisco team shares our passion for speech as the core of collaboration and communication. Cisco’s Collaboration platform will enable us to quickly scale our exceptional speech enhancement technology for hundreds of millions of Webex users.”


Best High Resolution Monitor: LG 27UD88-W

The LG 27UD88 is an affordable, color-accurate, and beautiful monitor for both work and play. There’s very little to complain about, and so much to praise. This is a genuinely fantastic and versatile display for any computer.

  • Freesync compatibility
  • Good price to performance ratio
  • Beautiful Image

  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • No swivel on Y axis

Price and Availability

Normally, if you’re looking to get a 4K panel with FreeSync and a high sRGB color gamut coverage, you’d be looking at a moderately expensive monitor. However, that’s not necessarily the case here.

At £490 (about $649, AU$900), the LG 27UD88-W is, quite frankly, a bargain. When we first saw the price of this monitor, we had to do a double-take to make sure we noted the model number right. While many monitors in this price range, like the Acer XB281HK feature higher refresh rates and lower response times, it’s hard to find a panel with this level of color accuracy for a better price. And, given that it’s not primarily a gaming monitor, that’s a sacrifice worth making.

If you’re a graphic designer or creative professional, and you’re looking for an affordable monitor that won’t hold you back, you can’t do much better at a lower price.

Design

Considering the manufacturer, it shouldn’t be too surprising that the LG 27UD88 is an attractive display. With a white chassis and black bezels, the classy build belies the low cost of the device. It’s not an unbelievably huge display, like the Dell UltraSharp UP3218K or an ultra-wide like the AOC Agon AG352UCG. But, with its 27-inch display and narrow bezels, it’ll effortlessly blend in to any office environment.

Performance

The LG 27UD88 has a gorgeous IPS panel at 3,840 x 2,160 and covers a whopping 99% of the sRGB color space. That would be enough to carve out a win in our book, but in reality, it’s even sweeter.

The panel is factory calibrated, so we don’t have to screw around in the menus to get the perfect image. Instead, we are able to just plug it in and get to work.

And, as we’ve already hinted at a few times before, this monitor is at its best in creative workloads. We found ourselves hunting across the internet for RAW photos to mess around within Photoshop. Even other productivity tasks, like word processing or web browsing, take advantage of this bright, colorful display that makes content pop.

Final Verdict

When you’re looking for the best 4K monitor, you want to find something that’s affordable, but also has fantastic picture quality. It’s a balance that’s pretty rare, but the LG 27UD88-W hits it out of the park. Not only does this panel cover 99% of the sRGB color space, but it does so with an insane contrast ratio and a response time to display the best PC games as they should be seen. The best part? It does all this while maintaining a reasonable price tag. If you have the horsepower to drive the LG 27UD88-W, you should pick it up.


Amazon Urges Buds Owners to Update Their Wearable Tech Due to Overheating Issue

In the wireless earbud market, Amazon’s Echo Buds are one of the better products. Despite their quality, unfortunately, like every technology ever created, there is a serious flaw in the buds’ firmware. The flaw is in rare situations the bud overheats.


So far, users have not been substantially impacted by this flaw, but it’s still a problem, and it`s one Amazon is wisely taking seriously. With the latest Buds software update, Amazon has already patched the problem, while improving their battery life at the same time.

The company has already started to send out emails to Buds owners that inform them of the risk and urge them to update. An excerpt from one such email reads as follows:

We are writing to inform you about an important software update for your Echo Buds.

The safety of our customers is our top priority. We recently determined that in very rare cases it is possible for Echo Buds to overheat while in the charging case. Out of an abundance of caution, we have released a software update that addresses this potential safety risk and improves the long-term performance of Echo Buds’ batteries.

What amazes people is the apparent speed with which Amazon responded to this debacle, unlike other large tech companies who do not react to complaints and problems until they are forced to do due to political pressure, or legal issues.

If you’re concerned about running into the overheating problem with your own pair of Buds, don’t fret too much. As long as your pair is charged, stowed in its carrying case, and linked to a phone with a reliable internet connection, they should automatically receive the latest software updates (including this security fix).


Secure Web Gateway Explained

What is a secure web gateway?

So what exactly is a secure web gateway? A secure web gateway is an advanced, cloud-delivered, or on-premises network security service. It enforces consistent internet security and compliance policies for all users regardless of their location or the type of computer or device they are using. These gateway security tools also protect against threats to users who are accessing the internet via the web or are using any number of web-based applications. They allow organizations to enforce acceptable use policy for web access, enforce compliance with regulations, and prevent data leakage.

As a result, secure web gateways offer a way to keep networks from falling victim to incursions through internet traffic and malicious websites. They prevent data from such places from entering the network and causing a malware infection or intrusion.

This form of gateway security is accomplished through malware detection, URL filtering, and other means. A gateway effectively blocks malware from calling home and acts as a barrier against the sensitive intellectual property being stolen or sensitive data such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and medical information getting into the wrong hands. The web gateway secures people, processes, or programs from downloading or accessing external sites, software, or data that could harm them, or the organization. Additionally, they stand in the way of untoward, unauthorized access from the outside.

A secure web gateway, then, is a solution that filters unwanted software or malware from user-initiated web and internet traffic while enforcing corporate and regulatory policy compliance. These gateways must, at a minimum, include URL filtering, malicious-code detection and filtering, and application controls for popular web-based applications, such as instant messaging (IM) and Skype. Native or integrated data leak prevention is also increasingly being included in these products. Similarly, analysts note convergence with other security technologies such as endpoint protectionnetwork firewalls, and threat detection.

What does a secure web gateway do?

How does a secure web gateway work? As a web proxy, a secure web gateway terminates and proxies web traffic (ports 80 and 443), inspects that traffic via several security checks, including URL filtering, advanced machine learning (AML), anti-virus (AV) scanning, sandboxing, data loss prevention (DLP), cloud access security brokers (CASBs), web isolation and other integrated technologies. Web gateways apply policies and enforce threat prevention and information security rules based on user, location, content, and a variety of other factors.

This form of gateway security can stop known and unknown threats in their tracks. This includes zero-day and other forms of advanced threats.

Web gateways start with filtering the URL

URL filtering is typically the first layer. It blocks access to known malicious URLs and can form a buffer against zero-day threats. It does this by recognizing new URLs that are similar to or the same as known malicious web servers.

Further layers such as AML and AV can remove attempted downloads of threats, including new and unknown threats. Sandboxing is also included in some secure web gateways. It conducts real-time blocking and can prevent targeted attacks by emulating a company’s environment.

Web isolation is another element that some vendors have incorporated. It runs webserver code and malicious code in a virtual instance that is isolated from the user. DLP, too, can be used to stop unauthorized data leakage.

Secure web gateways vs firewalls

Some people have confused secure web gateways with firewalls. So what is the difference? Secure web gateways are dedicated to cloud services or appliances for web and application security. They are proxies (meaning they terminate and emulate network traffic). Because of specialization, they can detect and protect against much more sophisticated and targeted attacks that use the web.

Firewalls have a different function. Firewalls are great at packet-level security, but are not as sophisticated on the application layer for security, said Gerry Grealish, head of Product Marketing for Cloud & Network Security Products at Symantec. Firewalls typically do not terminate or inspect entire objects, and many are reliant on stream-based AV scanning as a defense against malware. That’s why evasive threats operating on an application-level can easily bypass some firewall defenses. But the clear distinction between secure web gateways and firewalls is beginning to blur.

Some cloud-delivered secure web gateway services now offer an optional cloud firewall service to enforce controls on non-web internet traffic.

Secure web gateways vs Cloud Access Security Brokers

The CASBs is another technology that can sometimes be confused with secure web gateways. Indeed, there is some overlap. However, CASBs are able to recognize a bigger range of applications than secure web gateways. They also provide better-detailed control over the use of applications.

A secure web gateway needs a CASB for full visibility and control, and a CASB needs a secure web gateway for full traffic and log information of web and application activity. By working together, they offer comprehensive gateway security for the web as well as application security.

As in many areas of security technology, convergence is evident. Some vendors have integrated secure web gateways with CASBs. This trend is accelerating. By tying together CASB and secure web gateway functions, it is much easier to provide access security capabilities to SaaS applications.


Sony plans to launch PS5 later this week

For all the gamers around the world, Sony has planned to launch one of the most anticipated video game consoles PlayStation 5 on June 11, 2020. The company initially stated "The Future of Gaming" live stream for June 4, but in the wake of protests and riots over the death of George Floyd, it decided to put it off for an indefinite period. As things begin to settle back down, Sony feels a one-week postponement is sufficient.

You can watch The Future of Gaming starting on June 11 at 1 pm PDT on PlayStation's YouTube or Twitch channels.