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.


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.


Rotterdam tech bags designer can start again after the reopening of the Italian studio

A year ago, the Simone Tertoolen from Rotterdam presented the first model in her sack name MINOIS, which was generally welcomed during the structure week in Milan and New York Fashion Week. She went to work with two new models, however, Corona tossed a spanner in progress, and the Italian production line needed to close. Now that the factory can open again, Simone can still start production of its latest model. Her tech bags include features such as built-in lighting, a charger for your phone and a wireless charger for the bag.

The MINOIS line with the Isobel tote has received a new addition, which should also fit your laptop. After the forced interruption by Corona, the Italian factory is now able to start manufacturing this model. Simone is also working on the development of a third model.


Google and Apple release contact tracing app API to public health agencies accross the globe

Google and Apple delivered their contact tracing app API to public health agencies across the globe. The apps would allow Bluetooth pings between smartphones within six and a half feet of each other. And in theory, these apps would notify you if you had been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In practice, public health authorities will have to encourage around 60% of people in a given state or country to download the app in order to meaningfully conduct contact tracing/exposure notification. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and PCWorld/Macworld’s Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss Apple and Google’s unprecedented collaboration, privacy concerns, and how state and federal governments will utilize the API.

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Affordable Home Security System Best Arlo and Blink

After the much-publicized hacking of Amazon`s Ring security cameras in December that allowed strangers to peer into homes and harass occupants, Arlo and Blink camera systems have been notified recently of required changes to their accounts meant to enhance security.

Arlo users are now required to turn on two-factor authentication by the end of the year (2020), while Amazon`s Blink is still taking baby steps in implementing the two-factor authentication. The 2FA has been an option to be activated since last year, however, a message has been sent to owners that it will be compulsory to enable it before the end of 2020. The 2FA can be verified via a push notification to a previously trusted device, through SMS messages, and emails.

Owners of low-cost, battery-powered Blink cameras have received emails informing them about 2FA been on the way and the owners had to verify their email addresses starting on March 30th.


The Corona Virus and how it is affecting the technology industry

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads, the world's largest corporations have started to paint a bleak picture of broken supply chains, disrupted production, empty warehouses, and declining demand for their products. Company reports such as Mastercard, IBM, Apple, and United Airlines offer insight into how the virus impacts consumer behavior and company sentiment. Such corporate newsletters— and what executives are doing in response — could decide how much economic damage the outbreak causes and whether a recession is looming.

Many businesses have expressed optimism that policymakers will reduce new infections and that consumer spending in Europe and North America will be relatively unscathed. But if executives see a danger beyond the first three months of the year, they can put an end to the expected investments and even begin to lay off workers. This, in effect, would further reduce economic activity. The stock market plunge this week, shows the steepest since the financial crisis, shows that investors are primed for much more bad news.

The correction in the S&P 500 stock index — a decline of 10 percent or more from a recent peak — was its fastest ever. In the midst of the sell-off, analysts at Goldman Sachs said they expected that the companies making up the S&P 500 would collectively show no profit growth this year. The bank had previously forecast a 6 percent increase in earnings.

A major vulnerability for businesses in the United States and Europe is their increasing reliance on China as a supplier and customer over the last 10 or 20 years.

A big concern is that the virus will spread quickly in Europe and the United States, forcing consumers to stay home from work, not to mention avoiding stores, restaurants or other businesses.

In that case, an economic contraction could become inevitable. Should a recession develop, the Goldman analysts said, profits of S&P 500 companies are likely to fall this year by 13 percent. Such a decline could force companies to lay off employees and put off new investments.

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, business investment was already pallid in the United States. It fell in the last three quarters of 2019. Some analysts now expect more companies could soon announce reductions in their capital spending. “I think you will see that when they report their Q1 numbers,” Mr. O’Rourke of JonesTrading said.


Apple H1 2020 New Updates

Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo laid out his vision for Apple's first six months of 2020 in a recent research note that includes a new iPhone, a revamped iPad Pro / MacBook Pro / Air, a range of high-end headphones, tracking tags and a wireless charging pad.
This week, Apple made a record-setting earnings report ahead of the first half that is supposed to be packed with new products. As you may have heard, the iPhone SE 2 is expected to resemble the iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch display and modern internals. Look for it to be launched by the end of March starting at $399. The new iPad Pro, meanwhile, is said to have a triple-lens rear camera system that supports 3D sensing for augmented reality applications. Like the iPhone, it could happen sometime in March, we're told.

As MacRumors points out, Kuo was not completely clear on the MacBook Pro / Air refresh. We could see one, the other, or maybe both of them. Earlier rumors suggested that Apple is planning a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard. If you recall, Apple refreshed the Air last summer and gave it a new starting price of $1,099.

Apple's high-end headphones are said to support Bluetooth, but that's all Kuo had to say about them. Tile-like tracking tags, which we first heard about last year, could break the cover under the name of AirTags and could even support Ultra-Wideband technology for improved tracking accuracy.

The biggest surprise of all was the word about a small wireless charging pad.


The Edge

Edge computing has saved an entire industry today, countering the major concern of reduced efficiency affecting management operations.Edge computing today is closing towards accelerated response rate computing time and thus positively processing the data analysis.

Edge computing not only brings data storage and computation closer to the target, it saves bandwidth as well. Being able to save bandwidth indirectly translates into saving money, less data traffic = lower bills. Edge computing is the new trend in the techno world, competing all the sophisticated, high powered computers which are bound to reduce the latency.

The current status of Edge computing is being powered by the fast growing development of internet of things the (IoT). It is very likely that in the future, it will form an undefined niche in many distributed cloud services.

There are so many example of in our every day life wherein gadget are being controlled using IoT. To begin with, there are drones making deliveries for Amazon. It (the gadgets) directly communicates with the enterprise IoT platform and conduct peer-to-peer exchanges. There is every increasing rise in the use of storage, sensor, computer, and advanced AI capabilities. Not just Amazon, but these following companies have also invested in IoT;

  • Samsung
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Philips

 


Best Gadget of the 2010s

Best Gadget of the 2010s

I know it is hard to believe but we are coming to the end of the decade. To celebrate this occasion, Time magazine has compiled its best gadgets of the decade and every week we will be presenting our top 10 gadgets of the decade with the year it was invented.

Apple iPad (2010)

Apple's iPad— like the iPhone before it— has led to a cultural shift in personal computing and set the tone for the next decade of mobile devices. The revolutionary multitouch display, the utter elimination of physical keys, and the gargantuan range of apps and media created a perfect storm of entertainment with which everyone could get on board. And while rivals have had plenty of time to make tablets or detachable two-in-one devices to target iPad's biggest pain points, Apple has continuously developed iPadOS and hardware platforms (Apple Pencil, anyone?) to make any sense of hope about the next decade of tablet computing.

 

 


The Biggest Technology Trends in 2020 To Get Ready For

We are amid the 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology is evolving faster than ever before. Companies and individuals who do not keep up with some of the major trends in technology run the risk of being left behind. Understanding key trends will allow people and businesses to prepare for and take advantage of opportunities. As a future-oriented business and technology, it is my job to look ahead and identify the most important trends. In this article, I share with you the seven most imminent trends that everyone should be ready for in 2020.

AI-as-a-service

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most transformative technological developments of our time. Most companies have begun to explore how they can use AI to improve their customer experience and streamline their business operations. This will continue in 2020 and, as people become increasingly used to working alongside AIs, the design and deployment of our AI-based systems will remain an expensive proposition for most businesses.

Currently, these platforms, provided by the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft, tend to be somewhat broad in scope, with (often expensive) custom-engineering required to apply them to the specific tasks an organization may require. During 2020, we will see wider adoption and a growing pool of providers that are likely to start offering more tailored applications and services for specific or specialized tasks. This will mean no company will have any excuses left not to use AI.