Episode 507 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Anti-malware product scam ‘Hicurdismos’ targeting Windows users

Hicurdismos pretends to be an installer of Microsoft Security Essentials, the vendor’s anti-malware product for Windows 7 and earlier. (While Windows 10 and Windows 8 use Windows Defender as a default anti-malware product, Microsoft acknowledges that ‘some users may believe they also need to download and install Microsoft Security Essentials.’)2

Instead of installing Microsoft Security Essentials, Hicurdismos installs malware onto the victim’s computer that brings up a fake version of a screen that states an error has occurred and the machine needs to restart.

The screen also includes a false contact number for technical support. ‘Calling the indicated support number will not fix the [problem], but may lead to users being encouraged to download more malware under the guise of support tools or software that is supposed to fix a problem that doesn’t exist,’ Microsoft says.

Microsoft notes that ‘real error message screens do not include a technical support number. Instead they will provide you with an error code and instructions for more information.’ The vendor also reiterates that Windows 10 has Windows Defender built-in, so there is no need to install Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Apple delays AirPod rollout because it needs more time before the product is ready

Apple said the product would be available for $A229 from late October, but this no longer appears to be the case.

Earlier this week, Apple told TechCrunch it needed “a little more time” to get the product ready for release.

“The early response to AirPods has been incredible. We don’t believe in shipping a product before it’s ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers,” a spo21kesman said.

Apple would not give further details about the delay, so it’s unclear whether hardware or software updates are to blame.

the jet black model of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus became increasingly rare, people ordering the phone are still waiting until its expected in November.

According to research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the global shortage is due to the new high-gloss finish being too challenging for the Apple’s manufacturers.

“[The jet black iPhone 7] suffers from a low casing production yield rate of 60-70 per cent,” the research note read, reports MacRumours.

In other words, up to 40 per cent of jet black iPhone 7s being manufactured are not up to the quality standards Apple requires to sell the product to its customers.

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Apple revenue declines for first time since 2001

For the first time in the iPhone era, Apple has seen its annual revenue decline on a year-over-year basis.

Along with falling sales of iPhones and iPads, the company’s Mac product line saw a significant decline of 10.3 percent year over year for FY2016. Mac revenue for financial year 2016 was US$22.83 billion, down from US$25.47 billion in FY2015.

Apple has also gone without major refreshes to many of its laptops and desktops for years — including the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro.

Apple is set to hold a product event on Thursday, and rumours suggest a new MacBook and MacBook Pro will be unveiled.

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Australia #censusfail: Derision greets simple fix failure

IBM’s chief engineer admitted switching the router off and on again would have prevented the 40-hour outage from ever happening.

The revelation has caused disbelief – and hilarity.

Kerry Purcell, head of IBM Australia, was brought before a senate committee looking into the fiasco, he admitted the fault could have been detected before the site went live – had they done one very simple thing.

“If we had our time again we would have tested a hard power it off, power it on that router, that would have discovered earlier that we had that reboot and configuration loading problem,” he said.

IBM Australia has apologised, with Mr Purcell telling the hearing he is negotiating a settlement with the government for failing to fulfil the A$10m (£6,2m/$7.6m) contract.

Twitter user Mark Di Stefano describes revelation as 'champagne comedy' in a tweet


Microsoft launches Surface Studio at Windows 10 event

Microsoft unveiled its Surface Studio device at its Windows 10 event this week.

The Surface Studio is an all-in-one PC that boasts a 28-inch ultra-HD 4.5K touchscreen display. Microsoft is touting the 12.5 mm thick display as the thinnest LCD monitor ever built. With 13.5 million pixels, the display also offers 63 percent more than a 4K TV, according to Microsoft.

The Surface Studio can work with Surface pen, touch, or a new Surface Dial device that was unveiled. When the Dial is placed on the screen it brings up a set of tools specific to the app that is open, such as changing the color or the size of a digital brush tip.

Priced at US$2,999, the Surface Studio is available now for pre-order in the US.

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Woman ‘sexually assaulted’ in virtual reality by cyber-groper

A woman has claimed she was sexually assaulted in virtual reality by a pervert who molested her whilst she was innocently blasting zombies.

The VR virgin was trying out the new technology for the first time with a game called QuiVr, when a man using the pseudonym BigBro442 “virtually groped” her.

Suddenly, BigBro442’s disembodied helmet faced me dead-on. His floating hand approached my body, and he started to virtually rub my chest.”

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Is Facebook going to start freeing the nipple?

announced on Friday that they are planning on relaxing their standards of what’s okay to publish on Facebook

Proponents of the “Free the Nipple” movement– that’s also the name of a 2014 film on the same topic– want to end censorship of female breasts on place like Instagram, arguing that the standards towards women shouldn’t be any different than those towards men, whether online or in public. The idea has the support of prominent women like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Bella Hadid.  

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The reviews are in: Google’s Pixel phone takes on the iPhone 7

Wall Street Journal: “The Google Pixel is now the best Android smartphone you can buy,” the Journal said in its review.

TechRadar: Pixel “is an excellent flagship phone” and “a breath of fresh Google air in a world of Android over-complication,” TechRadar said in its review. The tech site also spotlights the Pixel’s AMOLED display. “We’ve been using the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus recently, and moving from Apple’s latest offerings to the Pixel we noticed the improved depth of color generated by the latter’s AMOLED display.”

CNET: CNET Reviews gives it 4.5 stars out of 5, praising the “fantastic camera” that typically takes “amazing shots that rival those of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus.” The review also lauds the Google Assistant, the voice-controlled personal assistant, which “takes one of the most natural, human approaches to answering your voice.”

Ars Technica: While tech site Ars Technica also calls the Pixel “the best Android phone,  hoever noting “Google also lags when it comes to water resistance. The iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 can both survive being submerged in water…The Pixel phones…will only survive ‘spraying water’ and only at certain angles.”

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More than 1 million people are still using Samsung’s potentially explosive Note 7

The Galaxy Note 7 has harmed people and caused tens, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to users’ property. It burned furniture, floors, cars and even a house.

The phone has officially been recalled and discontinued, with Samsung warning all owners that they should power down the device immediately and return it to a local retailer at once.

There has never been a more serious problem with a smartphone in the history of the industry, and yet many people refuse to turn in their handsets and insist on putting themselves and those around them at risk.

Korea JoongAng Daily reports that in South Korea especially, many users have refused to return their Galaxy Note 7s because they like the phone so much.

Many more have also said that the return or exchange process is too much of a hassle to deal with.

A customer tries out a Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 at the company's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, October 10, 2016. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)

 
 

 

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