Episode 632 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Facebook restricts Live feature, citing New Zealand shooting

Facebook has announced it will tighten rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of a massacre in New Zealand.

Facebook said in a statement it was introducing a “one-strike” policy for use of Facebook Live, temporarily restricting access for people who have faced disciplinary action for breaking the company’s most serious rules anywhere on its site.

First-time offenders will be suspended from using Live for set periods of time, the company said. It is also broadening the range of offences that will qualify for one-strike suspensions.

Facebook has said it removed 1.5 million videos globally that contained footage of the attack in the first 24 hours after it occurred. It said in a blog post in late March that it had identified more than 900 different versions of the video.


weird dual-screen laptop




HP has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop.

The new Omen X 2S offers a 15.6-inch primary display plus a 5.98-inch 1080p multi-touch enabled secondary display that sits above the function keys on the laptop’s keyboard.

HP said the second screen allows multi-tasking, like watching videos or using messaging apps while playing video games or any other task that needs more than one screen. The company said many gamers, the machine’s main target, already use their smartphones while gaming and that adding a second screen to a computer therefore meets a need.

The laptop also has a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen to the second screen, while ensuring vision is centred and head movement remains more vertical than horizontal.

The Omen X 2S is expected to be available for purchase in June, with a starting price of A$3032 in the US. HP has not revealed actual Australian pricing.

HP also released new versions of its Omen 15 and Omen 17 laptops, which start at US$1049.99 and US$1099.99, respectively, and are also available in June.


WhatsApp whacked by government-grade spyware

The messaging service posted a vulnerability report on Facebookthat described “A buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack allowed remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.”

The flaw means that if a user accepts a call from an attacker, spyware will load onto their iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Tizen devices.

“WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” a spokesman said.


Counterfeit hard drive gang smashed by Chinese police

Chinese police have seized more than 210,000 hard drives produced by a counterfeit ring that sold them as brand-name items from the likes of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM

he action against the counterfeiters was carried out late last year. It did not say why the news was only announced on Saturday but it came shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his trade chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on all imports from China.

The investigation into the fake hard drives began after Hewlett Packard filed a complaint,

The suspects would buy cheap, old and discarded hard drives abroad, modify the data on them, repackage them and sell them at a 60% profit, the police said.

Police were shocked at the scale of the operation, in which hundreds of people were employed.

When you buy a 1TB Hard Disk from China but it’s only 32GB


Critical wormhole brings patches for Windows XP and Server 2003

A newly discovered vulnerability in the commonly used Remote Desktop Services (RDS) that can be abused to create worms or self-spreading malware has prompted Microsoft to create security patches for the obsolete Windows XP and Server 2003 operating systems.

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is not itself vulnerable.

Windows 7, Windows 2008 and 2008 R2, are vulnerable, along with the even older and out of support Windows Server 2003 and XP variants.

Customers running Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not affected by this vulnerability



Google to show ads on homepage of mobile site, app

Alphabet Inc’s Google will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website and smartphone app later this year, it said on Tuesday, giving the search engine a huge new supply of ad slots to boost revenue.

Google will also start placing ads with a gallery of up to eight images in search results, potentially increasing ad supply further. The ads will appear on Google pages and apps globally.