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Kaspersky announces KasperskyOS, a secure solution for IoT, network devices and more

"Russian cybersecurity and antivirus vendor Kaspersky has announced today the availability of KasperskyOS, its secure operating system aimed at network devices, industrial control systems and the Internet of Things. In a post on his official blog, Eugene Kaspersky (chief executive of the company) revealed that this project has been in the works for 14 years, and that it was known under the codename 11-11. The latter was due to the original concept being conceived on November 11."

"KasperskyOS takes concepts from the Flux Advanced Security Kernel (FLASK) architecture on which previous systems like SELinux and SEBSD are based, but does not reproduce them in full. Instead, it is built from scratch with security in mind, enabling what the CEO calls "global Default Deny at the process level". With this instruction at the core, it means the OS will only be able to proceed on matters it is specifically instructed to act upon; everything else being forbidden."

"Based on the aim of creating a package which could be applied in several different areas with granular customization, three products were created: an OS (KasperskyOS), a standalone secure hypervizor (KSH) and a system used for secure interaction between OS components (KSS)."

"The chief executive was quick to emphasize that this package is viewed as a "project offering", not a boxed product, which means pricing will vary according to the needs and the extent to which customers apply the capabilities of KasperskyOS. Cited applications of the technology include IoT, telecommunication equipment, connected cars, as well as the aforementioned industrial control systems."

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European authorities raise fresh concerns over Windows 10 data collection

"A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced changes to Windows 10 to offer users greater control over how it collects data about them from its devices and services. Among the changes were a new web privacy dashboard, and a new privacy setup experience for devices, with a clear explanation of the types of data that Microsoft collects, and more granular controls for users to enable or disable them."

"It later emerged that those new measures were announced after an investigation into Microsoft by Swiss data protection regulators that began in 2014. The company worked with Swiss authorities to introduce those new measures that it revealed last month - but elsewhere in Europe, data protection watchdogs appear to believe that the new features don't go far enough."

"As Reuters reports, the Article 29 Working Party - a group formed of representatives from data and privacy regulators in each of the European Union's member states - wrote to Microsoft in 2016, before its recent announcements. Their letter raised concerns over how the company collected data, and how it was informing users of its intentions to collect and store that information about them."

"France, where CNIL - the country's national data protection commissioner - accused Microsoft last year of collecting too much data on Windows 10 users, with a 'lack of individual consent'. It even went as far as criticizing some aspects of the operating system's security features."

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Get Rid of Windows 10 Ads, Office Offers and Other Annoyances

Microsoft slowly started to sneak advertisements into the Windows platform with Windows 8, and they’ve only crept up further in Windows 10. From so-called suggested apps in the Start menu, to nagging taskbar notifications, and even full screen ads on users’ lock screens, Microsoft seems dead-set on figuring out new ways to promote and monetize its products. Thankfully it's easy to shut down most of these annoyances if you know where to look.

Disable lock screen ads
To get rid of lock screen ads you’ll need to disable Windows Spotlight, which is the default option for the lock screen background and displays different background images each day. It also suggests Windows 10 features you may have not tried yet, throwing the occasional ad in the mix. To turn off Windows Spotlight head to Settings > Personalization > Lock Screen and set the background to “Picture” or “Slideshow” instead of Windows Spotlight. Right below this you find an option to switch off “fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen.”

It’s great that the Start menu is back in Windows 10, it's still not perfect, but it keeps receiving tweaks and the tiles UI makes it convenient to access your most frequently used applications and programs. It may also serve as prime real estate for advertisers, taking up valuable space in your Start menu. To prevent annoying ads and suggestions from cropping up in your Start menu, head to Settings > Personalization > Start and set the “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” setting to “Off”.

If you are not a huge fan of Live tiles you can turn them off by right clicking on a tile and selecting the option from the context menu, or you can select “Unpin from Start” to get rid of the tile entirely.

Disable 'Get Office' notifications
Windows 10 users who don't have Microsoft Office installed are offered to try Office 365, the subscription-based version of the ubiquitous productivity suite, and enjoy a month-long free trial. This is done by a “Get Office” application that sits there for the sole purpose of promoting it. To stop these notifications head to Settings > System > Notifications & Actions and switch off notifications for the “Get Office” app. And while you are here you can also disable the “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” option from the same screen.

Make Cortana less prominent or kill it altogether
The search box on the Windows taskbar takes up too much space for something that you can just as easily do by pressing the Windows key and start typing. Windows lets you either hide it or reduce it to an icon to open up Cortana. Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and point to Cortana on the contextual menu to pick your preferred setting. Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant can be annoyingly persistent to get your attention, and will bounce or show notifications and tips from time to time encouraging you to use it. You can curb her enthusiasm by clicking on the Cortana bar (or button), head to settings and disable “Taskbar Tidbits”.

Shut down OneDrive completely
OneDrive is tightly built into Windows 10. It has its own node in File Explorer, and the OneDrive sync client runs automatically at startup, asking you to sign in. Of course, you don’t have to use OneDrive if you prefer a cloud service from another provider, like Dropbox or Google Drive, but you can’t uninstall it like a normal app. And while you can change OneDrive settings so that the sync client doesn't run automatically at startup, that still leaves the OneDrive icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer. Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise users can use the Group Policy Editor to completely shut off OneDrive. The setting in question can be found under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive, where you just need to double-click the policy ‘Prevent The Usage Of OneDrive For File Storage’ and set it to Enabled.

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Why Developers Are Moving to Yarn

The JavaScript world changes every second. To say a lot has happened in the past year would be an understatement. Among those changes was that Angular2 was released, Node.js 7.0.0 was released, and the feature set for ECMAScript 2016 (ES7) was finalized. In October 2016, Facebook, Exponent, Google, and Tilde released something unexpected, an npm replacement they dubbed Yarn.

Potential problems with npm
- nested dependencies (fixed in npm 3)
- serial installation of packages
- single package registry ( ever go down for you?)
- requires network to install packages (though we can create a makeshift cache)
- allows packages to run code upon installation (not good for security)
- indeterminate package state (you can’t be sure all copies of the project will be using the same package versions)

Yarn solutions
- multiple registries - Yarn reads and installs packages from both as well as Bower. In the event one goes down, your project can continue to be built in CI without issue
- flat dependency structure - simpler dependency resolution means Yarn finishes faster and can be told to use a single version of certain packages, which uses less disk space
- automatic retries - a single network request failing won’t cause an install to fail. Requests are retried upon failure, reducing red builds due to temporary network issues
- parallel downloads - Yarn can download packages in parallel, reducing the time builds take to run
- fully compatible with npm - switching from npm to Yarn is a no friction process
- yarn.lock - keeps dependencies locked to specific versions similar to Gemfile.lock in the Ruby world

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ECS Liva ZE Fanless Mini PC Unveiled

"ECS has this week announced a new addition to their range of fanless desktop mini PC systems with the unveiling of the ECS Liva ZE. Designed for business and industrial applications. Powered by choice of Celeron N3350, Celeron N3450, or Pentium N4200 Apollo Lake processors the mini PC can support up to 8 GB RAM thanks to the addition of 2 SODIMM RAM slots."

"Connections on the mini PC include USB 3.0 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, a mini DisplayPort, dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks, a headset jack, a built-in mic, and 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Storage is provided by support for up to 64GB of eMMC flash storage as well as a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD and an M.2 SSD and the system can be installed with either Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS."

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Meet DeX: Dock Turns Galaxy S8 Into Mini PC

"Between the blazing Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have a lot of power under the hood. But what if you want more real estate than a 5.8- or 6.2-inch screen? Enter DeX, a new desktop dock that gives you a big-screen Android experience, essentially turning this handset into a mini PC."

"The DeX is a compact, oval-shaped dock that has a USB-C port for plugging in your phone. There's two USB ports in the back for plugging in peripherals, plus an HDMI port and Ethernet port. Once you pop in the Galaxy S8, it will light up whatever monitor you have plugged into the DeX via HDMI."

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1Sheeld+ For iOS And Android Now Available For $55 (video)

"Makers and developers looking to create projects that can interact with iOS and android smartphone applications, may be interested to know that the 1Sheeld+ has now arrived at Adafruit and is available to purchase price of $55."

"The 1Sheeld+ take the form of a “Bluetooth LE Tethered” shield for Arduino which can then connect to a mobile application on your tablet or smartphone. Enabling users to benefit from the LCD screen, gyroscope, switches, LEDs, accelerator, magnetometer, GSM, Wi-Fi, GPS, and more already on your mobile device."

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How to take a screenshot on Android

"For a quick standard screenshot, first try exactly this: press the power button and volume-down button together, and hold for a few seconds until the screen flashes to signal the screengrab has been captured. (--) In most versions of Android you will get a notification pop up to confirm the screenshot was successful; some will automatically open that screenshot or present it in a pop-up window you can select to access sharing options."

"If pressing the power button and volume down button doesn't work, this is probably because your phone or tablet has a physical home button. Try swapping out the power button for the home button in this scenario. To take a screenshot then, simultaneously press and hold for a few seconds the home button and volume-down button. As in the previous step, the screen will flash to signal to you that the screengrab has been captured, and you'll then be able to access sharing options."

"If you are using a Samsung Galaxy phone to take a screenshot, you will find another option at your disposal. You'll need to turn on this functionality in Settings, Motions and gestures, Palm swipe to capture first, but Samsung Galaxy phones allow you to take a screenshot with a swipe of the palm."

"some phones feature a screen capture option from the power options menu. To take a screenshot you need only press and hold the power button, then select Take screenshot. As is the case with the Sony Xperia Z5, pictured here, you may also find a Record screen option."

"Screencasts are now possible in all devices running Android Lollipop and later. You may have an app preinstalled on your phone that will do this for you - check before you download another one - but if not simply launch Google Play and search for Screen Recorder. The app we have used in the past is now called the Riv Screen Recorder. It's free to install, but there are now many other options too."

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