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Check if your Linux computer is vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown threats

LINUX COMPUTER

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Essentially, all Intel-powered computers are affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability, but due to their less popularity, Linux computers don’t get much mainstream attention. At least when compared to the attention Windows and macOS are getting.

If you are a die-hard Linux fan, you have probably come across various tools released to check on whether a computer is affected by the Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability or not (such as the Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker we covered last week). However, there are not as many releases of such tools for the Linux computer front.

There is a new script published at GitHub that will help you establish whether your Linux distribution is vulnerable or not. To know whether your Linux computer is vulnerable to the two variants of Spectre or Meltdown.

Check the official GitHub project page, and you will get the source code giving you the chance to analyze it before actually installing it. The script can be run without parameters to check the on the kernel or you can use options that check on a kernel that is not …read more

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Google Art & Culture app breaks social media with freakish doppelgangers from way in the past

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Have you ever wondered how many people out there look like you? Now, have you ever wondered how many people who once walked the face of the Earth looked like you? Well, wonder no more!

Engineers at Mountain View, California have updated the Google Art & Culture to enable it to take a selfie of you and run image recognition with pictures in the archives. The app then finds someone from the archives who matches your physical looks the most.

It then returns a picture of you and that of your doppelganger (from way in the past) side-by-side, with a percentage of your match. If you like what you see (or don’t like what you but are still brave enough) you can share the picture of you and your doppelganger on social media; if you dare.

A number of people are giving it a try, and most of the time, the picture they are matched with is of uncanny resemblance; but of people from way back in the past. However, the match is not always close; sometimes it is completely off. Though it does make for a fun …read more

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Wanna net the Big Cryptocurrency Fish on your iPhone or iPad? Here’s the best Crypto Trading mobile apps

cryptocurrency

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Bitcoin popularity has been spreading like one of them wildfires that every now and then erupts in the dry Cali areas. You wake up the next morning, switch on the news, and it is at an all-time high. Even when it seems to be slowing down, or receding it doesn’t last long before you hear it is rising in value.

Thanks to Bitcoin unprecedented growth in value, people have become crazy about cryptocurrency mining and trading. Chances are high you have also given thoughts about taking a swing at it, but you are completely lost about where to begin. Well, worry not!

In this article we are going to take a dive into some of the best apps for cryptocurrency trading for your iPhone or iPad, but before we take the plunge into that. Remember to always keep your eyes peeled to the latest prices of the coins. Always keep your private key with the recommended security and have personalized alerts to ensure you never miss an opportunity to net a big fish.

#1 – Coinbase [Free]

Coinbase is by all measure the most popular crypto …read more

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Cybersecurity tops as the leading concern for Businesses in South Africa

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According to a report published Jan 16th, 2018 by the Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) dubbed the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018. The report cites the top threats facing businesses in South Africa, as listed by the business owners themselves. They are as follows:

Threat Percentage
1. Cyber attack 38%
2. Business Interruption (BI) 34%
3. Changes in Legislation & Regulations 29%
4. Market Development and Natural catastrophe 23%
6. Fire, explosion, and new technologies 19%
8. Climate Change and loss of Business Reputation (Brand value damage) 16%
10. Macroeconomic development 13%

South Africa is reported to have the third highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide, losing billions of Rands a year to cyber attacks and experiencing more cyber attacks that its African counterparts,” said Nobuhle Nkosi, a Cyber Insurance Expert at AGCS Africa.

Although cyber awareness has significantly increased, particularly among small and medium-sized businesses, it is more challenging for these enterprises to tackle this issue compared to larger corporations.”

There is, however, some good news from the Allianz Risk Barometer …read more

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Kenya’s plays host to Microsoft Kaizala launch event in Africa

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Following a series of test runs in India, Philippines, and Kenya. Microsoft’s Kaizala chat application is now available worldwide.

The Kaizala chat app is designed for businesses and comes with rich features such as the ability of a group administrator to create a group within a group. By filtering out participants and selecting a few based on their interest and the target audience of the administrator.

Kaizala also allows users to send not just messages, but also conduct surveys and polls. You can even geo-locate team members and manage the company’s data through the app.

The app is integrated into the Office 365 suit and can also tap into other business apps including Power BI for more productive business analysis and insights. Microsoft says the app can integrate small teams and big teams (over 1 million people) into one group with ease and without the members feeling exhausted with over-messaging. As is the case with WhatsApp and Viber groups currently.

This is the very first mobile first application and product by Microsoft. It is designed for mobile workers, citizens, and customers and we get to connect this special …read more

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Find and Delete your stored Voice Commands data on Google Assistant

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Did you know that every time you talk to Google Assistant, a recording of your voice command is uploaded and stored on Google servers? Yes, your voice commands are stored on your Google account!

I don’t know about you, but the thought of my voice data being in possession of Google seems freakish, and outright disturbing. Good thing there is an option of deleting them; albeit you have to do it manually. That is what this article is about. We are going to show you how to delete your voice data stored on Google’s server (your Google account).

How to Delete Voice Data gathered by Google Assistant

Launch your browser, and assuming you got internet connection head on to Google’s My Activity Page. If you are not logged into your Google account, you will be prompted to do so.

The default page view here lists down 22 different categories of items ranging from your YouTube activities down to Ads. While you can scroll through the whole list, it will save you a lot of time if you simply click the plus sign located on the left …read more

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Kenya reaches new online milestone thanks to the spikes in Internet Penetration

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The Kenya Communication Authority (CA) says the country’s internet penetration has hit over the 100% mark to stand currently at 112.7%. This is as per the Q1 (July – September 2017) Sector Statistics report for the 2017/2018 financial year.

The CA cites the increasing uptake of smartphones and broadband connectivity as the main reasons for this growth.

The growth has now put broadband subscriptions at 17.6 million compared to 15.4 million posted in preceding quarter. Consequently, broadband penetration increased to 38.8 percent during the quarter from 34.2 percent,” the CA explained in a report.

The demand for data/internet continues to soar, with the number of estimated data/internet users jumping by 12.5 percent to post 51.1 million users compared to 45.4 million users reported in the previous quarter. Mobile data remains the key contributor to data/internet subscription at 99%.”

Some of this growth has also been attributed to fiber optic technology, which has registered a 65.5% growth. Current numbers of users thanks to fiber technology stands at 90,534 up from 54,700 in the previous period.

Mobile carriers like Safaricom have recorded tremendous growth in subscribers of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) …read more

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Find out if your PC is vulnerable using the free Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker

Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker

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Unless you have been living under a rock on Mars, you should be worried whether your computer (macOS, Windows, Chromebook or Linux) is vulnerable to the latest security threat. The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability affecting Intel chips. Well, there is a new simple-to-use tool, the Ashampoo Spectre Meltdown CPU Checker that scans your Windows PC and in a matter of seconds tells you whether it is vulnerable or not.

While the primary target of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerability is the CPU, they also affect other software running on your system. That is why Mozilla, which produces desktop application (Firefox browser), had to release a patch (in record time) for its Mozilla browser. Though the chief threat lies in the operating system’s security (not so much on desktop application software), and as far as Windows is concerned, Microsoft has so far released an out-of-band patch.

The proper fix for this new vulnerability will be a firmware patch, which can only come from Intel and AMD among other chip makers. The updates should be availed to manufacturers, such as ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte who makes motherboards.

The Ashampoo …read more

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How to Sync your Windows Settings across your multiple Window 10 devices

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PCs are the most popular computing devices; whether they are desktops or laptop computers. You probably own one, two, or multiple PCs and chances are high they are running Windows OS. If you like to keep up with the trend, your devices are probably running Windows 10.

You may find working on your laptop ideal for when you are in the house in the privacy of little corner of your bedroom or living room. While at work, you might prefer the big monitor that is your workstation PC.

You probably have personalized your computer settings; you like a certain type of theme, you like your cursor behaving in a certain way, you like your clock display in a certain way, you like your taskbar positioned in a certain way… well, you get the point I am driving at!

The problem with customizing one computer but you work on multiple computers, is you will find it cumbersome customizing every computer you will be working on next. You will begin your customization from scratch on the second, or third, or forth… computer. At least that is how it used to …read more

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Three most Affordable Linux Laptops is you’re on a shoe-string budget

Linux Laptops

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A lot of people associate Linux computers with being cheap. While that is partly true, don’t make the mistake of thinking they are cheap because they are not that good. There are some Linux distros out there tailor-made to suit the need of power users, in ways not even Windows or macOS computers can achieve. Nonetheless, a Linux laptop will cost you less than one that comes with Windows or macOS out of the box.

Just how much cheaper can it get?

If you are tied down with a shoe-string budget, here are some option of really affordable Linux laptop that ought to work within your budget.

Before we jump into those laptops, let us get one misconception out of the way. You can install these Linux distros on just about any computer. However, dedicated machines come with complete set of drivers. If you install a Linux distro on your typical computer, some hardware may fail to work, until you download and install the right Linux version of the drivers. Sometimes, that can be harder than it sounds when dealing with Linux.

The following machines are dedicated to the …read more

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