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Panasonic Toughbook 55



Panasonic has updated its popular Toughbook line of rugged laptops with a first-ever customisable option.

The new Panasonic Toughbook 55 is a clamshell notebook which allows users to boost graphics capabilities, add a smartcard reader, additional storage or a DVD or Blu-Ray drive with just a simple switch, fit and click of the new Toughbook Universal Bay. Additionally, a front expansion slot can be used to quickly integrate a fingerprint reader, RFID or regular smart card reader or even a second battery.


When configuring the device at checkout, users can also customize three additional ports for the device using its expansion slot to add VGA, True Serial and either a 4th USB, 2nd GLAN or a rugged Fischer USB.

"Buyers can invest in the device knowing that it has the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the business and the workforce over the long-term. Lastly, it cuts the carbon footprint of the device because it enables the repair and replacement of independent parts rather than discarding the device when one part fails or sending the whole device back for repair.”

Toughbook 55




The Toughbook 55 is a semi-rugged device that weighs just 2.08kg, slim at 32.8mm and easy to bring on the go thanks to its premium designed handle. It is also tougher than its predecessor with an enhanced Ingress Protection Rating (IP53) against dust and water splash while also being protected against drops of up to 91cm.

The device can be used in extreme temperatures and it operates comfortably in temperatures ranging from -20°C to +60°C. Panasonic's latest revision of the Toughbook also has increased the battery life of up to 20 hours and an extended capability of 40 hours when used with its hot-swappable second battery.

Panasonic Toughbook 55


In terms of performance, the Toughbook 55 comes equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 8GB of RAM (upgradable to 64GB) and a 512GB SSD. The device also has two USB3.1 ports, a USB C port, HDMI, Ethernet and a micro SDXC slot. Panasonic has included Bluetooth 5.0 to deliver faster data exchange and to communicate over long distances and the Toughbook 55 supports WLAN with an Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-9560 chip.

The Toughbook 55 will be available this month at a starting price of £1,772 + VAT and the device comes in three versions: HD, Full-HD and FullHD with a touch screen.

You can now call google assistant for answers in India

You can now call google assistant for answers in India
You can now call google assistant for answers in India

Yes, you can call google assistant for answers through a toll-free number that just now works for Vodafone and Idea users only. At a google for India event, Google launched this feature for feature phone users. Users can dial 000 800 9191 000 through their Vodafone or Idea SIM and can ask questions and get a reply in English or Hindi.

The conversation experience on the phone call is similar to the smartphone built google assistant. Manuel Bronstein, Vice President, Product Management at Google, told India Today Tech that for the Phone Line service, the back-end will be handled jointly by Google and Vodafone.

The infrastructure for calls and phone support obviously comes from Vodafone-Idea while Google takes care of the Assistant once the call placed by a user connects to the internet at the backend. "The conversations are real-time and feel incredibly natural. It's like talking to someone on the phone," said Bronstein.

This feature is the same as ASK-NYPL. You can call a public library in new york to get answers from librarians. This program is started in 1967 to answer questions to the public that are difficult to find.

Over the time period, the New York public library saved a few interesting questions that are asked by the people over the telephone.

You can still call New York Public library and ask a question at 917-ASK-NYPL

Here is the link to some Interesting questions link.


SamSam Ransomware Attacks Extorted Nearly $6 Million


Ransomware has become a multimillion-dollar black market business for cybercriminals, and SamSam being a great example.

New research revealed that the SamSam ransomware had extorted nearly $6 million from its victims since December 2015, when the cyber gang behind the ransomware started distributing the malware in the wild.

Researchers at Sophos have tracked Bitcoin addresses owned by the attackers mentioned on ransom notes of each SamSam version and found the attackers have received more than $5.9 million from just 233 victims, and their profits are still on the rise, netting around $300,000 per month.
"In total, we have now identified 157 unique addresses which have received ransom payments as well as 89 addresses which have been used on ransom notes and sample files but, to date, have not received payments," the new report by Sophos reads.

What makes SamSam stand out from other forms of ransomware is that SamSam is not distributed in an unplanned way via spam email campaigns; instead, attackers choose potential targets and infect systems manually.

Attackers first compromise the RDP on a targeted system—either by conducting brute force attack or using stolen credentials purchased from the dark web—and then attempt to strategically deploy SamSam ransomware throughout the network by exploiting vulnerabilities in other systems.

Unlike other well-known ransomware like WannaCry and NotPetya, SamSam does not include any worm-like or virus capabilities to spread by itself. Instead, the ransomware relies on the human attacker to spread it.


Once they're on the entire network, the ransomware then encrypts the system's data and demand a huge ransom payment (usually more than $50,000 which is much higher than normal) in Bitcoin in exchange for the decryption keys.

"A multi-tiered priority system ensures that the ransomware encrypts the most valuable data first, but eventually it also encrypts everything else that isn’t in a very short list of Windows system-related files."

"This method has several benefits. As a manual attack, it poses no risk of spreading out of control, attracting unwanted attention. It also allows the attacker to cherry pick targets, and to know which computers have been encrypted."

SamSam Ransomware Chooses Its Targets Carefully



Since December 2015, SamSam has significantly targeted some large organizations, including the Atlanta city government, the Colorado Department of Transportation, several hospitals and educational institutions like the Mississippi Valley State University.

So far, the largest ransom paid by an individual victim is valued at $64,000—a significantly large amount compared to most ransomware families.

Since the SamSam victims do not see any other option to restore their encrypted files, a significant percentage of victims are paying the ransom, making the attack more effective.

According to Sophos, 74 percent of the known victim organizations identified by the security firm is based in the United States, and others are distributed in Canada, the UK, and the Middle East.

To protect against this threat, users and organizations are recommended to keep regular backups, use multi-factor authentication, restrict access to RDP(on port 3389), and always keep systems and software up-to-date.


WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to five chats in India

WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to five chats in India



Under unrelenting pressure from the Indian government to effectively handle the menace of rumours and fake news on its platform, Whatsapp has announced another series of measures to curtail mass forwarding of messages, images, and videos. 

In a statement on Friday, Whatsapp said it is launching a test to limit forwarding on WhatsApp. "In India — where people forward more messages, photos, and videos, than any other country in the world — we'll also test a lower limit of five chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages." 



Whatsapp had added a feature to let people forward a message to multiple chats at once a few years ago. 

This comes after Whatsapp launched its forward label in India earlier this month to identify messages which are not original and have been forwarded. 

On Thursday, the Indian government has sent a second letter to Whatsapp asking for "more effective solutions" that can bring in "accountability and facilitate enforcement of the law" in the wake of rising incidents of rumours on Whatsapp triggering lynching incidents in the country. 

Ministry of electronics and IT (MEITY) had sent out a stern warning to WhatsApp earlier this month also, asking the Facebook-owned messaging platform to immediately stop the spread of “irresponsible and explosive messages filled with rumours and provocation” on its platform. The messaging platform has responded to the government letter saying that it will use a mix of technology along with new features to identify forwarded messaging and work with fact checkers and academia to address the issue.


Here's WhatsApp's full statement

More changes to forwarding
We built WhatsApp as a private messaging app - a simple, secure, and reliable way to communicate with friends and family. And as we've added new features, we've been careful to try and keep that feeling of intimacy, which people say they love.

A few years back we added a feature to WhatsApp that lets you forward a message to multiple chats at once.

 today, we're launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using WhatsApp. In India - where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world - we'll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we'll remove the quick forward button next to media messages. 

We believe that these changes - which we'll continue to evaluate - will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.

We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, and we'll continue to improve our app with features like this one






Shape Changing Robot



Robot technology has been helping humanity in a variety of situations where human reach is challenged or impossible for years now. Today, we're looking at a compact crawling robot capable of reaching the tiny crevices and gaps of say, a building that has crumbled. 

The Rising Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot (or RSTAR) is a robot designed for search-and-rescue operations. It has both round and open three-spoked wheels that pivot downwards and outwards from the robot's thin body.
According to a report by EurekAlert!, the RSTAR is an upgraded version of the STAR, a brainchild of Dr. David Zarrouk, a professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He built the upgraded RSTAR along with Liran Yehezkel, a student and robotics lab worker in the same university. 

"The RSTAR is ideal for search and rescue operations in unstructured environments, such as collapsed buildings or flooded areas, where it must adapt and overcome a variety of successive obstacles to reach its target," comments Dr. Zarrouk.

The RSTAR uses its round wheels to travel at more than three feet per second on hard flat surfaces, but changes to spoke wheels to go through very soft and granular surfaces like thick mud or sand. It is also capable of climbing vertically and horizontally by pressing its wheels to the walls for support


The team at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is working on a larger STAR robot that can climb over much larger obstacles such as stairs and carry over four pounds of supplies and sensors. A smaller STAR or RSTAR can piggyback on a larger robot to reach hard-to-access areas and penetrate narrow passages and cracks. 

It's certainly a tool that might one day save thousands of lives. Robot technology has been helping humanity in a variety of situations where human reach is challenged or impossible for years now.

 Today, we're looking at a compact crawling robot capable of reaching the tiny crevices and gaps of say, a building that has crumbled. The Rising Sprawl-Tuned Autonomous Robot (or RSTAR) is a robot designed for search-and-rescue operations. 

It has both round and open three-spoked wheels that pivot downwards and outwards from the robot's thin body.

According to a report by EurekAlert!, the RSTAR is an upgraded version of the STAR, a brainchild of Dr. David Zarrouk, a professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He built the upgraded RSTAR along with Liran Yehezkel, a student and robotics lab worker in the same university. 

"The RSTAR is ideal for search and rescue operations in unstructured environments, such as collapsed buildings or flooded areas, where it must adapt and overcome a variety of successive obstacles to reach its target," comments Dr. Zarrouk.

The RSTAR uses its round wheels to travel at more than three feet per second on hard flat surfaces, but changes to spoke wheels to go through very soft and granular surfaces like thick mud or sand. It is also capable of climbing vertically and horizontally by pressing its wheels to the walls for support

The team at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is working on a larger STAR robot that can climb over much larger obstacles such as stairs and carry over four pounds of supplies and sensors. 

A smaller STAR or RSTAR can piggyback on a larger robot to reach hard-to-access areas and penetrate narrow passages and cracks. It's certainly a tool that might one day save thousands of lives.

        

WhatsApp has announced many new features this year, and here are 6 you should know about


The chat app has added many new features to the app. There is not a single month when you don't hear an update from WhatsApp. It has launched an array of features recently ranging from group calls to new controls for the group chat. Let's take a look at each of these recent updates:
1. Media visibility: WhatsApp for Android now allows you to control the media content that you want to see in your phone's gallery. Let's accept this that we all use WhatsApp for all kinds of messages. Every day there are dozens of photo and video that we receive on the platform. There are some photos and videos which you may not be comfortable showing others at home. WhatsApp now allows you to download these media files in WhatsApp but prevent it from showing up in your phone gallery.

You can set this media Visibility to each and every contact, group.
2. Labeling forwarded messages: WhatsApp now indicates which messages you receive have been forwarded to you. This can help you know if your contact wrote the message or if it originally came from someone else.
3. Send Messages: This is another important (and dominating) feature that WhatsApp has launched. This allows only admins to send a message to the group. To enable this setting, go to Group Info> Group Settings > Send Messages and select Only Admins. WhatsApp says that the feature is helpful in case of important announcements and information.
4. Admin controls: In group settings, there's now a new control that allows admins to restrict who can change the group's subject, icon, and description.
5. Demote admins: This is another new group-centric feature that allows a group admin to demote the other admin in the group to a participant without removing that person.
6. WhatsApp group call: One of the most important WhatsApp features of this year is the group call. WhatsApp now allows you to make group calls from the app. You can add up to four participants on the call in one time. Both voice and video call support this feature.

How to get these new Features 

first, you need to signup for the beta program in WhatsApp.

go to play store, search for WhatsApp 

Scroll to bottom you can see SignUp for Beta Program.

Click on Sign up for the beta program.

Wait For Few Minutes

Hola! You Are Now Signed For Beta Program.

If The Beta Program is full You Can Download it from Apkmirror.com

Any queries Feel Free Leave A comment below!!