Category Archives: Internet

Your computer could be being used to mine for cryptocurrency

Your computer may be harvesting cryptocurrencies without your permission thanks to a large number of popular websites reportedly being infected with malware that uses visitor’s computers to mine cryptocurrencies.

According to a BBC report, a scan of some of the most popular websites on the web found hundreds to be harbouring malicious mining code.

Mining cryptocurrencies require a lot of computational power; rather than having one central computer that monitors the spending of cryptocurrencies, they depend on a large number of computers doing the complex calculations to establish the spending path of the currency.

For the average ‘miner’, an investment in a computer with a greater number of GPUs will pay dividends as performing the computation will reward them with an amount of the currency in exchange for the use of their computer.

Outsourcing the heavy lifting

For some though, it makes sense to outsource the heavy lifting to other computers. This is where mining software comes in. There are perfectly legitimate pieces of software out there like one created by company Coinhive, that companies can install into their websites that outsources the computational requirements to the computer of those visiting the site.

If users are informed that this is happening, it could potentially stand to be a new alternate revenue stream for websites, possibly replacing or supplementing adverts. The problem lies in if users aren’t told.

In recent times, there have been stories about The Pirate Bay and Showtime users reporting higher-than-usual GPU usage from their computers, and it turning out to be mining software running on the sites.

While this may seem like an obvious thing for websites to keep their users informed about, it gets more complicated when websites don’t know that they are running the software. Because of the slightly shady nature of The Pirate Bay, it’s easy to assume that it knew the software was running, but Showtime could have potentially been hacked.

Taking steps

When the BBC contacted the UK based websites that it found were running the mining script, many responded that they did not know who had added it to the site.

When Coinhive was asked about surreptitious use of its code, it responded: “We had a few early users that implemented the script on sites they previously hacked, without the site owner’s knowledge,” it said in a message to the BBC. “We have banned several of these accounts and will continue to do so when we learn about such cases.”

If you think that your computer may be affected by one of these mining scripts, a quick fix is to use an ad-blocker, but if you want more robust security for your computer, make sure you have a good antivirus package.

      

InfoWatch’s new ‘Hi-Tech’ phone to prevent data leaks

InfoWatch Group, a Russian company that produces end-to-end enterprise cyber-security solutions, will showcase its new Taiga smartphone at GITEX Technology Week 2017, which the company claims is designed to prevent data leaks.

The technology behind the smartphone has been worked on by experts at InfoWatch and Taiga Systems for four years, and will protect against leakage of sensitive data like contacts, SMS, geodata, photos, videos and documents stored on an employee mobile devices.

“With the rising risk of data leaks through consumer mobile devices, smartphone manufacturers, and software developers, the best way for corporations to reliably protect their information on a mobile device is the Taiga system that eliminates software backdoors and integrates DLP (Data Loss Prevention) Software,” said Kristina Tantsyura, General Manager of InfoWatch Gulf.

While the specs of the smartphone is yet unknown, it is at least said to be running on a “proprietary Android 6.0 firmware”.

      

iOS 12: what we want to see

iOS 11 is full of big changes for iPads and smaller changes for iPhones, but it’s not going to be the last software update we see from Apple.

There’s no doubt that iOS 12 will arrive in 2018, and with it likely a whole heap of changes, improvements and new features.

But what exactly will those changes and features include? Little is known yet, but we’ve come up with a wish list of what we want from it – and as more rumors and facts come in, this will be the place to learn about all of them.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of Apple’s mobile OS
  • When is it out? Probably around September 2018
  • How much will it cost? Nothing!

iOS 12 release date

Based on past form we’ll probably get our first official look at iOS 12 at WWDC 2018, which is likely to happen in June.

A developer beta version of the operating system will likely be launched there, followed by a public beta, but the final, polished release probably won’t land until around the same time as the iPhone 9 – or whatever Apple calls its next phone – which will likely launch in or around September 2018.

That’s when iOS 12 will probably be pushed to all compatible devices. And it will arrive as a free update to all iPhones and iPads built in the last few years.

iOS 12 news and rumors

So far we don’t know anything at all about iOS 12, but now that iOS 11 has arrived we’re sure to start hearing things soon and we’ll keep this page updated with every reputable rumor.

These usually come from developers getting early looks at the software to release fancy new apps that take advantage of the new capabilities, so there are multiple ways for info to make its way onto the web.

What we want to see

While nothing is known about iOS 12 yet we have a clear idea of some of the things we want to see, such as the following.

1. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles that work properly

Control Center has been improved for iOS 11, but one thing we’re not such fans of is the fact that you can’t actually turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth from it.

Tap either toggle and your device will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories, but won’t actually turn off their radios.

There are good reasons for this, as it ensures accessories like the Apple Pencil and Apple Watch 3 will continue to work, as well as features such as AirDrop and AirPlay, but there are also plenty of reasons you might want to fully disable them.

Currently to do that you have to head to the main Settings screen, so in iOS 12 we’d like there to at least be an option to have proper ‘off’ toggles in Control Center – perhaps with a harder 3D Touch?

2. Wish list returned to the App Store

The App Store has been overhauled as part of iOS 11, and for the most part it’s for the better, but one feature has been killed off in the process, namely wish lists.

Previously, if you saw an app or game you liked the look of but didn’t want to buy it then and there (perhaps because the price was high or you were using cellular data) you could add it to your wish list so you wouldn’t forget about it.

You can’t do that anymore, and nor can you see your old wish list, so good luck remembering anything you’ve added. It was a handy feature and we’d like to see it – along with everything we added to it – returned in iOS 12.

3. Camera controls in the camera app

People often talk about how intuitive iOS is, and for the most part they’re right, but there are some aspects which really aren’t – namely the camera controls, or rather their location.

If you’ve not used iOS before you’d expect to find them in the camera app, but some, including video resolution, file formats and whether or not to show a grid, are instead on a sub menu of the main Settings screen, meaning you have to actually leave the camera app and make several additional taps to change them.

It also means that some users may not even know they exist, especially since some controls are housed in the app, so you might reasonably assume that they all are. We really want to see this changed for iOS 12.

4. A movable back button

When moving around apps in iOS you’ll often want to go back to a previous screen, and as there’s no hardware back button you instead have to tap a tiny option in the top left corner of the display.

This isn’t ideal if you’re right handed, as it can be a bit of a stretch when using a larger device such as an iPhone 8 Plus, so we’d like to see its position become customizable in iOS 12.

5. More powerful Files

Files promised to be a file explorer and manager for iOS, bringing it closer to a desktop experience, or at least to Android levels of control. But in reality, the first time you open Files you probably won’t see much of anything.

You can connect cloud drives to it, but anything locally stored won’t be visible unless you manually save it to Files. It makes the app a bit confusing and clunky and means you never have a true view of your system’s files and folders.

For iOS 12 we’d like to see it turned into a proper file manager.

6. More Control Center customization

With iOS 11 Apple has let you pick what you see in Control Center, but its selection isn’t comprehensive.

We’d love the power to add any setting or app shortcut we want, and also to remove the likes of music controls and screen mirroring, which currently you can’t.

7. System-wide autofill

Password managers are a fast, secure way to log into your various apps and accounts. Or, they’re secure anyway, and on most devices they’re fast, but not always on iOS.

That’s because for a password manager to autofill the login fields of an app, the app’s developer has to have manually enabled it, which few have.

Apple has somewhat improved things by adding a ‘Password Autofill For Apps’ feature to iOS 11, which does exactly what the name suggests, but only for passwords you’ve stored with Apple.

Apps still can’t tap into your favorite password manager automatically, so the first time you log in to them you’ll have to either type out your username and password manually or copy and paste.

On a computer or Android phone the password manager experience is seamless. On iOS it’s anything but, so we want this fixed for iOS 12.

      

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones can now run Windows 10 more easily

You can now run Windows 10 desktop on Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8, the S8+ and the Note 8 far more easily than before.

While the service was available when the Galaxy S8 and its docking station, DeX, launched earlier this year, this time around Ingram Micro, the world’s largest distributor of technology products, has teamed up with Samsung and Amazon to deliver a simplified solution that allows Samsung DeX customers to access a full Windows Desktop from their mobile devices.

Ingram Micro Cloud’s solution automates the setup of Amazon WorkSpaces and Microsoft Windows Desktop as a Service (DaaS) for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and DeX prosumers so that they can set up and run a virtual desktop on their smartphones in just a few easy steps.

By using the Samsung DeX Station, Galaxy Note 8 and S8/S8+ users can connect to any type of display with an HDMI port and use a mouse and keyboard to obtain a full desktop experience right from their smartphone.

Surprising tie-up with AWS

It’s worth noting that Amazon Web Services rather than Microsoft’s very own Azure provides with that solution, another indication perhaps, that after the recent Cortana and Alexa, Amazon and Microsoft are warming up to each other despite their rivalry in cloud computing.

When Samsung Dex is combined with Amazon Workspaces, users can have access to a full desktop experience complete with their own Microsoft Windows virtual desktop that allows them to use all of their files and applications.

This is the first mobile device-based Windows cloud DaaS being offered directly to Samsung DeX customers and now students, freelancers and entrepreneurs can access a full Windows-based desktop directly from their Samsung DeX station and smartphones.

A 30-day free trial of Amazon Workspaces will be available to all Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8/S8+ users in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, the US and the UK so that they can try it out for themselves.

The offer can only be accessed through the Windows Desktop Free Trial DeX App on the Samsung Galaxy App Store.

      

AOL Instant Messenger to shut down in December after 20 years

For many years, AOL Instant Messenger was one of the last real reminders of how sweeping AOL’s presence was in the 1990s. As recently as last year, it wasn’t uncommon for me to find editors using it as a means of real-time communication with freelancers when Slack wasn’t an option.

Today, though, the team at Oath announced on Tumblr that AIM will be shutting down on December 15 after an impressive 20-year run. Oath is the new company Verizon created to merge elements of AOL and Yahoo following its acquisition of both.

“AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed,” the announcement reads.

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise. The signs were already there, as AOL starting denying access from some third-party chat clients way back in February. At the time, an AOL employee who spoke with Ars Technica claimed usage had slipped into the “single digit millions.”

“In the years since, the frail network of old backend code was likely never rewritten and as people retired from the company or were forced out they had to let functionality go,” he continued.

Long before that, in 2012 The New York Times reported that AOL axed more than 40 jobs at its West Coast offices, with the AIM team being the hardest hit. This essentially ended any significant new development or updates beyond mere survival.

AIM, though, for years remained a somewhat comforting reminder of the way things used to be. The Tumblr announcement plays on that nostalgia, saying that ’90s kids “might also remember how characters throughout pop culture from You’ve Got Mail to Sex and the City used AIM to help navigate their relationships.”

End of an era.

      

Best dating apps: straight, gay or bi, find love whatever your orientation

Once upon a time, dating apps were the last resort on the hunt for love and something of a shameful secret. Fast-forward to 2017 and if you’re young, free and single it’s kind of strange if you don’t have the Tinder app snuggled up between Uber and Deliveroo.

But as dating apps have risen in popularity, so has the demand for better experiences, more apps and added diversity. So before you go on another swiping spree, take a look at our pick of the best dating apps – catering to a wide range of preferences and orientations.

It’s worth mentioning that we didn’t just scour through app ratings to come up with this list, we also asked a wide range of dating app guinea pigs, from those who used them once and found a soulmate to those who use them regularly for relationships to flings.

Whatever your preferences, check out our selection of the best dating apps.

  • Free
  • iOS, Android
  • Straight, gay, bisexual, other

It’s hard to stand out in the era of Tinder, which is why OKCupid has turned its attention to matching people up on a ‘deeper level’.

By answering questions and filling out your profile, the app’s algorithm will suggest people who share your interests in the hope you’ll build more genuine connections, which you can easily see from a ‘compatibility’ score next to other users. You can also link up your Instagram account if you think it gives potential dates a better idea of what you’re all about.

Nick said: “The OKCupid dates I went on were often the most interesting, with people I could genuinely chat to.”

The app is free and, unless you use its ‘quickmatch’ Tinder-style feature, it’s all about browsing lots of profiles and breaking the ice with a message. But this focus on messages isn’t always good news.

Sarah said: “The fact you can easily message for free comes with the downside that you might get a fair few unwanted messages.”

  • Free
  • iOS (Android coming soon)
  • Straight, gay, bisexual, other

Now is, as you can maybe guess, all about meeting up right now. For some that might sound romantic. For those that like to plan, it’s panic-inducing.

Once you’ve signed up, you select a time window when you’re free and then choose what you’d like to do, like ‘coffee’ or ‘drink’ or ‘entertainment’. This immediacy is refreshing in the murky world of ‘will we ever meet or just awkwardly flirt for weeks before getting bored?’ online dating woes.

Dating blogger Paul Thomas Bell told us: “I did a lot of research into online dating and Now is the solution to what I found to be the single biggest complaint of women on Tinder – no more pen pals.”

But it turns out that an app designed for instant dating gratification doesn’t always attract those looking for a long-term partner.

Louise said: “It could just be because of the area I live in, but in my experience most of the guys on Now are only after one thing right now, and it isn’t romance or a coffee…”

Ahh Tinder. It’s been blamed for everything, from the rise of STDs and breeding promiscuity to global warming (okay, we’re making that last one up). But no matter who you ask, it seems to have become synonymous with casual dating and hookups rather than those looking for long-term love.

It’s ideal if you’re looking for something not so serious, but that’s not to say you won’t find a more long-term partner. After all, we’ve all got a friend-of-a-friend who married someone they met on Tinder, right? Unless we’re all just referring to the same couple…

The premise is simple. You’re shown someone’s photo. If you like it, swipe right. If you don’t, swipe left. And then repeat a couple of thousand times. If you’ve swiped right on someone and they’re swiped right on you as well, you’ll be notified and can begin messaging one another.

Hayley Minn told us: “I used to love it, it’s so easy to use and fun, but it now feels like a game more than anything and I’ve never had a date lead to anything serious.”

Despite the fact it seems to be losing its edge, we included it because it’s still popular, and the large user numbers mean the more chance of dates.

Louise said: “I’m sick of it, but most people are on it. And I’ve had a few good, well, mediocre, dates.”

In many ways, the Bumble experience is pretty much identical to the Tinder style of swiping, but rather than either party making the first move, it’s up to the girl to say something witty and impressive first within a day.

For many women that we chatted to, this was a breath of fresh air in the often seedy and overwhelming world of online dating and cringe-worthy first messages.

Hayley told us: “I LOVE it! The woman speaks first, and it means guys are way more likely to speak to you if you’re not just one of many.”

It also seems that the higher quality experience and focus on women being in control attracts a slightly better standard of men.

Louise told us: “The men are better, looks and personality.”

Paul agreed: “It’s Tinder, but better.”

Calling itself “the relationship app”, Hinge is aimed at those who are tired of Tinder, or just have really sore thumbs from all the swiping.

You’re prompted to ask a series of questions, but you can choose which you answer. The idea is you can build an authentic picture of yourself, with answers, photos, details about what you’re reading or listening to and even video. So you’re more likely to find someone with genuine shared interests, rather than just a nice face.

The biggest difference is there’s no ‘hot or not?’ style swiping. You can like someone’s activities and photos, which reminds us more of Facebook-style interactions, but packaged up within a dating app.

Does this all sound a bit too good to be true? That’s maybe because it is.

Sarah said: “Hinge definitely sounds good in theory. But I haven’t had a date through it yet. I’m trying to stay patient and positive, but I think the instant buzz of Tinder might have ruined me.”

Plenty of Fish is another app that allows you to create a profile, answer questions or just upload your favorite selfies. It’s got a large user-base and when it comes to success rates, it really divides opinion. The huge choice of, erm, fish, tend to mean there are a few long-term love stories and lots of “okay I guess” dating anecdotes.

Louise said: “It’s a totally mixed bag. Be ready to hunt for people through the droves and droves. I’ve had a few fun dates through it, you just have to put the time in to weed through the rubbish.”

Paul said: “All I ever hear from men is that women never reply, and all I ever hear from women is that they get too many messages.”

That said, we know personally of one real world couple that are now married having met through Plenty of Fish, so love can be found here!

Match.com is another older dating website that’s evolved over the years to become one of the most popular apps. The profiles are detailed (if people fill them in), which means you can find out more about someone before you speak to them, and location-based searching means you’re shown people who live or work nearby.

One of the most interesting developments to Match.com’s proposition is group dating events, which sound weird but could set it apart from the rest.

Paul said: “I love that match are evolving by introducing dating events. They have the potential to be the future of dating and it’s nice to see one of the top online companies acknowledging that, without losing their original identity.”

If you’re serious about finding long-term love as a gay man, Chappy may well be the best app option on the market. Built from an idea by Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke (stick with us…) it’s a respectful community with a higher quality user than some of the sleazier apps.

Letting you choose between “Mr Right” and “Mr Right Now” it’s fun and playful if you’re in the mood for some quick company, while offering a bit more depth for those looking for a bit more.

According to Basil it’s greatest feature is “a slider at the top, where you can indicate what you’re after, so only like-minded guys will populate your feed,” but the app experience “from that point onwards, is basically Tinder.”

Another app, another promise to provide more meaningful connections. Meet Coffee Meets Bagel. Ladies, you’ll be served up a Bagel (that’s what the app calls men) each day at noon, which are only the Bagels (or… erm… men?) that have already liked you. The idea is it’ll cut out time wasting and lead to a greater chance of a connection.

The app also has a recently launched premium feature, which serves up more information about your matches, like how likely they are to reply to you.

It’s another idea that sounds good, but does it really work? We’re yet to find anyone who has found what they’re looking for through the app.

Louise told us: “It’s a great idea and I like the fact I don’t have to sit alone in an evening and swipe for hours, but I haven’t had a date through it yet.”

Paul said: “I like it but I’m not yet convinced. It hasn’t captured my imagination quite yet but I do hope they prove me wrong as it has some really good elements to it.”

After a hairy hookup? Scruff takes the basic dating app experience, and tailors it to gay guys looking for burly, furry men, also known as bears, polar bears, cubs and otters.

Scruff quotes over 12 million worldwide users, and has recently expanded into AirBnB style travel accommodation, with a gay-friendly slant, also letting you know if fellow travellers from out of town are looking for some company. Paid tiers unlock additional features for committed users, but the free experience is worthy of inclusion here.

Basil enjoyed the “instant messaging, whether you’ve been highlighted for a positive match or not. It means there’s not instant rejection, but be ready for unsolicited messages too.” He encouraged using the private gallery feature to have more meaningful interactions with would-be dates.

Do you ever daydream that you’ll experience a romantic movie moment when you lock eyes with someone and then you’re together for all of eternity? But then you glance at someone in the street in real life and instantly look away again because you’re shy and awkward and not a fictional character? Well, Happn wants to try and resolve that and turn every walk down the street into a dreamy chance to find love.

You fill in your details like you would with any other app, but then your phone’s location smarts kick in and you’re shown people who are nearby. Whether that means they live near you, work near you, have the same Sunday morning routine, or anything else.

Nick said: “I met a lot of great people through this app. You’re bound to have similar lives if they keep showing up near you. Plus, it takes the pressure off because you’re already in each other’s proximity – you can easily go for a drink.”

But there are drawbacks to the “find people nearby” USP.

Nick continued: “The problem is, if you go on a bad date, you’ll see the same person again and again.”

Hayley said: “I used to love this. But then it keeps bringing up the same people over and over if you’re doing the same commute everyday as other people.”

  • Free
  • iOS
  • Straight

Taste Buds wants to connect you up with people who share your music interests, which is why it calls itself “Tinder for music lovers”, as if everyone on Tinder doesn’t love music?

If someone’s music tastes are a dealbreaker, this app will weed out anyone who isn’t destined to sit and listen to your favourite artists with you.

Paul said: “It’s a really nice idea. But I’m not sure if it has any longevity. I hope I’m proven wrong, as it’s quite innovative.”

Formerly called Dattch, Her claims it’s the “most popular lesbian app” and that’s hardly a surprise considering its fresh approach to connecting people. It’s mostly about dating with its “Meet” tab, with a bit of platonic social networking thrown in for good measure via its Facebook-like “Feed” area.

To set up a profile you answer some simple questions and then sync it up with your Facebook account. A lot of the people on the app say that’s REALLY appealing because it stops men from seeking out lesbian and queer people in an attempt to chat them up and somehow change their orientation… Yeah, it makes no sense to us either, but its an all-too-common problem on some of the more straight-focused dating apps. But Her puts a stop to it before you’ve even signed up. Phew.

It doesn’t just cater for lesbians – the app is for lesbian, bi, pansexual, trans and queer people, too. It just makes a big deal of its “most popular lesbian app” creds in its marketing materials.

Have you ever been texting someone lovely or on a great date with someone to then find out the next time you meet that you’ve got absolutely zilch in common? Sure some people can build relationships from differing interests, but it’s often easier if you have at least one hobby to share.

That’s why Sweatt seems like a kinda silly, kinda great idea. It’s essentially like Tinder, but for those who love fitness and working out. The aim is you’ll find someone who loves exercise just as much as you do so you can become one of those cringe-worthy couples who lifts weights together or does complicated acrobatic yoga poses and then posts them to Instagram.

Like Tinder, Sweatt isn’t interested in getting you to fill out lengthy questionnaires, instead profiles are simple. This is great for those who are pushed for time, but it does mean it’s likely your matches will be based solely on how you both look – a fact some will love and others will hate.

Also like Tinder, you can search through potential matches by swiping and if you both like each other you’re matched and can begin the cat and mouse game. Except in this case the mouse loves running and the cat is so toned it looks like it’s been moulded from clay.

      

Microsoft Edge browser and Microsoft Launcher now available for Android, iOS

Software giant Microsoft today announced the launch of two new apps for Android and iOS. The Redmond based company is bringing the Microsoft Edge browser to Android and iOS, while the Microsoft Launcher is currently headed to Android in beta.

Over the last few months, Microsoft has been moving ahead with its aim to make its products be as accessible as possible across platforms. Boosting its cross-platform strategy today, the company announced two new apps with Microsoft branding – its new Edge browser for Android and iOS, and an overhauled version of its existing Arrow Launcher.

Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS

Fans of Microsoft Edge browser on Windows 10 have been wishing for an Android and iOS version of the browser with syncing capabilities. Today, the company answered their wishes, albeit with a couple of riders. For starters, Microsoft Edge for Android is based on Chromium on Android and Webkit on iOS. On iOS, Microsoft has no other option but to use Webkit, its decision to fork Chromium for its Android version could seem like a lost opportunity to some users.

The second and more important rider for Edge fans is the fact that the Android version requires users to sign up as Windows Insiders and run preview versions of upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Given the nature of preview releases (often buggy, can be crashy too), not many users may be interested in installing them on their computers to use Edge Preview on Android.

Other than the two caveats, the Edge browser for Android and iOS doesn’t seem to support extensions just yet. It does support Microsoft Account for syncing your favorites and reading list, with synced tabs and history sync being worked on for future releases.

Microsoft Launcher for Android

Microsoft Launcher for Android is the second app to be announced today. Still in preview stages, it seems to be an overhauled version of the company’s old Arrow Launcher. For now, Microsoft Launcher is a rebranded version of Arrow Launcher, but new features and changes could be added down the line.

The new Microsoft Launcher comes with features like contact pinning, viewing appointments, recently viewed documents, frequently used apps and more.

An interesting feature that the new Edge and Launcher apps come with is “Continue on PC”, allowing users to move easily between their PCs and smartphones. In the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Microsoft will allow you to pair your Android and iOS devices to your Windows 10 PC. Presently, the company is testing this feature in its Windows Insider previews with plans to expand this feature to more complex scenarios like syncing an email you’re editing. Microsoft Edge browser for Android and iOS is available for testing – you can sign up here.

Microsoft Launcher for Android is also available as part of a beta – you can sign up to test the launcher here.

      

The next Dell XPS 13 gets teased way ahead of CES 2018

Dell gave TechRadar an early preview of the next XPS 13 during a tour of its Round Rock, Texas headquarters.

It’s clear the electronics firm’s latest 13-inch Ultrabook has taken design cues from the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. Gone are the full-size USB 3.0 ports in exchange for three USB-C ports. Sadly, this has also meant the SD card reader has been switched out for a Micro SD card slot.

Dell also introduced the updated Dell XPS 13 with a new Alpine White and Rose Gold color. The palm rest is made of a new woven glass fiber material that feels. Similar to carbon fiber material involves weaving a crystalline medium and a clear resin that give it a soft but firm structure.

Dell explained it had to develop the new material because it couldn’t produce an authentically white carbon fiber and it was unsatisfied with just giving it a coat of white paint.

Otherwise, Dell is keeping its lips sealed on more details about the new Dell XPS 13, but you can expect to hear much more about it at CES 2018.

      

The best free stock video sites 2017

A few well-placed snippets of high quality footage can really bring projects to life – whether they’re presentations, websites or your own home-made videos.

Finding the right video clips can be tricky, though. Many stock video sites charge a subscription fee for their best content. Thankfully, there are also places where you can download high quality video clips completely free of charge for both personal and commercial use, with no royalties or strings attached.

We’ve put the best free stock photo sites under the microscope and picked those that offer the best combination of video quality, variety of clips, and flexible licensing.

It’s worth bearing in mind that even if a video clip is in the public domain, you shouldn’t use it to create that shows identifiable people in a bad light.

There are some truly spectacular videos available on Pexels – all under a Creative Commons 0 (ie public domain) license, which means you’re free to use them for any personal or commercial projects without attribution.

The time-lapse videos are particularly lovely, and there are plenty of fun clips from GoPro-wearing divers and climbers. Pexels also include a handy ‘mockup’ category for footage of mobile devices with green screens that can be easily replaced via chroma keying.

Search results include premium videos from Shutterstock, but unlike most stock video sites, Pexels displays these at the bottom so you’re unlikely to mistake them for free clips.

Videos are provided in MP4 format in HD. The only drawback is the lack of clips in 4K, but if Full HD is enough for your project, Pexels should be your first stop.

If you need stock photos, Pexels also offers a great selection of stylish premium-quality stills under the same license.

Pexels

Stock Footage for Free feels like the video equivalent of free stock photo site Unsplash, focusing on quality rather than quantity. The footage is extremely impressive; we particularly like the selection of landscapes and looping backgrounds.

You’re given a detailed description of the video so you can be sure it’s the right one before downloading it. This is a sensible decision; downloads can take a while because of the large file sizes. The site’s HD videos are provided in MOV format, but there aren’t currently any 4K clips available.

Video clips are free for personal and commercial use, unless it’s a seriously high-budget production. Stock Footage for Free provides a detailed license agreement that makes explicit all the intellectual property information you’re likely to need.

Before you can download files you’ll need to sign up for a free account or log in using Facebook. At the time of writing, an error meant that we were unable to log in using an email address, though the Facebook option worked fine. We’ve reached out to the company to find out if this is an issue that can be resolved.

Stock Footage for Free

Pixabay is best known as a resource for free stock photos, but is also has a great selection of video clips available to download and use, no strings attached.

The videos are all submitted by Pixabay’s community of users, and are generally under a minute in length. The site is a good option for abstract images like clouds, as well as somewhat niche clips (the video of a man preparing pieces of beef is a particularly odd example).

There’s a small selection of 4K video too, motion graphics, and some infinitely looping clips that are handy for websites.

All clips are provided free for personal or commercial use, with no attribution necessary. The files are provided in MP4 format, in a choice of resolutions.

Pixabay

Footage from Videezy is royalty free for personal and commercial use, but users are asked to credit ‘Videezy.com’ in their projects.

Most videos are provided in HD resolution, but there’s also a good selection of 4K clips – mostly landscape scenes and abstract clips rendered using Adobe After Effects.

The quality is mixed, but generally high. We particularly like the selection of aerial drone footage

All videos are supplied in MP4 format, and you can see the resolution below the preview on the download page.

Keep an eye out for search results marked with a gold star; these are premium clips only available with an iStock subscription. The first two rows of search results are sponsored videos from Shutterstock, which again require a paid membership to download.

Videezy

Videvo offers thousands of videos contributed by its community of users. Quality is variable (a few clips have clearly been shot without a tripod) but they’re generally good, and there’s a huge selection to choose from so it’s highly likely you’ll find something suitable – even if it takes a little while.

If you’d like to contribute your own videos for others to download, you can do so after signing up for a free account.

Videos on Videvo fall under one of three licenses, so be sure to check which one applies to your chosen clip before you start working:

Videvo Standard License, which lets you use the clips in your own work without attribution, provided you don’t redistribute the footage.

Videvo Attribution License, which is the same as the Standard License, but requires you to credit the clip’s creator.

Creative Commons 3.0 Unported, which lets you share and adapt the clip, but requires you to credit the creator and indicate if you’ve made any changes.

Clips marked ‘Editorial use only’ can’t be used commercially, but those labelled ‘All projects and media’ can.

As with many free stock video sites, the top row of search results are actually premium samples from an advertiser (in this case Shutterstock). Scroll past these for Videovo’s own clips.

Some clips are provided as MP4 files, while others are delivered in QuickTime format. There’s a small selection of 4K clips, but half of these are Christmas-themed motion graphics. If you’re specifically looking for 4K video, you’re better off looking at one of the sites listed above.

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Lenovo celebrates 25 years of the ThinkPad with retro-themed ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25

At an exclusive event at the Yamato Labs in Yokohama, Japan, which TechRadar attended, Lenovo marked the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the original ThinkPad 700C by revealing the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25, a retro-themed limited edition ThinkPad that takes a number of design cues from the original.

The classic design includes nods to iconic features, such as the ThinkPad Classic keyboard, dedicated volume buttons, multiple status LEDs and multicolor logo.

Not many brands in the computing world could play on its legacy in this way (in a similar fashion to how Nintendo released the NES Mini and SNES Mini retro consoles), and Lenovo is clearly relishing this chance.

The official announcement of the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 in Japan

Modern specifications

While the outside of the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 has a decidedly old school feel about it, on the inside this is a thoroughly modern device, coming with an Intel Core i7-7500U processor and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card.

It also features a 14-inch full high definition display, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD storage and runs Windows 10 Pro.

These specs are quite a bit different from the ThinkPad 700C, which was announced on October 5 1992, and came with a 25MHz 486 SLC processor, 4MB DRAM, and a 10.4-inch 640×480 screen. It originally shipped with either MS-DOS 5.0 or OS/2 2.0, though later versions came with Windows 3.1.

The original ThinkPad

The ThinkPad 700C was designed by Richard Sapper, based on traditional Japanese bento boxes, and was engineered in the Yamoto Labs in Japan.

Since then, there have been 130 million sales of ThinkPad devices, with Lenovo acquiring the division and brand from IBM in 2005. Most ThinkPad devices retain design elements of previous models, such as the black chassis and red TrackPoint pointer.

“ThinkPad design creates a powerful and synergistic relationship between form and function. It balances sophisticated aesthetics, thoughtfully crafted user experiences and renowned engineering in order to deliver superior products,” said David Hill, former Chief Design Officer, Lenovo.

The ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 will be available to buy from today, for $1899 (around £1400, AU$2400), but numbers are likely to be very limited.

Keep an eye out for further features about our time with Lenovo for the 25th anniversary of the ThinkPad, including exclusive interviews about the past, and future, of ThinkPad with some of the people behind the iconic machine.