Xiaomi’s 3rd-year-anniversary sale will offer the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and more for just Re 1

Xiaomi is known for its attractive products and the promotions that drive its sales forward. The company has officially marked 3 years in India and is offering an amazing promotion to reward its fans. Starting tomorrow at 11 PM, the company will offer the Redmi 4A, the 10,000mAh power bank, and the Mi Wi-Fi Repeater for just Re 1 each. At 1 PM, the company will hold the same flash sale on the Redmi 4, the Mi VR Play, and the Mi Selfie Stick.

Starting 2 PM, the company is hosting the “Bid to Win” contest where the lowest and most unique bids on its products will stand a chance to win them. The Bid to Win contest will be held at 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM respectively. The company hasn’t disclosed the products that will be available for bidding, however. The Re 1 flash sale and the Bid to Win contest will be available on the 20th and the 21st of July, respectively.

In addition to these hard to resist deals, the company has also slashed the pricing of some of its products, including the Mi VR Play, the Mi Selfie Stick, the Mi Powerbank and a bunch of others. Users can grab some attractive bundles of the Mi Air Purifier as well, which is priced at Rs 10,998. All the discounted products have been highlighted on the company’s official website.

Although the company hasn’t openly specified the terms of Thursday and Friday’s deals, it seems like a user is only limited to win one product as far as the flash sale is concerned. There shouldn’t be such restrictions for the Bid to Win contest, though.

The newly launched Mi Max 2 will also be available during the sale from 10 AM on mi.com and Mi Home.

      

Top 5 best business anti-malware and anti-spyware software in 2017

The impact that cyber-attacks have on businesses can be nothing less than catastrophic. Not only do firms risk losing vital data and information to cybercriminals, but attacks can also result in them losing a lot of money. A study conducted in 2016 by internet service provider Beaming claimed that breaches cost UK companies a total of £34 billion (around $42 billion, AU$56 billion) annually. And government statistics show that two-thirds of large organisations have experienced cyber-attacks in 2015-2016.

The most common attacks on companies are malware and spyware-related, and falling victim to any such breach could have a worryingly long-term impact on your business, particularly when it comes to your reputation.

Fortunately, you can defend against any bad outcomes by picking up the right security tools, which is why we’ve highlighted these anti-spyware and anti-malware solutions for businesses. Getting your SMB protected with a solid security solution is a very smart move.

Avast produces some of the most popular antivirus and anti-malware software packages out there, and it also has a solution for business users. Avast Endpoint Protection is a program that’s not only easy to use, but also a proven contender in the enterprise cybersecurity arena.

The software will protect your company from a diverse range of malware and phishing attacks. It constantly searches for suspicious files that could render your business systems and servers useless, and runs a boot-time scan every time your computers load up to find any deeply buried malware.

As well as looking out for common viruses, Avast can also run potentially risky apps without causing any harm to your computer. There’s even a handy silent mode which lets you and your employees focus on important work while security processes run in the background.

Bitdefender is another big name in security products, and its GravityZone Business Security package is an excellent option for companies. Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux devices, it gives you the tools you need to protect your firm from complex online threats, and it won’t slow your systems down.

The system has been built to detect and fight a range of malware, ransomware and zero-day threats that are often missed by traditional security products. It sports two anti-ransomware layers capable of blacklisting millions of risk sources and a so-called vaccine that ensures all data is encrypted, regardless of the device or platform.

This offering also boasts an advanced threat control feature, which constantly runs and keeps an eye out for any hint of malicious behaviour or potential hacking. AI and machine learning are also thrown into the mix to get better detection rates, and also to minimise any annoying false positives.

If you use a variety of different devices and platforms in your business, then Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security is a good option. The solution provides comprehensive enterprise protection for Windows, Mac, mobile devices and servers.

With the software, you have a way to keep your business protected from data loss, viruses and ransomware. It constantly searches files for signs of malware, viruses, trojans, worms and spyware, and prevents employees from accessing malicious content online.

There are some handy tools for managing data, too. The system can limit the access of USB sticks and other portable devices to ensure vital data isn’t in danger of being compromised, and it can also prevent emails carrying sensitive information from being sent out accidentally (or indeed deliberately). There are comprehensive anti-spam capabilities, to boot.

Norton is a well-known security brand, and its Small Business product is available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, aiming to protect business assets across the board.

The system is constantly alert and ready to flag potential security threats, even if you’re not in the office. Custom-built for every device, it ensures that your computers are protected from malware, viruses and identity theft, while your smartphones and tablets aren’t exposed to the potential loss of customer information.

Norton Small Business is relatively easy and quick to set up on your devices, and because it’s a cloud-based system, you won’t need any software installed at your office. You can cover all your employees by sending them an email that contains step-to-step instructions. There’s the ability to add/remove and manage as many devices as you want, and you get access to 24/7 support from a team of Norton experts.

Sophos Endpoint Protection is one of the more powerful options for businesses of all sizes. Designed for use on-premise or in the cloud, the system offers a next-generation security engine that uses behavioural detection to look for and stop threats from flash drives, emails, websites – a whole gamut of threats. And its malware detection rates are impressive to say the least.

As well as protecting your business from typical security threats such as viruses and malware, Sophos also encrypts your data, and boasts some interesting extras such as data loss prevention facilities which can be fully customised. We all know how precious that company data is, so it’s good to see this sort of security on board.

It’s also worth noting that there’s a 30-day free trial, so you can try the system out for yourself before you commit. Handy, as getting a quote is somewhat convoluted.

      

Amazon now lets you pay in real stores using just your account

Amazon may already be the go-to for online shopping, but the retail giant looks like it wants to be a bigger part of your spending habits — even when shopping offline.

Amazon has begun rolling out Amazon Pay Places, a new feature that allows Amazon customers to make and purchase orders at brick-and-mortar establishments, according to TechCrunch.

The system is sort of an extension of Amazon Pay, a system akin to PayPal that allows online retailers to accept payments though customers’ Amazon accounts.

Rather than internet stores, however, Pay Places would use the customer’s payment credentials at real-life locations, similar to mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Who wants mozzarella sticks?

Though available starting today, Amazon’s new payment system is still in its relative infancy.

At the time of writing, ordering via Amazon Pay Places is only available at select, US-based TGI Friday’s restaurants in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

For those on the East Coast just dying for franchise-quality pub food, Amazon Pay Places can be accessed via Amazon’s mobile app, under “Programs & Features” in the menu.

As for if (or more likely, when) Amazon expands its new feature out to more businesses, we’ll just have to wait and see. That said, the move to physical stores shouldn’t surprise many — the company’s bold $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods last month is no small indication that Amazon wants to be just as much an in-person shopping hub as it is online.

      

Slow NBN speeds: ACCC puts Aussie telcos ‘on notice’

Last month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) asked for 2,000 volunteers to sign up to allow the consumer watchdog to monitor the NBN broadband speeds being delivered by Aussie telcos.

Although that specific investigation is a four-year investment, the ACCC is already preparing legal action against the four major Aussie telcos for selling high-speed NBN packages that have failed to deliver on their speed promises.

The ACCC has repeatedly warned the Australian telcos about selling products that promise an ‘up to’ speed if those speeds aren’t realistically possible, or are available for only a part of each day, but has so far not taken any specific actions against the telcos.

Now, however, ACCC chairman Rod Sims has warned that service providers could find themselves in court by the end of the year if they continue to deliver speeds that are lower than advertised.

Buck up or go down

When advertising NBN packages, Mr Sims said that the telcos have been asked to use the term ‘typical’ rather than ‘up to’ when referring to peak-time speeds.

And although all telcos – the big fish or the small fry – are subject to Australia’s consumer laws, Mr Sims said the Commission will target the bigger players, specifically Telstra, Optus, TPG and Vocus. “They have been put on notice and some of them know that they are subject to investigation by us,” he said.

Internet Australia, a not-for-profit group representing internet users in the country, supports the ACCC’s decision, but states that legal action won’t necessarily solve the problem “because the NBN Co model is fundamentally flawed”.

      

Samsung’s Galaxy Book and Tab S3 are finally launching in Australia next week

After months of waiting, Australians will finally be able to get their hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Book and Galaxy Tab S3 range on July 28, 2017.

Both devices will take advantage of Samsung’s updated S Pen, which now has a pressure level sensitivity of 4,096 and no longer needs to be charged.

Replacing the Galaxy TabPro S, the Galaxy Book will be available in a 10.6-inch model with a 7th Gen Intel Core m3 processor and 128GB of storage. It’s got a 1080p LCD display and will cost $1,099 for the Wi-Fi version and $1,299 for the 4G model.

The Tab S3 will also be sold in 12-inch 128GB (eMMC) and 256GB (SSD) models, both sporting QHD Super AMOLED displays with Intel Core i5 processors. The 128GB model comes with 4GB of RAM and runs Windows 10 Home while the 256GB model boasts 8GB of RAM and sports the full Windows 10 Pro edition.

The 128GB model is priced at $1,799 while the 256GB version will set you back $2,299. Every Galaxy Book model has a microSD slot for up to 256GB of added storage. The former has 1 x USB Type-C port while the latter doubles up with 2.

As a nice Galaxy Book pre-order incentive, Samsung is offering customers a (very nostalgic) Staedtler Pen and Samsung Multiport adapter (valued at $198) at no extra cost – so long as they order before September 12, 2017.

A new king of Android tablets has emerged

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

It’s been a while since the last major Android tablet release (the Tab S2 and Google Pixel C came out way back in 2015), but now, Samsung has returned with what it hopes will be a major iPad Pro competitor in the Samsung Tab S3.

While it has basically the same 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display as its predecessor (1536 x 2048 resolution with 264ppi), the Tab S3 now supports HDR10 content for added colour depth.

On top of this, the display is now optimised for use with Samsung’s new S Pen, allowing users to take advantage of advanced drawing tools and make annotations on the go.

The Tab S3 comes with 32GB of onboard storage, with an additional 256GB available via microSD. It’s got 4GB of RAM and runs off a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad Core chipset (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz).

Unlike the Tab S2, the Tab S3’s 6,000 mAh battery also supports fast charging, which should significantly decrease the time it takes to fully juice up your slate. Charging and data transfer is available via the device’s USB Type-C port.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which runs Android N, will be available in a Wi-Fi only model for $949 while the 4G version will be priced at $1,099.

      

Microsoft confirms that owners of ‘unsupported’ 2-in-1 laptops won’t get any more Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft has spoken out concerning the 2-in-1 laptops running older Intel Atom processors which can’t upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10, admitting that there won’t be a fix for this issue, but the software giant said it will extend support for security updates for these machines to ensure they remain protected.

If you missed this story which broke earlier this week, it’s all about hybrid notebooks that were bought back in 2013 or 2014, running Intel Atom Clover Trail CPUs, which were eligible for the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

The problem for those who took that freebie upgrade is that these processors are incompatible with the latest Creators Update, and folks who try to install it get an error message stating that Windows 10 is no longer supported on their machine.

A galling error to receive, doubtless, and what’s worse is that Microsoft has confirmed that this problem appears to be unsolvable.

Microsoft said in a statement (spotted by ZDNet) that these Clover Trail 2-in-1s “require additional hardware support to provide the best possible experience when updating to the latest Windows 10 feature update”.

The firm explained: “However, these systems are no longer supported by Intel, and without the necessary driver support, they may be incapable of moving to the Windows 10 Creators Update without a potential performance impact.”

It would seem, then, that applying the update would simply bog these machines down and make them unacceptably sluggish.

Security solution

Another big worry was that critical security updates are only provided to a version of Windows 10 for 18 months after its release, meaning these machines which remain on the Anniversary Update (because they can’t possibly upgrade) will run out of road for security patches early in 2018.

Microsoft has fortunately taken action here, and has promised that it will provide security updates for these devices until January 2023 (which marks the end of extended support for Windows 8.1, the OS these PCs initially ran).

Overall, this is far from an ideal solution, because it means users will be left in Windows 10 limbo in terms of features, not getting any of the new capabilities introduced in the Creators Update and the other major twice-yearly updates going forward. But at least continued security support is something.

As we saw Acer point out at the beginning of this week, the affected laptops include those running Intel Atom Z2760, Atom Z2520, Atom Z2560 and Atom Z2580 processors.

The owners of these notebooks may well wonder why Microsoft allowed them to move to an OS which became unsupported on their device just a few years later. And the other big question mark is over whether we’ll see more machines join this unfortunate ‘unsupported’ club in the future when new (possibly increasingly demanding) updates come to fruition.

      

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