iPad Pro 3 could land early next year with octa-core A11X Bionic chipset

The iPhone X is very powerful, but new rumors suggest the iPad Pro 3 might be significantly more so, as it could use an octa-core A11X Bionic chipset.

That’s up from a hexa-core A11 Bionic chipset in the iPhone X and a hexa-core A10X Fusion chipset in the iPad Pro 10.5.

The cores will apparently be split between three high-power ‘Monsoon’ ones and five energy-efficient ‘Mistral’ ones, which is one more of each kind than the A11 Bionic.

All of this information comes from sources in the Taiwanese supply chain, speaking to MyDrivers, and they’ve also said that the A11X Bionic will be made using a 7nm process. That’s down from a 10nm process for the A11 Bionic, and will likely mean the new chip is even more efficient.

AI skills and an impending launch

Additionally, the A11X Bionic is said to sport an M11 motion co-processor and a neural processing unit (NPU) for AI tasks, the latter of which suggests that the iPad Pro 3 could sport Face ID, as that’s largely powered by AI.

Finally, the sources claim that this chipset will debut at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter of 2018, so likely around March or April, and if the chipset lands then, the iPad Pro 3 presumably will too.

Of course, this is all just rumors for now, but if true the iPad Pro 3 could be a significant upgrade on previous models, and could arrive sooner than you might have expected.

Via BGR

      

Lenovo’s bending over backwards with its Yoga price-cutting on Black Friday

In another dollop of Black Friday leakage, Lenovo’s advert for its big deals on the day has been published online, highlighting many of the bargains you’ll be able to scoop from the heavyweight Chinese PC manufacturer.

The US advertisement shows a number of reductions across Lenovo’s Yoga models, including the company’s flagship 2-in-1. One Yoga 910 spec that normally retails at $1,270 (around £965) will be slashed by a hefty $470 (£355) on Black Friday, with a promotional price of $800 (£605).

Another Yoga 910 spec also gets knocked down from $1,350 (£1,025) to $1,000 (£760), which is still an impressive saving of $350 (£265).

As mentioned, these discounts are for the US, but hopefully we’ll see them – or at least very similar offers – in the UK too.

The Yoga 720 – which already gets one of our ‘great value’ awards – will become even better value in the case of one model which will be reduced from $980 (£740) to $730 (£550), a saving of $250 (£190).

Gaming goodness

It’s not all about convertibles, of course, and Lenovo will also have major discounts on a couple of different variants of its gaming laptop, the Legion Y520. One model will be knocked down from $1,600 (£1,210) to $1,100 (£835), and a lesser spec will be reduced from $1,100 (£835) to a tempting $750 (£570). (Unfortunately, the ad doesn’t show any spec details of any of these machines).

Finally, for those after a lower-priced laptop, Lenovo’s IdeaPad 320 will be chopped from $450 (£340) to $380 (£290). And there are more deals than these besides – check out the full ad at BFAdsnet here – and doubtless we can expect further discounts on other hardware.

Via: BGR

  • One of Lenovo’s Yoga devices makes our best laptops list

      

Businesses not aware of IoT issues

Companies are increasingly turning to IoT deployment despite the security concerns that leave many implementations vulnerable to attack.

Those are the findings of a new survey from Cradlepoint, which found that two out of five companies have serious concerns about security, even though 69% of those surveyed are already rolling out IoT. The findings are contained in the Cradlepoint Business Intelligence Report, which looks at how IoT technology is having an impact on various industries.

The most worrying trend that the survey found was that 71% of companies surveyed said they were using IoT to enhance security, that’s to say, using the technology for the same devices that would be vulnerable for an attack, like the Mirai botnet, that crippled so many systems in 2016.

Technology overhaul

The report explains that companies should be prepared to have a thorough overhaul of its infrastructure before deploying the technology. “An organization that hasn’t already prioritized modernizing its infrastructure and evaluating security solutions are even further behind on IoT than it may realize. Similarly, those IT teams currently undertaking infrastructure and security initiatives should plan with future IoT initiatives in mind; failure to do so could quickly render newly adopted infrastructure and security solutions obsolete.

The Cradlepoint report also points out that, to optimize IoT deployment, companies should involve all members of staff in decisions on the rollout. “Because ROI and security are the two most important factors driving IoT adoption—and the two biggest associated risks—it is crucial for leaders driving IoT adoption to convene all stakeholders, including IT staff, for an expectation-setting discussion.”

      

Huddle’s in a muddle as service is hit by truly frightening security bug

Do you use Huddle? The well-known collaboration and project management software suffered from an extremely worrying security hole, according to the BBC – although the issue has now been fixed, you’ll doubtless be pleased to hear.

As the Beeb reports, one of its journalists was using the software and found themselves signed in to a KPMG account, with access to sensitive documents pertaining to the financial heavyweight’s operations.

It doesn’t come more worrying than sensitive financial data being exposed in such a manner, apparently due to a bug in Huddle’s systems. That same flaw also allowed an unnamed third-party to access the BBC’s account.

Huddle told the BBC that this particular bug had affected six user sessions since March of this year. The company noted: “With 4.96 million log-ins to Huddle occurring over the same time period [March to November], the instances of this bug occurring were extremely rare.”

Error code

The actual flaw involved a bug with authorization codes: if two people logged on using the same login server within 20 milliseconds of each other, they were simultaneously issued the same authorization code, and that could lead to a situation where one user was logged onto the other’s account (if they were quicker to request a security token in the next login step).

As mentioned, Huddle has now fixed this problem, ensuring that a fresh code is always generated for every user logging in.

Obviously enough, though, it’s a major concern that such a critical issue was festering in the system for quite some time.

      

Firefox Quantum is here, and it wants to win you back

Mozilla has released Firefox Quantum – the biggest update the browser has received since its first release in 2004 – and if you’ve strayed away to Edge or Chrome, the non-profit is hoping to win you back.

We caught up with Mark Mayo, senior vice president of Firefox, to find out more. “[Quantum] is twice as fast as Firefox 52,” he told us. “We’re at a point where we’re as fast as, or faster than Chrome. Compared to a year ago, it’s a huge leap in performance.”

That isn’t just on high-end PCs with buckets of RAM, either. Mozilla uses a US$300 Acer laptop as reference hardware, having established that it’s the most common hardware for its user base.

“We focused on making sure it stayed fast on ordinary PCs, and not at the cost of eating up lots of memory,” said Mayo.

The first thing you’ll notice about Quantum is its redesigned interface. “Just winning in benchmarks isn’t very useful,” Mayo explained. “A browser has to feel fast and smooth. It isn’t just about making a new UI – it’s about how people perceive performance. The designers had a great time putting in things they’d wanted for decades.”

Security and extensions

One of those new features is Screenshots, which Mozilla trialled in its Test Pilot program last year under the name Page Shot. Unlike tapping the Print Screen key on a PC or tapping Command+Shift+3 on a Mac, Firefox Screenshots lets you capture a whole web page – including parts that aren’t currently on the screen.

“I have a hack where I screenshot a bunch of pages I want to read and then open them on the plane,” said Mayo. “Offline reading accomplished by a scrolling screenshot.”

Quantum also has new security features under the hood, including improved sandboxing, and the user interface has been simplified so all the security information appears in one place. “Firefox was kind of inconsistent,” Mayo explained, “so we’ve done a lot of work to make [the security options] more connected so you have confidence that the site is safe.”

One of Firefox’s most impressive features has always been its huge array of extensions, and these have had a major overhaul for Quantum. Rather than having free rein to do whatever they like, authors now have a more tightly controlled set of knobs to turn via the newly implemented WebExtensions API.

This means all legacy extensions will stop working with Quantum, but developer APIs have been available for most of 2017, giving them plenty of time to make the switch.

“By and large, the transition to WebExtensions is done,” said Mayo. “There were some big-ticket ones we were waiting for, but those are done now.”

Coming out swinging

With Quantum, Mozilla is targeting both new users, and those who used to use Firefox but have switched to Edge or Chrome.

“We want people to make the choice to use us,” said Mayo. “Many people don’t know we’re a non-profit – not just a giant business that’s made a browser to push its main business. We fell behind for five years, so it feels good to come out swinging. We’re just going to go straight at them!”

Firefox Quantum is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux. New versions version of Firefox Focus – Mozilla’s privacy-focused browser that clears your browsing history at the end of every session – and the Firefox mobile apps are also on the way.

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Best Dell laptop 2017: the best Dell laptops we’ve tested this year

It can be hard to choose which laptop to buy as it is, especially during the craze of Black Friday, which explains the fierce brand loyalty behind most laptop makers. Once you’ve found the brand you like – e.g. the best Dell laptops – why go anywhere else?

Few laptop makers make good on this brand loyalty as well as Dell – we all remember “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” right? Well, Dell has managed to back up that marketing with some of the most highly recommended laptops to date.

For instance, the Dell XPS 13 is currently our best laptop of the year, earning our Best in Class award two years running.

If you’ve settled on a Dell, then you’re probably wondering what the best Dell laptop is for your budget. Here, we’ve gathered together the best Dell laptops we’ve tested to make your purchase decision easier.

But if you don’t want to buy a Dell, check our best laptops buying guide to point you in the right direction. Now, let’s dig into the top Dell laptops of 2017.

Thin, feathery and powerful, Dell’s 2017 flagship XPS 13 is the top Dell laptop – and has been TechRadar’s best laptop overall for two years running. Come for the nearly bezel-free ‘Infinity Edge’ display (a 13.3-inch screen inside an 11-inch frame), stay for the powerful Intel Kaby Lake processors. Better yet, the port selection is equally on point. Compared to Apple’s sole USB-C approach, Dell’s flagship notebook impresses with USB-C as well as USB 3.0 along with the elusive SD card slot. To top it all off, you also get the choice of a QHD+ display or a multi-touch screen as well as a ton of options for storage and memory. Or, you can save on cash and opt for more conservative specs.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

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While the XPS 13 is focused on power in a premium shell, the Dell Chromebook 3180 is all about value. Reinforced by a 180-degree hinge, rubberized design and a sealed keyboard in addition to a forceful typing experience, this Chromebook is a finely portable package. Not only well geared for school and work, the Dell Chromebook 3180 even packs a pair of loud stereo speakers for listening to tunes or watching videos. Don’t worry about banging it up, either, as this device remains the most rugged Dell laptop on our list.

Read the review of its predecessor: Dell Chromebook 11

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If you’re looking to game with Dell, this is the first place to look. Unlike most laptops of its size, the Alienware 13 R3 employs a hinge-forward design. By placing the heat sinks behind the display, the frame is allowed to be thinner than an inch. Unfortunately, this means you’ll struggle to find many 13-inch notebook bags that will actually suit this gaming laptop. While you may be drawn in by the included full-size Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, it’s the OLED touch display that caught our attention – the first of its kind on a gaming laptop.

Read the full review: Alienware 13 R3

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If you want more versatility out of your laptop than even the XPS 13 can provide, this is where to start looking. For low-touch, everyday work tasks, the kind of thing you might do on the train to work, the Inspiron is rather delightful. The touchscreen that flips 360 degrees into a tablet makes for a sublime device to curl up in bed and zone out to with an ebook or comic. What we mean to say is, the Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 is a fine work laptop on the streets, and a fun tablet in the sheets.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1

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If the Alienware 13 is simply too much for you, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming may be a breath of fresh air. In dropping the Alienware moniker, Dell has produced a gaming laptop that’s just as powerful for for a fraction of the price, thanks to a slightly less premium build. The discrete graphics are as strong as the Alienware 13 for far less scratch. Plus with a battery life recorded at 7 hours and 38 minutes, it’s unparalleled in longevity.

Read the full review of its predecessor: Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

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If you want the look and power of the XPS 13 at the top of this list, but also a bigger screen with even more graphics oomph, the Dell XPS 15 could be the best Dell laptop for you. Equipped with the same InfinityEdge technology, the screen extends right to the edges of the lid, which means it’s among the smallest possible 15-inch laptops in 2017. The highest-end model has a 4K, color-accurate touch display that is more than ideal for graphic design. Better yet, gaming performance is OK – just play at either a lower sharpness or on mid-range settings.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15

      

Save 97% on premium PC software with DownloadMix

Black Friday is nearly upon us, but you don’t have to wait until next week for a brilliant deal on software.

DownloadMix is a new service that offers premium software bundles at a hugely discounted price.

Each month, DownloadMix provides a different package of eight hand-picked software. There’s no subscription and no catches – just a one-off payment of US$9.99/£9.99/AU16.61 for a bundle.

The November bundle includes eight full programs that usually retail for a combined total of US$399 (about £260, AU$440).

DownloadMix’s November package

Artweaver

The premium edition of virtual painting studio Artweaver gives you a huge selection of realistic brushes with advanced customization options. It offers layers, supports Adobe PSD documents, and can be expanded via plugins.

Ashampoo Music Studio 2018

Rip, edit and burn music files effortlessly with Ashampoo Music Studio. This powerful music management tool will automatically find missing album metadata, making it easy to keep your collection in order. Mix and fade tracks, normalize the volume, add album art, and much more.

Abelssoft AntiRansomware

Not all antivirus tools give comprehensive protection from ransomware, so a tool like Abelssoft AntiRansomware is invaluable to help keep your data safe. It runs discretely in the background and raises the alarm as soon as it detects suspicious activity that matches the behaviour of ransomware.

reaConverter

Powerful batch image converter reaConverter supports 645 input formats, and 56 output formats. It can also convert documents in formats including DOC, DOCX and RTF, CAD and AutoCAD. Whatever you need to convert, reaConverter can handle the job quickly and easily.

Saola Animate

Saola Animate is an intuitive tool for making your own HTML5 animations and interactive web content. No coding experience is necessary thanks to Saola Animate‘s use of simple timelines and scenes.

Kerish Doctor 2017

Keep your PC running smoothly with this full maintenance and optimization toolkit. Kerish Doctor not only scans your system for junk files and fixes registry entries, it also protects from malware and potential vulnerabilities, and monitors your security settings.

Tabbles Business 2017

Tabbles Business is a file tagging and organization tool that takes the stress and hassle out of finding and managing documents and emails. You can tag files manually or with automatic rules, then group, search and arrange them using tag-based rules.

abylon APP-BLOCKER

Give your PC a speed boost with abylon APP-BLOCKER. This handy program manager makes it easy to manage applications that are currently running and those that are scheduled to run at startup, as well as Windows services and device drivers. Everything is presented in a clear tree view, enabling you to deactivate or remove any you don’t need with a single click.

      

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