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Should I build a new media PC?

by Alan Buckingham

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Amazon Kindle now supports Traditional Chinese books 現在有傳統的中文書籍支持

Amazon's e-ink Kindle-reader devices, Fire tablets, and the associated e-book service are wildly popular. Competitor devices, such as the Nook from Barnes and Noble, simply don't compare. Is it worrying that Amazon essentially has a stranglehold on the digital book market? I suppose, but look, no other company has truly put up a worthy alternative. Even Apple's Books service, while decent, doesn't have an e-ink reader -- reading on an iPad is not ideal.

Sadly, Traditional Chinese readers were not able to properly take advantage of Amazon's Kindle. Thankfully, this has now changed. Yes, Amazon has brought support for Traditional Chinese books to Kindle!

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Teardown reveals just what Apple has done to improve the MacBook Pro 2019 keyboard

MacBook Pro 2019 keyboard teardown

Apple recently launched its fastest MacBook Pro ever, featuring a processor with up to eight cores. But as well as speed, improvements have also been made to the keyboard design, and the material used in it.

Rather than waiting for Apple to reveal its secrets, iFixit decided to subject the MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar 2019 to one of its infamous teardowns to find out for itself. Scientific analysis of the material gives an insight into its composition.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-orders canceled by BestBuy

Samsung Galaxy Fold

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold has been, er, problematic to say the least. After serious issues were discovered with the folding screen, the company first announced a postponement to the launch, and then told people who had placed pre-orders that their orders would be canceled.

Now BestBuy has followed suit, announcing that it too is canceling pre-orders. The retailer says that Samsung has faced "a plethora of unforeseen hiccups", and because the company has failed to provide a new release date, BestBuy feels it is only fair to its customers to cancel the orders.

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GDPR one year on -- what have we learned and what happens next?

GDPR in Europe

This weekend marks exactly a year since the introduction of the EU's GDPR legislation shook up the world of data protection and sent businesses around the world into a flurry of compliance activity.

So, what has the industry learned over the past year and what are the ongoing challenges we can expect to see? We've gathered the views of some industry experts.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Three-hundred-and-thirty-six in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft released the May 2019 Update for Windows 10. Check out Wayne's article on the removed or deprecated features, and how to upgrade devices to the new version right now.

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How microsegmentation can deliver zero trust security [Q&A]

Red and blue security padlock

With a never-ending supply of new security threats presenting themselves every day, it can be tough for IT departments to keep up.

While perimeter security continues to be important, the sheer volume of novel attacks means that, eventually, an attack will bypass defenses and gain a foothold in the interior. To harden the network interior, best practice now calls for microsegmentation to achieve a zero trust environment, but that’s not easy to do.

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Samsung T5 Portable SSD (USB-C) now available in Rose Gold and Metallic Red

Samsung makes some of the best internal Solid State Drives -- they are fast and reliable. That is why many gamers and enthusiasts choose the company's SSDs for their computers. Samsung makes great portable SSDs too, including the popular T5, which uses USB-C.

Now, the Samsung T5 is getting two new color options -- Rose Gold and Metallic Red. This is in addition to the existing Deep Black and Alluring Blue options. Both new colors can be had in two capacities -- 500GB and 1TB. Unfortunately, the 2TB capacity model remains black only. A 250GB model is available too, but only in blue.

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Do IoT devices really pose a security risk, or is it merely paranoia?

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Market data firm Statista projects that by 2025, there will be 75 billion IoT devices in use. Smart devices are now found throughout most commercial offices, yet a lack of security could make them ticking time bombs. IoT devices often come with security shortcomings, and it can be difficult to detect when someone has exploited one of their vulnerabilities.

Why are IoT devices dangerous? It's not a single issue; rather, it's intrinsic to the way that the technology itself works.

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How GRC solutions help companies meet GDPR requirements

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In May of 2018, companies raced to the finish line to accomplish GDPR compliance. Given that it was the first year of GDPR, many industry experts expected to not see any companies fined. That is all going to change in the year ahead. In January 2019, Google was hit with the first major GDPR fine of $57 million, putting an end to the unspoken grace period. Companies should recognize this as a warning: get compliant or risk massive fines. This is especially important as only 59 percent of organizations report meeting all or most GDPR requirements, 29 percent expect to do so within a year, and nine percent will take more than a year.

With the stress of GDPR and potential increase in consumer privacy legislation looming on the horizon, CISOs need help. Rather than continuing to spin their wheels, CISOs should consider governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions that simplify GDPR compliance by streamlining operations to avoid fines and penalties altogether. Below I put together three ways that a GRC solution can help.

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Quality issues with training data are holding back AI projects

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For many organizations, AI and machine learning are seen as a route to greater efficiency and competitive advantage.

But according to a new study conducted by Dimensional Research for Alegion  almost eight out of 10 enterprise organizations currently engaged in AI and ML report that projects have stalled, and 96 percent of these companies have run into problems with data quality, data labeling required to train AI, and building model confidence.

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Why change management is essential to digital transformation projects [Q&A]

digital transformation

Digital transformation is currently an attractive option for many businesses. But to make it work it needs to be effectively managed.

We spoke to Nital Hooper, senior manager consulting at consultancy company Servita to find out about the importance of change management to successful digital transformation.

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72 percent of cyber security professionals have considered quitting over lack of resources

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A new study from Censornet into the challenges facing cyber security professionals shows that 79 percent think their companies are suffering from a lack of resources, both in terms of people and technology, and 72 percent have considered leaving their jobs for this reason.

The survey also finds that security professionals are not being helped by their security solutions. 65 percent want more technology but the average number of security products used is already 33 and 57 percent report they are suffering from alert overload.

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Kali Linux 2019.2 released with updated kernel and Kali Linux NetHunter

Kali Linux

Three months after the last major release, it's time for the second Kali Linux release of the year. Kali Linux 2019.2 is here, and in addition to an updated kernel, there's also an updated version of Kali Linux NetHunter, complete with support for more Android devices.

Offensive Security says that the Debian-based Kali Linux 2019.2 is primarily about tweaks and bug fixes, but there are still a number of updated tools included.

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Here are all the features Microsoft removed or deprecated in Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft began to roll out the latest big feature update for Windows 10 a couple of days ago, and you can get it via Windows Update, or force the update if it’s not yet showing up for you.

With each new OS update, however, some existing features get dropped, or stop being actively developed. Here’s what’s missing in Windows 10 1903, the May 2019 Update..

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Should I build a new media PC?

Eight years ago, approximately, I built my last media center computer. My family and I used it a lot, but it was in the era when set-top boxes were still mostly in their infancy.

I did it fairly simply. I bought a used desktop model (a tower wouldn’t fit on a shelf in my cabinet) and began a partial remodel. I tried to do it fairly cheap. I opened up the case and replaced the RAM with more, swapped the hard drive for a higher capacity one, and replaced the video card with one that had component out and the audio card with one that had SPDIF out. Both cards ran their output to the A/V receiver where the signal was processed and carried out to the TV via HDMI.

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