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ADATA unveils XPG XENIA 15G (2024) Windows 11 gaming laptop

ADATA has announced its newest gaming laptop, the XPG XENIA 15G (2024). Powered by the 14th Gen Intel Core i7-14700HX processor and equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, this 2024 refresh of the laptop ensures smooth performance whether you're gaming, developing, or creating content.

The 15.6-inch FHD IPS 144Hz display provides crisp and fluid visuals, enhancing the overall experience. With three SSD slots, storage can be expanded up to 24TB using ADATA S70 8TB SSDs. The laptop also supports up to 96GB of ADATA DDR5 DRAM, making it suitable for intensive workloads like AI development and content creation.

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Linux users beware: New Bifrost malware variant poses imminent threat

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks have uncovered a new variant of the notorious Bifrost malware, now targeting Linux systems with a cunning twist. This latest iteration employs a deceptive domain, download.vmfare[.]com, to masquerade as a legitimate VMware site, thereby bypassing security measures and compromising unsuspecting users.

Bifrost, a remote access Trojan (RAT) first identified in 2004, has been a persistent threat, enabling attackers to pilfer sensitive information such as hostnames and IP addresses. The recent surge in Linux variants of Bifrost has sent ripples of concern through the cybersecurity community, signaling a potential uptick in attacks on Linux-based systems.

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Proton Pass password manager app for Windows launches with offline mode -- macOS and Linux versions on the way

Proton, the privacy and security company, has launched Proton Pass for Windows -- a new standalone desktop application that extends its secure password management beyond the web browser. Proton Pass offers an enhanced user experience by integrating more seamlessly with the Windows operating system, allowing smoother management of passwords and encrypted login information.

One of the key features of this new application is its offline mode, available to Proton Pass Plus and Unlimited users. This mode ensures access to information anytime, without needing an Internet connection, and is secured with Argon2 encryption, known for its robust defense against brute-force attacks.

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vivo V30 Pro Android smartphone features ZEISS imaging system

vivo has launched its latest Android smartphone, the V30 Pro, which is notable for featuring a ZEISS imaging system. The V30 Pro is not just about its camera capabilities, however; it also boasts a sleek design with new color themes and textures, making it one of the slimmest phones in the V series with a 5000 mAh battery.

The V30 Pro features a 50MP portrait camera, a 50MP AF Ultra wide-angle camera, and a 50MP vivo VCS True Color main camera, each meeting the ZEISS Optics standards for professional-grade image quality. The phone also introduces ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh for a cinematic style in videos and ZEISS Border Watermark for adding an artistic touch to photos.

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KDE Plasma 6: Revolutionizing Linux desktop with far prettier and superior interface than Microsoft Windows 11

The KDE community has announced the release of its latest “MegaRelease 6,” which includes Plasma 6, Frameworks 6, and Gear 24.02. This update brings a host of new features, improvements, and enhancements to the KDE ecosystem. With its sleek and modern design, Plasma 6 not only surpasses the user interface of Microsoft Windows 11 but also elevates the overall computing experience.

The Plasma 6 desktop environment has undergone significant upgrades with a transition to the latest version of the Qt application framework and a migration to the Wayland graphics platform. These changes aim to improve security, efficiency, and performance while ensuring a smooth and familiar user experience. Plasma 6 also introduces a new Overview Effect, combining the Overview and Desktop Grid effects, and adds partial support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Wayland. Users can now enjoy richer colors, individual ICC profile settings, and color blindness correction filters.

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Tails 6.0 Linux distribution: The ultimate privacy shield to thwart 'Big Brother'

Tails 6.0, the newest version of the privacy-focused Linux distribution, is now available for download. It is notable for being the first version of Tails to be based on Debian 12 (Bookworm) and use the GNOME 43 desktop environment. This update also introduces a host of new features, security enhancements, and usability improvements, alongside updated versions of the majority of the software included in Tails.

In Tails 6.0, users will find a new error detection feature for the Persistent Storage, which alerts them about errors when reading or writing from the Tails USB stick. This helps in diagnosing hardware failures and prompts users to backup their Persistent Storage before it's too late. The update also brings automatic mounting of external devices. When an external storage device is plugged in, Tails 6.0 mounts it automatically, and if the device contains an encrypted partition, it offers to unlock the encryption automatically.

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Durabook R8-EX and U11-EX rugged Windows 11 tablets can prevent explosions

Durabook has launched two new rugged tablet models, the R8-EX (8-inch) and U11-EX (11.6-inch), designed to withstand the challenges of environments where the risk of explosion is a constant concern. In other words, these computers can prevent explosions by not igniting substances. These new tablets come equipped with Windows 11 and are certified to meet the European Union's ATmosphères EXplosibles (ATEX) Zone 2/22 certification, making them ideal for use in places where gases, vapors, dust, and other explosive substances are prevalent.

The ATEX certification is a crucial requirement for businesses operating in hazardous environments, such as oil and gas refineries and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. It ensures that the devices can be safely used in areas where explosive atmospheres in the form of gas, vapor, mist, dust, or fibers may occur. This certification is particularly valuable for multinational enterprises with operations or clients in the EU, as it helps them comply with the region's workplace safety requirements.

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Kingston launches Canvas React Plus V60 SD card

Kingston has released the Canvas React Plus V60 SD memory card. This new addition to the Canvas React family is designed to meet the needs of UHS-II photography enthusiasts, offering high speeds and large storage capacities.

The Canvas React Plus V60 SD card is aimed at professional photographers and budget-conscious creatives alike. It boasts speeds of up to 280MB/s and storage capacities of up to 1TB, enabling photographers to capture and store large volumes of high-resolution images and videos. The card’s write speed of up to 150MB/s is particularly beneficial for capturing fast-action shots and 4K Ultra HD videos without lag or interruptions.

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Transcend unveils MTS570P: A compact SSD for edge environments

Transcend has unveiled the MTS570P SSD, which is a cutting-edge solution designed to boost storage reliability in embedded systems. The MTS570P is not just any ordinary SSD; it comes equipped with Power Loss Protection (PLP), making it an ideal choice for edge servers, Internet of Vehicles (IoV) systems, network switches, Point of Sale (POS) machines, and other edge devices.

Nowadays, where embedded systems are increasingly deployed in rugged environments, the importance of data integrity cannot be overstated. The PLP feature of the MTS570P addresses this critical need by ensuring data integrity during unstable power supply conditions or unexpected power failures. This enhancement significantly improves system reliability and safety, providing a stable and secure storage solution.

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Silicon Power QD50 portable charger is designed for on-the-go power needs

Nowadays, keeping your devices charged is absolutely essential. The Silicon Power QD50 portable mini charger aims to address this need with its compact design and charging capabilities. The QD50 boasts 20W PD fast charging technology, which can charge devices like the iPhone 15 Pro or Galaxy S23 Ultra to 50 percent in approximately 30 minutes.

The charger's small size, measuring 78.6 x 46.5 x 25.1mm and weighing 95g, makes it convenient for travel. With a 5000mAh battery, the QD50 can provide a full charge for devices, such as the aforementioned iPhone 15 Pro or Galaxy S23 Ultra smartphones.

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HONOR partners with Intel, NVIDIA, and Microsoft to launch AI-driven MagicBook Pro 16 Windows 11 laptop

HONOR has announced the release of the MagicBook Pro 16, a Windows 11 laptop that incorporates AI technology. This computer is a collaboration between HONOR and industry partners Microsoft, Intel, and NVIDIA.

The MagicBook Pro 16 features platform-level AI for seamless cross-device collaboration, allowing users to connect devices across different platforms easily. The laptop utilizes AI capabilities to enhance interaction and connectivity within the ecosystem.

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Breathe new life into aging PCs: Tiny Core Linux 15.0 challenges Windows 11

Tiny Core Linux 15.0 has been officially released. This latest version of the minimalist operating system challenges the dominance of Windows 11 by offering a lightweight, efficient alternative that can breathe new life into older hardware.

The changelog for Core v15.0 reveals several key updates. You can see a list of notable changes below.

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Xiaomi 14 and 14 Ultra Android phones launch with Leica Summilux optics

Xiaomi has officially launched its latest flagship smartphones globally. The Xiaomi 14 Series, which is comprised of the 14 and 14 Ultra, highlights the company’s collaboration with Leica. You see, both devices feature advanced Leica Summilux optics for superior mobile imaging.

The Xiaomi 14 Ultra stands out with its professional quad-camera setup, offering a range of focal lengths from 12mm to 120mm. It supports 8K 30fps video shooting across all four cameras and introduces a new Movie mode for a professional videography experience.

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Cooler Master and SoLa Impact team up to empower South LA youth with tech and esports

In an inspiring move, Cooler Master, known for its PC components and gaming peripherals, has joined forces with SoLa Impact, an organization focused on affordable housing development in Los Angeles. This collaboration aims to provide the underserved youth of South LA with access to cutting-edge technology and digital learning resources.

At the center of this initiative is the SoLa Tech and Entrepreneurship Center, a 13,000 square foot facility dedicated to nurturing the next generation of tech-savvy professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders from Black and Brown communities. The center is equipped with over 100 computers, digital production and podcasting facilities, a Live Nation Music Jam Room, labs for entrepreneurship and creativity, gaming consoles, arcade games, and a state-of-the-art Esports & Gaming Arena.

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Upgrade your Nintendo Switch and say goodbye to Joy-Con drift forever: Pre-order the CRKD Nitro Deck+ now!

CRKD, the company behind the Nitro Deck and the recently announced NEO S, has unveiled its latest offering. Called “Nitro Deck+,” it is an enhanced version of the popular Nitro Deck designed for Nintendo Switch and OLED Switch consoles. The Nitro Deck+ aims to offer Switch gamers a more feature-rich and powerful experience in handheld mode, with zero stick drift and a comfortable design.

The Nitro Deck+ was announced during the IGN FanFest event and is a result of extensive community feedback following the original Nitro Deck's release. The new model features improved ergonomics, including an adjusted placement of the right thumbstick for more intuitive, symmetrical gameplay. A standout feature of the Nitro Deck+ is its ability to connect directly to a TV without an external dock, using an integrated USB-C output and an included USB-C to HDMI adaptor.

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