Android Google Assistant – Now Available on Marshmallow & Nougat

Google is now going to roll out their Google Assistant application. This free software will become available on Android devices running Marshmallow and Nougat operating systems. Android operating system including and above six will be supported.

You can ask Google Assistant any types of questions. You can tell this application to set a reminder, make a reservation or send a message. Google Assistant is available for download on both Google Play store and Apple’s App Store.

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Google Assistant for now is being rolled out in German and English versions. You will need an Android with either Marshmallow or Nougat operating system. Also, you will need Google Play services enabled.

Two other requirements are 1.5 gigabytes of memory or more and 720p or higher screen resolution. Certain content may require paid for subscription services. iOS 9.1 or later is required for Apple iPad, iPod, and iPhone devices.

CloudFlare – CloudBleed Security Vulnerability Found

A CloudFlare security vulnerability has been found recently. This is a memory bug which could allow sensitive information to get leaked. CloudFlare has since patched this security risk.

However, while this bug was in the wild, valuable data may have been compromised. Tavis Ormandy part of Google’s Project Zero first noticed this security problem. He noticed corrupt data from some CloudFlare hyper text transfer protocol servers.

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CloudFlare’s edge servers were returning back private and sensitive data. Also, this data was being cached by some search engines. This data was only exclusive to non security HTTP requests.

In other words data protected with secure sockets layer was not vulnerable. CloudFlare claims they were able to patch this bug in less than seven hours. Initially, they shutdown email obfuscation, server side excludes and automatic secure hyper text transfer protocol rewrites. CloudFlare worked with Google and other search engines to help removal of possible cached sensitive information.

Unfortunately, sensitive data such as passwords may have been leaked while this exploit was live. CloudFlare is a content delivery network.

macOS Ransomware – May Permanently Encrypt Files

Security researcher ESET has found a new mac operating system ransomware. This ransomware is downloadable via bit torrent websites. This software is called “Patcher” and is used to pirate popular software.

These torrents found in wild included a zip file. However, this zip file is not really pirated software. This software is actually ransomware.

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Once a “Start” button is clicked your files are then encrypted. A random twenty five character encryption key is generated. Your original files are deleted and replaced with these encrypted ones.

All files under a “Users” and “Volumes” directory are encrypted. A email address and bitcoin address are included in a README file. This file warns a user that all data is encrypted and can be unlocked with a payment.

However, ESET points out that there is no way for these files to get their encryption reversed. ESET recommends that you not pay a ransom fee, if you are a victim of this ransomware.

GeForce 10 Series – Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Card Announcement

Nvidia Incorporated is going to release their Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti video card on February twenty eight two thousand seventeen. This company has a countdown timer for this release on their homepage. Nvidia scheduled an event at the annual Game Developers Conference.

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If you look at Nvidia’s home page HTML you can clearly see “GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Countdown”. Nobody knows if Nvidia is going to announce an official release of this card for retail consumption. Perhaps they are just going to announce the release date.

Is this company going to release hardware specifications for their Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. Is this card going to cost around five hundred to six hundred dollars like some people claim?

Blizzard Entertainment – Ends Windows XP & Vista Support

Blizzard Entertainment has finally decided to end support for Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems. World of Warcraft, StarCraft two, Diablo three, Hearthstone, and Heroes of Storm will no longer work on XP and Vista. This company is planning on rolling out this change starting later this year.

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They did not stipulate an exact date. Blizzard Entertainment encourages Windows XP and Vista users to upgrade to one of three newer operating systems. Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and 10 are supported. This company claims they will end support for Windows Vista and XP on a schedule.

Also, they claim they will post further notices on their forum.

AT&T – Releases Samsung Galaxy S7 S7 Edge Nougat Update

American Telephone and Telegraph has released an Android Nougat update for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smart devices. This update is 1.6 gigabytes in size. This update includes a February two thousand seventeen Google security patch.

Also, Samsung has included some changes. The AT&T address book has been removed. Samsung Cloud and Samsung Pass have been added. Some network performance enhancements have been included.

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This Android operating system seven also known as Nougat is only for AT&T United States customers. Also, this update is only for unlocked devices. You are recommended to plug in your smart device to wall power while performing this update.

If performing this update with just your battery, it is recommended to make sure your battery has around seventy five percent charge. American Telephone and Telegraph had not updated their support pages for both Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices at time of this blog post creation. Otherwise I would have linked to that information.

Sony PlayStation – Now Service Exclusive to PS4 & Windows PC

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC announced that they are retiring a majority of their devices for their PlayStation Now subscription service. As of August fifteen two thousand seventeen Sony will discontinue service for following hardware:

* PlayStation 3
* PlayStation Vita & PlayStation TV
* 2013 2014 2015 Sony Bravia TV’s
* Sony Blu-ray players
* All Samsung TV’s

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Also, Sony is discontinuing service for 2016 Sony Bravia television starting April first two thousand seventeen. After above dates only Sony PlayStation 4 and Windows PC PlayStation Now subscription will remain active. You can disable your automatic renewal in account settings.

Sony Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Now service, Brian Dunn did not not mention refunds for one year subscriptions.

Microsoft – Delays Security Update Release

Microsoft Corporation decided to delay their patch Tuesday security update release for month of February two thousand seventeen. Generally, this corporation releases updates to their Windows ten operating system every second Tuesday of each month. However, this month they claimed they found a last minute problem.

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While not being specific this corporation claims that this could have impacted some customers. Microsoft has yet to patch a wild denial of service exploit. This company claimed that they would patch this exploit soon.

Obviously, this will be delayed at least another month. Microsoft plans to include their February two thousand seventeen security patches on March fourteen two thousand seventeen.

StreamLabs – With OBS Studio Configuration Instructions

OBS Studio is currently my live streaming software of choice. I use this free software on my Reality PC weekly video podcast. I recently stumbled upon another free service to incorporate into my live video podcast.

StreamLabs has a set of free tools to incorporate into your YouTube and or Twitch live streams. Information such as subscribers, donations, sponsors, etc. can be incorporated into your live stream. This service is entirely free.

You do not need to create a separate account with StreamLabs. You will need to login with your Google/YouTube account or Twitch account. Then you click on a “LAUNCH STREAMLABS” button at top of their homepage.

If you are already logged in with your a fore mentioned account, you will prompted to accept StreamLabs to view your email address, view basic profile information, and view your YouTube account. Once logged into your dashboard you can quickly setup an alert widget to use within your live streams. Start a real live stream with either Twitch or YouTube.

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Under “Stream Widgets” on left hand side, click on “Alert Box”. You can show live real time donations, subscribers, and sponsors information from your YouTube channel to your viewers. Click on “Click to show widget URL”.

You want to copy and paste this URL into your OBS Studio Scene Source. Create a new source for a scene that you want this information to overlay. You want to create a new “Browser Source” source.

Paste the URL from StreamLabs site into URL box and click OK. Now go back into StreamLabs and look for test alert buttons. As long as you are on a real live stream when you click a test alert, a test will be sent to OBS Studio.

Once a test is successful, you can now use StreamLabs with either your Twitch or YouTube live stream.

Verizon – Launches Unlimited Data Talk and Text Plan

Verizon Wireless announced their unlimited data, talk, and text plan to compete with other providers. Your first line costs eighty dollars per month. Each additional line up to four costs forty five dollars per line.

You will need to sign up for automatic payment and paperless billing to qualify. After twenty two gigabytes of data use, your speed may become reduced in case of network congestion. You can add other devices like smart watches for five dollars per month.

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You will receive high definition video streaming, hot spot capability, calling and texting to Canada and Mexico. Also, you will receive up to five hundred megabytes of 4G LTE roaming in Canada and Mexico. With mobile hot spot you receive ten gigabytes of 4G LTE per day.

If you use more than ten gigabytes per day, then your speed is reduced to 3G speeds.