Kaspersky Labs rings a bell and beats the gong warning that intensity of cybercrime is on the rise. It was reported, that manufacturing companies experience a high level of phishing attacks. Only within 3 months, 500 companies in over 50 countries were attacked. Industrial concerns exceeded 80% of those victims.

 

Phishing emails were composed in the way that receivers accounted them as a legitimate. The messages appeared to be sent from business partners, delivery services, suppliers, and even from the company they worked for. In those emails, a person would be urged to check the balance, confirm the prices for certain products, receive a delivery for an invoice, etc. Believing that emails came from a trusted source, company workers would open an infected attachment. The attachments contained spyware, keyloggers, and hidden remote control apps.

 

Additionally, the specialists detected that the majority of domain names used in those attacks was registered in Nigeria. After spotting a potential victim, the attackers would register a domain name that would closely imitate a real name of a company and company’s partner. Starting a conversation directed towards both end, they would manage to get some specific information from either, which would be later used as a bait for one or both of them.

 

As a result of such attack, a company not only risks financial losses. Cyber criminals may gain an access to the internal networks, which is could have unpredictable consequences for a company. Check what Bits and PCs, London  IT support, can offer you to protect yourself.

 

Shuttle renewed the line with desktops that have a volume less than 1 litre. This tiny desktop is based on Intel Kaby Lake architecture. The top configuration uses Intel Core i7-7500U, a dual-core processor with a frequency of 2,7GHz (3,5GHz in Turbo Mode) and Intel HD Graphics 620 chip.

 

This tiny body accommodates some upgradability: inside there is a space for 2 RAM modules. NC03U can carry up to 32GB of DDR4-2133. There is also space for two hard drives: a traditional 2,5-inch SATA drive and M.2 SSD module.

 

The mini-PC is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet controller, wireless network adapter Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and SD-card reader. For video output, HDMI and DisplayPort were thoughtfully provided. Additionally, there are few USB ports: USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.0 Type-C and two USB 2.0 serial ports.

 

The device occupies extremely small space. Its dimensions are 142 × 142 × 42mm. It was noted that the device will be compatible with Windows 10 and Linux-based systems. This product is expected to appear on the market in the near future. However, no dates have been disclosed yet.

Probably, the loudest announcement that Apple made on WWDC conference was the release of iMac Pro. iMac Pro is an all-in-one desktop computer with a 27-inch 5K screen, visually resembling usual 27-inch iMac, but inside it is a beast: Intel Xeon processor with up to 18 cores, 16GB HBM2 (High Bandwidth Memory) memory, 128GB RAM, and 4TB SSD. Doesn’t it sound like heaven?

 

Well… no. The biggest issue with Apple lately is that their devices are non-upgradable, non-repairable outside of Apple, and crazy expensive. Whoever is willing to get iMac Pro will have to pay over £4000 for a basic model. So if you are after a super-computer, you will probably have to pay significantly more. The release is scheduled for the end of the year, the same time world expects Intel Core i9 processors to be released. New generation workstations are about to flood the market instantly making iMac Pro with its Xeon processor a technology of the past, and you cannot upgrade a thing in this £4000-computer.

 

The target group for this device are creative professionals. 5K screen and AMD Radeon Pro are presumably unbeatable for 3D-rendering and media editing. However, a rare professional uses a single screen, so they will get additional screen anyway, and that is the moment when a striking difference becomes evident. You have fully adjustable, thin and light additional screens on the side and a somewhat bulky in comparison iMac Pro, where only viewing angle can be adjusted, as a centrepiece of your workspace.  

 

In our opinion, this iMac Pro is a mistake and only good for Apple fetishists. Yet, we are open to your comments. Let us know what you think.

 

Few days ago Apple announced a number of new devices that are about to hit the store shelves. One of them was a new MacBook. Perhaps, when you see it in the store, you may get the feeling of déjà vu. Visually MacBook 2017 received no alterations and is an identical twin of its predecessor: the same slim design, 13mm thick and weighing 0.92kg. However, technical characteristics advanced further and correspond to present user expectations.

 

Firstly, new MacBook is powered by 7th gen Intel Core m3, i5 or even i7 processors. The SSD drives doubled their speed. Intel HD Graphics 515 may not guaranty you a flawless gaming experience, but it will definitely cover all your everyday needs and provide an acceptable media processing power. Additionally, the computer can carry up to 16GB LPDDR3 RAM.

Specialists from iFixit already disassembled and analysed this device. Again, overall it looked pretty much the same as the previous models: battery, screen, a tiny motherboard with everything soldered on it, and a few ribbon cables connecting everything together. Naturally, we did not hope to see an opportunity for an upgrade, but we hoped to at least some repairability. Just as the predecessor, 2017 model is declared irreparable. It makes you think twice whether you want to spend £1500 on a device, which can be only replaced with another if anything goes wrong after the warranty expires.

 

During WWDC 2017 Apple announced that Sierra is getting long promised updates. Few things that were promised before Sierra’s original release had to be postponed, but luckily not abandoned. Apple File System (APFS) will finally see the daylight in the new release, which was named High Sierra. Developers have already been given the access to beta-version of macOS, while ordinary users will have to wait until its full release sometime this fall. As usual, the new release will be made available as a free upgrade through the App Store.

 

We have previously written about APFS and it appears that nothing else can be added. Apple promise increased productivity, better file and folder management, optimisation for large capacity storage, and more. New Mac will be supplied with APFS by default. Yet, current users will have to reformat their drives manually. Nevertheless, Sierra High will be still compatible with old file system HFS, so there is no acute need to format your drives yet. In any case, London Mac Repair centre, Bits and PCs, is always at your service.

 

There is a number of media improvements: built-in HEVC (h.265) video format support, API Metal 2, virtual reality and external graphic card support. Apple also promised that Final Cut Pro will be getting functionality to import, edit, and export 360-degree video. Another delighting feature was given to Safari, not you can turn off automatic audio and video playback.

 

The detailed presentation can be found on Apple’s official web-site.