Xbox One X

Is Xbox One X the best console ever? The gaming console from Microsoft is capable of playing games at 4k resolution. It’s also the smallest Xbox console ever. It will be available on November 7 for $499. The good news is that One X will play the older games from the previous Xbox consoles at a higher resolution. For details, see CNet’s article.

Is Thunderbolt 3 the new standard?

Intel recently announced its support for Thunderbolt 3. Intel plans to integrate Thunderbolt 3 in its own processors, in the hope that it will become the most versatile port in which everyone will use. If Thunderbolt 3 becomes the standard, manufacturers can make systems smaller and thinner systems.Intel plans to make the Thunderbolt protocol specification available to the industry under a nonexclusive, royalty-free license. This will encourage third party chip makers to build Thunderbolt-compatible chips, in which it can accelerate its adoption.

Microsoft Patches All Windows

Microsoft swore it wasn’t going to update Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, practically anything below Windows 10, but it did it anyway. It was an unprecedented and rare move. This must have been one those vulnerabilities that affected the entire Windows ecosystem. The patch was necessary regardless of Microsoft’s business policy. Anyways, read more about it from an article in Tom’s Hardware.

Amazon Will Stream on Apple TV

Amazon plans to release an app in Apple TV that will allow you to watch Amazon Prime videos on Apple TV. The app is expected to release in June at the WWDC. The two companies have been feuding over streaming videos. Amazon even stopped selling Apple TVs and Chromecasts in its store back in 2015. Do we see Apple TV returning to Amazon? See report from Ars Technica.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 $336

If you are looking to buy a GeForce GTX 1070 overclock GPU, Amazon is selling the GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Black Edition for just $336.35. It normally sells for $400. Newegg sells it for $380. Amazon lowered the price to match Walmart. And that’s a good thing. To get details, see PC Game’s article.

Google Image Encoder

There’s a new open-source image encoder from Google that can reduce jpeg files even further, as far down as 35%. The resulting reduction results in faster loading websites and less waiting times. The new image reduction algorithm is called Guetzli, which means cookie in Swiss German.

Guetzli works during what is known as the quantization stage, in which parts of the visual quality are reduced to make the file smaller. Guetzli tries to minimize the quality loss while still making the cuts necessary to improve the file size, the post said.

Read TechRepublic’s post about Guetzli.

This is Why I Quit Yahoo Mail

This is why I quit using Yahoo Mail six months ago! How many times is enough? This time it’s forged cookies! Thankfully, I didn’t get that additional notification from Yahoo that my account was targeted. Whew! A close call, but you can never be sure. Anyways, here’s the message I received this morning.

“Dear Ulysses,

We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that involves your Yahoo account. We have taken steps to secure your account and are working closely with law enforcement.

Our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could allow an intruder to access users’ accounts without a password. Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account. We have connected some of the cookie forging activity to the same state-sponsored actor believed to be responsible for the data theft we disclosed on September 22, 2016. Those users targeted by the state-sponsored actor were sent an additional notification like the one found here: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN26995.html.

We invalidated the forged cookies and hardened our systems to secure them against similar attacks. We continuously enhance our safeguards and systems that detect and prevent unauthorized access to user accounts.

We encourage you to follow these security recommendations:

  • Review all of your accounts for suspicious activity.
  • Be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for your personal information or refer you to a web page asking for personal information.
  • Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from suspicious emails.

Additionally, please consider using Yahoo Account Key, a simple authentication tool that eliminates the need to use a password on Yahoo altogether.

For More Information

For more information about this issue and our security resources, please visit the Yahoo Account Security Issue FAQs page available at https://yahoo.com/security-update.

Protecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen our defenses.

Sincerely,

Bob Lord
Chief Information Security Officer
Yahoo”