Tech Execs To Liberals: Don’t Make Online Surveillance Even Worse

Many tech entrepreneurs were already concerned that Bill C-51 — the controversial piece of national security legislation passed by the Harper government — is turning Canada into “a horrible place” for tech companies to do business, as one put it.

Now, they are growing worried that the federal Liberals’ are apparently considering expanding online surveillance as part of their review of Bill C-51.

Public Safety Canada is considering warrantless access to Canadian Internet users’ identifying information, as well as a rule that would require Internet providers to keep track of all web surfers’ activities.

More than 60 entrepreneurs from Canadian tech and new media companies have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, expressing “serious economic and data security concerns with the direction of the federal government’s national security consultation.”

Among the signatories is Tim Bray, the founder of OpenText, Canada’s largest software company and one of the country’s overall largest businesses.

Although the Liberals voted in favour of Bill C-51 while in opposition, Trudeau has expressed some regrets on the matter, and Goodale vowed to remove the “problematic elements” of Bill C-51.

But the consultation launched this fall focuses its attention on ways to expand government powers online, and doesn’t ask the public if they would like to see any scaling back of the new powers given security agencies and police under Bill C-51.

One of the ideas being considered is an order that would force Internet providers to keep track of all their users’ Internet activities. A new law passed in the U.K. this fall does just that, requiring online data retention for a period of one year.

But the open letter from tech executives argues that Internet providers actually should delete their users’ data.

“Such practices actually strengthen data security and customer privacy,” the letter stated.

The Public Safety consultation appears to be looking at ways of reinstating “lawful access” — the principle that police should be able to access data about Internet subscribers without a warrant.

In a 2014 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada severely restricted the ability of law enforcement to collect this information without a warrant, and police forces say that since then, Internet providers have been demanding warrants before they provide that data.

The Public Safety consultation at one point states that warrantless access to subscriber information is “like looking an address up in a phone book.”“This is an appalling and frankly incorrect analogy for a piece of data that can unlock the highly intimate details of the lives of law-abiding Canadians,” the open letter states.

UPDATE 12/13/2016: The Public Safety department is distancing itself from the “phone book” analogy, suggesting warrantless access to subscriber data, if it were to be introduced, would have safeguards in place. In an email to HuffPost Canada, the department said:

As the national security consultation discussion paper explains, accessing basic subscriber information (BSI) is NOT the same as looking up an address in the phone book. While both BSI and a phone book can be used to identify someone, BSI requires safeguards because some of it can reveal intimate details of a person’s activities when linked to other information. That principle has been affirmed by the courts. The government is committed to protecting both Canadians’ safety and their rights, including their privacy rights

The consultation also focuses heavily on the issue of encryption. Law enforcement officials say criminals use encryption to plan terrorist attacks or share child pornography.

That has led to speculation that Public Safety Canada is looking at the possibility of requiring “backdoors” into encrypted data, which would make it easier for police to crack but would make it more vulnerable to hackers.

The letter’s signatories note that “many of our businesses and workers rely on” encrypted data for the security of their operations.

However, Public Safety Canada has suggested that rules on encryption could be limited to requiring companies and individuals to decrypt files in specific investigations.

“The message to the technology industry is clear: Canada is a horrible place to build or store intellectual property.”
— Frederick Ghahramani, founder of airGames

​Many of those who signed the letter say Bill C-51 is already enough of a threat to Canada’s tech sector as it is, without further expansion.

“One year after Bill C-51 gave our national security apparatus ‘kinetic’ policing powers, we’ve seen an all-out assault on Canadians’ privacy rights,” said Frederick Ghahramani, a B.C.-based privacy rights advocate and founder of airGames.

He cited reports of Canadian police using mass-hacking techniques to break into people’s cellphones, as well as reports that Canadian intelligence has been sharing Canadians’ phone and Internet data with allies including the U.S.

“The message to the technology industry is clear: Canada is a horrible place to build or store intellectual property.”

This article was taken from an Open Media Newsletter and can be found on HuffPost Business in Canada.

Cutting the Cord Part Two Looking at streaming boxes

Roku 3Last week I did what I wanted to do and cut my Optik TV with TELUS. TELUS tried to offer a big discount to stay on with The Essentials package at 15 for 6 months versus 38.00$. I said no and eliminated 56.00 dollars from my monthly bill because I had two themes packs as well. One for Sports at 9.00 and another for Entertainment at 9.00.

I currently own an Apple TV and a Roku for streaming things such as Netflix and other content to my TV. Since I bought my HD TV before the SMART TV’s came out, I have had to use these to stream content that I want.

I’ve setup a Sportsnet Now account as I mentioned I’ll miss my live sports. It’s a 24.99 for all sports really except NFL games. The first 7 days are free. It offers me all local Canucks games which I want too. I’m planning to stream through my Apple devices including my computer and iPad. I also have Netflix as well to compensate at 9.00.

In my quest to cut my cable TV I’ve also been looking at the Android TV Box.

Amazon has a long list of streaming boxes including one called the Leelbox which is $56.99. This one does not come loaded with the Kodi needed to run a box. A quick Google search led me to the Kodi site where you can download the one you need. If you are not confident with downloading the Kodi, I suggest having the box come pre loaded as my friend did.

The Leelbox itself is a smart streaming media player with Android 5.1,  support for 4K Ultimate HD and video hardware decoding. The Leelbox also has the Google Play Store and other apps. The Roku has access to the Goolge Play Store which is why I hesitate purchase another box without investigating my Roku first. Stay tuned.

I also found the NinkBox TX8 on Amazon as well. This one is $118.99 and has Android 6.0 and a preloaded Kodi 16.1.  It has a metal shell with an external antenna as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This box has HDMI and AV out ports, Smart TV capabilities, and web browsing. It also allows for quick updating to ensure that bug fixes for Android and KODI can be downloaded.

That’s some good information that should get you started on the Android TV Box and other options for cutting the cord. I’ll still be researching other options for cutting cable TV so stay tuned.

Apple iPhone 7

Since its launch in September, the iPhone 7 has helped Apple maintain its spot as a dominant player in the tech market. You might think too with Christmas three weeks away that the phone is flying off the shelves and it is.

Apple looks even better now to some Samsung users since the Note 7 has had its battery issues and people might be contemplating a move to the iPhone.

Internet rumors told us about a lot of potential features and the release confirmed them too. It was no surprise that social media sites lit up with outrage because the headphone jack is gone. Apple is pushing us to move to Bluetooth or wireless headphones and this is a smart move.

Stock sold out early with iPhone 7 plus and Jet Black 7 being among the hardest to get. Stock is trickling in now and Apple has cleverly created this need that we must have the new iPhone 7 particularly the Plus. Head over to the Apple website and check out this comparison page on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Having used the phone quite a bit, some things stood out for us while using the new iPhone.

Size and Colour

Apple phones don’t let you add an SD Card like Samsing phones. This meant that users of 16GB models were often running out of space. The 7 starts at 32GB, much like the Galaxy s7 and has 128 and 256 models available.
The screen on the 7 is 4.7 inches like the 6 and 6s models while the 7Plus is a 5.5 inch screen. The Space Grey color has been replaced by Black and Jet Black. The Gold, Rose Gold and Silver models are still available.

Home Button

The Home Button is very different on the new 7. It no longer clicks like previous versions. Force works when using the home button to unlock your phone. It’s a lot less prone to breaking or wearing out according to Apple. I still don’t like this feature much and prefer the clickable home button on the iPhone 6s. Apple also gives you three options to use when setting up the home button using this technology, one that I think could confuse many users.

Water Resistant

Taking a page from Samsungs book, the iPhone 7 is water resistant. Apple has never done this before and its a great move. How many of us buy a lifeproof or Otterbox case to protect our phone from water. The phone is not waterproof however and we encourage you to find out the difference before you take a plunge in the pool with it. A water resistant phone is not waterproof.

Cutting the cord Part 1

Christmas is the time to load up on gadgets and tech and I am no different but this time I’m doing something I never thought I would do. I’m cutting my cable.

I currently have TV and Internet with Telus coming it at 109 per month. While I don’t dislike Telus or its service I just don’t watch TV enough to keep it running. Other than live sports such as Canucks games, I watch Netflix and other programs that can be downloaded and watched after the fact.

I found a recent CBC article tells us about ways you can save money on TV, Phone, and Internet legitimately. It’s a great read and one that inspired me to consider giving up my TV service.

I’ve already gotten rid of my home phone because I have a cell phone plan that allows me to do so. It’s a generational thing too I think because I’ve become used to the mobile phone and actually enjoy the silence of not receiving home phone calls. Many of them laterally came from solicitors and telemarketers anyways.

A friend suggested an Android TV Box as the way to go. He eliminated his cable package, saved around 80 dollars a month and bumped up his internet speed one notch to compensate. I’ll have watch my monthly download cap which is 200GB on Internet 15 from Telus. I’m going with Internet 25 at around 80 per month with 350GB download. Telus offers unlimited internet for an extra 15 per month.

A Google search also showed me there are a lot of resources out there that can be used to help you find ways to watch TV without using cable. Tom’s Guide seems to be one of them. Great advice here. I’ll put up another post later in the week and report on my findings as well as tell you about my purchase of my Android TV Box.

Google’s Pixel Phone puts a new twist on the smartphone game

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pixelsmallThe iPhone 7 launch and the Note 7 battery issue has put the smartphone wars at an interesting point.

Samsung is sure to reel from loss of the Note7 for a while and with the Pixel phone from Google just launched, Android lovers may have found themselves a great new phone to get.

With its camera that rivals the iPhone 7 Plus, the Pixel is elegantly designed and Google’s Assistant has a an approach to answering your voice much like Siri does.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are the two models.  Assembled by HTC, the phones were designed, engineered and branded by Google. Telus has them listed at 200 on a 90 dollar a month plan and 400$ on an 80 dollar a month plan on their website. Be sure and check with your wireless carrier.

The camera is a 12.3 megapixel on the back and the front-facing camera is excellent, too. It has a wide enough lens to fit a lot of content in each frame. The camera can shoot 4K video as well.

The camera is really key here as that is often a major selling point for more users when buying or upgrading their phone. LG tried some innovative camera ideas with its G5 and modular components. For a great comparison of the 7Plus Camera and the Pixel, check out this article from CNET.

The Pixel is deeply integrated with Google’s search services as well as the Google Assistant. Assistant uses machine learning and Google’s vast search database to answer all kinds of questions. This is a very cool feature of the phone. I have never loved Siri and the thought of access to Google’s search database is a feature a lot of phones could use.

The Pixel like all premium smartphones these days has a fingerprint reader for added user security and Android Pay. It works quickly and as a bonus you can use it to slide down notifications on the screen.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are nearly identical, but the latter has a bigger, sharper display and a bumped-up battery. Other than that, they’re pretty much the same. Full marks to Google for putting the Pixel together. It will be interesting to see how it sells as we approach Black Friday and Christmas.

Mirai IoT #malware from massive DDoS attack goes open source #security

Mirai “internet of things” malware from Krebs DDoS attack goes open source

A bulletin released by US-CERT explains an issue where IoT (also known as Internet of Things) devices  have recently been used to create large scale botnet attacks.

“On September 20, 2016, Brian Krebs’ security blog (krebsonsecurity.com) was targeted by a massive DDoS attack, one of the largest on record, exceeding 620 gigabits per second (Gbps). An IoT botnet powered by Mirai malware created the DDoS attack. The Mirai malware continuously scans the Internet for vulnerable IoT devices, which are then infected and used in botnet attacks. The Mirai bot uses a short list of 62 common default usernames and passwords to scan for vulnerable devices. Because many IoT devices are unsecured or weakly secured, this short dictionary allows the bot to access hundreds of thousands of devices. The purported Mirai author claimed that over 380,000 IoT devices were enslaved by the Mirai malware in the attack on Krebs’ website.”

In order to prevent malware on IoT devices, US-CERT recommends that users, “ensure all default passwords are changed to strong passwords. Default usernames and passwords for most devices can easily be found on the Internet, making devices with default passwords extremely vulnerable.”

Now that the Mirai source code has been released on the Internet you can expect the number of attacks to increase. According to US-CERT, “such botnet attacks could severely disrupt an organization’s communications or cause significant financial harm.”  Cyber-security professionals should harden networks against the possibility of a DDoS attack.

Sonos now available in Apple physical and online stores

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sonosappleLast month Sonos announced it was expanding its collaboration with Apple by bringing Sonos into Apple’s physical and online retail stores. Two of its most popular speakers — the PLAY:1 and PLAY:5 — were available 468 Apple Stores worldwide on October 5, and Apple’s online stores outside of the US starting November 2.

“Our expanded collaboration with Apple is a great example of our ongoing work with our full ecosystem of partners to make it easier than ever to listen to music out loud at home,” said Patrick Spence, president of Sonos. “Apple Music on Sonos is a powerful experience, one we’re proud to bring directly to Apple fans at Apple Stores worldwide.”

“This is a big deal — both for our companies, and for music lovers around the world who can now experience Sonos and Apple Music like never before. We know that the best way to discover Sonos is by experiencing it first-hand, which shoppers in 180 Apple Stores will be able to do, with a hands-on Sonos and Apple Music demo featuring a guided Sonos app experience on the iPad Pro.”

It wasn’t long ago that Apple Music joined Sonos as its exclusive partner in the connected home, creating experiences that only Sonos and Apple Music could provide– Beats 1 Radio in every room in the house, Apple Music exclusives like Frank Ocean in the kitchen, and Drake’s latest drops in the bedroom. With expanded collaboration, the Sonos whole home sound system with Apple Music’s curated playlists and personalized recommendations, tuned perfectly for your home.

 

Vmedia launches live tv streaming channel on roku tvs and players

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VMedia Inc. announced the launch of its VMedia TV streaming channel on the Roku streaming platform in Canada. With VMedia TV, consumers will be able to watch up to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and US networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD.

VMedia TV is now available Roku TVs and streaming players in Canada, joining Roku’s Rokuwealth of 2500+ streaming channels targeted at Canadian consumers.

Canadians with a Roku player or Roku TV™ will be able to access VMedia TV and register directly with VMedia through their device, and immediately start to enjoy a free 7-day trial offering all the channels. In addition, VMedia TV features VMedia’s unique VCloud cloud- based ‘look back’ feature, which allows users to catch up on shows they missed in the past week.

After the free 7-day trial, Canadians can subscribe to VMedia TV for only $17.95 per month. The service requires no commitment or contract, credit check or hardware installation, and customers can cancel anytime.

“VMedia’s mission is to make the live TV experience enjoyable, affordable and accessible – we aim to keep live TV an important part of everyone’s entertainment universe,” said Alexei Tchernobrivets, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of VMedia. “We are thrilled to work with Roku, which is a pioneer in delivering over the top content to the world. Roku users in Canada can now subscribe to live TV, from VMedia, directly through a Roku device. It doesn’t get any easier, and they will get the benefit of the best live TV prices in the market.”

VMedia, launched just three years ago, offers TV, internet and home phone services in Ontario, Quebec and the western provinces, and is able to reach over eight million Canadian homes. It is the only triple-play alternative to the major players available in all those markets, and now serves over 20,000 homes with its affordable and innovative services.

“VMedia is committed to providing Canadians with great prices, choice and flexibility, and innovation in their live TV experience,” said George Burger, Co-Founder and Director, “and making our Skinny TV package available on the Roku platform meets all of those objectives. We are proud to launch our live TV service on Roku devices in Canada, which after Sling Television is the second in North America.”

“Adding VMedia TV to the Roku Channel Store is great news for our Canadian customers. It enables them to watch live TV, from Canadian and US TV channels they are accustomed to, in addition to the wealth of on demand entertainment our platform offers,” said Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, director content acquisition at Roku.

About VMedia
VMedia Inc., based in Toronto, Ontario, provides innovative TV, high-speed internet and home phone services, offering more choice and flexibility, unique features and lower prices than the major players. VMedia is the only alternative triple-play provider to those players available in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta.  VMedia is a leader in IPTV and the company’s cool, affordable TV platform delivers a whole new home entertainment experience.

This current digital age could become a forgotten era #tech #history #software

Could The Digital Age Be Forgotten? A Web Pioneer Thinks It’s Possible

Vint Cerf, of the original Internet Pioneers, thinks that the current digital age we’re living in could become a forgotten era. A post on Hacked explains that, “Cerf’s concerns lay in the rapid progression of technology. File formats that were common just a decade ago have become deprecated in favor of newer, more efficient formats. Civilizations like Rome used tablets and carvings to document their civilization, and these have withstood the ages.”

The article speaks of the proprietary nature of much of the software and file formats we use in this current age and how it relates to old technologies becoming deprecated. It also suggests some solutions to ultra long file storage such as with encoding data onto DNA.

Hurry, time to delete all those drunk tweets and status updates before they become encoded in DNA for all eternity!

#iPhone7 Rumors and Release Dates

iPhone7Apple’s latest iPhone, the 7 should be released on September 7th.

Rumor has it that iPhone 7 will ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, causing much outrage among current Apple users. You won’t then be able to use your current headphones on new Apple devices as you can now.

Every device since the Sony Walkman arrived in 1979 has had the jack on it. Apple once again goes against the grain and tries to show us that it still thinks differently. iPhone 7 is expected to come with updated EarPods that connect via Lighting — or, in a somewhat longer shot — Bluetooth.

If you are looking to upgrade to the 7 and are expecting major design changes you may be disappointed. The 7 is expected to have minor upgrades prompting one blogger to call it “iPhone 6SS,” In addition to the 7 and 7 Plus, a Pro Model may also be released.

Ditching the headphone jack would also leave room for a second speaker grille, which has appeared on other leaked photos. That would allow the iPhone 7 to be the first model with true stereo sound.

A redesigned home button  “Force Touch” home button. Instead of a physical mechanism, Apple will use its ‘Force Touch’ technology and a motor inside the iPhone to provide the sensation that the button is being physically depressed.

The camera should also get an upgrade with some sources saying that a dual lens might be possible. According to the rumors, the dual camera would likely be included on the 5.5-inch-screen iPhone 7 Plus and/or Pro, but probably not the standard 4.7-inch-screen iPhone 7.

HP Pavilion x360 #laptops and #computers can charge up to 90 percent in 90 minutes

HP Pavilion x360 laptop computer

HP Inc. has unveiled a new Pavilion PC portfolio in a bold color palette featuring new convertibles, notebooks and desktops with sleek designs and more power ideal for students, millennials and families. The new portfolio lets customers reflect their sense of style and delivers the power they need to be productive and entertained at a price that delivers value.

Highlights:

  • HP Pavilion x360: Offered in five colors1 with a stylish new digital thread design on the keyboard deck, a 15.6″ diagonal model joins the 11.6″ and 13.3″ diagonal platforms with a geared hinge inspired by the HP Spectre x360 to transition into four modes.
  • HP Pavilion: Features discrete graphics, five new colors1, the iconic digital thread design and Intel® RealSense™ Camera2 option for improved security with facial authentication with Windows Hello3.
  • HP Pavilion All-in-Ones: Powerful and features a new micro edge display option on the 23″ diagonal model reduces the border width 75 percent to 6.4mm compared to the standard edge-to-edge display option at 26mm.
  • HP Pavilion Desktop: Playful, eye-catching tower design offers a 30 percent smaller footprint compared to the previous generation without sacrificing power.

“Some customers want thin and light PCs for on the go while other customers want power and performance to create and store,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. “HP’s redesigned Pavilion PCs offer affordability and a variety of options for customers to get the functionality they need in a PC packed with style and personality.”

Performance with a Pop of Color
The new HP Pavilion PCs feature updated designs with more color options. Audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY and vibrant displays, including Full HD4 IPS options, provide an immersive computing experience. The new line-up also features the latest Intel® or AMD processors and graphics.

To meet customers’ increased desire for more mobile solutions, the HP Pavilion convertible and notebook PCs are thinner and lighter than the previous generation. They feature Prismatic Lithium ion battery cells to maintain long battery life and offers HP Fast Charge5, which can charge the PC up to 90 percent in 90 minutes when powered off.

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The HP Pavilion desktop PCs feature smaller footprints in iconic form factors with sleek profiles to maximize desk space, making them the focal point of the home or home office.

Versatility for On-the-Go Entertainment with New x360s
For 2016, HP redesigned the HP Pavilion x360s to be sleek with audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY for on the go entertainment. HP added a new 15.6″ diagonal model to the 11.6″ and 13.3″ diagonal HP Pavilion x360s which are 12-14 percent thinner with lighter designs compared to the previous generations with starting weights at 2.93lbs6 and 3.48lbs6and profiles at 19.3mm and 19.8mm thin respectively. HP’s new 15.6″ diagonal HP Pavilion x360 starting weight is 5.07lbs6 and is 23.9mm thin. This year’s models feature a new digital thread pattern on the keyboard deck in a pearl coloring for added depth and style which now spans across the Pavilion convertible and notebook portfolios.

The Pavilion x360s are available in an assortment of colors including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple1.

Other features include:

  • Up to nine hours and 15 minutes of battery life7 depending on model.
  • HD8 or option for Full HD IPS2 displays on the 13.3″ and 15.6″ diagonal models.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD9 with the option for hard drive storage up to 1TB9, depending on model.
  • Choice of the latest Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors10 subject to model.
  • A full-size keyboard now offering optional backlit keyboard on 13.3″ and 15.6″ diagonal versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience.

Pavilion Laptops Deliver Style and Power
The new portfolio of Pavilion notebooks include 14″ and 15.6″ diagonal Pavilion notebooks that are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter with a smaller footprint compared to the previous generation. The starting weight is 3.3lbs6 and 4.26lbs6 with thin profiles at 19.5mm and 22.5mm, for the 14″ and 15.6″ diagonal versions respectively. For creating and consuming media, HP is also offering more power and performance in 15.6″ and 17.3″ diagonal Pavilion models with starting weights at 4.62lbs6 and 6.28lbs6 and 24.5mm and 29.9mm thin profiles, respectively. The new designs are offered in a variety of color options including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Blizzard White, Onyx Black, Cardinal Red, Dragonfly Blue and Sport Purple1 with the new threaded design element on the keyboard and speakers.

Other features include:

  • Up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GeForce® 940MX or NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 950M or NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M graphics or 7th generation AMD A12-9700P Quad-Core processor11 with optional Radeon™ R7 Graphics on select models.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD9or up to 2TB9 for single storage options or dual storage options with up to 2TB9 HDD and 128GB SSD9 on select models.
  • Optical disk drive for select Pavilion models.
  • Edge to edge HD8or FHD4 IPS displays with optional touch for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on model.

All-in-Ones Bring Style and Immersive Entertainment to the Home
HP is now offering two new HP Pavilion All-in-Ones in 23.8″ and 27″ diagonal displays with an edge-to-edge display or a micro edge display option on select models that further reduces the border 75 percent for more viewing area compared to the edge-to-edge display. The micro edge display tilts from -5 degrees to 25 degrees while the edge-to-edge display tilts from 0 to 25 degrees for a comfortable viewing experience. IPS displays are available in Full HD4 or Quad HD12, with optional touch and audio custom-tuned by experts at B&O PLAY adds dynamic sound on the two front firing speakers for a truly immersive experience.

The new open framed stand creates a light design and the sleek profile with ports hidden on the chin and back to maximize desk space. On select models, the HP Pavilion All-in-Ones now offer an HP Privacy Camera that will only pop up via a spring mechanism when in use and can be pressed in to disable both the camera and microphone as a privacy safeguard.

Other features include:

  • Intel® Pentium® or up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GT® 930A graphics or 7th generation AMD up A10 processor11 options.
  • 1TB8with options up to 3TB9 for storing photos, files, games and movies. Customers can also choose a hybrid drive options with up to 1TB9 SSHD.
  • Memory up to 16GB.
  • Optional Intel® RealSense™ Camera2on select models for enhanced security through face authentication with Windows Hello3. It also enables gesture control apps to provide new ways to interact with the PC.

Smaller Tower without Sacrifice 
The new HP Pavilion Desktop features a signature vertical design and is offered in new chic colors including, Natural Silver, Blizzard White and Twinkle Black1 to fit beautifully in the home. The affordable desktop PC is designed for productivity and entertainment without sacrificing features with more storage and graphics options. Other features include:

  • Intel® Celeron® up to 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor10options with optional NVIDIA® GT® 730 to NVIDIA® GTX® 750i graphics or 7th generation AMD up A12 processor11 with Radeon™ R7 Graphics options.
  • Up to 16GB of memory and up to 3TB9of storage. Optical disk drive for media.
  • For multitasking, the HP Pavilion Desktop supports up to two displays and supports all the ports customers need for peripherals.

To further the desktop experience, HP is offering a new Pavilion 32″ Quad HD12 display with wide-viewing angles and 100 percent sRGB13 color space delivers true-to-life color. Customers will also be able to conveniently connect to their devices with dual HDMI, DisplayPort™ and a USB hub.

 

About HP Inc.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.

LG G5 steps up the premium smartphone game

The Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 are the two hottest premium smartphones out there now and while the iPhone SE is exciting, Apple won’t make a splash until we see the iPhone 7.

I attended a launch party last month for the G5 and I was immediately impressed but what LG showed us. We also watched the Batman vs Superman which I could have done without and I am suggesting maybe the company pair its next phone launch with a Marvel movie.

Wanting to keep the removable battery as part of its design, LG G5 took a step here keeping this and in moving to all metal materials. Like the Galaxy S7, the G5 has Always-On Display, something I’ve been spoiled with now with my S7.

The launch party team really pumped up the camera on this phone. The G5 has two cameras in the back: a 16-megapixel camera with a standard 78-degree wide lens and an 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle, 135-degree lens. The wider lens lets you capture more space within each frame. This made sense to me and certainly makes an iPhone or Galaxy camera seem somewhat limited.

My interest really was in the modular components. The phone is great but this is what made me take notice.

The Cam Plus ads bulk to the back of the phone but also improves battery life and power. This can help as we know phones like this are often battery challenged. The Galaxy S6 is certainly one but the S7 has top notch battery life. The LG G5 is ok as well but not as good as the S7. It also has a camera grip that has a physical shutter button to record and capture video, and a zooming wheel. Pretty cool I’d say

Thought I did not get to play with it, I’d love to get my hands on the 360 VR. It looks substantially different than the Oculus VR paired with the S7. A quick visit to the LG website shows no reviews of it as of yet so I am wondering who has had a chance to use it.