QR code use grows in popularity but poses hidden risks

The use of QR codes has risen during the pandemic as they offer a perfect solution to contactless interaction. But many employees are also using their mobile devices to scan QR codes for personal use, putting themselves and enterprise resources at risk. A new study from security platform MobileIron shows that 84 percent of people have scanned a QR code before, with 32 percent having done so in the past week and 26 percent in the past month. In the last six months, 38 percent of respondents say they have scanned a QR code at a restaurant, bar or café,… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/09/15/qr-code-popularity-risks/

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Why you need to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro and how to do it on the cheap!

By making Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft gave people a choice of operating system, but also caused some confusion. Just what is the difference between the two, and is it worth upgrading to Pro if your computer came with the Home edition installed? Well the answer to the second question is a resounding yes! This is definitely a worthwhile upgrade — and to show you why, we’re going to highlight all of the extra features and options Pro includes. If you decide that you do want to upgrade to Windows 10 Professional, we have a special offer… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/08/17/why-you-need-windows-10-pro-cheap-license-upgrade/

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HyperX launches Alloy Elite 2 mechanical gaming keyboard with pudding keycaps

If you are a serious PC gamer, I hope you own a mechanical keyboard. Whether gaming on a laptop or desktop, you should absolutely have a high-quality mechanical keyboard and mouse plugged in. After all, there is a good chance your competition is using these things, so why should you be at a disadvantage? If you are in the market for a mechanical keyboard, I have good news. Kingston’s gaming division, HyperX, launches a new model today. Called “Alloy Elite 2,” it is the successor to the wildly popular first-gen Alloy Elite. This time, you get “pudding” keycaps, which feature… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/07/06/hyperx-alloy-elite-2-keyboard/

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Microsoft releases Windows Terminal 1.0, download it now

At its Build developer conference last year, Microsoft took the wraps off its Linux-inspired Windows Terminal. This lets users access the Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) in the one place. Since then, Microsoft has been adding additional features, such as multiple panes and tab re-ordering, across a number of preview versions. Most recently the software giant added mouse support and duplicate panes. Today, at the virtual Build 2020, the company announces that Terminal has hit the 1.0 milestone. Microsoft says of the new Terminal: The Windows Terminal is a modern, fast, efficient, powerful, and productive terminal… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/05/19/windows-terminal-1-0/

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Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS ‘Focal Fossa’ now available for download

There are many desktop Linux distributions these days, but only a handful are significant enough to cause widespread excitement. None have the mainstream attention that Ubuntu does, however — it is undoubtedly the most popular desktop Linux-based operating system on the planet. Hell, what other distro got mentioned on the wildly popular TV show The Big Bang Theory? But why is Ubuntu so popular? Despite what some critics may say, Ubuntu’s popularity and admiration are absolutely warranted — there’s a reason the distro has been trusted by so many people over the years. Not only is the operating system beautiful, easy… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/04/23/ubuntu-2004-lts-focal-fossa-linux/

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Google Translate app update introduces speech transcription functionality

The Google Translate application for Android may now be used to transcribe speech; the new functionality allows anyone to “transcribe foreign language speech as it’s happening”, according to Google. Google Translate Product Manager Sami Iqram describes the motivation behind the new feature. Recently, I was at my friend’s family gathering, where her grandmother told a story from her childhood. I could see that she was excited to share it with everyone but there was a problem — she told the story in Spanish, a language that I don’t understand. I pulled out Google Translate to transcribe the speech as it… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/03/18/google-translate-update-speech-transcription/

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Raspberry Pi 4 Linux computer gets twice the RAM and USB-C power fix

The Raspberry Pi line has provided great little Linux computers to nerds — its low price and small size makes it ideal for tinkering and doing projects. But also, the device has proven to be a solid media device, wonderful for watching videos and emulating classic video games. In other words, it has been a very versatile computer, serving as many things to many people. With the release of the Raspberry Pi 4, however, it finally became powerful enough to serve as a true desktop computer. By installing a Linux distribution, some people can use it for day-to-day computer use,… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/27/raspberry-pi-4-double-ram-usbc/

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Whoa! Brave browser can now show you web pages that no longer exist

When browsing the web, it can be frustrating to encounter a 404 error. You know the page isn’t there, but you don’t always know why. Has it been removed on purpose, by accident, or was it never there in the first place? Well, Brave — the browser from Brendan Eich, a former CEO of Mozilla — is about to make 404 frustration a thing of the past, by giving you the chance to view the actual web page after it’s been removed. No, it’s not witchcraft, although it might sound like it. What the browser has actually done is incorporate… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/25/brave-browser-can-show-web-pages-that-dont-exist/

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Serious sudo flaw could be exploited to gain root access to Linux systems

Details of a nine-year-old security vulnerability with the sudo utility found in numerous Unix and Linux based operating systems have been revealed. The flaw, which affects the likes of Linux Mint and Elementary OS, could be exploited to give users root privileges on a vulnerable system. Sudo versions 1.7.1 to 1.8.30 are at risk if the pwfeedback option is enabled. See also: Google may have shared your videos with strangers Yet another Windows 10 update is causing problems Hacker demonstrates Remote Code Execution exploit for Windows Remote Desktop Gateway While the vulnerability is undoubtedly serious, there are elements of good… [Continue Reading]

Original URL: https://betanews.com/2020/02/06/sudo-pwfeedback-root-access-flaw/

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