Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

Microsoft is rolling out a new round of firmware updates for Surface devices, bringing mitigations for Spectre and Meltdown in the process.

Just after the recent Meltdown and Spectre processor vulnerabilities were disclosed last week, Microsoft revealed that it would issue a set of Surface firmware updates to mitigate against the attacks, in addition to its general emergency update for all Windows users. Those firmware updates are now ready and rolling out over Windows Update for a range of surface devices.

Dated January 10, the updates are now rolling out to the Surface Book 2, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Surface Book, and Surface Pro 4, according to the Surface Update History tracker. Each round of updates includes a firmware tweak to “resolve potential security vulnerabilities, including Microsoft security advisory 180002,” which addresses the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

Source: Microsoft rolling out Surface firmware updates with Meltdown, Spectre mitigations

A pair of vibrating wearables kept me calm during the stress of CES

Source: A pair of vibrating wearables kept me calm during the stress of CES

I’ll admit I was skeptical at first. Can wearing two vibrating devices really reduce stress? That’s what Touchpoints claims to do, and as I found out this week during a crazy day at CES, the company delivers on that promise. What’s more, I have the brain scans to prove it.

Investors Urge Apple to Do More to Protect Children From Smartphone Addiction

Apple should do more to reduce growing smartphone addiction among children, said two major investors on Monday (via USA Today). In an open letter to the tech giant, New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System wrote of their increasing concern about the effects of mobile devices and social media on youngsters, urging Apple to offer more tools and choices to help prevent harm.

Source: Investors Urge Apple to Do More to Protect Children From Smartphone Addiction

 

 

Watch Windows Hello biometric security get spoofed by a printed photo

Security researchers demonstrate how Windows 10 computers can be spoofed by a grainy printed photo of the owner

Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, released in October, fixes the issue and all Windows Hello users are urged to install that update right away. After doing so, it is recommended that users enable Windows Hello’s “enhanced anti-spoofing” feature and re-scan their face so the system can re-learn what they look like.

Source: Watch Windows Hello biometric security get spoofed by a printed photo

Lenovo Yoga 720 (12”) Review: The Best for Less

The Lenovo Yoga 720 (12″) offers solid performance and premium build quality for a very reasonable amount of money.

Don’t mistake the Lenovo Yoga 720 (12”) for an ultra-affordable PC. With a price tag of $629 at Best Buy, it’s definitely not the least expensive Windows 2-in-1 that you can buy. This works to its advantage. It isn’t ruined by a sub-par display or terrible touch experience and it looks just as good as Lenovo’s more expensive laptops.

Via: Gotta Be Mobile

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which is the best smart speaker?

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: It’s the battle of the robot PAs. Voice-controlled assistants are totally in right now, and the Amazon Echo has already made significant headway. But the Google Home is gunning for smart home dominance too, so here’s a guide to which speaker is winning right now.

Source: Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Which is the best smart speaker? | Trusted Reviews

Productivity on the Move: The Best Business Tablets of 2017 | Sci-Tech Today

Buying the best business tablet for your needs can help revolutionize productivity, allowing you to remain productive while out and about, without having to lug heavy gear around.

1. Microsoft Surface Pro

While Microsoft didn’t call this year’s tablet the Surface Pro 5, in many ways it’s a sequel to the Surface Pro 4 (which also features on our list of the best business tablets), with a 32% increase in battery life – according to our benchmarks — as well as a refined design that remains thin and light, while also providing plenty of power. The new and improved Surface Pen and Type Cover makes this a brilliant business tablet that can be used as a laptop replacement, and it comes in a range of specifications, which makes choosing the right model for your business (and personal) needs easy.

Source: Productivity on the Move: The Best Business Tablets of 2017 | Sci-Tech Today

Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?

Microsoft offers four Surface device families within its portfolio comprising the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book and Surface Studio.

Each has a touchscreen, but only three of them are “mobile”, as one of them is an eye-catching all-in-one that sits on a desk and one of them runs a sandboxed version of Windows known as Windows 10 S.

Confused about which one might be the one for you? No worries. It’s not as complicated as it first seems and to help you figure out the differences between them all and work out which is the best for your requirements, we’ve compared each of the four Surface device families spec-by-spec to give you a better idea of which is best for you.

Source: Which Microsoft Surface device is best for you? Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, Surface Book, or Surface Studio?