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Kantar Worldpanel: Life in a Two-OS World

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According to Kantar Worldpanel the days of a BlackBerry OS, Symbian or Windows Phone making "significant" impact are over, since the mobile industry is all but dominated by iOS-Android duopoly.

Kantar mobileThe biggest 5 European markets (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) are dominated by Android-- the Google OS accounts for 74.3% of smartphone sales in the quarter ending January 2017, a "marginal" increase over the 72.9% of the same period in the previous year. In the meantime iOS holds 22.7%, with the iPhone 7 remaining the top-selling device in Great Britain, France and Germany.

Kantar points out Nokia as a potential success story in the region, as brand owner HMD Global is focusing on quality for cost with well made mid-tier devices. Such smartphones will not rival the iPhone 7 or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, but do compete with the likes of the Huawei 8 and P9 Lite, both strong sellers in the price-conscious Italian and Spanish markets.

How to Protect Your USB Ports

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Customers worried about BadUSB, the malware able to maliciously reprogram USB chips? Developer Robert Fisk has a hardware solution with the USG, a "firewall for your USB ports."

USG BadUSB is a sinister piece of malware able to bypass the OS, antivirus software and other security measures. It can attack by hopping into PCs through the USB port, for example via USB sticks supplied by customers or colleagues. This lead to Fisk working on a hardware solution for access to untrusted USB devices, without need for a USB condom or disabling USB ports.

The USG is plug and play, and is compatible with many devices with a USB port, be it modern Windows, Mac OS and Linux machines or legacy and embedded systems. It supports mass storage (flash drives), keyboards and mice, but cannot handle hubs and only uses 12Mbps USB hardware.

Qnap Intros TSTS-453Bmini Verical NAS

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Qnap systems releases the TS-453Bmini-- a vertical NAS powered by an Intel quad-core 1.5GHz CPU ideal for both home and small office use.

QNap NASAimed at data storage, backup and file sharing applications, the TS-453Bmini features AES-NI hardware encryption and 4K media output and transcoding capabilities. It promises drive read speeds of up to 225MB/s with smooth performance under dual network environments. Pushing performance are 4/8GB of DDR3L dual-channel RAM, while connectivity comes through dual gigabit LAN ports and SATA 6GB/s, as well as x1 HDMI, x4 USB 3.0 and x1 USB 2.0 ports.

Total storage can reach up to 120TB by using an 8-bay UX-800P expansion unit (when using 10TB HDDs). Container Station supports container applications, including QIoT Containers and IoT applications, while Virtualisation Station allows users to run multiple Windows, Linux Unix and Android virtual machines. QmailAgent centralises email accounts for simplified management, and Qcontaz centrally stores and manages contact information.

MSI Prepares for AMD Ryzen CPUs

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MSI is ready for the launch of the latest AMD desktop CPUs with a selection of Ryzen-ready AM4 motherboards featuring mainstream B350 and high-end X370 chipsets.

MSI MotherboardLower-end customers get a choice of 3 B350 motherboards-- the Tomahawk, Mortar and Gaming Pro, all compatible with Summit Ridge Ryzen chips and the upcoming 7th generation Bristol Ridge APUs. The B350M Gaming and B350M Mortar are microATX boards with metal-reinforced PCIe x16 slots, four SATA 6Gbps ports and an M.2 PCIe slots. Both have red LED illumination and the Gaming has red silscreening on the PCB.

The B350 Tomahawk is a full-size ATX option, with two steel-plated PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, four SATA 6Gbps connectors, NVMe M.2 slot and a pair of PCI ports.

The Logitech G Pro Tenkeyless Gaming Keyboard

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Logitech presents a gaming keyboard "designed for eSports professionals"-- the G Pro, a mechanical number the company claims is engineered for "extreme performance."

Logitech G ProThe minimalist black keyboard promises "everything you need, and nothing you don't," with Logitech-designed Romer-G keyswitches offering quiet action with a 1.5mm actuation point. It is tenkeyless for more mouse room, and has 26-key rollover together with function key macros. A Game Mode (activated via LGS software) disables all keys other than those required by the game in question.

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