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Intel’s new graphics tuning software is ready for its eventual graphics cards

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Plus, a new 9th Generation CPU family

Intel didn’t announce any graphics cards at GDC 2019, but the company has announced yet another platform in preparation for them as well as its incoming family of 9th Generation mobile processors.

Meet the Intel Graphics Command Center (IGCC), Team Blue’s equivalent of Nvidia’s GeForce Experience and AMD’s Radeon Software. Like other graphics software focused suites, Command Center’s features include automatic game detection and one-click game optimization. To help users understand how specific settings are affecting in-game graphics, the software will show before-and-after images.

Initially the Graphics Command Center will only support integrated Intel graphics inside the brand’s processors – with the exception of Intel’s new KF-series CPUs, of course – because it’s the only type of graphics Intel currently offers. IGCC will also only support Intel processors that are at least 6th Generation Skylake or newer.

However, considering how few users play games with integrated graphics only, we suspect Intel is laying the ground work for future Intel Graphics Cards as well as the company’s highly anticipated Gen11 graphics, which are said to give iGPUs a real shot in the arm.

The Intel Graphics Command Center is now available in an early access state to all users and you can download it here.

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Intel 9th Generation CPUs go mobile

Intel also used some of its time on the GDC 2019 main stage to introduce new 9th Generation mobile processors for laptops – though without naming any specific chips.

Rather than debut some actual model names or specs, the Santa Clara-based corporation simply proclaimed that its 9th Gen Intel Core high performance mobile (H-Series) processors will power the ultimate laptops for gamers and creators. Additionally, Intel detailed 9th Generation mobile processors will add support Wi-Fi 6 AX200, Intel Optane memory and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

Aside from that, Intel hasn’t shared any in-depth details about its new 9th Generation mobile lineup, but we can at least infer that these CPUs will be built from yet another iteration of the company’s 14nm+ process as Coffee Lake Refresh and Basin Falls Refresh processors.

Earlier last month, Intel spilled the beans on its whole 9th Generation Mobile family of mobile processors and they are as follows.

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Bear in mind that none of these models or their exact specifications have been announced officially yet, so treat this chart above as early conjecture for now. Intel has told us it plans on launch its new 9th Generation H-series CPUs in Q2 2019 (so sometime in April, May and June).

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How Opera’s New VPN Feature Further Cements its Position as Nigeria’s Most Preferred Browser

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Opera, one of the world’s most popular mobile web browsers, has announced the inclusion of a useful VPN function. The Norwegian browser maker recently revealed the new VPN feature will be included in the app update for the Android.

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A VPN is a secure way to send and receive data across the internet. It creates a secure, encrypted tunnel between a user’s device and the VPN server. VPNs help protect users from interception, snooping, and even censorship. Basically, anybody who tries to hack data being sent over a VPN server will see only gibberish.

Most VPNs are neither free nor unlimited. The free ones are more or less limited because they keep a monthly or daily data cap for users.

Now the introduction of a VPN into the Opera Android browser officially cements the browser as the best. The new VPN feature had me comparing mobile browsers to see how each of them stacked up compared with Opera.

Opera, one of the world’s most popular mobile web browsers, has announced the inclusion of a useful VPN function.

For one thing, Opera is the first browser to introduce the feature as an in-app function. The VPN feature is free to use and does not come with any data cap or even log management feature that usually threatens user privacy.

The feature plays nicely with the browser’s other existing user-friendly features. For instance, the browser has always come with several features that make browsing the web extremely fast. Opera also includes a powerful adblocker which helps to make browsing less cluttered.

In Africa, Opera controls 20.72% of the browser market and in Nigeria, it holds a whopping 51.18% market share. And it is features like this that makes Opera the most popular browser in Nigeria and Africa.

Meanwhile, other browsers like Google and Mozilla’s Firefox have talked heavily about adblockers and other features, but they have been quite slow to introduce them.

Google Chrome browser has a nasty reputation for consuming much RAM and takes up too much space. But it is pretty cool and supports advanced features and browsing.

But Opera still has a few things to work on though. For instance, the app frequently bloats users’ browsing experience with disruptive ads which is quite ironic since it is supposed to naturally blocks ads. Getting this fixed will certainly be a plus for users.

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TFW the hardest part about decrypting your ransomwared files is figuring out Bitcoin

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Accepting that your computer is infected with ransomware is hard.

Figuring out Bitcoin in order to pay the ransom? Even harder.

As more than 200,000 systems around the world were hit with the ransomware WannaCry, businesses, hospitals, and regular people were all presented with a troubling choice: Pay approximately $300 worth of Bitcoin to unknown attackers or lose access to their data forever.

But what happens when the victims don’t understand how to pay? Could the biggest thing holding ransomware hackers back be not updated computer systems but Bitcoin ignorance?

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Cryptocurrency is confusing, and the typical computer owner would be hard pressed to explain what Bitcoin is let alone how to acquire it then make a payment with it. And so more and more, those behind ransomware are realizing that they’re going to have to help their victims figure things out if they ever expect to get paid.

Enter the ransomware hackers’ equivalent of customer support. After their software encrypts your computer, rendering your files inaccessible, some hackers have taken to providing step-by-step instructions to clear things up.

Take, for example, WannaCry. Once a computer is infected, the attack displays a page telling victims what happened to their system, how to recover their files, and the easiest way to pay the ransom (Bitcoin, naturally).

As UNC Associate Professor and technology-focused sociologist Zeynep Tufekci noted, WannaCry’s step-by-step instructions to victims rival the help pages of some major tech companies.

WannaCry is not the first ransomware to offer “help” to its victims. The FBI noted back in 2016 that a staple of ransomware is that it “[includes] instructions on how to pay the ransom.” Which, of course, makes sense. Why demand a ransom and not tell the victim how to pay?

However, it’s the length to which some ransomware hackers go to assist their victims that is really turning heads. In one such case, as Reuters previously reported, attackers actually had call centers to walk victims through the payment process.

That’s right. Call centers. Like we said, cryptocurrency is confusing.

Importantly, just because a victim follows the proscribed steps doesn’t mean he or she is going to get their files decrypted. The perpetrators behind WannaCry have been particularly bad at responding to payments with decryption keys.

The fact remains, however, that ransomware hackers have in some cases been known to actually provide decryption keys once a victim has paid. This knowledge is often enough of a glimmer of hope for victims desperate to regain access to their data.

With a 2016 IBM report finding that ransomware shot up 300 percent over the preceding year, it’s clear that this type attack is here to stay. And as more and more people are faced with deciding whether or not to pay up, the hackers will be there — ready and waiting to patiently explain Bitcoin.

source:http://mashable.com/2017/05/17/ransomware-bitcoin-wannacry/#uH_VkvjYVPqm

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