Facebook says its taking steps to protect the U.S 2020 elections

Facebook has released information on a new set of initiatives it plans to adopt to protect the US 2020 elections. After being sued as a tool for election interference in both the US and other countries, the firm has taken steps to mitigate the possibility of being used in such a manner going forward. The […]

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Health insurance company Humana announces multiyear strategic partnership with Microsoft

Humana is one of the largest health insurance provider in the US. Humana today announced a seven-year partnership with Microsoft to build predictive solutions and intelligent automation. As part of this partnership, Azure will become the preferred cloud provider for Humana. Humana will also take advantage of the power of Azure AI, Microsoft 365 and […]

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Former Microsoft Office and Cortana executive to head Google G Suite

Javier Soltero today announced that he has joined Google as a Vice President to lead the G Suite team. Javier Soltero previously held various positions at Microsoft over the years. Javier Soltero first came to Microsoft when Microsoft acquired his startup Acompli, which later became Outlook Mobile. After leading the Outlook Mobile team for several […]

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Google explains Pixel 4’s weak 4K video support

Google’s Pixel 4 was released today, with users receiving their devices in the mail. At the same time, Google’s newest flagship has been reviewed and found wanting in one aspect — support of 4K 60fps video. “Pixel 4 supports 4k video recording on the rear camera at 30fps. We find that the majority of users […]

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Razer announces the Razer Raptor gaming monitor with 144Hz display

Razer has branched out into providing yet another gaming product: the Razer Raptor gaming monitor. Essentially appearing like a 27-inch Razer Blade screen hoisted onto a sleek stand, the new gaming monitor has a striking look. Available to purchase today at the price of $700, Razer’s gaming monitor has some tasty specifications. The 2560×1440 IPS […]

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Microsoft acquires Mover, a leading cloud storage migrator

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Mover, one of the fastest and most recognized cloud storage migrators in the world. Microsoft believes that Mover acquisition will help even more customers migrate easily to the cloud. Microsoft already supports several ways for cloud file migration, Moover will improve them with proven tools, and it will […]

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Anyone can buy the Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business

You don’t have to work in business to get the Intel-powered Surface Laptop 3 for Business.

What you need to know

  • The Surface Laptop 3 for Business runs on an Intel chip, including the 15-inch version.
  • Anyone can purchase the Intel-powered version of the Surface Laptop 3 for Business.
  • The Intel version could have better battery life, better standby battery life, and improved performance.

A new member was added to the Surface Laptop family at the October Surface event, the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3. This larger Surface Laptop 3 shares many design elements with its smaller sibling, but comes in a larger form factor that’s preferred by people who prioritize screen size over portability. One main difference between the 15-inch model and the 13-inch model is that the 15-inch model is powered by an AMD chip. This chip came with high expectations but disappointed in our review. Luckily, for people looking for another option, an Intel-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business exists, and you don’t have to work for a business to purchase it.

In our testing period with the AMD-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, there was a persistent battery drain. Leaving the lid closed overnight led to a 20 percent drop in battery. Geekbench tests for the device also came out lower than last year’s Intel Core i5 13-inch Surface Laptop 2 and this year’s Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 7.

The AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3 also lacks some driver support and optimization that appears in Intel devices. Additionally, it lacks WiFi- 6 and DDR4 RAM.

Without having a 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 for Business to test, we can’t guarantee that performance would be better. But it’s likely that an Intel-powered Surface Laptop 3 would at least have similar performance to a Surface Pro 7, which beat the AMD version of the Surface Laptop 3 in multiple ways. It’s worth pointing out that there may be warranty differences between the Surface Laptop 3 for Business and the consumer-aimed Surface Laptop 3.

Surface Laptop 3 for Business

From $1,599 at Microosft

This larger Surface Laptop 3 is powered by an Intel chip, rather than the AMD chip that powers the consumer 15-inch Surface Laptop 3.

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How to get Renown fast in Rainbow Six Siege

Mo’ Renown, no problems.

In Rainbow Six Siege, Renown makes the world go round. Renown is an in-game currency awarded through play and a few other methods. You can buy pretty much everything with the currency, except some premium items locked behind the paid-for Rainbow Credits.

Changes to the game since launch have changed the gaming, so Renown is no longer needed to buy the base operators or slap attachments on weapons. However, you’ll still need it for the DLC operators and the game’s extensive collection of cosmetics if you don’t want to get out your real-life wallet.

Compared to most in-game currencies, Rainbow Six Siege’s is reasonably generous. You’ll get a bit for playing a match, and as a bonus if you take the victory. But, there are a few other ways you can get Renown fast, and we’re here to tell you about them.

Educate yourself

An easy way to get Renown relatively fast is by watching in-game tutorials. Viewing the in-game tutorial videos will give you 200 Renown each. However, if you watch them all, the game will provide you with an additional 200 Renown on top of that. That’s a good chunk of change just for going through instructions.

These videos are worth watching anyway, as they give you the skinny on a few different mechanics that are essential for success in the game. While you can only do this for a one-time payout, it’s something that a lot of players tend to overlook.

Play the Situations

Continuing in the tutorial vibe, the game’s Situations are short single-player Situations designed to get you combat-ready for playing the game online. These hand-holding sessions lead you gently through several different parts of the game and will pay out a whopping 600 Renown if you “three-star” the event by completing its trio of objectives.

They aren’t super challenging and require you to do a few different, thematically appropriate objectives shown on screen. One even requires you to take a minimal amount of damage. Smash these objectives for every situation, and you’ll net yourself a cool 6,000 Renown. It’s the fastest way to earn that much in-game currency.

Here’s the kicker; like the tutorial videos above, this is a one-time thing. It’s perfect for getting you the last stretch towards an Operator you really want.

Beat the challenges

Each week there are a host of Ubisoft Club Challenges that can be completed for sweet, sweet Renown. They’re usually pretty simple: win three rounds as an attacker, or get four multiplayer kills with a shotgun. These objectives refresh every Tuesday, and you have the entire week to plow through them.

It’s important to note that the Club Challenges can’t be achieved until you decide to attempt them. If you’re playing on PC, you should start every session by hitting Alt+F2 to get into the Uplay overlay and see which challenges you’ll be working towards that day. You’ll be able to tackle these challenges as soon as your profile hits Level 3.

Play Ranked playlists for higher rewards

The Ranked Multiplayer Mode is a high-stakes mode that puts you in a competitive setting for the game. You play only on the most balanced maps in shorter rounds on the Disarm Bomb game mode.

It’s the most balanced way to play, but it’s also the most high-pressure. It’s not for everyone. If you can tough it out, it’ll pay out more experience and Renown than other modes. However, there are severe penalties for leaving games early, including penalties to your Renown. So, if you step up to play one of these, try to make sure your next 30 minutes are free and clear.

Realistic terrorist hunt can be great for farming Renown

Playing Rainbow Six Seige’s player versus enemy (PvE) Terrorist Hunt mode is an excellent way to get Renown fast, as long as you can survive until the end. This is tricky, but it will help you get Renown fast. You can also use matchmaking preferences to specifically put yourself into a situation where it’s harder to fail.

If you want to do this solo, you can set yourself to play only Protect Hostage when you’re playing Terrorist Hunt. From there, you can just set up in a defensive position and blast the enemies as they come into view. This could, perhaps, be the only place in Rainbow Six Siege where Tachanka is genuinely useful.

While I’m not much of a Renown grinder, with Operator Kaid and a corridor of barbed wire, it’s easy to set up a situation where the enemies all die by damaging barbed wire before they get to you. It’s not a lot of fun, but you can do it with your brain turned off. This is easier to do than the other Terrorist Hunt modes, but again it’s a little boring.

Money talks

Throw in a few of these methods next time you play, and you should get a nice little nest egg to buy the operators and cosmetics you’ve got your eye on. Plus, you can do it without resorting to the paid currency as a shortcut.

If you’ve got your own favorite way of making Renown, let us know in the comments below. Let’s grind cosmetics out together.

Eyes on target

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Addictive, challenging shooter action

Ubisoft’s hit shooter is hotter than ever, touting tense tactical gameplay, and regular free updates. With millions of players in 2019, Rainbow Six isn’t slowing down.

$25 at Amazon

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Google Photos app will soon be as good as Microsoft’s Photos app when it comes to caption and draw on photos

Although Google Photos app is one of the best photos apps available on Android, it lacks some important features that we all use almost every day. Now, it looks like the company is working hard to bring some of those important features to the Google Photos app. The search giant is planning to add a […]

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Secured-core PCs protect your data down to the hardware

Secured-core devices protect data at a deeper level than just software.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft partnered with several PC manufacturers to create Secured-core PCs.
  • These PCs protect data and devices at a hardware, firmware, and software level.
  • Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Microsoft all have devices that are Secured-core PCs.

As attackers use more advanced ways to gather data and steal identities, PC-makers have to utilize new ways to improve security. Microsoft partnered with several PC manufacturers to create devices that called “Secured-core PCs.” These devices use security measures at the hardware, firmware, and software levels to protect data and user identities. Dell, Dynabook, HP, Lenovo, Panasonic, and Microsoft have devices that are Secured-core PCs.

Secured-core PCs are aimed at users that have highly sensitive data, such as people working in healthcare, financial services or for the government. Though, the devices are generally available to consumers, so anyone who wants to have extra security could utilize the options on their Secured-core PC. For example, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 4th Gen and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen are both Secured-core PCs.

Attackers often utilize firmware to attempt to access PCs. Firmware has the ability to make changes to devices that even software and the operating system of a device can’t. As a result, attackers that utilize firmware can bypass many security measures and gain access to sensitive data. Attacks that target firmware can undermine secure boot and other security measures. Endpoint protection and detection solutions don’t have full visibility and access to the firmware layer, which means that attacks can circumvent these as well.

To combat firmware level attacks, Windows Defender now implements System Guard Secure Launch. Supporting this is a requirement for Secured-Core PCs and uses new hardware capabilities from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. Microsoft explains that System Guard uses capabilities that are built into silicon from major chip manufacturers,

System Guard uses the Dynamic Root of Trust for Measurement (DRTM) capabilities that are built into the latest silicon from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to enable the system to leverage firmware to start the hardware and then shortly after re-initialize the system into a trusted state by using the OS boot loader and processor capabilities to send the system down a well-known and verifiable code path. This mechanism helps limit the trust assigned to firmware thereby providing a powerful mitigation against cutting-edge, targeted threats against firmware. This capability also helps to protect the integrity of the virtualization-based security (VBS) functionality implemented by the hypervisor from firmware compromise.

Secured-core PCs leverage a number of technologies to isolate hardware, detect attacks using software, and protect devices from attacks that utilize firmware. A page from Microsoft dedicated to Secured-core PCs explains each level of security and includes a helpful video summary for anyone looking to utilize the security of these devices. It also includes a full list of Secured-core PCs.

Amazing Portability

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

$2,609 at Lenovo

The trusty powerful workhorse

The Carbon doesn’t scream about specifications unless you bring up portability and LTE in the conversation. Still, it’s a powerful notebook that can be relied upon to handle video editing and other intensive applications. It’s now available with a 10th Gen Intel processor.

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