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Malware is the Most Frequent Online Threat Faced by Consumers: Kaspersky

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Malware has become the most frequent online threat faced by consumers, reveals research from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International: 50% in the UAE have come across, or been targeted by malware online, with almost a fifth (19%) falling victim to it as a result. 28% of internet users affected by malware have no idea how it ended up on their device. These results show that due to the nature of malware attacks today, the use of reliable security solutions is the only way for people to stay protected.

The findings, which are part of Kaspersky Lab’s Consumer Security Risks Survey 2016, show the ongoing scourge of malware across society as the route of infection and sophistication of attacks continues to increase. Internet users face a range of problems as a result, 43% complained of slow devices, 34% experienced the presence of pop-ups and unwanted adverts and 23% said that they are redirected to suspicious websites. 15% of the survey takers informed that their devices stopped working as a result of a malware virus.

The impact on consumers is not only physical but financial, with a 25% of users saying they have to spend money to fix a problem caused by a malware attack, averaging at $121 per incident. Malware is increasingly being spread in a wide manner of ways and although the source of malware infections varies for different consumers, the study found the highest number of infections in the UAE happen when people use infected USB sticks (45%).

Visiting suspicious websites (38%) and accidentally downloading fake apps and software (36%) are also cited by one in five as the sources of a malware infection they have experienced. E-mails and messaging are also a common source of infection. 22% of people surveyed in the country said a virus was transferred to them from an email or other message from someone they don’t know, and 19% even experienced the same in an email or message from someone they do know. However, for 28% of Internet users affected by malware, they have no idea of the source.

“The malware menace is an ongoing headache for consumers as cyber-criminals have become more and more sophisticated and sneaky at launching attacks on the devices we use daily, Andrei Mochola, Head of Consumer Business at Kaspersky Lab, commented. “With a third of Internet users completely unaware of how they became infected, this can help to further spread the virus and put even more of our devices, details and finances in danger. To stay safe, consumers need to increase their cyber-savviness and be more aware of the dangers they are up against in their use of new websites or opening apps or emails from unknown sources. Given the financial costs involved, reliable protection to spot malware which might otherwise have gone unnoticed, coupled with heightened awareness and vigilance is undoubtedly better than a cure.”

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RYSE Launches SmartShade

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RYSE has launched its SmartShades – a motorised shade. The company claims that it is the only retrofit solution, meaning it can be set up on any window shade already installed in your home, office, hotel room, or anywhere. The device involves a Chain-Drive system, in which the motor is mounted on the window frame and controls the chains or cords of your window shade. The idea is surprisingly simple – the motor essentially acts as a pulley system for your window shade.

Installation takes a matter of minutes. In 3 easy steps, you can transform your cord-controlled shades into motorised ones. All you have to do is install the mounting bracket on the window frame, loop the chain/cords through the cogwheel, and snap the device onto the bracket to tighten the chain/cord – that’s it. You can then program the SmartShade to lock the top and bottom positions into memory.

This motor is guaranteed to lift your window shade, regardless of its size or weight. How is this possible? This is because the clutch that already comes with your window shade helps reduce the required force needed to pull. While you can power the RYSE SmartShade with an AC Plug into the wall outlet, many of the company’s partners, including hotels and commercial office space, wanted a sleek clean look that is wire-free.

So the company created a removable, rechargeable battery pack that can last up to a staggering 9 months on a single charge, and you can simply recharge the pack via USB.

Control your shades via the buttons on the device or with our mobile app, where you can even create schedules – you can have them set up to rise at 7 am to help me wake up to natural sunlight, and close at 8 pm to give you privacy. Or integrate with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Apple HomeKit and control your shades by saying a few simple words. “Hey Google, open my window shades!”

Forget paying thousands of dollars per window just to have Smart Shades. RYSE SmartShade retails for only $149 – a fraction of the cost of competing solutions in the marketplace today.

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TEAMGROUP Launches the Upgraded SIREN GD240E AIO ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler with LGA 1700 Compatibility

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TEAMGROUP has announced the new SIREN GD240E All-In-One ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler, which comes with a mounting bracket for the latest LGA 1700 socket and fully supports 12th Generation Intel processors and Z690 motherboards, making it a must-have cooling solution for gamers. Launched alongside the CPU cooling system is the M200 Portable SSD, winner of Japan’s 2021 GOOD DESIGN Award. Hardcore gamers around the world can look forward to both products when they are released globally this December.

The newly upgraded SIREN GD240E AIO ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler not only supports various older Intel and AMD sockets but also provides a mounting kit for the latest LGA 1700 socket. The specially selected base plate, support screws, and mounting brackets enable the water block to fit snugly with the processor. The full and even contact between the surfaces aids heat transfer swiftly to the high-density jet fin heat sink, greatly increasing the heat dissipation area and quickly removing heat from the CPU.

To optimise efficiency and the path of heat transfer, the SIREN GD240E is equipped with an ultra-fast 4000RPM water pump that’s installed on the radiator to reduce wear and noise on the CPU caused by water pump vibrations. These features allow the system to deliver 1.5 times higher cooling performance than typical liquid-cooled products while also providing the best protection for the next-gen Intel processors. The SIREN GD240E is an all-in-one liquid cooler system with top-notch heat dissipation and visual flair thanks to the water block’s elegant mirror finish and high-speed ARGB fans that support all major motherboard lighting software.

The M200 Portable SSD has a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface, which delivers a blazing fast speed of 2,000MB/s, four times that of USB 3.2 Gen 1 external SSDs. It also features USB Type A and Type C OTG capabilities and supports a wide range of platforms, including tablets, smartphones, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles. With a total weight of only 83 grams and a maximum capacity of 8TB, the M200 Portable SSD is lightweight and portable, giving you easy access to fast drive speeds and massive storage at any time.

The upgraded SIREN GD240E AIO ARGB CPU Liquid Cooler provides a new CPU cooling option for the latest Intel platform, and the high-speed M200 Portable SSD offers two different transmission interfaces, so consumers with large capacity storage needs can buy with confidence. These two new products will be available worldwide in December 2021.

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Milestone Releases the Batman Expansion for Hot Wheels Unleashed

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The amazing post-launch plan for Hot Wheels Unleashed is moving forward. Milestone released the Batman Expansion, a brand new themed DLC with content coming from the DC Universe, dedicated in specific to the Dark Knight legacy. The Batman Expansion brings a huge amount of new playable content with a brand-new Career map to complete, inspired by Gotham, and a breathtaking new environment with many new tracks, the Batcave. The Expansion also includes 5 themed vehicles, The Penguin, Robin™ 2.0T, Armored Batman™, Batman™ Rebirth, The Joker™ GT, a new Track Builder Module, the Joker Funhouse Split, and many themed customization items. The Batman Expansion is included in the HOT WHEELS™ Pass Vol. 1 or can be purchased separately.

Hot Wheels Unleashed offers players the opportunity to drive the cars as if they were playing with the die-cast toys. The gameplay includes adrenaline-filled races, an extended choice of Hot Wheels vehicles with different attributes and rarity levels that players can customize with different skins, and jaw-dropping tracks set in everyday-life locations with special track modules and interactive items. The game also features a revolutionary Track Builder enabling players to customize tracks in any game environment and share them with the game’s community.

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