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This might be the secure backup solution you’re looking for

A complete cyber protection solution

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Cyber security wasn’t a top-of-mind for most consumers. However, certain events over the past few years have made people more conscious about their overall cyber security. Acronis recognizes this and has come out with secure backup solution for you.

With a majority of people moving their workstations from their office to their home due to the global health crisis, there’s even more of an urgency to protect your files. Homes typically are less secure than offices and this is something cyber criminals are aware of.

The Acronis True Image 2021 wants to be the wall that protects your files from malicious attacks.

“As more people work or attend classes from home, the FBI documents a 400% increase in cyberattacks because hackers know home systems are not usually as well-defended as an office,” said Serguei “SB” Beloussov, founder and CEO of Acronis.

“Backup without cybersecurity is an incomplete option in that situation, as is cybersecurity without backup. Acronis True Image 2021 delivers the easy, efficient, and secure cyber protection needed today.”

Superior cyber protection

Acronis True Image has been the only personal backup solution with a built-in antiransomware that stops attacks in real-time, while automatically restoring any affected files. With the launch of Acronis True Image 2021, those capabilities are expanded with the addition of the company’s advanced antimalware technology, which is currently deployed in Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud.

This next-gen, full-stack antimalware has been shown by independent security labs such as Virus Bulletin and AV-Test to return a 100% detection rate with zero false-positives. As a result, home users gain advanced capabilities with Acronis True Image 2021, including:

  • Real-time protection, driven by AI-enhanced behavioral heuristics, which stops all malware – including zero-day attacks by never-before-seen threats
  • On-demand antivirus scans of the full system or quick scans of at-risk files, either of which can be scheduled in advance or run instantly
  • Web filtering that automatically blocks Windows users from accessing malicious websites that harbor malware, disinformation, scams, and phishing attacks
  • Videoconference protection prevent hackers and malware injection attacks from exploiting popular apps like Zoom, Cisco Webex, and Microsoft Teams
  • Comprehensive detection, with both behavioral analysis and signature-based analysis engines

Acronis True Image 2021 gives individuals and small businesses access to the same protection technologies relied on by global companies and top teams in the world’s most high-pressure professional sports.

Pricing and availability

Four versions of Acronis True Image are available: Standard, Essential, Advanced and Premium.

One-computer licenses starting at SG$ 82 for Standard and SG$ 68 for Essential. Special launch prices for Advanced and Premium licenses (starting at SG$ 96 and SG$ 137, respectively) are available until November 2020, at which time the full MSRP will be in effect (starting at SG $123 and SG $171, respectively).

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Microsoft reportedly delays Windows 10X indefinitely

There seems to be a renewed focus on Windows 10 instead

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Remember Windows 10X? The new OS teased by Microsoft last 2019? Well, that OS may never see any release this year or in the near future according to the latest report coming from Petri.

The report claims that Microsoft has delayed Windows 10X indefinitely according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The report, however, mentions no reason for the company doing so. But, there are precedents which led credibility to this report.

Just last year, the company changed its vision for the OS to run on single-screen devices first. Originally, the company geared its new OS to run on dual-screen devices like the Surface Neo — also delayed for the time being.

The delay of Windows 10X may help explain why there are little to no developments about it over the recent months.  Instead, the Redmond company seems to be focusing again on Windows 10. Recently, the desktop OS has received visual overhauls and new features to revitalize the user experience. The upcoming Sun Valley update will bring more changes that shall see some Windows 10X features carried over to the regular Windows 10.

Failed attempts and looking into the future

Microsoft has not yet responded to the report, nor has indicated any developments for Windows 10X. However, this won’t be the first time that the company backtracked on its effort to create an OS that is modern and lighter on system resources.

A past attempt includes the Windows 10S, which is basically Windows 10 but with restrictions on running traditional Win32 apps. Another example is the Windows RT, which targeted devices with ARM processors.

The delay of Windows 10X, however, doesn’t mean that Microsoft is shelving its development efforts. Rather, the company could be realigning its efforts to Windows 10, which is more popular than ever. After all, improving its tried-and-tested desktop OS will help to bolster its market position which is now under siege with the resurgence of Apple’s macOS and explosive growth of Google’s ChromeOS.

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Intel launches 11th-Gen Tiger Lake-H chips, can beat Ryzen 5000

Promises up to 25 percent performance improvement

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Intel Tiger Lake

Intel released its 11th-Gen Core H-series processors for laptops. Codenamed Tiger Lake-H, it’s an essential launch for the American chipmaker because it can take on AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.

The company’s portfolio is divided across two segments — 10th-Gen Core H-series (Comet Lake-H) chips for hardcore performance and 11th-Gen Core Tiger Lake chips for on-the-go computing. The new Tiger Lake-H sits in the middle, capturing a wider chunk of the market by creating a balance.

Tiger Lake-H processors leverage Intel’s Willow Cove Core microarchitecture that’s based on a 10nm SuperFin production process. Its unique selling point is a turbo boost up to 5.0Ghz, and a few iterations support manual overclocking controls.

Intel says that the Core i9-11980HK beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HX by anywhere from 11 to 26 percent. It has eight cores (16 threads) and runs at a 2.6 GHz base clock speed at 45W. It can go up to 3.3 GHz at 65W. Across all other processors, Tiger Lake-H promises a 19 percent higher performance per clock than the previous Comet Lake-H.

The company also claimed improved performance across apps, such as 18 percent better “video creation workflow” in Adobe After Effects. Five chips were announced — three 8-core, 16-thread chips, and a pair of 6-core, 12-thread Core i5s. All these chips use Intel’s UHD graphics.

Intel is also claiming it has the world’s fastest single-threaded mobile processor. However, these are just claims at the moment, and real-life performance will be reviewable only after laptop availability.

Following the usual trend, all major OEMs like Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, Acer, MSI, and more shall soon refresh their product lineup to incorporate the new-gen chips.

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Lenovo unveils new Eyesafe-certified ThinkVision monitors

For those who wish to manage their screen time while working

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For those working from home, you often find yourselves glued to your screens for more than eight hours a day. Whether it’s your work laptop or your phone, you proceed to work on your tasks or scroll through social media through a screen. Of course, if you do it for too long, it has the potential to damage your eyesight in the long run. Now, Lenovo unveiled a new set of displays that might just help you address that.

The company has launched its latest ThinkVision monitors that are now Eyesafe-certified. In essence, both monitors come with technologies designed to ease off the harmful blue light emitted from the display. Furthermore, they received a TUV Rheinland Eye Comfort certification to ensure maximum eye comfort and protection.

Also, these two monitors — the ThinkVision T24i-2L and ThinkVision T27h-2L — come with color accurate displays and phone holders on the base.

For the ThinkVision T24i-2L, it comes with a 24-inch FHD display with flexible connectivity options for all kinds of devices. Meanwhile, the ThinkVision T27h-AL comes with a 27-inch QHD display for a much larger workspace.

These monitors are now available for the price of PhP 8,850 (ThinkVision T24i-2L) and PhP 15,499 (ThinkVision T27h-2L). You will find these through Lenovo’s authorized partner sellers.

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