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Russian hackers are targeting American state and local government networks

Successfully stole data from two servers

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US national security officials have revelead that Russian hackers are targeting state and local government networks while the presidential elections are in full swing. In two cases, the hackers were able to steal data from the servers.

“Since September 2020, a Russian state-sponsored actor has conducted a campaign against a wide variety of US targets,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said according to a Reuters report.

The American officials have identified the group behind these attacks and it’s called Energetic Bear, a codename used by the cybersecurity industry. The group has multiple names including Berserk Bear, TeamSpy, Koala, and more.

The Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., has rubbished these accusations and said they are “absolutely groundless.” The announcement comes just a few days after US officials told New York Times about increasing cybersecurity threat from Russia as well as Iran amid the looming elections.

The two countries have been mentioned in multiple reports and U.S. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe confirmed their interference. However, the officials added that they had no information to indicate that the elections integrity was affected in any way. Or that the hackers had intentionally tried to disrupt government operations.

The US is on a look out for increasing cybersecurity threats after attempts were made to manipulate the 2016 Presidential Election. The government, as well as private companies, have ramped up their efforts to protect citizens as well as corporate data.

At the forefront of this cyber war are companies like Facebook, Twitter, and ByteDance, who run top social media apps in the country. With the rise in spread of misinformation, hackers and vested interests are constantly trying to change the outcome of the elections by directly manipulating the users.

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Windows 11 update coming to select Lenovo devices

From Yoga to Legion

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Windows 11 is slowly but surely rolling out to more and more devices. Lenovo, who has a strong partnership with Microsoft, has a number of notable devices getting the update. These include laptops from their Yoga line all the way to their Legion gaming machines.

If you own or are looking to buy any of the devices listed below, then you can rest assured you can get the latest Windows software today.

Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 – 82L0003DPH

The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 features up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 5800 U Series Mobile Processor with AMD Radeon Graphics, the laptop is available with optional NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics for supercharged creation.

Packed with up to 16GB LPDDR4x of memory, the Yoga Slim 7 Carbon 14 also brings up to 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage and a powerful 61WHrs battery that delivers the ease of Rapid Charge Express while on the go. It also mounts a stunning 14-inch 2880×1800 designed for ultra-vivid picture quality with Dolby Vision. A VESA Display HDR True Black 500 certification for enhanced video quality reproduction in a 16:10 display format with less scrolling and more content.

IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro – 82L500KKPH

Lenovo strongly believes they’re able to combine “Premium” and “Better Value” in one package. And that’s the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor, you are guaranteed to get any job done. The IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro is also accompanied by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, creating high-resolution and immersive graphics. Packed with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and 1TB PCIe Gen 3.0×4 of internal storage, there is no need to worry about running out of space or memory.

IdeaCentre AIO 3i – 90NB00JEPH

The IdeaCentre AIO 3i is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 and powered by the latest 11th-Generation Intel Core processors. It comes with 8GB of RAM that is upgradeable up to 32GB of DDR4 and a 512GB SSD for storage.

Legion 5i Pro – 82JD003VPH

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro offers excellent gaming performance with the latest 11th Generation Intel Core H-series processors with 45W of dedicated processing power. Accompanied with the 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.

The laptop also features a 16-inch QHD gaming display with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, providing gamers with a 16:10 aspect ratio with best-in-class color accuracy and high dynamic range. It comes in a sleek Stingray White color to top it all off. It’s optimally cooled via the Coldfront 3.0 thermal system with the Legion AI Engine.

Legion 5i – 82JH00CSPH / 82JH00CTPH

The Legion 5i is for gamers looking to compete on equal footing with the pros. It comes with with the 11th Generation Intel Core processing and 45W of dedicated power. Optimized with the Legion AI Engine that powers the revolutionary Legion Coldfront 3.0 and Q control and dynamically shifts power between the CPU and GPU, experience a massive leap in performance in the Legion 5i with up to 130W NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

All devices will also include a Premium Care Warranty that allows buyers front-of-the-queue and straight-to-the-experts customer support service.

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OPPO Watch Free levels up sleep monitoring

Featuring Osleep

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OPPO announced their latest OPPO Watch Free — a brand-new watch with all-scenario sleep monitoring.

The watch aims to be the entry-level smartwatch of choice for all, as it comes with Osleep for better sleep monitoring, as well as professional sport modes and other health functions.

Sleep well with OSleep

Osleep comes with professional, comprehensive, and personalized sleep monitoring and analysis throughout the sleep cycle.

This includes an exclusive snoring risk assessment monitored by sensors and advanced algorithms to detect sleep problems and come up with accurate suggestions.

OPPO’s latest smart watch uses a continuous second-level SpO2 monitoring through an optical SpO2 sensor, as well as an optical heart rate sensor to record snores, while other indicators like blood oxygen level is also tallied.

The OPPO Watch Free also analyzes users’ sleep latency, duration, and phases using its advanced features like deep and light sleep analysis and rapid eye movement (REM) monitoring to aid in better sleep.

OPPO and Tsinghua University partnered in establishing the Joint Research Center for Future Terminal Technology, conducting a number of joint research projects in the field of sleep to further explore sleep tracking technology.

Over 100 sport modes, pro health monitoring

When it comes to staying fit, the OPPO Watch Free has a built-in 6-axis motion sensor along with its optical heart rate sensor that supports over 100 sport modes.

The sensors automatically identify and record the sport modes using algorithms, making it easier for users to exercise and stay fit.

All activities may be checked through Daily Activity, which also features built-in professional running courses to help in one’s fitness goals.

Additionally, the OPPO Watch Free supports 24-hour heart rate monitoring, which records users’ heart rate around the clock.

A warning vibrate will automatically prompt users when heart rate becomes too high or if there are irregular heartbeats.

Even just simple stand-up reminders and 5-minute stand-up relaxation videos come with the product, which are best suited for office workers to be able to sneak in being fit and relaxed.

Multiple convenience features

OPPO Watch Free can ideally be used as an extension of users’ phones, as it has a range of convenience features such as Message Notifications, Incoming Call Notifications, Call Rejection, Find My Phone, and Music Playback Control.

OPPO Watch Free also has a long battery life of up to 14 days. A quick 5-minute charge is already good for a day’s worth of usage.

Lightweight, stylish design

The likewise fashionable OPPO Watch Free weighs only 33 grams and comes with a 1.64-inch AMOLED HD display.

The watch also features a smooth leather-like strap which offers a breathable fit that stays comfortable and offers over 40 stylish watch faces and AI Outfit watch Face 2.0.

This allows users to create personalised watch faces that match the style of their outfit on any given day.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Watch Free will be available in two colors — Vanilla and Black — from January 15, 2022 at a retail price of SG$ 129 at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores, and authorized sellers. 

From January 15 until March 4, 2022, the OPPO Watch Free can also be purchased at a discounted price of SG$ 99 alongside the OPPO Reno7 Pro, only at OPPO Concept Stores, OPPO’s Shopee and Lazada Flagship Stores.

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Germany: No evidence of spying from Xiaomi phones

One point for Xiaomi

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Xiaomi is currently in a strange position. Stemming from the still-ongoing Sinocentric geopolitics from years ago, the Chinese smartphone maker finds itself in a quest to prove its innocence against allegations of spying. Now, the company has an unlikely ally. Going against recently released reports confirming the phenomenon, Germany has come out and found no evidence of spying from Xiaomi in its own reports.

Last year, Lithuanian authorities called Xiaomi out for censoring both politically charged and seemingly innocuous terms from its smartphones. More recently, Taiwanese authorities confirmed the report, stating that Xiaomi’s smartphones do have the capability to transmit data to Chinese servers. Of course, most users, especially those outside of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, will likely have nothing to worry about. That won’t stop security issues, though.

However, to ease everyone’s worries, Germany’s cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, has reported that it has not found any anomalies inside the Chinese smartphones’ software, Reuters reports. However, the watchdog did not explain what type of testing it subjected the smartphones to. If anything, the German report does have some credence to it. The country was previously wary about Huawei during the whole Huawei fiasco years ago.

Since the brouhaha with Huawei from some time ago, Chinese smartphone brands have both struggled to fill in the vacuum left behind by Huawei and suffered through the same issues against Chinese companies.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12 series unveiled in China

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