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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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Lenovo unveils five new value-for-money gaming monitors

Complete with game-ready features suitable for any budget range

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Whether you’re working from home or playing games online, you need a good monitor to supplement. With the right set of features in your monitor, you can take your gameplay to the next level. However, a ton of these monitors designed for competitive play are pretty expensive. Fortunately, Lenovo Legion has a new lineup of monitors that address that.

This new lineup of gaming monitors from Lenovo bring game-ready features suited for all kinds of players. In particular, these monitors bring high refresh rates along with display technologies for smoother gameplay. From 144Hz to 240Hz, with either NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD’s FreeSync support, these will surely bring the immersive gaming experience for everyone.

These monitors are now available in Lenovo Legion concept stores and authorized resellers nationwide. Below are the SRPs for these new gaming monitors:

Monitor Model Features SRP
Lenovo Gaming G25-10 24.5” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 9,995
Lenovo Gaming G27-20 27” FHD, 144Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 11,995
Lenovo Gaming G27q-20 27” QHD, 165Hz, G-SYNC Compatible PhP 15,995
Lenovo Gaming G34w-10 34” WQHD, 144Hz, FreeSync Premium PhP 23,995
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 24.5” FHD, 240Hz, G-SYNC & FreeSync Premium PhP 15,995

 

SEE ALSO: Which Lenovo monitor best suits the typical gamer?

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realme 7 now retails for PhP 11,990

A popular midranger made much more affordable

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realme is treating customers to another surprise this March. The popular midrange device, realme 7, is now available at a much lower price of PhP 11,990.

Formerly retailing at PhP 13,990, realme 7 is much more affordable with its lower starting price for the 8GB/128GB variant. Its lower starting price also makes it a much tempting option for students and professionals looking to upgrade their devices. Plus, it also fits well on the growing realme ecosystem composed of wearables, earbuds, and other smart products.

As for that price, customers are getting capable performance thanks to the MediaTek Helio G95 processor. Paired with a 5,000 mAh battery, one can enjoy non-stop gaming, streaming, and browsing without experiencing major lags and hiccups. The 6.5-inch full HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate complements that with a fluid and immersive viewing experience.

It also underwent TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification, which is one of the first smartphones to do so. As such, users can enjoy peace of mind knowing that the realme 7 underwent several tests for durability and reliability.

realme 7 can be had at a much lower price on Lazada, Shopee, physical stores, and authorized resellers starting this March. For more updates and promos, visit and follow realme Philippines on Facebook and Instagram.

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Framework laptop has a fully customizable and easily repairable parts

Bucking the trend of modern laptops

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Most manufacturers today are bent on making their laptops thinner and lighter. However, that trend comes with an unfortunate development: making laptops much harder to upgrade or repair. Soldered parts, for instance, discourage users from undertaking do-it-yourself (DIY) repairs to further extend a laptop’s lifespan.

To buck this trend, a San Francisco-based Framework recently launched a laptop that aims to be “upgraded, customized, and repaired in ways that no other notebook can.” The laptop features fully customizable and modular parts that users can repair and upgrade accordingly.

A laptop like no other

Base specifications of the laptop include a 13.5-inch 2K screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, a 1080P webcam, and a 55Wh battery. A choice of 11th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 4TB of NVMe SSD storage is configurable too.

As for the operating system, the laptop can come with Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, or Linux.

Almost everything on this laptop is fully upgradeable, from its internal to external components. Users can easily upgrade or swap the storage, memory card, WiFi card, battery, and even the motherboard. The same goes for the screen, screen bezel, keyboard, and even ports.

Upgrading the ports themselves is a unique proposition, making use of an expansion system users for a quick and easy swap to a USB-C, USB-A HDMI, DisplayPort, or microSD card reader.

Users may scan the laptop part’s QR code which will take them to the Framework Marketplace where they can easily find replacements. The marketplace will eventually feature parts from third-party manufacturers so users can have more options in the future.

The most impressive part here is that Framework manages to cram all these upgradeable parts into one slick profile. The startup boasts an impressive weight of under 1.35 kilograms all thanks to the use of aluminum for the chassis.

Framework will also offer a DIY laptop kit to enthusiasts. The kit will include individual modules and a screwdriver so users can easily assemble the laptop themselves.

Availability

Fortunately, it won’t be a long wait for interested users to get their hands on the Framework laptop. The startup is targeting a summer release, with pre-orders coming this spring. There is no word on the price yet. However, the founder says that the laptop’s price would be “comparable to other well-reviewed notebooks.”

The premise of Framework is indeed unique, rethinking what a laptop should be. Modern laptops today are becoming more and more locked down, which is a far cry from the laptops of yesteryears. Should this laptop find success, it could send a message to every manufacturer that upgradeability and repairability don’t have to suffer in the pursuit of thinner and lighter laptops.

Via: The Verge

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