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Steam server caching issue exposes user’s account details

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Right on December 25th the popular computer gaming platform Steam has been struck by a server issue that led to the exposure of user’s account details to potentially anyone. People who had visited any Steam-affiliated link such as the Steam Store or the Community could find themselves viewing it as seen by someone else’s account.

Users weren’t actually logged in as others and no login password could have been stolen in the process. The cache server is one that’s between the user and the actual server hosted by Steam. They hold a copy of a webpage for the intended user and keep it stored there for quick loading; it only gets reloaded if in the meantime the page has changed. In this case the server would mix them up and deliver someone else’s cached page (including the account details one) to a stranger instead of their own. Read More…

Microsoft’s new Surface Book and 13″ Retina MacBook Pro: two faces of the same medal

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Something that Apple does great is designing software and hardware to work together. It’s a well known fact that finds proof every now and then like in the iPhone 6s that, although it has less powerful hardware on paper compared to other recent smartphone, it delivers much sleeker performance.

The MacBook Pro lineup received a dramatic update back in 2012 with the 15″ Retina MacBook Pro: soon after the 13″ model was fitted with a Retina display, becoming one of the most notorious Macs around. Notebooks of the same class actually had to compete with a formidable opponent. These notebooks had the disadvantage of running all the same OS and none of them was truly optimized like the MacBook.

Credits due where they’re due, Microsoft made quite an impressive job in releasing their first ever notebook that ships with their newest operative system Windows 10, and it seems to give a run for the money to the 13″ MacBook Pro. Read More…

The iPhone 6S’ 2GB of RAM do wonders compared to previous generations

As a rule of thumb, nowadays any computer should be fitted with at least 8GB of RAM to ensure a smooth experience as it gets older. Smartphones on the other side are much smaller and less powerful than a fully fledged computer: as a result, they don’t need as much power.

Anyway, up until the iPhone 6, all the iterations of iPhone lineup did never go beyond the 1 GB of RAM. The 4S, which is currently the oldest supported iPhone to date, has 512 MB which are hardly enough to carry the burden of the newest iOS. The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus truly changed everything that’s inside the device: 3D Touch, 4K video recording, faster performance, you name them… RAM included. Read More…

iPad Pro: the latest iteration of hybrid notebooks aimed at professionals

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If we’d start by simply listing the specifications of the new iPad Pro you might just say “hey, isn’t that a notebook?“. A cover that works also like a hardware keyboard, 12,9″ Retina Display that houses even more pixels than a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro, 4  audio speakers that adapt to the device’s orientation to provide the best sound possible, a CPU that’s desktop class, same goes for the GPU, El Capitan-like multitasking, up to 128GB flash. Only the 3D Touch screen may hint you that we’re speaking about a tablet.

An iPad for professionals

While the iPad Air has not been updated, the new iPad Pro isn’t meant for the everyday user, and probably not even ideal to be carried around unless it can replace your notebook. The 12,9″ display is that big, about the size of a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina’s clamshell, just thicker to house all the horsepower and light enough to be held with one hand.

Also for the first time ever, Apple came up with its own keyboard that folds with the cover and a stylus named Apple Pencil specifically made for the iPad Pro that’s sensible to different kind of pressures and inclinations to further enhance tasks like creative drawing. Multitasking allows side-by-side applications seamlessly, and the wide display fits a fully sized keyboard just like laptop ones. Read More…

“Dear Apple, please call it the iPhone 7”, says a NY-based ad agency

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We are just a few days away from the announcement of the next generation of iPhones, and by all means it’s likely to bear the 6S name right on the box. However a NY-based ad agency (founded in 2000) named 6S Marketing believes it might not be quite a good thing for their image.

Everything started with an open letter to Apple from 6S, explaining the reason of their name: a wordplay that uses the number six and the “s” letter to sound like the word success when pronounced together. They continued that in no way they imagined that one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world could inadvertently come out with a device whose name may cause a conflict between them. Read More…

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