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Vaddio Presents ConferenceSHOT FX Camera

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Vaddio announces the ConferenceSHOT FX-- an enterprise-level fixeB camera the company says plays well with major UCC soft clients, including Skype for Business, WebEx, Google Hangouts and Zoom.

ConferenceSHOTThe ConferenceSHOT FX connects to PCs via USB 3.0, with no drivers or configuration required. Designed for small conference rooms and huddle spaces, it offers an extra-wide 88-degree field of view plus x3 optical zoom with configurable presets and manual pan/tilt controls.

It shoots at 1080p/60fps for the smoothest video available. A web-based user interface provides remote configuration, management and control, and users can either automatically or manually adjust image colour, shading, backlight and wide dynamic range to optimise colour for different settings.

KRACK Attack Affects Wifi!

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Researchers warn of a serious flaw in the WPA2 protocol securing all wifi networks-- one allowing attackers to steal passwords, emails and other supposedly encrypted data!

Kracks Dubbed Key Reinstallation Attacks (or KRACKs), such attacks even allow those with malicious intent to inject ransomware and malware into a website a user is visiting, all while simply being in range of a vulnerable device. These can be any wifi-capable device, although the flaw is "particularly devastating" in the case of Linux and Android 6.0.

How does KRACK works? As the researchers put it, attackers can duplicate a vulnerable WPA2 network, impersonate the MAC address and change the wifi channel. The fake network acts as a "man in the middle," forcing devices to connect to the rogue network instead of the protected original.

HP Claims "Most Powerful Detachable PC"

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HP uses the Adobe Max conference to show off a 2-in-1 tablet-- the ZBook x2, a device the company claims is nothing less than the "world's most powerful detachable PC."

HP ZBook x2Squarely aimed at the professional segment, the ZBook x2 is positioned as a workstation-class machine (thus the "Z" in the name). It comes in a range of technical specifications, topping out at an 8th generation Kaby Lake-R Core i7-8650U, a quad-core, 8-thread CPU running at 4.2GHz. Further details include up to 32GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro M620 graphcs with 2GB video memory, and up to 2TB PCIe SSD storage.

The display comes in two 14-inch 3840 x 2160 resolution flavours-- either regular IPS with reduced glare, or a 10-bit-per-pixel DreamColor panel able to showing the full Adobe RGB colour space. It is touch-capable, and an included Wacom-designed stylus offers 4096 levels of pressure and tilt support, with no battery required.

Qualcomm Readies Windows 10 PCs

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A Hong Kong summit sees Qualcomm further detail what it describes as "Cellular PCs"-- Windows 10 machines running on ARM-based processors promising a "hypermobile experience."

Snapdragon pcsSuch devices were first revealed last summer at Taipei's Computex 2017, where Qualcomm presented "Snapdragon PCs" combining PC functionality with the always-on convenience of mobile devices. The show featured Snapdragon 835-powered laptops running Windows 10 and popular applications, including Office and Photoshop, with the 64-bit ARM-based processor providing enough power for convincing x86 emulation.

As for the aforementioned Hong Kong summit, Trusted Reviews reports Microsoft was in attendance to confirm the existence of such machines. Set for a December 2017 launch, they are still based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and promise nothing less than multi-day battery life Microsoft claims is a "game-changer.

Microsoft Boosts AI Startups With Competition

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Microsoft Ventures, the venture fund of the Windows maker, announces a search for promising startups working in the field of artificial intelligence through a global competition, Innovate.AI.

Microsoft SkylineLaunched in collaboration with Madrona Ventures, Notion Capital and Vertex Ventures Israel, the competition awards $1 million in funding and $500000 in Azure credits to one startup in three regions, namely N. America, EU and Israel. In addition, a 4th "AI for Good" prize consisting in $500000 in funding and $500000 in Azure Credits goes to the applicant that "best leverages AI to better society."

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