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The new smartphones for 2017: a review of the latest models

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (MWC 2017), which ended yesterday, LG, Lenovo, BlackBerry and Sony were the first to unveil their new wares, including their flagship smartphones. HTC, meanwhile, had decided to launch its 2017 models earlier, in January. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be officially launched at the end of March, but rumours and leaked specs give us a good idea already of the performances of these much-awaited models.  Where smartphones are concerned, the main trends at MWC 2017 focused less on technological prowess and more on improvements in terms of user-friendliness. The makers...

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How to combat ransomware extortion

Lower your guard for one second, and you’re hit by a ransomware attack which blocks access to your files and apps and extorts money from you. Prevention solutions and measures, useful tips in the event of an incident: here’s what you need to know to fight this plague. According to Symantec, 3 million new malware appear each day, i.e. three times as many as two years ago. According to the French Ministry of Defence, 24,000 cyber-attacks were fended off in France in 2016. After FIC 2017, a forum on cyber-security which recently took place in Lille, it’s red alert...

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#IoT and security: we’re getting there!

Still in a random fashion, the number of measures to improve the security of connected objects and systems is increasing. The first contests, labels, CERTtm and measures are leading the way. “A webcam or a DVD player can now be a part of a zombie cyber-army’s arsenal which exploits the Internet of Things,” say Digital Security in their 2016 report on IoT attacks. Attacks have become more diverse and more frequent, targeting critical sites such as nuclear power plants, industrial structures such as dams, and there will most likely be more attacks in 2017. These cyber-threats can come from...

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#Retail: virtual dressing rooms on your smartphone

After changing rooms with virtual mirrors, there’s now an augmented reality app for mobile devices that means you can try on clothes in a few clicks. But AR isn’t the only technology designed to boost online sales. Clothes and cars with the Asus ZenFone AR and Google Tango The Asus ZenFone AR smartphone, recently unveiled at CES 2017, is the second mobile device after Lenovo’s Phab2Pro tablet that supports Google’s Tango, the new AR platform that runs on devices with Android 7 (Nougat). Car giant BMW recently announced it will be using the technology to boost sales of its...

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Amazon GO: the technology behind the concept

Fact or fiction? Amazon GO claims to be a new breed of store: no checkout, no queues, no staff. Just products and a host of technologies designed to optimise the customer experience and retail space. It’s true: the first Amazon GO store has already opened in Seattle on a trial run. For the moment the 170 m² store is only open to Amazon employees: it won’t be open to the general public until “early 2017”, as Amazon has rather vaguely stated. If the experiment proves successful, the tech giant plans to expand the concept in the US with 2,000...

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