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Hands on: TCL’s 10 Series smartphones are pretty polished for under $500

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The Android smartphone market is full of different options, especially at more affordable prices. After testing the waters with its Plex smartphone last year, TCL entered the North American market in 2020 with the TCL 10 Pro, 10L and 10 5G and at CES 2020, we spent a few minutes reviewing them.

At CES, the TCL disclosure of these three new smartphones was nothing more than a glimpse of what was to come. The full disclosure will take place at the MWC next month and, by that time, there will be more to share about the specifications package, specific prices and what else these phones bring to the table.

What do we know now? Based on some brief first impressions at CES, the TCL 10 series will not be so bad. The TCL 10 Pro is the highlight of the collection, so let’s start there.

Available in gray and green, the TCL 10 Pro contains a curved OLED screen that is really very good if you consider the price below $ 500. There is also a set of four cameras on the back of the phone, which includes the main sensor 64MP, a macro lens, and two other undisclosed sensors. Interestingly, TCL mentioned that none of these additional sensors is a telephoto lens.

Although what I was using was early, I have to give TCL credit for this device. He feels very polite with good craftsmanship, and the software also reflects it. The device was running Android 10, which also included support for Google gestures and a Samsung clone, and everything seemed to be very fast overall.

Moving on to the cheapest models, here is the entry-level TCL 10L. The difference between the L and the Pro is evident with a less impressive overall build quality. The phone is also very light since most are plastic. The screen is also a great degradation not because it is a drilling hole, but because it is not as vibrant or bright.

TCL did not directly confirm, but it is almost certainly an LCD instead of OLED. Most of the same comments can be applied to the TCL 10 5G as it is the same material as the 10L. To be clear, these phones don’t feel bad, but they are less impressive than the 10 Pro, which, once again, will be more expensive. Again, however, TCL deserves credit for the software here, which is clean and fast, even if these devices are definitely in low-end hardware. I guess each model is between a Snapdragon 6 or 7 series chip and 4-6 GB of RAM.

So, are the 10 Pro and other TCL phones worth it when they leave this year? Personally, I’m curious to know what TCL software commitments will be based on security updates and fixes, but if not, I think they seem solid, especially since they all cost less than $ 500. The price is essential here for TCL since, very they will probably not be sold in transport stores in the short term.

We will also have to see what TCL cameras offer, but all that will be revealed in the coming months. Pay attention!

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GTA IV has disappeared from Steam because of Games for Windows Live

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WTF?! If you’ve encountered the annoyingly annoying problem of old Windows Live games that don’t work, Rockstar has a solution: don’t buy them. The company was satisfied that it removed GTA IV from Steam due to the problems caused by the Microsoft Games for Windows Live platform, although in theory it could be solved with an update. Confused? Me too.

 

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You may or may not have noticed that Grand Theft Auto IV is no longer available on Steam. Although it’s an old game, it could be said to be the best game in the GTA series. The removal of the purchase link from your page was due to problems with the Microsoft Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform. Rockstar confirmed that this is the case in a statement to The Verge:

“Grand Theft Auto IV was originally created for the Games For Windows Live platform. Since Microsoft is no longer compatible with Games For Windows Live, it is no longer possible to generate the additional keys necessary to continue selling the current version of the game. We are looking for other options to distribute GTA IV for PC and will share more information as soon as possible. ”

Microsoft closed the Windows Live game store in 2013, marking the beginning of a phasing out of the platform which was launched in 2007. Finally, Redmond decided that it made no sense to continue supporting GFWL in competition with Xbox Live and the support ended in 2014. Players could only redeem points on one or the other. Furthermore, it intervened in its cross-compatibility plans.

Since the removal of the platform, many users have complained that GFWL is causing problems with some games, including GTA IV. Although alternative solutions exist, they are quite complicated. So much so that people have published long guides on how to run the game.

In light of this, Rockstar has decided to stop selling it until it finds a distribution solution that works. Apparently, the company believes that removing GFWL from a twelve-year title is not part of the budget, but has not specifically excluded it as an option. However, it may not have been as problematic if the study had addressed the problem like other editors in 2013, when it was clear that the problematic platform was coming out.

Even more confusing is that Rockstar did not update the game two years ago to eliminate expired songs. Of course, deleting the song files and changing the code that calls them is a much simpler solution than trying to fix the GFWL disaster.

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A new MacBook could be in the works, according to Apple regulatory filing

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What just happened? It’s a new year and with it comes the usual influx of product rumors, teasing and regulatory presentations. Today’s news falls into the latter category: a mysterious new Apple product has appeared in the databases of the Eurasian Economic Commission and, although the details are scarce, there are reasons why MacBook fans get excited.

 

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The product was first seen by 9to5Mac and bears the model number “A2289”. In particular, the presentation (which has been approved) attached to the article refers to a “personal laptop”, which is the perfect description for a new MacBook.

However, if that’s not enough, the presentation also indicates that the device will run macOS 10.15. Unless Apple plans to implement the desktop operating system on its mobile devices, a new MacBook is almost confirmed. However, as we said, other details are unknown: we are not sure what the screen size or resolution will be, nor do we know how much the device will cost or what new features it will have.

That said, we can make some informed assumptions. As 9to5Mac points out, it would be logical for the next MacBook to introduce Apple’s old (but golden) scissor switches, the predecessor of the notoriously unreliable butterfly keyboard design that has hit Mac users in recent years.

The next laptop will likely be 13 inches in size, as Apple launched a 16-inch MacBook with scissor switches a couple of months ago. However, this is pure speculation and Apple may have something completely different up its sleeve (perhaps a new MacBook Air).

However, we are excited to see what this mysterious notebook will look like. There is likely to be an announcement or at least a provocation for the device at some point in the next three or four months (or less, if we’re lucky).

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Princeton study: US carriers do little to protect customers from SIM-swap attacks

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In summary: if you use SMS for two-factor authentication in your online accounts, you can change it as soon as possible. According to Princeton researchers, five of the major U.S. operators. UU. They are doing little to protect you from SIM exchange attacks, which offers attackers an easy way to reset their passwords and access their confidential data or impersonate online.

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While it’s always a good idea to use multi-factor authentication to protect your online accounts, it doesn’t mean you’re completely safe from anyone who wants to steal sensitive personal data.

According to a Princeton University study, five of the major prepaid U.S. operators. UU. They don’t protect it from something that experts call a “SIM swap” attack. We have covered this type of theft several times in the past.

The way it works is for an attacker to convince an operator to reassign the victim’s phone number to a new SIM card without going through all the standard security questions to verify his identity. This effectively allows the scammer to hijack someone’s account and use two-factor authentication to reset passwords on important online accounts such as emails and bank accounts.

The researchers signed up to 50 prepaid accounts in Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Mobile and Tracfone and spent much of 2019 looking for ways to trick call center operators into linking their phone numbers to a new one. SIM. What they found was that they only needed to successfully respond to a security challenge to do so, even after multiple unsuccessful attempts, which claimed not to raise any warning signs.

After intentionally providing incorrect PINs, they were asked to verify other details such as postal codes or other information about the owner of the real account. Investigators told call center employees that they could not remember that the information at that time the standard procedure seemed to be to ask for the last two calls made from their number.

This is the weakness that makes the process exploitable. Attackers can easily trick someone into calling specific numbers by using websites that promise one thing or another. The researchers also found that 17 of the 140 online services that use SMS for two-factor authentication don’t use any other method to verify their identity, which makes it even easier for scammers to commit identity theft or steal information. Personnel of the victims.

Princeton experts have informed operators and T-Mobile told them earlier this month that they no longer use call logs as an authentication method. Others, such as Verizon and US Mobile, said they had received less than 1% of SIM exchange requests over the phone and continuously updated their cybersecurity practices.

The obvious conclusion is to avoid using SMS as a two-factor form of authentication and instead use an authentication application. For those of you who own an Android phone, Google allows you to use the phone as a two-factor physical authentication key, which is the safest method there is.

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