6 of the best security software solutions for 2018

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Internet security is an important issue for all of us. It’s easy to be complacent and assume that it’ll never happen to you — you’re too sensible and secure with your data after all, right? But keeping your computer secure from various threats online is no longer just about avoiding clicking on the “wrong” link, and utilizing common sense. Nor is it just about protecting yourself from viruses.

It’s worth it to invest in software like Norton or McAfee — two of our top picks — that can help keep your computer secure.

What threats are out there?

Zero-day vulnerabilities are one key way of suffering a breach of your information before anyone even knows an issue is there. Effectively, they’re software flaws or bugs often found by cyber criminals, before many companies realize what’s happened. Due to their popularity, commonly used software like Java, Adobe’s PDF reader and Flash Player are ripe for exploitation with many zero-day attacks stemming from the popular plug-ins. Read more…

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Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump talked about prison reform, because 2018 is off the rails

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This year has been a pretty wild one already, but it just got stranger. 

Kim Kardashian West — like, beauty mogul and reigning queen of reality TV Kim Kardashian West — visited the White House on Wednesday to talk about prison reform with President Donald Trump. 

Trump tweeted this painful photo after the meeting: 

Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencingpic.twitter.com/uOy4UJ41JF

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018

Naturally, the photo quickly became a meme on Twitter, because how were there two reality TV stars in the Oval Office? Read more…

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Best phones on Boost Mobile (2018)

Prepaid is great — you don’t sign yearly contracts, there’s no credit checks, you can stop and restart the service whenever you need to. And Boost Mobile — a Sprint subsidiary — is one of the prepaid carriers that mixes good coverage and LTE speeds with aggressive pricing.

One downfall is that if you want to get a phone with a prepaid plan, you need to lay the cash upfront, you can’t go with a payment plan. But Boost does offer plenty of good deals on its devices as well as refurbished pre-owned phones at a great discount. So, let’s check out what the best phones you can buy on Boost are!

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What to expect from Apple WWDC 2018: iOS 12, new watchOS, Beats smart speaker

As you’ve probably heard, Apple is kicking off its annual WWDC developer summit in less than two weeks’ time, on June 4. As usual, we expect the event to give us a sneak peek at Apple’s iOS 12, as well as the next iterations of both watchOS & macOS. While it’s mostly a software summit, there’s always the chance that Apple could demo some new hardware on stage. 

There are just a couple of days before we get to know what Apple’s been up to these months, so let’s not waste anymore time and dive deep into our WWDC expectations!

iOS 12

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Forbes lists Apple as the most valuable brand in 2018; Google is second and Amazon tops Coke

It probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that the top five most valuable brands this year, as computed by Forbes, are all tech giants. But the ever growing reach of technology can be seen in one interesting change in the list; Amazon passed ubiquitous soft-drink giant Coca-Cola to reach the top five this year. When you think about that for a moment, the implications are stunning. Coke was founded in 1892 and is available in over 200 companies. Amazon was founded in 1994 (in fact, July 5th will be its 24 birthday).
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Report: Apple has decided to use OLED on all three 2018 iPhone models

A few days ago, we showed you a tweet from a Twitter user with the handle @laobaiTD. Included with that tweet was a photo allegedly showing the 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 9 with OLED panels instead of LCD. As we pointed out in the article, no less than former KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had revealed earlier this year that Apple would include a lower-priced 6.1-inch iPhone 9 with its 2018 releases. This model would have a single camera on back, no 3D Touch (due to a special layer placed on the screen) but would still feature an edge-to-edge display, the TrueDepth Camera, and Face ID. …

Best Samsung phones 2018

The world’s largest phone maker is at the market share top for a reason. Ever since the first Galaxy S, it has been relentlessly pursuing things like unique OLED display panels, or innovative camera tech like Dual Pixel focusing as a market differentiator, culminating in the curved, bezel-less Infinity Display design of the Galaxy S9 or the excellent dual camera of the Galaxy S9+ that takes some of the best low-light pictures among its peers. 
A frequent critique towards Samsung is that it has diluted the brand with too many redundant …

Best smartwatches to expect in 2018

2018 is shaping up as an interesting year for wearables. Google has recently rebranded the faltering Android Wear platform to Wear OS and is reportedly planning to launch three Pixel-branded smartwatches by the end of the year. Between Qualcomm’s releasing of a brand new Snapdragon chipset for wearables and rumors about an upcoming Samsung smartwatch that runs Wear OS, 2018 really looks like a great year for wearables.

So, what are the best smartwatches to look forward to in 2018? There’s at least a handful we know about right now, though many others …

Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) full specs leaked before launch

Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) is expected to be announced later today alongside at least one other mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy J4 (2018). The former’s specs leaked more than a week ago, but hours before the smartphone’s official reveal, the full specs sheet popped up online.

Most of the specs leaked earlier this month have now been confirmed by a set of images showing the Galaxy J6 (2018)’s technical specifications. For example, we already knew the mid-range handset will be equipped with a 1.6GHz octa-core processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory.

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USB-C to Lightning cable price cut to $19 hints at a change inside the 2018 Apple iPhone box

Apple cut the price of its 1m USB-C to Lightning cable by 24% today. The new price of $19 is a $6 savings from the previous cost of the accessory. The cable allows certain iPhone and iPad units to engage in fast charging. Perhaps it was by design that the new $19 price of the cable matches the price of the USB-A to Lightning cord that is packed inside the boxes containing a brand new iPhone or iPad.
That’s because there is talk that with the new 2018 iPhone models, Apple will replace the current cable that is included in the box to a USB-C to Lightning one. This …