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The hard drive behind RoBoHoBo’s game-winning drive

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A hard drive’s speed affects a computer’s overall performance, especially when gaming. African gaming icon, Luca Tucconi, believes his 1TB Western Digital Black drive gives him the competitive edge when competing against dozens of other players.

Performance hard drives are a critical component of any gamer’s hardware arsenal, affecting his or her ability to play seamlessly and to the best of their ability. This is particularly important for professional or competitive gamers, whose livelihood depends on their equipment’s ability to perform. For pro gamer, business owner and South African gaming icon Luca Tucconi, also known as RoBoHoBo, his 1TB WD Black drive gives him an important competitive edge. With advanced technology that delivers superior system performance, WD Black redefines RoBoHoBo’s gaming experience, minimising lag and maximising his multitasking capability.

Tucconi is a 23-year-old economics student living in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also the face behind the well-known gamer RoBoHoBo, and the CEO and co-founder of Orena, a South African competitive eSports portal that brings together gamers from across the country. He has won many accolades as a First Person Shooter player and an in-game leader and has played under the biggest gaming banners in the country, including Bravado Gaming, Ventus E-Sports and First in Battle. He is currently part of the Bravado Gaming organisation as manager of the Call of Duty division and as a brand ambassador. He also hosts professional gaming tournaments in South Africa, and runs a very successful Twitch channel, offering the South African gaming community a fully optimised and internationally recognised streaming platform.

“When my old hard drive failed after many years of use, I approached Frances Lombard, Head of Gaming and Business Development at Pinnacle Africa, to help me with obtaining a replacement. Without a suitable hard drive, I was not only unable to play, but also unable to stream our gaming tournaments and my own individual gaming stream. As this is the crux of my livelihood, time was of the essence. She assisted me with providing the 1TB WD Black drive quickly, enabling me to get back to business in short order,” he explains.

“Pinnacle has developed a working relationship with RoBoHoBo as one of the sponsors in his organised gaming tournaments, and we were thrilled to be able to assist with a new hard drive. WD Black was the ideal solution for RoBoHoBo’s needs, offering generous capacity and incredible performance as well as supporting the high resolution needed for HD gaming. It also features a number of technological enhancements to maximise system performance, including Vibration Control Technology for faster, longer and harder gaming, and a dual core processor that offers twice the processing power to maximise drive performance,” says Lombard.

WD Black also features Corruption Protection Technology, which helps to protect and limit the potential problem of data loss during power failure or power loss to the hard drive, protecting important game data. In addition, Dynamic Cache Technology increases performance by improving caching algorithms in real time and optimising the cache allocation between reads and writes. This results in the drive automatically allocating more cache for read data, which reduces data congestion and increases overall performance. Topped off with an industry-leading five-year limited warranty, the WD Black drive is the ultimate gaming solution.

“Having a powerful PC is critical to gaming ability. Regardless of your talent or skill, if you are using low quality or out-dated hardware, you will feel an impact on your maximum output as your computer will be unable to process newer, more detailed gaming titles. Your virtual character is restricted by the capabilities of the machine that is projecting it. The WD Black drive gives me a smooth and seamless experience when dealing with multiple administrative operations and gaming at the same time. I definitely have felt a major difference with regards to hardware related lag”, says Tucconi.

For RoBoHoBo, the top features of the WD Black drive include the 64MB cache, the generous 1TB hard drive capacity, and the Corruption Protection Technology that helps save information when the PC is turned off abruptly, essential given recent load shedding issues. He also cites the improvements in Frames Per Second with the new hard drive, which has assisted in significantly improving general game play.

“I would definitely recommend the WD Black drive to my fellow gamers. It has proven to be the perfect addition to my current setup. My parts were slowly but surely beginning to become out-dated with my hard drive taking the first hit. The new WD Black drive has provided me with sufficient storage space as well as a piece of gaming hardware that supplies a high speed and quality experience. These drives are definitely suited to an avid or professional gamer!” states Tucconi.

 “Gaming is becoming a significant force in the South African entertainment industry, as the number of players and tournaments, and the size of the prize pools, continues to grow. As a manufacturer of performance hard drives, gaming is an area of focus for us both locally and across the globe, and we are proud to be behind such legendary gaming names as RoBoHoBo. We look forward to working together to grow gaming to new heights in South Africa,” Kalvin Subbadu, Product Manager: Components at WD South Africa, concludes.

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Wannacry still alive

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide.

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These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two thirds growth against Q3 2017, when its share in cryptor attacks was 16.78%. This is just one of the main findings from Kaspersky Lab’s Q3 IT threat evolution report. 

A series of cyberattacks with WannaCry cryptor occurred in May 2017 and is still considered to be one of the biggest ransomware epidemics in history. Even though Windows released a patch for its operating system to close the vulnerability exploited by EternalBlue 2 months prior to the start of the attacks, WannaCry still affected hundreds of thousands devices around the globe. As cryptors do, WannaCry turned files on victims’ computers into encrypted data and demanded ransom for decryption keys (created by threat actors to decipher the files and transform them back into the original data) making it impossible to operate the infected device.

The consequences of the WannaCry epidemic were devastating: as the victims were mainly organisations with networked systems – the work of businesses, factories and hospitals was paralysed. Even though this case demonstrated the dangers cryptors pose, and most of PCs around the world have been updated to resist the EternalBlue exploit, the statistics show that criminals still try to exploit those computers that weren’t patched and there are still plenty of them around the globe.

Overall, Kaspersky Lab security solution protected 259,867 unique users from cryptors attacks, showing a substantial rise of 39% since Q2 2018, when the figure was 158,921. The growth was rapid yet steady, with a monthly observed increase in the number of users.

The rising share of WannaCry attacks is another reminder that epidemics don’t end as fast as they start – there are always long-running consequences. In the case of cryptors, attacks can be so severe that it is necessary to take preventive measures and patch the device, rather than deal with encrypted files later,” said Fedor Sinitsyn, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

 To reduce the risk of infection by WannaCry and other cryptors, users are advised to:

  • Always update your operating system to eliminate recent vulnerabilities and use a robust security solution with updated databases. It is also important to use the security solution that has specialised technologies to protect your data from ransomware, as Kaspersky Lab’s solutions do. Even if the newest yet unknown malware does manage to sneak through, Kaspersky Lab’s System Watcher technology is able to block and roll back all malicious changes made on a device, including the encryption of files.
  • If you have bad luck and all your files are encrypted with cryptomalware, it is not recommended to pay cybercriminals, as it encourages them to continue their dirty business and infect more people’s devices. It is better to find a decryptor on the Internet – some of them are available for free here: https://noransom.kaspersky.com/

·         It is also important to always have fresh backup copies of your files to be able to replace them in case they are lost (e.g. due to malware or a broken device), and store them not only on the physical object but also in cloud storage for greater reliability (don’t forget to protect your cloud storage with strong hack-proof password!)

·         If you’re a business, enhance your preferred third-party security solution with the newest version of the free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool.

·         To protect the corporate environment, educate your employees and IT teams, keep sensitive data separate, restrict access, and always back up everything.

·         Use a dedicated security solution, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business that is powered by behaviour detection and able to roll back malicious actions. It should also include Vulnerability and Patch management features that automatically eliminates vulnerabilities and installs updates. This reduces the risk of vulnerabilities in popular software being used by cybercriminals.

·         Last, but not least, remember that ransomware is a criminal offence. You shouldn’t pay. If you become a victim, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

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Nokia 6.1 gets slice of Pie

HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 6.1 will start receiving Android 9 Pie – the second smartphone in the portfolio to receive the latest version of Android less than a month after the update arrived on the Nokia 7 plus.

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Packed with Google’s newest software and building on the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 9 Pie’s focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning gives owners a more customised and tailored experience.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, the Nokia 6.1 is over 60% faster than its predecessor. Also, now offering enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics, USB-C fast-charging, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo.

The Nokia 6.1 has been selected by Google to join the Android One family and therefore users get exclusive access to Apps Actions – a feature only available to Android One and Google Pixel devices.  App Actions helps users get things done faster by predicting their next move and displaying the right action on right away.

Now with Android 9 Pie, the Nokia 6.1’s already impressive battery life is further complimented with the introduction of Adaptive Battery, an update that uses deep learning to understand usage patterns and prioritise battery power on the most important apps.

Other key features of Android 9

·       Slices – Identifies relevant information on favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when needed

·       Adaptive Brightness – Automatically adapts phone brightness by learning from interactions with different settings

·       New system navigation – Features a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled)

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