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Watch FIFA interactive final live via livestream

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Fans of EA Sports’ FIFA football franchise will be able to view the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017 through a livestream hosted by Kwesé Gamer.

Held in the Central Hall Westminster in London, the grand finals of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017 will take place on 18 August 2017, and Kwesé Gamer will be providing the official visuals on its Facebook page and the Kwesé Gamer website.

The livestream on 18 August 2017 will start at 17:30 and will continue until 19:30 (CAT).

Following on from the group stages on 16 August and the Quarterfinals and Semi-finals the next day, the grand finals on the 18th will see 32 qualified players compete on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the chance to become the official world champion of FIFA 17.

The winner and ultimate champion of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017 will definitely not walk away empty-handed, as the prize includes $200 000 and a trip for two people to the next FIFA Best Awards.

The second-placed player will get a cheque for $40 000, 3rd and 4th place is $5 000, 5th to 8th place will get $2 500 and 9th to 16th place will walk away with $1 000.

“The cash prize is massive, but every FIWC champion really wants one thing – to meet their football idols! At our new annual football award ceremony, our FIWC champion will get to pose for photos with the brightest stars in football, share a few words on tactics with top coaches and even play exhibition matches against football icons,” FIFA explained on the official FIFA Interactive World Cup 2017 website.

To watch the livestream directly from London on 18 August, viewers can tune into Kwesé Gamer’s Facebook page and the Kwesé Gamer’s website.

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Samsung unfolds the future

At the #Unpacked launch, Samsung delivered the world’s first foldable phone from a major brand. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK tried it out.

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Everything that could be known about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range, launched on Wednesday in San Francisco, seems to have been known before the event.

Most predictions were spot-on, including those in Gadget (see our preview here), thanks to a series of leaks so large, they competed with the hole an iceberg made in the Titanic.

The big surprise was that there was a big surprise. While it was widely expected that Samsung would announce a foldable phone, few predicted what would emerge from that announcement. About the only thing that was guessed right was the name: Galaxy Fold.

The real surprise was the versatility of the foldable phone, and the fact that units were available at the launch. During the Johannesburg event, at which the San Francisco launch was streamed live, small groups of media took turns to enter a private Fold viewing area where photos were banned, personal phones had to be handed in, and the Fold could be tried out under close supervision.

The first impression is of a compact smartphone with a relatively small screen on the front – it measures 4.6-inches – and a second layer of phone at the back. With a click of a button, the phone folds out to reveal a 7.3-inch inside screen – the equivalent of a mini tablet.

The fold itself is based on a sophisticated hinge design that probably took more engineering than the foldable display. The result is a large screen with no visible seam.

The device introduces the concept of “app continuity”, which means an app can be opened on the front and, in mid-use, if the handset is folded open, continue on the inside from where the user left off on the front. The difference is that the app will the have far more space for viewing or other activity.

Click here to read about the app experience on the inside of the Fold.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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