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Intel is not known for consumer products, but it lurks inside many gadgets that will make ideal gifts, writes FOTINI DE KEIZER, Territory Marketing & PR Manager South & sub-Sahara Africa at Intel.

Whether you’re shopping for gifts for friends or family, or just looking to spoil yourself this festive season, there’s something for everyone in Intel’s gift bag.

Here are a few of our favourite wish list items:

For the minimalist: The Intel Compute Stick

Dynamite. Small package. It may sound clichéd but the Intel Compute Stick packs some serious punch for its size and is perfect for someone looking for hassle-free computing.

Instantly transform any HDMI monitor or TV into a computer without compromising on specs or features. With an Intel quad core Atom processor, Intel HD graphics, integrated Bluetooth and WiFi, 32GB storage, 2GB memory, a USB 2.0 port and micro SD card reader, this small yet powerful device takes computing to new places.

For the ‘work hard, play hard’ believer: An Intel-powered 2 in 1 device

Some things are better in pairs. Like an Intel-powered 2 in 1 device – a laptop when you need it; a tablet when you want it. Offering the performance, memory and connectivity options of a laptop, with the convenience and mobility of a tablet, a 2 in 1 lets you switch seamlessly between work and play.

With impressive battery life and enhanced speed and performance, a 2 in 1 has all your holiday needs covered – reading, shopping, watching movies, playing games, chatting to friends and, if you really must, catching up on work.

Want to know more? Here’s why you should get a 2 in 1.

For the person who’s always on the go: An Intel-powered tablet

Powered by Intel’s new-generation processors, tablets have become serious contenders in the computing space, allowing you to multitask seamlessly, accelerate data-intensive apps, and take video/photo editing to the next level.

With up to 16 hours’ battery life, Intel-powered tablets are guaranteed to last as long as you do, keeping you entertained for longer while you’re on the go.

For the DIYer: The Intel NUC

For those who like to customise their computers, you can’t go wrong with the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing).

Available in a number of different variations, the customisable NUC kit includes a 4×4-inch board that’s ready to accept the memory, hard drive and operating system of your choice.

And because the NUC fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, it’s the ultimate space saver, allowing you to shrink your desktop while giving you the same visuals and performance as a full-sized tower.

For the gamer: Intel-powered gaming devices

Intel powers an impressive range of gaming devices, including the Acer Predator, Dell Alienware and ASUS ROG.

Dishing up powerful performance, deep sound and graphics immersion, dynamic overclocking and exceptional heat management for marathon gaming sessions, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better gaming machine that plays nicely with Intel-optimised titles.

Take the guesswork out of festive season shopping and find the perfect gift for anyone today. Click here for more gift ideas.

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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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