Finnish Composer Rautavaara Dies – At age 87 the composer of many inspirational works passed away, and left this statement: “It is my belief that music is great if, at some moment, the listener catches ‘a glimpse of eternity through the window of time’… This, to my mind, is the only true justification for art. All else is of secondary importance.”
Xbox One S to Launch August 2 – It will be the first console to support UHD video and the new larger-capacity Blu-rays, and the smaller version will initially be up available in 25 different countries. Thee will be three different models: a 500GB version for $299, a 1TB version for $349 and a 2TB version of $399. According to Microsoft “availability is limited and demand is high” and they suggest preordering the console soon.
Investigation Finds That Millions of Consumers Are Targeted by Malware Operators – A Digital Citizens investigation has found that malware operators and content theft website owners have teamed up to target consumers, with an unexpected assist from U.S.-based tech firms. One in three content theft websites expose consumers to dangerous malware that an lead to ID theft, financial loss and ransomware. The report found that Hawk Host and CloudFlare were the most often used by these rogue websites. Digital Citizens’ director said, …”12 million Americans are exposed to malware thru content theft websites; we are approaching a cyber epidemic that poses serious concerns about the long-term security of American’s computers.” The rogue operators use pirate movies and TV shows to lure consumers so they can infect their computers and steal their monty, identity or hold access to the computer for ransom. He also said, “I’s time for government authorities…to warn consumers about the risk contact theft poses to their well-being.” Consumers are 28 times more likely to get exposed to malware on content theft websites than mainstream ones.
New Panasonic UHD Blu-ray Player – The DMP-UB900 is a cut above those already launched by Samsung and Philips (and the $299 Xbox coming up soon). It is especially designed for fans of hi-end audio formatting. It has 60fps 4K movie playback, high dynamic range support and can stream UHD media from home entertainment apps. It also handles WAV, FLAC, DSD and ALAC formats, “digital tube sound” upsampling, and isolated dual HDMI ports for both audio and video. it offers the best in compatibility with top-tier home audio technology and will be $699.
Xfinity Adds Voice Control and HD Security Camera – It’s part of an overall strategy for Comcast to please the set-it-and-forget-it crowd as well as home automation tinkerers. You can ask the voice control to display a particular video feed or dim the lights. The xCam security camera comes with professional installation and tech support. It can work with your in-home Wi-Fi and can record video continuously or when a sensor tripped, like a motion detector. Seven million customers already use the X1 voice control. It wins over connected home enthusiasts by providing one remote or app for controlling everything.