Oculus Is Coming Back with Rift S

It was almost three years ago, on March 28th, 2016, when the Oculus Rift headset had made its way on the market. We’ve waited since 2012 for it, and we went from Google Cardboard to the Samsung Gear VR, but the necessity for Rift was bigger.

At that time, the Rift was expensive, around $599, and required a high-powered PC to run it. That would have cost you around $ 1.000 or even more, plus the need for controllers and the external sensor setup for the room. But here we are in 2019, asking ourselves when the next generation of Rift would appear? Well, boys and girls, this spring is coming with good news because we have the Oculus officially announcement. It seems that we will get soon enough a device more suitable for the virtual realities of 2019.

What Will Rift S Bring?

If three years ago we only had Rift, in 2019 we will have Rift S, with some good improvements and a lower price, around $399. The new Rift S is still powered by a PC with a physical connection to it, which is a plus for the people who want to use VR mainly for gaming. We have a significant change in setup and tracking as well, because even if Rift S is keeping the same inside-out tracking system, we no longer have more USB-hogging external sensors, only a single USB 3.0 port. With the help of the five sensors on the headset, we have a combination of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) that will recognize the position in space, allowing room scale play.

Nate Mitchel, the VP of Oculus, says that the device uses an improved pass-through video system, so when you’ll use it for gaming, you can map your play space without taking the headset off. Another novelty from Oculus is Quest – a wireless headset, with the same touch controllers as the Rift S. Quest will come this spring too, at the same price of $399.

Rift S has a single fast switch LCD panel, 1280×1440 per eye, improved Fresnel lens stack for better text readability and a lower screen door effect.  In comparison with other devices, like HTC Vive Pro 2880×1620, and the recent HP Reverb, our Rift S comes a little bit short.

We can’t forget about its appearance and design too, of course. A new partnership with Lenovo had made a change in design with a new halo-style headband that tightens better. An inspiration from the PlayStation VR can be seen at the eye box distance from your face, which is adjustable. Moreover, it is slightly heavier, but better balanced, soft and comfortable on your forehead.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro Official Prices Leaked – Highlight Specs

Huawei announced that its next-gen P30 and P30 Pro will launch in Paris on March 26th. Even though Huawei wants to reveal the features and hardware specs that the new smartphones will have to offer during the Paris event, important details about P30 and P30 Pro have kept leaking on the web anyways. The latest P30 and P30 Pro leak reveals the price of the two smartphones.

P30 and P30 Pro Price Gets Leaked

The first thing that we want to note about this latest P30 and P30 Pro leak is that it comes from the German publication known as WinFuture. With that said, WinFuture is claiming that P30 will cost 749 Euros for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space variant.

The bigger P30 Pro will sport a 999 Euros price tag for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space variant. In addition, the price of P30 Pro will go up to 1,099 Euros for the premium 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage space variant.

Highlight Specs

As previously mentioned, the hardware specs of P30 and P30 Pro have been spotted in previous leaks. Therefore, P30 will be fueled by a HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC that is coupled to 8GB of RAM. The smartphone will also ship with a 6.1-inches full HD + display that uses OLED technology. P30 will also be equipped with a dual-camera setup on the rear side.

On the other hand, we have the premium P30 Pro which is powered by a HiSilicon 980 SoC that is paired to 8GB of RAM. The smartphone ships with massive 6.47-inches display that offers a full HD+ and it uses OLED technology. In addition, P30 Pro will feature a quad-camera setup mounted on the back and the lenses are made by Leica.

Apple Slashes Prices for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini SSD Upgrades

Heading to the Apple store, you will see that the prices for some SSD upgrades have been lowered. We are talking about the ones for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

What SSD Upgrades Are on Sale?

The SSD upgrades that are now cheaper are the ones for the 1.5TB, 2TB, and 4TB SSDs. The price cust are between $100 – $400.

For example, the 1.5 TB SSD upgrade for the base MacBook Air is now $1,100 instead of $1,200. The same upgrade for MacBook Air 256GB SSD is now $900.

The 2 TB SSD for Mac mini is now down $200 for both the base and upgraded version. The 2TB SSD upgrades for the MacBook Pro have also dropped by $200 for the 13-inch and 150-inch models. The 15-inch MacBook Pro models get a bigger discount on the 4TB SSD upgrades, which is now down by $400.

Apple has also reduced the prices of RAM upgrades for the 2013 Mac Pro – the 64 GB RAM upgrade is now $800 (initially it was $1200).

The lower prices have been spotted on the Apple Store and are live in countries such as the US, UK, and Canada. Will they impact the prices in other countries? We’ll have to wait and see.

The Price Cuts Come With The Release of the New iMac 2019 line

Apple’s sudden price cuts for the SSD upgrade and RAM upgrades come with the launch of the new iMac models which have just been unveiled and will be available for purchase starting next week. The iMac 2019 models have been made available for pre-purchase in many countries and boast impressive specs and features.

They are also available at prices starting from $1,099 for the base 21.5-inch iMac, and $1,799 for the base 27-inch iMac. The prices go up to $1,499 for the high-end 21.5-inch iMac and $2,299 for the high-end 27-inch iMac – but they can be a lot more expensive if you choose to upgrade the RAMs and storage.

You can buy the new iMac 2019 from the official Apple retailers.

10.5-inch iPad Mini and iPad Air to come with Apple Pencil Support

Great news for Apple fans all around the world! Recently, Apple has announced their new updates for their iPad line, and it seems that we’ll be having a new iPad mini, plus a new iPad Air. But what are they going to look like? On one hand, we have the iPad Air that comes with a thin design and the 10.5-inch display you already know about, plus an Apple A12 Bionic chip.

On the other hand, the iPad mini will stick to the good old 7.9-inch screen, but it will also bring the A12 chip. The good news is that both of them will come up with a compatibility with the first gen Apple Pencil. Another thing that attracted our attention was the display Apple used for the iPad Air. The model comes with a True Tone display and a 2224×1668 resolution, which is great. Some even say that this is the heir of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which many regretted when it was discontinued. You can choose between two storage options: 64 or 256 GB, and between three colors: space gray, silver, and gold.

Meanwhile, the iPad Mini has also received a boost, if you compare it to the last-gen iPad mini 4. The addition of the Apple Pencil support is really welcome, but besides that there isn’t much to be admired. According to the official Apple statements, next week we will be enjoying an iWork update that will let us use the Apple Pencil in new ways. For example, now you will be able to draw an animation path for an object with the help of the stylus. The iPad Mini comes in the same configurations as the Air version, both in what concerns the color and the storage.

Just like you’re probably used to by now, the new iPad models come in two versions: Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + cellular. The entire lineup contains the iPad Pro (11 and 12.9 inches), iPad Air (the 10.5 inch version), iPad (9.7 in), and iPad mini (7.9 in). We’d also like to remind you that the iPad Pro 10.5-inch and the iPad mini 4 have been discontinued.

WinRAR Bug Uncovered 19 Years Later, Used to Distribute Malware – Get WinRAR v5.70 to Be Safe!

All PC users have used WinRAR at least once in their lives, and the software has been around for about two decades! It was used to extract or archive files on a PC, and over the years it was used by almost 500 million people.

But what nobody wants to hear about a tool we have used for almost 20 years that it has just been fixed because of a major vulnerability. The researchers at Check Point Research discovered that WinRAR had a severe security flaw, reported McAfee.

They found out that this flaw allowed hackers to make WinRAR extract a malicious program to a PC through renaming an ACE file with a RAR extension:

“When a vulnerable version of WinRAR is used to extract the contents of this archive, a malicious payload is created in the Startup folder behind the scenes. User Account Control (UAC) does not apply, so no alert is displayed to the user. The next time the system restarts, the malware is run.”

The developers of WinRAR patched the software with a version that would fix the issue and also add a lot of changes.

Get WinRAR v. 5.70 to Keep Your PC Safe

The latest version of WinRAR will no longer support ACE files, so for your protection, head over to the official WinRAR website and download the latest version of the program – version 5.70.

Those that have already updated WinRAR should be safe, and the users that still have the previous version should immediately update the software, or else they risk the safety of their PC if they were to download and extract WinRAR files from sketchy sources.

McAfee reported that they found many exploits since the disclosure of the vulnerability:

“In the first week since the vulnerability was disclosed, McAfee has identified over 100 unique exploits and counting, with most of the initial targets residing in the United States at the time of writing.”

It is unsettling that this issue has gone undetected for all those years, even if the software was used by so many people! If you are still using the program, then you should keep your data and files safe by updating WinRAR!