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The cheapest Sonos speakers deals and sales in October 2019

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:24

Sonos speakers are fantastic. They sound great and use reliable, intuitive software that makes flinging tunes around your house a cinch. Here’s the problem: Sonos speakers can be expensive, unless you find a good deal. That’s what we're here for. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to the best cheap Sonos deals so you don’t have to roam the internet looking for them. 

We have hot deals for the whole line-up, including not just the Sonos One, Play:3 and Play:5 – but also the Sonos Playbar, Sub and Connect as well. 

Are you here for a deal on the brand-new Sonos Playbase? Don't worry, we didn't forget about the latest addition to the Sonos family either. 

The best Black Friday Sonos speakers deals and prices

While there are several terrific offers below, there's no harm in looking forward to Sonos speakers discounts during Black Friday 2019. Lucky for you, we've put together a guide on how to find the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. We'll also tell you everything else you need to know, such as when the sale starts, what prices to expect, and which retailers will be participating.

So what’s a good deal for Sonos speakers?

Good deals are subjective, obviously. But if we were in your shoes, we’d wait for at least a $50/£35/AU$75-off sale. These happen around the holidays, mostly, but do happen sporadically  throughout the year as well. 

If you’re looking for a recommendation, your best bet is to start your Sonos system with a Play:5, the big brother of the bunch, and work your way down. We also have a soft spot in our heart for the Playbar (it’s on our best soundbar list, after all) and a Play One is a great pick for kitchens, bedrooms and studies.

 If you want the latest and greatest from Sonos, check out the brand-new Sonos Playbase – it's a speaker and TV stand all in one package. OK, without further ado, here are the best Sonos deals we’ve found today.

Sonos and Alexa, Amazon's smart personal assistant, are a perfect match for one another - it's almost a wonder it's taken this long for the two of them to meet. Regardless, the Sonos One is here now and it combines the best of both worlds. The One is able to call upon Alexa to answer basic inquiries, adjust appointments on your calendar and, for Amazon Prime members, voice access to Amazon's expansive Music Unlimited library.  

Read our full review: Sonos One

The Sonos Play:1 is the alpha in Sonos' alphabet. It's not the most powerful of the bunch, but it definitely knows how to get the job done. It's 6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 inches (161.45 x 119.7 x 119.7 mm) and 4.08 lbs (1.85 kg) but it can really kick. It comes in two colors – white with light metallic grille and black with graphite grille – and works with standard wall mounts and speaker stands. We love how easy it is to setup and its awesome sound quality, but thought that its low end could use a bit of oomph. Still, if you're looking to start a Sonos system without spending a lot, the Sonos Play:1 is the place to start.

Read our review: Sonos Play:1 

The Sonos Play:3 is the middle child of the bunch. It's more powerful than the puny Play:1, but doesn't have the same room-filling audio that you get from the Play:5. For some people, though, it's just right. So how big is it? The Play:3 is 5.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 inches (132 x 268 x 160 mm) and weighs 5.71 lbs. (2.6 kg). It comes in two colors – white with light metallic grille and black with graphite grille – and works with standard wall mounts and speaker stands. It has three Class-D amplifiers, one tweeter, two mid-woofers and a bass radiator. Again, here you'll find great audio quality and a pretty easy setup.

Read our review: Sonos Play: 3

Here it is, the grand kahuna of the Sonos systems. The Sonos Play:5 is everything you can want in a network speaker. It gets loud, but also sounds crystal clear at top volumes. It's obviously a bigger than its brethren, however, so keep that in mind before you try stuffing one into a one-room apartment. So how big is it? It's 8.03 x 14.33 x 6.06 inches (203 x 364 x 154 mm) and weighs 14 lbs. (6.36 kg). It comes in two colors – white or black matte enclosure with graphite grille – and contains two built-in microphones that can tune it for your space. Unlike the Play:3 it has five Class-D amplifiers, three tweeters, three mid-woofers and a phased speaker array that separates sound into its three channels – left, right and center. Good sound doesn't come cheap, but once you hear a Sonos Play:5 speaker you won't want anything else.

Read our review: Sonos Play:5

TVs might look great, but most of them definitely don't sound all that good. That's why Sonos made the Playbar, a soundbar that can produce top-tier audio quality while simultaneously syncing up to your other multi-room speakers. It's definitely expensive, no doubt about it, but there's no other soundbar this well-connected. Here are some specs: First off, it's 3.35 x 35.43 x 5.51 inches (85 x 900 x 140 mm) and weighs 11.9 lbs. (5.4kg). It only comes in one color and requires a separate mounting kit if you want to mount it beneath your screen. Unlike the Play:5, it has nine Class-D amplifiers, three tweeters and six mid-woofers – that can put out a ton of noise. 

Read our review: Sonos Playbar

Three years after the company released its first ever soundbar, the Playbar, Sonos has created the Playbase, a unique form factor sound system that combines a stable pedestal for your TV with an audio cabinet. 

Why did Sonos create a second home entertainment device? The team did extensive research into how people used their Playbar at home and found that most people didn’t wall mount their televisions or Playbars. To that end, the Playbase was created to allow people to set their televisions right on top of the speaker, allowing for a compact home theater solution. 

Overall, the Sonos Playbase is a good-sounding speaker for those who don’t want to fumble with a surround sound system or simply don’t have the room for one. There’s no need for a receiver, making it truly plug-and-play. Sonos’ philosophy of making music enjoyment as frictionless as possible continues with the Playbase – the Sonos app is easy to use and the integrated universal search across music services is something we wished every speaker had. 

Read our review: Sonos Playbase

Sonos systems are great. Like seriously great. We want to call them perfect, and yet without some sort of low-end support they just aren't. For that you need the Sonos Sub, the additional audio piece that adds a hefty amount of bass to your favorite music genres. The design here is a bit funky, we'll admit, but hey, if you were looking for a conversation starter (and ender) at your next house party, this is it. That said, it's 15.3 x 15.8 x 6.2 inches (389 x 402 x 158 mm) and weighs 36.3 lbs (16 kg). It's available in two colors – premium white gloss and premium black gloss – that can match either your Playbar or Play:5 speaker. Inside you'll find two Class-D amplifiers, two force-cancelling speaker drivers and dual acoustic ports that help the Sub reach a low frequency of about 25Hz. 

Read our hands on review: Sonos Sub

There's nothing wrong with your old audio equipment. You've invested years in setting up and tuning your system, and there's no reason to let any of that go to waste. For anyone interested in keeping the equipment they already own but add on a streaming or mutil-room audio component, Sonos Connect is your solution. While it's not exactly a player in its own right, Sonos Connect allows you to send or receive audio streams. That means you can hook it up to your receiver to send out your favorite CD over the airwaves in your home, or set it up with your old floor speakers to bring them into the 21st century. 

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England vs Australia live stream: how to watch Rugby World Cup 2019 quarter-final from anywhere

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:43

The first of the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals is a tantalising one. The old enemies from opposite sides of the world going head-to-head. A place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals is at stake - which team will hold their nerve? Watch the action as it happens with our England vs Australia live stream guide.

England have had an unexpected extended break thanks to Typhoon Hagibis, which begs the question - will they come into the match rested and prepared? Or will they be off the pace?

Meanwhile, their opponents Australia have been somewhat underwhelming throughout the pool stage, with head coach Michael Cheika still seemingly unsure of his best team.

With their final pool game against France called off, England's fringe players lost an opportunity to perhaps stake a claim for a starting role. But coach Eddie Jones hasn't been afraid to shift around his side for this showdown, springing a huge surprise by dropping in-form George Ford and restoring his captain Owen Farrell at fly-half. 

Henry Slade comes in at outside centre with Manu Tuilagi moving to number 12, while Mako Vunipola has been declared fit and comes in for England at loosehead prop. For their part, Australia have also made a bold selection choice, with teenager Jordan Petaia set to start at centre.

With Aussie confidence somewhat low, a strong start by England would probably be the catalyst for Eddie Jones' side to sail through to the semis, but will this be the game that sees the Wallabies find some form? You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup England vs Australia live stream guide below.

How to watch the 2019 Rugby World Cup from outside your country

If you're abroad for any of the Rugby World Cup and don't want to miss out on catching the coverage from your home country, you'll inevitably find it geo-blocked when you try to stream online. But don't sweat. With the option of a VPN, you can tune into those fixtures no matter where you are in the world without resorting to some dodgy feed on Reddit.

And best of all, it's really easy to do (or read on for details on how to stream coverage from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA).

How to stream the England game live in the UK for FREE

How to watch a live stream of the Wallabies in Australia for FREE

How to watch England vs Australia live in New Zealand

How to live stream England vs Australia in the US
  • Hulu with Live TV $40 per month - Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.
  • FuboTV $35 for the first month - FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now $50 per month - DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network.
  • YouTubeTV $40 per month - YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN.

Live stream Rugby World Cup 2019 match in Canada

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iPad price cut at Walmart: save $100 on the 9.7-inch Apple iPad

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:48

While we wait for the upcoming Walmart Black Friday sale, the retail giant is giving us an October preview with a price cut on the best-selling Apple iPad. Right now, you can get the 9.6-inch iPad on sale for $329. That's a $100 discount for the 2018 tablet that packs 128GB of storage. Walmart also has the 32GB Apple iPad on sale for $249.

The Apple iPad was released in 2018 and features a 9.7-inch LED display with IPS technology. The powerful tablet packs 128GB of storage and features Apple's A10 Fusion chip which results in ultra-fast laptop-like performance. The additional power also allows you to multitask and use the latest apps, including augmented reality experiences. The iPad includes an impressive 1.2MP front-facing camera and provides an all-day battery life of 10 hours.

This is a fantastic price for a newer model Apple iPad and a great deal to snag before Black Friday begins. We don't know how long Walmart will have the iPad on sale, so you should take advantage today before it's too late.

Walmart iPad sale:

Interested in other iPad models? We've listed even more of the cheapest iPad deals that are currently available.

Learn more about the upcoming November sale event with our guide to Black Friday 2019.

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OnePlus 8 Pro leaks show four rear cameras...and a punch-hole selfie cam?

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 14:25

Renders of the OnePlus 8 Pro have allegedly leaked, showing a phone that’s pared back its predecessor’s aggressive design: no more pop-up selfie camera, no more bezel-less screen.

Instead, the phone will supposedly have a punch-hole in the top left, which cropped up in plenty of 2019 handsets that sought to avoid the unsightly notch. The rendered images come courtesy of noted leaker @OnLeaks in a tweet that included a link to more OnePlus 8 Pro info in a 91Mobiles post.

There are a few other differences from the OnePlus 7 Pro – namely, a depth-sensing 3D Time of Flight (ToF) sensor augmenting the three existing cameras, something that started appearing on premium flagship phones throughout 2019. Per the leaked info, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a slightly smaller screen (6.65-inch) and is accordingly slightly longer and slightly narrower than its predecessor at 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.8mm – but it does have the exact same thickness.

The 91Mobiles post has a slew of rendered images, but the outlet also released the video below:

OnePlus 8 Pro leak following the previous one

@OnLeaks had previously leaked our first look at the OnePlus 8 earlier in October, and also alleged that the next phone would opt for a punch-hole instead of a pop-up selfie camera. As we theorized then, losing that little suite of complex mechanisms might make room for other innovations like wireless charging.

Yet these leaks are very very early - the former came out just before the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro even launched. As we said then, this info is coming so soon after the last device has released that we urge caution when considering the accuracy of this preliminary look.

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Get free Netflix and 300+ channels with these Sky TV and broadband bundle deals

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:42

We get it, TV and broadband deals can be expensive, especially if you're looking for the most possible channels and fastest internet. You want more choice and more content all the while keeping your fast download speeds - you don't want to compromise.

Well, now with these Sky TV and broadband bundles you no longer have to. Sky is offering a discount on four of their TV and broadband bundles. All bundles offer free Netflix, over 300 Sky Entertainment channels and the ability to record and store over 500 hours. 

Of course the bundles differ in their features, the more you pay the more you get. If you want one of their most feature-filled bundles - Broadband Superfast + Sky TV & Netflix - you also get free Sky Talk included, faster average download speeds of 59Mb thanks to fibre internet and over 1,000 HD movies at your disposal. Its usual price is £77 a month but with the deal, it's now £55 a month...that's quite the discount!

Of course this will be too pricey for some, and if you don't need broadband why not go with one of Sky's cheaper deals. The Sky Entertainment + Netflix and Broadband Essential deal is £38 per month, but downgrades the internet to ADSL and removes the Sky Cinema channels. Still get that tasty Netflix sub, mind.

Not sure you have enough information or if these deals are for you? Keep reading, we've got the four bundles detailed and explained below just for you.

Sky's latest broadband and TV deals in full:
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Heroic half price, unlimited data SIM only deals from Three are finally coming to an end

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:07

Put on your mournful face and prepare to hear some disappointing news - Three's half price, unlimited data SIM only deal is finally coming to an end after destroying the market for the past few months.

But, despite our gloomy introduction there, this is not all bad news for a few good reasons! Firstly, the offer in question still has a few days of life. Get in there quick and you can still score unlimited data at a cut price of £10 a month for the first six months of your contract.

Secondly, although Three is bringing the half price bills to an end, the unlimited data contract will live on. That means if you do miss this offer you can still get unlimited data for £20 a month - still a heck of a handsome price.

Three has kept the official end date of this offer quite vague, simply stating that it will end 'after this weekend'. So, scroll down to see Three's half price unlimited data SIM only deal in full and hurry in before it ends. Even with Black Friday just around a corner, we can't imagine seeing a deal this good for quite a while.

Three's unlimited data SIM only deals: Why go with Three?

If you haven't already been won over by these amazing offers from Three then you'll be excited to hear that the network doesn't shy away from offering up some extra incentives as well.

Whether that be free exclusive prizes or extra roaming. You can see all of best parts of a Three SIM only deal or Three mobile deals down below.

  • Wuntu - Exclusive offers and freebies with Three's rewards app
  • Go Roam - Roaming abilities in 71 worldwide countries at no extra cost
  • Travel Swagger - Get travel upgrades with Easyjet with bag drop and early boarding
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Galaxy S10, un bug consente a chiunque di sbloccare lo smartphone

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:00

Nel Samsung Galaxy S10, c'è un bug che permette a chiunque di sbloccare lo smartphone con le sue impronte digitali. A Samsung conoscono il problema e promettono di risolverlo a breve. 

Settimana scorsa il proprietario di un Samsung Galaxy S10 ha scoperto che anche il suo pollice sinistro poteva sbloccare il telefono anche senza averlo mai aggiunto tra quelli registrati. La cosa era successa dopo avere applicato un nuovo screen protector sul display ed è stata confermata anche su altri modelli. 

A Samsung hanno dovuto confermare il problema e stanno lavorando per risolverlo. Anche se dicono che gli utenti non dovrebbero applicare pellicole non autorizzate. In una dichiarazione alla BBC, Samsung ha parlato di una  patch software che sarebbe quasi pronta.

A differenza di altre soluzioni per il riconoscimento delle impronte integrate sotto lo schermo, quella di Samsung sfrutta uno scanner a ultrasuoni sul S10 e sul Note10. In questo modo è possibile farsi riconoscere anche se le dita sono bagnate, il problema però è che una pellicola di protezione può interferire con il riconoscimento, come in effetti è successo. 

Cosa dovrebbero fare gli utenti di S10?

Il problema sembra limitato solo ad alcune pellicole e comunque Samsung dovrebbe risolverlo. Nel frattempo è consigliabile continuare ad usare quella originale Samsung o comunque una sottile.

In alternativa è sempre possibile modificare il sistema di protezione fin quando non arriverà una soluzione al problema. 

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Steamboat Willie to Disney Plus: a history of Disney domination

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:00

Take a look at the biggest films of the year so far and you’ll notice one thing: Disney absolutely dominates. Already in 2019 it has grossed over $8bn (around £6bn / AU$12bn) at the global box office, thanks to the live action remakes of Aladdin and The Lion King, the Pixar follow-up Toy Story 4, and, of course, the massive cultural event that was Avengers: Endgame. 

That figure is set to balloon further, too. Before the year ends, the company will also be releasing Frozen 2 and a little film called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Disney is set to further tighten its grip on the small screen too, with the launch of streaming service Disney Plus. Simply put, the House of Mickey is unstoppable.

This domination is not an accident, or the result of a few lucky manoeuvres: it’s the result of calculated technological and business innovation that spans almost a century in the lifespan of the Walt Disney corporation. So join us in looking back on some of the smartest moves that made Disney’s film business so powerful.

The Early Years: Pioneering Animation

Steamboat Willie was a landmark moment for Disney – and animation as a whole.

Disney started life as an animation studio – and with its third film, Steamboat Wilie in 1928, it demonstrated how the company would continue to use technological innovation to keep audiences engaged. 

The 7 minute, 46 second film was actually the third starring Mickey Mouse, but what makes it notable is that it was the first to use what was called ‘synchronised sound’ – the then revolutionary idea of having an audio track that corresponded to what was being shown onscreen.

In the early 1930s, Disney first experimented with colour films, using a technology known as ‘technicolor’. This was a process where a subject – whether a human or an animation cell – was shot simultaneously through three colour filters (red, green, and blue) on to three separate strips of film. Disney wasn’t the first company to use this technology – but it perhaps had the most success thanks to it.

In 1934, the company released Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, which briefly became the biggest film of all time, before MGM’s Gone With The Wind was released in 1939. During the 1940s, too – while Europe was busy having a war – Disney continued making films that would become classics, including Pinnochio and Fantasia in 1940, Dumbo in 1941, and Bambi in 1942.

After the war, the company continued making more classic animated features like Lady and the Tramp and Sleeping Beauty. The other big development of this time was the opening of Disneyland in California.

But all was not well: Sleeping Beauty actually lost money because it was so expensive to make. But this is where Disney was saved by the advent of another new technology: xeroxography.

If you’re wondering what xeroxography is, it’s essentially the ability to photocopy cells (celluloid sheets) for animation, so that not every single cell needed to be redrawn and repainted. And it arrived at just the right time, when Disney was working on 101 Dalmations. Without it, Disney would have faced the expensive nightmare of needing to hand-animate, well, 101 different dogs on the screen.

The 80s and 90s: Home Video and The Disney Vault

The late 1970s and early 1980s saw a huge shift in how viewers consumed Disney content. The rise of home video meant that in theory, viewers could access Disney’s unrivalled animation library whenever they wanted to.

In theory, anyway. The reality was rather different.

Historically, Disney had pursued a strategy of re-releasing its films into cinemas every few years. This was good for viewers, as it meant in an era before video they could see films they missed the first time around – and it was good business too, as the limited time re-release would create a promotional buzz. 

When it came to home video, then, Disney made what might seem an odd decision: It was only going to sell certain films for a short period of time, before removing them from sale again.

It called this concept the “Disney Vault”, and created this artificial scarcity to maximise the hype in a world that was increasingly experiencing a very early form of “on demand” – as increased distribution of VHS video tapes meant that films could be viewed whenever someone wanted to watch them.

It was also in this era that Disney experienced an animation renaissance, with a host of incredibly beloved and popular films released into movie theatres. Under the leadership of CEO Michael Eisner, between 1989 and 1994, the company released The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King, all of which remain classics today.

But it was in 1995 that technology really changed animation again: Toy Story became the first full length, fully computer-generated feature film, and was a huge success both commercially and critically. In fact, it set the template for animation in the two decades to come. So it was perhaps unfortunate then that while Disney distributed the film, it didn’t own the studio that made it: Pixar. 

At least, not yet.

The 2000s: The Force Awakens

It was only when current CEO Bob Iger took over in 2005 that Disney really began to enter its imperial phase. Within a few short years, Iger masterminded deals that saw Disney swallow up Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel and most recently 21st Century Fox. 

At the time, these perhaps felt like big gambles given the cash involved, but today they are widely viewed as acts of strategic genius. Why? Because Iger realised that in a world of streaming technology where no one company can control the distribution mechanism, the real value isn’t in pipes or airwaves, but in intellectual property.

Simply put, by owning the biggest entertainment brands in the world, audiences will pay to seek them out – including via direct subscription fee to Disney Plus. And the logic is sound: as transformative as Netflix has been, if you want to watch Star Wars, you’re not going to accept Netflix's Lost In Space reboot as a substitute. Instead, you’re going to pull out your credit card and start paying Disney directly.

So by snaffling up Marvel, Pixar and Lucas, and sitting on a library that includes pretty much every beloved animation from the last 100 years, Disney owns a significant slice of our cultural touchstones that Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV Plus or the many other imminent streaming competitors can’t touch.

Bob Iger has been Disney's CEO since 2005, and overseen a huge expansion into online streaming.

There’s one point worth mentioning that shows just how clever Disney has been adapting to this new era, and why it will continue to dominate into the future: unlike Netflix, Disney Plus doesn’t need to make money.

Why? Because as former Amazon Video executive Matthew Ball has observed, Disney isn’t too desperate to get money from subscribers – which is clear from the cheap $6.99 / AU$8.99 (around £5.50) per month subscription plan. It’s more interested in selling you a $5,000 (£3,890 / AU$7,430) Disney cruise, a trip to Disneyworld, or having you buy your kids Disney Princess and Marvel toys at Christmas – as that’s where the real money is.

Ultimately, the reason why Disney dominates today and will continue to dominate our culture in the future is because it is a company that is comfortable playing the long game.

Rather than squeeze an extra dollar from you today, it wants to make sure that when you’re 80 and want to spend some time with your grandchildren at the hologram-plex, that you’ll choose to take them to see not any old film, but a digitally de-aged Jaden Smith playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise. And the evidence suggests that we will.

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Apple AirPods Pro could be about to launch – with active noise cancelling too

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:44

A new report claims that an upgraded AirPods model – called the AirPods Pro, in the manner of the iPhone 11 Pro – may be about to release to market.

An incoming AirPods Pro release was cited in a report by China Economic Daily, which said the new AirPods were expected to launch before the end of October, meaning the claim could be proved (or dismissed) very soon.

We've heard a lot of speculation and rumors around the AirPods 3, though the Pro model would likely sit alongside the base model for those seeking more premium features. China Economic Daily says that the AirPods Pro will come with active noise-canceling, which is lent credence by the mention of "with or without noise-canceling" audio settings in code for the iOS 13.2 beta.

A previous story by the outlet says that the next AirPods model could feature a new metal design to help with heat dissipation – so there could be a new feel and and form to the AirPods beyond the tech hidden inside.

It's worth noting, too, that the current-generation AirPods got a price cut across retailers this week, which could signal a new model on its way shortly.

Take a (price) hike

The AirPods Pro will reportedly cost $260, which converts to around £200 / AU$380 – though UK pricing is likely to match the US figure, so it could cost £260 too. 

That's a decent step up from the 2019 AirPods' $159 / £159 / AU$249, which is already pretty expensive for true wireless earbuds, when there are certainly cheaper options available – some with similar performance. But if you're after an Apple model, or active noise-canceling is what you're after, the upgraded AirPods Pro may get your bet in the coming weeks.

Via MacRumors

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Honor 9X coming to the UK – and it may be the last Honor phone with Google apps

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:24

Thanks to the Huawei ban preventing recent phones from Huawei and its subsidiary Honor from accessing Google apps, the future of Honor in the UK has been uncertain. 

Now, however, the company has unveiled a new handset that's on its way to the UK, and it's the previously announced Honor 9X.

The Honor 9X is the latest in the Honor X series of affordable smartphones. The last handset in the range was the Honor 8X (unsurprisingly), and the X handsets sit alongside the Honor V range, and the main Honor line.

The Honor 9X comes with a 6.59-inch LCD display, which is pretty big for an affordable phone, and there's no notch breaking it up – instead, the smartphone has a 16MP pop-up selfie camera.

There are three rear cameras, and while none of them are as high-tech as those you'd find on the Huawei P30 Pro, for example, they look decent on paper. 

The rear array consists of a 48MP main snapper, a 8MP ultra-wide angle camera, and a 2MP depth-sensing camera for improved portrait shots. There's notably no telephoto lens, though.

Keeping the phone ticking over is a 4,000mAh battery, which powers the Kirin 810 chipset.

There's a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset, which is also adorned with a unique rear pattern that reveals an X-shape when light shines on it – you can see this design in the photo above.

We don't currently have an exact release date or price for the Honor 9X in Europe or the UK, but we expect it to hear more from Honor on that soon.

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This HP Envy all-in-one printer is half-price in a great pre-Black Friday deal

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:19

If you want a really nicely priced multifunction printer, then the HP Envy Photo 7155 could be right up your street – particularly considering that you can get it for half-price right now (Black Friday-level deals seem to be coming earlier and earlier, these days).

This is a multifunction machine, meaning that it’s not only capable of printing, but also scanning (and copying documents by combining those two functions).

It’s also a wireless model as you might expect these days – although there is a USB port for a wired connection – and is capable of printing at speeds of 14 pages per minute in black/white (9 ppm in color) at resolutions of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi.

In other words, you can get good quality prints from this machine, which has an input capacity of up to 125 sheets and boasts automatic duplex printing (printing on both sides of the sheet of paper). Furthermore, the scanner features a 1200 x 1200 dpi optical resolution.

Not only is the initial cost of this all-in-one printer cheap given this 50%-off deal, but you can also benefit from HP’s Instant Ink to keep running costs low going forward.

We will likely see more compelling deals on printers – and indeed the whole gamut of tech – as Black Friday 2019 and Cyber Monday 2019 approach, and of course a whole host of corking offers when the time itself actually arrives.

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Save 15% right now on Apple AirPods - why wait for Black Friday?

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:02

We're just over a month away from Black Friday now, but that doesn't mean you can't grab some fantastic deals if you time it right. Like these super discounts on the latest Apple Airpods. Savings of up to 15% can see you rocking the wireless buds far sooner than you might have planned if you've been holding off for the deal of a lifetime. 

Walmart is currently offering AirPods for just $144 ( with the standard charging case) and $169 (with the wireless charging case) in the US. Meanwhile, the UK sees prices down to £140.99 and just £169 respectively. 

Already sporting first-generation AirPods? Amazon is also discounting the wireless charging case by itself across the US and UK. You can pick it up now for $69 at Walmart / £69 at Amazon to give your existing buds a new lease of life. 

With Apple's H1 chip under the hood and hands-free access to Siri, the latest generation of AirPods pack a punch in streamlined usability over their predecessors. Simply pop the wireless headphone buds into your ears and enjoy seamless integration with all your Apple gadgets at double the switching speed - no more waiting around to connect to a new device, second-generation AirPods swap easily. 

That H1 chip serves its purpose, too. Apple originally planned to double the talk time of their first-generation buds, but in reality you'll get around an hour extra - not bad for three hours instead of two. You will, however, notice the boost in your call performance, essentially reducing the time it takes for you to connect and improving both incoming sound and outgoing speech quality. Plus, 30% lower latency will keep things running smooth and snappy.

There's never been a better time to scoop up an AirPods deal. This outstanding price comes just after the release of iOS 13, which opened up AirPod functionality to iMessage and other third-party messaging apps as well as shared listening, a nifty new feature that allows you to pair two sets of AirPods to a single device. 

AirPods price cuts - US AirPods price cuts - UK

If you're looking to complete your ecosystem, check out these Apple Watch deals, or find the best iPhone 11 deal to suit you. Holding out for the next generation of AirPods? Find out all the latest AirPods 3 news. If you're not quite ready to buy today, then feel free to bookmark our AirPods prices and deals guide.

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Nintendo Switch sale: the console gets a rare $24 price cut at Amazon

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:52

If you're looking to snag a great Nintendo Switch deal today then we have a fantastic offer for you today. Amazon has a limited time $24 coupon code on the console that you can apply at checkout. That brings the Switch down to $274.99, which is the best price we've seen for the newest version of the portable gaming device. That's right, perhaps, there's no need to wait for the upcoming Nintendo Switch Black Friday sales next month

The Nintendo Switch is a console that allows you to use it as a portable gaming device or as a home console. You can play the Nintendo Switch anywhere, and the dual Joy-Con controllers let you team up and enjoy multiplayer games. The Nintendo Switch was released in 2017, but this particular device is a newer model, which means it has a longer battery life than the original. The box includes the Nintendo Switch console, the Nintendo Switch dock in black, and the Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con controllers. 

While the $24 coupon code might not seem like much, discounts on the Nintendo Switch are extremely rare. We don't know how long Amazon will have the console on sale, so if you're looking to grab a discount before the Black Friday madness begins, you should take advantage today.

If you're interested in more Switch deals we have the cheapest Nintendo Switch bundles and deal prices that are currently available. Or if you want something a little cheaper then there's a handheld-only version of the console to consider over on our Nintendo Switch Lite prices and bundles guide.

Learn more about the epic November sale event too with our guide to Black Friday 2019.

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Wow! Get free PS4s and VR bundles with EE Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 deals

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 08:18

For a lot of people, two items will be in your mind when shopping in the upcoming Black Friday sales - a new phone and a gaming console. But why wait? Thanks to an offer straight from EE, you can get both of those in one neat, affordable package right now.

There's two steps to this promotion - choose your phone and then choose your freebie. For the phone part of this offer, you get two choices. You can go with Sony Xperia 1 deals or try out Sony Xperia 10 deals.

Once you've decided which handset appeals to you and how much data you want, the real fun begins. Step two is choosing which of EE's two free incentives you want - a PlayStation 4 bundle or a PlayStation VR bundle.

Ready to beat the Black Friday rush and get your mobile phone deals and console now? You can see everything you need to know about this offer below.

Sony Xperia 10 deals + free PS4 or PSVR Bundle Sony Xperia 1 deals + free PS4 or PSVR Bundle Find out more about each part of this offer: Upgrade to an EE Smart Plan for Swappable Benefits

With this offer, you can also upgrade to an EE Smart plan. That means you can upgrade your phone contract anytime and get access to EE's 'Swappable Benefits'. These benefits include unlimited data when using the likes of your Apple Music and Netflix account, subscriptions to the BT Sport app or increased roaming abilities. You can change between these perks at any point during your contract.

You can see the upgraded EE Smart Plans below:

Sony Xperia 10 | EE | FREE upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £39pm

Sony Xperia 1 | EE | FREE upfront | 10GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £69pm

Why should I get my next mobile phone deal on EE?

EE is the UK's fastest network and that fact alone has drawn in a lot of support for their contracts, it has steadily become the most popular network in the UK. You'll also find that EE phone deals are frequently the best option available.

EE also offers a few incentives to its customers that sweeten the deal. You can get six months of free Apple Music when you pay monthly with EE and the ability to use Wi-Fi to make calls when you just can't find signal anywhere - and that's before you add those tempting Swappable Benefits.

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AMD could make us wait for its monster 64-core Threadripper 3990x processor

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:54

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3960X, 3970X and 3990X make up the official range of 3rd-gen chips which are about to be unleashed on the world, although the flagship will come slightly later – or at least that’s the latest word from the graphics grapevine.

According to Videocardz, an inside source at AMD shared ‘highly confidential’ documents which show the intended launch schedule for the aforementioned processors (although the tech site notes that while these dates were correct a few weeks back, the schedule could change – as ever with any launch plans).

At any rate, AMD’s alleged intention is to reveal all three of these Threadripper 3000 CPUs on November 5 alongside TXR40 motherboards (and mobo manufacturers will be able to show off their respective products built on that chipset).

At this point, the core counts and clock speeds of the 3960X and 3970X will be detailed, but not the spec of the flagship 3990X – only the latter’s existence will be revealed (via a ‘teaser’) on November 5.

The full unveil of the Threadripper 3990X will happen in January 2020, where the specs will be divulged – so that could possibly be planned for CES – with a launch following later in the month.

As for the launch of the 3960X and 3970X, following the reveal on November 5, these chips go on sale come November 19 (along with the TXR40 motherboards). All of this information, of course, is just rumored, and as previously noted, even if it was true at the time the documents were written, the launch schedule might still change.

AMD also plans to finally unleash the Ryzen 9 3950X (flagship mainstream Ryzen CPU, not Threadripper) in November, too, as we’ve previously heard.

Ripping yarns

The existence of a Threadripper 3960X was also rumored yesterday in a leaked benchmark from Ashes of the Singularity, showing that it’s (allegedly) a 24-core chip. AMD has also previously stated that it will kick off by ‘premiering’ a CPU with 24-cores – so that lines up with this rumor, although the 3970X also launching alongside it doesn’t. Because that, presumably, would be a 32-core chip – so maybe AMD changed its mind about its launch strategy here?

Unless the 3970X actually is the 24-core chip, but that wouldn’t make much sense in terms of being no advance on the 2970WX in terms of the core count. Plus it certainly runs contrary to what we’ve been hearing about the Threadripper 3rd-gen range of late, and previous rumors – namely that we’re expecting major advances, and the flagship to up the ante from 32-cores to 64-cores.

The speculation we chewed over yesterday contends that the 3970X could run with 32-cores, and there will be a 3980X with 48-cores, and a flagship 3990X having 64-cores (128-threads). All this is pure guesswork really, though, and sadly the leaked documents didn’t confirm anything about core counts or other spec details.

What about that 3980X, you might ask? Because the alleged chip is conspicuously absent in AMD’s launch plans as laid out above. It could be the case that this processor is due for release at a later date, to fill in the range and the gap between 32-cores and 64-cores (theoretically). Or maybe it just isn’t planned at all…

The good thing is that at least everything will become clear enough in just a few short weeks – hopefully, or soon thereafter – when we hear direct from AMD exactly what the plans are for Threadripper 3000.

Via Wccftech

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Linux Wi-Fi bug leaves systems vulnerable to forced crashes and full control by hackers

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:52

A vulnerability has been discovered in the RTLWIFI driver, which is used to support Realtek Wi-Fi chips on Linux system. A flaw in the driver could be exploited to either crash your device, or even allow an attacker to take full control of your system.

The bug has been around for at least four years, and is described as 'serious' by security experts. It has been assigned CVE-2019-17666, and while a fix has been proposed, it's yet to be incorporated into the Linux kernel.

As noted by Ars Technica, even when the patch makes its way to an updated version of the kernel, users will then need to wait for it to be included in Linux distros – and this is something that could take some time.

Remote attack

Perhaps most interestingly, the attack can be triggered remotely, with no input from the user.Any Linux device with the Realtek chip is at risk, provided Wi-Fi is turned on and it's within range of a malicious machine.

It exploits a vulnerability in a power-saving feature called Notice of Absence, which is built into Wi-Fi Direct (a standard that lets devices connect to one another without a router). An attacker could add vendor-specific information to Wi-Fi beacons, which would cause a buffer overflow in the Linux kernel when received.

As well as desktops and laptops with Linux distributions installed, it's thought that the vulnerability could also affect Android phones that have Realtek Wi-Fi chips, as Android is based on Linux.

Via Ars Technica

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How to prevent ransomware attacks using access controls

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:32

Any organisation, from local governments, healthcare providers and financial institutions, down to small and medium enterprises, energy plants and healthcare providers, is struggling with the growing threat of ransomware attacks

Headline grabbing criminal operations have affected Fortune 500s, hospitals and critical infrastructure, and it feels like just a matter of time before your business becomes the next victim of LockerGoga or SamSam.  

General consensus on the best way to prepare for the eventuality of a ransomware hit seems to be having regular, up-to-date, secure onsite and cloud backups. These should be able to bring a business operation back and online with minimal disruption, thus reducing the cost of downtime and avoiding large payouts that would motivate criminals to continue pursuing these operations.  

Even with update backups, however, the cost of a compromise can be substantial, and the process of reinstating operations time consuming. Both the time needed to recover, and the price tag of a successful attack seem to be increasing over time, as a recent research has discovered.

In Q4 2018 it took organisations an average of 6.2 days to get back up and running, as compared to 7.3 days in Q1 2019. This downtime costs businesses an average of more than £50k, but in certain cases the cost of the downtime can itself exceed the cost of the ransom, making it more cost effective for organisations to pay criminals to have their data back.

If paying the ransom is not an option, or malware removal, and executing a recovery plan would cause too much downtime for your organisation to be able to afford it, how can you effectively recover from a ransomware attack hitting your business?

The only real answer is to prevent the attack altogether by having the right security measures in place. This may sound impossible, but by taking certain steps organisations can dramatically strengthen their security posture, thus reducing the probability of falling victim of a ransomware attack.

Understand how ransomware attacks unfold

The first rule of an effective security strategy is “know your enemy”.  

Ransomware is nothing but a package of malware attacks that aim to get around internet security suites, most commonly deployed with a phishing or spear phishing campaign aimed at tricking users into clicking on a malicious link or downloading a compromised attachment. 

Often, these emails are designed to look like they are coming from someone in the high ranks of an organisation, which increases the likelihood that an employee will open the message and execute whichever action it prescribes.  

Once they have infected an end user’s machine, these malwares start looking for privileged credentials. These credentials give criminals access to the most sensitive areas of the network, allowing them to obtain valuable data and, ultimately, critical control over the entire IT infrastructure, and with it the ability to lock files and halt business processes. 

At this point, cybercriminals simply need to wait for organisations to pay the ransom, conscious that every second of downtime translates in revenue loss.  

Protect your assets with Privileged Access Management

Although the destructive nature of ransomware attacks has been widely documented by the news coverage of some of the worst, high profile cases, it is important to remember that these malicious software are only capable to compromise the portion of the network and data that they can gain access to. 

To put it simply, if privileged credentials are well protected and inaccessible from an end users’ machine, a ransomware infection will remain limited to that single machine, unable to spread to the critical processes that cause operational collapse if halted through good network monitoring and management.  

By implementing solid privileges access management (PAM) procedures, organisations can protect their crown jewels from ever being compromised, even in the eventuality of an intruder gaining access to the network.  

Key concepts of PAM

The key components of a successful PAM strategy are:  

Leverage a password vault: Password vaults generate privileged access credentials that are valid for a single session. This means that there are no sensitive credential sitting around for an intruder to find, but that each access is performed with a password that becomes obsolete as soon as the session is terminated.  

Monitor and record privileged sessions: Whenever a user accesses a privileged area of the network, the session should be monitored and recorded. This allows security teams to be alerted if suspicious behaviour is detected, and the monitoring tool can remotely end the session if the risk is deemed over a certain threshold.  

Use behavioural biometrics: Through machine learning, behavioural biometrics tools are able to collect behavioural markers of each privileged user, including keyboard strokes and mouse movements. These markers are then computed into a continuously updated behavioural profile, which serves as the blueprint of what normal activity should look like. In this way, suspicious activity can be spotted immediately, and actions can be taken to terminate the session.  

Follow the principle of least privilege: Users should be given access to the smallest portion of the network they need to do their job, and not more. This includes restricting which users are allowed to download and run which software and applications on their systems.  

As ransomware attacks continue to increase in popularity, organisations need to become proactive in their security efforts. Every ransom paid is a further incentive for cybercriminals to continue with their operations, which is why the effort to counteract this type of attack should be a collective one.

By understanding how ransomware works and by implementing the appropriate PAM procedures – including password vaults, behavioural biometrics, privileged session management and least privilege – organisations can all contribute to make these business-crippling attacks obsolete.


Tyler Reese is a senior product manager for One Identity.

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Best Buy knocks $400 of this 65-inch Sony 4K TV ahead of Black Friday

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:30

Best Buy isn't hanging around for Black Friday 2019 or Cyber Monday 2019 to start offering some brilliant prices, as this deal on the brilliant Sony XBR65X950G 65-inch 4K TV shows, with $400 knocked off.

Sony makes some of the best 4K TVs in the business, so whenever one of its sets gets a big discount, we get excited.

The Sony XBR65X950G is definitely worth getting excited about, with a gorgeous 65-inch 4K screen with full-array local dimming for incredible image quality. If boasts HDR support, with Sony's X1 Ultimate processor cleverly adjusting the contrast, sharpness and color of the picture for the best possible results, and its built-in speakers produce excellent sound without you needing to buy a soundbar.

Make sure you check out our collection of Best Buy Black Friday deals that have already gone live, for some more great savings.

We also have a guide on the best Black Friday TV deals that have already gone live, so you don't have to wait until the end of November to begin bargain hunting.

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Dell XPS 13’s $689 price cut makes it seem like Black Friday has come early

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:07

You might think the Dell XPS 13 with a 4K touchscreen is a completely unaffordable proposition – and it certainly carries a hefty price tag, but this equally hefty discount of almost $700 is as likely as good as anything you’ll see on Black Friday.

This XPS 13 is powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8565U quad-core CPU (with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620), backed with 8GB of system RAM (2,133MHz) and a 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD for storage.

The jewel in the crown is the 13.3-inch 4K resolution InfinityEdge touchscreen with vanishingly slim bezels and jaw-dropping image quality. As we observed in our review, it’s super-sharp – maybe even overkill for this size of screen actually – and movies will look amazing thanks to Dell’s CinemaColor tools combined with popping HDR techniques and a brightness of 400 nits (for the uninitiated, that’s seriously bright).

This very latest version of the Dell XPS 13 doesn’t change all that much compared to its predecessor, but it’s still good to have a more cutting-edge processor on board, and there’s a major boost to battery life (which is always great to see on a portable).

This particular model from Dell remains at the top of our best laptops in the world list, and with a $689 discount, it can be had for just $979.99. A notebook bargain if ever we saw one…

Also, make sure you check out our collection of the best Black Friday laptop deals that have already gone live.

Who knows, we might see some even bigger price cuts and more tempting bargains on notebooks when Black Friday 2019 and Cyber Monday 2019 actually arrive, but as mentioned, this particular discount is likely to be right up there with the best you’ll see anywhere this year.

Via Laptopmag

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Neobanking - a security minefield?

Latest Tech News - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:05

Neobanking refers to a growing wave of 100% digital banks, which are customer-driven by nature and with a special focus on delivering frictionless money management and payment experience. 

Of course, internet security remains a key concern, from everything to monitoring by the banks themselves, to ordinary consumers sensibly using the best antivirus.

Globally, it is estimated that 73% of all consumer interactions with banks are done via digital channels and, in the UK, 13% of consumers have already taken the plunge with Neobanking.

Neobanks challenge incumbents in the financial services industry by relying on technological breakthroughs and constant updates to provide features and services that rival, and often surpass, those offered by the bricks and mortar banks. 

And whilst Android apps and iPhone apps for banking are still not up to par compared with those offered by traditional banks when it comes to payments, they are quickly catching up. Beyond that, they beat their traditional counterparts in other areas such as money management, customer interaction and account management.

Most don't have to rely on the same legacy systems therefore Neobanks can enjoy operating costs as much as 40 — 70% lower than those of traditional banking. And product development in Neobanking is significantly faster by relying on cross-platform-ready technology such as JavaScript. 

They can also rely on third-party integrations to save time and money, while also keeping the flexibility to iterate according to customer demand. With the bigger focus on user experience, it’s no surprise that generally neobanks’ satisfaction ratings exceed that of the top global banks. 

Importantly, however, customers state that ensuring that their transactions are secure remains a number one priority when they choose a bank. Even though Neobanks are usually less risk-averse than traditional banks, they must still address customer security as a priority.

The Javascript “Paradox”

And herein lies a paradox of sorts. As competition between Neobanks rises and in order to overcome the great market share and investment power of incumbents, they turn to rapid, iterative software and mobile app development to quickly release features and surpass customer expectations. 

And it’s JavaScript that presents this opportunity for low cost and quick website development, especially thanks to frameworks such as React Native, which enable reusing the same codebase to deploy to the Web and different mobile operating systems. However, despite its numerous advantages, JavaScript raises considerable security concerns which become increasingly relevant when used to create banking platforms. 

When we talk about JavaScript security, the first thing that springs to mind are security testing tools such as SAST and DAST. These are widely used to inspect the application’s source code, then check for any vulnerabilities and then attempt to fix them. Development teams need SAST and DAST to gain visibility over potentially insecure code. 

However, even if they find and fix every single vulnerability in their JavaScript code, that JavaScript is still plain and easy to understand code. In the same way that a development team can look at their code and understand how the application works — so can an attacker!

And so Neobanks must ask themselves: do we have any proprietary logic running on the client-side? What would the cost be to us if somebody was able to retrieve an important part of our code? Or even to tamper with our code to insert malware software to exfiltrate user data? Such questions ultimately highlight the real threats posed by having JavaScript code completely exposed. 

For Neobanks, the attack surface is considerably higher, with the main threats including automated abuse, intellectual property theft, and data exfiltration (namely via web supply chain attacks and banking trojans).

Minimise the attack surface area and build customer trust

The OWASP Mobile Top 10 (which details the 10 biggest application security risks for mobile apps) raises the concerns of code tampering and reverse engineering. For the former, OWASP points out that, “The mobile app must be able to detect at runtime that code has been added or changed (…) The app must be able to react appropriately at runtime to a code integrity violation”; for the latter, the takeaway is quite clear — in order to prevent effective reverse engineering, you must use an obfuscation tool. 

By preventing code reverse engineering and ensuring that the application is able to automatically react to attacks in runtime, Neobanks can ensure that they are prepared to meet any attackers head-on and prevent automated abuse and intellectual property theft. JavaScript protection becomes key to business success.

Data breaches are another massive concern. Current research shows that consumers tend to trust Neobanks less than traditional banks. For Neobanks, building trust is a complicated and long road, and so the chances of incurring a data breach must be mitigated to a maximum. Attacks such as web supply chain attacks are especially more prevalent for Neobanks as they rely much more on third-party code as compared to traditional banks. 

Whilst a first-party data breach most often requires attackers to infiltrate a database, third-party data breaches originate from attackers going after the enterprise's smaller, less secure providers which are the weakest link in the supply chain — hence the term Supply Chain Attack. Web-based Supply Chain Attacks thrive because it's easy for attackers to find a poorly secured third-party that is used by one or several enterprise businesses. 

Current security approaches, such as using a Web Application Firewall, CSP, and SRI, still fall short in providing a holistic solution to mitigate web supply chain attacks. A more robust approach is to monitor webpages in real-time to detect any malicious changes to the code and block them at their inception.

Neobanks will surely leverage the opportunity of technological advancements — lower operational costs and overall customer satisfaction; but they can’t escape the paradigm of banking: trust. With Neobanks inheriting such a vast attack surface — due both to the exposed nature of JavaScript and growing client-side threats such as web supply chain attacks — it is crucial that they adopt holistic security solutions for JavaScript protection and webpage monitoring.


Pedro Fortuna is the CTO at Jscrambler.

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