Elderly woman loses $42K in computer scam

Detectives with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after an elderly woman said she was he victim of a computer hacking scheme.

“Somebody got into my computer!” explained the 72-year-old woman, who asked not to be named in this report.

The man claimed her internet provider owed the victim $300, which could be refund remotely.

“It’s an art form,” said Flagler County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Lutz. “They got onto the computer, took control of the computer, basically locked her computer and bank accounts, so she couldn’t view them.”

Deputies said the woman turned the computer off, but the scammer called back, saying he accidentally put too much money into her account and they needed that money back.  The woman said that’s when the caller became aggressive, and she got scared.

He told her to go buy gift cards and read him the serial numbers. He kept saying the cards didn’t work. She called police after spending $42,000 on cards.  Deputies say scammers like to target seniors.

“Especially during the holiday season,” Lutz added. “It’s going to be easy to fall for it, because you’ll be out shopping!”

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A computer will help Somerset mother and son attain educational goals

Somerset resident Matilda Archer, 39, has spent the last 12 years taking care of her son, Dijon Archer, who brings her unimaginable joy.

Many who know her at the Somerville-based Jewish Family Services of Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset Counties say that she is thoughtful and always has a positive outlook on life. Archer and her son are part of the organization’s family mentor program, which provides tutoring once a week for her son, Dijon, who is in seventh grade, has a little trouble focusing, and the program is helping him keep his education on track.

She said her son has a variety of interests typical of a young man his age, including playing sports and hanging out with friends.

Archer said that while his grades have improved since participating in the mentoring program, having a computer would really help him because almost everything they do in school now is online.

This would also help her with her dream of finishing her college degree, as everything is also done mostly online in higher education as well.

Before deciding to go back to school, Archer worked at Player One Amusement Group doing accounting until Aug. 15 of this year.

“We nominated Matilda (for the Courier News Wish Book program) because she was recently laid off by her company, which was very hard for her because she is a single mother working to support her family,” said Young-ln Shin, family mentor coordinator at Jewish Family Services. “She is using this difficult time to better herself and improve the quality life of her whole family.”

“She is looking to go back to community college to finish her associate degree,” Shin said. “This has been a long-term dream of hers to get a degree.”

Archer said that because of her financial situation, she has not been able to complete her accounting degree even though she already has 49 credits. Her current situation has given her a golden opportunity to realize her dream.

“Raritan Valley Community College has a program that helps you go back to school if you’re unemployed,” explained Archer.

“A computer would help my whole family,” Archer added.

Jewish Family Services is a non-profit, non-sectarian, community organization which provides counseling, family mentor programs, senior mentor programs, and programs to help clients prepare for and find better job opportunities.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White, coming in early December

Right on schedule Samsung unveiled a white version of the Galaxy Note9. Dubbed “First Snow White” it was introduced in Taiwan and comes with a matching white S Pen.

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 in First Snow White

The new paint job makes its debut in Taiwan and, unfortunately, that’s the only location where it is available. It will land at Samsung stores and Chunghwa Telecom in the beginning of December at a price of NTD 30,900 for the 128GB model.

Buying a white Galaxy Note9 before December 31 will net you a free Fast Wireless charger (normally worth NTD 1,190).

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 in Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple, Metallic Copper and Midnight Black

Anyway, this is the fifth color option for the Galaxy Note9 and one it doesn’t share with the Galaxy S9. Still no gradient colors, though.

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Xiaomi moves 600,000 Redmi Note 6 Pro units in first India sale

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India a couple of days ago, and the device has so far been a resounding success in the subcontinent.

In its first sale in the country, the company managed to move more than 600,000 units. That’s pretty impressive, and Xiaomi expects to sell even more in upcoming sales.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the new king of the Redmi series, which focuses on pairing good specs with very affordable prices. It starts at just INR 13,999 ($198 or €175), while packing a 6.25-inch 1080×2280 notched touchscreen, the Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12 MP main rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixels, a 20 MP main selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, and a couple of depth sensors for bokeh – one on the back, one on the front.

It has a 4,000 mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top.

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Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, right next to a Pixel 3 this time

Although it has in the past said it’s only focusing on the high end of the marketplace with its smartphones, Google is now working on a mid-range Pixel 3 version. This device, codenamed Sargo, has been leaked a week ago for the first time, and since then we’ve also seen purported camera samples.

Today Sargo (which is going to be called Google Pixel 3 Lite) leaks again, this time in a shot in which it’s right next to a Pixel 3.

If the similarities between these two handsets are confusing to you, note that the Lite model is on the left, the Pixel 3 on the right. The Lite’s screen is marginally taller than the Pixel 3’s, as it has a 5.56″ diagonal (compared to 5.5″) and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, not 18:9.

The Pixel 3 Lite is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 670 SoC, and it has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (though hopefully this is just the base amount and you’ll be able to buy a model with 64GB too), and a 2,915 mAh battery. Incidentally, that’s the exact same battery capacity as the Pixel 3.

The Lite is also expected to employ the same 12 MP rear camera as its higher priced sibling, which means it would instantly become the mid-ranger with the best main snapper. On the front you’ll get a single 8 MP unit for selfies, that might be the ‘normal’ cam seen in the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. No dual selfie shooters here, though.

Obviously the Pixel 3 Lite should run Android 9 Pie, but the bad news is that it may only be offered in specific developing markets. At the rate it’s started leaking, we assume an official announcement can’t be too far off in the future. Oh, and one more thing: the Pixel 3 Lite has a headphone jack.

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New Coolpad m3 budget handset gets a quiet China unveiling

Coolpad has been keeping a rather low profile lately, with the possible exception of a recent patent infringement scandal with Xiaomi springing to mind. Still, that doesn’t mean the Shenzhen company has stopped releasing devices, mostly potentially interesting budget offers in particular. It’s just been doing so without much fanfare.

The same is true for the new Coolpad M3, already on sale at JD.com for CNY 799, or just around $115. That budget price tag gets you a 5.85-inch, 1512 x 720 pixel, 19:9 LCD display, complete with a rather sizeable notch, but otherwise, surprisingly thin bezels, if renders are to be believed. Body measurement work out to 149.8 x 72.3 x 8.95 mm and 171 grams, which is not too bad, considering the panel size. We can’t really say the same about the rather small 2,800 mAh battery, as related to the thickness of the m3.

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Coolpad m3

The camera setup includes a 13 MP + 5 MP setup on the back, with the latter sensor likely only up for depth-sensing duty. On the selfie side – 5MP, with AI Face recognition and AI Beautification. And just to finish the outside tour off – a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroUSB 2.0 port, rather unconventionally placed on the top bezel and a dual Nano SIM tray. As for the innards – A MediaTek MT6750 chipset, with eight Cortex-A53 cores and maximum clock of 1.5GHz and a fairly decent connectivity load-out: 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0. Memory is set at 4GB and 32GB for storage, expandable via MicroSD.

The Coolpad m3 ships with Android 8.1 Oreo and is available in Blue Sea and Gentleman’s Enamel colors. If you are interested, hit up the source link.

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New leak offers closer look at the Galaxy A8s Infinity-O glass and its selfie camera hole

The future of Samsung’s mobile display tech is nothing short of exhilarating at the moment, but also equal parts confusing. After the official announcement of the eagerly-anticipated Infinity Flex Display, along with a roadmap for at least four other display designs (Infinity-U, Infinity-V, Infinity-O and New Infinity) the industry and especially the rumor vines permeating it are struggling to put their finger on the exact look of future models. Samsung’s constant patent filing for even more solutions for the notch dilemma and slight design variations are only making things worse.

The latest leak in this regard thankfully comes from a reputable source, who claims that the Galaxy A8s will have an Infinity-O design panel with the camera and sensor hole in the top left corner. A la original Samsung design, showcased on stage and unlike another recent leak, picturing an Infinity-U notch for the same upcoming device. Of course, somebody in the information chain may have easily mislabeled the part, pictured in the photo. Given its curvature, it could easily belong to one of what will likely be three upcoming Galaxy S10 flagships. Obviously not the alleged flat-screen one. Although, looking at the shot once again, we have to wonder how that display curvature would relate to corner curvature, as described in this paten filing and its “Model A”, “Model B” and so forth designations. You see what we mean? Total chaos!

Anyway, looking past the inner-working of Samsung, which are clearly not out on display in any coherent way, this photo does serve a great overall purpose, since unlike previous leaks, it only shows the glass panel, or perhaps a screen protector, without the rest of the display assembly. This makes it a lot easier to actually get a feel for the new “hole in the display” design that is coming to Samsung devices in the near future, one way or another. Speaking of which, the source also throws a February 2019 date out there – a typical time frame for a Galaxy S flagship announcement. This could rule out the A8s bit of the leak. Then again, it might not, since the S10 has been rumored to come tardy on several occasions. Bottom line here – this is what Infinity-O will probably look like when and where it first pops up.

As for other news on the Galaxy A8s, for now, the rumors suggest the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset although, there’s a possibility that we see a more powerful SD670 or even SD675 paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The back panel will boast a triple-camera setup – perhaps something similar to the Galaxy A7 (2018).

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Snapdragon 8150 CPU details surface

As far as technical mobile hardware leaks go, this one is pretty out there, so, we’ll just start with a “tl;dr” of sorts. As per current info, the next Qualcomm mobile flagship chipset, dubbed the Snapdragon 8150 will be unveiled on December 4. It has already flexed its muscles quite a bit in early benchmarks, including AnTuTu, Geekbench and ai-benchmark, with its trendy workloads. Besides performance improvements, it also promises a 20% bump in overall efficiency (presumably compared to the Snapdragon 845) and will most-likely include 5G connectivity.

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The Qualcomm invitation

That pretty much sums up everything most users will need to know about the chip. However, for the more technically-inclined, a fresh new leak, courtesy of Ice universe, does bring about yet another confirmation of the previously-rumored tri-cluster CPU design.

As per the info, the Snapdragon 8150 will have four low-power Kryo Silver cores, with 128KB L2 cache each, running at roughly 1.8GHz max in one cluster, then a trio of Kryo Gold ones, with 256KB L2 cache, per core and a max frequency of 2.419GHz in another cluster. And last, but definitely not least a beefy single Kryo Gold core with double the L2 cache, at 512KB and a maximum frequency of 2.842Ghz.

Now, the source sadly doesn’t mention any additional info on those cores and in Qualcomm’s current mess of a naming convention, Gold and Silver can refer to a number of custom cores. Looking at the current Snapdragon 845 chipset for comparison and making a few assumptions here and there, however, these are most likely Kryo 835 cores, as in custom ARM Cortex-A75 units and Cortex-A55 for the Gold and Silver, respectively.

Looking at the L2 cache values, for reference, the numbers also match up with the Snapdragon 845 chip. That is 256KB for the Gold and 128KB for the Silver. That lone Gold core, however, is the really interesting one. It’s cache is clearly juiced up, but beyond that there is no clear indication as to whether it is a Kryo 835 Gold as well, or perhaps some new design, based on the ARM Cortex-A76. We also have no reason to believe the Snapdragon 8150 won’t use the DinamicIQ architecture, so all the flexibility is clearly there.

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Google’s Fuchsia OS project adds support for Kirin 970

It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard anything about Google’s Fuchsia OS project. The search giant is keeping the lid on the whole endeavor. Still, the odd public official mention here and there and the activity on the Fuchsia repository do signify that the project is alive and work on it is ongoing behind the scenes.

In a new development, a path was spotted on said repository, adding support for the Kirin 970 chipset and detailing test for booting the Zircon kernel on the Honor Play, based on said chipset.

Looking at the patch and its meta data a bit closer shows that the owner (as in the project management meaning of the therm) is one Murali S R with a huawei.com email. This is a clear indication of some sort of cooperation between Google and Huawei on this matter, as opposed to Google simply testing things internally on its own.

We are, however, skeptical as to whether this should be considered as any indication that Fuchsia is moving closer to actual consumer products and releases. If you are not in the know about Fuchsia OS, you can take comfort in the fact that nobody outside the development team seems to really know much about it at this stage either.

Fuchsia originally surfaced online back in 2016 as a mysterious open-source GitHub project that had no official announcement affiliated with it on Google’s end. It is a Google-developed OS that, unlike Android, isn’t based on a Linux kernel, but rather a microkernel called “Zircon”. Circling back to the patch notes, apparently that’s the part that the team got working on the Honor Play.

Fuchsia is shrouded in mystery, but the bits that have surfaced look really interesting and ambitious. For one, the OS is really scalable, suitable for use on embedded systems, smartphones, tablets, as well as PCs. It’s UI, or at least what has been seen of it on certain early test devices, like the Pixelbook is written using Flutter, with apps based on Dart, offering high performance and impressive graphical fluidity. Flutter can successfully attain smooth UI performance at 120 fps and also includes a Vulkan-based rendering engine called Etcher.

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Weekly poll results: manual sliders are the way forward

The Rule of Cool states that people are willing to make allowances for something that’s cool. And powered pop-ups like the one on the Oppo Find X and vivo NEX S are certainly quite cool. The final verdict from last week’s poll shows that slightly less cool but more practical solution – manual sliders – prevailed.

With nearly half the vote, the style of phones represented by the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and the Honor Magic 2 are the clear favorite. Reliability seems to be the major concern here and the mechanized sliders have an extra point of failure – what happens when the motor stops working?

That said, nearly 30% of people said they are fine with bezels and notches, because these designs are simple, reliable and offer unobstructed access to the selfie camera.

That’s the situation now, previous polls and the comments on this one make it clear that all of this is just a stopgap measure until cameras can go under the display. Then we’ll have the reliability of bar phones with the sleek aesthetics of a slider/pop-up phone.

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