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Raspberry Pi 3 with onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

The new wireless-equipped Raspberry Pi 3 could make its debut as soon as next week, according to reports.

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One of the longstanding shortcomings of the Raspberry Pi—the mini-computer that everybody loves to love—is its lack of wireless connectivity. Sure, you can buy a USB Wi-Fi dongle, but that’s an added expense, and it means one fewer USB port at your disposal on a device that’s already somewhat limited, connectivity-wise.

Luckily, we may not have to wait much longer for a Raspberry Pi with built-in Wi-Fi: According to the programming news and information site I Programmer, the United States Federal Communications Commission has published documents to its website that show a new Raspberry Pi with both on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE.

The documents, which the FCC posts as part of its customary testing process, include photos that indicate the new device—dubbed the Raspberry Pi 3—includes both the requisite electronics for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. According to I Programmer, the on-board Espressif ESP8266 Wi-Fi chipset adds about $2 to the cost of manufacturing the device.

The story behind the story: Along with the Arduino microcontroller, Raspberry Pi is one of the go-to hardware platforms for the maker and hardware modding communities, and for good reason. You can buy a Raspberry Pi model for as little as $5, and you can buy one and set it up for use as an actual, standalone PC. And since they run Linux and support popular programming languages such as Python and C++, it’s relatively easy for a programmer to dive right in and get cranking on a project.


No further details...yet

Beyond the new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips, the boards don’t appear much different from the Raspberry Pi 2, I Programmer notes, but the report adds that the FCC documents provide “no further specification,” so any other improvements are a mystery for now. We also don’t yet know about pricing or availability, but I Programmer suggests that we may hear more in the coming days.


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Windows 10: Upgrade time is here now that Windows 7 support is over -- what you need to know

The day has finally come: Microsoft support for Windows 7 has officially ended. This shouldn't come as a surprise to Windows users: Microsoft promised 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released in October 2009, before shifting focus to supporting newer technologies. 

As of Jan. 14, Microsoft no longer offers technical assistance or software updates to your device, and the company has encouraged people to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep their PCs and laptops secure.

Microsoft has a long-established Fixed Lifestyle Policy for many of its products. For each version of its OS, the company offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of Mainstream Support, followed by five years of Extended support). Both types include security and program updates, self-help online topics and extra help you can pay for. 

Windows 7 was released in October 2009, so its 10 year life cycle has come to a close. Windows 10 was released in 2015, and extended support for the latest version of the OS is slated to end in 2025. 

APPLE SCAM WARNING Fraudsters are using fake Apple support calls to get you to hand over your bank details

SCAMMERS have cooked up a vile new trick to rob unsuspecting iPhone owners blind.

They're using fake Apple support calls to fool people into handing over private information – and the rotters could be after your bank details.







The phishing scam was uncovered by cyber security whizz Brian Krebs, who regularly posts hack and phishing warnings to his website.

He found that fraudsters have set up fake automated calls that ring hundreds or even thousands of numbers hoping to hook you in.

The call tells you something is wrong with Apple's servers in a creepy robotic voice.

It is so well disguised that its caller ID displays Apple's logo, address and official phone number.



The voice orders you to call a special number to clear it up, but dialling the code will take you straight to the scammers.

A fraudster on the other end of the line will ask what you what the problem is, and then request you give them your private information.

Krebs was alerted to the scam when Jody Westby, CEO of US security firm Global Cyber Risk, told him about an automated call she received on her iPhone.

When he called the number given to Jody, a man with an Indian accent answered the phone, and asked him why he was calling.

After a few minutes in which Krebs played along, the man hung up, meaning it's unclear what the tricksters are after.

Historically, phishing calls aim to steal the identity or bank details of unsuspecting victims.

The phishing technique appears to be isolated to the United States for now, but could easily makes its way to Britain.

The scam is another sign that phishing is becoming better at tricking innocent consumers, so you should always be vigilant.

Phishing can take place over email, social media, texts, phone calls and more, and often pretend to be someone you know or trust in order to siphon information from you.

Phishing calls often ask you to ring a second, unofficial number before trying to scam you, so this should come as a red flag.

If you're ever in doubt, you can always go to Apple's Support website and ask a Support member directly whether they contacted you.




Secret Netflix menu puts an end to slow loading and buffering – how to find it and what’s on it

Here's a cheeky way to immediately improve your Netflix viewing experience

Netflix has a secret menu that you can unlock, giving you special controls over the playback of your TV show or movie.

Netflix always tries to give you the best possible video and audio quality for your connection.

But if you're having WiFi issues and your connection is changing very quickly, this causes problems for Netflix.

You get situations where Netflix is trying to load high-quality video and simply can't respond fast enough to your failing connection.

This can sometimes cause video to "buffer" – pausing, and then loading up content so that you can get uninterrupted playback.


A secret menu in Netflix can be unlocked with the right key combination

There's a better way, of course.

A secret Netflix menu lets you control the bitrate of the audio and video.

Bitrate is the rate at which video and audio data is transferred – so a higher bitrate effectively means better quality.

So you could set audio and video to very low bitrates, and the quality will drop but your stream should be uninterrupted.

This also means that if Netflix is serving you rubbish quality video, you can choose a higher bitrate setting – and wait for the video to load up your gorgeous visuals.

To return to Netflix's normal operation, simply hit "reset".


The secret menu lets you override the audio and video bitrates that Netflix is pushing onto you

Netflix secret menu – how to find it on your device

First, you'll need to load up some content and start watching – and then it depends on your device.

For Windows users, simply hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-S on your keyboard.

On Mac, you'll need to press CTRL-SHIFT-OPTION-S instead.

If you're using a smart TV app, it's tricky. Some users report that connecting a Bluetooth keyboard to the telly and using one of the above combinations works, but there's no guarantee.

It's impossible to bring up this menu on gaming consoles, but you can check your network speed by entering the following combination on your controller's directional pad: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, up, up, up, up.




Addiction to the internet and cyberchondria might be costing the NHS millions

Internet use is growing amongst the UK population, researchers are concerned about increasing online addiction.

Internet use might be responsible for a rise in so-called cyberchondria, a condition where people search obsessively for health information online.

But it's not just worrying about your health that's the issue. Apparently we're also suffering from too much porn, excessive online gambling and out-of-control gaming .

These issues all fall under a catch-all term "Problematic Internet Use" or PIU.














Porn addiction is part of a wider problem with internet use

A group of 100 researchers from across the world are calling for urgent research on the long-term impact of problematic internet use.

They're also suggesting that regulation and screen time restrictions are needed. Ultimately the goal is to identify those most at risk before a problem develops.

At the moment PIU isn't recognised as a condition , although it has been accepted that it needs more research before it can be treated alongside other addictions.

In the UK 90 per cent of people regularly use the internet. Under the age of 34 the number of people who recently used the internet was 99 per cent. Studies have suggested that an addiction to the internet could affect between 1.5 and 8.2 per cent of the population.

Symptoms will vary depending on the type of internet activity a person is addicted to.

Gamers often play for very long periods of time neglecting their health, diet and real-world relationships. While porn addicts will spend hours looking for material online and may become detached from real-world partners.

Meanwhile cyberchondria has a measurable impact on the NHS. A study by Imperial College concluded that it was costing £420 million per year in outpatient appointments. Potentially millions more could be wasted by needless tests.

The World Health Organisation is about to add gaming disorders to the International Classification of Mental Disorders.

Prof Zsolt Demetrovics, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, told The Telegraph “Many behaviours existed before or already but with the internet they got a new form”.