Testing and rating the ASUS RT-AX88U AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 router

Today we bring you a thorough review of the ASUS RT-AX88U, the first Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router we have tested at RedesZone. This new high-end ASUS router features the latest wireless technology, top-level hardware and a firmware with hundreds of configuration options. Do you want to see the ASUS RT-AX88U’s main characteristics and real performance?

Main characteristics of the ASUS RT-AX88U Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router

The new ASUS RT-AX88U is a dual-band AX6000-class router. We must remember that the new Wi-Fi 6 standard works for the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz bands. Thanks to the OFDMA technology the new wireless standard uses, we will be able to make the most out the wireless spectrum, allowing us to connect more wireless clients to the same Wi-Fi access point.

ConfigureDefender: the easiest way to set up Windows Defender

Windows 10 may have many downsides, especially with the issues that have affected the OS in the past few weeks. However, we cannot deny the OS’ latest version is one of the most secure versions yet. It has a large amount of exploit mitigation techniques that prevent exploiting vulnerabilities remotely. It also has Windows Defender, Microsoft’s built-in antivirus that makes other antivirus a thing of the past.

Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in every Windows 10 version, and it will stay this way unless we install a third-party antivirus. We typically have nothing to do in order to get maximum protection from the antivirus.

Beware this mobile spyware that hijacks devices and steals bank data

The rise of mobile banking Trojans is not a joke. In fact, we are increasingly using mobile devices to browse the web, shop and go into our bank account, which makes it essential for us to improve our security. Today we will talk to you about Rotexy, a mobile spyware that has turned into a banking Trojan and can work as ransomware, hijacking your device. The spyware is responsible for tens of thousands of recent attacks. We will explain how to protect ourselves against this kind of threats.

Rotexy, a spyware that turns into a banking Trojan and ransomware

Rotexy is not a new threat. It was actually discovered years ago, although it worked as a mobile spyware. The most pressing issue now is that cyber security experts have discovered that the spyware has turned into a banking Trojan. It can even work as ransomware, which we know is a type of threat that hijacks a device and demands a ransom.

Researchers found out that Rotexy can get instructions via the Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) service that delivers messages in JSON format to mobile devices. It can also use a command and control server, which is typical for this type of malware.

Kaspersky found the threat in several European countries, although they were actually not the first target.

How to see the IP and Mac addresses, and other details of any device

As we know, any device connected to a network has IP and Mac addresses. We can also get additional information. We can identify each device with these addresses. It does not matter if we are using a PC, a tablet or a phone. In this article, we will explain how we can see the IP and Mac addresses of any device. There is a difference between public and private IP addresses.

How to see a device’s IP and Mac addresses

The public IP address is the one our router uses to connect to the internet. In this case, if we want to see our connection’s public IP address, we have to access the router. We can typically do this by entering in the browser. Then we have to type in our credentials.

How to see the IP and Mac addresses in Windows 10

We can easily get this information in Windows 10, which is the most widely used OS. For users with wired connections, like me, we have to go to Settings in the Start menu.

There we have to go to Network & Internet, and then to the Ethernet tab. We will see the network we are connected to and maybe other networks we are currently not connected to. We have to click the one we want and scroll down to see its properties.

We will see the IP and Mac addresses, and information related to the network device.

Users connected via Wi-Fi have to do the same, but the only difference is that they have to go to Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet.

Firefox has been quite inspired by Chrome, like Chrome by Firefox… and it will keep doing so

Google celebrated Chrome’s 10-year anniversary by launching Chrome 69, a turning point for the browser. This version had a change the company does not usually make: an interface redesign that suits Chrome very nicely. However, the reference to the unsuccessful Australis design (due to the curvy tabs) that Firefox used from version 29 to version 56 was unavoidable, just like many users pointed out.

We ignore whether Google was inspired by Firefox Australis to redesign Chrome or not.  What is evident is that Google has done a neater and more elegant job. According to ZDNet, the company is getting ready to add some features that Firefox currently has or has had at some point: tab groups and scrollable tabs. Both features have been barely unveiled, so they may arrive in the future, but the way they will do so is not certain yet.

As for the tab groups, the proposal on Chromium has already been made. According to the description, “users can organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks.” How it will be done is unknown. It could be like Firefox did it. The article’s author says Vivaldi’s tab stacking feature is another possibility, although the browser that first had it was Opera.

Intel will support Adaptive Sync like AMD. Will NVIDIA survive with G-Sync?

Intel will provide Adaptive Sync support on its GPUs, betting on the VESA standard like AMD does with FreeSync. NVIDIA is now the only with a proprietary solution (G-Sync) for refresh technologies, which are now turning into an essential gaming feature.

Intel came up with a growth strategy for its GPU division by hiring Raja Koduri, former Senior VP of AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. This has been interesting given the surprising alliance between Intel and AMD that launched the Core-powered Radeon GPU. More importantly, Intel’s first discrete GPU in 20 years will be released in 2020.

Another novelty was the rumor surrounding the Adaptive Sync support, which was confirmed by Lisa Pierce (Intel’s Graphics Software Engineering Director) via Twitter. The announcement was simple and directed at NVIDIA. Intel will use open standards that are already available and that have the “widest impact and widest install base.”

This is a major announcement. Adaptive Sync is a refresh technology created by VESA. It is a royalty-free open standard, which is also used by AMD and provides refresh features for its GPUs and the monitors of the AMD FreeSync lineup.

ASUS GS50, a “gaming workstation”

ASUS’ marketing team thinks the best thing a person that works on a PC can do after a long workday is to get into a hardcore gaming session… using the same PC. This is the only way we can understand the concept of a “gaming workstation.”

The ASUS GS50 is a desktop based on a 10-core/20-thread Intel Xeon W-2155 clocked at 3.3 GHz to 4.5 GHz, and with 13.75 MB of L3 cache. The processor is essentially a Core i9-7900X with Xeon-exclusive features, with registered memory, support for specific instructions, and security and management features. 

The best tablet deals for Black Friday 2018

The day has come. Today is November 23, which means Black Friday’s official day is finally here. These past few days were a warmup for the big day. Today you must pay close attention to our website because we will show you some juicy deals that you can find on the web. We will use this post to bring you a list of the best tablets you can buy during Black Friday 2018. The prices of said tablets have been greatly cut down. We will show you everything below.

We will show you a list of the best tablets deals you can get during Black Friday. We have browsed every website to pick the best deals.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A

This Samsung tablet is a great choice if we want a big device with good specs and a nice price. It has a 10.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 450 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space. The tablet is black and also has a 3700 mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and Android 8.0. You can currently find it on Amazon for €269 (originally €329).

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