ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.5 Beta

ASUSTOR announced the release of the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.5 beta version which contains updates and features that focus on file security and backup. The ADM 2.5 beta is open to all ASUSTOR NAS users and it can be downloaded now from the official site.

ADM 2.5 beta provides a variety of enhanced core functions and new applications including iSCSI LUN snapshots for virtual storage, fast and flexible internal backup and shared folder based network recycle bins. Newly added apps for this version include the Syslog Server App, a management tool that enhances network maintenance productivity and the DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive App, which syncs the Microsoft OneDrive service with ASUSTOR NAS.

A great time save in this setup is the newly added iSCSI LUN snapshots and a snapshot manager. It provides almost instantaneous creation of snapshots and can save a significant amount of time and storage capacity when compared with traditional LUN backups. The snapshot manager helps users to view, manage, and restore the up to 256 snapshots that can be created for each LUN.

The Network Recycle Bin also got an update and now retains the original directory structure better and allows you to more easily recover accidentally deleted files including their file permissions and user settings. They’re also available for each shared folder now, giving the user the ability to enable it where needed and leave it out where it would be annoying. Another network improvement is the Syslog server that centrally aggregates system logs from various network devices.

The last addition is one that will be extra handy for those who upgraded to Windows 10. ASUSTOR ADM 2.5 beta supports Microsoft’s OneDrive and allows each individual ADM account to log into a OneDrive account and combine the power of cloud storage with your NAS. Synchronization works both ways and you can also just up and download files manually as you want.

As mentioned, the ADM 2.5 beta upgrade is available for download now on the official ASUSTOR Beta Program mini-site.

 

Cricket Captain 2015 Launches Today

There are a lot of manager games on the market from football to racing and everything in between, so why not a cricket manager game. And yes, there is one and the newest version of it will be released later today, Cricket Captain 2015.

“With the Australians in to town to take on England, one day international records falling daily and the launch of the all-new Cricket Captain 2015, this is set to be one of the most exciting cricket seasons for a decade.”

Cricket is a sport that is extremely popular in some parts of the world while other parts barely know it exists, so it is logical to assume that it will be a bigger hit some places than other. Britain, India, and Australia are markets where I’m sure it will find a lot of fans, and probably more.

The new Cricket Captain 2015 takes the experience to a new level and the game now includes Indian domestic club competitions, updated and expanded stats, a new and improved interface, updated 3D graphics, and a stack of other additions and improvements over the previous Cricket Captain games.

It is a game with low requirements, all you need is Windows Vista or higher, 1GB of RAM and a graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.0. Recommended graphics card is an Intel HD 4000, AMD HD 5450 1GB, and a Nvidia GT220 1GB or better.

New and improved for Cricket Captain 2015:

  • Indian Domestic System: play as any one of 27 teams in all three formats.
  • Improved Australian Contracts: bidding between states and reserve overseas players.
  • Versus International Stats: career stats for each player against each country.
  • Enhanced Coaching: new fielding and wicket keeping coaching system.
  • Pitch Map and Beehive: additional graphical stats displays, giving you more information than ever on player performances.
  • Improved Match Engine: modeling aggression and changes to 1-day and first class games.
  • New Stadiums: five Australian and eight English international grounds.
  • Classic England vs Australia Scenarios: six series home or away.
  • Improved Fonts and Interface: refreshed interface and sharper graphics on all displays.
  • Improved 3D graphics: new rendering and lighting system, including depth of field, shadows, and animated crowds.
  • Complete Statistical Update: including every current player and new ‘all-time-greats’.
  • Sort by Column & Name Search in Player Records and Squad Views: including multiple sorts e.g. batting average and strike rate.
  • Save/Load for International Squads: Automatic saving and loading of International Squads for each match type make squad selection seamless.
  • 2nd Team Data: separate 3-day, 1-day and 20 over team data to help you choose bespoke teams to best suit the format.
  • Batting Aggression Column: Personal and combined views now display batting aggression ratings making decisions even easier.
  • Keyboard Control System: including batting keyboard controls.
  • Additional Achievements and Leader-Boards.
  • Cloud-save: cross platform integration of Dropbox enables you to pick up any save from where you left off on any CC2015 enabled device.
  • Stay On-Line: accept on-line challenges while in single player mode.

Synology Release the Final Version of DSM 5.2

After a beta run, Synology has released the latest update to their award-winning NAS operating system DiskStation Manager (DSM) version 5.2. The new version of the system brings a list of fixes but also a list of useful features and improvements on the already great system. Among the improvements are improved security, better network management, and the refined Note Station.

Security is an important factor and Synology gives provides a duality of this with AppArmor and SMB3 encryption for your local network. The AppArmor supports package profiles and can defend against potential security threats while the integration of SMB3 encryption allows DiskStation users a secure file transfer between their Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 systems and their NAS.

The Cloud Station also got an upgrade with a more beautiful and flexible system. You now have the ability to customize the maximum number of file versions according to shared folder, get a totally redesigned system tray menu, and an overall improved and optimized system requiring fewer system resources. You can also sync between your DiskStation and the public cloud and it’s never been easier than now. You can set bidirectional or one-way sync for greater flexibility, encrypt data before sending it to the public cloud services, and you got the choice of Amazon S3, regional services (SFR, hicloud, Megafon Disk, Yandex Disk), or WebDAV cloud storage sites.

The network connections also been improved and the DiskStations now supports ALB Link Aggregation and failover without the need for a costly switch and the hassle of setting up your 802.3ad, which can be a very tricky situation. You simply get more options for a better throughput and speed using your current hardware.

Synology also added the Web Clipper extension for Chrome which allows users to quickly and easily save interesting web content to their Note Station for later reference. The comprehensive task management features will let you organize to-do lists according to different notes, priority, and due dates. This is a feature that really can make your everyday life easier, just as the NAS in itself did when you got it.

The new SSO Server transforms your DiskStation into a Single Sign-On server, helping to streamline the authentication process when logging into various DSM services. In addition, the software containerization solution Docker is available on select Synology NAS models, allowing for the deployment of more packages, such as Redmine, GitLab, and LXQT.

Synology users should be able to download the new Operating System directly from the NAS dashboard and those who participated in the beta program should also check if they are among the reward winners.

New LastPass Mac App Announced

The people behind LastPass, the popular and free password generation software, have announced their new standalone Mac app. The app offers significantly more functionality than the browser version with a number of new features.

The app features a vault specifically for storing any sensitive information, from the usual passwords to credit cards and sensitive notes. It also comes with a feature called Securtity Check that allows users to check the strength of their passwords over time, allowing them to make sure whether each password is as strong as they can be.

There’s also a feature called Quick Search allowing users to search through pretty much everything in their vault, including specific logins for specific sites.

“The LastPass Mac App functions as a vault that safeguards sensitive information. It allows our customers to have convenient local access to their data, saving them the distraction of recalling passwords or manually typing in their login details.”  LastPass CEO and Co-Founder, Joe Siegrist

The app will available soon from the Mac App Store.

Source: MacRumors

Former Apple Manager Gets 1 Year in Jail, $4.5 Million Fine for Leaking Apple Secrets

Paul Devine, formerly Apple’s Global Supply Manager, has received a year of jail time as well as a fine of $4.5 million for leaking the company’s secrets.

Devine leaked secret product plans to a number of accessory manufacturers in return for money. This comes after Devine pleaded guilty to  wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy over 3 years ago. Devine reportedly made $1 Million on the leaks, after working for Apple between 2005 and 2010. As MacRumors points out, it was initially suggested that Devine could receive up to 20 years in jail over his crime, so it’s intriguing that he received such a comparatively small sentence.

Source: MacRumors

Synology Releases DiskStation Manager 5.1 OS

Synology has just released their DiskStation Manager (DSM) version 5.1, the latest version of Synology’s NAS operating system. After about 6 weeks of public beta testing and user feedback, Synology was ready to roll out the update without the beta tag.

I’ve tested the DSM 5.1beta myself and it is awesome. Synology have added a lot of new features and improvements, enough that many other companies would have gone up a whole number on the version to 6.0 instead of just a fraction and going from 5.0 to 5.1.

Synology have added a lot of improved security features such as the Security Advisor that analyzes your settings and will let you know if you got any weak points. Another added feature is the AppArmor that checks for malicious programs and blocks them from accessing unauthorized resources as well as the introduction of digital signatures on packages, to check against tampering.

Having a private cloud-service is great, but sometimes you’ll want to sync with public offerings as well. Synology now supports OneDrive, Box, hubiC, Azure, SFT and hicloud. Additionally, the new explore feature in Glacier Backup allows you to browse and retrieve single files from Amazing Glacier.

While speaking of online functions, DSM 5.1 also has a built-in Proxy Server to increase security and speed up your local internet browsing by  caching and filtering as well as authentication options. The File Station also allows for remote FTP and WebDAV connections and the new CardDav server allows you to synchronize all your contacts across compatible devices.

Another noteworthy new feature is the Note Station and DS Note. A web-based note system stored on your own NAS that allows you to have a synchronized location for all your notes and access them from all devices either via the web or one Synology’s apps. Video Station, Photo Station and Audio Station also got upgrades and updates on the functionality and their mobile apps.

Enterprises can look forward to the NFS Full File Clone and NFS Reserve Space to dramatically boost virtual machine storage performance. SSD reading cache is supported all the way down to one disk that increases the cost efficiency of your storage device.

Synology DiskStation Manager 5.1 is available for download now and of course it’s a free upgrade for anyone. The new DSM version is compatible with DiskStation and RackStation x11 or newer. If you’d like to test it before you apply it to your own NAS, you can head over to the official page and try out the live demo, or just download it right away.

Thanks to Synology for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Synology

Twitter Hiring Marketing Specialists, Twitter Commerce Platform Confirmed?

Recent rumors point to a new ‘Buy’ button and Twitter Commerce feature, but lack of confirmation did not have a huge impact on its credibility. We now learn that the marketplace-style project might become a reality with new positions surfacing at the social media company.

Twitter posted job ads for people with experience in commerce services, marking it as one of the rare moments that the social media giant reveals what is planning to do according to recent rumors. The roles available are for a commerce product manager, a commerce product marketing manager and a senior manager for commerce partnership, as Tech Crunch specifies in an article.

“We’re hiring an experienced marketer for a PMM, Commerce role: https://twitter.com/jobs/positions?jvi=osOcYfwa,Job … Help build Twitter as a shopping discovery platform!” Twitter marketing official, Bryan Sise, posted in a tweet.

There is no clear information regarding a payment method, though Stripe and PayPal were mentioned as ‘to be considered’. Twitter seems to also focus on a link between the advertising sold on the Twitter platform and the goods which will be sold on Twitter, according to the product marketing manager role posted.

There is also more questions unanswered as to what products will be sold on Twitter. Though, we can expect to see third-party associates as well as Twitter specific content being available as per the description of the jobs recently posted.

Thank you Tech Crunch for providing us with this information

Galaxy Gear To Receive Full Content Notifications With AllTheNotifications Manager App

The Galaxy Gear is fairly limited to text and e-mail popping up with the full message, given the “smartwatch” title it bears and the multitude of tasks we thought of performing right on our wrist. However, this is more a limitation of Samsung’s notification service on the phone rather than the watch’s, and to overcome this limitation, XDA forum member Sepiroth887 has released AllTheNotifications (ATN) Manager.

ATN lets you select which apps send a full notification to the Gear, so you can check out the entire content of a particular notification. It’s as simple as it gets and works quite well in our own testing, though currently ATN Manager sends notifications to the watch even when we’re using our Galaxy Note 3, which shouldn’t happen, Also, some apps don’t work too well with ATN, though that will likely be fixed in future updates.

Android 4.3 and a supported device such as the Galaxy Note 3, Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, or the Galaxy S4, is needed in order to use ATN Manager after which it’s simply a matter of installing the app, launching it and then selecting the apps you want to get notifications for. Do not forget to give the app Notification access in the security settings however. You can download the app from here.

Thank you SamMobile and XDA Developers for providing us with this information.
Image courtesy of SamMobile.