OK, I admit to having a current Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman complaint about Telstra and NBloodyN, so I am not feeling its ‘love’ at the moment. Telstra loyalty – it should be Telstra loyalty to its long-term customers.

All personal Telstra torment aside I don’t see any downside in joining apart from its somewhat haughty action, “When you first join the program you will be opted in to marketing. You can later selectively unsubscribe from marketing channels through My Account Personal Details, but you may miss out on special offers and promotions.”

And Telstra will collect and use your data in accordance with Telstra’s Privacy Statement.

Bitdefender finds more security flaws in Intel x86 processors

Bitdefender says the new Spectre-like vulnerability can be used by motivated hackers to leak privileged information data from an area of the memory that hardware safeguards deem off-limits. This flaw can be weaponised in highly targeted attacks that would normally require system-wide privileges or a complete subversion of the operating system.

Additionally, it has an extremely large impact on cloud service providers and multi-tenant environments, as a potentially bad neighbour can leverage this flaw to read data belonging to other users.

The flaw requires access via a logged-in account. Intel has been informed and is working on microcode patches.

There is nothing an end-user can do at this time – just wait for patches. It is a concern to large scale enterprise and cloud server farms.

Samsung launches Apple TV for select 2018 and 2019 Smart TVs.

Samsung Australia has released the new Apple TV App and AirPlay2 compatibility for all 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 TV models.

Download the Apple TV app from the Samsung App store and AirPlay2 is via a firmware update. This allows access to Apple content and casting from an iOS device. It is a competitor for an Apple TV box.

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Jeremy Senior, Head of Consumer Electronics Samsung Australia said,

“The Samsung Smart TV platform continues to evolve, and we want all our customers to be able to enjoy their favourite content through their preferred apps and devices. We’re delighted to be the first TV manufacturer in Australian to offer customers access to the new Apple TV App and AirPlay2.”