Krystal web hosting

Krystal Hosting began as a brainchild of Simon Blackler who was a 17-year-old at the time. While spending his summer vacation developing a fan site for an upcoming video game and learning how to build it in that process, he faced the problem of finding a suitable web hosting service. After being annoyed with a number of overpriced hosting solutions with dreadful performance on the UK market, he came up with the idea of offering an “honest, reliable & personal” alternative on his own. 

Krystal Hosting was finally founded in 2002 and has since become one of the largest independent web hosts in the UK which is currently hosting about 200.000 websites. Today, they offer a variety of hosting solutions, from standard shared hosting to managed WordPress, cloud VPS and reseller hosting.

AMD says it is ready to build Arm-based chips

Despite more than two decades of experience designing and building x86-based processors, AMD is ready to manufacture Arm-based chips if its customers want it do so.

As reported by Tom’s Hardware, AMD CFO Devinder Kumar recently said the company is ready to begin making Arm-based chips at this year’s Deutsche Bank Technology Conference. Kumar’s remarks build on comments made by AMD CEO Lisa Su earlier this year that highlighted the company’s willingness to create custom silicon solutions for its customers.

Microsoft appoints new security boss

Former Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive Charlie Bell will reportedly take charge of a new engineering organization inside Microsoft that will oversee security, compliance, identity and management. 

A long-time AWS veteran, Bell joined Microsoft last month as a corporate vice president, though his exact responsibilities weren’t announced.

New cryptocurrency malware goes to great lengths to target WordPress servers

A new strain of cryptomining malware has been spotted in cyberattacks against WordPress installations. 

Cybersecurity researchers at Akamai say the malware, dubbed Capoae, is written in the Go programming language, which has become popular with threat actors due to its ability to write easily reusable cross-platform code that runs across Windows 10, Linux, macOS and Android

Huawei MateView GT

Two-minute review

The new Huawei MateView GT has landed like a bomb into the slightly stale PC monitor market. This 34-inch ultrawide gaming panel isn’t perfect. In many ways, it’s not terribly innovative, but by some measures it makes most other monitors look cheap and lazy.

The headline stats don’t reveal anything too radical. To be sure, a 34-inch curved monitor with 3,440 by 1,440 pixels, 165Hz refresh and USB-C connectivity with device charging (note charging power is limited to just 10W) is a very nice on-paper package.

Huawei MateView GT on a glass desk fringed by two speakers

(Image credit: Huawei)

It’s attractively priced, too, at $499 / £499 (around AU$700). OK, it lacks really cutting-edge features like full-array local dimming, and the HDR performance is limited. But monitors with features like that cost hundreds more.

Microsoft says users can forget about passwords from now on

Microsoft says it has delivered on a pledge to kill off passwords for good, announcing that users can now log in to their accounts without needing to remember complicated sign-in details.

According to a blog post from the company, 579 password attacks occur every second, adding up to 18 billion such attacks every year.