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Russian hackers successfully compromised election systems in some states during the 2016 election. There have long been suggestions that Russia tried to influence the outcome of the Trump vs Clinton election, and now the Department of Homeland Security has informed 21 states that their systems were targeted. This means that the DHS has concerns about almost half of the states of America, but so far only Illinois has been confirmed as having been successfully compromised. See also: Facebook to share Russian election-era ads with Congress -- but won't make them public Kaspersky software banned from US government systems over concerns… [Continue Reading]
Apple has -- at long last -- given the US what people in other parts of the world have enjoyed for a while: the ability to rent movies for 48 hours. Previously, renters in the US had a mere 24 hours to work their way through a movie after starting it, but Apple has now doubled this timeframe. It means that interruptions are now far less likely to mean that you need to re-rent a movie. See also: Hell freezes over: iTunes is coming to the Windows Store Apple strips the App Store from iTunes 12.7 While this is not… [Continue Reading]
Updating Android can be a painful experience depending on the handset you have and the carrier you're with. You might hear that an update is available, but find nothing shows up when you hit the Check For Update button. Now this should be changing... and not just for Oreo users. Many Android users will have experienced the frustration of knowing full well that there is an update available for their device, but it's not offered up automatically. Even more annoyingly, it's often the case that even when performing a manual check, updates remain unavailable for download. Google has announced that:… [Continue Reading]
All of the major players have been busy creating "lite" versions of their apps and online experiences. Microsoft has LinkedIn Lite, Facebook has both Facebook Lite and Facebook Messenger Lite, and Google has its Search Lite app. Back in April, Twitter decided to get in on the lite action by launching Twitter Lite, a cut-down, data-friendly version of its mobile website. Now the micro-blogging service has gone further and released a Twitter Lite app. See also: Microsoft launches LinkedIn Lite in India ahead of a wider rollout Download Google's experimental data-sipping Search Lite app To start with, Twitter Lite is… [Continue Reading]
Robots are one of the main world trends in the world of technology. Automation and AI are increasingly entering our lives, and robotics is the most dynamically developing industry. Russian company Promobot is the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Russia, Northern and Eastern Europe. Several hundred Promobot robots already work in the US, China, Kazakhstan, Ireland, the UK, Spain, Chile and other countries around the world. They work as administrators, promoters, hostesses, are able to increase the financial performance of companies, the quality of service and customer loyalty. Oleg Kivokurtsev, development director at Promobot, spoke to ITProPortal about the service robotics and… [Continue Reading]
Earlier today, Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar tweeted that things are going to get very busy over the next few days as Microsoft pulls out all the stops to get the Fall Creators Update ready for release in the coming weeks. True to her word, she announced Build 16291 for Insiders in the Slow ring, followed by two new builds shortly afterwards -- Build 15252 for Mobile, and Build 16296 for PC users on the Fast ring. Skip Ahead users will have to wait until next week for their next build. As you would expect, there’s nothing too thrilling about… [Continue Reading]
UK’s businesses are earning less because they lack cloud skills, a new report by Rackspace and the London School of Economics claims. The report also says that the lack of these skills is also hindering creativity. The report, called The Cost of Cloud Expertise, is based on a poll of 950 IT professionals. Two thirds (64 percent) said they’re losing out on revenue due to the lack of required cloud expertise. The same amount said they need to invest more in the workforce. Even more, 67 percent, said their organizations could bring more innovation if they knew how to use cloud to… [Continue Reading]
Every month, almost 1.5 million new phishing websites are created. This is according to a new report by Webroot, showing just how big of an industry phishing really is. The Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report says that 1.385 million new phishing sites are created every month. May was the busiest of them all, with 2.3 million sites created. The report also says these sites are getting more sophisticated and harder to detect, while the goal always remains the same -- to trick the unsuspecting visitor into giving away personal information. The interesting thing about these sites is that they stay up very short --… [Continue Reading]
Whether you brighten up your home with photos of your family, or works of art, the chances are those pictures have a few things in common -- they don’t move, they don’t change, and you probably never really notice them much now either. Joto’s creators want to change that. Joto is a robotic whiteboard -- described as a modern day 'etch-a-sketch'. It's controlled via an app and draws with a pen, live on request, everything from works of art to personal messages. Jim Rhodes, founder of Joto, explains "Most of the content we love is stuck on our screens, and… [Continue Reading]
In an effort to help Britain maintain its position as a world leader in the tech sector, UK banks and startups have come together to rally behind the fintech industry. A number of the world's leading banks have come together to show their support for fintech startups in the UK while entrepreneurs have promised to remain in the country in lieu of taking their businesses somewhere else in Europe. Over 20 financial institutions including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and UBS alongside Canary Wharf's fintech hub Level39 have committed to the idea of helping the UK remain innovative and a place where startups can… [Continue Reading]
Apple's Safari has more security vulnerabilities than Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer combined, according to a new report from Google's Project Zero. Using an automated testing tool called Domato, Project Zero's Ivan Fratric analyzed the most popular desktop browsers and discovered two security vulnerabilities in Chrome, four in Firefox and Internet Explorer, six in Edge and 17 in Safari. The bugs were discovered by subjecting the browsers to about 100,000,000 iterations using Domato. Fratric notes that it "requires fuzzing at scale, but it is still well within the pay range of a determined attacker." The cost… [Continue Reading]
That your online activities influence the ads you see on Facebook and other websites is well known. But now Facebook has developed tools that makes it possible to track your location in the real world to determine which stores you visit and then use this information to hit you with targeted ads. The new tools work for users who allow the Facebook app to access their location. The social network and advertisers are making profitable use of this valuable information. See also: Facebook overhauls rules governing political ads Facebook to share Russian election-era ads with Congress -- but won't make… [Continue Reading]
If you are building a new PC these days, you should definitely check out AMD processors. Its Ryzen chips are an amazing value, while the Ryzen Threadripper variants are multi-core beasts. There's nothing wrong with Intel, but now is clearly the time for AMD to shine. If you need RAM for such an AMD build, compatibility can sometimes be a bit of a pain, so you should always consult with your motherboard manufacturer's list of compatible sticks. Of course, you can never go wrong with G.SKILL, and today, the company unveils new memory kits for both regular AMD Ryzen and Ryzen… [Continue Reading]
Hacking outranks other threats including climate change, nuclear power, hazardous waste, and government surveillance in Americans' perceptions according to a new survey. The study by cyber security company ESET asked randomly selected adults to rate their risk perception of 15 different hazards. Six of the hazards were cyber-related while the rest were other forms of technology hazard. The results show that criminal hacking is rated the top risk, just ahead of air pollution. Another cyber-related risk, the theft or exposure of private data, is rated fourth, after hazardous waste disposal. Government data monitoring ranks only eighth. "To be honest, I… [Continue Reading]
If taking great photos and videos is important to you, then the iPhone 8 Plus is the best smartphone that you can get right now. That's according to camera testing site DxOMark, which says that Apple's new flagship range tops its charts in nearly every category, featuring "outstanding image quality." The iPhone 8 Plus comes ahead of every other smartphone in DxOMark's mobile rankings, including the smaller iPhone 8 which takes second place. It basically wipes the floor with every other rival flagship, including the well-received Google Pixel and HTC U11. The iPhone 8 Plus has scored 94 points, based on an… [Continue Reading]
Xiaomi has joined a long list of companies as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, the group that is behind the popular Qi wireless charging standard -- which may very well be a standard feature on its next Mi flagship. Xiaomi has not made an announcement, but the fact that it is now listed on WPC's website as one of its members is enough to make it official. It joins the likes of Apple and Samsung as a backer of Qi wireless charging. Apple joined WPC early this year, and released its first smartphone with wireless charging this month.… [Continue Reading]
Popular open source development platform GitLab is launching its latest release aimed at helping developers reap the full benefits of DevOps, in particular continuous integration (CI) and deployment (CD), and Kubernetes based application development. GitLab 10.0 has been put together with input from enterprise customers as well as a worldwide community of over 1,800 developers. It reduces the amount of time developers must spend on tooling, freeing them to focus on software development. The addition of Auto DevOps brings best practices to projects by automatically configuring software development lifecycles by default, providing out-of-the box templates to automatically enable and configure… [Continue Reading]
You may ask yourself why on earth would you need a specific tool to create a PDF from an application when Windows 10 has the ability to quickly print as a PDF? A few years ago, PDF tools were all the rage. You had to spend big bucks for Adobe’s Acrobat and Nitro to generate a document. And business users paid the price, too. For a good reason. You need a commercial-level tool to create documents suitable for a professional environment and, in particular, for printed material. If want to print leaflets, your commercial printer will request a PDF and… [Continue Reading]
Microsoft's relationship with Ubuntu-maker Canonical has been getting increasingly cosy over the past couple of years, and the two companies are now working even more closely with each other. The latest fruit of this partnership is a custom Azure-tailored Ubuntu kernel. The updated kernel introduces new features including NAPI and Receive Segment Coalescing, Hyper-V socket capability, and support for Accelerated Networking in Azure. Any Ubuntu 16.04 LTS image brought up from the Azure portal after September 2 will be running on this Azure tailored Ubuntu kernel. See also: Bashware: Microsoft refutes claims that Linux makes Windows 10 insecure Canonical publishes… [Continue Reading]
Transport for London (TfL) has said that Uber is not "fit and proper" to operate in the capital, and has rejected the company's application for a new license. Following the rejection, Uber has 21 days to appeal against the decision. The company's current license expires on September 30, but it will be able to continue to operate until the end of the appeal process. The rejection is just the latest in a series of problems for Uber which has faced criticism for failing to recognize its drivers as employees, as well as tracking Uber users' location through its mobile app.… [Continue Reading]