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  • Variety is both a gift and curse for Linux on the desktop. On the one hand, it is nice that there are so many operating systems based on the kernel from which to choose. On the other, it can sometimes feel like the community is very fragmented. Not only is there tribalism between users of distributions, but desktop environments too. For instance, there is Ubuntu vs. Fedora and KDE vs. GNOME -- much like Coke vs. Pepsi and Chevy vs. Ford. This is just human nature, I suppose. With all of that said, popular Linux-based operating system, openSUSE Leap, has achieved… [Continue Reading]
  • Intel has revealed a significant scaling back in its hardware offerings. The company has announced it will stop making its Arduino 101 board as well as the Curie module, both of which offered low-cost computing solutions. Anyone looking to get their hands on the Arduino 101 has until September 17 to order one, with Intel confirming it will fulfill orders through to December 17 this year. As for Curie, it will be available until January 17, next year, with fulfillments continuing until July 17, 2018. The Curie Open Developer Kit will no longer get updates, and the forum will be open until… [Continue Reading]
  • Application Performance Management (APM) tools have traditionally provided organizations with key performance metrics, including the speed, reliability, and capacity utilization of datacenter systems. But without clear visibility into the actual experience of users, these metrics mean very little. Just because your servers measure as 100 percent available, doesn’t mean users in all geographies are having a fast, reliable experience. That’s because there are many other performance-impacting elements standing between your datacenter and your users. If an IT organization can’t effectively monitor the true user experience -- including customers, employees, partners, and suppliers -- it is impossible to know if their… [Continue Reading]
  • The move to the cloud is something that has been high on the business agenda in recent years, but the complexity involved in moving has created significant stumbling blocks for organizations. According to the CIF, 63 percent of businesses aim to move their entire IT infrastructure into the cloud eventually. Whilst RightScale says 95 percent of businesses use the cloud in some capacity, it’s proving difficult for organizations to move all of their applications and data into the cloud. In fact, Fuze revealed that only 10 percent of UK companies have moved entirely off site. Digital transformation is no longer… [Continue Reading]
  • Microsoft today announced that it’s finally making the Windows 10 Creators Update available to all, and it’s also opening up Windows 10 S to developers. Windows 10 S is a locked down version of the new operating system that’s designed to only run Windows Store apps. It’s to be found on hardware like the Surface Laptop. SEE ALSO: How to lock down Windows 10 Home/Pro like Windows 10 S MSDN subscribers who want to try the operating system out can now download it in ISO format and run it on any hardware, or in a virtualized environment. Microsoft is really… [Continue Reading]
  • There are a number of benefits to how quickly cloud technology has progressed, but now one of IBM's cloud products that launched in 2015 will soon become obsolete. The company's Bluemix's Object Storage v1 which launched in December 2015 will be switched off in August 2017 after receiving two updates in total. IBM is currently on version 3 of the service and it is urging all users to migrate to the latest version or risk losing their data. The company advised users that Bluemix V1 and V2 would soon be unavailable in a blog post, saying: "The Object Storage service v1 driver was made… [Continue Reading]
  • The Windows 10 Creators Update rollout has been glacially slow, and -- at times -- problematic. Shortly after it began, back at the start of April, Microsoft suggested people didn’t manually install it, and three months after its official release only half of Windows 10 users were running it. Finally, though, with the horrendously named Fall Creators Update due soon, Microsoft has made the decision to finally offer the current feature update to all -- well nearly all. SEE ALSO: All the features Microsoft is removing or deprecating in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Announcing the move, John Cable, Director… [Continue Reading]
  • Ransomware victims have paid more than $25 million in the past two years to get their data back, a new study by Google has shown. The report, made by researchers at Google, Chainalysis, UC San Diego, and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, followed the trail of cryptomoney through the blockchain, allowing researchers to get a birds-eye view of the ransomware world. A total of 34 ransomware families were tracked, but only a handful made most of the profit. This includes Locky, whose epidemic forced more than $7 million in payments. Locky was the first ransomware to split payment and encryption… [Continue Reading]
  • While the wearable market hasn't exploded as many manufacturers had hoped, it is definitely popular for fitness. Although accuracy is sometimes in question, these devices can help people count steps, monitor heart rate, and more. It is not magic, however -- you must put in the effort to get in shape. In other words, the wearable can't do the exercise for you; trust me, I know... One of the most popular fitness wearable brands is Fitbit, and today, its devices are getting even better. You see, Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana, can now work bidirectionally with a Fitbit account. You can ask the assistant for… [Continue Reading]
  • SATA solid state drives aren't particularly exciting nowadays, but they are essential for consumers looking to upgrade existing computers without breaking the bank. By purchasing a 2.5-inch SSD, a computer user can easily upgrade their laptop. Not only should the notebook get a speed boost, but it can improve battery life too. Heck, these drives are great for desktops too -- especially if they do not have M.2 NVMe slots. Today, Toshiba announces a new SATA SSD that is aimed at upgraders. Called TR200, it is a 2.5-inch drive that features 64-Layer 3D 3-bit-per-cell TLC flash memory. "Toshiba TR200 SSDs are an easy and… [Continue Reading]
  • A new study from anti-malware specialist Malwarebytes reveals that UK users are most likely to pay up if hit by ransomware. The study of over 1,000 companies across the US, France, UK, Germany, Australia, and Singapore reveals that 56.9 percent of UK businesses surveyed opted not to pay the ransom, and 46.2 percent lost files by not paying. In comparison, 84.1 percent of French businesses surveyed opted not to pay the ransom, and only 24.5 percent lost files. This could be because the UK is the least confident when it comes to combating ransomware. While the global average of businesses… [Continue Reading]
  • According to a new study 51 percent of people don’t believe their government can protect their personal data, and nearly two-thirds (65 percent) suspect their government already abuses its powers to access the data of citizens. Identity protection company Venafi surveyed 3,000 consumers in the US, UK and Germany about initiatives that would grant governments more access to private, encrypted data. 68 percent of respondents say they believe governments shouldn't force private companies to hand over encrypted personal data without consumer consent. But despite these concerns 41 percent believe laws that provide government access to encrypted personal data would make… [Continue Reading]
  • WhatsApp is slowly but surely strengthening its position in the messaging space, now boasting one billion daily users. It joins a very select club that includes parent company Facebook. WhatsApp has also seen a significant increase in the number of monthly users. It has 1.3 billion monthly users, 300 million more than early last year when it broke the one billion monthly users mark. It has also provided a couple of extra stats to go with the latest record figures, revealing that users share one billion videos a day. The number of photos that WhatsApp users share daily is now… [Continue Reading]
  • With businesses spending increasing amounts on cyber security, a new survey reveals that many of them are failing to measure the effectiveness of their investments. The study from privileged account management specialist Thycotic found 58 percent of its 400 respondents scored a failing grade on a benchmark survey when evaluating their efforts to measure their cybersecurity investments and performance against best practices. 32 percent, of companies are making business decisions and purchasing cyber security technology blindly, without any way to measure their value or effectiveness. In addition, more than 80 percent of respondents fail to include business users in making… [Continue Reading]
  • The tracking capabilities of social media sites has long been a cause for concern, with Facebook being the most notable example. Now the Microsoft-owned professional social network LinkedIn has announced details of a new tracking feature that will be of interest to website owners. LinkedIn Website Demographics does not (despite what some reports might suggest, #PrivacyKlaxon) allow for the tracking of individual users, but it does give website owners the chance to get a better idea of the demographics of their visitors. This is less about creating targeted content, and more about determining whether existing content is attracting the right… [Continue Reading]
  • Hackers could use DDoS to disrupt the Brexit negotiations for the UK's leaving the European Union, or use attacks as a distraction technique while they seek to steal confidential documents or data, according to new research. The study by Corero Network Security polled 100 security professionals at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London and found 57 percent believe Brexit negotiations will be disrupted by DDoS attacks. Many in the industry expect to see a significant escalation of DDoS attacks generally during the year ahead, with 38 percent predicting that there could even be worldwide internet outages during 2017. On a… [Continue Reading]
  • Microsoft is one of many technology companies to run bounty programs giving people the opportunity to earn a bundle of cash for finding bugs and security issues with software. Now the software giant has launched the Windows Bounty Program, offering rewards of up to $250,000. Of course, the starting point for rewards is much lower -- just $500, but still better than a kick in the teeth. This new bounty program has four key areas of focus in addition to the Windows Insider program: Microsoft Hyper-V, Mitigation bypass and Bounty for defense, Windows Defender Application Guard, and Microsoft Edge. The aim… [Continue Reading]
  • In just a few months, digital currency investors and miners will be able hedge their investments under US regulatory oversight. The cryptocurrency trading platform operator, Ledger X has been been granted registration by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission to become the first federally regulated digital currency options exchange and clearing house in the US. Paul Chou, Ledger X's chief executive noted how this is a big step for digital currencies that could affect the market worldwide, saying: "It's an important milestone for the digital currency market broadly. This will pave the way for others globally to look at this space and the appropriate… [Continue Reading]
  • YouTube's head of music, Lyor Cohen, has confirmed that Google Play Music and YouTube Red are going to merge. Speaking in New York at the New Music Seminar conference, Cohen said that a new streaming service would be created. Rumors of the merger have been circulating for some time, and the move will see Google consolidating its services into something rather more manageable -- both for the company and for users. Cohen did not give any indication of when the merger will be taking place, but he did say: "The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music,… [Continue Reading]
  • Linux is the future, and even closed-source champion Microsoft has gotten onboard. The Windows-maker is not only contributing to many open source projects, but developing software for the Linux desktop, with programs such as Skype. You can even install Linux distributions from the Windows Store nowadays. Hell, the company has even created a version of Microsoft Office that runs on Linux by way of Android! Yes, Google's mobile operating system is Linux. Android is also what effectively killed the much maligned Windows Phone, so Microsoft clearly has no problem with joining forces with prior "enemies." Today, Microsoft further pledges its loyalty to Linux… [Continue Reading]