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This weekend is the Daytona 500. I won't be watching. While I absolutely love cars, Nascar has never been my thing. Race cars going in a circle? Meh. Daytona USA for Sega Saturn is one of my favorite games of all time, however, but I digress. Even though Nascar isn't for everyone, it is still very popular with many. Not only do people like to watch the event as spectators, but some folks like to gamble on it too. If you are planning to put some money on the race, Microsoft may have some useful information for you. The company's Bing… [Continue Reading]
Like buses, you wait over a week for a new Windows 10 Insider Build… and then two come along at once. In this case, there are two distinct builds -- Build 15042 for PC, and Build 15043 for Mobile. We’re edging ever close to the release of the Creators Update, and so while a lot of the changes in these releases are about squashing bugs and fixing issues, Microsoft has still managed to introduce some new features. SEE ALSO: First Windows 10 Redstone 3 build sighted For Windows 10 Insiders on PC, there’s a new Cortana animation in the 'out-of-box… [Continue Reading]
Almost two thirds (65 percent) of C-suite executives believe four in ten (40 percent) of today’s Fortune 500 companies won’t exist in 10 years’ time. This is according to new research from ChristianSteven Software, conducted by GITNS. It is based on a poll of more than 500 C-suite executives across the United States and Europe. It also says that more than half (53 percent) of those surveyed say they fear competition from industry disruptors. Still, nine in ten (91 percent) say they are hopeful about the future of technology in their business. "Our study allowed us to take a close look at the business… [Continue Reading]
There is a strange side-effect to the Bring Your Own Device initiative, and one that's slowing it down. Apparently, many employees refrain from bringing their own devices to work for the fear of being judged. No, not because their devices are old or slow, but because others will think they're using them for personal instead of professional reasons. Yes, that's a real fear, and it's quite prevalent. According to Nudge Rewards just 40 percent of employees feel trust is not an issue when using BYOD. Just a quarter (23 percent) say they are actively encouraged to use mobile devices in the workplace. A third… [Continue Reading]
Security researchers from Google's Project Zero have uncovered a critical bug in Cloudflare which allowed sensitive data -- like passwords, cookies and encryption keys -- from many hosted websites to leak online. Patreon, Y Combinator, Medium, 4chan, Yelp, OKCupid, Zendesk, Uber and 23and Me are among the most-important affected websites. This security issue is so important that it is now being referred to as cloudbleed. The bug, which was discovered on February 17 according to Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy and is now fixed, has caused the most damage between February 13 and February 18, according to Cloudflare, when about one in every 3,300,000 HTTP requests caused data to leak.… [Continue Reading]
If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and run Windows 10, we’ve got some good news for you. From April, which is when it’s anticipated that Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update, you’ll be able to unlock any Windows 10 device by using your phone… and that’s not all. Samsung’s Flow app, which -- like Apple’s Handoff -- lets you switch between different devices seamlessly, works on a variety of Samsung phones and tablets, including the Windows 10-based Galaxy TabPro S. At the moment, that’s the only Windows 10 device it works with, but Samsung intends… [Continue Reading]
If you want to secure your Galaxy smartphone, the first thing that you should do is set up a screen lock. But what if you want to go a bit further, and protect specific things on the device? Well, Samsung just released Secure Folder, which gives you a "private, encrypted space" to store sensitive data in. Secure Folder is derived from Knox, the company's secure platform for business users, and can be seen as a consumer-focused iteration. It acts as a sandbox for apps and data and works with existing authentication options to keep them safe. "Users may leverage this… [Continue Reading]
Two-hundred-and-twenty in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. As always, if I missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email instead. Discounts this week The following list is a selection of the best deals. Make sure you check out the Store for all offers. Some apps are discounted for more than one week. Only new apps and games… [Continue Reading]
Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers. The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system. The bot is built primarily for Slack, but it is designed to be transferable to other platforms as well. It works quite simple, too. As soon… [Continue Reading]
The Necurs botnet is one of the largest around at the moment and is principally known for sending spam including the Locky ransomware. However, new research from BitSight's Anubis Labs has uncovered a new component being loaded in infected systems that allows it to use bots to enable proxy communications and perform DDoS attacks. The module has a compilation date in August 2016, although there's no evidence that these new capabilities have yet been used in anger. A botnet the size of Necurs, if used for DDoS attacks, is likely to cause severe disruption wherever it hits, being very capable of… [Continue Reading]
Just last week we were talking about Google's championing of RCS (Rich Communication Services), the successor to SMS. Now the company has renamed its Messenger app to Android Messages as it aims to become not just the default SMS app, but the default RCS app for Android users. The name change also helps to better differentiate the app from others that had the same name -- such as Facebook Messenger, which is shortened to just Messenger on shortcuts. At the same time, the change is likely to cause a degree of confusion thanks to the sheer number of messaging apps… [Continue Reading]
The global public cloud services market is expected to grow 18 percent this year, according to Gartner’s latest report. Totaling $246.8 billion (up from $209.2bn last year), the growth will mostly come from IaaS, which is expected to grow 36.8 percent and reach $34.6 billion. The growth will also be fueled by SaaS (20.1 percent increase, to $46.3 billion). "The overall global public cloud market is entering a period of stabilization, with its growth rate peaking at 18 percent in 2017 and then tapering off over the next few years," says Sid Nag, research director at Gartner. "While some organizations… [Continue Reading]
One of the best things about the Linux kernel (and associated operating systems) is the ability to work on various hardware types, including ARM. Microsoft's operating systems, by comparison, are far more narrow. True, there is the lightweight Windows 10 IoT for ARM boards, but it is hardly a factor nowadays. Today, Ubuntu Core comes to the i.MX6-based and ARM-powered TS-4900 Computer on Module. While Android and other Linux options were already available for the IoT-friendly CoM, Ubuntu Core is still a major win. Canonical's revolutionary snap packages should work beautifully here. "The TS-4900 is available in either single or quad core configurations… [Continue Reading]
Microsoft is currently working hard on the next big update to Windows 10, which it’s calling the Creators Update. This will be the second release on the Redstone branch (Redstone 1 being the Anniversary Update). There is yet another release from the Redstone branch planned for later this year, and although Microsoft has yet to name it, work is already underway internally. Buildfeed, a site which tracks all of the Insider builds, reports that the first Redstone 3 release -- Build 15141 -- has just been sighted. SEE ALSO: First build of Microsoft's unannounced Windows 10 Cloud leaks online Unlike… [Continue Reading]
Cyber-attacks against organizations in 2017 will continue to be as successful as they were last year, because organizations aren't addressing the pain points they had last year, a new report says. Fujitsu's "Blind spots and security basics -- letting your guard down could cost you in 2017" report says that attacks over encrypted channels will continue to be missed, due to the lack of SSL inspection capabilities. The rise in attacks against enterprises using Microsoft PowerShell will continue, because many organizations lack adequate protection for malicious use. As it’s already part of the Windows system, it is easier for attackers… [Continue Reading]
After two years of research, Google has shown that it has successfully broken SHA-1 encryption. The company is yet to release details of how it achieved the first SHA-1 "collision", but has released a proof of concept. In keeping with its own disclosure policy, details of how the encryption was effectively broken will be released after 90 days. In the meantime, you can take a look at two specially-crafted PDF files that have identical SHA-1 hashes but different content (the definition of a collision). The implications of the revelation are perhaps not as far-reaching as some people might expect. While… [Continue Reading]
Sony today unveils a new line of SD cards aimed at DSLR and mirrorless camera users wanting to capture high-resolution photos and record 4K videos. Called SF-G Series, it has the "world's fastest" SD cards, featuring write speeds of up to 299MB/s. The SF-G Series currently includes three storage options, namely 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, and is designed to keep data safe and maintain performance over time. Sony claims that its "unique firmware" helps the buffer clear up faster when using burst mode to capture images, which will come in handy on high-end cameras, and prevents the degradation of write speeds. All the… [Continue Reading]
Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab are currently investigating the first Windows-based spreader for the Mirai malware, something that can have huge implications for companies that invested heavily in IoT. The spreader was apparently built by someone with "more advanced skills" than those that had created the original Mirai malware. This, Kaspersky Lab says, has "worrying implications for the future use and targets of Mirai-based attacks." It is richer and more robust than the original Mirai codebase, even though many of its components are "several years old." Its spreading capabilities are limited, as it can only deliver from an infected Windows… [Continue Reading]
Any website that allows contributions from visitors -- whether it is a platform such as Twitter or a site that has a comments section -- has to contend with the problem of abuse, swearing and harassment. Manually keeping on top of this sort of content can be a hellish task, but Google and fellow Alphabet subsidiary Jigsaw have launched a new technology called Perspective to help automate things. The technology uses machine learning to identify what are being called "toxic comments" (defined as "a rude, disrespectful, or unreasonable comment that is likely to make you leave a discussion") so they… [Continue Reading]
Less than a fifth (17 percent) of customer relationship managers believe their CRM is generating revenue. This is according to a new report by marketing technology company Wiraya, based on a poll of 500 CRM managers. Despite not having a great image, CRM is still perceived as a key business driver in a third of businesses. The problems, according to the report, lie in the fact that many lack a clear direction and customer insight to support their goals. Without these things, it’s hard to create direct business profitability. The report speaks about three levels of CRM maturity: Traditional, Adhoc… [Continue Reading]