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Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros

Meltdown-Spectre: A reminder to the IT industry that security is a mirage If you’re an IT pro and you haven’t been sleeping soundly since the New Year, blame Meltdown and Spectre. These serious security flaws, more formally known as “speculative execution side-channel attacks,” are present in all modern CPUs and represent the sort of problem that can keep any network… Read more →

Microsoft to integrate Chalkup’s classroom collaboration tech into Teams

Microsoft is acquiring the Chalkup classroom collaboration platform and hiring its founder to work on Microsoft’s Teams product. “Chalkup is joining Microsoft Education,” according to the headline on a February 13 blog post on the Chalkup company web site. Chalkup’s founder Justin Chando will be joining Microsoft Education, according to Microsoft’s February 13 blog post about the deal. Microsoft Teams… Read more →

MIT CSAIL’s drone system embraces uncertainty

Video: Delivery breakthrough? Swiss algorithm gives drones driving lesson Robots thrive in predictable, organized environments, such as warehouses that are arranged in grids. If drones are going to be able to deliver packages in cities, they’ll have to navigate an imperfect and unpredictable environment. That’s why a team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed… Read more →

Oracle adds data management services to EPM cloud

Oracle is beefing up its Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) cloud with the launch of a new cloud platform that provides management services for enterprise data assets. techrepublic Here’s what developers really think about AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform providers lack adequate support resources for developers. Read More Oracle said the new Enterprise Data Management Cloud brings improvements to… Read more →

Apple admits iOS is a mess, has a plan to make it better

Video: Secure your iPhone and iPad: Change these iOS 11 privacy and security settings now Apple is going to slow the pace at which it crams new features into iOS — in favor of pushing out more polished releases, claims a Bloomberg report. It’s about time. See also: Apple products you shouldn’t buy in 2018 techrepublic Here’s what developers really… Read more →

MIT creates energy-efficient chips for Internet of Things device encryption

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed processors capable of providing encryption to low-power devices. techrepublic Here’s what developers really think about AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform providers lack adequate support resources for developers. Read More The Internet of Things (IoT), including embedded industrial sensors, smart lighting, and monitoring systems, can be invaluable for the… Read more →

LoopX pulls exit scam, walks away with $4.5m in investor cryptocurrency

File Photo LoopX has pulled an exit scam after launching a series of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) which earned the startup roughly $4.5 million. The cryptocurrency startup promised to give traders consistent, high returns for investing in a proprietary trading algorithm. According to a cached version of the LoopX website — which has now gone dark — a series of… Read more →

Facebook is breaking law in how it collects your personal data, court rules

The court said Facebook’s default settings broke German data-protection laws. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto Facebook has lost a court case in Germany over its terms of use and default privacy settings but has already filed an appeal. The case was brought about by a longstanding Facebook nemesis, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, or VZBV. Over the years, the… Read more →

Singapore proposes e-payment guidelines to protect consumers

Singapore has proposed e-payment guidelines that it says are aimed at protecting consumers and driving wider adoption of such platforms in the country. Industry regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it was seeking public feedback on the guidelines, which also outlined responsibilities of financial institutions and e-payment users. Singapore outlines plan to ‘catch up’ on becoming cashless society Singapore… Read more →

Investors Icahn, Deason push against Fujifilm Xerox deal

Zack Seward Fujifilm’s planned takeover of Xerox to create a joint venture has been met with strong criticism by Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who have urged other investors to reject the deal. techrepublic Here’s what developers really think about AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform providers lack adequate support resources for developers. Read More In January, Xerox revealed… Read more →

Verizon completes 5G call using 3GPP standards

File photo Verizon on Monday said it’s the first carrier to conduct an over-the-air call on a 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) system using its licensed millimeter wave spectrum. 5G may be the future of mobile: But a couple of things have to happen first There’s been no shortage of hype about 5G from experts at this week’s Mobile World… Read more →

Equifax hires Home Depot’s CISO to lead security turnaround

Equifax said Monday that it has appointed Jamil Farshchi as its new chief information security officer (CISO). The move comes as Equifax works to overhaul its security systems and cope with the ongoing fallout related to its 2017 data breach. techrepublic Here’s what developers really think about AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform providers lack adequate support resources for… Read more →