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Security vendors need to stop doing more harm than good

Video: What security vendors can do to earn some credibility Much like physicians, security vendors prescribe remedies for their customers’ ailments. Unlike physicians, no Hippocratic oath exists for security vendors. What if our industry operated under a basic tenet like “First, do no harm?” Instead, security vendors continue to add new layers of complexity, and therefore new attack surfaces, with… Read more →

Telegrab malware hijacks Telegram desktop sessions

File Photo Researchers have revealed new malware designed to collect information from messaging service Telegram. On Wednesday, Cisco Talos researchers Vitor Ventura and Azim Khodjibaev said that over the past six weeks, the team has monitored the emergence of what has been called Telegrab. This malware has been designed to collect cache and key files from Telegram, an end-to-end encrypted… Read more →

Alexa developers get 8 new voices via Amazon Polly

Amazon announced Wednesday it will give a select group of developers the opportunity to add different US English voices to their Alexa skills for free. The preview will give developers access to eight different voices via Polly, the Amazon Web Services text-to-speech service that uses deep learning to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Some developers may have… Read more →

What is Microsoft 365? Microsoft’s most important subscription bundle, explained

What is Microsoft 365, in a nutshell? Microsoft 365 is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security (aka EMS, which includes Intune device management, analytics and some Azure Active Directory capabilities), sold on a subscription basis. Microsoft 365 is the evolution of the bundles formerly known as “Secure Productive Enterprise E3 and E5.” Credit:… Read more →

LinkedIn launches AI Academy to bolster internal AI skills

LinkedIn is launching an internal program called AI Academy that aims to teach employees across the company how to incorporate artificial intelligence tools into their daily work. LinkedIn’s motivation for launching the AI Academy traces back to the Silicon Valley talent wars. Tech companies are scrambling to attract top talent in the areas of AI and machine learning, and often… Read more →

The new era of the Multi-Model Database

Credit: OrientDB Databases were traditionally highly specialized data stores that were designed for specific tasks and until recently, they’ve been getting even more specialized. Recall data warehouses? Somebody once quipped to us that they were “bug fixes” for the shortcomings of transaction databases for handling more data-intensive analytics, query, and reporting. But after Y2K, SQL relational databases were supposedly the… Read more →

Honor 10 majors on style and AI-driven photography

Image: Charles McLellan/ZDNet Having been unveiled in China on 19 April, the Honor 10 offered few surprises for the assembled smartphone cognoscenti at its launch event in London on 15 May. Replacing the well-received Honor 9, which will sell for £299.99 (down from £379.99) until the end of May, Honor’s new flagship will cost £399.99 SIM-free from a variety of… Read more →

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z (in pictures)

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The coolest USB flash drive you can buy – Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z

Looking for a solid, robust yet sleek USB flash drive that also features built-in hardware-based encryption? Look no further than the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z. See also : Don’t buy these Apple products (May 2018 edition) While USB flash drives are a super-convenient way to transport around gigabytes of data, they’re a security nightmare because they are so easily… Read more →

GDPR: A boon for privacy or choking regulation? Businesses weigh in

The deadline for the EU’s GDPR is fast approaching, causing unbridled chaos for some companies. The new regulations are forcing the enterprise and SMBs alike to rethink their perspective on data collection, and while new requirements may help protect consumer privacy and security, businesses are scrambling to meet the European Union’s 25 May 2018 deadline. On Wednesday, IBM released the… Read more →