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Brazilian manufacturing sector embraces Industry 4.0

Investment in technologies related to the Industry 4.0 trend is moving up on the list of priorities for manufacturing companies in Brazil, according to a recent study. Some 48 percent of 632 organizations polled by Brazil’s National Confederation of Industry (CNI) said they plan on investing in technologies around automation and data exchange in manufacturing in 2018. On the other… Read more →

How to upgrade to Linux Mint 19

Video: Smart cars loving Linux, competitors left in rear view read this ​Microsoft’s love affair with Linux deepens After testing the waters for years, Microsoft has launched its first service, Azure Cloud Switch, that’s based on Linux. Read More I really like Linux Mint, but for most of its life, you couldn’t upgrade directly from one version to another. Then,… Read more →

This new feature will make it tougher for cops and hackers to unlock your iPhone

(Screenshot: ZDNet) There’s a new twist in the long-running cat-and-mouse game between Apple and law enforcement. A new feature, which first emerged in an early beta version of the company’s iPhone and iPad software but never made it to market, has finally been released. PRIVACY 101 Privacy 101: How to encrypt your iPhone in one minute Enabling encryption on your… Read more →

Autodesk buys construction software startup Assemble Systems

Autodesk said Monday that it’s acquiring Assemble Systems, a Boston-based startup focused on the BIM and construction data management space. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s worth noting that Autodesk participated in a $12 million Series A round for Assemble Systems a year ago. Assemble Systems makes a SaaS platform used by construction professionals that acts… Read more →

Microsoft teases launch of a new Surface device

Microsoft’s Surface account on Twitter looks to be teasing the launch of a new member of the Surface family. Credit: Microsoft On July 9, @Surface tweeted: “Where will Surface go next?” The accompanying image shows many of the current members of the Surface family: A Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Studio and Surface Laptop. Microsoft has been rumored to be… Read more →

Stow your stuff in this anti-theft backpack for $19

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. This… Read more →

Has Apple abandoned professional Mac users?

Video: Should professionals keep banking on the Mac? Welcome to the latest installment of our regular series of virtual roundtable discussions about important questions facing the future of technology. In this episode, Jason Perlow, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Boinx Software CEO Oliver Breidenbach, and I look at the future of Macs for professionals. It’s a fascinating discussion, but since Apple watching is… Read more →

Siemens, Alibaba Cloud forge industrial IoT partnership

Special feature Special report: Sensor’d Enterprise: IoT, ML, and Big Data (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, explores ways IoT is improving operations and delivering business value to enterprises around the world. Read More Siemens and Alibaba Cloud said they will partner to build out the industrial Internet of things in China. Under the partnership,… Read more →

Folding iPhone: Apple’s next big thing?

While it’s not a new rumor, The Korea Times is claiming that Apple “is eyeing developing foldable iPhones” that “will come several years later.” Must read : Don’t buy these Apple products (July 2018 edition) Just to be clear here, when we’re talking about “folding” smartphones we are not talking about two screen held together by a hinge, but instead… Read more →

User data exposed in Domain Factory hosting security breach

German hosting provider Domain Factory has experienced a data breach which has exposed customer data. Last week, the company said [translated] an unknown threat actor posted claims on the Domain Factory forum which suggested they had managed to compromise the firm’s systems and access information. Following this statement, Domain Factory pulled its forum and launched an investigation. The company found… Read more →

Smart bandages trigger drug delivery to boost healing

Tufts University Researchers have developed a smart bandage which is able to monitor the status of a wound to deploy drugs effectively. A team of engineers from Tufts University revealed the prototype bandage last week. Bandages are generally a treatment afterthought, applied only to staunch bloody wounds, prevent infection, and keep an area clean while it heals. However, the prototype… Read more →