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​The return of Spectre

Video: Intel’s patches for Spectre variant 4 will slow your CPU The return of Spectre sounds like the next James Bond movie, but it’s really the discovery of two new Spectre-style CPU attacks. Vladimir Kiriansky, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, and independent researcher Carl Waldspurger found the latest two security holes. They have since published a MIT paper, Speculative Buffer… Read more →

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5′ test build adds lots of new Notepad features

The newest test build of Microsoft’s Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5′ includes a bunch of new features, especially for Notepad. Credit: Microsoft (As many readers here know, I live in Notepad, so I am noting these with a mix of excitement and trepidation, given Notepad’s simplicity is what keeps me coming back.) But before gettting to all the Notepadness, it’s worth… Read more →

Microsoft to add two new USB adapters to its Surface line-up starting August 2

On the heels of delivering its long-promised Surface USB-C adapter, Microsoft will be adding two other USB-C adapters to its Surface peripheral line-up. As noted by Windows Central (via Reddit), Microsoft also has a $54.99 adapter that will allow users to add Ethernet and USB Type-A ports to Surface via its USB-C port. And a second $19.99 adapter will convert… Read more →

Alphabet’s Verily forms joint venture with ResMed to study sleep apnea

Getty Images/iStockphoto Verily, Alphabet’s life biotech division formerly known as Google life sciences, is teaming up with ResMed to study and explore treatments for sleep apnea. ResMed makes remote monitoring devices and software for sleep apnea patients. Combined with Verily’s data analytics technologies, the companies will try to drill down on the health and financial impacts of undiagnosed and untreated… Read more →

Sirin Labs unveils dual-screen design for its FINNEY blockchain smartphone

Sirin Labs’ FINNEY smartphone. Images: Sirin Labs Sirin Labs, the company that two years ago launched the ultra-secure, ultra-expensive ($14,800) Solarin smartphone, has now finalised the design and specification of its next offering. FINNEY looks very similar to Solarin, but costs nearly 15 times less ($999) and features a secondary slide-out touch screen that provides a window on an embedded… Read more →

Alation data catalog gets new TrustCheck technology

Data Catalog vendor Alation is today announcing general availability of a new version of its platform. The new release goes beyond the discoverability and crowd-sourcing features that the company and its product are known for. Beyond helping business users locate and query relevant data sets, Alation, using its new TrustCheck technology, will now help users understand the efficacy of the… Read more →

Salesforce makes Einstein Bots for Service Cloud generally available

Image via Salesforce. Salesforce is bringing its Einstein Bots to market as part of the next generation of Service Cloud, along with a bevy of other new features. Special feature Special report: Data, AI, IoT: The Future of Retail (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, looks at the rise of e-commerce and the digital transformation… Read more →

Facebook faces £500,000 fine in UK over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook is facing a £500,000 fine in the United Kingdom over its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. On Wednesday, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the fine is the maximum amount permitted under UK law and has been imposed due to two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. The UK data watchdog also intends to launch… Read more →

UK government wants ‘full fibre’ for everyone by 2033, while the country tumbles down the broadband speed table

Solar panels dominate the cover of the NIC report on the UK’s infrastructure. The British government’s National Infrastructure Commission published a 160-page report yesterday (July 10) covering the health of the nation’s cities, the future of its roads, making the switch to low-carbon energy and, among other things, the need to improve broadband communications. The report proposes that “the government… Read more →

​Telstra Calling for Office 365: Next level collaboration that’s here right now

At Telstra we have worked with Microsoft so organisations can now get our leading voice calling within Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business, delivered from the Microsoft cloud. This solution is Telstra Calling for Office 365 and it’s officially available today. Since unveiling the solution, over 200 organisations have participated in a preview program with 30 trialing the solution. They… Read more →