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Microsoft is ready to shut down Skype 7 ‘Classic’ in November

After a brief reprieve, Skype 7 has a new official end-of-support date. On September 27, Microsoft officials said support for Skype 7 (and older) will end on November 1, 2018 on desktop devices and November 15, 2018 on mobile and tablet devices. Credit: Microsoft Microsoft made today’s announcement by updating a July blog post about the impending demise of Skype… Read more →

Here are the best tech deals on eBay’s site-wide coupon sale

If you’ve been looking at getting something on eBay, now is the time to make that purchase. eBay is holding a site-wide sale on Sept. 27 until 9pm EST/6pm PST. During this extravaganza, you can save 15 percent on most orders over $25 when the promo code PICKSOON is applied during checkout. (Go here for more information about redeeming promo… Read more →

​Linux now dominates Azure

Read this Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie and his impact on Azure: A six month report card What has Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie done over the past six months in his new job as head of the Azure Application Platform? Read More Three years ago, Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure, Microsoft’s cloud program, said, “One in four [Azure] instances are Linux.” Then, in… Read more →

Microsoft and Salesforce race to offer a single view of customers’ data

With Microsoft’s Ignite and Salesforce’s Dreamforce conferences happening the same week, it’s not too surprising the two were gunning to unveil the biggest and best partnership line-ups. Microsoft called on Adobe and SAP, and Salesforce on Apple and SAP during their respective keynote kickoffs. Microsoft took the wraps off something called the “Open Data Initiative” (ODI), which it founded with… Read more →

​Pulsar graduates to being an Apache top-level project

Big data and digital transformation: How one enables the other Drowning in data is not the same as big data. Here’s the true definition of big data and a powerful example of how it’s being used to power digital transformation. Read More In Montreal at ApacheCon, the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Pulsar had graduated to being an Apache… Read more →

The long road to an electric airplane motor

Redmond-based magniX, an electric propulsion company working on an emissions free airplane engine, today announced successful tests of its 350 horsepower all-electric motor. The engine was mounted on a Cessna ‘Iron Bird’. The testing set out to demonstrate that the company’s all-electric motors are nearing commercial viability. Tech and the future of transportation: From here to there Transportation is about… Read more →

Phorpiex worm pivots to infect the enterprise with GandCrab ransomware

An established botnet and worm malware variant is engaged in a new campaign designed to infect the enterprise with GandCrab ransomware. Phorpiex/Trik is not sophisticated. Not to be confused with the TrickBot banking Trojan, the malware — first discovered in 2016 — has been tracked in recent years as a distributor for malicious payloads including GandCrab, Pushdo, Pony, and cryptocurrency… Read more →

Rebel Alliance expands services to Cloudflare CDN

special feature Integrating the Hybrid Cloud As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services. Read More I wrote about the Bandwidth Alliance back in April. I’m pleased to report they’ve expanded their team with the addition of Cloudflare – and with zero transfer fees between the Backblaze B2… Read more →

Will there be an October Apple event? Signs point to yes

For about a week before the September 12 Apple announcement event, our editorial team prepared. The rumor mills had been spinning predictions at warp speed, so we had to be ready for whatever Tim & Company announced. Some of us were to write about the iPhones, others about the Watch. Because of my moderately unhealthy obsession with the Mac mini,… Read more →

Cobalt threat group serves up SpicyOmelette in fresh bank attacks

Advanced persistent threat group (APT) the Cobalt Gang, also known as Gold Kingswood, is spreading SpicyOmelette malware in campaigns targeting financial institutions worldwide. In a world where cyberattacks against businesses and consumers alike are spreading and evolving in nature and sophistication, it is often financial institutions which bear the brunt. Banking customers hoodwinked by fraudulent schemes or those that become… Read more →

M1 receives $1.4B buyout offer from current shareholders

Two current shareholders of M1 have a made a joint offer to buy out the remaining shares in the Singapore telco for S$2.06 per share, or an estimated S$1.91 billion (US$1.4 billion). Keppel Corp (KCL) and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) made their pre-conditional voluntary general offer through their joint venture company, Konnectivity, which was majority owned by the former. Singapore… Read more →