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Canadian restaurant chain suffers country-wide outage after malware outbreak

A Canadian restaurant chain that operates over 20 restaurant brands has suffered a country-wide outage of its IT systems over the weekend in an incident it described as a “malware outbreak.” The company is Recipe Unlimited –formerly Cara Operations– which operates restaurant brands in North American, but mostly in Canada. The mysterious malware outbreak happened last Friday, September 28. Not… Read more →

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: How to get it, how to avoid it

Microsoft has officially released the latest semi-annual feature update for Windows 10. The October 2018 Update begins rolling out automatically via Windows Update next week to PCs that are in the Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted). If you do nothing, the new feature update will eventually download and install automatically, based on your Windows Update settings. Also: Here’s how you can still… Read more →

Microsoft’s refreshed Surface Pro, Laptop and Studio: New specs, pricing, availability

Microsoft is refreshing a number of its Surface PCs with new 8th-generation Intel CPUs. It’s also introducing, as rumored, matte-black versions of a number of the Surface models. Microsoft talked up the refreshed Surface line on October 2 during its Fall Event in New York City. At that event, Microsoft showed off how the new Surfaces could make users more… Read more →

Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft is ready to roll out the next feature update for Windows 10. The release — codenamed “Redstone 5,” and officially christened the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (and/or 1809) — will start rolling out Oct. 2. The company will make the October 2018 Update more broadly available on Oct. 9, which is Patch Tuesday. Must read: Microsoft’s refreshed Surface… Read more →

Some Apple laptops shipped with Intel chips in "manufacturing mode"

Apple has secretly fixed a security issue affecting some laptops that shipped with Intel chips that were mistakenly left configured into “manufacturing mode.” The OS maker fixed the issue in June, with the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.5, and Security Update 2018-003 for macOS Sierra and El Capitan. Maxim Goryachy and Mark Ermolov, two researchers from Positive Technologies, spotted… Read more →

SAP Data Hub catches Docker/Kubernetes container fever

As its TechEd conference kicks off today in Las Vegas, Enterprise software juggernaut SAP is announcing the release of version 2.3 of its Data Hub product. Among other things, the release heralds the arrival of containerization onto the Data Hub scene. Must read: SAP’s ‘Bring Your Own Node’ service makes blockchain network integration easier Data junction, what’s that function?Introduced roughly… Read more →

Not to be outdone by eBay, Rakuten launches site-wide coupon sale

Last week, we told you about eBay’s site-wide coupon sale, where you could apply a promo code at checkout to cut 15 percent off your purchase. Now, Rakuten, one of the world’s largest e-commerce sites, is hosting its own site-wide sale. SHOP IT NOW: Rakuten’s site-wide SAVE15 coupon sale Starting Oct. 2, you can knock 15 percent off your total…. Read more →

Samsung launches S Pen SDK for Galaxy Note 9

Samsung launched its S Pen software developer kit for the Galaxy Note9 in a bid to get third party software providers to buy into the stylus and enterprise possibilities. The company tipped its plans for the S Pen SDK when it launched the Note9. As a refresher the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 9 uses Bluetooth Low-Energy so the… Read more →

New study finds 5 of every 6 routers are inadequately updated for security flaws

A new study by a US consumer nonprofit has found that five out of six home routers are inadequately updated for security flaws, leaving the devices, and indirectly their users, vulnerable to hacking. Carried out by the American Consumer Institute (ACI), the study analyzed a sample of 186 SOHO (small office/home office) Wi-Fi routers from 14 different vendors with a… Read more →

Google’s Project Stream: Chrome becomes testbed for game streaming services

Google has revealed Project Stream, a test for cloud-based game streaming services in the Chrome browser. On Monday, the tech giant said that a new partnership with Ubisoft will bring Assassin’s Creed Odyssey to the Chrome browser — at least, to US residents — from October 5. Google has been working on Project Stream for some time in an effort… Read more →

Houston officials temporarily prevent robot brothel from opening

A robot brothel expected to open in Houston this month has been temporarily stymied by building inspectors, according to local media. The temporary halt comes after a spirited wave of opposition following a social media announcement by Canadian company KinkySDollS that the company was planning to import its robot brothel concept to Houston. The store would be KinkySDollS’ second location…. Read more →