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Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 19H2 test builds

Microsoft is releasing two slightly different new Windows 10 19H2 test builds to the Slow Ring today, August 8. One of the builds has a handful of incremental feature tweaks turned on by default; the other has them turned off by default. Microsoft is continuing to test its ability to ship feature updates with features turned off by default, which… Read more →

Microsoft removes Office 2019 from its Home Use Program benefits

Microsoft quietly has made a change to its Home Use Program (HUP) for its Software Assurance business customers. As some had expected when the company began revamping the HUP benefit earlier this year, Microsoft is dropping the ability to buy the non-subscription version of Office for a steeply discounted price. Microsoft instead is offering HUP customers the ability to buy… Read more →

Samsung used to mock Apple as idiots, now it hides the evidence

Samsung thought Apple the fool. Screenshot by ZDNet One thing that’s always been clear is that Apple copies everything Samsung does. I know this because, a mere two years ago, Samsung released an ad that said Apple copies everything Samsung does — sometimes years later. It specifically laughed at a loser Apple user who doesn’t have a headphone jack. Even… Read more →

The Twitter megaphone: How Trump and the 2020 candidates compare in terms of reach

Has social networking become a mental health hazard? As our involvement in services such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat intensify, so does our level of effort to set boundaries on our interactions for our collective mental health. ZDNet’s Jason Perlow and Jason Cipriani sit down this week with Karen Roby to discuss the effects of social networking. In the… Read more →

Samsung, like Apple, sows brilliant confusion

To 5G or not to 5G? Galaxy Note 10 delivers ‘extremely capable upgrade’ for business users Samsung just announced its Galaxy Note series update with the Note 10 and Note 10 Plus. Expected internal updates were made, along with improvements to the S Pen capability and camera functionality. Read more: I want to be productive, I really do. I… Read more →

Trojan targets news website with watering hole attack to backdoor your PC

Data-stealing malware returns upgraded with cryptominer and trojan Large parts of the Scranos operation were taken out in April – but it’s already back and the criminals behind it seem more determined than ever, adding a trojan and a cryptojacker to their adware scheme. A new malware campaign has counted a Chinese news website among its victims and has used… Read more →

Experian buys MyHealthDirect, expands healthcare data footprint

Special Feature The NHS and technology: How innovation is revolutionizing healthcare (free PDF) AI and robots, IoT, virtual and augmented reality, and wearables—all are innovative technologies that could boost healthcare and productivity across the NHS. This ebook looks at how these technologies are being implemented and their current and future impact on health services. Read More Experian, best known a… Read more →

Spanish brothel chain leaves internal database exposed online

A Spanish brothel chain running “men’s clubs” in Barcelona and Valencia has left a database exposed online without a password, leaking troves of sensitive information such as details for thousands of escort girls, customer reviews, and the club’s very own financial details. The leaky server, found by Bob Diachenko of Security Discovery, is your typical case of a MongoDB database… Read more →

WhatsApp vulnerabilities ‘put words in your mouth,’ lets hackers take over conversations

A series of vulnerabilities in WhatsApp which could permit hackers to tamper with conversations have been made public.  On Wednesday, Check Point security researchers Dikla Barda, Roman Zaikin, and Oded Vanunu revealed three methods of attack exploiting these vulnerabilities.  According to the team, the bugs “could allow threat actors to intercept and manipulate messages sent in both private and group… Read more →

Rimini Street launches application management services for SAP

Rimini Street said it is expanding into higher level support services with the global availability of application management services for SAP enterprise software. The move upstream in support provides a potential growth avenue for Rimini. Typically, Rimini has offered third party support for lower level licenses. Now Rimini Street can run SAP systems for enterprises. Rimini’s application management services for… Read more →

Three ads generate 5.5 times more revenue than a web-based cryptojacking script

Image: Dmitry Moraine Web-based cryptocurrency mining, also known as cryptojacking or drive-by mining, never stood a chance to become an alternative revenue stream or replace classic ads. According to new academic research published this month, a website that includes three ads makes 5.5 times more revenue than a website that deploys a cryptojacking script for the average duration of a… Read more →