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Google’s Action Blocks makes Google Assistant more accessible on Android devices

Google on Wednesday announced a new tool to help users with cognitive disabilities take advantage of Google Assistant on Android devices. Called Action Blocks, the new tool lets you create shortcuts for anything the AI-powered assistant can already do on your device. With Action Blocks, users can accomplish tasks — such as calling a family member, or booking a ride with… Read more →

Zendesk discloses 2016 data breach

Customer support ticketing platform Zendesk disclosed today a security breach dating back to November 2016. In a message posted on its website, the company said that a hacker accessed the personal information of approximately 10,000 users that had registered Zendesk Support and Chat accounts. Zendesk said it discovered the breach last week, on September 24, nearly three years after it… Read more →

What is Windows 10X? Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s dual-screen OS

Foldable future: How Microsoft hopes to define a new hardware category with Surface Neo and Duo ZDNet’s Larry Dignan and TechRepublic’s Bill Detwiler discuss why Microsoft’s Windows-based Surface Neo and Android-based Surface Duo are just a glimpse at the dual-screen, foldable devices that will redefine the laptop, tablet, and phone markets. Read more: https://zd.net/2oEa5Zj Microsoft teased its long-rumored, dual-screen Surface… Read more →

Microsoft’s new Surface models: Specs, pricing, dates for Pro 7, Laptop 3 and Arm devices

Microsoft creates high-level team to give users more control over their data Microsoft is staffing up a new Data Dignity team in its CTO’s office which could help users to control their own personal data, ultimately to the point of buying and selling it. At its Oct. 2 fall hardware event, Microsoft took the wraps off a number of new… Read more →

Surface Duo: Microsoft’s dual-screen Android phone

Foldable future: How Microsoft hopes to define a new hardware category with Surface Neo and Duo ZDNet’s Larry Dignan and TechRepublic’s Bill Detwiler discuss why Microsoft’s Windows-based Surface Neo and Android-based Surface Duo are just a glimpse at the dual-screen, foldable devices that will redefine the laptop, tablet, and phone markets. Read more: https://zd.net/2oEa5Zj Those crazy Microsoft Android phone rumors were… Read more →

Six days with the Samsung Galaxy Fold: Is it really as fragile as Samsung warns?

Samsung Galaxy Fold: What happens next? TechRepublic’s Karen Roby asks ZDNet’s Adrain Kingsley-Hughes about the future of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Read more: https://zd.net/2DApe2J People are hard to please and after regular articles lamenting the lack of innovation in the smartphone industry it seems there is widespread desire to see the Samsung Galaxy Fold fail. After the failed first launch earlier… Read more →

Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans make Mastercard, Visa, Libra backers nervous

Global firms working on brand cryptocurrencies take a cue from Facebook’s Libra case Lines are blurring between fintech banking and consumer digital wallets, major consumer brands have much to gain and more to lose as the race to serve future customers with their own unique currencies accelerates. Mastercard, Visa, and other financial institutions that embroiled themselves in a coalition designed… Read more →

Microsoft’s Surface event: How to watch and what to expect

After issuing a “Save the Date” for its fall hardware event a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft is sharing a bit more information about the upcoming launch.  Here’s everything you need to know, including what you can expect and how you can watch the event unfold yourself. Also: Microsoft’s new Surface devices: Arm-based 2-in-1 among big leak of images  When is Microsoft’s event?… Read more →

IBM and Canonical work together in financial services

IBM’s mainframe: A long-evolving system IBM’s launch of the IBM Z promises to encrypt data all the time throughout multiple systems, and the rebranding of mainframe to simply IBM Z is just the latest transformation of the brand, which can handle 12 billion transactions a day. Here’s a quick look at IBM’s mainframe history. Yes, IBM bought Red Hat, but… Read more →

What can you do about the ‘unfixable’ exploit affecting almost every iPhone and iPad?

The Checkm8 exploit, described by the security researcher who published it as “a permanent unpatchable bootrom exploit” might be good news for the jailbreaking community who can use it to unlock devices, but it’s not so good for those worried about keeping their iPhones and iPads secure. Must read: iOS 13: Security and privacy settings you need to tweak and… Read more →

Intel proposes new SAPM memory type to protect against Spectre-like attacks

TechRepublic Raspberry Pi: A cheat sheet Read More Intel published last week a research paper detailing a new type of computer memory that was specifically designed to safeguard against speculative execution side-channel attacks, such as Meltdown, Spectre, L1TF, SGXSpectre, SWAPGSAttack, Zombieload, MDS, and others. Speculative execution side-channel attacks are vulnerabilities in how a processor handles speculative execution, a process through… Read more →