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ServiceNow buys Loom Systems to extend AIOps capabilities

ServiceNow, makers of a cloud automation platform used for IT service and other functions, is buying Israel-based AIOps provider Loom Systems, the company announced Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  ServiceNow aims to simplify and automate workflows across multiple functions. The company began as an IT service cloud platform, but has expanded into human resources, finance and… Read more →

VanTop Moment 6S action camera hands-on: Image stabilization delivers great videos

I quite liked the VanTop Moment 3 action camera when I looked at it in 2018. It was a nice, easy to use, low-cost camera with a whole host of accessories. I was interested to see how the VanTop Moment 6S compared. The box is packed with accessories. There is a waterproof housing, one long and two short connectors, a 360-degree… Read more →

Microsoft to launch its first cloud region in Israel in 2021

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is planning to open its first cloud region in Israel next year, company officials said on January 22. That brings Microsoft’s total of announced cloud regions to 56 across 21 countries. Microsoft plans to make Azure available in the Israel region starting in 2021 with Office 365 to follow. Officials said the new region will allow customers… Read more →

Microsoft to forcibly install Bing search extension in Chrome for Office 365 ProPlus users

Image: Microsoft TechRepublic 10 things you should never do in Excel Read More Microsoft plans to forcibly install the “Microsoft Search in Bing” extension in Chrome browsers for some of its Office 365 ProPlus customers. The Chrome extension will be forcibly installed starting with Office 365 ProPlus version 2002, scheduled for release in February, and a broader rollout in March…. Read more →

Coalition acquires IoT search engine BinaryEdge

Image: BinaryEdge, ZDNet Special feature Special report: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (free PDF) This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a detailed look at how to build risk management policies to protect your critical digital assets. Read More Cyber-insurance provider Coalition announced today it acquired BinaryEdge, a company that runs a search engine for internet-exposed devices…. Read more →

ProtonVPN apps handed to open source community in transparency push

Why 2019 was the year of Linux and open-source software These five stories show why the future of technology belongs to Linux and open-source software. ProtonVPN has handed over application code to the open source community in a bid to improve transparency and security standards.  On Tuesday, the virtual private network (VPN) provider, also known for the ProtonMail secure email… Read more →

AI in the court: Are robot judges next?

The legal industry finds ways to leverage AI How far are we from seeing “robot judges”? ZDNet’s Stephanie Condon discusses with Karen Roby. Read more: As in many other industries, AI carries great promise as well as risks for the legal industry. In the court system, though, the stakes are unusually high. Using a predictive algorithm to determine your… Read more →

In enterprise attack wave, NetWire Trojan now buries itself in disk image files

Why did a sophisticated banking Trojan start to send nasty SMSs? The feature is certainly one way to advertise a malware infection on your smartphone. A new NetWire RAT campaign has been spotted that uses fake disk image attachments loaded with malware in business email scams. The NetWire Remote Access Trojan (RAT) is key to this latest threat to enterprise… Read more →

German government to pay €800,000 in Windows 7 ESU fees this year

Image: Microsoft The German federal government stands to pay at least €800,000 ($886,000) this year to Microsoft, local media reported. The sum represents support fees for over 33,000 government workstations that are still running Windows 7, a Microsoft operating system that reached end of support (EoS) on January 14, and for which Microsoft has stopped providing free security updates and… Read more →

Biometric ID a worry but still acceptable to Australians: AIC

Facial recognition tech needs immediate regulation, says privacy watchdog UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office challenges the interpretation of a court ruling that gave the green light for using facial recognition on the public. The vast majority of Australians are concerned about the use of biometric technologies to confirm their identity, according to newly-published research by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)…. Read more →

HP debuts new Education Edition Chromebooks designed for classroom durability

HP on Tuesday announced new Chromebooks for the education market designed to be more powerful and durable for students and teachers.  The HP Chromebook 11 G8 EE, HP Chromebook 11A G8 EE, HP Chromebook 11 x360 G3 EE and HP Chromebook 14 G6 are meant to withstand the rigors of a school environment, including falls from a desk, spills on… Read more →

VMware to acquire Nyansa for AI-based network analytics

VMware on Tuesday announced it intends to acquire Nyansa, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm that offers AI-based network analytics. The deal is expected to close in VMware’s first quarter of FY2021. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.  VMware plans to combine Nyansa Voyance, the AIOps platform for network analytics and IoT security, with VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud. The… Read more →