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Lazada CEO steps down after nine months on job

Lazada Group has appointed a new chief just months after Lucy Peng was unveiled as its CEO in March 2018. Company veteran Pierre Poignant has assumed the chief executive role with immediate effect, said the e-commerce operator in a statement Thursday. It gave no reason for the change in reins, except to say that the move was “part of succession… Read more →

Accenture intends to acquire Adaptly in social media marketing push

Accenture has announced plans to acquire Adaptly in a bid to boost its online marketing business via social media distribution and data analytics. On Wednesday, the services company said the deal “will help us to further reinvent today’s operating approach by re-engineering the campaign process with data, applied intelligence and digital technologies — resulting in improved [return on investment] ROI… Read more →

WordPress plugs bug that led to Google indexing some user passwords

A week after releasing its first major update in quite some time, the WordPress team has pushed the first security patch for its brand new WordPress 5.0 branch. Released hours ago, WordPress version 5.0.1 fixes seven security vulnerabilities (some of which allow site takeover) but also plugs a pretty serious privacy leak. The latter was found by the authors of… Read more →

Brave browser moves to Chromium codebase, now supports Chrome extensions

Privacy-focused browser Brave has finished the final phase of a two-stage process and has now migrated most of its userbase to a full Chromium codebase, the same one used by Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and soon, Edge. The new codebase translates to a 22 percent speed boost, if we’re to believe the Brave team’s word, but also means that the Brave… Read more →

Time to instill trust and confidence in artificial intelligence

While artificial intelligence-based initiatives are delivering positive results, executives are still taking a cautious approach to the technology. One area of concern is the ethics and potential business value of AI — seven in 10 even have special ethics training for IT professionals working with the technology. Photo: Joe McKendrick Ethics, confidence and business value in AI were front and… Read more →

Nvidia’s Jetson AGX Xavier module now available for autonomous machines

Nvidia on Wednesday announced the availability of the Jetson AGX Xavier module, a module for the production of autonomous devices like drones, robots and video analytics systems. It effectively delivers the performance of a workstation server in a power-efficient, palm-sized module, Nvidia says. It’s built around the Xavier SOC, which according to Nvidia’s Jesse Clayton, is the “first architecture built… Read more →

Bug allowed full takeover of Samsung user accounts

Hackers could have taken over any Samsung account just by tricking a user into accessing a malicious link, a security researcher told ZDNet yesterday. The vulnerability has now been fixed after the researcher, Ukrainian bug bounty hunter Artem Moskowsky, reported the issue to Samsung this month. At the heart of this Samsung account issue is what security experts call a… Read more →

Deal alert: Apple’s HomePod speaker is $100 off for the holidays

It’s the holidays, which means everyone is overwhelmed with all the “deals” available. There are so many that, at times, you’ve probably wondered whether they really are good bargains. Well, we have one for you that truly is a sale worth checking out. And the best part is it’s an Apple device. Apple is notoriously stingy when it comes to… Read more →

In a nod to growing recognition, Moment releases lens cases for the OnePlus 6

Image: Moment Today’s smartphones cameras are powerful, making the need to carry a separate digital camera less likely for most people. Moment makes a number of external lenses that take your phone’s camera to the next level. top picks The 10 best smartphones of 2018 All significant smartphone launches have now passed and as we approach the end of the… Read more →

Want a Ryzen chip for your setup? Save $70 on AMD’s second-gen 2700X

AMD knocked it out of the park with its second-generation Ryzen chips — and now, you can save about $70 on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7GHz 8-Core processor. It offers you 8-core/16-threads, 4.3GHz max/3.7GHz base, 20MB cache, 105W TDP, and a Wraith Prism (LED) cooler. Originally priced at $329, you can now get the 2700X 3.7GHz chip for $289.99… Read more →

Rhode Island sues Google after latest Google+ API leak

A day after Google announced a Google+ API leak that could have exposed the personal information of over 52.5 million users, a Rhode Island government entity filed a class-action lawsuit in a California court. The lawsuit was announced yesterday on the website of the Rhode Island government. The government entity which filed it is the Employees Retirement System of Rhode… Read more →