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Huawei P40 Pro: Android phone without Google? No problem!

For those of you like myself who managed to escape more important distractions last week, you might have noticed that Chinese consumer electronics giant Huawei released its P40 Pro flagship smartphone. Of course, you won’t see this device released in the US. American companies have been mostly unable to do any business with Huawei in any substantial way, which includes the… Read more →

This 5G smartphone comes with Android, Linux – and a keyboard. Back to the future with the Astro Slide

The Astro Slide, in PDA mode (left) and smartphone mode (right). Images: Planet Computers London-based Planet Computers is on a mission to reinvent the iconic Psion Series 5 PDA for the smartphone age. Although mobile professionals — especially those old enough to remember the 1997 Series 5 with affection — are often open to the idea, the company’s previous efforts,… Read more →

RDP and VPN use skyrocketed since coronavirus onset

Image: Shodan The use of remote access technologies like RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) has skyrocketed 41% and 33%, respectively, since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The move comes as a large number of companies have asked staff to work from home, which usually entails connecting to internal intranets via remote access technologies like… Read more →

Providing mission-critical services amid COVID-19 is India’s greatest IT challenge yet

In Bangalore, seeing 1.5 million workers buzzing about from day to night on any given week is the norm. To see reports of deserted IT sector’s campuses then, is not just surreal, it’s scary. And the world didn’t even have to conjure up visions of a zombie apocalypse to see this scene come to life. Instead, an invisible enemy has… Read more →

Voter records for the entire country of Georgia published online

Image via Mostafa Meraji Voter information for more than 4.9 million Georgians, including deceased citiens, has been published on a hacking forum over the weekend, on Saturday. Personal information such as full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers were shared online in a 1.04 GB MDB (Microsoft Access database) file. The leaked data was… Read more →

LG V60, Galaxy S20 Ultra, Moto G8 Power, Google Podcasts (Phones Show Chat #544)

With the retirement of the MoTR podcast, there are opportunities for participating in other shows. This week I joined Steve Litchfield and Ted Salmon for an episode of Phones Show Chat. top picks The 10 best smartphones right now It’s easy to find a great phone today. In fact, current flagship devices are so good you really don’t need to… Read more →

Microsoft: Cloud services demand up 775 percent; prioritization rules in place due to COVID-19

Credit: ZDNet Microsoft officials say the company has seen a 775 percent increase in demand for its cloud services in regions enforcing social distancing and/or shelter-in place due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. On March 28, officials also elaborated on some of the temporary cloud-service restrictions that Microsoft has put in place as a result of the pandemic. In a March… Read more →

Coronavirus: Making us love Facebook and Google all over again

Lovable after all? Once, we were stupidly in love. Our lives had changed in a beautiful, limitless kind of way. Our new lover, the tech company, promised a better, richer, more fulfilling world. Our lover told us that, finally, the world would see us for who we really were — wonderful, fascinating and, most of all, so lovable. Or, even… Read more →

Source code of Dharma ransomware pops up for sale on hacking forums

Image: ZDNet The source code of a major ransomware strain named Dharma has been put up for sale on two Russian hacker forums over the weekend. The FBI, in a talk at the RSA security conference this year, ranked Dharma the second most lucrative ransomware operation in recent years, having extorted more than $24 million in payments from victims between… Read more →

In artificial intelligence, enterprises still not minding their data

Data is the raw material that fuels artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives, but it actually can’t be that raw. It needs to be as accurate, timely and well-vetted as possible — or else AI will deliver erroneous or biased results. At this stage, most enterprises haven’t quite locked down the viability of the data employed within their AI efforts. … Read more →

Apple inserts a laughable trick into its new privacy policy

Et tu, Apple? Image: Alisina Elyasi The thought is tattooed across my forearms every time I pick up an Apple product. Tim Cook’s company stands truly, madly, deeply for privacy. The likes of Google and Facebook stand for deep intrusion into every nook of your personal space. At least, that’s Cook’s contention. Ed Bott Here’s how you can still get… Read more →

Best apps for life under lockdown

How to secure your iPhone or iPad from hackers, snoopers, and thieves (iOS 12.2) Your iPhone and iPad is likely packed with important, valuable, and even sensitive information that you might not want others to be able to access. Here are the steps you should take … Source Article from apps for life under lockdown blogs for ZDNetLatest blogs… Read more →