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Predictions 2020: Medicare, price transparency, and virtual care take center stage in healthcare

Time to refill your prescription: Alexa gets new healthcare skills The voice assistant’s new skill, which lets it manage users’ medication, falls in line with Amazon’s recent investments in healthcare. What is digital health? Everything you need to know about the future of healthcare How and why tech’s big players are poised to give the industry its biggest shakeup in… Read more →

Microsoft Teams becomes first Office app available for Linux. What’s next?

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is launching its promised Teams group-chat product for Linux in public preview form on December 10. Microsoft is making the Linux Teams preview available in .deb and .rpm formats for download starting today. Officials said all of Teams’ core capabilities will be available to Linux users. Microsoft’s blog post announcing availability notes that “The Microsoft Teams client… Read more →

Microsoft December 2019 Patch Tuesday plugs Windows zero-day

Windows 10 version 1909: Why this feature update should be a pleasant surprise Microsoft is getting the November 2019 Update ready for release to the general public. Ed Bott explains what makes this update different from the feature updates you’ve come to dread. Read more: https://zd.net/2P1kysX Microsoft has released today the December 2019 Patch Tuesday security updates. This month’s updates… Read more →

Canonical co-sponsors Windows Subsystem for Linux conference

Windows is porting popular Sysinternals tools package to Linux Microsoft engineers have already ported the ProcDump utility and are currently working on porting ProcMon as well. More tools to follow. There may never be a “Year of the Linux desktop” per se, but Linux on Windows, via the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), is certainly gaining popularity. Canonical, Ubuntu Linux‘s… Read more →

Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users for the past year-plus that after January 14, 2020, they’ll get no more security updates to the operating system for free. Even though users will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after that date, they’ll be more susceptible to potential security problems. To hammer that point home, Microsoft is… Read more →

Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users for the past year-plus that after January 14, 2020, they’ll get no more security updates to the operating system for free. Even though users will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after that date, they’ll be more susceptible to potential security problems. To hammer that point home, Microsoft is… Read more →

Retailers: Make your website accessible or leave money on the table

Retailers are using machine learning to predict which items you’ll return ZDNet’s Tiernan Ray explains that Indian e-commerce startup Myntra, part of Indian retailer Flipkart, has come up with a machine learning approach that can predict when you have items in your online shopping cart that you’re likely to return, and it is experimenting with deterrents such as offering you… Read more →

New Plundervolt attack impacts Intel CPUs

Academics from three universities across Europe have disclosed today a new attack that impacts the integrity of data stored inside Intel SGX, a highly-secured area of Intel CPUs. The attack, which researchers have named Plundervolt, exploits the interface through which an operating system can control an Intel processor’s voltage and frequency — the same interface that allows gamers to overclock… Read more →

AI, robotics amongst skills most sought after in Singapore

Singapore’s smart nation drive is fuelling jobs in the tech sector, with artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and data analytics amongst some of the top skillsets sought after by employers in the country. Soft skills such as customer service and partnerships management also are in demand, according to data from LinkedIn. The executive networking site on Tuesday published its list of… Read more →

Chrome 79 released with tab freezing, back-forward caching, and loads of security features

Google has released today Chrome 79 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, and iOS users. This release comes with security and bug fixes, but also with new features such as built-in support for the Password Checkup tool, real-time blacklisting of malicious sites via the Safe Browsing API, general availability of Predicitive Phishing protections, a ban on loading HTTPS “mixed… Read more →

Google Maps Incognito Mode rolled out for Apple iOS

Google to clamp down on Incognito Mode detection Company also triples maximum baseline reward for security bugs. The rollout of Incognito Mode in Google Maps has begun for Apple iOS users, giving them the opportunity to use the map service without saving search history in their Google Account. On Monday, Marlo McGriff, Google Maps Product Manager said Incognito mode on… Read more →

NordVPN launches promised bug bounty program

WhatsApp bug opens door to spyware with just a phone call WhatsApp patches a flaw that has been used to install spyware on Android and iPhone devices. NordVPN has launched a bug bounty on HackerOne as part of an initiative to revamp the VPN provider’s security posture. On Monday, the virtual private network (VPN) service, used to mask online activity… Read more →