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Hands on with the Cubot King Kong 3: A rugged phone to suit everyone

The King Kong 3 from Cubot is rugged yet it manages to look good too. Its large 5.5 inch screen is securely encased in high-strength polyester which is drop resistant to 1.5m. With dimensions of 162.50 x 78.3 x 13.3mm and weighing 9.9 ounces, it is smaller than other rugged devices I have reviewed like the Doogee S90, and S80,… Read more →

Google announces new general-purpose VMs for GCE

Google Cloud on Wednesday announced the new EC2 family of VMs for Google Compute Engine, delivering the lowest total cost of ownership of any of Google’s VMs.  The new general-purpose VMs should be suitable for a wide range of workloads. For all but the most demanding workloads, Google said, they should offer comparable performance to the N1 VMs at a… Read more →

FBI shares security advice for online shopping

Image: Rupixen, Unsplash Ahead of the yearly Christmas shopping spree, one of the FBI’s regional offices has published yesterday a series of security tips to help users stay safe while they shop online. The security tips, part of the bureau’s weekly tech advice column, deal with everything from keeping devices up-to-date to avoiding online scams. While the Bureau’s advice is… Read more →

DNA firm GEDmatch now operated by company with police ties, privacy worries surface

Biometrics and big data: How to create the airport of the future New technologies could turn air travel into a pleasure, not a pain. GEDmatch has quietly introduced a “partnership” with Verogen, a company that has created technology specifically for use in the US National DNA Index System (NDIS), opening the door for a fresh wave of privacy concerns.  GEDmatch… Read more →

Cloudera tackles machine learning "ops," governance

At the AI Summit in New York City today, Cloudera is announcing an initiative around operations of the machine learning (ML) workflow, also known as “MLOps.” In a nutshell, the company is extending the Apache Atlas platform to accommodate the governance of machine learning assets, in addition to the more conventional data governance and data lineage capabilities it has had… Read more →

Amazon Redshift turns AQUA

A key attraction of the cloud for data management is that the abundant, scale-out storage provides a great opportunity to consolidate data and break down data silos. When it comes to analytics, it is also providing an opportunity to break down the application or functional silos that separate data warehouses, which store and process data, from the tools used for… Read more →

TrickBot gang is now a malware supplier for North Korean hackers

A report published today reveals that North Korea’s government-backed hacking units are renting access to elite hacking tools and access to hacked networks from the operators of the TrickBot botnet. The revelation comes to confirm a trend observed in recent years — namely that the lines between regular cybercrime and nation-state cyber-espionage operations are blurring. This trend came to light… Read more →

DoJ arrests Ponzi operators planning to retire ‘RAF’ through cryptocurrency scam

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. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has arrested three men in connection to… Read more →

Prediction 2020: The future of robotics next year and beyond

It’s an exciting time to be in robotics. Driven by increasing diversification in the industry, the $100+ billion global sector has been growing by leaps and bounds.  Industrial robots are no longer the exclusive domain of heavy industry or huge factories. Collaborative robots in particular have helped expand the enterprise customer base to include mid-sized and even small businesses in… Read more →

Adobe patches 17 critical code execution bugs in Photoshop, Reader, Brackets

Adobe’s cloud pivot: What we’ve learned A decade ago, Adobe bought Omniture in a deal that revolved around creativity, content and data merging. It sounded a bit nutty at the time, but turned out to be one of enterprise software’s best bets. Read more: https://zd.net/2Lxtpzf Adobe’s December security release includes fixes for 17 critical vulnerabilities in software that could be… Read more →

455,000 Turkish card details put up for sale, web skimmers suspected

Image: Group-IB 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 Details for more than 455,000 Turkish payment cards are currently being sold online, ZDNet has learned today. The card… Read more →

Report: Facebook employee fired for taking bribes to reactivate shady ads

A Facebook employee was fired after accepting thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for reactivating an ad account that violated the platform’s policies, according to a Buzzfeed report. The Austin, Texas-based employee reportedly accepted at least one $5,000 payment from a now-defunct marketing firm called Ads Inc.  Earlier this year, Buzzfeed exposed a scheme in which Ads Inc. ran… Read more →