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Microsoft to modify Office ProPlus by end of April in response to Dutch ministry’s privacy concerns

Credit: ZDNet Microsoft is going to make unspecified updates to Office ProPlus, a subscription version of Office, in response to alleged privacy violations raised by the Netherlands’ justice ministry, according to a report by Politico. The Dutch authorities said late last year that Microsoft’s data-collection telemetry mechanism violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In its report last Fall,… Read more →

The 10 best smartphones you can buy right now

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 sat at the top of my list for many months. After using a Mate 20 Pro for a few weeks, I’m bumping it back to the top. The top four are very expensive phones and price was a consideration for number five that trumped some other features it is missing. It’s easy to find a… Read more →

Microsoft is revamping its Office Home Use Program to feature discounted Office 365 subscriptions

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft business customers who pay for Microsoft’s Software Assurance plans have had the option to make available discounted copies of Office for their employees to use at home. They’ve done so via a Software Assurance benefit called the Home Use Program (HUP). HUP is continuing, but it’s in the midst of some big changes. Thanks to a heads-up… Read more →

US Senators ask DHS to look into US government workers using foreign VPNs

Two US senators have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to look into the possible dangers of US government workers using VPN apps that are owned by foreign companies and which redirect sensitive government-related traffic through servers located in other countries –namely China and Russia. Their request comes after heightened fears on Washington’s side that foreign governments are spying… Read more →

Rumors of a Flipkart exit swirl around Walmart as chaos engulfs Indian e-commerce

If I were the senior management of Walmart, I would be feeling enraged right now for being duped by a craven and opportunistic BJP government in India. Demolished in the local elections — which was an important litmus test for the upcoming national polls in 3 months’ time — the BJP decided to suddenly, without warning, enforce a fuzzy e-commerce policy… Read more →

MongoDB databases still being held for ransom, two years after attacks started

Two years after hacker groups began ransacking MongoDB databases and requesting ransom payments, the practice is still very much alive, ZDNet has learned this week. While the original hacker groups who started this trend have stopped after a few months, new ones have constantly joined in on the attacks over the past few years, only to discover that the practice… Read more →

Google warns about two iOS zero-days ‘exploited in the wild’

A Google top security engineer has revealed today that hackers have been launching attacks against iPhone users using two iOS vulnerabilities. The attacks have happened before Apple had a chance to release iOS 12.1.4 today –meaning the two vulnerabilities are what security experts call “zero-days.” The revelation came in a tweet from Ben Hawkes, team leader at Project Zero –Google’s… Read more →

Google warns about two iOS zero-days ‘exploited in the wild’

A Google top security engineer has revealed today that hackers have been launching attacks against iPhone users using two iOS vulnerabilities. The attacks have happened before Apple had a chance to release iOS 12.1.4 today –meaning the two vulnerabilities are what security experts call “zero-days.” The revelation came in a tweet from Ben Hawkes, team leader at Project Zero –Google’s… Read more →

Amazon offers up regulatory guidelines for facial recognition

executive guide What is AI? Everything you need to know about Artificial Intelligence A guide to artificial intelligence, from machine learning and general AI to neural networks. Read More As lawmakers consider ways to ensure that nascent facial recognition tools don’t curtail civil liberties, Amazon is stepping in with a few suggestions. The Seattle tech giant on Thursday published a… Read more →

Facebook begins unifying messaging services for businesses

Facebook on Thursday announced that businesses and organizations using Facebook Pages will be able to respond to Instagram Direct Messages from their Facebook Page inbox. The move is part of Facebook’s larger push to unify the messaging services across its multiple platforms. Facebook announced the simplified messaging experience on Thursday at the Communities Summit it’s holding at its Menlo Park,… Read more →