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Google Chrome to block automatic downloads initiated from ad slot iframes

Google Google developers plan to add a feature to Chrome that will prevent advertising slots on a website from triggering automatic file downloads in users browsers. “We plan to prevent downloads initiated from ad frames that lack a user gesture to prevent unwanted drive-by-downloads,” Google developers said in a Chrome browser status page published today. “Download doesn’t make much sense… Read more →

F5 Networks to acquire NGINX

F5 Networks on Monday announced that it will acquire NGINX, which provides popular open-source software of the same name, for $670 million. The deal advances F5’s aim of capitalizing on the trend toward multi-cloud deployments. F5 plans to enhance NGINX’s current offerings with F5 security solutions and will integrate F5 cloud-native technology with NGINX’s software load balancing technology. This should… Read more →

Companies are leaking sensitive files via Box accounts

Image: Box Companies that use as a cloud-based file hosting and sharing system might be accidentally exposing internal files, sensitive documents, or proprietary technology. The exposure occurs due to human error, said Adversis, the cyber-security firm which investigated this issue and worked with Box and affected companies to correct it. The problem lies with account owners who don’t… Read more →

Best phones not sold by US carriers (and how to get them)

10 Apple products you shouldn’t buy (March 2019 edition) Apple products are expensive, so it makes sense to avoid buying anything that’s nearing the end of its lifecycle, or when you can buy something of equivalent quality from another vendor. … Source Article from phones not sold by US carriers (and how to get them) blogs for ZDNetLatest blogs… Read more →

Smartphone sales to boost ICT sector in Brazil

The Brazilian information and communications technology (ICT) sector is predicted to grow this year, boosted by increasing spend on mobile devices, says analyst firm IDC. The ICT segment in Latin America’s largest economy should achieve 4,9 percent growth in 2019. Mobile devices will increase by 18 percent, reaching $24,5 billion and representing 38 percent of all IT spending in 2019… Read more →

Chinese hacking group backdoors products from three Asian gaming companies

Image: Screengrab of Infestation homepage A notorious Chinese cyber-espionage outfit known as the Winnti Group has breached the networks of two game makers and a gaming platform in Asia to include a backdoor trojan within their products. Two of the compromised products no longer include the Chinese hackers’ backdoor, according to a report published earlier today by Slovak cyber-security firm… Read more →

Microsoft adds new Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 configurations for business users

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is adding two new Intel Core i5 models with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage to its Surface Pro and Surface Laptop line-ups. These new models are part of Microsoft’s Surface for Business program, meaning they are for commercial and education customers only. The new 16 GB/Core i5 models of Surface Pro 6 and… Read more →

Intel beats Samsung in Q4 2018 semiconductor revenue, claims report

Hinting at big changes both in the semiconductor market, and the wider electronics market, Samsung’s five quarters of dominance in the semiconductor revenue charts came to an end in Q4 2018 with Intel grabbing the top spot, claims an IHS Markit report. Intel’s semiconductor sales revenue hit $18.4 billion during the quarter, compared to $15.8 billion for Samsung. But it’s… Read more →

AutoML is democratizing and improving AI

There’s an irony around Artificial Intelligence (AI) work: it involves a lot of manual, trial and error effort to build predictive models with the highest accuracy. With a seemingly continuous emergence of machine learning and deep learning frameworks, and updates to them, as well as changes to tooling platforms, it’s no wonder that so much AI work is so ad… Read more →

How to stop your iPhone from tracking and storing the locations of where you live, work, and visit

A feature built into iOS is constantly tracking your movements and storing a detailed history of places you visit on a regular basis on your iPhone. The feature, called Significant Locations, is described by Apple as follows: Allows your iPhone to learn places significant to you in order to provide useful location-related information in Maps, Calendar, Photos, and more. Significant Locations are… Read more →

Robots on the gridiron: Bots are painting lines on sports fields

Any Little League parent will be familiar with the chore of chalking lines on a baseball diamond before a weekend game. Now there’s robot for that, and it’s an excellent example of how automation is sneaking into the real world without much fanfare. Founded in 2015 by Anders Ulrik Sørensen and Andreas Ydesen as a high school project, Intelligent Marking… Read more →