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Blockchain helps enterprises’ digital ecosystems in Asia-Pacific

Blockchain: it could be ten years before businesses start reaping the benefits of the technology ZDNet’s Daphne Leprince-Ringuet says that after much hype, analysts say that blockchain technology is still a long way from wide scale deployment – and is currently too immature to deliver on its promises. Read more: Blockchain explained in plain english Understanding how blockchain works… Read more →

Four out of five think robots are better than their managers (for some things)

Are robots really threatening our jobs? TechRepublic’s Karen Roby sits down with ZDNet’s Chris Matyszczyk to learn that, yes, robots are threatening middle-aged workers’ jobs, and that includes anyone over 21. Read more: AI has infiltrated nearly every part of our lives, and while there is still a perception that robots will take our jobs, new data shows people… Read more →

Architect your automation strike teams

Warehouse robots for the rest of us Karen Leavitt, chief marketing officer at Locus Robotics, talks with Tonya Hall about how e-commerce companies other than Amazon incorporate warehouse robots into their facilities and how they work alongside their human counterparts. Emerging technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA), virtual agents, and machine learning — these are those invisible robots described… Read more →

Multifactor authentication issue hitting North American Azure, Office 365 users

A widespread multifactor authentication (MFA) issue is hitting a number of Microsoft customers in North America this morning, October 18. The exact cause of the problem is not clear at the moment, but Microsoft’s engineering team says it is working on it. I’ve heard from some customers that they’ve been affected since at least 10 a.m. ET. Microsoft’s Azure status… Read more →

Mark Hurd, former Oracle co-CEO, dies at 62

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd delivered a keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld on September 19, 2016. Oracle’s former CEO Mark Hurd has died, as first reported by CNBC and confirmed by ZDNet. The executive took a leave of absence from the enterprise software company in September due to unspecified health reasons, leaving the company in the hands of his then co-CEO Safra Catz, as… Read more →

Google is in serious trouble, warns top anti-trust lawyer

‘Right to be forgotten’ online doesn’t apply outside the borders of the EU Google wins landmark case in the European Court of Justice. Seth Bloom, former general counsel to the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and former attorney at the Justice Department Antitrust Division, said Google is “in serious trouble” regarding anti-trust scrutiny from many different places. Bloom said that the Justice… Read more →

Fake Tor Browser steals Bitcoin from Dark Web users

SEC pauses Telegram’s $1.7b cryptocurrency play The Securities and Exchange Commission has taken emergency action to halt the digital token offering that has already raised $1.7 billion. A covert campaign to deprive Dark Web users of their cryptocurrency has been exposed by researchers.  The cyberattackers behind the operation have been distributing a malicious version of the Tor Browser, required to… Read more →

Mission Health online store hijack went undetected for years

Understanding the changing role of the CIO in healthcare James Freed, CIO at Health Education England, talks about the change in demands for healthcare IT leaders. A data breach occurring on the Mission Health website managed to go undetected for years, the company has revealed.  Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is a health services provider offering everything from… Read more →

Singapore venture investments climb, with deep tech gaining some traction

Venture investments in Singapore climbed 36% year-on-year to hit SG$13.4 billion during the first nine months of the year, during which startups inked 437 deals. Digital tech companies snagged the bulk of the funds at 93.2%, fuelled partly by the growing internet economy, closing 278 deals between January and September. This was up from 145 last year or a 91.7%… Read more →

iOS 13.1.3 brings a bunch of bug fixes to iPhone and iPad, but no relief for calls and battery bugs

It’s been a busy month of iOS updates, and the latest iOS 13.1.3 brings a whole array of bug fixes and improvements to the table, but some problems, such as the call dropping and battery bugs, remain. Must read: iOS 13: Security and privacy settings you need to tweak and check iOS 13.1.3 brings a whole raft of bug fixes… Read more →

Singapore readies 5G rollout with potential for two additional licenses

Singapore is expected to have two full-fledged standalone 5G networks covering more than half the island by end-2022, with deployments to begin next year. Two additional licences will also be available, should there be interest from the industry, to enable telcos to run localised 5G services on existing 4G networks. Industry regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) on Thursday said… Read more →

Zappos data breach settlement: users get 10% store discount, lawyers get $1.6m

Image: Zappos Zappos users who had their data stolen in a 2012 data breach will receive only a meager 10% discount to use on the Zappos online store, as part of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement. Their lawyers, on the other hand, are set to receive $1,620,000 in attorneys’ fees and other legal costs, according to a preliminary settlement filed… Read more →