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Those Galaxy S10 prices: Why expensive smartphone upgrades without 5G are just plain dumb

It’s only a week before Mobile World Congress 2019, and only hours before Samsung’s Unpacked event, and the Galaxy S10 has leaked in a Norwegian TV commercial. Now everyone knows what the thing looks like, and presumably, what it features in terms of specs.  As if you needed to make us agree to secret embargoes for this, Samsung? C’mon. CNET: Galaxy… Read more →

Singapore arms up on cyberdefence experts, opens cyberdefence school

Singapore plans to arm itself with 300 specialists trained in cybersecurity skills to better safeguard its systems and networks, and has opened a school to prepare future recruits with relevant skillsets in cyberdefence. The new hires will carry out various tasks such as cyber incident response and vulnerability assessment and be responsible for operations planning and policy formulation, amongst others. … Read more →

WinRAR versions released in the last 19 years impacted by severe security flaw

Image: Check Point // Composition: ZDNet WinRAR, one of the world’s most popular Windows file compression applications, has patched last month a severe security flaw that can be abused to hijack users’ systems just by tricking a WinRAR user into opening a malicious archive. The vulnerability, discovered last year by security researchers from Check Point Software, impacts all WinRAR versions… Read more →

The Curse of Bigness, book review: Breaking up should be easy to do

The Curse  of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age • Tim Wu • Columbia Global Reports • 160 pages * ISBN: 978-0-9997454-6-5 (ebook: 978-0-9997454-7-2) • $14.99 One of the characteristics of the declining turnout at general elections in both the US and the UK is disaffected voters who say it doesn’t matter who gets elected because they’re all the… Read more →

People don’t want to pay big bucks for a new smartphone

How much are you willing to pay for a new smartphone? As high-end smartphone prices leave the $999 barrier in the dust, the question of price is more important than ever, especially as a recent survey suggests that more than half of all buyers don’t want to spend big money for a new phone.  The survey of 1,303 smartphone buyers… Read more →

Severe vulnerabilities uncovered in popular password managers

A new study investigating the true security posture of password storage services has uncovered a swathe of vulnerabilities which can lead to the theft of valuable user credentials — but this does not mean you should abandon your favorite password manager any time soon. Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) published an assessment on Tuesday which documented the results of tests involving… Read more →

Nokia appoints new Brazil head

Nokia has appointed one of its senior executives to lead the operation in Brazil. Former sales director Luiz Tonisi had been working at the company for the last seven years and been promoted to lead strategy and operations in the Latin American country. Tonisi will continue to report to Latin America head at the company, Osvaldo Di Campli. “Being able… Read more →

NoRelationship phishing attack dances around Microsoft Office 365 email filters

Researchers have described a new phishing attack which is able to bypass Microsoft malicious file filters. On Tuesday, cybersecurity firm Avanan said the attack, dubbed NoRelationship, uses a link parsing weakness in email scanning products to hide malicious links. First detected just before Valentine’s Day, NoRelationship is able to circumvent Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection (EOP) URL filters, which scan Office… Read more →

Huawei has big plans for new Singapore cloud region

Huawei has opened a cloud region in Singapore with plans to develop the site into “one of its largest” outside its domestic Chinese market. The facility will offer the vendor’s full cloud stack and support local customers as well as China-based businesses looking to expand into Asia-Pacific.  The Singapore cloud region also would be suited up with artificial intelligence (AI)… Read more →

Microsoft reveals new APT28 cyber-attacks against European political entities

Microsoft revealed today that a Russian nation-station hacking group targeted political organizations engaged in the upcoming the upcoming 2019 European Parliament election –scheduled for the end of May. “We’ve seen recent activity targeting democratic institutions in Europe as part of the work our Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) carry out every day to protect all of… Read more →

APAC firms recognise AI as competitive advantage, but see corporate culture as key challenge

Some 80 percent of business decision makers in Asia-Pacific recognise the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in ensuring their company’s competitive advantage, but just 41 percent have actually begun deploying such tools. Amongst those that have done so, the lack of leadership commitment and skillsets are the top barriers they face, reveals a new study conducted by IDC and Microsoft. … Read more →