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Google catches up to AWS and steals a march on Azure with introduction of cloudy Certificate Authority Service

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:43
Underdog gives Redmond something to think about

Google is introducing a Certificate Authority Service for customers of its cloud platform. AWS already has an equivalent, but Microsoft's Azure cloud does not.…

TriggerMesh hooks up with AWS EventBridge to connect 'virtually any application' with cloudy service

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:00
Welcome to the SMOKEstack, we've got fun and games

TriggerMesh has introduced an integration with AWS EventBridge, now in preview, that enables virtually any application, on-premises or elsewhere, to fire events in the service for automated workflows.…

Austria astroboffins shed a little light on how we might track orbital junk hurtling at spacecraft during daytime

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:15
Study reckons observation window would be increased from 6 to 22 hours

Researchers in Austria say they may have found a way to better track space debris with the hope of eventually helping to warn of impacts, assist in avoidance manoeuvres, and even remove the orbiting junk.…

Going for a song: Wales inks £300m in deals after shopping spree for hardware, software, and audio-visual equipment

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:30
Public and voluntary sector welcome to buy from framework agreement winners

Its place names may sometimes be unpronounceable to the rest of the world, but money talks in Wales. The local National Procurement Service (NPS) has named the winners of a £300m framework deal for a public sector shopping trolley of IT services, hardware, software and consulting.…

Apple re-arms the iMac with 10th-gen Intel Core silicon

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 09:00
Now with $500 option for very special glass that makes monitors sparkle, but no home-grown CPUs

Apple has upgraded is iMac range.…

NSA warns that mobile device location services constantly compromise snoops and soldiers

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:29
It might be best not to ask how the NSA knows this and why it advises most mitigations don’t help

The United States National Security Agency has issued new advice on securing mobile devices that says location services create a security risk for staff who work in defence or national security.…

What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 08:02
Wireless sensor to show 'how the body is responding in real-time' to treatment

Scientists have developed a tiny, implantable, self-powered, wireless transmitter chip for monitoring and treating glaucoma patients and other biomedical applications.…

China slams Trump's TikTok ban and buy America purchase plan

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 07:27
Accuses USA of working to destroy businesses it doesn't like

China has accused the US of abusing its national security laws to target Chinese companies after Washington threatened to ban video-sharing app TikTok from its shores last week.…

There’s no going back. We have entered the age of digital-first. Now we need to secure it

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 07:00
Tune in and hear all about new research into the benefits of safe remote collaboration – auf Deutsch

Webcast  Many of us have started to become accustomed to the new normal of remote working and are doing the best we can in business as we try to navigate the waters of digital collaboration. It’s become generally accepted that this style of working is – on many levels – the future of work.…

Alibaba Cloud reduces RAM, disk size and price of some cloud servers

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 05:58
Tiniest instance type gets price hike and spec shrinkage

Alibaba Cloud has quietly tweaked prices and specs for some of its cloud servers.…

HPE slashes Windows Server 2019 licence costs – if you buy direct for new AMD-powered servers

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 05:03
Two cores for the price of one, under eleven-month ‘pilot’ scheme

HPE has come up with a scheme to make its AMD-powered servers an exceptionally well-priced option for users of Windows Server 2019.…

Chinese debt collectors jailed for cyberbullying under ‘soft violence’ laws

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 03:31
Threatening and insulting WeChat messages and worse earn time inside

A Beijing court has jailed eight debt collectors for cyber-bullying creditors.…

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 02:02
Yes, you read that right, an American exec is actually going to serve time... eventually. When he chooses

Anthony Levandowski, the top engineer who pleaded guilty to stealing self-driving car trade secrets from Google, was sent down for 18 months in the US on Tuesday.…

Microsoft forked out $13.7m in bug bounties. The reward program's architect thinks the money could be better spent

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 00:43
'A secure dev lifecycle has a much higher ROI than letting the public do the bug detection work for you'

Microsoft's bug bounty program has exploded in terms of scope and payouts.…

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe – because we used astrometry: A Saturn-like world hugging its star

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 23:46
Mexico, US boffins used technique 'for the first time' with ground-based radio 'scopes to spot exoplanet

Astronomers discovered an exoplanet for the first time using the astrometry technique with ground-based radio telescopes, according to fresh research published in The Astronomical Journal on Tuesday.…

Mozilla doubles down on anti-tracking tech: It'll be tougher for wily ad-biz cookie monsters to track Firefox

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 21:58
Apple still leading in anti-cookie diet, Google – predictably – in the rearguard

A week after Firefox 79 debuted, Mozilla says that it plans to start rolling out version 2.0 of its Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) scheme to prevent redirect tracking on the web.…

As the world descends into madness, it's good to see some things never change: Monthly Android patches

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 21:15
Qualcomm bugs among the worst – including a critical hole in wireless networking

Google has emitted the August edition of its Android software security updates.…

European Commission: Full-scale probe launched into data slurping potential of Google's $2.1bn Fitbit buy

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 18:47
'New investigation casts fresh uncertainty over the deal,' says analyst

The European Commission has pulled out its microscope to perform a full-blown inspection - under EU Merger Regulations - of Google’s proposed $2.1bn purchase of Fitbit and the wider data implications for users and rivals.…

They say the tooth will set you free... so Brit dentist trade union tells members: 'Bad news; we've been hacked'

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 17:32
Bank account numbers and sort codes may have been accessed by intruders

Hackers who accessed the servers of the British Dental Association (BDA) may have made off with members' bank account numbers and sort codes, according to reports.…

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 16:45
Facebook's man told: 'OK, now you are just trolling us'

Linux devs have dismissed a proposed patch to the kernel that would only work with a Nvidia driver, motivating a second patch that will prevent disguised use of proprietary code in GPL modules.…