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TechNewsWorld
Nov 23, 2020

The Best Hybrid Mid-Range SUV Might Surprise You
When we decided on a plug-in hybrid, after a lot of research it narrowed down to three with the right balance of performance and efficiency. Those were the Audi Q5 e, the BMW X3 Plug-in Hybrid, and the Volvo XC60 Recharge. Let's walk through what we ended up with, and why, because it wasn't at all what we expected.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 20, 2020

Smart Device Life Cycles Can Pull the Plug on Security
The use of smart and connected devices promises to make our lives easier, but it might also give their manufacturers greater control over our lives. Some companies offering smart devices, including Google, Belkin, and Best Buy have killed off their smart device product lines without warning, leaving consumers in the lurch.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 19, 2020

Student Inventor Wins Prize for Breast Cancer Screening Device
A 23-year-old biomedical engineering student is one of two first-place winners in the 2020 James Dyson Award. Her invention aims to help women around the world afford the cost of early testing for breast cancer. Judit GirĂ³ Benet captured the $35,000 cash prize for developing The Blue Box, an at-home reusable breast cancer screening device. Her mother's diagnosis of breast cancer inspired Benet to find an affordable and effective screening mechanism.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 18, 2020

New Internet Protocol Aims to Give Users Control of Their Digital Identities
The @ Company wants to give you a more secure and human-centric Internet built on providing you with true ownership and control of your personal data. To that end, the company has launched an app built on its new privacy protocol. This new standard will attempt to change how online vendors and companies wheel and deal with the personal information of billions of Internet users.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 17, 2020

DevSecOps: Solving the Add-On Software Security Dilemma
A report by open source security and license management company WhiteSource explores various factors contributing to the siloed software development culture and what steps are needed to achieve agile, mature, DevSecOps practices. TechNewsWorld discussed with David Habusha, vice president of product at WhiteSource, the state of DevSecOps in light of the report.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 16, 2020

Apple's M1 ARM Pivot: A Step Into the Reality Distortion Field
Last week Apple announced a partial pivot away from x86 to ARM with one of those claims so outrageous it could have only come from Apple. The company claimed its new ARM-based PCs would outperform 98 percent of those already in the market. No proof points, no material examples, no listed benchmarks. Just "trust us," this processor optimized for smartphones is magically better than processors designed to run PCs.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 11, 2020

Apple Takes Chipset Matters Into Its Own Hands
Apple pulled the wraps off its first computer models based on its new Apple Silicon chip at an online event aired Tuesday. The Mac Air, Mac Mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro are all being refreshed with the company's new ARM-based M1 chip. The move is the beginning of a transition, expected to take two years, away from Intel chips and to Apple Silicon.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 10, 2020

Social Media Upstart Parler Tops App Store Charts
A social media platform that bills itself as a "non-biased, free speech" alternative to outfits like Twitter and Facebook has seen a surge in interest in its mobile app over the last week that culminated Sunday in it becoming the top free app at the Apple App Store. According to Fox Business, the Parler app has been downloaded 310,000 times in the last week alone.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 09, 2020

IBM, Microsoft, and the Future of Healthcare
Healthcare is a mess, not just here in the U.S., but in most countries. Some of the biggest problems in this data-rich era are the lack of interoperability and fact-based advice. Two companies that stand out as aggressively trying to fix this are IBM and Microsoft. Let's contrast IBM's and Microsoft's healthcare efforts this week -- and we'll close with my product of the week: the most advanced electric motorcycle on the market.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 05, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Dedicated Internet Access
Although DIA can have a steep price tag and some installation complexity, most companies will opt for a dedicated connection at offices or data centers with mission-critical operations. Let's explore the benefits of a DIA circuit, as well as some potential considerations and drawbacks, to help determine if dedicated Internet is something your business should consider.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 04, 2020

High-Tech Workouts With Activ5: No Gym, No Problem
This Bluetooth-enabled portable workout and strength training device coaches users through five-minute full body workouts and measures data such as strength, precision, and other personal metrics. No sweat and no gym required. That phrase piqued my interest to try this new approach to strength building.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 03, 2020

Skills Shortage Rains on Cloud Advances
More than 90 percent of IT leaders surveyed for a recent report expect to expand their cloud services in the next one to three years. Despite this testament to the benefits of cloud adoption, enterprises may find a lack of qualified IT workers to fill those positions. A majority of cloud team leaders identified a lack of internal skills and knowledge as a top barrier to cloud success.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 03, 2020

Advanced Skills Shortage Rains on Cloud Advances
More than 90 percent of IT leaders surveyed for a recent report expect to expand their cloud services in the next one to three years. Despite this testament to the benefits of cloud adoption, enterprises may find a lack of qualified IT workers to fill those positions. A majority of cloud team leaders identified a lack of internal skills and knowledge as a top barrier to cloud success.

TechNewsWorld
Nov 02, 2020

A Momentous Week for 4 Tech Vendors
Powerful events and product launches by Cisco, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Qualcomm promise to make our future brighter. From more effective courts and legislators, to flexible and intelligent robots, to tools we can use to improve remote productivity, to validation that our justice system works -- last week was remarkable.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 30, 2020

AI's Potential to Manage the Supply Chain
Artificial intelligence has made noticeable changes to technologies around the world. Perhaps AI's most notable potential, however, is its role in the supply chain industry. The value of shrinking and localizing the supply chain process through the use of AI is more apparent than ever, and positions the technology as a vital tool.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 29, 2020

Some Smart Home Devices Headed to the 'Brick' Yard
The demand for smart home devices is projected to grow steadily over the next few years. Nonetheless, consumers should think carefully before making a purchase due to a trend of manufacturers phasing out "smart" products. While it does not look good when a smart device maker abandons a product line, these actions are far from random.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 28, 2020

Zoom Beefs Up User Security With End-To-End Encryption
Zoom gave its users a big security upgrade Monday when it rolled out end-to-end encryption for its online meetings network. E2EE puts control of the keys for scrambling data in the hands of meeting organizers. Before the E2EE rollout, encryption was done on Zoom's servers, where someone with access to those servers could intercept the data. When used correctly, E2EE can make it difficult for even the best-resourced intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on communication.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 27, 2020

Open Source Jobs Report Shows More Openings, Fewer Takers
The Linux Foundation and learning platform edX have released the latest open source jobs report which shows that, despite the pandemic, demand for open source technology skills continues to be strong. The 2020 Open Source Jobs Report reveals a spike in demand for DevOps talent, along with a continued lack of applicants with open source skills.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 27, 2020

Social Media Companies Top Data Grabber List
When it comes to an appetite for data, social media outfits are the most voracious, according to a recent study released by cybersecurity company Clario Tech. The analysis of nearly 50 of the world's biggest brands found that Facebook collects more than 70 percent of all the data it can collect legally about someone using its service.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 26, 2020

A Vision of the Future From Dell World
One of the most interesting parts of Dell World is the session on the future. This year, they spoke on a new branch of engineering that is solely AI-focused, the blended technology revolution surrounding food production, how AIs were intentionally corrupted, and how music, math, and the Internet create new entertainment types.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 23, 2020

The Trials and Tribulations of Paying Ransomware Hackers
There's no question that hackers are getting increasingly ambitious -- the average ransom demand increased from about $29,000 in 2018 to more than $302,000 in 2019. U.S. law doesn't prohibit paying ransom per se; but when victims pay monies to people or organizations who have been sanctioned by the U.S. government...they get into more trouble.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 22, 2020

Open Source Defies Conflicts of Interest: Red Hat Tells All
Red Hat, a major provider of open source solutions, has never had a comprehensive document guiding associate participation in open source projects, until now. Perhaps under the influence of its recent purchase by IBM, Red Hat recently announced the external publication of its open-source participation guidelines. The company released the guidelines on GitHub under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 22, 2020

Manifesto Hatched to Close Gap Between Business and IT
The BizOps Coalition hopes to bridge the gap between technology investments and business outcomes through an effort called the BizOps Manifesto. The BizOps movement has gained traction with leading organizations, helping them to better align IT with business outcomes. But more needs to be done. That led to the Manifesto's creation.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 21, 2020

DoJ to Google: Try This Antitrust Suit on for Size
Google found itself in the crosshairs of government regulators Tuesday as the U.S. Justice Department filed a civil lawsuit against the tech giant for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in online search services and in search advertising. "This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer," U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 20, 2020

Whom Can We Trust to Safeguard Healthcare Data?
Healthcare records were digitized to help prevent medical errors such as misdiagnoses nd mistakes with medication, but electronic health records have made it easier for bad actors to steal patients' highly personal information. Cybercriminals are further motivated by the fact that patient medical records are worth up to 10 times more than credit card numbers on the Dark Web.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 20, 2020

Aussies Mull State-Run Alternative to Facebook, Google
A warning by Facebook and Google that they may have to curb service to Australia if a controversial law takes effect this year has the Aussies reviewing their options, including setting up a publicly-funded social network. The idea was floated in a report titled "Tech-Xit: Can Australia survive without Google and Facebook?"

TechNewsWorld
Oct 18, 2020

Why are Homes and Autos Still Built the Old Fashioned Way?
We could build homes that stand up to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters. We could build cars that are lighter and more fuel-efficient. Like the opening for the old TV show, "The Six Million Dollar Man," we have the technology. So why don't we use it? The reason is that people who build homes, cars, and other things would need to be retrained -- but the result would be a more sustainable and safer world.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 15, 2020

The Big Tech Regulation Rigamarole
The Big Tech companies have arguably done what they want over the years, arousing consumer anger and distrust, and numerous complaints by privacy and consumer rights groups. That includes cocking a snook at governments. While all of the Big Tech firms have been hit with multimillion-dollar fines at one time or another, many argue that's a drop in the bucket for companies that rake in billions of dollars annually.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 14, 2020

Apple Finally Reveals 5G iPhones ... and HomePod Mini
Apple has refreshed its iPhone product line with four new models, as well as a downsized version of its HomePod smart speaker. All of the new iPhones are built around Apple's blazing fast A14 Bionic chip, support all flavors of 5G wireless connectivity, and are protected by a Ceramic Shield that protects the phone from damage after a fall four times better than in previous models.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 14, 2020

The 'Unix Way'
We neglect our OS at the risk of radically underutilizing the incredible tools that it enables our device to be. Most of us only come into contact with one, or possibly both, of two families of operating systems: "House Windows" and "House Practically Everything Else." The latter is more commonly known as Unix.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 13, 2020

Microsoft Squelches Trickbot Ransomware Network
An outlaw online network that's been used to infect millions of computers with ransomware has been disrupted by Microsoft. The company announced Monday that, together with telecommunications providers around the world, it was able to cut off the infrastructure used by the Trickbot botnet so it could no longer be used to initiate new infections or activate ransomware already planted on computer systems.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 12, 2020

Microsoft Hones Edge in Time for Holiday Shopping
Microsoft has aggressively updated its new Chromium version of the Edge browser with several features that should help you find gifts and save money while remaining safer on the web. Let's talk about these improvements to Edge this week, and we'll close with a new notebook from Gateway, which appears to have the near-perfect blend of size, price, and performance for our new COVID-19 normal.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 11, 2020

Newest RoboLinux 11 Update Goes Far Beyond Typical Linux
RoboLinux is one of the most advanced desktop Linux distributions you can find. The latest release is even better, making it potentially THE best Linux variety available today for desktop users. The Oct. 9 release of RoboLinux 11.13 is an upgraded build of the project's Ubuntu-based distribution. But wait, there is a whole lot more to RoboLinux than just another Ubuntu-based retread.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 08, 2020

Drones for Hire Take to the Sky
Drones are now commonly used for aerial photography and videography, to cover live events, deliver small items, and to survey dangerous places and situations. While some companies maintain their own drone force, others prefer to outsource their use of drones to service providers that deal with the regulatory and legal issues that crop up with the commercial use of UAVs.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 06, 2020

Zoom's Got Game for Poker Players
Welcome to the new phenomenon of playing Zoom poker. It is a novel idea that is catching on as the pandemic continues. The video platform has become a popular solution for friends who miss their regular in-person poker games. It adds the missing element of banter and social interactions that playing cards and other table games alone on a computer just cannot provide.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 05, 2020

HP Takes Us One Step Closer to a Virtual Tomorrow
We're moving at an impressive rate to create virtual worlds, but we have missed several critical elements. Now HP has taken a considerable step to usher us to a future where we really can mostly exist in a virtual, rather than real, office environment; and not only get more done, but be safer as well.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 02, 2020

Controversial Plan Urges DoD to Recruit Tech Pros to WFH
The United States Defense Innovation Board has recommended that the Pentagon hire civilians to work from home who can handle classified information as a way of attracting people with technology expertise. The individuals sought "will have technical degrees and/or highly specialized skills in digital technologies and innovation needed across the U.S. Department of Defense," which is undergoing digital transformation.

TechNewsWorld
Oct 01, 2020

Cybersecurity Assessment and the Zero Trust Model
Instead of legacy security models that differentiate a "trusted" interior from an untrusted external one, zero trust instead assumes that all networks and hosts are equally untrustworthy. Once this fundamental shift in assumptions is made, you start to make different decisions about what, who, and when to trust, and acceptable validation methods to confirm a request or transaction is allowed.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 29, 2020

The Risks and Consequences of Lax Patch Management
Earlier this month, a woman with a life-threatening condition passed away after hackers crashed the IT systems of a major hospital in the city of Dusseldorf. Incidents like this raise the question of why corporations do not patch vulnerabilities as soon as software manufacturers issue a fix.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 28, 2020

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way
At Microsoft Ignite last week, the breadth and focus that Microsoft demonstrated were arguably well beyond what any other company is capable of doing. This lesson is worth remembering because Microsoft, unlike its peers facing antitrust action, is showing how to become powerful without becoming a threat. The result is far more powerful and far less risky than the company's prior path.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 24, 2020

Cybersecurity Conundrum: Who's Responsible for Securing IoT Networks?
Surely spurred by the work-from-home necessities of 2020, people have connected a multitude of non-business devices to their corporate networks, making it progressively difficult to implement cybersecurity because every device is a potential weak point. So, who will ultimately be responsible for cybersecurity of an IoT network?

TechNewsWorld
Sep 23, 2020

Lenovo Expands Linux-Ready Computer Line
As the next step in its Linux expansion program, Lenovo has launched Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs pre-installed with Canonical's Ubuntu technology. The company also now brings Linux certification to its ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio, along with easing deployment for developers and data scientists, as it moves to certify the full workstation portfolio for top Linux distributions from both Ubuntu and Red Hat.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 23, 2020

Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps
Seven scamware apps found in Google Play and Apple's App Store corralled more than half a million dollars for their developers, according to Avast. The company discovered the malicious apps after a 12-year-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile through its "Be Safe Online" project.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 22, 2020

Cloud Gaming Revenues to Soar to $12B by 2025
According to gaming experts, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for cloud gaming. When markets grow, it can be at the expense of others in the market. That won't be the case for cloud gaming, at least for the next five years. A proliferation of cloud gaming services will be launched next year, which is projected to brighten the sector's revenue picture.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 21, 2020

Nvidia Arm Will Dramatically Change the Technology Landscape
Nvidia last week announced they are buying Arm, which will result in some exciting changes. This merger will open up opportunities for the company to create new, innovative, and compelling products across the technology ecosystem. Let's talk about that this week, and we'll close with my product of the week -- a new business class notebook from HP, the EliteBook 840 G7.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 17, 2020

Do's and Don'ts for SMB Cybersecurity Safety
The stampede from offices to working from home has strained IT security teams to their limits. As a result, SMBs find they need to get more bang for fewer bucks to fight off cybersecurity threats. However, even IT departments with limited resources can implement foundational strategies to address network security issues, and lay the groundwork for future investments.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 16, 2020

Apple Reveals New Watches, Muscular Tablet at Online Event
Apple pulled the wraps off two new Apple Watches, two iPads and several services bundles at an event Tuesday held online. The new watches include the Series 6, which boasts performance improvements over the previous generation of the product, and the SE, an economy watch model. Apple also refreshed its basic iPad and the iPad Air, which is now based on the new A14 processor, a five-nanometer fabricated powerhouse.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 15, 2020

Tech Job Market Hot for the Near Future
Computer systems design and related services added 13,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's August jobs report. IT employment in July was up by more than 203,000 positions since the COVID-19 outbreak; and there were more than 235,000 job postings by U.S. employers, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 14, 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone
For many of us a phone should predominantly be a way to communicate and aid productivity, as opposed to being a device of distractions. Though we communicate far differently these days, and the apps we use to communicate seem to prefer larger screens. This brings us to Microsoft's Surface Duo, which has twin screens and is very different from the foldable phones with which it will compete.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 10, 2020

The Perils of IT Security Hubris
Corporate cybersecurity has been increasingly compromised since organizations began implementing work-from-home policies in March as the pandemic continued its spread. In addition to the risks created by increased stress on personnel and depleted staff, IT leaders might be overconfident about the cybersecurity protocols and procedures they have in place.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 09, 2020

Google's New Phone App Feature ID's Legit Business Calls
Google has taken a step toward controlling spam voice calls on Android devices with a new addition to its phone app. The "Verified Calls" feature will display a caller's name, logo, reason for calling and a verification symbol indicating a business has been verified by Google. The service will initially roll out in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and India, with more countries to follow.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 07, 2020

Applying AI to Bring a 'Better You' to Video Meetings
The fact is that people tend to judge us by our appearance. For a lot of folks on video calls, that appearance has degraded sharply this year. Wrinkled clothing, no makeup, partial beards, hair on men down to their shoulders, and work locations that are sloppy, dingy and dark. These all have become everyday experiences on video calls. A few vendors recently showcased new tech to address how we look and sound in online meetings.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 03, 2020

Linux: 29 Years and Counting as a Powerhouse OS
When Linux was born on Aug. 25, 1991, it was little more than a hobby for then 21-year old Linus Torvalds. Today the Linux community is estimated to be more than 86 million users strong. Awareness of Linux in the enterprise was nonexistent 29 years ago. Since then Linux has become the backbone of many large and small enterprises.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 03, 2020

Reported Data Breaches Decline in H1 2020
Data breaches were rampant in 2019, occurring at an unprecedented pace. However, the first half of this year has seen a reduction in the number of reported events. Reported being the operative word. In all, more than 15 billion records were exposed in nearly 7,100 data breaches last year. This year however, the number of publicly reported data breaches has decreased.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 02, 2020

Most Tech and Finance Firms Delaying Office Returns Into 2021
Tech and finance professionals are joining the ranks of workers in other industries by delaying their return to in-person office work. According to thousands of employees and managers polled about their companies' plans regarding working from home, many U.S. employers have postponed return-to-office plans until as late as the third quarter of next year.

TechNewsWorld
Sep 01, 2020

FAA Clears Amazon for Drone Delivery
Amazon has cleared a key government hurdle in its flight path to deliver packages by airborne drones. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted the online retail giant a Part 135 certificate, which allows Amazon Prime Air to operate as an air carrier. The move lets Amazon make commercial deliveries under a trial program that uses drone technology announced last year.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 31, 2020

25-Year Anniversary: How Windows 95 Forever Changed Personal Computing
Last week was the 25th anniversary of the biggest and most critical launch in computing history. The year running up to the Windows 95 launch was a fantastic mix of media showcases, previews, speculation and excitement. From the standpoint of demand, nothing that preceded the product even came close; and since then only Apple has been able to drive the same level of excitement.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 28, 2020

Cash Crunch Could Stymie Municipalities' Switch to EVs
Municipalities throughout the United States have been switching from diesel- and natural gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles, to cut costs and reduce damage to the environment. However, funds are drying up as governments grapple with falling income due to lower taxes and business activity, along with increased costs to deal with the pandemic.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 27, 2020

Credential Harvesting Attacks Take Aim at Video Meeting Apps
Users of video conference tools should be aware of the growing risk of impersonation attacks. Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the exponential increase of users turning to Zoom and other platforms to collaborate across work and friend networks. Researchers have identified attacks stemming from Australia, Germany, the U.S. and elsewhere.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 26, 2020

Online Business Scams Decline as Consumer COVID Fraud Rises
Online bandits are decreasing their schemes against businesses but increasing COVID-19 scams aimed at consumers, according to a report released Tuesday by TransUnion. Suspected fraudulent digital transactions against businesses worldwide dropped nine percent from the lockdown phase of the pandemic to the reopening phase.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 25, 2020

OpenEEW Formed to Expedite Earthquake Warning Systems
A new coalition is building a low-cost solution to save lives in earthquake-threatened regions, rather than garnishing a profit from a new early-warning system. OpenEEW is an open-source IoT project with the goal to save lives by reducing the cost of earthquake early-warning (EEW) systems and accelerating their deployments globally.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 25, 2020

Pandemic Gooses Stolen Credentials Prices on Dark Web
After crashing in 2019, Dark Web markets for stolen credentials rebounded during the first half of 2020, largely due to major shifts in consumer behavior caused by the global pandemic. Hacked accounts for delivery services and physical fitness brands are some of the highest priced items on the market, according to a recent report.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 24, 2020

How Wing Is Plowing the Field for Drone Delivery
One of the enormous changes coming to us that has accelerated significantly of late is drone delivery, which promises to provide more speedy fulfillment of online orders. First for small items like meals and medicines, and eventually for larger items -- and even people. Still, drone delivery has some challenges to overcome.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 20, 2020

Health and Fitness App Exercises AI for Competitive Advantage
In-person workout sessions these days might seem like a thing of the past, while solitary workouts at home replace gym visits as an ongoing result of the pandemic. The use of artificial intelligence is not yet a common feature in fitness apps, but it is a main component in a popular India-based fitness app now focused on growing users in the U.S. and Canada.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 19, 2020

How to Protect Data From Natural Disasters
With hurricane season in full bloom and the additional prospect of natural disasters, the importance for companies to have disaster data plans in place is paramount. TechNewsWorld discussed disaster preparedness with a panel of IT experts. Check out their recommendations -- and make sure that you have not forgotten that one key thing that many companies forget to protect but regret afterward.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 18, 2020

Return of Remote Workers Brings New Challenges to IT Heads
For those business that got it right reopening their workplaces the first time around, they should be in pretty good shape for round two. But others that struggled to get a handle on operations will likely find themselves again in chaos -- especially where IT is concerned for the transplanted work-from-home employees.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 17, 2020

Digital Security Is as Easy as PGP
To be sure, there are specialized circles that make regular explicit use of PGP. My aim in treating PGP here is twofold. The first is to shed some light on it for the uninitiated. The second, and more importantly, is to teach the daring among you how to wield this powerful tool.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 17, 2020

The Critical Nature of Qualcomm's Appellate Court Win
Last week Qualcomm won its appeal long after settling with Apple, after Apple allegedly got caught fabricating evidence. This decision is critical to the long-term position of the U.S. in the technology market, and showcases that the U.S. legal system, while clearly under a lot of stress, still works.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 14, 2020

The Long Journey Into Holographic Transportation
Who can forget Princess Leia's hologram asking for Obi-Wan Kenobi's help in the movie Star Wars? That was perhaps the best-known hologram of the many used in the Star Wars franchise movies. The power and promise of holographic technology have been depicted in science fiction stories for years. Today, several companies are at work to bring immersive transportation to the real world.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 13, 2020

5G Rollout Includes Challenges to Supply Chain, WFH Value
The growing work-from-home movement amid the coronavirus and its likely continuing challenges is creating the need for more broadband capacity in more places. Mobile telco and other service providers are rallying around 5G wireless as the most promising solution for reliably faster Internet connectivity. But the path to rolling out 5G has been rocky and spotty.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 12, 2020

California's Early Warning Quake Alerts to Be Standard on Android Phones
Earthquake alerts are being incorporated into Android, Google's mobile operating system. The feature will be included in a refresh of Google Mobile Services, so a full operating system upgrade won't be necessary. That means the new addition will be available to most Android users -- except those in China, which doesn't use GMS.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 11, 2020

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook Rumble Over Game Streaming Apps
Apple's "Walled Garden" was built to protect consumers from malicious applications, but it can also protect the company from competition, as Microsoft and Facebook discovered recently. Late last week, Apple refused to allow Microsoft to offer its xCloud streaming gaming app for iOS and iPadOS at the Apple App Store. At the same time, it approved a scaled-down version of Facebook's gaming app, sans streaming gaming, into the store.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 10, 2020

Anatomy of Failure: Why It's Problematic That Zuckerberg Is the Least Trusted Big Tech CEO
Last week we ran a survey asking people which of the CEOs that were questioned by Congress last month is the most trustworthy. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg took the dubious prize for last place. Tim Cook of Apple was voted the most trustworthy. There shouldn't be any competition; Facebook has the tools and information access to assure it is beloved. Yet Apple, which doesn't have anywhere near that level of reach nor engagement, has a far better image. Let's talk about ironic incompetence.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 06, 2020

Amazon Clears FCC Hurdle to Satellite Network
Amazon has cleared a major regulatory hurdle in its quest to deliver Internet service to unserved and underserved areas of the earth. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved, with some conditions, Amazon's Kuiper Project, a US$10 billion low-orbit constellation made up of more than 3,000 satellites.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 05, 2020

New Open Source Initiative Consolidates Security Goals
The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Source Security Foundation as the latest initiative to improve software security. This cross-industry collaboration brings together industry leaders to improve the security of open-source software by building a broader community with targeted initiatives and best practices.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 05, 2020

Is the Gartner Magic Quadrant Obsolete?
Once upon a time, it seemed no organization had its finger on the pulse of technology more than research consulting firm Gartner. Global corporations, technology companies, and the investment community have trusted Gartner for insights and analysis across a range of market sectors. But today, that leading position has eroded, and the merits of one of the company's most widely known and used tools, the "Magic Quadrant," has lost its relevance.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 04, 2020

Google Bringing Cash, Nest to ADT
Google's Nest line of smart home products will be combined with ADT's security services in a partnership announced Monday by the two companies. As part of the agreement, Google will invest US$450 million into ADT to acquire a 6.6 percent interest in the security and smart home solutions provider. The deal gives Google access to an important channel for its smart home products.

TechNewsWorld
Aug 03, 2020

Congress vs. Big Tech: Breaking Up Is Hard (and Stupid) to Do
Like a lot of you, last week I watched the congressional testimony from the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google -- and there were a lot of apparent things that were problematic. One is that there are folks in Congress that likely shouldn't be in Congress, and another is that each company has some serious issues they haven't dealt with.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 31, 2020

World War II's Indelible Influence on Technology
When WWII broke out on Sept. 1, 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland, few could have expected the technological leaps that would occur over the next six years. The true lasting impact of the technological advances of the Second World War are seen in the ability to take commercial jets around the world, the ever-bigger cruise ships, and the massive skyscrapers seen in cities all over the globe. With peace came a new world of opportunity that lead to the Internet and much more.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 29, 2020

New Security Hole Puts Windows and Linux Users at Risk
If you are a Windows or Linux user, brace yourself for a long siege of vulnerability nightmares. The fix will be long and treacherous and could brick your computers. Eclypsium researchers have detailed a set of newly discovered vulnerabilities dubbed "BootHole" that opens up billions of Windows and Linux devices to attacks.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 29, 2020

Amazon Gives Alexa App a Makeover
Amazon's Alexa mobile app has a new look. The company on Monday introduced an updated version of the app that aims to give users a more personalized experience and moves all third-party "skill" suggestions off the main screen. The app is being rolled out this month for iOS, Android and Fire devices, and should reach all users by the end of August.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 28, 2020

Garmin Confirms Services Upended by Ransomware Attack
Garmin confirmed Monday that many of its online services have been disrupted by a cyberattack on its systems that occurred on July 23, 2020. Services disrupted by the attack, which encrypted data on the systems, included website functions, customer support, customer facing applications, and company communications, the company noted in a statement.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 27, 2020

The Case Against Full-Disk Encryption
The information security industry, with all its raging debates, has rallied around a small corpus of best practices. One of the highest on this list is full-disk encryption, which security experts regard as sacrosanct. This is the encryption that ensures that someone who snatches your device won't be able to know everything you've got saved on it. I'm here to make the case that most of you are better off not using it.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 27, 2020

The Essential Need for 5G in the COVID World
Much of my time recently has been spent looking at schools and companies that tried and often failed to pivot to remote work and education. One of the biggest problems has been connectivity. Our infrastructure wasn't set up to suddenly shift massive amounts of traffic from companies to homes. Exacerbating this are cable networks with shared capacity because they were built with the idea that most folks wouldn't be using them at the same time. 5G might be the only realistic way to deal with these issues on a sustained basis.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 24, 2020

Beware of Counterfeit Network Equipment
Counterfeit hardware, especially in corporate settings, is a recurring problem that often goes unnoticed. Having such gear online poses serious financial, operational, and security risks. Cybersecurity company F-Secure has released an investigative report detailing counterfeit Cisco Catalyst 2960-X series switches. The report highlights challenges facing organizations that discover counterfeit devices in their IT infrastructure.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 22, 2020

US Cloud Gaming Subscriptions Target $3B
Consumer interest in cloud gaming could boost annual subscription revenues to nearly US$3 billion, according to consumer research firm Parks Associates. There is renewed interest, the research firm's report noted, in gaming services that can stream over the Internet and deliver games to multiple platforms without downloads and without taxing local processing power.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 21, 2020

Windows 10X to Eliminate Onboard 32-Bit Apps: Report
Windows 10X began as a streamlined operating system for the Surface Neo, a premium mobile device with two screens that opened like a book. Now Microsoft seems poised to use the OS to power laptop competitors to Google's highly successful Chromebook portables. Absent however is ContainerOS, the technology used to run 32-bit Windows applications under Windows 10X, according to a report.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 21, 2020

The Past, Present and Future of Attribute-Based Encryption
Encryption is an obscure but critical part of everyday life. That padlock in the address bar of the website you're visiting represents the 's' after 'http' -- which stands for the latest version of Transport Layer Security. Together with Secure Sockets Layer, which TLS replaced, these digital security technologies allow encrypted communication between two parties, such as web sites or servers, and web browsers.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 20, 2020

Why Microsoft Teams Will Be the De Facto Standard for Video Collaboration
I've been covering video conferencing since before we called it video conferencing. It has been an exciting and somewhat painful technology to watch because it seemed like everyone in the segment fundamentally didn't understand that if you don't have interoperability and didn't focus on ease of use, it wouldn't work. Let's talk this week about why Microsoft Teams is trending to be the new standard for video collaboration.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 17, 2020

AutoTux is a Real Distro With a 'No Hands' Linux Installer
AutoTux is a fully automated Linux distribution that is literally a hands-off event from start to finish. It goes a long way to adopting Linux a no-brainer for Windows and macOS converts. Its self-installing approach is also the kind of Linux operating system that makes you wonder why more developers do not use similar strategies to make their Linux offerings such a foolproof proposition.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 17, 2020

3 Apps to Help Golfers Get Into the Swing of Things
Sports performance technology continues to advance and gain popularity as high-tech tools are utilized to enhance player performance in all types of athletics. Golf is no exception. Technology can be used to make aspects of this popular and challenging sport less difficult and frustrating, and more rewarding and enjoyable. These three apps can help golfers improve their skills, locate courses, and book tee times to enjoy their next round.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 15, 2020

Samsung Reveals 6G Vision
Although many people haven't wrapped their minds around 5G mobile technology yet, Samsung has already started talking about 6G. In a report released Tuesday, the company reveals its 6G vision of the future, including technical and societal megatrends, new services, requirements, candidate technologies, and an expected timeline of standardization.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 14, 2020

Google Clamps Down on Ads for Spyware, Stalkerware
Advertising for software and hardware designed to stalk and spy on people will soon be banned on Google. Promotion of products or services that are marketed or targeted with the express purpose of tracking or monitoring another person or their activities without their authorization will be prohibited on the platform starting August 11.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 13, 2020

The Linux Foundation's First-Ever Virtual Open Source Summit
The success of The Linux Foundation's first virtual summit may well have set the standard for new levels of open source participation. Summit masters closed the virtual doors of the four-day joint gathering on July 2. The event hosted the Open Source Summit Embedded Linux Conference North America 2020 and ended with more than 4,000 registrants from 109 countries.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 13, 2020

The Secrets of How IBM Maintains AI Leadership
IBM is chasing two of the three technology areas that I think will change the world as we know it over the next two decades. The three technology changes that I'm watching are robotics, AI computing, and quantum computing. IBM's focus has been on AI and quantum computing. I got an update on their AI efforts last week, and they have moved the ball a lot over the last few months.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 10, 2020

AI Advantages in the Wake of the Pandemic
Artificial intelligence will play a major role as we try to move to a post-pandemic world, especially as it pertains to tracking people's health and wellbeing in public areas. Employers will tap technology solutions to help them face challenges such as adhering to new rules and regulations, monitoring compliance, and ensuring employee confidence and morale remains positive.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 09, 2020

Tech's Role in the Future of Health and Public Safety
Digital technologies can help shift health and public safety agencies from a "detect and respond" approach to a "predict and prevent" stratagem. They can also set the stage for a more connected and data-led approach through robust cybersecurity architectures, efficient remote workforces, and secure connectivity services.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 08, 2020

John McAfee Emerges With Private Cell Phone Data Service
The Ghost Cell Phone Data Service is part of a larger ecosystem which includes McAfee's Ghost cryptocurrency and GhostX Exchange for private cryptocurrency exchange. "The Ghost brand will encompass a range of practical, real world tools for people to protect our rights and take back our privacy," McAfee said. "Privacy is a human right."

TechNewsWorld
Jul 07, 2020

The Current State of Open-Source Testing Tools
Tricentis and three survey project collaborators recently published findings that provide new insights on global trends in open-source testing. The study focused on the open-source tool testing industry, not how or if companies and software developers test their code. The results revealed that a lack of technical skills is the major roadblock to open-source tool adoption.

TechNewsWorld
Jul 07, 2020

DHS Brings Web App to Coronavirus Fight
The Department of Homeland Security, through its Science & Technology Directorate, has released a web app to help predict the decay rate of coronavirus in the air. The tool, entitled "Estimated Airborne Decay of SARS-CoV-2," accounts for the ambient temperature, relative humidity, and UV index in an outdoor environment to determine how much exposure time is required to "inactivate" certain proportions of aerosolized coronavirus.

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