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Hacking and cyber espionage: The countries that are going to emerge as major threats in the 2020s

The continuing rise of state-backed hackers has been one of the most dramatic cybersecurity developments of recent years. And now it seems a new set of countries are keen to use the same tactics as some of their larger and more powerful rivals. Cyber espionage has been going on pretty much since the dawn of the web, with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea generally seen as the countries most likely to be engaging in cyber-espionage campaigns against Western targets….

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Forget quantum supremacy: This quantum-computing milestone could be just as important

A local bus bouncing its way through downtown Lisbon and onto its elegant waterfront might seem an unlikely vehicle to deliver the weird future of quantum computing. The bus itself is unremarkable, its journey from the outskirts of Portugal’s capital into the city centre largely indistinguishable from most of the other buses on the busy roads. But this bus, and a few others like it, represents one of the first real-world usages of quantum computing. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger…

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Microsoft Security Essentials updates not included in Windows 7 ESU

Once Windows 7 reaches end-of-support (EOS) on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will also stop updating Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7. Companies who purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) will not receive special treatment, and they’ll have to switch their antivirus app. [1] [1] By Catalin Cimpanu on ZDNet

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Special report: Blockchain in business: Where are we now, and predictions for the next decade

Has blockchain overcome its initial hurdles to become a mainstream technology? TechRepublic Premium wanted to know. To better understand industry attitudes toward blockchain, a recent TechRepublic Premium survey measured the awareness, interest, and the extent to which technology professionals believe blockchain will impact business. [1] [1] On TechRepublic

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Microsoft: We’re creating a new Rust-like programming language for secure coding

Microsoft can’t just throw away older Windows code, but the company’s Project Verona aims to make older low-level components in Windows 10 more secure by integrating Mozilla-developed Rust. The company recently revealed that its trials with Rust over C and C++ to remove insecure code from Windows had hit its targets. But why did Microsoft do this? [1] [1] By Liam Tung on ZDNet

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AR and VR are about to change the way you work, so get ready

There is more to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) than the hype: according to recent research by PwC, wider adoption of the technologies is going to add £1.5 trillion to the world economy by 2030. We’ve been promised that AR and VR are going to finally become mainstream technologies for at least a decade and probably more. [1] [1] By Daphne Leprince-Ringuet on ZDNet

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Microsoft’s M365 subscription for consumers now looking like a spring 2020 thing

As 2019 comes to a close, Microsoft still has not announced its expected Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers. It’s still on the agenda, but for next year instead of this one. And I’m hearing the working name for it is currently “M365 Life” (and codenamed “Alta”). [1] [1] By Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet

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Why corporates need to pool security intelligence — and instil trust in AI

Security products abound, but will there ever be a proverbial magic bullet that keeps organizations’ data safe? Not if the security industry continues to behave as it has for decades, according to professor Daniel Weitzner, principal research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. [1] [1] By David Needle on CIO

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Why taking charge of an AI future is now an imperative for humankind

Stuart Russell is not afraid to ask the biggest — and perhaps the most troubling — question facing humanity. The Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, who is frequently dubbed ‘the godfather of artificial intelligence’, is prepared to look calmly and rationally into the future and wonder: What is the most important event likely to happen to the human race? [1] [1] By James Lawrence on CIO

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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