Sabina Weston
More than half of businesses saw rising fraud levels this year
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Security

More than half of businesses saw rising fraud levels this year

Each individual identity fraud attempt could cost an organisation between £1,000 and £4,999 on average
23 Nov 2020
Police CyberAlarm monitoring tool rolls out across England and Wales
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Security

Police CyberAlarm monitoring tool rolls out across England and Wales

The Home Office-funded service monitors a business’ internet traffic and provides regular reports on suspected malicious activity
23 Nov 2020
Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout
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Security

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout

Only 1:1 messages will be automatically protected as part of the trial
20 Nov 2020
UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force
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cyber security

UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force

The NCF will combine the expertise of GCHQ, MoD, MI6, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
20 Nov 2020
UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit
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Policy & legislation

UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit

Review may consider a reduction to the 25% available shares requirement for listing on the London Stock Exchange
19 Nov 2020
Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch
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Domain Name System (DNS)

Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch

Decision likely taken after recent backlash from ISPs and the UK government
19 Nov 2020
Apple to halve App Store commission for small businesses
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SMB

Apple to halve App Store commission for small businesses

The new 15% cut is a considerable reduction from Apple’s long-standing 30% fee
18 Nov 2020
Nokia achieves record 8Gbps speeds in 5G trial
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5G

Nokia achieves record 8Gbps speeds in 5G trial

The new record is almost twice as fast as Nokia’s previous 5G milestone
18 Nov 2020
UK's 5G rollout lags in Europe with just 30% coverage
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5G

UK's 5G rollout lags in Europe with just 30% coverage

Ericsson and Qualcomm suggest the tech has the potential to generate £14.8 billion in economic growth
17 Nov 2020
Huawei sells Honor due to 'technical equipment shortage'
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Acquisition

Huawei sells Honor due to 'technical equipment shortage'

The Chinese tech giant confirmed that the business is being sold to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology
17 Nov 2020
Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei
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Policy & legislation

Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei

American semiconductor companies had been banned from selling their products to the Chinese firm
16 Nov 2020
macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks
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operating systems

macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks

Apple's latest macOS update is rendering some MacBook Pro devices unresponsive
16 Nov 2020
What is Azure Database for PostgreSQL?
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databases

What is Azure Database for PostgreSQL?

We look at Microsoft's cloud implementation of the open source database
13 Nov 2020
IBM and AMD partner on AI and confidential computing
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open source

IBM and AMD partner on AI and confidential computing

The partnership will expand on open source software and frameworks to create better security for hybrid cloud
12 Nov 2020
AWS launches visual data preparation tool DataBrew
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS launches visual data preparation tool DataBrew

AWS Glue DataBrew allows for the cleaning and normalising of data without the need to write code
12 Nov 2020
Laptop maker Compal hit by ransomware attack
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ransomware

Laptop maker Compal hit by ransomware attack

DoppelPaymer hackers reportedly ordered the company to hand over almost £13 million in ransom
11 Nov 2020
Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows Kernel flaw
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vulnerability

Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows Kernel flaw

The patch is one of 112 issued in November's Patch Tuesday
11 Nov 2020
Intel CPUs vulnerable to 'Platypus' side-channel attacks
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Security

Intel CPUs vulnerable to 'Platypus' side-channel attacks

Researchers discover exploits that use fluctuations in software power consumption to access sensitive data
10 Nov 2020
Huawei reportedly agrees to sell Honor for £11.5 billion
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Acquisition

Huawei reportedly agrees to sell Honor for £11.5 billion

The smartphone giant is said to have struck a deal with the Shenzhen government and Digital China
10 Nov 2020
Apple puts iPhone supplier on probation for exploiting student workers
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supply chain management (SCM)

Apple puts iPhone supplier on probation for exploiting student workers

Pegatron misclassified its student workers and allowed them to work nights and unpaid overtime hours
9 Nov 2020
Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK
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Policy & legislation

Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK

The 17 items being returned from the US were stolen from the independent Sherborne School in Dorset in 1984
9 Nov 2020
Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'
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digital transformation

Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'

DHSC criticised for failed attempts to meet a 2018 target for a paperless NHS
6 Nov 2020
Dropbox attracts 1.25 million paying users year-on-year
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collaboration

Dropbox attracts 1.25 million paying users year-on-year

Results also show better than expected revenues for the third quarter
6 Nov 2020
Samsung reveals 256GB version of the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone
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Hardware

Samsung reveals 256GB version of the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone

The device is expected to start shipping to US customers on 9 November
6 Nov 2020
McAfee: 7.5 million attacks on cloud accounts recorded in Q2
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Security

McAfee: 7.5 million attacks on cloud accounts recorded in Q2

The UK experienced the seventh-highest number of attacks for the quarter
5 Nov 2020
Community Fibre launches fastest home broadband plan in London
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broadband

Community Fibre launches fastest home broadband plan in London

At £99 per month, the 3 Gigafast broadband plan is considerably more expensive than Community Fibre’s other plans
5 Nov 2020
Mattel admits it was hit by a ransomware attack
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ransomware

Mattel admits it was hit by a ransomware attack

The leading toy manufacturer is thought to have fallen victim to Trickbot malware
4 Nov 2020
NCSC battles surge of COVID-related cyber attacks
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC battles surge of COVID-related cyber attacks

More than a quarter of all incidents reported in the last year were related to the coronavirus pandemic
3 Nov 2020
Apple looks set to launch first ARM-based MacBooks next week
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Hardware

Apple looks set to launch first ARM-based MacBooks next week

The company has announced a "one more thing" virtual event for 10 November
3 Nov 2020
Microsoft Teams meetings will soon support 1,000 participants
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collaboration

Microsoft Teams meetings will soon support 1,000 participants

The company's product roadmap reveals the feature will be rolled out in December
2 Nov 2020
BBC hit with over 250,000 phishing emails every day
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phishing

BBC hit with over 250,000 phishing emails every day

An FOI request has revealed that the broadcaster is blocking almost seven million malicious emails a month
2 Nov 2020
iPhone 12 delay wiped $100 billion from Apple's stock market value
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Business operations

iPhone 12 delay wiped $100 billion from Apple's stock market value

The drop is a reflection of how heavily Apple relies on timing to generate success in its financial results
30 Oct 2020
UK contact-tracing apps to start sharing data
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Development

UK contact-tracing apps to start sharing data

UK gov is in talks with NCSC to ensure the process is secure and reliable
29 Oct 2020
Samsung capitalises on Huawei downturn as profits surge
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Business operations

Samsung capitalises on Huawei downturn as profits surge

The South Korean tech giant managed to rake in record-breaking revenues in Q2
29 Oct 2020
UK records a 16% increase in new tech startups
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startups

UK records a 16% increase in new tech startups

RSM credits the growth to an increase in demand for technology to support remote working
28 Oct 2020