Sabina Weston
Google under fire for 'problematic' response to employee racism complaints
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Careers & training

Google under fire for 'problematic' response to employee racism complaints

An employment law expert tells IT Pro what the company should have done instead
8 Mar 2021
John McAfee charged with cryptocurrency fraud
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cryptocurrencies

John McAfee charged with cryptocurrency fraud

The antivirus pioneer and his bodyguard allegedly made $2 million by laundering the Doge cryptocurrency
8 Mar 2021
UK competition watchdog to probe Apple's 'unfair developer terms'
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Policy & legislation

UK competition watchdog to probe Apple's 'unfair developer terms'

Apple’s 30% ‘app tax’ and potential dominance in the UK app market comes under scrutiny
5 Mar 2021
I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to
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automation

I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to

Are the Fresh automated stores another big-tech gimmick, or the future of grocery shopping?
5 Mar 2021
WhatsApp adds voice and video calling to desktop app
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video conferencing

WhatsApp adds voice and video calling to desktop app

Users will be able to answer or make calls directly from their computers, without having to reach for their phones
4 Mar 2021
Xero to acquire Planday for £159 million
Acquisition

Xero to acquire Planday for £159 million

The acquisition is Xero's largest purchase yet
4 Mar 2021
Intel ordered to pay £1.56 billion for patent infringement
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Hardware

Intel ordered to pay £1.56 billion for patent infringement

A jury ruled that Intel engaged in “willful blindness” when it infringed patents belonging to VLSI Technology
3 Mar 2021
Microsoft Exchange targeted by China-linked hackers
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zero-day exploit

Microsoft Exchange targeted by China-linked hackers

IT admins have been urged to urgently patch on-premise Exchange Server systems
3 Mar 2021
Zoom hails 2020 a “pivotal year” as Q4 revenues surge
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video conferencing

Zoom hails 2020 a “pivotal year” as Q4 revenues surge

The fourth quarter of 2020 was the third quarter in a row that the video conferencing platform recorded quadruple growth
2 Mar 2021
Apple releases macOS update to fix USB-C ‘bricking’ issue
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Hardware

Apple releases macOS update to fix USB-C ‘bricking’ issue

The issue affected recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air devices that used "unauthorised" USB-C accessories
1 Mar 2021
UK gov will reportedly buy stakes in tech startups
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startups

UK gov will reportedly buy stakes in tech startups

The £375 million 'Future Fund: Breakthrough' scheme is expected to be announced during Rishi Sunak's budget this week
1 Mar 2021
AI should include 'undesirable side effect' warnings, claims PwC
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artificial intelligence (AI)

AI should include 'undesirable side effect' warnings, claims PwC

Maria Luciana Axente says data scientists should respond to an ethical code just like medical practitioners
26 Feb 2021
Don't rely on data scientists to do AI heavy lifting, former IBM exec warns
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Don't rely on data scientists to do AI heavy lifting, former IBM exec warns

Ex-IBM Watson lead Phil Westcott says he has witnessed “a lot of overspending and wasted resources” during his career
25 Feb 2021
HPE's new business unit aims to fuel enterprise 5G adoption
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5G

HPE's new business unit aims to fuel enterprise 5G adoption

The HPE Communications Technology Group will help telcos and enterprises take advantage of 5G market opportunities
24 Feb 2021
Apple overtook Samsung to become top smartphone vendor in Q4
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Hardware

Apple overtook Samsung to become top smartphone vendor in Q4

The last time Apple held this prestigious title was in the fourth quarter of 2016
23 Feb 2021
IT hiring shows resilience in face of rising unemployment
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Careers & training

IT hiring shows resilience in face of rising unemployment

The tech sector has created 100,000 roles since the start of the pandemic and 67% of IT leaders plan to recruit in 2021
23 Feb 2021
Hackers turn to 'silent stealing' in bid to exploit home workers
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scams

Hackers turn to 'silent stealing' in bid to exploit home workers

Cyber criminals are abandoning large-scale heists in favour of scams that earn them significantly smaller amounts of money
22 Feb 2021
Foxconn: Chip shortage will have 'limited impact' on Apple
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Hardware

Foxconn: Chip shortage will have 'limited impact' on Apple

The iPhone maker is set to face minimal disruption from the shortage that has crippled other parts of the tech industry
22 Feb 2021
WhatsApp presses ahead with privacy changes despite backlash
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privacy

WhatsApp presses ahead with privacy changes despite backlash

The news of the update resulted in millions of new downloads for rival services Telegram and Signal
19 Feb 2021
UK gov announces £800m 'high risk' scientific research agency
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public sector

UK gov announces £800m 'high risk' scientific research agency

The independent body will be based on the US agency responsible for the development of the early internet and GPS
19 Feb 2021
Amazon will let customers decide what tech it develops next
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Hardware

Amazon will let customers decide what tech it develops next

A sticky note printer, a smart food scale, and a cuckoo clock are all part of the first wave of customer-backed products
18 Feb 2021
Google introduces new video tools for Meet, Chrome OS
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video conferencing

Google introduces new video tools for Meet, Chrome OS

The company also announced that it will be launching over 40 new Chromebooks
18 Feb 2021
What are supercookies?
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privacy

What are supercookies?

Look! Up on the screen! Is it a cache? Is it a cookie? No! It’s a … supercookie?
17 Feb 2021
Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Petition urges EU regulators to ban biometric mass surveillance

Digital rights advocates say tools such as facial recognition bring 'internet-style omnipresent tracking to the offline world'
17 Feb 2021
Epic Games files EU antitrust complaint against Apple
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Policy & legislation

Epic Games files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

The Fortnite developer has accused the tech giant of “abusive conduct” that breaches European competition laws
17 Feb 2021
TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

TikTok under fire over potential GDPR violations

The BEUC is urging the European Commission to urgently investigate the app's "unclear" data collection practices
16 Feb 2021
Digital investment will add £232 billion to UK economy by 2040
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digital transformation

Digital investment will add £232 billion to UK economy by 2040

Digital processes in the public sector will create efficiency gains and cost-savings of £75 billion alone, according to Virgin Media Business
16 Feb 2021
Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app
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digital transformation

Post Office embraces biometrics for new digital identity app

Customers can be identified for passport and driving licence renewals from the safety of their homes
15 Feb 2021
Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition
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Careers & training

Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition

Over 37,000 girls have taken part in the challenge since 2017
12 Feb 2021
O2 fined £10.5 million for overcharging customers
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billing

O2 fined £10.5 million for overcharging customers

Over £40 million was inadvertently added to bills between 2011 and 2019
12 Feb 2021
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
11 Feb 2021
Virgin Media creates 400 jobs ahead of network expansion
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Careers & training

Virgin Media creates 400 jobs ahead of network expansion

The new roles range from network engineering and data analysis to finance and marketing
11 Feb 2021
HelloKitty ransomware gang behind CD Projekt hack
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ransomware

HelloKitty ransomware gang behind CD Projekt hack

Emsisoft CTO tells IT Pro that the sensitive data obtained by the attackers 'will most likely be leaked'
10 Feb 2021
Qualcomm unveils world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem
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5G

Qualcomm unveils world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem

Commercial devices based on the Snapdragon X65 and X62 are expected to launch later this year
9 Feb 2021
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt hit by ransomware attack
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ransomware

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt hit by ransomware attack

Hackers claim to have accessed unreleased Witcher 3 source code and threaten to leak it unless a payment is made
9 Feb 2021