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Wave goodbye to passwords: Soon you could unlock your PC just by holding up your hand

PC users could soon be able to unlock their devices by waving their hand in front of it. Biometric technology developed by Hitachi Europe, which the company said will be launched next year, could allow PC users to unlock their computer by using its webcam to scan the veins in their fingers. [1] [1] By Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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Technology is making us more impatient, says study

Have you changed over the last few years? Beyond, that is, the obvious of now having your nose and eyes buried in a screen for at least 12 hours a day. I’m thinking more about your innards, your soul, your very being. Specifically, have you become a little more irritable? Impatient, even? [1] [1] By Chris Matyszczyk on ZDNet

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Microsoft set to close licensing loopholes, leave cloud rivals high and dry

Microsoft this fall will begin closing loopholes in its licensing rules that have let customers bring their own licenses for Windows, Windows Server, SQL Server and other software to rival cloud providers like Google and Amazon. The Redmond, Wash. company laid down the new law in an Aug. 1 announcement, the same day it previewed Azure Dedicated Host, a new service that runs Windows virtual machines (VMs) on dedicated, single-tenant physical servers. [1] [1] By Gregg Keizer on ComputerWorld

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Cybercrime: Ransomware attacks have more than doubled this year

Ransomware attacks have more than doubled this year, as criminals turn to powerful new forms of file-locking malware and additional attack techniques to conduct campaigns that are more lucrative than ever before. Ransomware came to the fore in 2017 because of the widespread impact of global campaigns WannaCry amd NotPetya. [1] [1] Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Director’s View

For this edition of our eZine, we decided to explore something different, specifically the subject of Climate Change and how it will be affecting companies going forward. It is a topic that comes up in discussions with CEOs on a nearly weekly basis and makes for an interesting debate.

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Many blockchain use cases need IoT to succeed, and more

Many of the most advanced and successful blockchain projects involve use cases related to supply chain and logistics, ranging from documentation management and goods tracking to trade finance. Having access to a “golden record” of key data is clearly a benefit in its own right — no more phone calls and email exchanges to reconcile data, everybody knows where the goods are, and so on. [1] [1] By Forrester Research on ZDNet

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Microsoft provides group policies for enterprise control of ‘full-Chromium’ Edge updates

Microsoft has published the template and documentation that will be required to manage updates of the not-yet-finalized “full-Chromium” Edge browser, making good on a promise of earlier this summer. When Microsoft first pounded the Edge-for-enterprise drum in June, the Redmond, Wash. [1] [1] By Gregg Keizer on ComputerWorld

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From low code and cloud, to AI and encryption: What you do with data needs to be about more than buzzwords

Digital transformation is one of those infuriating buzzwords because it’s both slightly meaningless and also a very sound but obvious idea; the same is true for ‘digitalization’. Really, they’re both code for ‘we already automated a lot of business processes and made them digital, but humans are complicated and rules aren’t good at expressing complexity, so now we’re trying to make things more flexible and powerful as we automate business processes with something better than a rules engine’. [1] [1] Mary…

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The business value of security: delivering the return on investment

Once seen as a barrier to innovation, chief information security officers (CISOs) are increasingly showing how they can help their organizations to achieve strategic goals. As part of our interview series with leading CISOs on how they not only ensure security but also prove its commercial value, we focus on business impact and ROI. [1] [1] 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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