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Windows 10 in 2020: Microsoft shows off faster Bluetooth pairing in 20H1 preview

Microsoft’s latest preview of Windows 10 20H1 brings improvements to the Bluetooth-pairing prompts and fixes a host of glitches for users on the Windows Insider Fast ring. In Windows 10 version 1803, Microsoft introduced ‘swift pair‘, allowing users to connect nearby Bluetooth devices from pop-out prompts and saving the hassle of opening settings to pair devices. [1] [1] Liam Tung on ZDNet

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Ransomware: 11 steps you should take to protect against disaster

Ramsomware continues to be one of the biggest menaces on the internet. Clicking on the wrong link could be enough to set off a sequence of events that ends with all your data being encrypted by crooks, who will only unlock it in return for a hefty ransom — usually in bitcoin or another hard-to-trace cryptocurrency. [1] [1] Steve Ranger on ZDNet

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Cybersecurity: 99% of email attacks rely on victims clicking links

Nearly all successful email-based cyberattacks require the target to open files, click on links, or carry out some other action. While a tiny fraction of attacks rely on exploit kits and known software vulnerabilities to compromise systems, the vast majority of campaigns, 99%, require some level of human input to execute. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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AI and ethics: The debate that needs to be had

Whether we know it or not, artificial intelligence (AI) is already steeped into everyday life. It’s present in the way social media feeds are organised; the way predictive searches show up on Google; and how music services such as Spotify make song suggestions. The technology is also helping transform the way enterprises do business. [1] [1] By Aimee Chanthadavong on ZDNet

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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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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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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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