Month: March 2019

Microsoft deems troubled Windows 10 1809 good-to-go for business

Microsoft has given Windows 10 October 2018 Update the green light, telling business customers that the problem-filled feature upgrade is now ready for organization-wide deployment. The announcement Wednesday arrived just a few weeks before Microsoft will start distributing the upgrade’s follow-up to consumers and small businesses. “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received …

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APT group Elfin switches from data destruction to data stealing via WinRAR vulnerability

Elfin (aka APT33), a hacker group affiliated with the Iranian government, is described by Symantec as “one of the most active groups currently operating in the Middle East.” They have been linked with a string of attacks on U.S. and Saudi Arabian companies, particularly in the aerospace and energy sectors. However, where previously the group …

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Cisco warns of two security patches that don’t work, issues 17 new ones for IOS flaws

Cisco has dropped 17 Security advisories describing 19 vulnerabilities in the software that runs most of its routers and switches, IOS and IOS/XE. The company also announced that two previously issued patches for its RV320 and RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Routers were “incomplete” and would need to be redone and reissued. Cisco rates both …

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What’s new in Apple’s Swift 5 language

Apple has released its Swift 5 programming language, with a stable application binary interface (ABI) and binary compatibility that Apple says will result in the development of smaller applications. Interoperability with other languages is improved as well. With this upgrade, the ABI is now stable on Apple platforms, so Swift libraries are now incorporated into …

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New ‘routemap’ designed to help innovators navigate ‘maze’ to NHS

A new “routemap” of the MedTech landscape has been released to help accelerate the entry, adoption and spread of innovative technologies. The Academic Health Science Networks, in partnership with the Association of British HealthTech Industries, hope the report will help tech companies navigate the “innovation maze” and become a commercial success. Improvements in national policy …

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Shared learning: Establishing a culture of peers training peers

In a time of high demand and record-low unemployment, it’s more critical than ever for businesses to develop their staff. And by fostering an organization-wide culture of learning, they not only keep their workforce skills sharp, but establish a strong internal pipeline of talent that is much more likely to stay. “This is an important …

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Open call for digital mental health solutions for young people

An Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) along with mental health charities has issued an open call for digital or technology-based mental health solutions for young people. The West of England AHSN, Creative England and The Wellcome Trust have launched Create Open Health, an initiative offering successful applicants access to technical, marketing and sales expertise to …

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Data sharing in health apps ‘far from transparent’, BMJ research warns

Data sharing in popular health apps is “far from transparent” and developers need to allow users to choose precisely what data is shared, experts have warned. Out of 24 apps tested 19 shared data with outside companies, such as Google and Amazon, research published in the BMJ found. Researchers warned the data could then be …

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IoT roundup: Keeping an eye on energy use and Volkswagen teams with AWS

Much of what’s exciting about IoT technology has to do with getting data from a huge variety of sources into one place so it can be mined for insight, but sensors used to gather that data  are frequently legacy devices from the early days of industrial automation or cheap, lightweight, SoC-based gadgets without a lot …

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Cisco forms VC firm looking to weaponize fledgling technology companies

Cisco this week stepped deeper into the venture capital world by announcing Decibel, an early-stage investment firm that will focus on bringing enterprise-oriented startups to market. Veteran VC groundbreaker and former general partner at New Enterprise Associates Jon Sakoda will lead Decibel. Sakoda had been with NEA since 2006 and focused on startup investments in …

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