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Rory Bathgate

Rory Bathgate is a staff writer at IT Pro covering the latest news on UK networking and data protection, privacy and compliance. He can sometimes be found on the IT Pro Podcast, swapping a keyboard for a microphone to discuss the latest in tech trends.

In his free time, Rory enjoys photography, video editing and graphic design alongside good science fiction. After graduating from the University of Kent with BA in English and American Literature, Rory took an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at King’s College London. He joined IT Pro in 2022 as a graduate, after four years in student journalism. You can contact Rory at rory.bathgate@futurenet.com or on LinkedIn.

Windows 10 users locked out of devices by unskippable Microsoft 365 advert
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bugs

Windows 10 users locked out of devices by unskippable Microsoft 365 advert

Entering payment information was the only way for some to enter their own PCs
3 Feb 2023
OpenAI launches $20 ChatGPT Plus in search of greater revenue
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Business strategy

OpenAI launches $20 ChatGPT Plus in search of greater revenue

The new paid subscription tier will offer users improved access to the service, and a model built for businesses could be on the way
2 Feb 2023
Lacklustre leadership from DCMS delays UK-wide biometric identity platform rollout
A digital fingerprint with blue data streaming upwards from it
Policy & legislation

Lacklustre leadership from DCMS delays UK-wide biometric identity platform rollout

For years the UK government has longed for a fully functional digital identity system, but it isn't helping those who are crying out to build it
2 Feb 2023
Intel slashes staff salaries, bonuses amid disappointing financial performance
Intel's updated logo on a sign outside one of its offices
Business strategy

Intel slashes staff salaries, bonuses amid disappointing financial performance

The money-saving drive comes as the hardware sector has been hit especially hard by the economic headwinds facing all tech companies
1 Feb 2023
CISA: Phishing campaign targeting US federal agencies went undetected for months
Abstract image of a fishing hook through a red email to represent a phishing attack
phishing

CISA: Phishing campaign targeting US federal agencies went undetected for months

Threat actors used legitimate remote access software to maliciously target federal employees
26 Jan 2023
GoTo admits hackers stole customer backups in LastPass breach
A gloved cartoon hand inserts a key, the teeth of which are asterisks, into a keyhole against a red background
hacking

GoTo admits hackers stole customer backups in LastPass breach

In addition to losing encrypted backups such as hashed passwords, the firm has confirmed hackers stole an encryption key relating to the data
25 Jan 2023
GTA V vulnerability exposes PC users to partial remote code execution attacks
Rockstar Games logo appearing against a backdrop of the most recent games it has released
vulnerability

GTA V vulnerability exposes PC users to partial remote code execution attacks

Millions of GTA Online players could fall prey to malware or data corruption
23 Jan 2023
MSI to release securer BIOS settings after critical flaw discovered
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vulnerability

MSI to release securer BIOS settings after critical flaw discovered

The firm has admitted it essentially disabled Secure Boot on its motherboards in an attempt to improve customisability
20 Jan 2023
The tech industry needs to unionise now more than ever
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Careers & training

The tech industry needs to unionise now more than ever

Companies hoping to boost productivity should embrace unionisation so employees aren’t constantly anxious over job security or childcare arrangements
20 Jan 2023
Tech industry takes vast lead in green energy spending, biggest companies vie for top spot
Solar panels in the foreground against a background of dozens of wind turbines and Californian hills in the distance under bright blue skies
Business strategy

Tech industry takes vast lead in green energy spending, biggest companies vie for top spot

Big tech has doubled down on clean power contracts as the sector seeks to dodge energy costs and meet climate goals
19 Jan 2023
Cost of living crisis driving salary concerns for C-suites
A close up of two people's hands, pointing to charts on a budget sheet and a third pair of hands doing sums on a calculator
Business strategy

Cost of living crisis driving salary concerns for C-suites

IT leaders have indicated that strategy changes for hiring and training will be necessary to beat the talent shortage while remaining on budget
18 Jan 2023
Google Ads malvertising campaign prompts questions around Search security
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malware

Google Ads malvertising campaign prompts questions around Search security

A leading security researcher has called into question why Google still allows malware links to top search results
18 Jan 2023
Fixing STEM's gender bias with more classroom intervention
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Careers & training

Fixing STEM's gender bias with more classroom intervention

Experts suggest the government must step in to break generational barriers and ramp up promising schemes
16 Jan 2023
Microsoft’s $10 billion OpenAI investment could end AI competition before it starts
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Business strategy

Microsoft’s $10 billion OpenAI investment could end AI competition before it starts

Investment on this scale is likely to put Microsoft ahead of rival firms on text processing, but questions remain around its profitability
13 Jan 2023
Microsoft's VALL-E will usher in a new era of cyber crime
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Microsoft's VALL-E will usher in a new era of cyber crime

With its ability to synthesise speech from short audio clips, Microsoft's VALL-E poses a worrying development in the realm of deepfakes
12 Jan 2023
BioNTech signs £560m acquisition of UK AI firm InstaDeep to turbocharge drugs research
A medical syringe sits on a reflective surface, in front of the BioNTech logo (the word 'BioNTech' stylised in shades of green) displayed on a wall
mergers and acquisitions

BioNTech signs £560m acquisition of UK AI firm InstaDeep to turbocharge drugs research

The pharmaceutical giant hopes to apply InstaDeep's models to its research and supply chains, to improve medicine development across the board
11 Jan 2023
US 5G operators welcome new freedoms as FAA, airport concerns approach end
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Policy & legislation

US 5G operators welcome new freedoms as FAA, airport concerns approach end

Airlines will have until 2024 to upgrade aircraft hardware potentially susceptible to 5G interference
10 Jan 2023
FCC plans strict overhaul of 15-year-old US data breach regulations
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Policy & legislation

FCC plans strict overhaul of 15-year-old US data breach regulations

Telcos could no longer be able to use negligence as a defence for data breaches as the FCC also seeks to hasten public notification of breaches
9 Jan 2023
WhatsApp to combat internet blackouts with proxy server support
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encryption

WhatsApp to combat internet blackouts with proxy server support

The newest version of the communication platform offers a new way to bypass state-imposed internet limitations, but concerns remain over IP visibility
6 Jan 2023
Rapid7 hires whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko a year after Twitter sacking
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Careers & training

Rapid7 hires whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko a year after Twitter sacking

Zatko will advise clients at the security firm, in his first public role since launching his whistleblower campaign against Twitter
5 Jan 2023
Research: Luxury cars and emergency services vehicles vulnerable to remote takeover
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vulnerability

Research: Luxury cars and emergency services vehicles vulnerable to remote takeover

A "global API issue" has been highlighted through months-long research into brands such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz, leaving owners open to hacking, …
5 Jan 2023
First Microsoft union formed by ZeniMax workers
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Careers & training

First Microsoft union formed by ZeniMax workers

300 QA testers have voted in favour of forming ZeniMax Workers United, as the tech sector faces increasing calls for transparency and equitable condit…
4 Jan 2023
Software engineering salaries top $1m in Silicon Valley
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Careers & training

Software engineering salaries top $1m in Silicon Valley

Roles at the top companies in Silicon Valley lead pay in the industry, with Europe and Asia offering comparatively small compensation
4 Jan 2023
Verizon ends 3G support in US, finalises nationwide shutdown
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Network & Internet

Verizon ends 3G support in US, finalises nationwide shutdown

The telco has urged the small number of its business customers still relying on the legacy network to upgrade to 4G or 5G devices
3 Jan 2023
We asked ChatGPT to write our Christmas cards. It didn't go well
Three excerpts of AI-generated Christmas artwork
artificial intelligence (AI)

We asked ChatGPT to write our Christmas cards. It didn't go well

The internet’s new favourite AI tool can produce powerful results, but these are firmly rooted in the uncanny valley
16 Dec 2022
ChatGPT Christmas main gallery
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artificial intelligence (AI)

ChatGPT Christmas main gallery

ChatGPT Christmas main gallery
16 Dec 2022
Chat GPT Christmas-themed motherboard gallery
A motherboard with fairy lights, generated by AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Chat GPT Christmas-themed motherboard gallery

Chat GPT Christmas-themed motherboard gallery
15 Dec 2022
Chat GPT Christmas satirical cartoons gallery
A satirical Santa cartoon generated using AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Chat GPT Christmas satirical cartoons gallery

Chat GPT Christmas satirical cartoons gallery
15 Dec 2022
Chat GPT Christmas characters gallery
Christmas card artwork of a hacker themed around Frosty the Snowman generated by AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Chat GPT Christmas characters gallery

Chat GPT Christmas characters gallery
15 Dec 2022
Chat GPT Christmas CIO gallery
CIO-themed Christmas card artwork generated using AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

Chat GPT Christmas CIO gallery

Chat GPT Christmas CIO gallery
15 Dec 2022
ChatGPT Christmas gallery
Cloud storage themed Christmas card artwork created by AI
artificial intelligence (AI)

ChatGPT Christmas gallery

ChatGPT Christmas gallery
15 Dec 2022
Google Docs integrates leading programming languages for slicker presentations
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collaboration

Google Docs integrates leading programming languages for slicker presentations

The collaboration app will soon allow for better code sharing between teams, with in-tool formatting for a number of languages
15 Dec 2022
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s review: The suitcase superhero
The back cover/ lid on the Lenovo ThinkPad 13s
Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s review: The suitcase superhero

A powerful machine for any business use, with a dated but sturdy design
15 Dec 2022
Ransomware discovered carrying legitimate Windows certificates
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malware

Ransomware discovered carrying legitimate Windows certificates

Sophos researchers pointed to the sophisticated signatures as a sign of a new, dangerous strategy by a group tied to Cuba
14 Dec 2022
Lenovo ThinkPad X13s review gallery
The Lenovo ThinkPad 13s from behind
Laptops

Lenovo ThinkPad X13s review gallery

Photos of the Leonov ThinkPad 13s
13 Dec 2022
VMware would be 'in a fine position' if Broadcom's takeover deal collapsed
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Business strategy

VMware would be 'in a fine position' if Broadcom's takeover deal collapsed

Analyst suggests VMware is well-positioned to hunt alternative owners as Broadcom's $61 billion deal faces potential regulatory hurdles
12 Dec 2022