Sabina Weston
Zoom selects AWS as preferred cloud provider over Oracle
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video conferencing

Zoom selects AWS as preferred cloud provider over Oracle

The announcement comes just months after the company shifted a portion of its infrastructure to Oracle Cloud
1 Dec 2020
5G will reach more than one billion people by end of 2020
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5G

5G will reach more than one billion people by end of 2020

Ericsson expects 5G coverage to reach 15% of the world’s population by the end of the year
30 Nov 2020
Majority of Brits received no digital training during the pandemic
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Careers & training

Majority of Brits received no digital training during the pandemic

This is despite the fact that 89% agree that digital skills will be important to the UK’s long-term economic prosperity
30 Nov 2020
Gov's £20m Turing fellowship to boost UK AI research
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artificial intelligence (AI)

Gov's £20m Turing fellowship to boost UK AI research

The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships will benefit 15 of the UK’s top AI innovators
27 Nov 2020
Sopra Steria cyber attack costs to hit €50 million
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Security

Sopra Steria cyber attack costs to hit €50 million

The NHS supplier fell victim to Ryuk ransomware last month
26 Nov 2020
Web Summit 2021 to be held in-person, organiser confirms
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Business operations

Web Summit 2021 to be held in-person, organiser confirms

Next year's event is to combine virtual and in-person attendance
26 Nov 2020
Almost three-quarters of businesses now use automation technologies
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automation

Almost three-quarters of businesses now use automation technologies

Deloitte survey finds that two-thirds of leaders have used automation to respond to the impact of COVID-19
25 Nov 2020
NCSC urges firms to patch against MobileIron vulnerability
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Security

NCSC urges firms to patch against MobileIron vulnerability

Remote attackers are targeting healthcare, logistics, legal, and local government sectors
25 Nov 2020
Two thirds of UK organisations facing digital skills gap
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Business

Two thirds of UK organisations facing digital skills gap

A report by Microsoft, Goldsmiths UCL finds that 44% of UK-based leaders fear the negative effects of a lack of digital skills
24 Nov 2020
UK telcos could be fined £100,000 a day for breaching Huawei ban
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Security

UK telcos could be fined £100,000 a day for breaching Huawei ban

The Telecommunications Security Bill aims to diminish the threat of operators using high-risk vendors in 5G networks
24 Nov 2020
More than half of businesses saw rising fraud levels this year
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Security

More than half of businesses saw rising fraud levels this year

Each individual identity fraud attempt could cost an organisation between £1,000 and £4,999 on average
23 Nov 2020
Police CyberAlarm monitoring tool rolls out across England and Wales
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Security

Police CyberAlarm monitoring tool rolls out across England and Wales

The Home Office-funded service monitors a business’ internet traffic and provides regular reports on suspected malicious activity
23 Nov 2020
Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout
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Security

Google to test end-to-end encryption following global RCS rollout

Only 1:1 messages will be automatically protected as part of the trial
20 Nov 2020
UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force
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cyber security

UK gov finally unveils its new National Cyber Force

The NCF will combine the expertise of GCHQ, MoD, MI6, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
20 Nov 2020
UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit
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Policy & legislation

UK to review London listing rules to attract tech firms post-Brexit

Review may consider a reduction to the 25% available shares requirement for listing on the London Stock Exchange
19 Nov 2020
Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch
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Domain Name System (DNS)

Mozilla opens public consultation for controversial DNS over HTTPs launch

Decision likely taken after recent backlash from ISPs and the UK government
19 Nov 2020
Apple to halve App Store commission for small businesses
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SMB

Apple to halve App Store commission for small businesses

The new 15% cut is a considerable reduction from Apple’s long-standing 30% fee
18 Nov 2020
Nokia achieves record 8Gbps speeds in 5G trial
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5G

Nokia achieves record 8Gbps speeds in 5G trial

The new record is almost twice as fast as Nokia’s previous 5G milestone
18 Nov 2020
UK's 5G rollout lags in Europe with just 30% coverage
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5G

UK's 5G rollout lags in Europe with just 30% coverage

Ericsson and Qualcomm suggest the tech has the potential to generate £14.8 billion in economic growth
17 Nov 2020
Huawei sells Honor due to 'technical equipment shortage'
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Acquisition

Huawei sells Honor due to 'technical equipment shortage'

The Chinese tech giant confirmed that the business is being sold to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology
17 Nov 2020
Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei
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Policy & legislation

Qualcomm gets permission to sell 4G chips to Huawei

American semiconductor companies had been banned from selling their products to the Chinese firm
16 Nov 2020
macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks
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operating systems

macOS Big Sur is bricking some older MacBooks

Apple's latest macOS update is rendering some MacBook Pro devices unresponsive
16 Nov 2020
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
13 Nov 2020
IBM and AMD partner on AI and confidential computing
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open source

IBM and AMD partner on AI and confidential computing

The partnership will expand on open source software and frameworks to create better security for hybrid cloud
12 Nov 2020
AWS launches visual data preparation tool DataBrew
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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS launches visual data preparation tool DataBrew

AWS Glue DataBrew allows for the cleaning and normalising of data without the need to write code
12 Nov 2020
Laptop maker Compal hit by ransomware attack
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ransomware

Laptop maker Compal hit by ransomware attack

DoppelPaymer hackers reportedly ordered the company to hand over almost £13 million in ransom
11 Nov 2020
Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows Kernel flaw
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vulnerability

Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows Kernel flaw

The patch is one of 112 issued in November's Patch Tuesday
11 Nov 2020
Intel CPUs vulnerable to 'Platypus' side-channel attacks
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Security

Intel CPUs vulnerable to 'Platypus' side-channel attacks

Researchers discover exploits that use fluctuations in software power consumption to access sensitive data
10 Nov 2020
Huawei reportedly agrees to sell Honor for £11.5 billion
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Acquisition

Huawei reportedly agrees to sell Honor for £11.5 billion

The smartphone giant is said to have struck a deal with the Shenzhen government and Digital China
10 Nov 2020
Apple puts iPhone supplier on probation for exploiting student workers
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supply chain management (SCM)

Apple puts iPhone supplier on probation for exploiting student workers

Pegatron misclassified its student workers and allowed them to work nights and unpaid overtime hours
9 Nov 2020
Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK
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Policy & legislation

Alan Turing's stolen possessions will be returned to the UK

The 17 items being returned from the US were stolen from the independent Sherborne School in Dorset in 1984
9 Nov 2020
Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'
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digital transformation

Health department blasted for 'track record of failed NHS digital projects'

DHSC criticised for failed attempts to meet a 2018 target for a paperless NHS
6 Nov 2020
Dropbox attracts 1.25 million paying users year-on-year
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collaboration

Dropbox attracts 1.25 million paying users year-on-year

Results also show better than expected revenues for the third quarter
6 Nov 2020
Samsung reveals 256GB version of the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone
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Hardware

Samsung reveals 256GB version of the Galaxy S20 FE smartphone

The device is expected to start shipping to US customers on 9 November
6 Nov 2020
McAfee: 7.5 million attacks on cloud accounts recorded in Q2
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Security

McAfee: 7.5 million attacks on cloud accounts recorded in Q2

The UK experienced the seventh-highest number of attacks for the quarter
5 Nov 2020