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Vodafone launches platform that promises to play nicely with dusty legacy IoT kit

Carriers are eagerly eyeing industrial IoT as a way to fatten slender margins, and diversify from their traditional bread and butter of handset sales and subscriptions. The latest foray into this space comes from Vodafone, which plans to sell an end-to-end system to UK biz customers. The product is based on technology developed by IoT.nxt, a South African startup partially owned by Vodafone. In 2019, the group’s South African…

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Yep, the usual suspects are sitting down to feast: Dominant vendors get a fat slice of CIA cloud pie and so do IBM and Oracle

AWS, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, and IBM can celebrate Thanksgiving safe in the knowledge they have won a place on the US Central Intelligence Agency’s lucrative Commercial Cloud Enterprise contract. Thought to be worth tens of billions of US dollars, the contract is set to see the companies compete for business with the CIA and the 16 other intelligence community agencies. “We are excited to work with the multiple industry…

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Intel chief pens congratulatory letter to President-elect Biden urging work on immigration and domestic manufacturing

Intel CEO Bob Swan has penned an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden congratulating him on his win, and urging his incoming administration to continue investment in domestic semiconductor manufacturing. “Rising costs and foreign government subsidies to national champions are a significant disadvantage for US semiconductor companies that make substantial capital investments domestically,” wrote Swan. “A national manufacturing strategy, including investment by the US government in the domestic semiconductor…

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It may date back to 1994 but there’s no end in sight for the UK’s Chief customs system as Brexit rules beckon

A top civil servant has said UK tax collector HMRC has not set a date to end use of a vital 26-year-old customs system, even though plans to migrate began seven years ago. Speaking to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee yesterday, Jim Harra, first permanent secretary and chief executive of HM Revenue and Customs, told MPs that plans to migrate from the Customs Handling of Import and…

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Social isolation creates craving in the same brain region as wanting food or addictive drugs, study finds

Cravings for social interactions affect the same area of the brain hit by hunger pangs after a long absence of nosh, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found. In a quest to understand the effects of social isolation during a global pandemic, the researchers recruited a group of 40 subjects to undergo a 10-hour session of isolation from in-person and online social interactions. They also had to…

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Telcos face £100k-a-day fines unless they obey new UK.gov rules on how to deploy Huawei 5G gear in their networks

Not content with its planned ban on Huawei equipment in the UK’s 5G phone networks, the British government now wants to threaten Huawei-using telcos with fines of £100,000 a day unless they follow binding new rules on how existing kit can be used. A new law being laid in Parliament today will allow the government to write binding security rules that shut so-called “high risk” vendors’ equipment out of…

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Imagine things are bad enough that you need a payday loan. Then imagine flaws in systems of loan lead generators leave your records in the open… for years

Feature Two separate internet affiliate networks have closed vulnerabilities that exposed potentially millions of records in one of the most sensitive areas: payday loans. US-based software engineer Kevin Traver contacted us after he found two large groups of short-term loan websites that were giving up sensitive personal information via separate vulnerabilities. These groups all gathered loan applications and fed them to back-end systems for processing. The first group of…

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I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse

Review The modern workplace isn’t just hopelessly dreary – it may also be ruining your health. Repetitive motions from keyboard and mouse usage can conspire to smite your wrists with carpal tunnel syndrome, for which surgery is often the only cure. And that’s before we get into the osteopathic wreckage caused by a career spent plonked on a cheap office chair, glaring into a monitor. There’s no shortage of…

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Whatever is stopping your team from building great apps, this can help

Promo Today’s dev teams want to collaborate quickly to build great apps but are held back by a variety of challenges, such as limited resources. For many teams, the tools they have to create applications are ad hoc, require manual work, and can have steep learning curves. Developers need a platform that enables them to efficiently build complete software solutions. The most effective teams have a diversity of talent,…

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Marketers for an Open Web ask UK competition watchdog to block launch of Google’s anti-tracking Privacy Sandbox

Google’s Privacy Sandbox took another knock today as Marketers for an Open Web (MOW) wrote to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requesting a block on the technology’s launch. The concept of “Privacy Sandbox” has been around for a while. The idea, when mooted in 2019, was an attempt by the Chocolate Factory to keep those advertising dollars rolling in while appeasing anyone getting a bit worried by…

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