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Microsoft Arcs up and makes Azure’s manage-all-the-servers service a reality

Ignite Microsoft has flicked the switch on its Azure Arc hybrid infrastructure manager and unveiled some upgrades to its Azure Stack HCI and Hub hybrid cloud offerings. Arc was previewed in 2019 as a tool to use the Azure management portal to manage Windows and Linux servers either on-prem, in Azure or even on AWS and Google Cloud. In early previews, Arc could reach out and touch those servers…

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Humans suck so much at beating this pandemic thing that Microsoft’s made an AI to enforce social distancing

Ignite Microsoft’s Spatial Analysis, announced at its Ignite virtual event today, uses artificial intelligence to count the number of people in a room and monitor social distancing. Spatial Analysis is a feature of Redmond’s Cognitive Services, a raft of machine-learning tools intended to be easy to deploy. Although this collection is part of the Azure AI platform, which typically allows customers to define their own neural networks, “Cognitive Services…

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As you’re scrambling to patch the scary ZeroLogon hole in Windows Server, don’t forget Samba – it’s also affected

Administrators running Samba as their domain controllers should update their installations as the open-source software suffers from the same ZeroLogon hole as Microsoft’s Windows Server. An alert from the project confirms its code, in certain configurations, is also vulnerable to the CVE-2020-1472 bug, which can be exploited to gain domain-level administrator access. The vulnerability lies in the design of Microsoft’s Netlogon Remote Protocol (MS-NRPC), which Samba inherited as it…

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It’s been a vintage year for bug bounty hunters, says HackerOne as it boasts of $40m+ passing through its treasure chests

Bounty-hunting hackers are uncovering new vulnerabilities every two minutes on average, according to bug bounty platform HackerOne. In its latest annual Hacker Powered Security Report, the platform said it had paid out aroud $45m in bug bounties to individual “ethical hackers” – folks who prod around for security vulnerabilities in software – in the past 12 months. “All over the world, every year, more people, more results, more activity,…

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Microsoft muscles in on the comms API space to compete with Twilio and AWS Chime

Ignite Microsoft has pitched up in the fairly competitive comms API space with Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new service now in preview, which lets developers include voice, video, chat, and SMS messaging in their web, mobile, and desktop applications. The service unveiled at the Windows goliath’s Ignite virtual event – which kicked off today – plugs a gap in the company’s cloud offering. Microsoft already has products in…

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Microsoft will release a web browser for Linux next month. Repeat, Microsoft will release a browser for Linux – and it uses Google’s technology

Ignite Microsoft will release its Edge browser for Linux next month, initially through the browser’s Dev preview channel. The Windows giant, which has warmed to Linux in recent years, made the announcement at its Ignite 2020 conference, conducted virtually this week on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our mission to bring Microsoft Edge to the platforms our customers use daily takes its next step: starting in October, Microsoft Edge…

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To bring data down from the heavens, open your heart to GSaaS, says Microsoft as it launches Azure Orbital

Ignite Microsoft has come up with a way to de-orbit data and land it in a cloud. Named Azure Orbital Service and promising ground-station-as-a-service (GSaaS), the offering is aimed at satellite operators whose assets aren’t in geostationary orbits and must therefore deal with multiple ground stations to retrieve their data. Microsoft’s aim aim is to make arranging the ground segment of satellite operations into Azure – integrating ground stations,…

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Oracle adds Arm-powered servers with up to 160 cores to its cloud – must be why it sunk millions into Ampere

Oracle will add Arm-powered servers to its cloud and tout them as delivering “the best price-performance compared to any other x86 compute instance on a per core basis with an order of magnitude of cost savings.” Ampere will provide its Altra processors for the servers, which may explain why Oracle sank $40m into the upstart in September 2019. Oracle’s Arm-powered instances will offer up to 160 cores, each at…

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Second lockdown? Perfect time to unveil Teams Breakout rooms and another ginormitor – the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S

Ignite It wouldn’t be a Microsoft event without some VP somewhere banging on about Teams, and the company’s annual Ignite (now virtual) get-together did not disappoint. Teams has received considerable Microsoft attention as the Slack-for-suits collaboration platform has gained in popularity, in part to it being tricky to avoid if you’re a Microsoft 365 customer. Now the subject of a sueball from competitor Slack, Teams is set to gain…

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Royole’s no chicken: Chinese firm goes in for another round with sequel to panned foldable

The history books will remember that the first tech company to release a foldable phone wasn’t any of the usual suspects but rather a little-known Chinese outfit. Sure, Royole’s Flexpai was universally panned, but that hasn’t deterred it from releasing a 5G follow-up. Available from today in China, with a starting price of ¥9,998 or roughly £1,150, the Royole Flexpai 2 is substantially different from its predecessor. Aside from…

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