“There’s a willingness to adopt these technologies [but] businesses are challenged by supply-side issues in the channel”Cloud infrastructure spending has surpassed spending on on-premises legacy IT infrastructure amongst UK-based organisations for the first time.That’s according to a new report by the Cloud Industry Forum this week, based on a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne.It found that UK organisations devote 19 percent of their IT budgets to cloud infrastructure, just ahead of the 18 percent spent on on-premise, and that by 2022, just 12 percent of IT budgets will be spent on legacy technology, as cloud usage increases.“This gap is set to widen significantly over the next three years as organisations decommission their legacy IT and ramp up their investments in next generation technologies,” the CIF said.The news comes as one UK police force is next week set to unveil the UK’s first cloud-based police control room (watch this space for more), and five years after the government introduced a “cloud first” policy for all public institutions.
Future versions of Firefox will warn the user when they wander onto a website that’s been the victim of a recently-reported data breach.The tool, called Firefox Monitor Notifications, is available now in Firefox Quantum and will be rolled out to users of the mainline browser in the coming weeks.The tool works by automatically notifying users when they visit a recently-compromised site.The user can then click on the alert to visit the Firefox Monitor site, where they can check if their personal details were caught up in the leak.The alerts appear only once per site, and only show for sites that have been compromised in the previous twelve months.Furthermore, users who find the alerts to be intrusive can turn them off entirely.
We often hear about how Bitcoin BTC is trying to disrupt the financial industry.Well, it turns out one German cryptocurrency startup has cut out the middleman and just bought a bank.Earlier this week, German cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin Group SE announced it has successfully bought a 100-percent stake in an investment bank, Tremmel Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH.With this purchase, the group will absorb Tremmel’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) license, opening additional doors for product development.The BaFin license will allow Bitcoin Group SE to develop and sell cryptocurrency-based investment contracts (like futures contracts or ETFs) and also to deploy Bitcoin ATMs.The announcement has not detailed how much the investment bank has been bought for, however, it is stated to be in the “lower seven-digit range.” Presumably, this means somewhere between one and five million euros.
Never uses computers because his peons do everything for himIn Blighty, we have former home secretary Amber "Necessary Hashtags" Rudd, but shockingly politicians' failure to grasp basic aspects of their brief is not limited to the UK.Which takes us to Japan, where the country's newly appointed deputy minister responsible for cyber security admitted in parliament yesterday that he hasn't touched a computer in his 43-year career.According to The Graun, Yoshitaka Sakurada, responding to a question from the opposition during a lower house session, said:"Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don't use computers myself."When pressed about use of USB sticks in Japanese nuclear facilities, the 68-year-old Luddite appeared vexed.
Actual Black Friday is creeping up on us, and to get us pumped up for a week of buying stuff we don't really need but will buy anyway because it's cheaper than it usually is, Lego has revealed a number of its deals that will be rolling out next week.The masters of the plastic brick has laid out five days of deals that will begin next Thursday, 22nd November, and continue through to Monday the 26th (aka "Cyber Monday").Here's each day's key offer:Thursday: 30% off App-Controlled BatmobileFriday: 30% off Mini CooperSaturday: 30% off Arctic Mobile Exploration Base
“Layering on several solutions and taking on multiple ‘best of breed’ systems can sometimes cause issues in back-end systems”In a world of rapid digital transformation, businesses need to make smart choices about where and when they spend their technology budgets.With an increasing range of digital systems and solutions available, organisations must be strategic about ensuring they access the benefits of emerging technologies while working within the constraints of finite budgets.Here are five key factors which businesses should consider when managing the upgrade of the complex systems that are increasingly governing how they operate today.For example, the upgrade will help to drive down cost per unit – it can be that simple.A lack of effective communication regarding the target benefits of the investment can cause confusion which might undermine the successful delivery of the benefits themselves.
Researchers at Mozilla probed 70 connected toys, games, smartphone kit and other gadgets for its second annual Privacy Not Included test, ahead of Black Friday and the Christmas gift-buying rush.They asked five questions, including whether the device can spy on its owners, and how it is controlled or secured – concerns that are regularly raised about kids' toys that fail to protect the data they slurp on their owners.Mozilla also assessed devices against a set of minimum security requirements, such as use of encryption and strong passwords if there is a point of contact for reporting a vulnerability.The FREDI monitor was the only device ranked "super creepy" - researchers previously claimed a miscreant can remotely connect to it and use its built in camera without authentication.Many more gadgets probed by Mozilla were branded "very creepy" – which doesn't necessarily mean they have bad security practices, since it also assesses the level of insight the device has into your life.For instance, "very creepy" devices that meet the minimum security standards include Amazon devices Echo and Cloud Cam, and Google Home.
So there’s not much going free in the skies these days.As we all know, budget airlines have an even greater reputation for being skinflints when it comes to putting the passenger first.So if you’re attempting to travel on the cheap then it takes a canny flyer who can dodge the blizzard of extra charges that come with a seat on a low-budget carrier today.Some have even managed to get past the sexy computer-generated design briefs and a few have taken things a step further and done the most important thing – get off the ground.Building electric aircraft comes with a mountain of hurdles to overcome though, even if it’s a seemingly-straightforward two-seater.While the biggest barrier could be getting certification, without which you’re certainly not going to get off the ground, there are plenty of technical issues to pick through too.
Apple’s iPad Pro (2018) is now open for pre-orders on sites of authorised Apple resellers like Maple and Unicorn.Both models will be available in Space Grey and Silver colours, and will feature WiFi and Wi-Fi+Cellular variants as connectivity options.The iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina display, with screen resolution for the 12.9-inch model being 2732x2048 pixels, as opposed to 2388x1668 for the 11-inch one.They both have the same pixel density of 264 ppi.There will be four storage options for the new iPad Pro- 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.The iPad Pro series is powered by a A12X Bionic chip, which is a 7nm chipset.
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services.We’ve all spent countless hours on YouTube watching random videos.And admittedly, there’s some embarrassing stuff in your history you’d never want anyone to know about, or for the site to base its recommendations on for you.Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a way to wipe the slate clean.Google offers multiple options to manage your watch and search history on YouTube.Go to youtube.com on your desktop browser.
Dyson has given the James Dyson Award for 2018 to a pair of students from Lancaster University for their O-Wind Turbine, which harnesses inner-city wind to create electricity.You can see how a wind-related device is right in Dyson's wheelhouse, with their biggest inventions including things that suck (vacuums), things that blow (fans) and things that leave your hands looking like Skeletor's while still being slightly damp (Airblade).The turbine allows wind energy to be harnessed in cities, which is important because the taller our buildings go, the more wind is produced, but we haven't been able to harness it for energy because it blows in all sorts of random directions and existing turbines can only handle uni-directional wind.The design was inspired by the Mars Tumbleweed rover – specifically by how it failed:"Six feet in diameter, this inflatable ball was designed to autonomously bounce and roll like tumbleweed, across Mars’ surface to measure atmospheric conditions and geographical location.Like conventional wind turbines, it was powered by unidirectional wind blows which severely impaired the rover’s mobility when faced with obstructions, often throwing it off course and resulting, ultimately, in the failure of the project.
Samsung has unveiled its plans for a next-generation flagship smartphone processor, called the Exynos 9820, said to offer a significant speed boost and improved energy efficiency, when compared to older Exynos models.The chip is likely to be used in European versions of the Galaxy S10, as well as all other models of the handset outside the US, and as such it gives a glimpse into some of the capabilities that handset is likely to include.It’s the successor to the Exynos 9810, used in its current Galaxy S9 flagship smartphone.For gaming use, the Exynos 9820 is designed to deliver 40 percent faster graphics or 35 percent improved efficiency.The chip uses eight cores arranged into three clusters, two being fourth-generation Samsung-developed processors, with the others based on ARM’s Cortex-A75 and Cortex-A55 designs.The custom cores are designed for raw processing power, while the A75 is tuned for performance and the A55 is designed for efficiency, Samsung said.
In response to this trend, Zebra Technologies has decided to change the way it talks to its customers.TechRadar Pro sat down with the company’s global CMO Jeff Schmitz to better understand its new approach and learn why it has decided to focus on the ‘human’ element of its work.What is Zebra's “new focus” and company message to industry and clients and why?We have a rich legacy of enabling enterprises to succeed and thrive in an increasingly data-driven world.With nearly 50 years of technology expertise and cutting edge innovation Zebra has continually enhanced its capabilities to deliver industry-tailored, end-to-end solutions that intelligently connect people, assets and data to help our customers make business-critical decisions.This means that our devices and solutions are designed to deliver a performance advantage at the edge of the enterprise.
The Black Friday deals have landed extra early this year, not that we're complaining as we've been waiting for an offer like this all year.The Google Pixelbook has just been reduced to its lowest-ever price in the UK, saving you an unprecedented £300 off the RRP with a promotional £699 price tag at John Lewis - plus it comes with a two-year guarantee.If you have an Argos gift card burning a hole in your pocket, you can get it for a similar £699.99 there, although there's no two-year warranty.The Google Pixelbook is an incredibly accomplished Chromebook, but it's been incredibly expensive since launch, with retailers sticking relentlessly to that £999 price.The lowest price we've seen previously was £799.99 at Very.co.uk in June, and the next-best price today is £879 at Amazon.Not that we've been stalking the price of the Google Pixelbook or anything - well maybe a little.
Germany could be the next country to block the use of Huawei technology in building its 5G network.Reports have claimed that members of Germany’s interior and foreign ministries reportedly hope to convince the country’s government to consider banning mobile operators from procuring 5G telecoms equipment from Chinese manufacturers including Huawei due to national security fears.So far, the discussion in Germany on 5G has focused on coverage of next generation networks, but Reuters claims there has been a late push to discuss the security implications.This, they fear, could mean the presence of backdoors in networks that facilitate espionage activities.However, with 5G auctions due to begin in 2019, there is the suggestion that the move has come too late.Any delay to rollout would harm the country’s economy, while opposition politicians have said there is no legal basis for any exclusion.
American retail behemoth Target has come out to clarify that a tweet it posted, containing a link to a Bitcoin BTC giveaway scam, came from a third-party software provider – not Twitter.In an email to Hard Fork, a company spokesperson said – contrary to what it suggested previously – Target’s Twitter account was never inappropriately accessed.Rather, it appears the attackers leveraged an account owned by one of its marketing vendors to send the tweet to its audience of almost two million..“After a thorough investigation with Twitter and our cyber security team, we’ve confirmed that an attacker accessed one of our marketing vendor’s Twitter handles yesterday,” Target told Hard Fork.“This gave the attacker the ability to post an ad on Target’s behalf, and the vendor has since implemented a number of security measures to re-secure their account.”“We can also update what we shared yesterday and clarify that there was no inappropriate access, at any point, to Target’s Twitter account,” the spokesperson added.
“Company is uniquely positioned to continue delivering on the core principles of compliance, visibility, data security, and threat protection.”San Francisco-based cloud security platform Netskope has raised £130 million ($168) in a series F round of funding.This latest cash drive brings Netskope’s total funding accumulated to £311 million ($400), having raised £78 million last year in a series E led by Accel and Lightspeed Venture Partners.Netskope addresses an issue that all enterprise have to face in varying degrees of complexity.Employees can use an array of devices over the course of the day ranging from work tablets to their own personal devices.Some of these device are running company created and managed applications alongside store downloaded applications
The best behaved and most loyal staff at consumer watchdog Which?have been allowed at the supermarket mince pies again this year, as the annual list of best and worst Christmas treats has been compiled for our benefit and enlightenment.The arbitrary winner this year is Asda, with the taste testers agreeing that the chain's Extra Special mince pies were indeed worthy of that name and are the best it's possible to find on the tempting aisle-ends of the nation.They are £1.50 for six, mind, which is quite a premium on the normal, non-special ones.Maybe save the posh ones for when you're sober and can do a solitary nod of appreciation before doing it in two bites.Shamed with offering the worst mince pie of the 2018 season is Waitrose, which charges a bonkers £2.50 for six of its all butter mince pies – which must be a lie as then they would be just round lumps of butter – that were described as being devoid of flavour.
Earlier today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced their latest affordable single-board computer: the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+.The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is primarily aimed at those using the tiny computers for battery-powered Internet of Things (IoT) projects, and is designed with power efficiency and size in mind.It sits as a bit of a compromise between the ultra-basic Raspberry Pi Zero and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.Like the Zero, it’s designed to be as compact as possible, and measures just 65mm by 56mm.To accomplish this, the Raspberry Pi Foundation removed the board’s wired Ethernet socket, while preserving the dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 radios.However, the Model A+ shares the same 1.4GHZ 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor as the Model B+, so it’s got more than enough computational power for IoT and robotics projects.
Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox Monitor - a free security tool that helps you find out whether your email address was released in a data breach.In addition to letting you check whether your account details have been leaked, Firefox Monitor 2.0 now includes desktop notifications that alert you if you visit a site that has reported a recent hack.The new feature works exclusively with Firefox Quantum, and will be rolled out over the next few days.If you land on a site that has been breached in the last 12 months, you will be presented with a pop-up warning giving you details of what happened, and the number of accounts compromised.The notification will only appear once per site, so if you've already checked your account and changed any passwords, you won't be bothered by repeated warnings.You can also disable the feature completely using the drop-down menu that appears on the notifications.