Tony Taylor

Tony Taylor

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With cyber attacks and data breaches hitting our headlines almost on a daily basis, every organisation whether public or private, small or large, is vulnerable to an attack.Although there is no denying that organisational awareness is on the rise, those behind the attacks are finding new and creative ways to bring an organisation to its knees.It is worrying, therefore, that recent research by ESG found that in 2018 over half of IT and cybersecurity professionals across a number of industries claimed their organisation had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.A shortage of talent in cybersecurity roles is predominantly down to a lack of awareness of the opportunities that exist and an often flawed perception that you need to be technical to work in cybersecurity.After all, with women making up half of the UK population, the nation cannot afford to miss out on a huge group of talent in cybersecurity positions.Whether its school workshops or women’s networks in the workplace, the UK needs to do more to address the balance and to foster female talent in the security industry both early on and throughout their careers.
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Seedrs has reported another annual loss while its turnover almost doubled during a year in which the Neil Woodford-backed equity crowdfunding platform had its highest level of investment ever.Turnover rose to £2.02m in 2017, up from £1.08m the year before.Pre-tax loses narrowed to £3.8m, down from £4.08m.Read more: Ex-Dragons' Den star reported to the FCA for misconductIt was a year of change for Seedrs, as boss Jeff Lynn stepped back from day-to-day business in August to become executive chairman while operating chief Jeff Kelisky took over as CEO.It also raised another £10m to support growth, including £4m from Neil Woodford and £6m from an equity crowd raise, giving the company a value of £50m.
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Google thinks the time has come for widespread adoption of PCs-as-a-service, so has offered up its own experience as an exemplar how to get it done.The company’s explained that it operates a “Grab and Go program” that sees it offer racks full of Chromebooks.If a worker’s machine breaks, they just grab a new one from those racks, log in and get back to whatever they need to do.Google’s keen on this model as it frees IT staff from having to fix things ASAP to ensure workers are productive.And it means workers just swap machines rather than wait for a fix.None of this happens if data is local: Google assumes you’re using a cloud for data and to manage users, plus Chromebooks and Chrome Enterprise.
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Nabla Containers promises reduced attack surface through fewer system callsIBM researchers have developed a new flavor of software container in an effort to create code that's more secure than Docker and similar shared kernel container systems.Docker and its ilk are considered less secure than VMs because the compromise of a shared kernel puts all associated containers at risk.With VMs, the kernel is separate from the host kernel, which reduces the risk of collateral damage.Large businesses, appreciating the benefits of containerization, have shown interest in adopting the technology but many balk at trading security for development and deployment speed.Thus tech companies interested in serving the enterprise market have been looking at ways to address the security shortcomings of containers.
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Two new photos posted to Slashleaks supposedly show the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 coming later this year.If the photos are accurate, the Galaxy Note 9 is going to look pretty similar to the Galaxy Note 8.This isn't a bad thing — the Galaxy Note 8 is a very nice-looking smartphone.Looks like Samsung's new and upcoming Galaxy Note 9 will look like a modern Galaxy Note device.That's to say there isn't much to report on the Galaxy Note 9's design if two photos that were leaked on Slashleaks and supposedly show the Galaxy Note 9 are accurate.If they are accurate, the Galaxy Note 9 is set up to look pretty similar to the Galaxy Note 8, which isn't a bad thing by any means.
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An unnamed executive from Papa John’s now former ad agency Laundry Service today sent a memo to all employees calling recent claims by the brand’s founder John Schnatter “completely false.”In the memo, which Adweek acquired, this individual also advises employees to avoid talking to the press or discussing client business with anyone outside the parent company, Laundry Service or its production division Cycle.Last Monday, Adweek broke the news that Laundry Service had parted with CEO Jason Stein and approximately 60 employees due to “client attrition.” The following morning, Forbes reported that the agency had resigned the account following a May strategy call in which Schnatter used the N-word and made other racially insensitive statements.Schnatter subsequently resigned as chairman of the pizza chain.On Friday, Schnatter claimed in interviews with local TV and radio stations near the company’s headquarters in Louisville, Ky., that unnamed Laundry Service employees had “pressured” him into the conversation and attempted to “extort” his company for $6 million before leaking news of the call to Forbes.The note strongly denies those claims.
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A simple search on Google or a scroll through Facebook will reveal hundreds of contrasting posts and articles about any subject imaginable.The internet has become cluttered with too many opinions and an overload of information.Now it is an endless quagmire that leaves people confused and unsure of what is real and what is not.“Content producer” is the new 9-to-5Ever since becoming an Instagram influencer or blogger enabled young people to have both fame and fortune, being a content producer has become one of the most desirable careers.This increase in content production, with little focus on creating unique high-quality content, has contributed significantly to the current digital chaos.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 17, 2018--Brixon, Inc., has exclusively licensed a multiparameter sensor technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.The integrated platform uses various sensors that measure physical and environmental parameters and respond to standard security applications.New or existing sensors communicate to a main controller forming a sensor cluster.The sensors measure parameters like temperature, irradiance, chemicals and electric grid elements and can provide physical and cybersecurity awareness through monitors that can be mounted or used with drones for surveillance."What Brixon is licensing from ORNL directly addresses this shift.""Their access and interactions with a wide variety of organizations involved in this entire cybersecurity realm expands the reach of ORNL's developed technology, making this the proverbial win-win situation," he added.
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Pellegrini is giving a demonstration of the former music giant's latest venture, facial recognition software designed to make children on school campuses safer.The move to facial recognition marks a radical transformation for RealNetworks, formerly a streaming-music service before a series of lawsuits, reorganizations and assets sales forced the company to look elsewhere for growth."When tragedies like the Parkland [shooting] happened, it just seemed to us as parents that we can do something good for society [with this technology]," said Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks and former Microsoft executive.As companies wrestle with privacy and convenience issues related to facial recognition, I sat down with Glaser and Pellegrini to discuss what makes their software different.The software is mainly used during school time when entrance is restricted to protect students' safety.After adults register their face and name at an iPad kiosk, school gates automatically open when connected cameras verify their identity in the school's database.
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When it comes to returning items you bought online, for whatever reason, there are a lot of different options available - which is convenient.CollectPlus is one of the services that makes it as easy as taking your return to the local corner shop, though the downside is that you need to print off a bunch of stuff before you get there.Not anymore, though, because the company wants tomake life easier for people who don't own printers.They always break when you need them the most, and the cost of ink is extortionate, so you can't blame people for trying to get away without one.Unfortunately that some things, like returning faulty packages, a lot more inconvenient.Well CollectPlus hears your pain and is now rolling out its 'Print in Store' service to 7,000 locations across the UK.
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Father’s Day and the Fourth of July dominated Facebook in June, and they did the same on Instagram, but in reverse order, according to the Hot Topics for the month from research arm Facebook IQ.2018 FIFA World Cup Russia captured the attention of sports fans on both platforms, as the tournament itself was a Hot Topic on Facebook for June, while Instagram users chatted up the national teams of Argentina and Portugal.On the entertainment side, America’s Got Talent and Chris Pratt were Hot Topics on Facebook last month, while Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and the BET Awards sizzled on Instagram.The late Anthony Bourdain led conversation about people on both platforms.Facebook users were hungry for Korean and Moroccan food last month, while burgundy wine quenched Instagrammers’ thirst.Finally, Dr. Martens and the MotoRAZR were Facebook Hot Topics for June in the brands and product category, while Instagram users were caught up in Super Smash Bros.
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Samsung might be best known for its smartphones and consumer electronics but it might surprise you to know that its most steady and most profitable business as been from its silicon, particularly its memory and storage products.Samsung has admittedly been in the lead and it’s not trying to widen the gap even further with the industry’s first 8 Gigabit (Gbit) LPDDR5 DRAM, preparing for a future when 5G data connections and AI services are the norm.While the announcement comes with the usual promises of “improved performance” and “reduced power consumption”, there is some technical basis for those.That comes from the fact that the DRAM uses the latest LPDDR5 spec based on the DDR5 spec which hasn’t even finalized yet.Almost all high-end phones, mobile devices, and even portable PCs these days use LPDDR4X or even just LPDDR4.Compared to that, LPDDR5 promises to be a beast.
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No, I'm not talking about a popular classic like The Godfather or Citizen Kane, and don't even mention something like Fight Club in my presence.), and I'm a bad fan because I completely missed its 38th anniversary earlier this month on July 2.Though the back-and-forth between the unseen announcers about the airport white and red zones is a top contender ("Listen, Betty, don't start up with your white zone shit again.Jerry Zucker also directed Ghost, but minus Whoopi Goldberg's scene in the bank, that wasn't supposed to be funny.It had some funny parts ("I'm sorry, I don't do impressions... my training is in psychiatry.But the movie's success is also due to the fact that the gags rest on a rock-solid, suspenseful plot.
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Chinese smartphone maker Honor has started sending invites for the launch of its new mid-range device dubbed as the Honor 9N in India on July 24.The device was launched in China as the Honor 9i (2018) and was earlier expected to be launched in India as the Honor 9X.The device is the successor of last year’s Honor 9i and is expected to be priced similarly.The device features an all new design with a notch display and horizontally placed dual camera setup at the back.Honor has also posted a teaser of the device on Twitter.The Honor 9N runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s custom EMUI 8.0 skinned on top and features a 5.84-inch full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9.
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In a new partnership, Virgin Orbit and Cornwall Airport Newquay in South West England will be setting up a spaceport that offers rocket launches and passenger airline services side by side.This partnership could see Virgin Orbit launch its first ever rocket from a plane instead of a terrestrial launchpad in the UK.Curious what a LauncherOne mission from @SpaceCornwall would look like?Check out this clip: pic.twitter.com/3B1lr1etwP— Virgin Orbit (@Virgin_Orbit) July 16, 2018Virgin Orbit, a company within Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, revealed its plans to conduct orbital launches from the spaceport by 2021.
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Header image: Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish (Dark Horse Comics)After I got off an hour-long phone call with Dorkin last week, the creator of Milk & Cheese and Beasts of Burden sent me a short e-mail:“Hope you can make some use of my rambling.His newest series Blackwood, co-created with artist Veronica Fish, revolves around students who suddenly learn that the dark forces they’re studying are a much more imminent threat than they’d thought.Beasts of Burden and Blackwood feel like a synthesis of everything Dorkin’s done in his career so far: strains of comedy and occult dread run through the action and drama, which are populated with personas that lean more towards sincerity than cynicism.Don’t read all of it at once.” I think reviewers such as they are in comics, are stuck reading this crap in like, three hours.
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ClassPass to launch in Asia for the first time (Singapore/US).The New York-based fitness booking app will launch in Singapore in the lead up to the city-state’s National Day on 9 August.The Temasek-backed company was founded in 2013 and has a network of 10,000 studio, gym, and wellness partners in over 50 cities worldwide.ClassPass relies on a monthly flat-rate subscription fee model to charge users for access to fitness classes.EOS’s Block.one gets billionaire, Bitmain as investors in latest funding round (Hong Kong).Block.one, the company behind Ethereum competitor EOS, received the funds from investors including high-profile venture capitalist Peter Thiel and cryptocurrency mining firm Bitmain.
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Samsung is reportedly gearing up to launch its next flagship, the Galaxy S10, in three different sizes in 2019.It’s been offering two sizes of its high-end handset for the past few generations.But Business Insider cited TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as predicting that the Korean giant will attempt to match Apple by launching three variants of the S10, similar to the next iPhone lineup.Kuo noted that we’ll likely see the S10 come in 5.8-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.4-inch versions.The larger two are slated to get an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader, bucking the trend of placing the sensor on the rear panel to accommodate the Galaxy’s Infinity Display from its past two generations.The smallest model, meanwhile, will get a fingerprint reader on the side.
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There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches.In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces.The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired.With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more.Armani actually joined the wearable march back in 2016 with a starting roster of hybrid watches that combined analog aesthetics with digital features.Then in late 2017, it went full-on Android Wear but really came up short in terms of features.
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confessed that during his first year he was mostly focused on Uber fixing its reputation "externally," addressing issues with cities, drivers and the public.But he said he dropped the ball on making sure Uber's internal culture was cleaned up.last week, Uber's chief HR person, Liane Hornsey resigned followed an investigation into how she handled racial-discrimination concerns.And Khosrowshahi confirmed that Uber's COO, hired by him, is under fire for alleged remarks he made about race and gender.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was not pulling any punches while on stage at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen on Monday.He said he was proud of the work his team has done cleaning up its reputation "externally" in places like London, where Uber had been kicked out right when Khosrowshahi took over as CEO.
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