800+ disqualified directors still active, warns HooYuThe government is consulting on proposals that would require all of the UK’s existing 6.7 million company directors – as well as new applicants – to provide proof of identity to Companies House; something that they are not currently required to do under current free-wheeling legislation that was intended to make it easy to register a limited liability company.This would apply to company officers (directors), People with Significant Control (PSCs) and those filing informationIt also calls for third-party registrants of new businesses in the UK (e.g.accountants, banks and other specialist company formation agents) to share the results of their customer due diligence work – required under 2017 Money Laundering Regulations –with Companies House.This is not currently mandatory, meaning despite red flags being raised, suspect individuals can still easily set up companies and trade in the United Kingdom.
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“Cyber criminals tend to have poor online etiquette.”Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy saga spanning eight seasons across almost a decade, reached fever pitch as the final episode approached, writes Peter Groucutt, managing director, Databarracks.For those still playing catch-up, it’s been difficult to avoid at best, mentions and at worst, spoilers, about each episode as they’re released.Because of social media and the proliferation of information, there is a demand to consume as much content as possible to stay up to date.With both legal and illegal means of watching episodes now easy to access, there are new risks at play.A survey by Kaspersky, for example, has shown hackers predictably use online downloads to spread malware.
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HBO decided to drop its first look at Westworld season three (or Westworld III, as they’re calling it) just before the big Game of Thrones series finale aired in the US.Hey, remember when Aaron Paul was cast in Westworld?When last we left our friends in the park, things were way past south.So I suppose the only natural place to pick back up was the “real world.” We’ve already seen it a few times, of course, but this is our first really good look at the technology that exists outside the Delos parks.Am I the only one who thought of Chappie?Westworld season three is coming to the vague land that is 2020.
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The government is under pressure to serve up a mandatory plant-based protein meal at least once a week to students on the advice of Soil Association – a charity focused on changing the "future of food and farming".Meat should be taken off the table because "we need to reduce meat consumption to halt climate change," says the group, citing reports by both the UK Climate Change Committee and the EAT Lancet Commission.According to the body, the School Food Standards currently recommends an optional weekly meat-free day, and the few schools that are participating are apparently offering typically unhealthy options like pasta or pizza."The Soil Association is calling for [a mandatory meat-free day] to be accepted and a mandatory plant-based protein day each week implemented to make menus more climate friendly while also tackling poor diets and obesity by increasing fibre intake," reads the website."The updated School Food Standards should require that all schools serve a plant-based protein day each week.The current, non-compulsory advice for a meat-free day is too weak," says Rob Percival, the Soil Association's head of policy for food and health.
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Some interesting AMD leaks have just popped up, including leaked benchmarks for AMD’s heavily-rumored incoming 64-core Epyc processor, and new alleged Ryzen 3000 wallet-friendly chips including the Ryzen 5 3400G.We’ve been seeing benchmarks for AMD’s beast of a 64-core (128-thread) Epyc processor – a heavyweight offering targeted at servers – since September 2018, and now a result from SiSoft Sandra has been spotted.That benchmark has since been removed, sadly, but not before Wccftech managed to grab a screenshot showing that this engineering sample of the 64-core chip managed to grab third place in SiSoft’s rankings for arithmetic performance.In other words, only two CPUs in existence were faster in that test, and remember that this is an engineering sample, so the finished product could be a bit quicker still.AMD’s new second-generation Epyc chips (Zen 2-based 7nm efforts) are expected to launch in the third quarter, quite possibly as soon as July.Perhaps even more interestingly, the sample chip’s codename – ZX1406E2VJUG5_22/14_N – points to the CPU having a base clock speed of 1.4GHz, with boost to 2.2GHz.
Analysis The technology industry has numerous terms for sneaky software, including malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, and the ever adorable PUPs – potentially unwanted programs.In a research paper distributed this month through pre-print server ArXiv, a pair of researchers from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada – Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet and Mohammad Mannan – show that in the case of software known as Wajam, these categorical distinctions obscure how adware relies on the same untrustworthy techniques as malicious code."Adware applications are generally not considered as much of a threat as malware," the researchers say, pointing to anti-virus applications that label the code as not-a-virus, riskware, unwanted program or PUP."After all, displaying ads is not considered a malicious activity.Also, over the past four years, the code has contained flaws that expose people using it to arbitrary content injection, man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, and remote code execution (RCE).Recall in 2005 how spyware biz Zango, now defunct, sued Zone Labs for calling its software what it was.
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Electronic invoicing is the better way to do business; it’s cheaper, faster, less erroneous, streamlines directly into your accounting process, and is more environmentally friendly than paper and digital invoicing.With that being said, it is more than likely that some operations and processes that are typically done manually are going to become computerized.An electronic invoice is electronic in throughout its entire life cycle; this means that the creation, sending, payment, and financial book-keeping takes place via a computer-system from start to finish.However, this is not to be confused with a digital invoice, which is merely a paper invoice that has been digitized--most likely in a .PDF format.Electronic invoices differ from digital invoices because digital invoices require human workers to record the information from the invoice into the books--and that’s a manual process, not an entirely electronic/computerized process.For instance, CurrencyPay offers an electronic invoice portal where users send invoices via emails that include embedded payment links.
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It appears that over 21,000 Linksys routers have been leaking sensitive data about what devices have connected to them – including MAC addresses, device names and what operating system they use.Perhaps most worryingly, information about whether or not the default admin passwords have been changed on the router has also been made accessible.The leak was spotted by Troy Mursch last week, and it affects a large number of Linksys router models, including the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router, the Linksys MAX-STREAM series and the Velop range of Mesh Wi-Fi routers.You don’t want your router making any details about the devices you use public, but the fact that this leak offers up such detailed device connection histories is very troubling.Knowing the MAC address of a device such as a smartphone would allow people to track the device as it connected to different networks.Meanwhile, leaking the device name could give attackers personal information that could help identify you – for example, if the device name contains your name.
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Rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have started to roll in recently and the latest states that both front and rear cameras will have a different position to those on the Galaxy Note 9.That’s according to reputable leaker @UniverseIce, who tweeted as much, following it up by saying that the rear camera would have a vertical rather than horizontal arrangement.Though that would be a slightly surprising change given that both the Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy S10 range have a horizontal camera arrangement.When asked if it would have the “same camera hardware”, @UniverseIce replied that it would.Presumably that means the same hardware as the dual-lens Galaxy Note 9, but at the very least we’d expect a third and perhaps even a fourth lens to be added, given that the Galaxy S10 phones with the exception of the Samsung Galaxy S10e all have three or more rear lenses.The iPhone 11 is landing later this year
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From Ian Beale becoming a climate activist to Black Mirror episodes about antibiotic resistance, here's how to talk about the environment without spoiling your night on the sofa.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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BT is to award shares to its staff as part of a move to drive employee engagement at a time when it is investing heavily in infrastructure and cutting costs.New CEO Philip Jansen said the ‘Yourshare’ scheme will amount to £50 million every year, or £500 per employee.Staff will need to retain the shares for three years before they can be sold – an attempt to encourage “long-term” thinking among the workforce who will have a vested interest in the company’s success.“I want to make BT a company that exceeds our customers’ expectations and does a brilliant job for the country,” said Jansen.“To achieve that, I’m going to start with our colleagues: the 100,000 people involved in developing and delivering the essential products and services that connect millions of people across the globe.“I’m asking our colleagues for their commitment to making BT a national champion; and I want to give them ownership in our company and a share in our success.
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The spiritual successor to the Windows GUIMicrosoft has made numerous updates to its Azure Portal, partly to accommodate new features announced at its Build developer conference, and partly in an attempt to improve the user interface.The Azure Resource Graph Explorer lets you query Azure resources using the Resource Graph Query Language, based on Microsoft’s KQL (Keyword Query Language), and then pin the results to the Portal dashboard as tables or charts.Some resources support opening in a new tab, now including resource groups (collections of your Azure services that are managed together) and subscriptions.Microsoft is trying to make life easier for developers who want to kick the tires on AKS without tangling with Helm Charts, packages of YAML (YAML Ain’t Markup Language) files which describe a set of Kubernetes resources.Deployment Center is a wizard, running in the portal, which automatically builds a pipeline in Azure DevOps (formerly Visual Studio online) that will deploy your containerised application to AKS and rebuild it automatically when you commit code changes (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery).
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Another weekend, another batch of stories you might’ve missed.Or as we like to put it: welcome back to another edition of Moonday Mornings, Hard Fork’s wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain stories.So, without further ado, let’s get into it:Facebook has set up its secretive cryptocurrency and blockchain project, Libra, in Switzerland, Reuters reports.According to Geneva’s commercial register, the social media giant filed the registration papers on May 2, with plans to provide financial and technology services – and also develop hardware and software.According to TechCrunch, alleged cryptocurrency exchange service Goxtrade used the photos and names of a number of blockchian influencers on its staff page.
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To say that the final season of Game of Thrones has been, uh, divisive is putting it mildly, and the likelihood that its finale on Sunday will manage to appease its fans has seemingly decreased with each additional episode.Now, a Change.org petition to remake the series’ eighth season “with competent writers” has surpassed a million signatures and was closing in on 1.1 million as of Sunday afternoon.Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e.the books) to fall back on,” the petition reads.“This series deserves a final season that makes sense.”The petition kicked off following the series’ fourth episode “The Last of the Starks” (no spoilers here for the folks who’ve yet to watch).
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The search for the UK's top mobile salesperson is nearing its head with the next stage of Shop Idol 2019.Shop Idol, in partnership with Samsung, sees staff from every major mobile retailer compete to be crowned the best sales and customer service agent in the UK.Following the shortlisting of the 12 top candidates, the list has now been whittled down to just six, who will now be invited to the Mobile Industry Awards on June 6th to find out who has won the title.Congratulations to our six finalists:- Grant Miller, Three Retail- Hannah Darby, Three UK
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Google has announced the demise of Jump – a peculiar VR platform that captured 360-degree footage using a rig of 16 GoPro cameras.Once the video had been recorded, it was stitched together using Google Cloud to make a seamless circle and fired directly to YouTube, ready for the headsets of viewers worldwide.Google targeted the system at filmmakers, journalists and artists, but sadly the market there wasn't big enough to keep jump airborne.Those who are still using it are now receiving emails notifying them that the service will soon be closing.In a way, Jump was ahead of its time.Since its release in 2015, the market for 360-degree cameras has really taken off and there are now lots of less cumbersome ways to capture stills and videos from all angles.
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