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Microsoft’s cloud services has run into a fresh roadblock in Germany, after the state of Hesse ruled it is illegal for its schools to use Office 365 citing “privacy concerns.”The Hesse Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI) ruled that using the popular cloud platform’s standard configuration exposes personal information about students and teachers “to potential access by US authorities.”In declaring that Windows 10 and Office 365 is not compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for use in schools, this development ends years of debate over whether “schools can use Microsoft’s Office 365 software in compliance with data protection regulations.”The heart of the issue concerns the telemetry information sent by Windows 10 operating system and the company’s cloud solution back to the US.This information can include anything from regular software diagnostic data to user content from Office applications, such as email subject lines and sentences from documents where the company’s translation or spellchecker tools were used.Collection of such information is a violation of GDPR laws that came into effect last May.
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Quantum computers are expected to be commonplace in the next five to 10 years and promise vast increases in processing power over silicon chips.With more powerful computers, and the ability to carry out more mathematical operations every second, contemporary encryption algorithms all of a sudden provide much less security than they did in a time before quantum computers.Although this issue will likely come into play within five to 10 years, developing security measures against quantum computers is a longterm process.Why should we be concerned?Step back and think about that for a second in the context of banking, and everything that comes with having a bank account.Prof. Tittel told us that “Quantum key distribution (QKD) promises secure digital communication, ultimately worldwide, that cannot be broken – not even by a quantum computer.”
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Using a robotic sub, a team of investigators has detected traces of radiation leaking from Komsomolets – a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago in the Norwegian Sea.Its captain managed to bring the beleaguered sub to the surface, but it sank about five hours later.All 42 sailors were killed in the incident, known as the Komsomolets disaster.Normally, scientists extract samples of water near the sub, but this time around the researchers deployed Aegir 6000 – a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that was dispatched and monitored from the research vessel G. O. Sars.“We have been wanting to do a survey with an ROV for a number of years,” said expedition leader Hilde Elise Heldal in the press release.“Aegir 6000 allows us to see exactly where we are taking samples around the wreck, and equally importantly we’ve been able to use its cameras to zoom in and study the whole nuclear submarine section by section.”
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Amazon Prime Day is officially in full swing.The retail giant is offering thousands of tech deals on smart home devices.If you are searching for powerful vacuums you can use to clean your pet’s hair from carpets and hard floorings, you just found it.Only for Prime Day, you can have it for as low as $347.Cleaning those will indeed be stressful if you don’t have the right equipment.Engineered for homes with pets, the Dyson Vacuum Cleaner will dig out that hair everywhere your pet gets.
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Account hijacking claimed by some but it may just be a developer behaving badlyAnother JavaScript package in the npm registry - the installer for PureScript - has been tampered with, leading project maintainers to revise their software to purge the malicious code.After a week of reports of unexpected behavior, software developer and PureScript contributor Harry Garrood on Friday published his account of the affair.The installer, invoked by typing npm i -g purescript from the command line, was designed to install PureScript, a programming language that compiles to JavaScript, on the user's system using the npm command line interface.According to Garrood, the installer was originally developed and maintained by Shinnosuke Watanabe (@shinnn), a developer based in Japan.The PureScript maintainers had disagreements with Watanabe about the upkeep of the installer and asked him to transfer the project to their control.
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Huawei may still be facing an uncertain future over its access to licensed versions of Android and Windows operating systems, but it’s been busy readying in-house replacements in case the tide turns against its favor.Now, the world’s second largest phone maker has filed a trademark application with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, attempting to register the name “Harmony” for its mobile and computer operating systems.The application is dated July 12, 2019, and is currently under examination.The description of the application reads: “Downloadable operating system programs; Recorded operating system programs; Mobile operating systems; Computer operating systems; Downloadable computer operating programs and computer operating systems.”That description hints Huawei might be attempting to create a cross-platform operating system that’s compatible with both desktops and smartphones.The company — which has found itself caught in the cross hairs of a trade war between China and the US — had earlier trademarked an OS called HongMeng in China, but this was later revealed to be for IoT devices.
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Apple is investigating a report of an iPhone 6 that exploded in the hands of an 11-year-old girl in California, partially burning her.“I was sitting down, and I had my phone in my hand and then I saw sparks flying everywhere and I just threw it on a blanket,” Kayla Ramos told 23ABC.“I was right here on the bed and the phone managed to burn through this blanket and make these holes.”Ramos said that she burned herself, but thankfully, it was the blanket and bed that sustained most of the damage.She said that she mostly only uses the smartphone to watch YouTube videos.The iPhone 6, meanwhile, was charred and nearly unrecognizable.
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What you need to know from infosec land latelyEarlier this month, an alert went out to Ruby on Rails developers after it was discovered that a popular package had been hijacked and injected with malicious code.Tute Costa was going through the gems used for his Ruby application and checking for updates when he noticed that something was amiss with the strong_password package.It was eventually concluded that the GitHub account managing the gem had been hijacked from its original owner and then had a bit of malicious code inserted."If it didn’t run before (checking for the existence of the Z1 dummy constant) it injects a middleware that eval‘s cookies named with an ___id suffix, only in production, all surrounded by the empty exception handler _!function that’s defined in the hijacked gem, opening the door to silently executing remote code in production at the attacker’s will."
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Xiaomi phones have always sold like pancakes in China but it has had a harder time gaining traction in other markets.Part of that is due to Xiaomi’s custom MIUI interface that may not appeal to markets outside of China.Surprisingly, the company recently jumped on the Android One program and it wasn’t even just a one-time publicity stunt.Images of a Mi A3 phone have now popped up on the Internet to seemingly prove that third time’s a charm.Xiaomi’s Android One phones aren’t exactly on the same level as its main Mi line.Just like any other Android One phone, it focuses more on making a pure Android phone that’s affordable to a certain market segment.
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Sponsored webcast Moving to the cloud is not as simple as we have sometimes been led to believe.Many organisations are eager to benefit from the functionality and convenience that the cloud offers but find themselves constrained by the past.Complexity, sunk costs and licensing are among the challenges that lie along the road from one environment to another and are often overlooked.Following on from an overview of the cloud market we discussed in an earlier webcast that some of you may have attended, we now move on to the practicalities of making the switch.In this latest webcast, Mark Walker, head of technology at Derby City Council, will talk about how he and his team negotiated the bumps they encountered as the mid-England council migrated to the public cloud, and shares the valuable lessons they learned along the way.The challenges public sector organisations face and the potential costs of overcoming them
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Huawei’s fate still hangs in the balance despite some on the US side talking about easing some but definitely not all restrictions.That might not be enough for Huawei to completely change its course and scrap the plans it made to compensate for the effects of the restrictions.One of those is the planned layoffs in its US-based R subsidiary that could affect no small amount of American jobs.Some might see it as retaliation but, to be fair, Huawei doesn’t have much choice in the matter.The US blacklist forbids US companies from supplying US-sourced technology to Huawei.Since that is exactly what Huawei’s Futurewei Technologies research and development subsidiary does, that business is pretty done for.
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Anyone who's been to San Diego Comic-Con knows it can be an unforgettable experience, but it can also be overwhelming and anxiety-provoking.Whether you're a convention newbie or a pro, everyone can use a few tips on how to pace themselves at SDCC when surrounded by fans cosplaying as Darth Vader and Wonder Woman, cranky collectors shoving each other to get to the latest Funko Spider-Man, endless lines to celebrity-filled panels and all else that comes with attending the biggest geek convention on the planet.Here's some quality advice from film directors, screenwriters, comic book creators, authors, actors and other Comic-Con regulars on how to make this year's San Diego Comic-Con International, which runs from July 18 to 21, your best convention experience yet.Adam Savage, host of Savage Builds: First, accept you won't get any sleep.Might want to get some good sleep before you go to store up and bank what energy you can.Kelly Thompson, comics writer of Captain Marvel, Sabrina, Hawkeye: Take naps in your room as often as possible.
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Amazon Prime Day is just hours away, and with it, you’ll find some of the best gaming deals available in all of 2019.Games that normally cost $60 will see their prices slashed during the massive shopping event, and consoles – often bundled with games – will be available at significant price cuts.We’ve also provided information that will help you in choosing between Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, so you can get the perfect system for your gaming preferences.The Best Prime Day Gaming DealsLeading up to Prime Day, Amazon already has some great deals on gaming consoles and accessories.Whether you’re looking for an Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch games there’s a deal available for you right now.
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But Amazon isn’t the only company offering up discounts and coupons during Prime Day 2019.In fact, HP is running its own sale on HP Spectre x360 laptops and these discounts may rival some of Amazon’s best laptop deals.HP’s Spectre x360 laptop sale is a combination of deep discounts (hundreds of dollars off) and an additional coupon code that can take another 5% off of the initial discounted price.Of the many versions of the Spectre x360 currently on sale during Prime Day 2019, there are three laptop deals worth checking out: The Spectre x360 15, the Spectre x360 15t, and the Spectre x360 13t.The Spectre x360 15 offers the lowest discount at $100 off.This deal cuts the price of the Spectre x360 15 down from $1,300 to $1,200.
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Solitude doesn’t come cheap, but Amazon has something up its sleeve that makes it a tad more affordable: Prime Day 2019.With the bulk of the deals slated to drop tomorrow, retailers are offering early wireless headphone deals to Prime members and non-members ahead of the shopping event.Since there’s a limited amount of stock set aside for the best deals, you’ll need to act fast if you see a really good discount.That means time can’t be wasted browsing the entire catalog — a matter of seconds can sometimes be the difference between bagging a bargain or missing out completely.To help you track down the best headphone deals for Prime Day 2019, we’ll be rounding up all of the offers that are just too good to miss and updating them here, with the list set to include everything from best-in-class noise-canceling headphones to wireless earbuds.Best Prime Day Headphone Deals
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The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the launch had been called off due to a "technical snag" observed in the rocket 56 minutes prior to launch.As a measure of abundant precaution, Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today.The landmark mission was set to depart a few days shy of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, humanity's first crewed lunar landing, with the goal of making the first soft landing at the lunar south pole.India's mission isn't slated to feature humans, rather, Chandrayaan 2 is carrying three lunar exploration robots -- a lander, rover and orbiter -- that will be able to survey the moon from both the surface and the sky.The payload of Chandrayaan-2 consists of a lunar orbiter, a lunar lander and a lunar rover and will be launched atop the ISRO-developed GSLV Mk-III rocket.That rocket is about half as powerful as the SpaceX Falcon 9 and will put Chandrayaan-2 into what's known as an "Earth parking orbit" before the module uses its own power to extend its orbit and eventually position itself for a lunar rendezvous.
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This beautiful cosmic object is a planetary nebula named Abell 24, captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT).Located in the constellation of Canis Minor (The Lesser Dog), this is the remnants of a long-dead star.A planetary nebula is not related to planets — the confusing name comes from a time when nebulae were observed using primitive telescopes which weren’t strong enough to differentiate between nebulae and planets.The lifecycle of a star involves a bright, active phase, in which the star glows with light and heat due to the fusion of hydrogen into helium within its core.But as thousands of years pass, the star will eventually burn through all of its hydrogen and will eventually run out of fuel.When this happens, the forces of gravity which are pushing into the star from the outside are no longer balanced by the energy being pushed outward from the star’s core.
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Some matchups will be harder than others and there’s always some RNG in collectible card games, but as long as you understand a deck’s win condition, you are good to go.The Rise of Shadows expansion brought us many new cards, making this formidable deck possible.Of course, you can bait board clearing cards, but not all enemies will fall for that strategy.The first gives friendly mechs +1/+1, but also triggers their Deathrattle effects.If you have built up a mass of Goblin Bombs by then, triggering this effect will create quite the powerful blast.The best part is that you mostly need common cards with the occasional rare and legendary, making it relatively easy to obtain even for returning players.
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Amazon Prime Day 2019 is just a day away with the official start date of the event is July 15.If you’re after a discounted wearable, though, there are plenty of smartwatch deals already live.With Walmart dropping it’s massive sale ahead of Prime Day deals, there are plenty of discounts to choose from.Amazon is also likely to discount all kinds of tech tomorrow, including 4K TVs, gaming consoles, and so on — but there are likely to be some great smartwatch deals, too.If you’re in the market for a smartwatch, Prime Day 2019 is an all-around great time to buy.While we may not know exactly what smartwatch models will get discounted tomorrow, it’s likely that a range fitness tracker-based smartwatches and stylish and fashionable ones will be on sale.
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Russia has finally launched its powerful X-ray observatory, Spektr-RG, after a month’s delay caused by faulty batteries on board the spacecraft.The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 13, taking off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.Spektr-RG is a satellite created in cooperation between the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) as well as universities in Russia and Germany.It will survey in the X-ray frequency once it reaches its final destination in 100 days.It is aiming for an orbit sitting between the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Earth in a location called a Lagrange point located 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) from Earth.Equipment on board the observatory includes two X-ray telescopes, ART-XC and eROSITA.
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