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25-06-2022
Cisco announces plan to exit Russia and Belarus

After first suspending operations in March 2022, the networking company has formally announced it will be quitting Russia.

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25-06-2022
The surveillance-as-a-service industry needs to be brought to heel

Here we go again: another example of government surveillance involving smartphones from Apple and Google has emerged, and it shows how sophisticated government-backed attacks can become and why there's justification for keeping mobile platforms utterly locked down.What has happened? I don’t intend to focus too much on the news, but in brief it is as follows: Google’s Threat Analysis Group has published information revealing the hack. Italian surveillance firm RCS Labs created the attack. The attack has been used in Italy and Kazakhstan, and possibly elsewhere. Some generations of the attack are wielded with help from ISPs. On iOS, attackers abused Apple’s enterprise certification tools that enable in-house app deployment. Around nine different attacks were used. The attack works like this: The target is sent a unique link that aims to trick them into downloading and installing a malicious app. In some cases, the spooks worked with an ISP to disable data connectivity to trick targets into downloading the app to recover that connection.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2022
Italian spyware firm is hacking into iOS and Android devices, Google says

Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has identified Italian vendor RCS Lab as a spyware offender, developing tools that are being used to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities to effect attacks on iOS and Android mobile users in Italy and Kazakhstan.According to a Google blog post on Thursday, RCS Lab uses a combination of tactics, including atypical drive-by downloads as initial infection vectors. The company has developed tools to spy on the private data of the targeted devices, the post said.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2022
Human digital twins and evolution: The real Westworld?

Last week, I wrote about a new company — Merlynn — that’s selling a rudimentary human digital twin tool. I’ve been thinking about digital twins ever since — and about how a tool like this could become the next killer productivity application.When tools that enhance an experience are initially created, they tend to emulate what came before. The first cars looked like horse-drawn carriages without the horses and were even called horseless carriages. Cars evolved and no longer look at all like those early examples. I expect digital twins to evolve, too, into something very different than they seem to be today. To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2022
There’s just one thing businesses can do about the ‘splinternet’ — adapt

In ancient times (before COVID-19) I grandly announced that the long-feared “splinternet” had arrived. And I made peace with the fact.The splinternet idea is simple: instead of the single, global, open internet that early network pioneers intended, we actually now have multiple unconnected internets.Exhibit A in my argument was the successful isolation of China by the Chinese government’s so called “Great Firewall of China,” along with aggressive internet censorship. The Chinese government not only censors domestically, but also takes advantage of the lack of controls abroad to censor globally, and to spread pro-Beijing propaganda and disinformation. For example, during the Bejing Olympics, thousands of super active fake accounts and bots flooded the comments of any prominent Twitter user (including myself) criticizing the Olympics or the Chinese government’s human rights record. Twitter later deleted the accounts.To read this article in full, please click here

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24-06-2022
Let’s put smartphone mics to better use

I was working on a file the other day when my iPhone popped up a message: “A sound has been recognized that may be a doorbell.” Indeed, a doorbell had just rung. This is one of the new collection of accessibility notifications for those who have trouble hearing. Apple has been rolling out a lot of these lately, and Google’s Android has been doing the same. To read this article in full, please click here

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23-06-2022
Apple says it’s time your business ran BIMI

Apple will add another obstacle against successful phishing attacks in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, which will show a company’s official logo to help recipients recognize genuine from fake emails.Brand Indicators for Message Identification Apple’s forthcoming operating systems will support Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI). This is a specification to enable the use of brand-controlled logos within emails and will be a way to tell recipients that an email genuinely comes from the company concerned. Google has supported BIMI since 2021.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-06-2022
The business user's guide to Google Voice

All right, quiz time: In a single sentence, can you tell me exactly what Google Voice does?It's a question even the most giddy Google-appreciating geeks struggle to answer succinctly — and for normal, non-tech-obsessed Homo sapiens, the answer typically falls somewhere between "Huh?" and "Wait, is that the same thing as gChat?"Really, it's no surprise. Google Voice is one of Google's most complex, confusing, and poorly promoted services. But it's also one of its most powerful — if you take the time to figure out exactly what it does and how it can work for you.To read this article in full, please click here

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23-06-2022
Zoom unveils its latest platform evolution with the launch of Zoom One

Zoom has unveiled Zoom One, a new offering that brings together chat, phone, meetings, and whiteboarding capabilities in a single, purpose-built environment.Users of Zoom One will be able to access Zoom's collaboration and communication tools and perform actions such as starting phone or video calls from a chat message or collaborating on a whiteboard from a Zoom desktop or Zoom room.In a press release announcing the launch, company President Greg Tomb said that as Zoom evolved from a meeting app to a comprehensive communications platform, it was clear that introducing new packaging like Zoom One was the next step in the company's evolution.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-06-2022
Apple doesn’t want a metaverse, it wants a better universe

The news that Apple hasn’t joined an all-new industry alliance that seems mostly led by its competitors isn’t terribly surprising.Augmented and virtual reality shouldn’t be defined as virtual designer shopping experiences, NFTs, and escapism — these powerful tools should become solutions that extend and embrace our existing universe. What’s the story? Apple apparently declined to join a new outfit called the Metaverse Standards Forum, which already includes some of the bigger names in this new dimension. Member companies presently include Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, Adobe, and some of Apple’s biggest competitors, including Facebook (now Meta) and Epic Games.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-06-2022
Slack adds video and screenshare to Huddles audio chat

Slack’s Huddles audio chat feature, a popular way to start informal conversations since its launch last year, has seen the fastest uptake of any Slack feature to date, according to the company, with millions of users each week. And at its Frontiers conference this week, Slack announced plans to expand functionality within huddle calls with optional video and screen sharing.“It's going to retain that lightweight, instantaneous audio-first experience it has today, but you’ll be able to progressively expand the scope of any huddle that you're in,” said Rob Seaman, senior vice president for product at Slack, who added that audio will remain the default option when starting a huddle call.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-06-2022
Q&A: Four business leaders on their 4-day workweek pilot plans

As interest in a four-day workweek mounts, the largest pilot scheme of its kind kicked off in the UK earlier this month. Around 3,300 employees at 70 small businesses – ranging from tech firms to financial services companies and even a fish-and-chip shop – are taking part in the six-month trial coordinated by the non-profit organization 4 Day Week Global and think tank Autonomy.To read this article in full, please click here

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22-06-2022
14 ways Google Lens can save you time on Android

Psst: Come close. Your Android phone has a little-known superpower — a futuristic system for bridging the physical world around you and the digital universe on your device. It's one of Google's best-kept secrets. And it can save you tons of time and effort.It's a little somethin' called Google Lens, and it's been lurking around on Android and quietly getting more and more capable for years. Google doesn't make a big deal about it, weirdly enough, and you really have to go out of your way to even realize it exists. But once you uncover it, well, you'll feel like you have a magic wand in your pocket.At its core, Google Lens is best described as a search engine for the real world. It uses artificial intelligence to identify text and objects both within images and in a live view from your phone's camera, and it then lets you learn about and interact with those elements in all sorts of interesting ways. But while Lens's ability to, say, identify a flower, look up a book, or give you info about a landmark is certainly impressive, it's the system's more mundane-seeming productivity powers that are far more likely to find a place in your day-to-day life.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2022
Cloudflare outage brings hundreds of sites, services temporarily offline

A Cloudflare outage on Tuesday knocked hundreds of websites and services, including Discord, Shopify, Fitbit, Peleton, various cryptocurrency services, and Cloudflare itself, offline for a number of hours.Founded in 2010, Cloudflare is a US-based content delivery network (CDN) that also provides distributed denial-of-service protection to online domains, speed optimization, and various cybersecurity services.The company faced similar issues last week when an outage in the India region caused several services including Discord, Shopify, Canva and GitLab to suffer from network performance issues across India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.To read this article in full, please click here

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21-06-2022
Hexnode's CEO on Apple in the enterprise and the transformation of the workplace

Apple’s rapidly growing enterprise market share is generating an expansion in the support services ecosystem for the products. One company to recently enter the Apple device management space is Hexnode. I spent a little time with company founder and CEO Apu Pavithran to see this part of the world through his eyes.What will the workplace of the future look like?  As we work through the pandemic, we hear a lot about the new workplace. But no one yet knows what this will be. We know expectations have changed and employees have proved that remote work can be productive, though many managers are having problems making this transition.To read this article in full, please click here

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