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Google searchs Personal tab shows results from your emails, calendar and other G Suite content

27 May, by Mark Wilson[ —]
Personalized results in Google search are not exactly new, but the company has now introduced a new way to section off truly personal results. A new Personal tab (which you would be forgiven for missing as it's a little hidden out of the way) filters search results to show you only matches from your own Google content. What this means is that you are able to easily see search results from your Gmail emails, Google Photos, Calendar and other G Suite components without having to conduct searches in each one individually. But is there cause for concern when it comes… [Continue Reading]

British Airways cancels flights after massive global computer system failure [Updated]

27 May, by Mark Wilson[ —]
A "major IT system failure" has caused serious problems for British Airways. The airline has been forced to cancel all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports while it works to resolve the issue. It is not believed that the computer failure was caused by a cyberattack or hackers but this has not lessened the impact. Both of the affected airports have become "extremely congested" as a "global system outage" wreaked havoc with travellers' holiday weekend plans. Many BA customers were left stranded on runways as flights were cancelled moments before take-off. As well as grounding planes, customers still at home… [Continue Reading]

Devuan Jessie is here -- download the systemd-shunning Debian-forked Linux distro now

27 May, by Brian Fagioli[ —]
One of the coolest things about open source software is the ability to fork it. What is forking? Very simply put, it is taking code and altering it so it can be taken in a different direction. This is usually done when people are dissatisfied with the current path of a project. A good example of this is LibreOffice, which is a fork of OpenOffice. As that example shows, sometimes the fork can become better and more popular than the original. Systemd is a very polarizing topic in the Linux community, so it should come as no surprise that it would lead… [Continue Reading]

Enterprise Resource Planning from an IT perspective

27 May, by Aaron Continelli[ —]
One of the greatest advantages of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is that it’s designed to be used throughout all departments of your company, from product planning and sales to inventory maintenance and accounting. Combining your company’s processes into one cohesive system eliminates data silos, and reduces manual processes. ERP provides a unified platform that helps departments intercommunicate, allowing your business to run more efficiently. While ERP interacts with all of your departments, there’s one team in particular that should be heavily involved in your implementation and ongoing use of your ERP system: your IT department. IT’s view on ERP… [Continue Reading]

Consumers expect mobile devices to transform

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26 May, by Sead Fadilpašić[ —]
When Microsoft says we'll be holding much more than a mere smartphone in our palms in a few years, they weren't exaggerating. A new Gemalto survey says that by 2025, consumers expect mobile devices to become much more than what they are today. They expect the mobile device to be their ID tool, maybe even their passport. They expect the device to autonomously control their home, they expect to use it as a payment tool, and as a banking device, as well. For the report, Gemalto polled 2,000 consumers in the USA, UK, France, Germany, China and Brazil. Almost half… [Continue Reading]

Nintendo stock soars from Switch sales, GameStop gets profit boost

26 May, by Mark Raby[ —]
After years of disappointing sales, uninspired product launches, and even some doomsday predictions, Nintendo has reversed course -- evidenced no more forcefully than the 8-year high that its stock price reached by the end of this week. The company closed at 33,510 yen ($300.72) per share on Japan's Nikkei exchange. The last time Nintendo was looking at numbers like that, it was busy celebrating the way it reinvented the gaming marketplace with its motion-sensing Wii console. Over the past eight years, though, the novelty of the Wii began to wear off; its successor, the Wii U, was miserably behind its… [Continue Reading]

Ransomware revenue rises to $1bn

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26 May, by Anthony Spadafora[ —]
A new report from Trend Micro has revealed that the use of ransomware by cyber attackers increased by 752 percent in 2016. In the last year alone, the security software company estimates that Locky, Goldeneye and other malware designed to extort a ransom from its victims earned attackers $1 billion. Although ransomware did the most damage to businesses and individuals in 2016, the threat of falling victim to this type of malicious code was maintained by the recent WannaCry attacks and by the Eternal Rocks worm that has no kill switch and continues to infect users. For those unfamiliar with… [Continue Reading]

WorldPay wants to make it easier to take your money in VR

26 May, by Mark Raby[ —]
We've all been there. You're testing out your new virtual reality headset, exploring fantastical worlds and immersing yourself in all kinds of 360-degree awesomeness, when you suddenly stop and think to yourself, "If only there was some way I could simulate the process of taking out my credit card and tapping it to complete a purchase." Well, that will soon become possible if payment processing company WorldPay is successful in getting its new platform accepted by app and game developers. The solution, revealed in a proof-of-concept video, involves a complete recreation of one of the company's real-world retail credit card… [Continue Reading]

UK businesses want to increase adoption of cloud services

26 May, by Sead Fadilpašić[ —]
The adoption of cloud technologies in a company is becoming a key function of many company’s technology strategy. Almost nine in ten (88 percent) of UK businesses have adopted cloud to some extent, the report says, adding that two thirds (67 percent) of users expect to increase the adoption of cloud services in the near future, according to a new report by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) CIF’s report, however, concludes that there is a discrepancy in opinions between IT decision makers and their business counterparts. Almost three quarters (73 percent) of ITDMs think cloud is being driven by their… [Continue Reading]

WannaCry was most Americans’ first experience of ransomware

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26 May, by Ian Barker[ —]
Although ransomware in some form has been around since 2005, a new survey of 5,000 US consumers reveals that for 57 percent the recent WannaCry attack was their first exposure to how it works. The study by endpoint security company Carbon Black also shows that seven out of 10 consumers would consider leaving a business if it were hit by ransomware. Financial institutions and healthcare providers are most trusted to keep data safe (70 percent), but only half (52 percent) trust retailers. This is slightly at odds with trends which show the financial services sector was the most attacked industry… [Continue Reading]

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