Category Archives: Computing

US tax cuts and dollar’s decline propel datacentre spending

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A decline in the US dollar’s value is driving IT investment, analyst Gartner has reported in its latest forecast. Global IT spending is predicted to grow by 6.2% in 2018 – the highest rate Gartner has forecast since 2007. John-David Lovelock, research vice-president at Gartner, told Computer Weekly: “With currency, the primary effect is that […]

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Mind-reading tech is here (and more useful than you think!)

Here’s a thought: Mind-reading software is not only ready for commercial use, but it will actually be of practical use in everyday business applications. But wait, you say. That’s creepy, invasive and useless. Read this column, though, and you just might change your mind about that. (And if you do, your gadgets will know.) The […]

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Latest macOS update cripples enterprise docks, blanks external screens

When Apple’s latest macOS update blanked external screens, third-party hardware vendors scrambled to warn customers and caused Mac users to call each other names. macOS 10.13.4, which Apple released March 29 and immediately began pushing to users, has crippled DisplayLink, the technology from the same-named company that allows multiple monitors to be connected to one […]

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Get the March patches for your Windows machines installed, but watch out for Win7

The quality of March’s patches set new lows, even by Windows’ tarnished standards. The Win10 patches flew fast and furious, with new Microsoft-induced bugs introduced and swatted multiple times over the month. The Word 2016 security patch demands that you first install the Word 2016 non-security patch, or Word refuses to open files. That bug […]

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Security Think Tank: Six tips for securing your organisation against cryptojacking

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Cryptojacking involves secretly stealing the processing power from a computing device to mine cryptocurrencies. Whilst originally confined to victims unwittingly installing a cryptocurrency mining program on their machines, attacks have now expanded to in-browser cryptojacking that simply involves inserting a few lines of code into a browser plug-in. By submitting your personal information, you agree […]

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IoT security cannot be an afterthought: it must be the foundation of design

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For too long, our approach to cyber security in the internet of things (IoT) has been: “Security? Yeah, we’ll do that once we sort out this bit”. To be honest, most parts of the digital economy have gone through this phase – and it’s easy to understand why. By submitting your personal information, you agree […]

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DisplayPort vs HDMI

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HDMI is a commonly known interface in consumer electronics. DisplayPort is less common, but there are still plenty of devices with it onboard. These two video/audio standards are similar but different so we’ve outlined what types you can get and how they compare. Types of connector When it comes to DisplayPort and HDMI cables and […]

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Apple’s Siri, HomePod and the voice assistant showdown

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The battle of the smart assistants continues, and while people seem to want to get more from using Siri, others seem to want to figure out how to turn Cortana off, and Google Assistant isn’t far behind. How can Apple exploit its advantages to push HomePod higher? Voice assistants face-off I’ve been digging through the […]

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Business increases use of encryption in the cloud

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The past year has seen the biggest growth in the use of encryption in the cloud, the Thales 2018 Global encryption trends study shows. The uptick in the adoption of encryption has been driven by various factors, with the fact that organisations are now using up to four or more public cloud providers combined with […]

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Amazon Lord of the Rings TV show latest news

For most of the past decade, TV producers have been desperate to find ‘the next Game of Thrones’, and now Amazon apparently reckons it’s found it: Lord of the Rings. The retail giant has reportedly spent an astonishing $250 million to secure the rights to an ongoing TV show set in Middle-earth, with a commitment […]

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