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Microsoft China bans Android, forces staff to use iPhones instead

Microsoft is banning Android phones from its workplace in China for privacy and security reasons. According to Bloomberg News, Microsoft staff will have to ditch their Android-powered devices in favor of iPhones starting in September.Special iPhone apps will be required for China-based employees to verify their identities when logging in to work computers or phones.…

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Lessons from war: How Israel is fighting Iranian state-backed hacking

Hamas hacked into video streams from private security cameras in Israeli homes to gather intelligence before fighters descended on Israeli settlements near the Gaza strip on 7 October 2023, according to the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD). For Gaby Portnoy, director general of the INCD, the hacking was no surprise: “But it went deeper than…

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Microsoft and Google’s GHG emissions gains call viability of net-zero targets into question

The financial results of the world’s biggest three hyperscale cloud companies have seen Amazon, Google and Microsoft all credit growing customer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) services for boosting their respective profit, revenue and market share totals. The downside to this growth, particularly where Google and Microsoft are concerned, is that it appears to be…

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More YouTube Premium plans are coming, but will they be cheaper? 

Like other streaming options out there, YouTube Premium has been getting more expensive in recent years. Separately, Google has been trying to put a stop to ad blocker use on the free YouTube experience. Then, Google canceled YouTube Premium subscriptions made via VPNs. These moves indicate that Google is trying to make more money from…

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SAP public cloud migration requires architectural rethink

While almost three-quarters (74%) of in-progress SAP S/4HANA implementation projects are being deployed on public clouds, analyst Gartner has urged IT leaders to avoid simply mirroring their on-premise setups in the cloud. Gartner’s Top practices for deploying SAP S/4HANA in the public cloud report identifies several benefits of public cloud deployments, including the ability to…

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Kubernetes at 10: Building stateful app storage and data protection

Kubernetes is 10 years’ old. Mid-2024 sees the 10th birthday of the market-leading container orchestration platform. That decade started as containers emerged as a new way to virtualise applications, but storage and data protection functionality was practically non-existent. Now, Kubernetes offers a mature container platform for cloud-native applications, with all that’s required for the storage…

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UK government’s M365 use under scrutiny after Microsoft’s ‘no guarantee of sovereignty’ disclosure

The dominant hold that Microsoft has on government IT is coming under close scrutiny, following the software giant’s disclosure it cannot guarantee the sovereignty of UK policing data hosted within its hyperscale cloud infrastructure. As exclusively revealed by Computer Weekly on 19 June, Microsoft has advised Scottish policing bodies it cannot guarantee that data hosted…

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The new Beats Pill is so good that I’m ditching my Sonos Roam

We’ve been waiting for a new Beats Pill for a long time, and now, it’s finally here. Apple also resurrected the HomePod a little while ago, so bringing back speakers that it previously discontinued seems to be a trend with the company.After reading Jośe Adorno’s review and digging into the product on the Beats website,…

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Samsung’s next Galaxy Unpacked event is coming on July 10

Just hours after Google revealed that its 2024 hardware reveal event is taking place in August, Samsung announced that the next Galaxy Unpacked will take place a month earlier. Samsung shared an invitation on its website today inviting fans to tune in on July 10 when the company takes the stage in Paris, France to…

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