Microsoft to allow Logins Without Password

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Building technology that is both secure and easy to use is a tricky proposition. Microsoft is trying to make strides by giving customers a way to sign into their Microsoft accounts with smartphones—but without having to enter passwords. As explained in a Microsoft blog post on Tuesday, customers must have either the Android or iOS version of the Microsoft Authenticator app on their smartphones, then enter their usernames as usual. Then, instead of keying in a password, they’ll receive notifications on their phones. Tapping the “Approve” notification unlocks the phone.…

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BankBot trojan hits Google Play

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A trojan virus that affects Android devices leaked online in January. This was the BankBot, a banking malware which disguised itself as a harmless program and able to avoid Google’s security scans. Weeks after the attack, the malware found its way to Google Play Store. What makes this vicious banking Trojan threatening is that it was able to find a way of hiding in apps using a variety of names on Play Store. On is Funny Videos 2017 and the other is the HappyTimes Videos, with the latter discovered just…

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Facebook scraps React , welcomes successor React Fiber

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Facebook has completely rewritten React, its popular JavaScript library for building user interfaces. The company hasn’t previously talked much about React Fiber, as the project is called, but it has actually been working on it for a while. The idea behind React Fiber is to take what the company has learned from developing React the first time around and put that into an updated framework that is still fully backwards compatible with existing React-based applications. React Fiber, Facebook tells me, will become the foundation of any future improvements and feature…

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IOT and cybersecurity: tomorrow’s threats today

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A growing number of devices and appliances are now getting connected to a network, and to each other, to provide additional, enhanced features. We are beginning to see some of this potential being realised and the number of connected devices is growing fast. Cisco predicts that 50 billion new devices will be connected to the internet by 2020. Additionally, IoT connected cars are able to monitor and adapt to both internal performance quality and external environment, allowing modern cars to provide a new level of safety that was before unattainable.…

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Nokia begins work with Airtel to Bring 5G Technology to the World

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A fast internet connection is a necessity in today’s world. Currently, the fastest available internet runs on what’s known as fourth generation  or 4G  technology. The fastest among 4G technology is called LTE, which is capable of delivering download speeds of 50mbps. However, a number of telecommunication companies (or telcos) all over the world are testing the next generation of internet technology; the so-called 5G. In India, telcos are working with Nokia to make 5G a reality. Nokia is planning on bringing 5G network to India in collaboration with Airtel and BSNL. According…

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IBM and Red Hat collaborate to accelerate cloud adoption using OpenStack

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IBM announced a collaboration with open source software solutions provider Red Hat that will provide the hybrid cloud infrastructure to help customers efficiently run cloud applications using OpenStack APIs. Under this collaboration, IBM and Red Hat plan to jointly market and sell the new offerings for private cloud deployments, including workload migrations, disaster recovery, capacity expansion, and data center consolidation. The strategic collaboration between IBM and Red Hat is designed to enable clients to more easily adopt open source products and OpenStack cloud software while preserving their existing investments and creating…

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Ubuntu abandons its phone efforts, set to switch back to GNOME

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Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops, Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu is giving up on the project and will switch the default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME next year. Canonical is also ending development of Ubuntu software for phones and tablets, spelling doom for the goal of creating a converged experience with phones acting as desktops when docked with the right equipment.”The choice, ultimately, is to invest in the areas which are contributing to the growth of the company,” Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical writes in a blog post. Ubuntu is one of…

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Apple Patents MagSafe to USB-C Adapter

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Apple has filed a patent for a MagSafe to USB-C adapter that could be used to power its notebooks and provide the breakaway protection users have come to appreciate. Despite Apple’s pivot away from the breakaway charging cable, people still love it — since it doesn’t cause your laptop to crash to the ground when you trip over the cable — and the option to choose between USB-C and MagSafe would be great. One of the big complaints with Apple’s new line of MacBook Pros has been the loss of…

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Apple Music on Android catches up with iOS

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Apple’s subscription streaming service, Apple Music, rolled out a major (ver. 2.0) release to Android users today, introducing a new design that largely brings the app to parity with its iOS counterpart. The update includes a visual makeover, which organizes content into a few main sections – Library, For You, Browse, and Radio – as on iOS. However, it’s clear that Apple Music for Android is not a priority for Apple, despite its seeming intentions to compete with rival services like Spotify or the now on-demand Pandora, for instance. In…

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Canada plans to set up an AI hub

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Canada wants to be an artificial-intelligence hotbed. Don Walker, chief executive of Canadian carparts giant Magna International, hosted a number of the country’s leading executives, scientists and politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at his summer home last July to mull ways Canada could move past its reliance on natural-resource exports. Artificial intelligence was at the top of the list, according to several attendees. We are already living in a world infused with AI, from music and movie recommendation services, to driver assistance systems in cars, to virtual personal assistants…

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