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28-06-2022
How Apple is improving single sign-on

Among a slew of announcements at WWDC this year were some important changes to Apple’s support for single sign-on (SSO). Here’s what’s coming when new updates ship this fall.SSO + BYOD = iOS 16, iPadOS 16 Apple first introduced SSO support at WWDC 2019 with Sign in with Apple, which also saw the introduction of extensions to enable this kind of authentication. It allowed a user to access a service or website using their Apple ID, and meant support for identity providers, the use of highly secure token-based signatures and the tools service providers required to implement these systems.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-06-2022
Q&A: Two coding-bootcamp graduates tell their stories

Technology bootcamps are relatively short-term full- or part-time intensive training programs offering skill sets that in many cases can quickly catapult a previously non-technical person into a high-paying tech career. The schools teach students in-demand skills in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and fintech, and in recentyears, the one-and-a-half to six-month long bootcamps have become talent pools for organizations looking for skills-based job seekers. And with the Great Resignation in full swing, more workers are choosing to move into tech for flexible working conditions and high pay.To read this article in full, please click here

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28-06-2022
Time for a mid-year browser security check

We’ve reached the mid-point of 2022 and when it comes to security, I feel like we’re not making much headway. I still see people report they’re getting scammed, ransomed, and attacked on a regular basis — and for many users the browser is becoming the most important part of whatever platform you use. So now is a good time to review your browsers, and any extensions you’ve installed to beef up security.Note, I said browsers —plural. While enterprises might want to standardize on only one browser for better control, for small businesses and individual users, I recommend installing more than one. (I often use three different browsers.)Why is this important? Because attackers (and trackers) go after browsers. In fact, it’s good to think of your browser a separate operating system, and act accordingly to protect it. Though I focus mainly on Windows issues, these guidelines and recommendations apply to Mac OS, Ubunto, Mint, and others.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-06-2022
How Apple plans to dent reality in the next 12 months

Apple updates hardware, software, and services every year and has never been too afraid to cannibalize an existing product range to make way for the new — the iPhone ate the iPod, after all. Now, we hear that Apple is preparing its late 2022/early 2023 product salvo, and, as expected, this may include AR glasses.What’s the story? Mark Gurman at Bloomberg condensed all the current Apple speculation in a recent post. In brief, upcoming arrivals include:To read this article in full, please click here

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27-06-2022
Now open for entries: Best Places to Work in IT 2022

Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT is back for its 29th edition, and this time we are looking for great organizations from the US, UK, Sweden, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. If you work for a brilliant employer of IT professionals, let us know. Over the past three years, the pandemic has re-shaped the workplace, and the ways in which employees engage with colleagues and employers. After a decade-long gestation, digital transformation became a day-to-day reality overnight. Creating great, physical workplaces remains key, but factors such as flexibility are increasingly important as the future workplace evolves. Compensation is critical, but job progression, training, diversity, and sustainability increasingly matter to workforces across the world.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-06-2022
Zendesk confirms cut-price $10.2B buyout

Customer service software company Zendesk has announced it will be acquired for $10.2 billion by a group of investors led by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman and investment company Permira, as well as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC, a sovereign wealth fund from Singapore.The acquisition caps a tumultuous year for the Californian company and comes just two weeks after announcing that it would remain a “public, independent company”.In February this year, Zendesk’s board of directors rejected an acquisition proposal of $17 billion from a consortium of private equity firms, saying that it “significantly undervalues” the company.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-06-2022
The great job hunt: 7 top job-search apps hit all-time highs

The top seven job search engines have been hitting new monthly use rates since March, according to data from web-metrics provider Apptopia.After a period of ebb and flow, numbers have been climbing steadily for the past year, according to Apptopia’s latest data. Average daily active users for the month of June have so far grown 57% year-over-year.“What's super interesting to note is that no month this year has hit a record for monthly active users. This means that while the apps are adding new users, users who already have the apps are playing a large role here, meaning engagement has increased,” Adam Blacker, Apptopia’s director of content and communications, said in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here

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27-06-2022
What’s coming in Windows 11 22H2

Windows 11 version 22H2, the first feature update to Windows 11 since its introduction in October 2021, is expected to be officially released sometime this fall, likely in October. (The “22” stands for the year 2022, and “H2” means it’s being released in the second half of the year.) Microsoft has already issued a version of it to the Release Preview Channel of the Windows 11 Insider Program; Build 22621 is expected to be close to the final version, if not the final one.When 22H2 gets its final release, we’ll give it a full-blown review. However, if you want a sneak peek, we’ve looked at the version in the Release Preview Channel, as well as some features introduced in later builds released to the Beta and Dev Channels that might make it into the final release. Based on that, here is what you can expect when the official version hits.To read this article in full, please click here

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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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