COVID-19 cyberthreats

COVID-19 cyberthreats

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Cyberthreats are constantly evolving in order to take advantage of online behaviour and trends. The COVID-19 outbreak is no exception. Cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses and even global organizations at a time when cyber defences might be lowered due to the shift of focus to the health crisis. Global landscape on COVID-19 cyberth 704.24KB EN FR Types of cyberattacks Malicious domains There are a considerable number of registered domains on the Internet that contain the terms: "coronavirus", "corona-virus", "covid19" and "covid-19". While some are legitimate websites, cybercriminals are creating thousands of new sites every day to carry out spam campaigns, phishing or to spread malware. Malware Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the widespread global communications on the coronavirus to mask their activities. Malware, spyware…
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Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

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Windows 10 users, it is well known that you’ve had a truly rotten run of bad updates as well as serious questions about transparency but brace yourself because Microsoft has just unveiled two massive upgrades which you will like. Windows 10 updates continue to cause problems 03/20 Update: Microsoft is on a roll. Picked up by Windows Latest, Windows 10 will now allow users to reclaim 'Reserved Storage' previously consumed by its May 2019 update. With this tallying up around 10GB for most users, it can be useful when resources do run low. To check your Reserved Storage levels, type CMD in the Start Menu to open the Command Prompt (cmd) then type: ‘DISM.exe /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState’ (no quotes) to see how much reserved storage Windows 10 is currently using. You…
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10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

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Today’s technology platforms are not just new versions of legacy systems. They allow you to design a completely new digital enterprise — as long as you follow these guidelines. Illustration by QuickHoney A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of strategy+business. The life cycle of information technology is becoming shorter every year. New competitors are disrupting industries by leveraging state-of-the-moment digital practices and processes. Customer expectations are constantly evolving in an accelerating race for the most advanced, hyperconnected, seamless experiences. IT functions are under unrelenting pressure to support leading-edge capabilities such as data analytics, cybersecurity, automated processing, and integration with third-party systems. The easiest way to do this is through platforms that connect everyone to the same cloud-based cross-industry digital infrastructure. In this context, your company’s…
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Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

Xerox Plans to Take HP Buyout Bid Directly to Shareholders

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HP has said that under Xerox's proposed terms, the combined company would be saddled with "outsized debt". Xerox said on Tuesday it was planning to take its $33.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,40,000 crores) buyout bid directly to HP shareholders after the personal computer maker refused to open its books for due diligence before a deadline. HP on Sunday rejected Xerox's $22 (roughly Rs. 1,570) per share offer that consists of $17 in cash and 0.137 Xerox share for each HP share, saying the offer "significantly undervalues HP". The computer maker also accused Xerox of using aggressive words and actions to force a potential combination on opportunistic terms and without providing adequate information. "We plan to engage directly with HP shareholders to solicit their support in urging the HP Board to do the…
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Facial recognition software has a gender problem

Facial recognition software has a gender problem

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Facial recognition software has a gender problem How facial analysis sees you. Credit: Morgan Klaus Scheuerman/CU Boulder With a brief glance at a single face, emerging facial recognition software can now categorize the gender of many men and women with remarkable accuracy. But if that face belongs to a transgender person, such systems get it wrong more than one third of the time, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. "We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, a Ph.D. student in the Information Science department. "While there are many different types of people out there, these systems have an extremely limited view of what gender looks like." The study comes…
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5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

5 things you need to know in SA business today and the 10 best books of 2019 so far, according to Amazon

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1. South Africa avoided a second recession in two years, with the economy growing by 3.1% in the three months to end-June, according to Stats SA. This is much stronger than expected: A Reuters poll of economists had forecast growth of 2.4%. The mining sector rebounded with growth of 14.4% - contributing a full 1.0 percentage point to GDP growth. This was thanks to the end of strikes at gold mines, but also due to a major rally in metal prices. Gold is currently trading at its highest level in six years, while platinum jumped from below $800/oz in June to above $930 currently. The rand rallied almost a percent to R15.10/$. 2. The Nigerian government is taking action against South Africa amid  xenophobic attacks in Gauteng. Nigerian President Muhammadu…
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SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

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SUPER SNOOPER Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe If you're feeling paranoid, you're not alone – but are you crazy? RECKON Facebook is snooping on your private conversations? Countless users say their phone's microphone has been hijacked by Facebook to target ads. If you've ever been paranoid that Facebook is listening to you, you'll want to read our guide on mysterious Facebook voice snooping.   Some users are convinced billionaire Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is snooping on their real-world conversations Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP Why do people think Facebook is listening to us? There's been endless debate about this online for years. Many Facebook users say they've spoken about something out loud, only for adverts to appear on the app…
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3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

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The Amazing Things One Can Achieve With A 3D Pen There are many artists in the world and the majority love experimenting with new mediums. Some oil painters will eventually delve into acrylics and possibly even water colors. These mediums are thousands of years old and have managed to withstand the test of time. Those looking for a more futuristic way to ply their trade should consider the 3D printing pen. This innovative pen will provide the artist with the ability to create 3D works quickly, conveniently and affordably. While it will take a little bit of time to master, the user will be able to create an abundance of unique items with their 3D pen. Some of the amazing things that one can achieve with one of these utensils…
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R32bn invested in SA’s research and development

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Five institutional sectors helped boost SA's R&D spend. South Africa's total contribution towards research and development (R&D) reached R32.3 billion during the 2015/2016 period. This is according to the recently released 2015/2016 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, which showcases expenditure of five institutional sectors that perform R&D in the country. The survey shows gross expenditure on R&D (GERD), the total spending by all five sectors nationally, at R32.3 billion, based on the rand value for the period in review. In constant 2010 rands, GERD amounted to R24.5 billion. Godfrey Mashamba, chief director for science and technology investment at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says the GERD in 2015/2016 indicates an increase of 10.2% compared to the year before. GERD amounted to R29.3 billion based on 2014/2015…
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After outcry, Apple carves out room for rival parental control apps to exist

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It’s not clear whether Apple’s crackdown is done. Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge   Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines this week at WWDC 2019 — and many of those changes appear to be aimed squarely at the kinds of controversies that recently led us to ask whether Apple can be trusted with the App Store to begin with. Most prominently, as The New York Times points out, the company appears to be backing away from its stance that screen time and parental control apps shouldn’t have access to the same powerful mobile device management (MDM) and VPN APIs that big companies do — a stamce which the company conveniently used earlier this year to remove a whole bunch of those apps just as it was coincidentally…
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