Month: May 2017

Report: Apple’s screen-less Siri Speaker is now in production and could debut at WWDC

By the end of the year, Apple will have a Siri Speaker to compete against Amazon Echo and Google Home. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has started overseas production of its Siri-enabled smart speaker. Apple could unveil this highly-anticipated Siri Speaker onstage during the WWDC keynote taking place on Monday, June 5, …

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Cumulus Linux and Ansible — now easier than ever

Back in November, Cumulus Networks unveiled NCLU, an interactive command-line interface for configuring switches running Cumulus Linux. NCLU was made to help networking experts drive Linux without having to learn its intricacies and quirks, and so far, it has been very successful. Network engineers are comfortable configuring devices interactively, so NCLU helps abstract the file-based …

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Apple registers new Mac and iPad model numbers abroad just days before WWDC

WWDC is typically a software show, but there’s now more evidence that Apple is planning to announce new hardware as well. According to information obtained by French website, Consomac, Apple has registered new model numbers with the Eurasian Economic Commission. The assumption is that these numbers coincide with new Macs and new iPads being announced …

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Google uses machine learning for new security features in Gmail

Google has pushed four new security features to enterprise users on G Suite, the search giant’s hosted business offering. The new protections come shortly after Citizen Lab report exposed a Russia-linked Phishing and disinformation campaign using Google services, including Gmail. Google makes no mention of the Citizen Lab report in their posts on the new …

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Corsair’s Concept Zeus mousepad charges your wireless mouse without wires

It’s safe to say battery life is the last factor keeping people from embracing wireless mice. Everything else has basically been solved, at least with high-end models. Interference? Not a huge factor anymore. Latency? Logitech’s actually released a mouse—the $130 G900 Chaos Spectrum—it claims is faster than some of its wired competitors. To read this …

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BT Details Coverage of the First 330Mbps G.fast Broadband Pilot Areas

Openreach (BT) has today officially started to switch-on the pilot locations for their new 330Mbps capable G.fast broadband technology, which has spent the past few months being deployed to 138,000 UK premises. As part of that we’ve also got some new coverage details. At present BT aims to make “ultrafast broadband” (100Mbps+) speeds available to …

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Ofcom UK Make it Easier for Ships to Support 3G and 4G Mobile

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has proposed to make it easier for ships to support on-board use of Mobile devices (e.g. handsets and tablets), without the need for a wireless telegraphy licence, in the 3G and 4G radio spectrum bands. At present it’s already possible to offer Mobile communication services on board vessels (MCV), although …

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Bonus for ISPs Sky Broadband and TalkTalk as Openreach Cut LLU Rentals

Ofcom has announced that fully unbundled (MPF) ISPs, such as Sky Broadband and TalkTalk, will benefit from a small reduction to their annual Openreach (BT) wholesale charge for related customer lines to £84.38 +vat (currently £85.29), effective from 1st July 2017. As a quick reminder, unbundled (LLU) ISPs are those providers that have invested to …

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Target’s data breach settlement sets a low bar for industry security standards

Target’s multistate data breach settlement over its 2013 data breach outlines the kind of security measures enterprises should have in order to not be found negligent with customer data. The problem is, the settlement doesn’t go far enough to improve organizational security. For the pro-active CSO, the settlement should indicate the bare minimum and not …

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Mozilla execs clash over whether Firefox has a future

Calling Google “too big for its britches,” the lead marketing official at Mozilla last week belittled browser rival Chrome as domineering and implored users to give his company’s Firefox another try. In response, a former Mozilla chief technology officer argued that Firefox is “declining unsustainably” even after Mozilla reenergized Firefox development. “Chrome is not evil, …

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Q1 2017 – Average Global Broadband Speeds Top 7.2Mbps as UK Hits 16.9Mbps

Akamai‘s first quarter ‘State of the Internet‘ report has revealed that the global average fixed line broadband download speed is now 7.2Mbps (up 2.3% from 7Mbps in Q4 2016) vs 16.9Mbps in the United Kingdom (up 3.6% from 16.3Mbps). The UK’s country ranking has also risen from 16th to 15th. Happily this quarter sees the …

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