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Vulnerability in enterprise-managed iOS devices puts business data at risk

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by: Lucian Constantin App settings deployed through mobile device management products can be read by other apps A vulnerability in the iOS sandbox for third party applications, like those installed by companies on their employees’ devices, can expose sensitive configuration settings and credentials. The flaw was discovered by researchers from mobile security firm Appthority and impacts…

Why SMS is still the best way to message with others from your smartphone

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by: Derek Walter Plain ol’ texting still beats out jumping between five different instant messaging apps to reach all your contacts. There are way too many instant messaging apps. Even though I extolled the virtues of over-the-top over text messaging (SMS) I’m ready to give up. That’s because no matter how many nifty features, stickers, or cool…

Microsoft rushes out emergency security update to fix critical Windows flaw

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by: Ian Paul The vulnerability could allow an attacker to take control of an unpatched system. On Monday, Microsoft pushed out an emergency out-of-band update for a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain complete control of your system. The flaw affects all systems from Windows Vista and up—including the Windows 10 Technical…

China retains supercomputing crown as U.S. representation lingers near historic lows

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by: Martyn Williams A supercomputer developed by China’s National Defense University remains the fastest publically known computer in the world while the U.S. is close to an historic low in the latest edition of the closely followed Top 500 supercomputer ranking, which was published on Monday. The Tianhe-2 computer, based at the National Super Computer Center…

Huawei launches its own OS for the Internet of Things

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by: Michael Kan China’s Huawei Technologies is targeting smart homes, cars, wearables and more with its own operating system, Liteos, intended for the international market. On Wednesday Huawei launched the OS to help third-party vendors break into the emerging Internet of Things space. The whole industry is eyeing opportunities to turn household objects and industrial equipment…

China-based hackers used Microsoft’s TechNet for attacks

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by: Jeremy Kirk Microsoft has taken steps to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure, according to security vendor FireEye. The group, which FireEye calls APT (advanced persistent threat) 17, is well-known for attacks against defense contractors, law firms, U.S. government agencies and technology and mining companies.…

Microsoft aims to increase confidence in cloud services with better networking

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by: Mikael Ricknäs Microsoft has announced Azure networking improvements that will give IT staff more flexibility, and in the process help convince them to move more applications to the cloud. The network often plays second fiddle to other parts of enterprise IT infrastructures, but its performance has always been key to keeping users happy. For cloud…