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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...

Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers
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Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers

Researchers from Intel and MIT have unveiled a machine learning tool that brings developers one step closer to automated coding.

Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic
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Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic

Demand has slackened for Python coding language skills since March amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to HackerRank, the developer hiring platform.

Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly
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Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly

After Kaspersky complains, Russia's competition authority finds Apple abused its total control over the App Store.

Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create
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Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create

A new report tells us which criminal applications of AI we should really worry about.

U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength
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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength

The U.S. Marine Corps will test use-cases for Guardian XO Alpha, a wearable robotic exoskeleton from the defense-focused subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics.

AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform
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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform

Amazon Web Services and Vector, the New Zealand electricity and gas distribution company, have partnered to develop an Internet of Things and analytics solution...

Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.
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Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.

The U.K.'s British Computer Society, Royal Statistical Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering have joined forces to develop industry-wide professional standards...

Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away
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Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away

A new study finds that while many businesses successfully switched to telecommuting overnight, some serious fine-tuning is needed if WFH is to become permanent....

Robot Usage is Soaring During  Pandemic
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Robot Usage is Soaring During Pandemic

Conditions are ideal for a massive adoption boost to robotic and software automation technologies.

BadPower Attack Corrupts Fast Chargers to Melt or Set Your Device on Fire
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BadPower Attack Corrupts Fast Chargers to Melt or Set Your Device on Fire

Chinese security researchers from Tencent's Xuanwu Lab said they can corrupt the firmware of fast chargers to cause damage to the items they charge. The BadPower...

Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year
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Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year

Cybersecurity researchers found a new phishing group targeting large companies worldwide, which may have been operating undiscovered for over a year.

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores
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Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store.

Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots
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Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.  
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