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ITPRO 04/24/2019 06:38
Bobby Hellard. 24 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. plasters on the world. The UK's 'tech for good' sector is booming, according to Tech Nation, so much so, it's boosting the UK economy. Tech startups that provide charitable services were worth £2.3 billion in 2018, with a turnover of £732 million, according to data published by Tech Nation.
ITPRO 04/24/2019 06:32
Keumars Afifi-Sabet. 24 Apr, 2019. Microsoft will block users with external USB storage devices or SD cards plugged into their machines from taking up the latest flagship Windows 10 upgrade. The May 2019 Update, due to be released within weeks, has sustained an "inappropriate drive reassignment" error , the company confirmed in support documentation. As a workaround for this glitch, the developer is blocking users from upgrading entirely if they are actively connecting USB devices or an SD memory card.
ITPRO 04/24/2019 06:05
Connor Jones. 24 Apr, 2019. Alt Text. Office workplace security. British businesses are neglecting cyber security investment, spending on average around £500,000 less than other global economic powerhouses. UK firms spend on average $900,000 on cyber security annually compared to the $1.4 million total average, according to Hiscox Insurance's latest Cyber Readiness Report. But, it's looking increasingly unlikely that firms can sustain this level of negligence when figures from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) say that the cost of each cyber attack has quadrupled since last year . In a review of 5,400 small, medium and large enterprises in the UK, US, Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain, around 75% of all businesses
ITPRO 04/24/2019 05:47
Keumars Afifi-Sabet. 24 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. Fingerprint. The European Parliament has given the go-ahead for a massive cross-border database to house the biometric data of EU and non-EU citizens for border control and law enforcement. The plans, which were overwhelmingly approved last week, will see the European Union (EU) establish a Common Identity Repository (CIR) that will house the details of more than 350 million EU citizens and others. The CIR will only carry data normally found in a traveller’s passport, such as name and date of birth, as well as fingerprint and facial information now frequently collected at airports during transit. “The new rules will make EU information systems used in security, border and migrati.
ITPRO 04/24/2019 05:46
Bobby Hellard. 24 Apr, 2019. Credits. ICO press office. Alt Text. Elizabeth Denham. The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has pointed out a gap in the government's white paper on online harms. The head of the ICO said she was "surprised and disappointed" that there wasn't more focus on adverts using disinformation to influence elections, which she called "significant online harm". The UK government released a long-awaited 'Online Harms' white paper earlier in April, which set out a regulatory framework for penalising tech companies and social media platforms that failed to tackle the spread of harmful and extremist content online. But Denham, speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Sub-Committee, pointed out a gap in the
ITPRO 04/24/2019 05:15
Connor Jones. 24 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. UK parliament. Theresa May has signed off on a deal that will grant Huawei partial access to the UK's critical 5G infrastructure, despite growing fears around the company's security practices. The partial access entails awarding the company contracts to supply non-core elements of the overall infrastructure such as antennas and network components, according to The Telegraph . Mrs May who chairs the National Security Council along with the Council's members agreed on Tuesday to allow the company, which produces some of the best, albeit allegedly dodgy telecoms equipment, to provide some of its market-leading tech to the UK.
ITPRO 04/24/2019 04:58
Clare Hopping. 24 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. iCloud. Apple is spending more money on AWS cloud than any of its competitors, splashing out on average $30m a month on Amazon's services. According to CNBC , the company has signed up to a multi-year agreement with the cloud giant, although this may only be a stop-gap until Apple has finished building its own cloud-based infrastructure. Although AWS and Apple could be viewed as competitors, Apple wants to make sure its customers are serviced as reliably and as fast as possible when using cloud-based services such as iCloud and it has, therefore, turned to what it thinks is the best in the business to do so. See related. Apple and Qualcomm agree surprise settlement. Apple iCloud review. A.
ITPRO 04/23/2019 07:13
Keumars Afifi-Sabet. 23 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. A man chewing gum while holding a mobile handset device. A significant firmware update to Nokia’s flagship handset has seemingly exacerbated widely-reported issues with the Nokia 9 PureView's fingerprint scanner. With version 4.22 came a number of sweeping changes to the Nokia 9 PureView , including an improved user interface (UI) and better functionality.
ITPRO 04/23/2019 06:04
Bobby Hellard. 23 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. Microsoft office in China. Microsoft employees are pressuring the company to defend a public statement posted on GitHub that advocates for workers rights in China. A group of largely US-based employees used the Microsoft-owned code sharing platform and social network for programmers to protect a statement made by Chinese developers last month that condemned the increasingly common "996" workweek. The original statement says that overwork in the Chinese tech industry could be both a health hazard and a violation of Chinese labour law.
ITPRO 04/23/2019 05:59
Keumars Afifi-Sabet. 23 Apr, 2019. Alt Text. Digital skills. The government is devising a fresh set of qualifications that aims to skill-up a vast swathe of adult workers in the UK without a basic digital understanding. An essential digital skills qualification, available from 2020, will lay the foundations for taking up basic digital skills while a functional skills qualification, available from 2021, offers support for employment or further education.
ITPRO 04/23/2019 05:49
Connor Jones. 23 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. Huawei. Huawei announced some big numbers in its Q1 revenue report, the most notable of which was the 40 commercial 5G contracts with carriers despite overwhelming concerns and allegations that its technology poses security risks. Only the United States and Australia have actually banned the firm's tech from forming any part of their national 5G infrastructure while others, the UK included, have raised very real concerns about the security of the network technology.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 18:43
Keumars Afifi-Sabet. 23 Apr, 2019. Credits. Epicor. Alt Text. Epicor CTO Himanshu Palsule at Insights 2019. Blockchain ? We've tried this, but it didn't pass proof-of-concept. 5G ? It's exciting but won't make much difference for us. Artificial intelligence (AI) ? Let's see how that goes for our customers first, but we're not at that point yet. It's a similar story for many businesses trying to evaluate recent technology innovations, all of which have been anchored in varying degrees of reality and hype. Technology like 5G, for example, has been widely touted as a Godsend. Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year was flooded with 5G buildup , and handset manufacturers touting prospective benefits. But even for global software giant Epicor, these tec.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 14:08
Jonathan Weinberg. 19 Apr, 2019. Credits. O2. Alt Text. O2 and 5G. It has been heralded as a game-changer for the future of communication bringing speeds 10x faster than 4G and the ability to give life to everything from connected cars to smarter cities. But what benefits and challenges will SMBs face, when - and if - they begin to prepare to adopt 5G? For Jon Fell, partner and head of telecommunications practice at Osborne Clarke, there is still far too much hype around the technology for businesses to get a clear idea of its benefits. See related. The road to 5G. 4G vs 5G - what's the difference? Draft 5G specs revealed. "Most seems to be about how quickly you will be able to download data.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 10:47
Connor Jones. 18 Apr, 2019. Credits. IT Pro. Alt Text. Picture outside the Paris stock exchange where the Orange Business Summit was held. Orange Business Services (OBS) outlined its vision for 5G technology and revealed plans to how it will help enterprises embrace the new standard of mobile connectivity. Stéphane Richard, CEO Orange opened the company's 5G summit in Paris by declaring "5G is going to be a real game-changer", which is something we've heard from nearly every carrier and vendor in the past year leading up to the impending launch of the network and would come as no surprise to regular readers. Aside from the usual hype that telcos tout in order to maintain public excitement, Orange did have some interesting things to share regardin.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 10:25
Roland Moore-Colyer. 18 Apr, 2019. Credits. Acer. Alt Text. Acer ConceptD. Acer has produced serviceable general-purpose laptops and Chromebooks for years, some winning acclaim and others falling to the wayside. But the Taiwanese hardware firm never truly targeted professional or business users to the same extent as the likes of HP and Dell have.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 07:40
Bobby Hellard. Thursday, 18 April, 2019 - 12:39. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. P30 Pro in a cafe. Price. Price: £899 (exc VAT ). Huawei has a knack for producing top-quality smartphones; last year's P20 Pro proved popular with critics and consumers alike and the recently launched Mate 20 Pro has also received glowing reviews (including one from IT Pro ).
ITPRO 04/18/2019 07:19
Daniel Todd. 18 Apr, 2019. Credits. Shutterstock. Alt Text. A businessman opening a box of flying money to symbolise corporate spending. Gartner has adjusted its 2019 global IT spending growth forecast to 1.1%, down from the 3.2% the research firm predicted back in January. Citing economic factors such as a stronger US dollar, analysts now estimate that total IT spending will amount to £3.79 trillion - roughly the same as in 2018. "Currency headwinds fuelled by the strengthening U.S. dollar have caused us to revise our 2019 IT spending forecast down from the previous quarter," said John-David Lovelock, Gartner research vice president.
ITPRO 04/18/2019 05:32
Dave Mitchell. Thursday, 18 April, 2019 - 10:21. Price. £2,469 exc VAT. Qsan's XCubeNAS XN7012R offers an interesting alternative to mainstream NAS appliances, as it has a sharper focus on enterprise-class data protection features. These include ZFS copy-on-write, unlimited snapshots, self-encrypting drive (SED) support, AES 256-bit pool encryption plus WORM (write once read many) policies for selected NAS shares and you get integral data deduplication and real-time data tiering as well. This 2U appliance has 18 storage bays, augmenting its front 12 hot-swap SATA bays with a rear cage that has room for 6 SFF drives with the last 2 supporting NVMe U.2 SSDs. All 6 can be used for performance enhancing read and write caches or as a read cache for

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