Microsoft has removed the block on security updates for Windows 10 PCs that did not have approved antivirus software, a feature that was added as a protection against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. "Our recent work with our antivirus (AV) partners on compatibility with Windows updates has now reached a sustained level of broad ecosystem compatibility," the company said.
IBM unveiled two products aimed at improving its data science offerings with its Cloud Private for Data and its Data Science Elite Team. Cloud Private for Data offers users integrated data science tools, while consultants in the Data Science Elite Team help companies solve data science problems and make use of artificial intelligence.
Google's Sidewalk Labs has outlined its plans for its future smart neighborhood in Toronto in a 200-page document. The company plans to create "a truly complete community" by launching multiple smart initiatives, including crafting buildings from eco-friendly materials, creating transportation options to eliminate the need for private cars and installing adaptive traffic lights.
Hackers in China have been spying on the US maritime industry since last summer, and activity has increased over the past two months, a FireEye report states. Espionage group "Leviathan" has primarily targeted maritime and engineering-focused organizations, the report notes.
Facebook has suspended the account of Cambridge Analytica after it kept millions of users' data that were collected through a third-party app. However, Facebook executives say that while the data company violated policy, its actions are not being classified as a data breach.
Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, Jim Langevin, D-R.I., and John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, have written to House Appropriations Committee leaders in support of $237 million in fiscal 2019 funding for a Homeland Security Department cybersecurity program. The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program was launched in 2012 to improve security of federal networks.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
Apple could be preparing to design and manufacture device displays for its own devices at a secret facility in California, according to this report. The company is investing in MicroLED screen development, a thinner and brighter alternative to OLED displays.
Acronis has announced it will utilize Google's Cloud Platform to provide data protection support for its backup and disaster-recovery solutions. Acronis said access to the platform would improve performance on service-level agreements and disaster recovery.
Female students at Michelangelo Junior High School in the Bronx, N.Y., learned about cybersecurity careers during IBM's Cyber Girls Day on Thursday. Volunteers from IBM worked with the students as part of a program designed to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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