Tuesday, 13 November 2018

EE to launch 5G connectivity across 16 UK cities.


EE is to launch 5G mobile connectivity in 16 UK cities in 2019, the telecoms firm has said.

The firm is currently running two trials of 5G connectivity in Canary Wharf and east London to test the real-world use of the new, faster networks.


The firm is currently running two trials of 5G connectivity in Canary Wharf and east London to test the real-world of 5G. Credit: PA





The company, which is part of the BT Group, will roll out the new network within the following cities:
  • London
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Glasgow
  • Newcastle
  • Liverpool
  • Leeds
  • Hull
  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Coventry
  • Bristol
The next generation of wireless mobile connections, 5G is expected to offer significant speed increases on 4G.




Full story at ITV.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Why publishers are moving away from the ad revenue business model.


Generating ad revenue today has become more difficult, largely due to detractors such as banner blindness, ad blockers and GDPR privacy regulations.

When the digital publishing industry first emerged, many businesses chose to monetise their content through ad revenue. Initially, this made total sense. Rather than charge users for the article or issue they want to view, online properties worked with a handful of companies to sell advertising space to capitalise on user traffic the content was attracting.

While this sole method of monetisation proved viable for many years, generating ad revenue today has become more difficult, largely due to detractors such as banner blindness, ad blockers and GDPR privacy regulations. Plus, most online readers simply are not interested in consuming content from a website littered with targeted advertisements. Ads can be distracting and the user experience can suffer if placements are too invasive.


By Eyal Katz.
Full story at ITpro Portal.


Friday, 9 November 2018

This is what a sunrise on Mars sounds like, according to a computer algorithm.


Scientists know a lot about Mars, at least when it comes to what it looks like. Sound, on the other hand, is a lot more challenging, and it’s not like we have high-powered microphones listening to the wind sweep across the Martian plains.

Now, researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Exeter have created an interesting piece of music that wasn’t just inspired by Mars, but was actually composed by a computer algorithm using a Mars sunrise as data. The result is a surprisingly pleasing piece of music, and you can listen to it yourself.



By Mike Wehner.
Full story at BGR.


Thursday, 8 November 2018

IT spending in EMEA region to reach $973 billion in 2019: Gartner.


Spending is going up, but demand for consumer devices is expected to slide.

IT spending is expected to surge to $973 billion in the EMEA region in 2019 despite a slump in demand for PCs, tablets, and mobile devices.

According to Gartner, in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, spending will increase by two percent over the estimated rates of $954 billion in 2018; however, demand for consumer devices will stagnate over the course of the year.

The research agency said on Thursday at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Barcelona that spending on PCs, tablets, and smartphones will slow, and demand for business Windows 10 PCs, in particular, will stagnate due to vendor replacement cycles.


By Charlie Osborne.
Full story at ZDNET.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Facebook says Russian troll factory could have been behind 'inauthentic' activity ahead of midterms.

Facebook created an election 'war-room'
in the run-up to the midterms
CREDIT: MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ/AP

Facebook said the Russian troll farm which had spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential election may have been behind the “coordinated inauthentic activity” it was alerted to on its site earlier this week, ahead of the US midterms.

The social network last night said a website purporting to be associated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency had published a list of Instagram accounts it claimed it had created, most of which Facebook said it had already blocked.

The company said it had now blocked “the rest”, on top of the 115 accounts it deleted on the eve of the midterm elections.




By Hannah Boland.
Full story at Telegraph.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

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Monday, 5 November 2018

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Friday, 2 November 2018

Top Australia defence firm reports serious cyber breach.


A top Australian defence firm with major US Navy contracts has admitted its personnel files were breached and that it was the subject of an extortion attempt.

Austral—which among other things makes small, quick ships for warfare close to shore—said its "data management system" had been infiltrated by an "unknown offender".

In a statement, the company claimed that there was "no evidence to date" that "information affecting national security nor the commercial operations of the company have been stolen".

However it said staff email addresses and mobile phone numbers were accessed and the offender purported to offer materials for sale on the internet and "engage in extortion".

"The company has not and will not respond to extortion attempts."




Full story at Phys.