Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Huawei Founder Denies Spying Allegations, Says No Backdoor Request Ever Made.


Huawei has made the first page of newspapers several times in the last months, not necessarily thanks to its new devices, but following spying allegations coming from various countries.

The Chinese firm has been accused of spying for Beijing, and despite several officials denying such claims and asking for evidence in this regard, here’s founder Ren Zhengfei reiterating the same idea.

Ren explained that no government ever requested the company to share what he described as “improper information,” once again emphasizing that spying accusations are false.



By Bogdan Popa.
Full story at Softpedia News.




Tuesday, 15 January 2019

43% of businesses are still running Windows 7, security threats remain.


With one year to go until Microsoft ends support for its ten-year-old operating system Windows 7, as many as 43% of enterprises are still running the outdated platform.

Kollective’s research found that nearly a fifth (17%) of IT departments don’t know when the end of support deadline is, while 6% are aware of the end of support but are yet to start planning for their migration away from Windows 7.

Those that remain on Windows 7 past January 14, 2020 will either have to pay Microsoft significant sums for extended support or will leave their systems open to cyberattack. In the case of those largest enterprises, with 10,000 or more terminals, the fee to Microsoft could be in excess of $1.4m a year.



Full story at Help Net Security.

Monday, 14 January 2019

An Egg Beats Kylie Jenner for Most Liked Instagram Photo.


The photo of an egg gained 25 million likes over the weekend, beating the previous record of 18 million likes. Little is known about the origin of the egg's account, but with 2.6m followers it could now be considered an influencer.

The record for the most liked photo on Instagram has been broken. It previously belonged to reality TV star Kylie Jenner. It now belongs to an egg.

Over the weekend, a photograph of an egg became the most popular on the Facebook-owned image sharing site. 25 million people liked the photo, where as in comparison, only 18 million liked Jenner's photo announcing the birth of her baby with rapper Travis Scott.


By Adam Smith.
Full story at PC Mag.



Friday, 11 January 2019

Epic Games & Improbable Set Up $25 Million Fund to Help Developers Move to Unreal Engine from Unity.


Yesterday, there was a whirlwind of press release battles between Improbable, the makers of SpatialOS, and Unity. Improbable began by accusing Unity of blocking SpatialOS games due to a change in their Terms of Service, specifically clause 2.4; Unity quickly retaliated and said Improbable’s statement was incorrect, as projects that are already live or in production will be unaffected by this change. They also provided further clarification on the technical matter: developers will be fine as long as their servers are running on a Unity supported platform. If that’s not the case, Unity requires a third-party service to become an approved Unity platform partner.

Only a few hours later, Epic Games seized the opportunity by partnering with Improbable and setting up a $25 million fund to help affected game developers transition from Unity to Unreal Engine.

First, we want to reaffirm our partnership. Unreal Engine provides full C++ source code for everyone, and its license (https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/eula) ensures it remains open to all game developers and middleware providers, and enables all to collaborate together through SDKs, services, and forks of the source code. Likewise, Improbable is developing a completely open Unreal integration for its online game development platform, SpatialOS. The combination enables developers to rapidly build and deploy both session-based and persistent online worlds across all platforms with the functionality of Unreal Engine and the increased possibilities of distributed computing and cloud services.



By Alessio Palumbo.
Full story at WCCF Tech.



Thursday, 10 January 2019

Twitter, NBA deal gives fans a new way to watch games.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and NBA commissioner
Adam Silver at CES. David Becker/Getty Images

Twitter wants to give sports fans more games to watch in real time, even if it can't air them as they're shown on TV. At CES Wednesday, it announced a deal with the NBA and Turner Sports that will let users vote to choose a player to watch for part of the game via an isolated camera feed displayed on Twitter.

Why it matters: Everyone's trying to figure out how to marry live sports with social media since, increasingly, users are engaging with both simultaneously. This deal is an experiment, but it has big implications for the future of sports fandom and business.

How it works: Users watching Thursday night basketball games on TNT will vote on a player during the first half of the game that they wish to follow for the second half using Twitter's isolated camera feed.



By Sara Fischer.
Full story at Axios.





Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Apple's greatest contribution to mankind will be health, says Tim Cook.

IMAGE: STEPHANIE KEITH/GETTY IMAGES

Apple's smartphone business may not be going as well as the company would like it to, but Apple has a plan on how to mitigate this.

According to CEO Tim Cook, who appeared on CNBC's Mad Money on Monday, the company will announce new services this year. 

Cook refused to go into details. "There will be more things coming. I don’t wanna tell you what they are. (...) I’m not gonna forecast precisely, the ramps and so forth. But they're things that we feel really great about, that we’ve been working on for multiple years," he said near the end of the interview.




By Stan Schroeder.
Full story at Mashable.



Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Eran Eyal charged with fraud and computer crimes.


Eran Eyal, a South African technology entrepreneur, has been charged in the USA by the New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, with fraudulently soliciting investors, making false representations, and computer crimes from his time when he was CEO and Founder of Springleap (a South African online marketplace of creative talent). Eyal served as CEO of Springleap from 2012 to 2016, during this time, the New York Attorney General's office alleges that he stole as much as $600,000 from investors by convincing them to purchase convertible notes through false representations of his company, Springleap.

Underwood has stepped in because some of the investors that Eyal supposedly stole from, are from New York. If convicted, Eyal could serve anything from 5 to 15 years in prison.

“As we allege, this massive securities fraud scheme bilked investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, Defrauding New Yorkers through false representations and fabrications about a business will not be tolerated by my office – and we’ll continue to do what it takes to root out and prosecute securities fraud,” said Attorney General Underwood.


By Tefo Mohapi.
Full story at iAfrikan.