Friday, 17 August 2018

Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, says trade union.

You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you.

UK trade union the TUC is lobbying to gain a legal right to be consulted on surveillance in the workplace, as it opened up on staffers’ growing concerns about their bosses snooping on them.

In a report published today, the TUC took aim at inappropriate surveillance, warning that intrusive tech could, at worst, interfere with people’s rights to privacy and at best damage staff morale.

As part of the work, the union commissioned a survey to which some 2,000 workers responded – and more than half believed it’s likely they are monitored at work.

The survey found that, in general, the more common types of surveillance were more acceptable, and more staff expected them to be used or saw the benefits of their use.

By Rebecca Hill.
Full story at The Register.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Trump is rolling back restraints on US cyber warfare, and it could make an attack on other countries more likely.

Donald Trump reportedly relaxed cyber attack rules.
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US President Donald Trump has reportedly removed restraints on how and when the US can launch cyber attacks on its adversaries — and it could make attacks on other countries more likely.

Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing a series of Obama-era rules, which outlined a process of inter-agency approval before the US can launch cyber offensives, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

One administration official briefed on the decision described the change as an "offensive step forward" because there will be fewer hurdles to overcome when an attack is being planned out.

By Sinéad Baker.
Full story at Business Insider.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Karma raises $12 million for marketplace that helps restaurants and supermarkets reduce food waste.

Around one third of the food produced each year — 1.3 billion tons of it — is either lost or wasted, according to data from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. That’s the equivalent of flushing $1 trillion worth of perfectly edible food down the toilet.

Against that sobering backdrop, Karma, a marketplace that’s setting out to reduce food waste, has raised $12 million in a series A round of funding led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Electrolux, and, among others. This takes the company’s total funding since its inception to $18 million.

Karma is only available in Sweden and London for now, but with its fresh cash injection it said that it plans to hire for more than 70 new roles by the end of 2019 and expand into more international markets. The first port of call will be Europe, but the U.S. is firmly in the company’s crosshairs too.

By Paul Sawers.
Full story at Venture Beats.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Only half of UK firms feel confident in their in-house cybersecurity.

Continued investment and activity are the key to staying ahead in the cyber arms race.

New research has revealed that only 56 per cent of UK firms believe they have sufficient cyber security skills in-house to deal with today's growing threats.

In its 10th annual Data Health Check surveyDatabarracks questioned over 400 IT decision makers in the UK to better understand their views on a series of critical issues relating to their IT security and business continuity practices.

Back in 2016, 59 per cent of respondents said that they had invested in safeguards to help fight against cyber threats within the last 12 months. Now in 2018, this figure has risen to 67 per cent.

By Anthony Spadafora.
Full story at IT Proportal.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Watch NASA Launch Its Sun-Skimming Parker Solar Probe.

The Parker Solar Probe blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Sunday, setting itself on course to become both the fastest human craft ever launched (in the neighbourhood of 430,000 miles per hour) and the first to probe the outer corona of the sun.

Per the BBC, NASA has since confirmed the probe successfully separated from its rocket and is proceeding on its mission as intended.

The $1.5 billion Parker probe will pass by the sun as close as 3.83 million miles from its visible surface, the photosphere – a number that sounds large in absolute terms but is nonetheless close enough to the star to expose it to temperatures of nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,377 degrees Celsius). According to NASA, the spacecraft is protected from solar radiation by a 4.5-inch-thick carbon-composite shield, which despite weighing just 160 pounds should allow onboard instruments to operate at room temperature even during the most intense parts of its journey.

By Tom MacKay.
Full story at Gizmodo.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Mobile carriers seek opportunities in game industry.

"League of Legends" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" cosplayers promote the 5GX Game Festival held by SK Telecom at KINTEX in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, Friday, while a visitor wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset experiences a VR adventure. / Courtesy of SK Telecom

Mobile carriers are increasing efforts to seek opportunities in the game industry in a bid to find a new revenue source amid the rapid saturation of the telecom market.

The telecom companies' attempts include introducing a "zero-rating" for game lovers and holding a game festival designed to promote their high-end fifth-generation (5G) network services. 

Zero-rating is the practice of content providers offering free internet access, in conjunction with telecom companies, when customers use only specific data or access certain websites.

By Jun Ji-hye.
Full story at Korean Times.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

China's Bytedance seeks to raise $3 billion at up to $75 billion valuation: sources.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, owner of China’s leading news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, aims to raise about $3 billion in its latest funding round that would see its valuation soar to as high as $75 billion, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The fundraising comes as the six-year-old firm is considering an initial public offering in Hong Kong next year and has been in talks with investment banks for a multi-billion-dollar listing, two of the sources said.

How successful Bytedance’s fundraising is will be an indicator of broader appetite for Chinese investments amid heightened Sino-U.S. trade tensions and Beijing’s debt crackdown that are slowing the Chinese economy and aggravating tight market liquidity.

Full story at Reuters.
By Kane Wu, Julie Zhu.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

If the face fits: Tokyo 2020 to deploy facial recognition.

Hundreds of thousands of Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff and reporters will be scanned by cutting-edge facial recognition technology in an Olympic Games first, organisers said Tuesday.

About 300,000 athletes, staff members, volunteers and reporters will be required to use their ID card and be verified with the facial recognition system to access venues.

The security overhaul will prevent fraudulent entry by people borrowing, stealing or faking an ID card, said electronics giant NEC, which developed the technology.

It will be rolled out across all facilities—including the 43 competition venues, athlete lodgings and media centres—but would not be used for spectators, organisers said.

Full story at Phys.

Monday, 6 August 2018

SoftBank profit jumps 49% on boost from ARM, Vision Fund gains.

[TOKYO] SoftBank Group's first-quarter profit climbed 49 per cent from a year earlier, thanks to investment gains.

The Japanese telecommunications provider and technology investor said operating profit was 715 billion yen (S$8.784 billion) in the three months ended June, boosted by a 245 billion yen gain from its Vision Fund and a 161 billion yen gain on the sale of subsidiary ARM's Chinese unit. Revenue was 2.27 trillion yen.

The results are overshadowed by the sale of Sprint Corp to T-Mobile US Inc and planned initial public offering of SoftBank's domestic wireless business. Founder Masayoshi Son has shifted his focus to the company's longer-term future and investments in overseas technology companies. Last year, he formed the Vision Fund, raising almost US$100 billion from big backers including Saudi Arabia and Apple Inc. Son has said the fund represents the transformation of SoftBank from a telecoms conglomerate to a holdings group with investments in the world's most influential technology companies.

Full story at Business Times.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Nigerian Youths Arise!

Revolutionaries are key players in changing a nation not political parties. The same approach helped us to gain our freedom from colonial masters until military regime seized it from us.

Not until 1993 when Moshood Abiola (M.K.O) bought it back by laying down his life via democracy and until now we are still suffering because majority of our leaders only cater for their pockets and family members ;forgetting the national interests of.

Here below are the demands of our revolution and we will not relent until they are met:

1. "Food for all!", 
2. "Good roads for all!" , 
3. "Good hospital for all!", 
4. "Stable electricity for all!", 
5. "Clean and drinkable water supply!", 
6. "National security!", 
7. "Employments for all!", 
8. "Good economic atmosphere for both local & foreign businesses!"
9. "Good education system for all!"
10."Freedom of speech for all!"
11. "Gender equality for all!"
12. "Respect to human rights!"
13. "Corruption free system of government!"
14. "Amendment of constitution for a new Nigeria!"
15. "No more paying financial or mineral resources homage to colonial bosses!"

Nigerian Youths Arise! Nigerian Youths Arise! Nigerian Youths Arise!

At some point in heaven, there was an adversary and then came a revolution - 
Revelation 12 : 11 (KJV):  

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death."