Day: March 7, 2020

An Unfixable Flaw Threatens 5 Years of Intel Chips

As the novel coronavirus continues to propagate, phishing scams that pose as Covid-19 advice do as well. The trend started over a month ago, but it’s only going to get worse. Abide by these tips to avoid them, and also please keep washing those hands.

In non-pandemic news, researchers figured out how to clone the mechanical keys of tens of millions of cars from Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, making theft a much simpler matter. Some recently released Russian disinformation shows how the Kremlin’s professional trolls are adapting to Facebook’s defenses. And a very bad bill called the EARN IT act

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The original, 1st-gen Philips Hue Bridge goes dark on April 30

Smart home devices don’t live forever you know, and now it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the original, 1st-gen Philips Hue Bridge launched in 2012 – the device will lose all internet connectivity on April 30.

It will still work in that it will still control your lights via the legacy Hue app. However, you won’t get any future software updates, and integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will get switched off.

Philips Hue is recommending that customers upgrade to the 2nd-gen Bridge that made its debut in 2015, which will continue working and give you all

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Is RPA really an AI process or much less?

Although it’s been around for a few years, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the new “killer app” that companies are concentrating on deploying — and an area that IT staff is enamored with.

[ Related: 4 steps to RPA success ]

It’s touted as a way to take mundane, standard workflow-related tasks, fully automate them, and relieve workers of the tedium of manual processes (e.g., expense reports, invoice creations, HR related tasks, call center operations).

It’s essentially a way for computers to monitor a repetitive

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The secret to Kubernetes’ success

It’s hard to believe Kubernetes didn’t hit 1.0 until mid-2015 (a year after its first commit), given that the container orchestration platform is now in production at 78 percent of enterprises surveyed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). That’s crazy fast adoption. 

And if we’re going to talk about “crazy fast adoption,” it’s worth pointing out that just a year ago, 58 percent of enterprises were running Kubernetes in production, according to the CNCF’s 2018 report.

This speaks to the power of containers as enterprises look to improve how they develop applications. It also underscores just how critical open

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Surfshark VPN review: A feature-rich service with blazing speeds and a security focus

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Surfshark

Hitting the market in 2018, relative virtual private network newbie Surfshark is moving fast to establish itself as a competitive VPN option against its older and more readily recognized peers. At lower costs, the up-and-comer VPN boasts impressive speeds despite having a smaller server fleet than NordVPN or ExpressVPN. It also has more configurable privacy add-ons than reputable services such as IPVanish. 

Like

  • Doorbuster pricing
  • Multihop VPN
  • Competitive speeds

Don’t Like

  • Still a newcomer
  • Privacy policy could use more detail
  • Fewer servers than larger VPNs

I recommend Surfshark for its rich suite of security-focused features, its privacy-inclined jurisdiction and

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