TechTarget News - Week of Dec 06, 2020

China lags US in computer vision

China trails the US in the field of computer vision despite making inroads in computing and research, new report finds

Grindr and others patch critical Android bug

Fixes for CVE-2020-8913 deployed as app developers shore up their defences against a disclosed Google Play vulnerability

Computer Weekly Buyer's Guide feature list 2021

Here is our 2021 schedule of up-and-coming in-depth articles that will cover carefully selected topics to help IT leaders select the right technology for their organisation

UK Space Agency awards £7m for space innovation projects

A range of ‘high risk, high reward’ projects have been awarded a total of £7m from the Space Agency’s National Space Innovation Programme, aiming to make the UK a world leader in space technology

H-1B lawsuit against Facebook tackles old problem

The Dept. of Justice's H-1B lawsuit alleges Facebook didn't consider qualified U.S. workers for visa jobs and shines a light on employer job advertising requirements.

Ericsson, TIM, Qualcomm, claim 5G FWA speed milestone

Although fixed wireless access has not yet gained as much publicity as other use cases for the next-generation infrastructure, its potential in connecting those in remote areas to 5G is vast and a consortium of technology vendors and leading Italian operators have established a new throughput benchmark

Nokia to be technology lead for EU 6G project

Finnish comms tech provider is the project leader for European Commission’s flagship initiative for research into the next generation of wireless networks

Stockport Council launches digital training initiative

Local authority Stockport Council has launched a programme aimed at training young people in digital skills to give them a better chance at entering digital roles

Cisco aims for enhanced engagement with IMImobile acquisition

Network technology and solutions giant makes strategic acquisition of cloud communications software and services provider to embed omnichannel engagement into customer experience-as-a-service

Met Police failed to clear backlog of subject access requests

Metropolitan Police failed to comply fully with an enforcement notice issued by the Information Commissioner, and despite hundreds of overdue subject access requests the regulator did not take further action

ThoughtSpot BI platform to focus on the cloud

After developing a strong on-premises customer base, ThoughtSpot is undergoing a transformation with the cloud at the center of is product development strategy.

EBS Block Express helps AWS reinvent cloud SAN

Most of AWS' storage updates at AWS re:Invent 2020 make enterprise features more accessible to non-enterprise customers, but its Block Express high-IOPS volumes are unique.

AWS to open Melbourne cloud region in 2022

Amazon Web Services’ second Australian cloud region is part of its growing infrastructure investments in the maturing cloud market

BMW Group embarks on data-driven supply chain revamp with AWS

BMW Group is forging even closer ties with AWS by enlisting its help to refine its supply chain and manufacturing processes, as well as train up its staff in cloud technologies

Denise Bryant gets UKI channel role at NetApp

Well-known channel figure Denise Bryant takes lead role for indirect business at cloud and data management specialist NetApp

AWS channel chief: Partners key to growing the business

Public cloud giant Amazon Web Services’ channel chief speaks of the importance of partners and the acceleration of cloud adoption during the coronavirus pandemic

Juniper snags Apstra in latest acquisition

The Apstra acquisition could help Juniper sell networking hardware and software to heterogeneous data centers and large-scale public clouds.

Veeam cloud backup updates target Teams, Amazon RDS

Veeam Software boosted its backup for AWS and Microsoft Office 365 data. Both of the cloud-based platforms are trending up in the data protection market.

SMEs need to acknowledge remote working lessons to prosper post-Covid

Research from integrated cloud communications platform provider finds that over two-fifths of SME employees believe that, with effective communication tools, productivity would be the most improved business challenge in the “new normal”

CMA sets out plan to regulate technology giants

With its new Digital Markets Unit, the CMA is hoping to curb the excesses of the internet, improve competition and give more choice to consumers

SingleStore raises $80M for distributed SQL database

Raj Verma, CEO of SingleStore, explains why the vendor rebranded from MemSQL and how its platform is more than just an in-memory database, but is a general-purpose database.

Salesforce advised users to skip Chrome browser updates

Salesforce recommended users dealing with mixed content issues to skip Chrome upgrades or roll back to older versions of the browser, but the vendor later removed those steps.

New Microsoft Teams RCE vulnerability also wormable

In his GitHub post, researcher Oskars Vegeris discussed Microsoft classifying the vulnerability as 'Important' rather than 'Critical,' despite it being exploitable via RCE.

Forescout reports 33 new TCP/IP vulnerabilities

The lack of consistent updates (and the open source nature of the stacks) make the Amnesia:33 vulnerabilities difficult to fix as well as make it difficult to comprehend the full impact.

Home Office digital border programme has failed to deliver, says NAO

The Home Office’s digital border programme has so far not achieved value for money, has suffered delays, lacks clear objectives and will cost taxpayers an additional £173m, according to the National Audit Office

SAP TechEd focuses on easing app development complexity

At the virtual event, SAP unveiled low-code/no-code development tools and announced free SAP Cloud Platform access for developers to reduce the complexity of building SAP apps.

ThoughtSpot expands cloud capabilities with ThoughtSpot One

ThoughtSpot One, a new tool from analytics vendor ThoughtSpot, enhances the natural language search and data sharing capabilities of the SaaS version of the vendor's platform.

Top IT predictions in APAC in 2021

The Asia-Pacific region will continue to be a cradle for technology innovation in the new year, whether it is 5G services, artificial intelligence, cloud computing or cyber security

Startup analytics vendor Einblick emerges from stealth

Startup BI vendor Einblick emerged from stealth on Wednesday and aims to differentiate itself with a platform that integrates AI and machine learning with business intelligence.

Nutanix names VMware vet Ramaswami as CEO

New Nutanix CEO Ramaswami appears to have the SaaS model background the HCI vendor sought, after helping VMware move in that direction as COO of cloud services.

Apple requiring privacy notices from app developers

The privacy labels on new apps and updates on the App Store have to list the data collected by developers and their partners. The notices resemble nutritional labels on food.

Hitachi takes its NVMe flash storage into midrange

Hitachi storage for E Series adds two midrange block arrays based on NVMe flash technology. E590 and E790 scale to 360 TB and differ in processing performance.

Sharing medical imaging data with AI apps raises concerns

Opening the door to third-party AI apps is a double-edged sword for patients. Its potential for healthcare is promising, but privacy is still a work in progress.

Cisco to boost contact center offering with IMImobile buy

Cisco plans to acquire IMImobile for $730 million to improve Cisco's contact center offering through the U.K. company's messaging and voice APIs.

Snowflake's Slootman predicts future of cloud analytics

Cloud data platforms that effectively eliminate data silos and reduce the need for multiple tools will emerge over the next few years, according to Snowflake's CEO.

FireEye red team tools stolen in cyber attack

While no zero-day exploits were included in the red team tools, FireEye released detection rules and known vulnerabilities to help organizations defend themselves.

Aruba launches orchestration software for CX fabric

The Aruba Fabric Composer is best suited for a CX switching fabric within a small and midsize data center. The company also introduced the 8360 series of CX hardware.

AWS eyes mainframe workloads

Amazon Web Services is doubling down on efforts to help its partners address the growing demand for capabilities to migrate mainframe workloads to the cloud

DCMS’s Whittingdale: National Data Strategy enters post-consultation phase

Minister for media and data tells TechUK’s Digital Ethics summit that the long-awaited national data strategy has entered a new, post-consultation phase, and that the UK is set to show international leadership on digital and data in 2021

Cato boosts network management with SASE cloud API

GraphQL-based API designed to extract security and networking information globally with a single request allows enterprises to automate provisioning and management of SASE deployments from third-party platforms

Cyber Helpline awarded lottery funding to support victims

The Cyber Helpline, a UK charity that provides emergency support to victims of cyber crime and online stalking, is to receive funding from the National Lottery

Employers face daunting COVID-19 vaccination questions

COVID-19 has all but ensured offices will never fully return to normal. Now that vaccinations are here, HR will have to decide who should return to the workplace -- and who shouldn't.

Varada accelerates data virtualization with Presto

The new Varada Data Platform combines data virtualization with the open source Presto SQL query engine to help enable rapid searches on cloud data lakes.

Trilio raises $15M in funding for Kubernetes protection

Sensing market opportunity, Trilio's CEO said he will seize it by using the funds to bolster sales and marketing. Trilio has raised a total of $22 million in funding.

GitHub Universe announcements hint at a bigger plan

Stronger automation and new corporate partnerships with open source developers are major additions to GitHub's strategy announced at the GitHub Universe virtual event.

Kubernetes security project faces reckoning over beta status

Kubernetes Pod Security Policies could be marked for deprecation as soon as the next Kubernetes release, in the wake of new limits on the beta phase for components of the platform.

HHS proposes changes to HIPAA privacy rule

HHS wants to modify the HIPAA privacy rule to encourage better care coordination and make it easier for patients to access their health data.

New ThoughtSpot tool advances embedded BI capabilities

ThoughtSpot this week unveiled ThoughtSpot Everywhere, an embedded analytics platform in preview, and a host of features on its roadmap, including pinboard filtering.

Agility key to pandemic recovery, say APAC CFOs

Chief financial officers in the Asia-Pacific region call for financial transformation to bring about the agility that their organisations need to tide over the pandemic

Cisco accelerates collaboration with ‘wave’ of Webex enhancements and plans

Reacting to the new normal ahead of all organisations and as part of a major overhaul of its conferencing and collaboration options, network technology and solutions giant unveils Webex portfolio overhaul and intent to buy audience interaction company

Bytes IPO over subscribed

Business valued at approximately £646.6m as it marks a successful IPO with conditional trading starting on the LSE

Surge in Covid-19 vaccine phishing scams reported

Check Point and KnowBe4 share details of a growing number of phishing campaigns using the prospect of a Covid-19 vaccine as a lure

Three UK gears up for 2021 business expansion

UK mobile network operator sets out plans to enhance business proposition over next 12 months, improving connectivity, how it operates and how it interacts with customers

Cisco overhauls Webex with slew of new features

Webex will soon provide calling, messaging and video in one user interface, live translation for multiple languages, and the ability to send emojis through hand gestures.

FBI, CISA warn of growing ransomware attacks on K-12 schools

The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned that cyber attacks targeting K-12 schools are expected to continue through the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Stargate API brings GraphQL to Cassandra database

DataStax has integrated the open source Stargate API 1.0 release into its Astra DBaaS platform, bringing GraphQL to the Apache Cassandra database.

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