Even the Windows logo isn’t safe from malware

It appears that not even the iconic Windows logo is safe from malware anymore, as some cybercriminals managed to successfully hide malicious code inside it.  Cybersecurity experts at Symantec claim to have spotted one such campaign using a process of hiding malicious code in otherwise harmless images, otherwise known as steganography.  It is usually done to avoid detection by antivirus programs, as such solutions rarely detect images as malicious. Going after governments In this particular case, the group engaged in steganography attacks is called Witchetty, a known threat-actor allegedly strongly…

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Low-code could replace “traditional” coding within months

The rise of low-code could soon see it topple more “traditional” forms of operations, new research has claimed. Mendix’s 2022 State of Low-Code found a rise in low-code adoption from 77% in 2021 to 94% this year, with four in 10 businesses now using low-code for mission-critical solutions in their business operations.  The report cites a Gartner projection which places low-code or no-code applications at 70% by 2025, up from 25% in 2020. Should I use low-code? Mendix outlined several benefits of low-code, many of which were most notable at…

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Acer’s Swift laptops deliver performance and portability to fit any budget

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the events of the past several years, it’s that creativity and productivity can happen anywhere. No longer must makers, creators, and dreamers be tethered to an office or a kitchen table to do their best work.  And just as people shouldn’t be held back by where they work, they also shouldn’t be limited by their tools. Laptops have become essential to getting work done today, so whatever you do, you need a laptop that can keep up with you – and maybe even inspire…

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Brave is about to solve one of the most frustrating problems with browsing the web

The developers behind Brave Browser have announced that it will begin to block cookie consent notice popups that negatively impact browsing experience for many users. In an update, the anonymous browser’s Privacy Updates blog called cookie consent an “infamous and near-constant annoyance”, while citing an academic study that found many browser popups track users across the internet regardless of their choice. Users of the latest Nightly branch (and version 1.45 when it releases in October) will only have to click “yes” on a dialog box on start-up to block all…

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Open source software hijacked by North Korean hackers

Infamous North Korean threat actor Lazarus Group has been observed engaging in a highly sophisticated, targeted malware attack that involves compromising popular open-source software and running spear phishing campaigns.  As a result, it has managed to compromise “numerous” organizations in the media, defense and aerospace, as well as IT services industries, a report from Microsoft has concluded.  The company claims Lazarus (or ZINC, as it dubs the group) compromised PuTTY, among other open-source applications, with malicious code that installs spyware. PuTTY is a free and open-source terminal emulator, serial console,…

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Ubuntu is now available on AWS

Ubuntu WorkSpaces on AWS, a fully managed virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), is now generally available on the public cloud platform. This marks the first time that a virtual Linux OS desktop has been available on AWS, which has previously only offered iOS and Windows operating systems. Ubuntu has consistently counted as among the most popular Linux distros, and Canonical, the developer behind Ubuntu, says the new tie-up gives developers access to a wide choice of open source tools and libraries in fields like data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning,…

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PhotoRec

Most photo recovery software is enterprise-focused, so you’ve got to buy to use properly, but PhotoRec is an open-source alternative that combines its free price with solid features. Its open-source status doesn’t just mean that it’s free, either. That designation means that people can view, access and contribute to the app’s development. You’d be remiss to look down on this app because of its free stature. In many key areas, the data recovery software features mirror or even exceed the abilities you’ll find in premium products.  PhotoRec: Plans & pricing…

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Microsoft Teams just fixed one of its most annoying call problems

Microsoft Teams says it will end communication issues caused by sudden and momentary drops in internet connection with a new artificial intelligence-based solution for its video conferencing software. In a demonstration on the Microsoft Teams blog, Microsoft said that its new machine learning model is built on an existing technique it calls “Packet Loss Concealment” (PLC),  which looks to “make assumptions about the missing content” when a connection drops and a call participant is speaking. It also claimed that the AI model can predict “up to 80 consecutive milliseconds of…

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Google’s Python-writing code system is going pay-as-you-go

Google is changing the payment model for Colaboratory, its Python-writing code system. Informally known as Colab, the platform is designed for users to write and execute Python code from within your browser, and is marketed to all types of users including students, data scientists, and AI researchers.  The company boasts that zero configuration is needed and that, most importantly, users are granted free access to GPUs. Google Colab PAYG In a release on the TensorFlow blog, Colab product lead Chris Perry says that Colab’s free-of-charge tier “stays in its current…

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Red Hat gives enterprise Linux a major boost

Red Hat is set to launch the beta of the latest version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) platform, dubbed the 8.7 and 9.1 milestones.  Both RHEL 8.7 and 9.1 add new features and capabilities designed to help organizations more effectively use its Podman containers. Podman is an open-source tool for developing, managing, and running containers on Linux systems, developed by Red Hat engineers alongside the open source community, Podman allows users to manage their container ecosystem using the libpod library.  What can users look forward too? Enterprise users will now be…

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