Microsoft SQL Server 2022 is going all-in on Azure

Microsoft has made SQL Server 2022, the latest version of its flagship database software product, available for general release. The tech giant claimed this is the most “Azure-enabled release of SQL Server” since the software was first unveiled in 1989, and this would also be the software’s first significant update in three years. The new solutions form part of the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform, a cloud platform launched in May 2022 that looks to fully integrate databases, analytics, and data governance. Microsoft’s SQL Server 2022 update Microsoft says SQL Server…

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This infostealer has a vicious sting for Python developers

Cybersecurity researchers from Checkmarx have discovered more than two dozen malicious packages on PyPI, a popular repository for Python developers, and released their findings in a new report.  These malicious packages, designed to look almost identical to legitimate ones, try to trick reckless developers into downloading and installing the wrong one, thus distributing malware.  The practice is known as typosquatting and it’s quite popular among cybercriminals that attack software developers. Infostealer thefts To hide the malware, the attackers are using two unique approaches: steganography, and polymorphism.  Steganography is the practice…

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AWS adds vital security feature to make life easier for its users

Amazon Web Services is upping the ante on the security front with new and important changes for AWS and Identity and Access Management (IAM) users. Announcing the changes in a blog post published earlier this week, the company’s Liam Wadman and Khaled Zaky announced that users can now add more than one multi-factor authentication (MFA) device to AWS account root users, and IAM users in their AWS accounts.  Up until now, there could only have been one MFA endpoint associated with root users or IAM users, but now Amazon brought…

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Intel thinks it can kill off deepfakes for good

Tech giant Intel thinks it has a solution for the growing deepfake problem.  Earlier this week, the company unveiled FakeCatcher, a brand-new software solution that uses a novel approach to deepfake video analysis. Allegedly, it can spot deepfake videos with a 96% accuracy.  Just like previous deepfake analysis solutions, this one leverages the power of machine learning. However, instead of looking for inconsistencies in the video itself, FakeCatcher analyzes the content to determine whether the person in the video is an actual human being that was recorded at some point…

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Google Maps Live View will let you use AR to explore big cities like New York

A new Google Maps update will let you use augmented reality (AR) to explore key places in major cities. The feature is called Live View, and it was first hinted at back in September during Google’s Search On 22 event. By tapping the new camera icon on the Maps search bar, a series of AR dots will appear on the screen, highlighting landmarks, stores, and even ATMs. All you have to do is aim your smartphone camera around your surrounding area. These dots will tell you how far away a…

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This open-source app lets hackers steal your Apple passwords

Cybersecurity researchers from Trend Micro have recently spotted a new infostealer campaign, leveraging open-source software and file-sharing services to distribute malware.  According to the company’s blog post, an unknown threat actor took the source code of an app called ResignTool, and modified it to carry the infostealer. ResignTool is a macOS application used to change the signing information on .IPA files – archive files for iOS and iPad devices. Since it is open-source, the threat actor had no issues changing the app to carry malicious code. In this particular instance,…

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Nvidia and Microsoft are building a supercomputer in the cloud

NVIDIA and Microsoft are collaborating on a new cloud-based AI-focused supercomputer, which they claim will be “one of the most powerful in the world” when complete. The new machine will leverage the supercomputing infrastructure of Microsoft Azure combined with NVIDIA GPUs, networking, and AI software. It’s set to contain ND- and NC-series virtual machines specifically designed for AI distributed training and inference.  The companies claim the project represents the first public cloud to incorporate NVIDIA’s full AI stack and will add tens of thousands of NVIDIA A100 and H100 GPUs,…

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Top free stock image site adds tips for photographers

Stock photo platform Dreamstime has launched a new freemium pricing plan and a new way for photographers to make more money from their contributions to the site.  Overhauling its free content plan, the Adobe Stock alternative has also enabled more ways to support content creators on the site, with users able to tip photographers whose work they download.  Saving money, making money Dreamstime now lets users access its library of free stock photos without charge. Alternatively, a $4.99 / £4.42 subscription offers unlimited downloads from the royalty-free image catalog, along…

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Google Chat is finally getting less annoying

Google is rolling out a new feature that will allow Google Chat users to automatically schedule ‘Do Not Disturb’, which the company hopes will give a handy boost to concentration when needed. Up until now, users have been able to set a custom duration for their ‘Do Not Disturb’ period. This has meant that they would have to manually set it at lunchtime, the end of the day, or the start of the weekend. Google Chat custom DND Clicking on the Active indicator will now give Google Chat users the…

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WP Engine extends its managed WordPress hosting solution on Microsoft Azure

WP Engine has launched its managed WordPress platform on Microsoft Azure for companies who prefer Microsoft. Available now, businesses in the US and the Netherlands can choose Azure to build and scale WordPress websites with WP Engine. WP Engine says it plans to expand into other regions throughout 2023 for a more global reach on the cloud hosting platform. WP Engine on Microsoft Azure  The new solution uses Kubernetes for containers, which allows engineers to port the platform to AKS without making core modifications to code.  “Working with Microsoft on…

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