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Google makes it easier for businesses to take online bookings

Businesses in the US now have a new way to sign up with one of Google's booking partners and to add a booking button to their search listing. Anyone in the US with a Google My Business account can benefit from the addition of a booking button that enables people to book a reservation with a simple ...

Google officially introduces Data Loss Prevention API

Google has just released a new API that helps organizations protect and regulate sensitive data. The Data Loss Prevention API, which has been in beta since March, has now been unveiled, together with a couple of new features. The features include redaction, masking and tokenization. The API can ...

Essential Phone was destined to fail -- will a $200 price cut save it?

I have mixed feelings about the Essential Phone. On one hand, it is a bold attempt at creating a high-end smartphone to go up against the iPhone and the Galaxy S. On the other hand, it is difficult to make a case for it, if you ignore the fact that its parent company was founded by the creator of ...

New endpoint protection platform guards against nation state attacks

Endpoint security company Endgame has become the first protection platform that measures its effectiveness not just against malware but against nation-state level attacks. It has worked with MITRE Corporation to validate protections against MITRE's ATT&CK Matrix, a framework for adversarial ...

How to fix missing apps after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

After months of beta testing through the Windows Insider program, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has finally been released. While the update brings a number of changes and additions to Microsoft's operating system, it has also brought problems for some people. Among these issues is the apparent ...

HPE drops the cloud server business

HPE could be saying farewell to the cloud server business after reports that the company will no longer sell low-end servers to some of its biggest clients, including the likes Microsoft and Amazon. The move seems to have a financial motive, as it can be extremely hard to turn a profit selling ...

Kaspersky's new 'global transparency initiative' aims to rebuild trust by submitting source code for review

Kaspersky software was recently banned from US government computers over fears that the security company has links to the Russian government. This is something Kaspersky vehemently denies, and now it has announced a new "global transparency initiative" to try to win back trust. Part of the newly ...

Keep installed software up-to-date with Avira Software Updater

Install software and it's soon out-of-date. Developers release rapid updates when they find issues, often reported by end users. Having the latest version can be important. Software can conflict and slow your PC, be compromised, wrongly report information and need to be updated to support the ...

Wolf of Wall Street: cryptocurrency ICOs are 'the biggest scam ever'

Jordan Belfort -- the real-life Wolf of Wall Street -- has warned that ICOs are "the biggest scam ever" and will "blow up in so many people's faces." The former stockbroker, who spent nearly two years in prison for fraud and financial scams, says that the Initial Coin Offerings used to raise money ...

'Pay with Google' speeds up online payments for Android users

As promised earlier in the year, Google has launched its payment service to streamline the checkout process for Android users. Pay with Google aims to kill the frustration that can stem from having to fill out endless forms in order to complete a purchase. To start with, Pay with Google is supported ...

AOC U3277PWQU 32-inch 4K UHD Professional Monitor

I'm a big fan of value. Is that because I'm not a wealthy person? Partially. Even when I can afford something, however, I don't necessarily buy it. When buying a car, for instance, I try to get the most bang for my buck while getting a reasonable vehicle -- my only new car purchase was a Ford Focus ...

Tweak and hack OxygenOS on your OnePlus phone with JOnePlus Tools

Tweaking tools used to be all the rage for Windows, but not so much these days. The phenomenon has, however, spread to the mobile world to a certain extent. OnePlus owners have the streamlined OxygenOS to work with for an experience that's near to pure Android; but there's always scope for tweaking. ...

Google says the majority of Chrome traffic is protected with HTTPS

Google has already used Cybersecurity Awareness Month to announced details of a new bug bounty program for Android apps, as well as a new Advanced Protection Program for G Suite users. Now the company has revealed that most web traffic in its Chrome web browser is protected by HTTPS. The precise ...

How to order an iPhone X faster

The level of interest in the iPhone X is huge. The latest addition to the iPhone range is certainly expensive, but it's also the most radically different iPhone we've seen in ages. Pre-orders for the phone start on October 27 ahead of the November 3 launch, and availability of the handsets is ...

Twitter shares timetable for tackling abuse transparently between now and January

With promises made by Jack Dorsey and a leaked email indicating that Twitter was ready to do more to start tackling abuse on the site, it should come as little surprise that the company has now published a timetable for what it intends to do over the coming months. Entitled the "Calendar of Our ...

Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 to developers

Ahead of a public beta launch, Apple has released new developer betas for iOS 11.1 and watch OS 4.1. iOS 11.1 beta 15B92 and watchOS 4.1 beta 15R846 come just days after the third beta version were released, and only a month after iOS 11 itself was launched. Both are really bug-fixing releases, but ...

Support for 'Hey, Google' hotword rolls out to Android phones

Calling up the Google Assistant on your Android phone takes nothing more than bellowing "OK, Google" at your handset. But you may be someone who feels that this is just too many syllables to utter. Google Home users have a slightly easier time. As well as "OK, Google" it is also possible to say ...

Many businesses remain unprepared for GDPR

A shockingly large proportion of businesses have no idea how to behave when GDPR comes into play, a new report by the DMA has claimed. More than half of marketers surveyed believe they're on the right track, with four percent actually saying they're ahead in their plans of being compliant by May ...

Increased IT spending will boost digital transformation efforts in Europe

European businesses are set for an increase in IT spending which should greatly accelerate digital transformation efforts within the next 12 months. That's according to new research from CenturyLink, which found that over half of companies are set to boost IT spending over the next year to allow ...

Microsoft Cortana-powered Harman Kardon Invoke speaker hits stores October 22

I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Cortana. She is actually quite the good voice assistant. When I used Windows 10 Mobile, I found her to be superior to Siri. With that said, I don't really need a voice assistant on my desktop computer, so it feels like Cortana is invading my space when I ...

Investment in UK fintech startups exceeds $1 billion

Despite growing concerns over the impact that Brexit might have on fintech startups in the UK, new figures have revealed that the sector has seen record investment throughout the year so far. According to data from London and Partners and Pitchbook, over $1 billion has already been invested in ...

5G adoption will explode after launch

5G networks are set to take off faster than any other mobile technology as users flock to faster and more reliable connections, new research had predicted. A report from analyst firm CCS Insight has forecast a huge explosion in 5G growth in the time after the first networks are expected to launch, ...

Arianna Huffington and Samsung create Thrive app to make you uncontactable

Arianna Huffington has teamed up with Samsung to create an app called Thrive. The aim of the app is to encourage users to: "Unplug & recharge. Take a break from your phone. Reconnect with yourself." When it is released in December, the app will be a Samsung exclusive and it will force you to ...

How to rollback and uninstall Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is rolling out to users. If you install it and encounter major problems, as some users have , you might want to go back to your previous version, and wait until the update is a bit less buggy. If you been using Windows 10 for a while, you'll probably know how to ...

Consumer Reports refuses to recommend Microsoft Surface Book 2

Just a few days ago, Microsoft revealed details of the Surface Book 2 which is due to launch in November. But before the device is even available, it has been dealt a blow by Consumer Reports. Earlier in the year, the review group said that problems with reliability meant that it was impossible for ...

Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-fifty-three in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. Microsoft released the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 this week. Read Wayne's guide on delaying the update if you ...

Google will pay Android app developers more for retaining subscribers

Developers who want to sell apps or offer in-app subscriptions on Google Play have to give 30 percent of the revenue up. It's the cost of doing business on Google's popular app store -- and the same goes for the App Store and Microsoft Store as well. However, in a move that mirrors Apple's policy ...

Now you can PayPal people in Facebook Messenger

Building on an existing partnership, Facebook and PayPal are now making it easier than ever to send and receive money online. If you're in the US, it is now possible to make PayPal payments in Facebook Messenger. In addition to announcing the new payment option, PayPal has also beefed up its ...

Plex is coming to Android Auto

Fans of Plex will very soon be able to access their music through Android Auto. Whether you have Android Auto built into your car, or you're going to rely on the app on your phone instead, Plex can now sit alongside your travel directions. Plex for Android Auto allows for voice-control of music ...

Successful DevOps implementation needs a clear plan

Businesses are reporting strong success in transitioning to DevOps, provided there is careful upfront planning and an honest assessment of resources, according to a new study. The survey, by development and testing services firm KMS Technology, finds that among the 200+ IT professionals questioned, ...

Instant Apps in Google Play let you try out apps without installing them

As well as unveiling a new bug bounty program for select Android apps, Google has also announced a number of changes to its Play Store. The first is the introduction of Instant Apps to Google Play, giving users the chance to try out apps without even having to install them. The idea is to give ...

Android hackers: Now there's a bug bounty program for Google Play

Google has announced that it is teaming up with HackerOne to bring a bug bounty program to the Play Store. Seeking to weed out problems with Android apps, the Google Play Security Reward Program pays out $1,000 for reported issues that meet certain criteria. The program is a little different to ...

Privacy Shield gets EU's nod of approval

Last year's framework which organized how Washington uses and protects data from EU citizens gets the nod of approval of the European Union this week. The EU-US Privacy Shield, a data pact which replaced the old Safe Harbor agreement, went through its first annual review. The general conclusion is ...

Ultimate Ears BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers support both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Regardless of your opinion of Bluetooth speakers, you can't deny that they usually sound better than the integrated speakers found on smartphones and tablets. Sure, many audiophiles will decry the use of wireless for speaker connectivity, but if you simply want convenience and improved audio, a ...

Businesses struggling with digital transformation

Many businesses across the world are struggling to deal with digital transformation in spite of the benefits it can bring, new research has claimed. A worldwide survey by BlackBerry has found that only 37 percent of companies actually have formal digital transformation plans in place today - a ...

I have no boils

This is probably the last picture ever taken of our house in Santa Rosa, California. The time was 11:30PM Sunday and a neighbor had just pounded on our door. Fifty mph winds had been blowing all day but nobody expected fire. Yet the glow you see is from burning houses behind and beside ours. They, ...

Cisco's new AI-based enterprise services can predict IT failure

Cisco has just announced a new set of services that aims to predict potential troubles in a company's IT department. Powered by artificial intelligence, the Business Critical Services and High-value Services offerings will anticipate IT failures, mitigate risks, reduce maintenance costs and assist ...

One in five UK businesses don't prepare for cyber attacks

UK companies are unprepared for potential cyber-attacks against their business, with major shortcomings in many areas of security, new research has said. A report released today by PwC found that a worrying amount of British firms only have adequate security protection in place, or are unaware of ...

Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' ditches Unity for Gnome

Six months after introducing Ubuntu 17.04 "Zesty Zapus," Canonical has released a new version of its popular Linux-based distribution. Ubuntu 17.10, also known as "Artful Aardvark," arrives with a host of major changes, including the highly-anticipated switch to a new desktop environment and ...

Free up 30GB of hard drive space in Windows 10 by cleaning up after the Fall Creators Update

Microsoft has just released its biggest update to Windows 10 yet. The Fall Creators Update introduces lots of new features and general improvements, including new privacy and security options, My People, OneDrive Files on Demand, improvements to Cortana and Edge, and more. However, a big update like ...

Samsung unveils 'Linux on Galaxy' for DeX -- run Fedora and Ubuntu on your Note8?

For whatever reason, people seem to forget that Android is Linux. Remember, folks, Linux is just a kernel -- not an operating system. Actually, Android is the world's most popular such distribution. Even the father of Windows, Mr. Bill Gates, now runs his life from Linux by way of Android. That's ...

Financial services to boost security investment on account of breach risks

Virtually every second global financial services organization was a victim of a data breach sometime in the past, according to a newly released Thales report. The 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Financial Edition, says 49 percent of financial services organizations suffered a breach, with a fifth ...

Qualcomm's first 5G mobile test highlights super-fast data speeds

Qualcomm has taken a major step towards 5G smartphones with the first successful test of the next-generation networks on a mobile device. The US chipmaker confirmed it completed 5G connections trials at its San Diego headquarters, and that devices with 5G compatibility could be released as soon as ...

Meeting objections: How enterprise CIOs can overcome doubts about Robotic Process Automation

For years, there's been talk of robots infiltrating the workforce and eliminating human jobs. Now, it's finally happening, but not in the way that most people envisioned. Amazon has led the charge by using 45,000 robots at its shipping and distribution facilities, but soon consumers may also see ...

Get '7 Principles of Transformational Leadership' FREE for a limited time

The single greatest asset of success is what each leader, team member, and employee chooses to focus on, believe, and create for themselves and others. 7 Principles of Transformational Leadership presents the fundamental concepts whose implementation will result in dramatic revenue, performance, ...

Microsoft: Identity protection is more important than ever

As businesses of all sizes continue to put more and more of their data online, the need to ensure this information remains secure is more pressing than ever. Microsoft has long been the preferred choice of partner for many companies, with its Microsoft 365 platform offering a comprehensive, and ...

Leaked email: Twitter introduces yet more rules in latest attempt to tackle abuse

Twitter has made endless promises about clamping down on abuse, constantly tweaking existing rules and introducing new ones in an attempt to protect users. Following last week's #WomenBoycottTwitter protest, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to start taking a more aggressive approach. A leaked ...

McAfee introduces advanced analytics to protect endpoints and the cloud

Security teams face ever larger and more complex amounts of data which can hinder their ability to defend against threats. McAfee is introducing new solutions that make use of the automation, reasoning and data duration provided by advanced analytics technologies, allowing security teams to easily ...

Microsoft launch comparison tool for AWS and Azure

Microsoft has released a new tool to help IT decision makers understand the differences and similarities between Azure and Amazon Web Services easier. The tool is called Cloud Services Map. Both Amazon and Microsoft have increased their cloud offerings by a significant margin in the last couple of ...

Sony unveils officially licensed kid-friendly Mini Wired Gamepad for PlayStation 4

Nowadays, it isn't uncommon for young children to have parents that are into playing video games. Since many kids like to imitate their parents, they will undoubtedly want to get it on the action. Unfortunately, modern controllers are quite large and complicated. For instance, back in the 1980s, an ...