Monthly Archives: December 2017

Israeli bank considering digital currency: Report

A month after publishing a public consultation on options for establishing immediate payments systems, the Bank of Israel is reportedly considering issuing cryptocurrencies.   By Corinne Reichert | December 27, 2017       The Bank of Israel is considering utilizing digital currencies to speed up payments and reduce cash across the economy, according to…
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​Opera just added a Bitcoin-mining blocker to its browser

Finally, a browser is doing something to protect users from drive-by crypto-miners.        By Liam Tung | December 23, 2017   NoCoin blocks in-browser cryptominers Image: Liam Tung/ZDNet             Norwegian browser maker Opera has launched the beta version of Opera 50, the first popular browser to integrate a built-in…
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5G standards approved as tech industry signals accelerated deployment

Networking, technology, and mobile giants worldwide have signalled their intent to accelerate 5G trials, development, and deployment as 3GPP has set NSA 5G New Radio specs.        By Corinne Reichert | December 21, 2017       A 5G deployment spanning continents, networking companies, technology giants, and mobile carriers has been signaled as the…
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Oh Apple, you really need to rethink how you do things

Quietly inserting code into iOS that measurably slows down the performance of older iPhones is a monumentally boneheaded blunder.      By Adrian Kingsley-HughesDecember 21, 2017     The ink is barely dry on the piece I wrote earlier this week about how Apple needs to do better in 2017 when it comes to light that…
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Microsoft’s newest Windows 10 test build includes Timeline feature

Microsoft's latest 'Redstone 4' test build, 17063, includes includes its promised Timeline feature, the start of Edge support for Progressive Web Apps, lots of UI tweaks, and several IT pro-focused goodies.      By Mary Jo FoleyDecember 20, 2017 (Image: Microsoft)       Microsoft's latest Windows 10 'Redstone 4' test build -- No. 17063…
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​Windows 10 face unlock can be tricked using printed headshot

Near-infrared image trickery can allow an attacker to bypass Window 10 Hello face authentication.     By Liam Tung | December 20, 2017 Simple spoofing attack works against multiple versions of Windows 10. Image: SYSS           Security researchers are urging Windows 10 users to update their system to prevent attackers from…
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Kaspersky hauling Homeland Security to court to overturn federal ban

The Russian security firm claims it did not receive due process and the US government relied on rumours.     By Chris Duckett | December 19, 2017 (Image: Max Avdeev)       Kaspersky Lab has filed an appeal in the United States Federal Court to overturn the September ban imposed by the Department of…
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