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Can you really go net zero without sustainable IT?  


Achieving net zero is now a top priority for a growing number of UK businesses, but the road to carbon neutrality is littered with obstacles, difficult decisions and the odd wrong turn. It’s not easy knowing what to do, and I have a lot of sympathy for business leaders who are trying to do the right thing while juggling countless competing demands for their time, intellect, and investment.    

Depending on the sector, achieving net zero might be relatively easy, or seemingly impossible. Some businesses will require only small operational or behavioral changes, while others will need to go through significant upheaval, investment, and strategic realignment before they even get close.    

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Why culture could be the missing link in private equity's data challenges


Available data for alternative assets is expanding at top speed, handing managers a goldmine of information and arming them to make savvy investment moves and fine-tune operational efficiencies. Ensuring transparency, quality, and data accessibility has never been more important for general partners (GPs).

Yet the tidal wave of data that organizations are handling poses a significant challenge for private equity firms. Many find themselves struggling to consolidate large volumes of data from disparate, siloed sources.

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3 IT industry trends defining the next era of cloud computing

I recently had the pleasure of attending a couple of industry conferences about IT infrastructure and the cloud. Every conversation buzzed with the latest trends and questions, and every panel discussion grappled with the most pressing industry challenges that everyone in the room was interested in learning more about.

These gatherings are excellent networking opportunities, and they're also real-time snapshots of what matters most in a particular field. As such, I wanted to share a few insights that I gathered from these recent events based on topics that seemed to come up again and again.

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Ransomware resurgence: Tackling the new generation of cyber threats

Sadly, there has never been a better phrase than ‘survival of the fittest’ to describe cyber criminal groups. They are constantly refining their tactics to cause greater disruption and earn even bigger profits. The ransomware ecosystem is a resilient and lucrative business model, and attacks are causing huge pain for organizations.

Just look at the recent attack on the British Library. The attack rendered the British Library’s website inoperative, and it’s been reported the institution may have to spend £7 million to recover. The Rhysida group, who were responsible for the attack, disseminated hundreds of thousands of confidential documents on the internet, encompassing both customer and employee information.

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Get 'Python Deep Learning -- Third Edition' (worth $39.99) for FREE

The field of deep learning has developed rapidly recently and today covers a broad range of applications.

This makes it challenging to navigate and hard to understand without solid foundations. Python Deep Learning will guide you from the basics of neural networks to the state-of-the-art large language models in use today.

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vivo V30 Pro Android smartphone features ZEISS imaging system

vivo has launched its latest Android smartphone, the V30 Pro, which is notable for featuring a ZEISS imaging system. The V30 Pro is not just about its camera capabilities, however; it also boasts a sleek design with new color themes and textures, making it one of the slimmest phones in the V series with a 5000 mAh battery.

The V30 Pro features a 50MP portrait camera, a 50MP AF Ultra wide-angle camera, and a 50MP vivo VCS True Color main camera, each meeting the ZEISS Optics standards for professional-grade image quality. The phone also introduces ZEISS Cinematic Video Bokeh for a cinematic style in videos and ZEISS Border Watermark for adding an artistic touch to photos.

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KDE Plasma 6: Revolutionizing Linux desktop with far prettier and superior interface than Microsoft Windows 11

The KDE community has announced the release of its latest “MegaRelease 6,” which includes Plasma 6, Frameworks 6, and Gear 24.02. This update brings a host of new features, improvements, and enhancements to the KDE ecosystem. With its sleek and modern design, Plasma 6 not only surpasses the user interface of Microsoft Windows 11 but also elevates the overall computing experience.

The Plasma 6 desktop environment has undergone significant upgrades with a transition to the latest version of the Qt application framework and a migration to the Wayland graphics platform. These changes aim to improve security, efficiency, and performance while ensuring a smooth and familiar user experience. Plasma 6 also introduces a new Overview Effect, combining the Overview and Desktop Grid effects, and adds partial support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Wayland. Users can now enjoy richer colors, individual ICC profile settings, and color blindness correction filters.

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Cohesity launches gen AI search solution for business data

Businesses are dependent on data but extracting useful information in order to aid decision making, while ensuring it stays secure, can prove surprisingly difficult.

Cohesity Gaia, is the industry's first generative AI-powered conversational search assistant. Designed to help access organizations’ most important data to make smarter decisions faster, all while keeping data secure and compliant.

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Companies overspend on Kubernetes thanks to underutilization of resources

Burning money

Kubernetes is one of the most widely used container tools, but failure to accurately forecast resources leads to overprovision, waste and overspending.

A new report from Kubernetes automation platform CAST AI reveals high levels of underutilization are costing businesses more than necessary.

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Cloud-focused malware campaigns on the increase

As commercial adoption of cloud technologies continues, cloud-focused malware campaigns have increased in both sophistication and number.

A new report from Cado Security is based on analysis of real-world techniques employed by attackers using honeypot infrastructure. Last year Cado introduced 'Cloudypots', a new, more sophisticated, high-interaction honeypot system.

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New gen AI tool helps ease IT workloads

We've known for a long time that working in IT can be stressful and that stressed staff can put the organization at risk.

IT ops management platform InvGate is launching a new set of AI tools that aim to help IT teams do their jobs faster and more effectively.

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Enterprise workers want more transparency around cybersecurity

The nature of cybersecurity is such that much of the work goes on in the background. People notice when there's a problem but not when there isn't.

A new report from CybSafe shows that 31 percent of enterprise workers in the US and UK would like to see more transparency around what the cybersecurity team does.

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How IBM is supporting developers with AI education [Q&A]

In May of last year, IBM launched watsonx, its enterprise-ready AI and data platform, and made it generally available in July.

Alongside this it has launched some new free generative AI educational courses and content to help developers and IT practitioners build their AI and open source skills. We spoke with Savio Rodrigues, vice president, ecosystem engineering and developer advocacy at IBM to learn more.

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Tails 6.0 Linux distribution: The ultimate privacy shield to thwart 'Big Brother'

Tails 6.0, the newest version of the privacy-focused Linux distribution, is now available for download. It is notable for being the first version of Tails to be based on Debian 12 (Bookworm) and use the GNOME 43 desktop environment. This update also introduces a host of new features, security enhancements, and usability improvements, alongside updated versions of the majority of the software included in Tails.

In Tails 6.0, users will find a new error detection feature for the Persistent Storage, which alerts them about errors when reading or writing from the Tails USB stick. This helps in diagnosing hardware failures and prompts users to backup their Persistent Storage before it's too late. The update also brings automatic mounting of external devices. When an external storage device is plugged in, Tails 6.0 mounts it automatically, and if the device contains an encrypted partition, it offers to unlock the encryption automatically.

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Microsoft fixes slow loading taskbar issue in Windows 11

Microsoft released a new build to the Beta insider channel for Windows 11 this week. The build does not introduce any spectacular new features to the operating system, but it addresses several annoying issues.

One of them has plagued me on my HP EliteBook laptop for several weeks. Whenever I booted into Windows 11 on the device, the taskbar would not show up initially. It took several seconds, sometimes even a bit longer, before it finally appeared on the screen.

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