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Microsoft 'improves' Windows 11 by bringing ads to the Start menu in the US

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In a move which is likely to be greeted with a hostile reception, Microsoft is continuing its obsession with injecting advertising into Windows. The company is using Windows Insider signed up for Beta Channel to test the controversial addition of ads in the Windows 11 Start menu.

For now, this is a trial which is limited to beta testers in the US, but even if the most negative feedback is forthcoming, it is hard to imagine that Microsoft will back down and not roll out Start menu ads to all Windows 11 users.

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DaVinci Resolve 19 Public Beta now available for Windows, macOS, and Linux with new AI tools

Blackmagic Design has unveiled DaVinci Resolve 19, a massive upgrade introducing new AI-driven features and over 100 enhancements to benefit users across Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. Available now as a public beta, this latest version brings advanced tools tailored for high-end digital film production and integrates new functionalities for better collaboration within large organizations through Blackmagic Cloud.

Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, expressed his enthusiasm for the release, noting, “The new tools in DaVinci Resolve 19 are designed not just to enhance the creative possibilities for filmmakers but also to integrate these advancements smoothly into live production workflows.”

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Roku security breach: Over half a million user accounts impacted

In a shocking revelation from Roku, more than 591,000 user accounts have been compromised through credential stuffing attacks, leveraging login details stolen from other platforms. This startling security breach, first detected earlier this year, marks a significant threat as malicious actors accessed 15,000 accounts initially and a staggering 576,000 more in a subsequent incident.

Roku’s investigations have clarified that these unauthorized accesses were orchestrated using credentials obtained from external sources, not from within Roku’s own systems. Surprisingly, no direct compromise of Roku’s systems was identified. Nevertheless, in a handful of cases—less than 400—the attackers made unauthorized purchases of streaming services and Roku hardware using the stored payment methods of the affected accounts. Fortunately, they did not gain access to sensitive payment information like full credit card numbers.

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Co-managed IT services -- why your team needs an independent provider

In-house IT teams across every industry can face all manner of challenges and disruptions in their day-to-day processes. While technology is becoming more accessible and demystified, it is important to ensure that you have a team that understands emerging technology. Research from Sharp found that 63 percent of businesses lack critical technology knowledge that could help push their evolution further.

This is where co-managed IT services, which offer a collaborative approach to supporting your organization, can act as a solution. Offering a collaborative approach to IT support with external resources and expertise for managed IT, co-managed IT services can remove some of the strain your in-house team experiences. But what exactly can they assist with?

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Ubuntu Linux 24.04 LTS Beta released

Ubuntu enthusiasts and the Linux community at large have a reason to be excited, as Canonical announces the Beta release of Ubuntu 24.04 LTS. Codenamed "Noble Numbat," this release continues Ubuntu's legacy of blending cutting-edge open source technologies into a user-friendly, high-quality distribution.

This latest iteration includes a broad spectrum of Ubuntu products, ranging from the Desktop, Server, and Cloud platforms to various community-driven flavors like Kubuntu, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Budgie, among others. Aimed at delivering a snapshot of the robust features expected in the final release scheduled for April 25, 2024, the Beta images promise stability and minimal critical bugs.

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Best Windows apps this week

Five-hundred-and-ninety in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.

The Moment Update 5 for Windows 11 is finally here for most users. It is included in the April 2024 cumulative security update for the operating system.

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Why the cybersecurity industry needs to re-frame the AI debate [Q&A]

Conversations around artificial intelligence and the threat it poses to humanity have been building for years. The launch of ChatGPT (or generative AI) nearly a year ago thrust the issue to the forefront of the global agenda.

Discussions have reached such a fever pitch that in April this year, technologists including Elon Musk signed an open letter begging AI teams to pause development. Despite it being widely condemned, the letter underscored how seriously the world is considering AI risks.

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Windows 11 slammed for its 'comically bad' performance even on high-end hardware

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Just about everyone who has used Windows has at some time complained that it is slow. The sluggish performance of Windows 11 -- in particular the Start menu -- has even been noted by an ex-Microsoft developer who worked on the creation of the operating system.

Software developer Andy Young has bemoaned the "comically bad" performance of the Windows 11 Start Menu despite using what would objectively be considered high-end hardware. He is leading calls for Windows "to be as good as it once was".

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Build 2024: Microsoft plans to enhance PowerToys with new AI tools

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Artificial intelligence is just about impossible to avoid, and not content with packing Windows with AI-powered features, Microsoft is doing the same with PowerToys.

Details are currently a little thin on the ground, but the popular collection of utilities is due to gain a new module called Advanced Paste. Microsoft has not yet revealed much about the upcoming tool, but the schedule of events for next month's Build conference includes a session called "PowerToys Advanced Paste with Local AI".

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Microsoft is up to its old tricks yet again -- Windows 10 users harassed with full-screen Windows 11 upgrade warnings

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Microsoft, it seems, never learns. Despite having repeatedly riled users by pestering them with ads for its products the company seems intent on continuing to use Windows to badger people.

The latest example of this is a full screen message displayed to Windows 10 users inviting them on a "new journey with Windows". The nag screen serves as a reminder that support for Windows 10 comes to an end in 18 months, but it is also being used to promote Windows 11 -- even on computers that are not able to run the latest version of the operating system.

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MSI unveils new AI-powered gaming desktops with 14th Gen Intel processors and NVIDIA RTX 40 series GPUs

MSI has announced the launch of its new generation of AI-powered gaming desktops. The lineup includes the Aegis 14th series, Infinite 14th series, Codex 14th series, and the newly introduced Vision 14th Series. These machines are designed to combine AI technology with raw power, offering gamers an enhanced gaming experience.

The Vision Elite 14th gaming desktop is the highlight of the new releases. It features top-of-the-line specifications and a striking design with a single-panel, panoramic tempered glass panel. The desktop is illuminated with RGB lighting and is powered by the Intel Core i9 14th Gen processor and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU. It also features Wi-Fi 7 readiness, Bluetooth 5.4 support, and a 2.5G LAN port ensuring stable network connectivity for both wired and wireless gaming.

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Securing your SaaS applications: Best practices in a cloud-native era

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Software as a Service (SaaS) has emerged as a cornerstone for organizations seeking flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in their operations. With the convenience of accessing applications over the internet, SaaS adoption has surged, offering unparalleled opportunities for innovation and growth. According to recent data, the global SaaS market is projected to reach $282.20 billion this year, reflecting the growing reliance on cloud-based software solutions. However, alongside these benefits come inherent security challenges that necessitate a proactive approach to risk management.

The widespread shift to remote work and the rapid adoption of cloud-based solutions, including SaaS applications, have introduced significant security challenges for organizations.

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Get 'The Cloud Computing Journey' (worth $35.99) for FREE

As the need for digital transformation and remote work surges, so does the demand for cloud computing.

However, the complexity of cloud architecture and the abundance of vendors and tools can be overwhelming for businesses. The Cloud Computing Journey addresses the need for skilled professionals capable of designing, building, and managing scalable and resilient cloud systems to navigate the complex landscape of cloud computing through practical tips and strategies.

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Belkin launches Qi2 wireless chargers

Belkin has always been at the forefront of innovative charging solutions, and its latest release is no exception. The company has just launched its newest Qi2 portfolio, offering up to 15W of fast wireless charging for Qi2-enabled devices. This new lineup is designed to cater to early adopters who are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in technology.

The Qi2 portfolio is not just about speed; it also promises precise alignment and universal compatibility. This means that users can charge their devices more efficiently and without the hassle of finding the perfect charging spot. Additionally, the portfolio comes with certification from the World Power Consortium (WPC), providing users with the peace of mind that their devices are being charged safely and securely.

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Organizations plan to invest in 'human-centered' software

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A new survey shows that 76 percent of respondents consider building human-centric applications more important than it was two years ago, driven by a combination of business considerations and cultural shifts.

The survey, of over 700 application developers and IT decision-makers, from infrastructure software company Progress shows a gap between intentions and actions, however. 98 percent of respondents say human-centric app development is important, but only 34 percent are currently addressing the issue through tools, training and policy.

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