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10 notable tech conferences of 2021

Technology conferences are some of the most exciting to attend and experience because of how fast advancements are made in the field. Whether you’re an enthusiast interested in the latest or greatest gear, looking for new business technologies, or you want to see some new STEM achievements, there’s a lot of potential out there.

As the pandemic winds down, things are opening back up, and that means many new and exciting in-person events are kicking off, as well. Here are the top 10 noteworthy tech conferences of 2021.

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AT&T and Palo Alto get edgy with a new managed solution

Network and security management is increasingly complex thanks to remote access and greater numbers of concurrent users.

With their new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) offering, AT&T along with Palo Alto Networks delivers an integrated solution bringing together software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology, security capabilities and fiber-based network connectivity.

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New deep code analysis platform helps developers eliminate bugs

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As recent high-profile attacks have shown, bad actors are increasingly going after software supply chains to exploit vulnerabilities in commercial and open source code.

Developer tool specialist Sonatype is launching a new deep code analysis platform called Lift that installs easily on any source repository and provides developer-friendly feedback on a wide range of bug types.

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Organizations increase focus on identity security

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The shift to remote working has led to an increase in the number of identities employed and an increased focus on identity security, but a decrease in confidence in the ability to secure employee identities.

A new study from The Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) finds that four out of five participants believe that identity management used to just be about access, but it’s now mostly about security.

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Twitter is testing the ability to edit tweets -- sort of

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Since Twitter launched, one of the most requested features (apart from easy, instant, unquestioned account verification) is the ability to edit tweets. People asked for tweet editing; Twitter changed how the timeline is ordered. People asked for tweet editing; Twitter introduced longer tweets.

People asked for tweet editing; Twitter introduced Moments. People asked for tweet editing; Twitter launched a subscription service. But now, after years of people begging, Twitter is finally testing a tweet editing option. But it's probably not what you're expecting or hoping for.

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Three-quarters of execs say lack of tech talent is a barrier to cloud use

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A new study from consulting firm PwC shows that many businesses are turning to the cloud post-pandemic but that a lack of tech talent is hindering maximising their return on investment.

The study reveals that 50 percent of businesses have gone all-in on the cloud post-pandemic, and an additional 42 percent say they've adopted the cloud in many parts of the business.

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Employees pick up bad security habits while working from home

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One in three employees has developed bad security habits while working remotely according to a new survey.

The study from human layer security company Tessian finds younger employees are most likely to admit they cut cybersecurity corners, 51 percent of 16-24 year-olds and 46 percent of 25-34 year-olds report that they’ve used security workarounds.

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Razer Blade 14 (2021) is a shockingly svelte gaming laptop powered by AMD Ryzen

Hardcore gaming laptops are usually big and heavy -- unwieldy beasts with poor battery life and even worse portability. While that is often the case, it is not always. Case in point, today, Razer re-launches its Blade 14 laptop, and while its power is downright godlike, the laptop is surprisingly svelte and light -- it is just .66-inches thin while weighing only 3.92 pounds.

The 2021 edition of the Razer Blade 14 is powered by the insanely powerful 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series mobile GPUs. It comes with a 16GB of (non-upgradeable) DDR4-3200MHz RAM and a 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. Believe it or not, despite the hardcore specifications, Razer promises up to 12 hours of battery life. Obviously, battery life will vary wildly depending on usage.

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Logitech launches new limited edition Design Collection wireless mice

Every so often, Logitech releases special limited edition versions of its M325 portable mouse. What makes these variants, or “Collections,” so intriguing are the rare designs. Believe it to not, some consumers even collect these mice!

Today, Logitech launches the latest Design Collection and there are seven styles from which to choose. It is important to note, the M325 is a very basic mouse -- it uses a replaceable AA battery (rather than something rechargeable), it has no side buttons, and there is no Bluetooth -- it only uses a USB-A receiver. On a positive note, it will work on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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The technology that is shaping bridge construction

Technology and engineering go hand in hand. They rely each other to further progress innovation across all sectors. For bridges, technology has allowed designs to push the boundaries of what was once thought possible.

New designs and improving maintenance services increase efficiency and reduce waste with the help of technology. While some innovations are moving into the mainstream, others can give us an indication of which direction bridge engineering is heading in. Here, we look at the most promising technology that is creating the future of bridge construction.

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Apple launches Dr. Dre-inspired Beats Studio Buds with active noise cancellation

Beats by Dre headphones are revered around the world for their great looks and high sound quality. They are also very much respected by the Hip-Hop community as the "Dre" in the brand refers to Dr. Dre -- one of the greatest record producers of all time. Since Apple bought the brand, it dropped the "by Dre" making them simply "Beats." With that said, Dr. Dre's soul and inspiration will forever live on in the products.

Today, Apple launches the Dr. Dre-inspired "Beats Studio Buds." These are notable for offering active noise cancellation at a very affordable price. Despite being an Apple product, the company promises fast Bluetooth pairing with both iPhone and Google's Android! Beats Studio Buds offer a maximum of eight hours of listening time on their own, but the case will fully charge them twice, effectively increasing this to 24 hours. Nice.

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Bitcoin as legal tender can expose El Salvador to Zimbabwe-like risks

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Policy decisions may or may not be productive. In worst cases, they can be counter-productive.

Banking system is the backbone of any economy, and there is a reason behind it. Money supply in the market is managed by banks that engage in safekeeping of depositors’ money and lending a portion of it to others. The central bank oversees the functioning of banks, prints currency notes, drafts monetary policy, and all these actions infuse stability in the country’s financial system. Central banks manage interest rates and tweak them to either infuse liquidity in a slowing economy or suck liquidity to control higher levels of inflation. Policy decisions like these are productive exercises.

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Whose responsibility is cloud security anyway?

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The question of whether not moving to the cloud is beneficial for security has largely been answered with a resounding "yes," which is why organizations are increasingly relying on cloud-based technology and services for business operation.

A more nuanced conversation, however, lies around the question of whose responsibility cloud security is, ultimately.

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Cloud security risks every company can avoid

The benefits of cloud computing make it impossible to ignore in 2021. With more accessibility and state of the art resources at your disposal, the cloud offers the best value in today’s working world in terms of services gained for their cost. That said, security risks can still keep some away from the technology.

Rather than being worried and passing on the tools offered by the cloud, getting educated on what the risks are with cloud computing can help you utilize proven software and programs with peace of mind. When it comes to cloud security risks, a lot of the threats posed to businesses all around the world are avoidable. Here’s a handful of risks you should know about when working in the cloud and how to keep your security tight in this new, exciting space.

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Remote working leads to increase in attacks on VPNs

Attacks against VPNs have seen an increase of more than 1,500 percent in the first quarter of this year according to a new report.

The latest Threat Landscape Report from managed security services company Nuspire shows a 1,916 percent increase in attacks against Fortinet's SSL-VPN and a 1,527 percent increase in Pulse Connect Secure VPN.

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