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Bid farewell to My Photo Stream and embrace the future with iCloud Photos

Change is an inevitable part of our technological landscape, and as we march forward, it's important to adapt and embrace the advancements that shape our digital lives. In the midst of these transformations, Apple has announced the imminent shutdown of My Photo Stream, marking a transition to a more comprehensive and streamlined solution: iCloud Photos. Join us as we explore the details of this transition and discover how you can seamlessly keep your photos up to date across all your devices while ensuring their safe storage in the iCloud.

On July 26, 2023, Apple will bid farewell to My Photo Stream, the beloved service that allowed users to effortlessly sync photos across their devices. However, it's essential to note that one month before the shutdown, on June 26, 2023, new photo uploads to My Photo Stream will cease. Any photos uploaded before this date will remain accessible in iCloud for 30 days from the upload date, provided My Photo Stream is currently enabled on your devices. By the time July 26 rolls around, all photos will be removed from iCloud, and the service will be officially shut down.

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Windows 11 gains 'never combined mode' for taskbar buttons and the ability to see Wi-Fi passwords

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If you've been holding off jumping on the Insider program for Windows 11, Microsoft just gave you two very good reasons for getting involved.

The latest build of the operating system on the Dev channel includes two long-awaited features. In addition to the option to stop the taskbar from combing app buttons, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23466 also includes, at long last, an easy way to view the password for wireless networks.

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Why improving the developer experience holds the key to doing more with less

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For some time now, there has been a trend pressing developers to take on more and more responsibilities outside of coding. They are expected to become experts in every domain – even security and cloud spend. Combine developers’ growing scope of work with a skills shortage and continued economic uncertainty, and it’s clear that they are reaching their limits. The result is developer burnout and churn. In fact, it is now thought that up to 83 percent of software developers feel burnout from their work. Developer job dissatisfaction is so high that only 48 percent of developers are confident they will be with the same company a year from now.

As the pressure mounts, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for developers to work effectively and keep up with the demands on their shoulders. To lighten the load, it is more important than ever that organizations focus on optimizing and improving the developer experience. Companies need to focus on how they can ease the pressure and allow developers to do what they do best: building innovative new software. To that end, there are three ways for organizations to create a better developer experience (DX).

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Mageia 9 Beta 2 Linux distro raises the bar

In the ever-evolving landscape of Linux distributions, one project continues to shine as a beacon of community-driven excellence: Mageia. With the recent release of Mageia 9 Beta 2, the Mageia team reaffirms their commitment to delivering a stable and user-friendly operating system that rivals even the most established players in the Linux world.

Since the unveiling of Beta 1 back in February 2023, the developers and contributors behind Mageia have been hard at work. Their dedication has resulted in a myriad of bug fixes, security patches, and enticing new updates. Now, with Beta 2 in our hands, we are afforded a glimpse into the future of Mageia 9 Stable -- a future that holds great promise for Linux enthusiasts worldwide.

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Cryptojacking: The high cost of free money


If I offered you free money, what would your first response be? For those of us in the security industry, the first thought is probably what the catch is. In the case of cryptojacking, the catch is that all the costs are covered by someone else.

Cloud infrastructure deployments are the bedrock below many companies today. However, that same infrastructure is getting targeted by threat actors that can spot opportunities to earn cash for themselves. Based on the activities of one threat actor, Team TNT, we can now estimate just how much that free money really costs.

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The problem of unstructured data in foundation models [Q&A]

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Artificial intelligence is only as good as the data that it has to work with and that means that large volumes of information are needed to train the software in order to get the best results.

Ensuring the quality of data therefore is a key task in any AI implementation. We talked to the CEO of Snorkel AI, Alex Ratner, to find out more about the issues involved and how organizations can overcome them.

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Best Windows apps this week

Five-hundred-and-forty-four 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.

Microsoft has started the rollout of the latest Moments update for Windows 11. It introduces a bunch of new features and improvements, including extended live captions support, an option to display seconds in the system tray clock, and an easier way to copy two-factor authentication codes.

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Belkin redefines portable power with BoostCharge Pro Fast Wireless Charger for Apple Watch + Power Bank 10K

Today, Belkin launches the BoostCharge Pro Fast Wireless Charger for Apple Watch + Power Bank 10K, a groundbreaking power bank that caters to the needs of Apple enthusiasts on the move. This first-of-its-kind charger offers simultaneous fast charging capabilities for newer Apple Watch models and iPhones, providing a seamless and convenient charging experience anytime, anywhere.

With meticulous engineering, this power bank effortlessly accommodates most Apple Watch band sizes and styles, ensuring a perfect fit for users across the board. It's clear that Belkin has left no stone unturned in their pursuit of creating an exceptional charging solution for Apple devotees.

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MSI SPATIUM M570 PRO Series is the world's first 14GB/s SSD

When it comes to storage performance, MSI is often at the forefront, and their latest announcement further solidifies their commitment to pushing boundaries. Today, MSI introduces the SPATIUM M570 PRO Series, a groundbreaking SSD that features the revolutionary PHISON E26 PCIe Gen 5 SSD controller and state-of-the-art 3D NAND flash. This collaboration between MSI and PHISON has resulted in a record-breaking achievement -- a top read speed of 14 GB/s, setting new industry standards and leaving competitors in the dust.

The MSI SPATIUM M570 PRO Series SSD is a testament to the power of collaboration and cooperation. Both MSI and PHISON clearly share the same passion for innovation and the drive to push the envelope. K.S. Pua, CEO of Phison Electronics, commented on the partnership, stating, "The cooperation between Phison and MSI started from the SSD product line. Since both companies have their own expertise in NAND controller and computer system integration respectively, the two companies hit it off. The SPATIUM M570 Pro Series SSD announced by MSI this time adopted Phison's E26 SSD controller. In the future, Phison will continue to support MSI through controller technology."

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Acer Connect Vero W6m is an eco-friendly Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E mesh router

In a world where technology and sustainability are becoming increasingly intertwined, Acer takes a significant step forward by introducing the Acer Connect Vero W6m, its first eco-friendly Wi-Fi 6E mesh router. This innovative networking solution not only offers impressive speeds and enhanced connectivity but also incorporates post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials in its construction. With a dedicated Eco mode for efficient energy consumption, Acer demonstrates its commitment to minimizing carbon footprint and fulfilling its environmental responsibility.

With Wi-Fi 6E Tri-Band AXE7800 throughput, the Acer Connect Vero W6m delivers speeds of up to 7.8 Gbps, ensuring fast and stable internet connections for all users. Furthermore, the Vero W6m can be paired with up to four units, providing impressive network ranges of up to 465m² on a dual mesh system and up to 930m² on a quad mesh system. These capabilities effectively eliminate dead spots, ensuring seamless coverage in larger areas.

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Cybercriminals increasingly using legitimate websites to hide malicious payloads

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A new report shows a 121 percent increase in cybercriminals using legitimate websites to obfuscate malicious payloads.

The report from Egress, based on data from its Egress Defend cloud email security solution, shows YouTube, Amazon AWS, Google Docs, Firebase Storage, and DocuSign to be the top 10 most frequently used sites.

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Advanced phishing attacks grow 365 percent

A new report has identified a 356 percent growth in the number of advanced phishing attacks attempted by threat actors in 2022.

The study from threat detection specialist Perception Point also shows that the overall number of attacks increased by 87 percent.

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ESG risk management: More than just a 'nice to have'


Today it seems that the issue of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is being talked about everywhere and has become a key focus for enterprise management teams, especially those responsible for risk management. But is this something new, or should it be viewed as part and parcel of a mature enterprise risk management infrastructure?

One thing is for sure. ESG has important implications for a wide range of stakeholders that includes directors, investors, employees, suppliers, and employees for whom performance against ESG objectives counts.

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Two-thirds of UK IT leaders think GDPR has harmed consumer trust

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Five years on from the introduction of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), 66 percent of UK IT leaders polled in a new survey from Macro4 say the regulation has made customers less willing to trust businesses with their personal information.

On its introduction the landmark legislation was hailed as raising awareness of the need to protect personal information. Indeed a year after its introduction 36 percent of adults said it made them trust organizations more with their data.

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Microsoft releases new Windows Backup app for Windows 11

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Microsoft has unveiled a new backup app for Windows 11 designed to make it easier to move to a new computer, as well as speed up the process of resetting an existing PC.

Called simply Windows Backup, the app goes far beyond merely creating a backup of files. The new utility also backs up and restores system settings as well as maintaining pinned apps in the Start menu and taskbar.

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