HP unveils new business desktops, all-in-one PCs as part of work-from-home push

HP Collaboration All-in-One G6 with Zoom Rooms

Along with the new laptops that HP announced the other day, the computing giant has launched several new desktops as part of a major roll-out of PCs to respond to the rapid increase in remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, one new all-in-one appears to be produced specifically to address the new realities of distance working and virtual collaboration.

As the name suggests, the Collaboration All-in-One G6 with Zoom Rooms most notably features built-in Zoom Rooms integration, making it easy to start a Zoom meeting with just a single click. An wide-angle (88-degree) eye-level camera provides a more natural appearance compared to peering into a webcam from odd angels. Don’t expect this to replace a traditional PC, however, as the Collaboration AIO will run on Windows IoT, Microsoft’s latest operating system for embedded systems.

If you need an all-in-one

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HSBC platform uses AI to analyse trading data thousands of times faster

HSBC is offering a trading service that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to gain trading insights from publicly available information to help its clients make decisions when trading shares in companies.

The bank’s US business is using IBM Watson and technology from EquaBot in AiPEX, which will learn from publicly available data, including company announcements and tweets.

Monitoring the 1,000 largest companies listed, the service will predict which shares are likely to grow. It uses the same methods as traditional research in this area, but will be automated and thousands of times faster.

With the volume of data available about companies and their strategies exploding, trading companies need to be able to monitor data in near-real time and make investment decisions based on it.

Dave Odenath, head of quantitative investment solutions, Americas, at HSBC Global Banking and Markets, said investors needed to be able to keep up with the

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DOD’s third attempt to implement IPv6 isn’t going well


The US Department of Defense is woefully behind on its plan to upgrade its IT infrastructure to support the newer IPv6 protocol, according to a government report published on Monday.

This current effort is the third time the DOD attempts to upgrade its infrastructure to support IPv6 over in the past 17 years.

The first two attempts took place in 2003 and 2010, respectively. The 2003 effort was abandoned with the DOD citing security risks and a lack of personnel trained in IPv6, while the second attempt was also abandoned, similarly on the grounds that IPv6 was not yet secure enough for the DOD’s sensitive networks.

DOD failed to follow some pretty basic rules

On Monday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the auditing agency of the US government, said that the DOD’s third attempt isn’t doing any better either.

GAO officials said the DOD failed to follow four basic

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Privacy campaigners call for radical changes to contact-tracing app

Campaigners from across a diverse range of civil society groups have called on the government to put in place privacy protections for its NHSX Covid-19 contact-tracing app – so it can gain the trust of marginalised groups, ethnic minorities and immigrants – or scrap the project and start over.

Foxglove, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Liberty, Medact, the Open Rights Group and Privacy International have all co-signed a letter calling on the government to either switch from the currently planned centralised data processing model (where the data is sent to NHS servers for processing) to a decentralised one (where the processing is done on user devices) or introduce more robust legal and technical safeguards in the existing model.

“The NHSX app won’t work unless people trust it. Marginalised groups and individuals need to be persuaded they can trust the app, but the government has

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How to tell if your device is eligible for the Windows 10 May 2020 update

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Updating to new Windows 10 versions — released twice a year — has always been a confusing mess for Microsoft users.

This is because Microsoft employs a staggered rollout approach, making new versions available to a small part of its userbase. Tested and widely supported devices receive updates first, followed by older systems.

As the new update makes its way to more users, Microsoft can use the staggered rollout approach to catch bugs and keep issues limited only to a small part of its userbase.

However, this process has always been opaque for end users, most of which are pressing the “Check for updates” button without getting any feedback.

Starting with the Windows 10 May 2020 update (also known as Windows 10 v2004), Microsoft has taken steps to reduce the confusion around its update process by adding a clear message in the Windows Update section, letting users know

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OpenAI’s gigantic GPT-3 hints at the limits of language models for AI

A little over a year ago, OpenAI, an artificial intelligence company based in San Francisco, stunned the world by showing a dramatic leap in what appeared to be the power of the computers to form natural-language sentences, and even to solve questions, such as completing a sentence, and formulating long passages of text people found fairly human.

The latest work from that team shows how OpenAI’s thinking has matured in some respects. GPT-3, as the newest creation is called, emerged last week, with more bells and whistles, created by some of the same authors as the last version, including Alec Radford and Ilya Sutskever, along with several additional collaborators, including scientists from Johns Hopkins University.

It is now a truly monster language model, as its called, gobbling two orders of magnitude more text than its predecessor.

But within that bigger-is-better stunt, the OpenAI team seem to be approaching some

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