Microsoft will pause optional Windows 10 cumulative updates for testing purposes starting in May

Microsoft is going to be releasing a lot fewerWindows 10 updates starting in May 2020. The company is temporarily halting the release of the optional Windows 10 updates it releases during the third and fourth weeks of each month due to the impact on its customers from the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced today, March 24.

Microsoft’s support announcement stated:

“We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).

“There is no change to the monthly security updates (B release – Update Tuesday); these will continue as planned to ensure business continuity and to keep

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Norwegian banking app gives access to other banks’ accounts

Logging into one bank account only to be presented with the transaction and balance details of a completely different account would once have been cause for concern. However, in Norway, it’s becoming an everyday occurrence designed to simplify users’ banking experiences.

Since 2018 Norway’s DNB, the country’s largest financial services group, has been collaborating with Nordic API Gateway, an open banking platform that enables aggregation of financial data in the Nordic countries. Using this platform, DNB has allowed its customers to view the balance of their accounts in other banks, as well as their DNB accounts, all from within the DNB Mobile Bank app.

This change has been made possible thanks to the EU’s Payment Services Directive part two (PSD2), which is designed to improve competition in the banking industry. The directive obliges banks to make it possible for secure third-party applications to access their customers’ accounts, albeit

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COVID-19 pushes out go-live of ASX’s blockchain-based CHESS replacement

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has been building the world’s first actual industrial-scale blockchain use case — a new post-trade solution to replace its legacy Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) platform, which has been running for around 25 years.

When delivering the organisation’s financial results in February, ASX CEO Dominic Stevens said the system would be ready for industry-wide testing in July and that full-functionality should be expected come April 2021.

The ASX on Wednesday announced that this would no longer be the case due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic and requests from users on functionality change.

It told shareholders that in June it would seek user input on the new schedule. 

While the go-live date will be pushed back, the ASX is sticking to the target of opening an Industry Test Environment (ITE) in July.

“We are conscious of the importance of providing a new

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Russia presses ahead with developing 5G, but allocation of frequencies needs to be resolved first

Late last, year Russia’s leading mobile phone operators, Rostelecom, Megafon, Vimpelcom and MTS, announced plans to create a joint venture to overcome the challenges of creating 5G networks, such as clearing up the frequency band required for their operation.

5G plans have been heavily discussed in Russia for the last few years, but until recently, it wasn’t clear if new-generation networks would be developed by a consortium of existing operators or a designated operator would be formed to focus solely on 5G.

The announcement of the consortium of operators stipulates that the member companies will share an allocated frequency range, but won’t function as a designated 5G operator, with existing operators developing their own fifth-generation networks.

The venture’s main goal is working out the most suitable procedure for allocating and vacating frequencies that could be used for the rolling out of 5G networks, Frederic Vanoosthuyze, chief technology officer at

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