Microsoft: Our Rust programming language Windows runtime library is now in preview

Microsoft has announced an early public preview of Rust/WinRT, or Rust for the Windows Runtime (WinRT), and has posted it on GitHub.  

The Rust/WinRT project is a “WinRT language projection” or software library for Rust, spearheaded by Kenny Kerr, a principal software engineer on Microsoft’s Windows Developer Platform team. 

Kerr announced the Rust/WinRT project in November, stating his intent was to “build complete and deep support for WinRT in a way that is natural and familiar for the Rust developer”. 

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Rust/WinRT should make it easier for Rust developers to build Windows desktop apps, store apps, and components like device drivers. 

“Rust/WinRT lets you call any WinRT API past, present, and future using code generated on the fly directly from the metadata describing the API and right into your Rust package where you can call them as if they were

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Vodafone Australia testing 700Mhz spectrum for 5G

Vodafone Australia has teamed up with Nokia to conduct what the pair are calling the first field test of 700Mhz spectrum in Australia and APAC.

Much like its previous tests with 5G, Vodafone is conducting the test at Parramatta.

Nokia said the use of low-band spectrum and its AirScale equipment would improve indoor coverage and will be combined with the telco’s 3.5GHz holdings.

“We are proud to be showcasing this innovative use of the lowest band spectrum available in Australia with the first live test deployment of 5G on low-band 700Mhz spectrum in our region,” Vodafone Australia CEO Iñaki Berroeta said.

“Incorporating 700Mhz spectrum will complement our existing 5G network plans and help deliver the benefits of 5G’s speed, capacity and coverage.”

700Mhz spectrum in Australia has previously been used for 4G networks.

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Why you should think before you Zoom

Zero-day exploits are big business. As with the sale of guns, drugs, and hacking, not all sales or use of zero-day exploits are malign, although many may be. Security organisations will, for example, buy a zero-day exploit from the discoverer.

The more commonly used the program, the more the zero-day exploit is worth. Zero-day exploits found for common Microsoft programs have a typical value of £25,000 or more.

Many zero-day exploits are, however, not sold but placed into the public domain by their discovers, who are often security consultants. The “benefit” to the discoverer is positive publicity. But software that is used less doesn’t attract much attention. The more popular the software, the more researchers turn their attention to that software.

So it has proved with Zoom, which historically was used less and therefore wasn’t a focus for researchers. A report came out in 2019 that Zoom had used a

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