Microsoft fixes issue blocking some Surface devices from the May 2020 feature update

As part of the June 9 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch for one of the issues that has blocked some Windows 10 users — and Surface device users in particular — from being able to apply the May 2020/2004 feature update. But even after patching, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 users (among others) still won’t be able to get the May Update immediately.

After announcing on May 27 that it was starting to make the May 2020 feature update available via Windows Update, Microsoft also released a list of about a dozen previously undisclosed issues which potentially could cause problems for anyone applying the May Update. One of those issues has to do with potential unexpected restarts for devices with more than one Always On, Always Connected network adapter. Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 both qualify as these kinds of devices.

Microsoft released today

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Bankers say artificial intelligence will separate winners and losers

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology at banks will be the difference between success and failure for them in the coming years, according to around three-quarters of bankers.

According to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), for Temenos, only cyber security will be a bigger primary focus for technology investment than AI in the next few years.

A total of 35% of executives said cyber security is their primary technology investment focus, compared with 33% prioritising AI platforms.

Banks recognise the importance of investing in technology to improve customer services, with AI’s potential to personalise customer experience seen as an attractive prospect. Some 77% of respondents said AI will separate the winners and the losers. Digital advisers and voice-assisted engagement channels will be the destination for a large part of AI investments, said the report.

Beyond AI, there has been an increased acceptance that new technology will

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Arm CPUs impacted by rare side-channel attack

Chipmaker Arm has issued guidance to software developers this week detailing mitigations against a new vulnerability discovered in its Armv8-A (Cortex-A) CPU architecture.

Codenamed SLS (standing for Straight-Line Speculation), this bug is a classic side-channel speculative execution attack.

Speculative execution refers to the concept of CPUs processing data in advance for speed and performance reasons and then discarding the computational branches they don’t need. Side-channel attacks in speculative execution allow malicious threat actors to leak (steal) these temporary computations and see what the CPU might be working on.

The Spectre and Meltdown bugs were the first speculative execution side-channel attacks that were ever disclosed, when they become public, in early January 2018.

SLS, another form of the Spectre bug

In a document [PDF] published on Monday, Arm says SLS is another form of the original Spectre vulnerability. While the original Spectre bug impacted CPUs from all major chipmakers,

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SES Water turns on IoT tap to reduce leaks

Following a pilot project with SES Water in 2019, Vodafone has inked a 10-year deal with the utility company which it says will “revolutionise” how water leaks are detected and prevented.

SES Water supplies water to about 730,000 people in east Surrey and parts of West Sussex, west Kent and south London. Its supply area is 835km2, extending from Morden and South Croydon in the north to Gatwick Airport in the south and from Cobham, Leatherhead and Dorking in the west to Edenbridge and Bough Beech in the east. Groundwater supplies provide 85% of its water, with 15% extracted from one reservoir at Bough Beech, near Edenbridge

Although SES Water has one of the lowest leakage records in the UK and has met its reduction target for the past 21 years, the company has set itself a challenging target to go further. In the UK alone, it is

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