Microsoft to resume in July delivery of optional Windows 10 cumulative updates

In March, Microsoft officials said they were temporarily halting the release of optional Windows 10 cumulative updates that they had been making available in the third and fourth weeks of each month due to the impact on customers from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On June 17, Microsoft officials said they are planning to resume these optional releases in July 2020 for Windows 10 and Windows Server 1809 and later.

Before March, Microsoft had been releasing updates and patches to Windows client and server almost every week. The first week of each month (A week) is typically for Office updates. B week is the second week of the month and when Patch Tuesday is — “Update Tuesday” in Microsoft’s euphemistic parlance. C and D weeks, which are the third and fourth weeks of the month, or when Microsoft releases optional cumulative updates that are intended to be previews of

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NatWest develops behavioural biometrics as additional authentication

NatWest Bank is preparing to comply with the European Union (EU)’s payments security through the development of behavioural biometrics technology.

The technology recognises patterns related to how people interact with devices and because it works in the background, does not require the customer to take extra steps.

The development, in partnership with Visa, is part of NatWest’s work to comply with the EU’s Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) regulation, which comes into force next year has forced banks to offer additional methods of customer authentication.

The rules, which are part of the EU’s Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2), mean that any online payments worth more than €30 will require two methods of authentication from the person making the payment. These include a password, biometric authentication such as a fingerprint, or having a phone that can identify them.

Payment processing companies have until 14 September 2021 to comply with the regulations, after

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eStore Logistics sinks AU$40 million to roll out robotic-powered fulfilment centres


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E-commerce fulfilment provider eStore Logistics has announced a AU$40 million investment over several years into developing two fulfilment centres and the rollout of over 200 AI-enabled robots between both centres.

According to the company, the robots, shaped in the form of household robotic vacuum cleaners, will be used to automatically retrieve inventory stored on shelves or pallets from the warehouse floor before the products are packed by staff for shipment.

Each robot operates using algorithms based on historical matching data to calculate the most efficient picking paths and order groupings, and can automatically move the storage locations of shelves or pallets within the warehouse based on incoming orders and future demand, eStore Logistics said.

“Consumers are demanding faster delivery today than they were three to four years ago, and our robotics warehouse systems mean online retailers can give their customers the best service possible — including same-day

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Data privacy fears emerge as German contact-tracing app downloaded 6.5 million times in first day

After what is thought by many to have been an excessive time lag in appearing, after reports of technical hitches and changes in development strategy, one of Europe’s leading economies has at last launched its Covid-19 contact-tracing app, but has almost immediately sparked privacy fears – not the UK, as should have been the case, but instead Germany.

Yet for all of the concerns, what cannot be denied, and very much putting the UK app development programme to shame, is the app is very much out there in the country, with reports from the Reuters news agency saying it was downloaded 6.5 million times within 24 hours of its launch on 15 June.

The Corona-Warn-App was developed in close cooperation between SAP and Deutsche Telekom, as well as other partners. The app is based on technologies with a decentralised approach and development of the program code was continuously visible

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