Asus delivers VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA 2-in-1 laptop with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors, $600 starting price tag

Asus VivoBook Flip 14

Earlier this year, ZDNet’s Sandra Vogel took a look at the Asus VivoBook S14, which she described as “a solidly built 14-inch Windows 10 laptop.” Asus must have agreed, because it just launched a 2-in-1 laptop that appears to share a number of design features with the S14.

There are a couple of key differences between the S14 and the VivoBook Flip 14 TM420, however, such as the Flip’s 360-degree hinged design and use of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors instead of the S14’s 10th-generation Intel Core CPU options. Nonetheless, many other aspects of the Flip 14 seem borrowed directly from the S14, such as the Enter key wrapped in bright yellow and a calculator embedded in the touchpad. The weight (3.08 pounds) is the same and the dimensions are very similar (the Flip 14 being a touch bigger, thanks no doubt to

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Capital One hit with $80m fine by US regulators over 2019 data breach

Capital One must take steps to address shortcomings in its cloud risk operations plan after being hit with an $80m fine for a 2019 data breach that affected 106 million customers in the US and Canada.

A consent order issued by the US Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) said the company engaged in “unsafe and unsound practices, including those relating to information security” and failed to “establish effective risk assessment processes” before migrating its IT systems to the cloud.

This allegedly paved the way for an unauthorised third party to gain access to the social security numbers of 140,000 of the firm’s credit card customers, plus the bank account details of 80,000 people.

The consent order said: “In or around 2015, the bank failed to establish effective risk assessment processed prior to migrating its information technology operations to the cloud operating environment, including appropriate design

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Are Dropbox’s work-from-home growth rates sustainable?

Dropbox on Thursday reported strong second quarter results, once again benefiting from the work-from-home trend driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s fair to question whether the cloud-based file sharing company can hold onto its gains after the pandemic subsides. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston made the case that his company is tapping into trends that will last far longer than the coronavirus. 

“The shift to distributed work is a transformative opportunity… not unlike the shift to mobile or shift to the cloud,” Houston said on a conference call Thursday. “And we’re in the first inning of that transformation. None of the tools we are using are purpose-built for this environment, and I think we designed things pretty differently for the new world. So that’s what we’ve been doing.” 

The pandemic, Houston said, exposed the “universal need” for a way to organize content across applications — something that Dropbox can

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Cyber attack combined with Covid-19 puts Travelex into administration

More than 1,300 UK jobs at foreign exchange company Travelex will be cut as a major cyber security attack in 2019 combined with this year’s Covid-19 slowdown take their toll.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been appointed administrator and through what it described as a “complex restructuring deal”, which has seen some of its assets sold, has raised £84m and saved 1,800 UK jobs. 

Travelex was held to ransom by hackers in January after a cyber attack forced it to turn off its systems. It took a £25m hit after its systems were encrypted by Sodinokibi ransomware on 31 December 2019.

It was then put up for sale after the international travel industry shut down as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

PwC said: “The impact of a cyber attack in December 2019 and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this year has acutely affected the business.”

There is also increasing competition

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Microsoft to make its Ignite IT pro show a two-part event

Microsoft’s annual Ignite IT pro conference is going to be a two-part event, instead of a one-shot deal. The second Ignite will be in early 2021, and like Part 1 in September, will be a virtual-only event.

Microsoft’s fall Ignite virtual event will be held September 22 to 24. Registration will open on September 3, officials said in an August 6 blog post. Before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic hit, Microsoft was planning to hold Ignite 2020 in New Orleans.

Microsoft also announced today plans for a second Ignite event in early 2021 “to create an additional opportunity to connect with our technical communities, and to share the latest product developments,” blogged Chris Capossela, Executive Vice President an Chief Marketing Officer.

The second Ignite event will not replace Microsoft Build next year, Capossela said. Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, usually happens in the spring in Seattle. If it’s going

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TransferGo’s Edgardo Savoy discusses skills and product innovation

Edgardo Savoy, CTO of money transfer service TransferGo, admits he repeats himself a lot at work. “I spend a lot of time thinking about things in my head,” he says. “I sometimes omit details that are essential.”

Repetition is very important for Savoy, in helping people to understand what he is thinking about. “It’s like a drum beat – to reinforce and connect dots,” he says, which allows people to understand his strategy on a daily basis. “You forget very quickly that people are not on the same page,” he adds.

Savoy started programming when he was just 14 and was drawn in by the idea of the logic patterns in code, which could be written down and turned into something that could be run on a computer. “C programming is like the Latin of computer programming languages,” he says. Not only has C been the code behind operating systems

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