Amazon calls JEDI cloud decision ‘politically corrupted’ by Trump

Anyone who’s been around government contracting isn’t surprised that Amazon Web Services (AWS) protested the Department of Defense’s upholding of its decision to award a $10 billion, 10-year cloud computing contract to Microsoft. AWS called the DoD decision “politically corrupted,” moving it from the usual hard-fought federal contract wars to a political — and even personal — level. 

The AWS Public Sector Blog Team wrote: 

“AWS remains deeply concerned that the JEDI contract award creates a dangerous precedent that threatens the integrity of the federal procurement system and the ability of our nation’s warfighters and civil servants to access the best possible technologies. Others have raised similar concerns around a growing trend where defense officials act based on a desire to please the President, rather than do what’s right. “

Further, AWS pointed out that Trump refused to cooperate with the DoD Inspector General

“Instead of cooperating,

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The perfect accessory for everything from a Windows PC to an iPad Pro to an Android smartphone

For some reason, docks and hubs have become super popular since people started working from home en-masse because of COVID-19. Sure, these things have been around for year, but lately there’s been an explosion, party down to coronavirus, partly down to USB-C horning aside the older USB-A ports.

The other day, I picked up a new dock that I like. A lot. It’s the Plugable 7-in-1 USB-C hub.

And the good news is that you can grab one for under $30.

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This hub does something amazing — it converts a single USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 port into seven ports.

  • 3x USB 3.0 ports
  • 1x 4K HDMI
  • 1x SD card slot
  • 1x microSD card slot
  • 1x USB-C 87W pass-through Power Delivery (PD) charging port


$30 at Amazon

There’s a built-in

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Three expands full-fibre connectivity partnership with CityFibre

As it digs deeper, literally, in providing gigabit broadband across the UK, and as full-fibre backhaul becomes an essential part of delivering a great mobile experience, the UK’s self-described third national digital infrastructure platform, CityFibre, has been awarded a multimillion-pound contract by operator Three to connect an additional 1,300 of its key mobile communications masts across 59 towns and cities.

The contract with CityFibre is part of Three’s strategy to deliver what it claims will be the UK’s fastest 5G network thanks to its 5G spectrum portfolio. Three UK launched its 5G network in Central London In August 2019, and has commenced rolling out 5G across the rest of the UK. The network technology uses 100MHz of contiguous 3.4-3.8GHz 5G spectrum in combination with what it claims is the world’s first fully virtualised cloud core network with Nokia.

To support the national roll-out, in February 2020, Three appointed CityFibre as

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Researchers: Telmate, a messaging service used by US inmates and their families, exposed a database of messages and personal info of millions of inmates online (Paul Bischoff/Comparitech)


Paul Bischoff / Comparitech:

Researchers: Telmate, a messaging service used by US inmates and their families, exposed a database of messages and personal info of millions of inmates online  —  Global Tel Link-owned Telmate, which makes an app for prisoners to send messages and make calls to their friends and family … … Read More