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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NSW Police says domestic carriers complying with encryption laws but internationals are not

The New South Wales Police Force has submitted 13 non-compulsive Technical Assistance Requests (TARs) to designated communications providers (DCPs) since the enactment of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018 (TOLA Act).

NSW Police assistant commissioner Michael Fitzgerald told the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) the requests were related to investigations into murder, armed robbery, and commercial drug supply and importation.

12 of the 13 TARs were sought for investigations that already had coverage of either the surveillance device warrant or a telecommunications interception warrant, or both.

“The assistance was sought to facilitate the execution of those judicial warrants,” he added. “The other TAR related to the examination of property lawfully in police custody relating to a homicide investigation.”

TARs are voluntary requests for DCPs to use their existing capabilities to access user communications, while the TOLA Act also allows for Technical Assistance

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Qualcomm chip vulnerability puts millions of phones at risk

Smartphone devices from the likes of Google, LG, OnePlus, Samsung and Xiaomi are in danger of compromise by cyber criminals after 400 vulnerable code sections were uncovered on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon digital signal processor (DSP) chip, which runs on over 40% of the global Android estate.

The vulnerabilities were uncovered by Check Point, which said that to exploit the vulnerabilities, a malicious actor would merely need to convince their target to install a simple, benign application with no permissions at all.

The vulnerabilities leave affected smartphones at risk of being taken over and used to spy on and track their users, having malware and other malicious code installed and hidden, and even being bricked outright, said Yaniv Balmas, Check Point’s head of cyber research.

Although they have been responsibly disclosed to Qualcomm, which has acknowledged them, informed the relevant suppliers and issued a number of alerts – CVE-2020-11201, CVE-2020-11202, CVE-2020-11206,

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New Windows 10 Dev Channel test build adds DNS settings tweaks

Microsoft made available on August 5 another new Windows 10 Dev Channel (former Fast Ring) feature update test build. Build 20185 adds some IT pro/business features, plus a bunch of fixes.

In Build 20185, Microsoft is making some changes to the Network section of Settings. The goals: Making DNS settings more easily accessible (as a top-level option); and supporting encrypted DNS controls in the Settings app. Microsoft is enabling testers to configure DNS overe HTTPS, or DoH, directly in the Settings app.

Microsoft also notes in the blog post about today’s test build that it enabled 647 new mobile-device-management policies across 56 ADMX files as of an earlier test build (20175). This enables commercial customers to configure policies that are also supported through Group Policies. These new policies include ADMX-based policies involving App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing and Task Scheduler.

Today’s post includes a number of fixes and known issues

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Brits, terrified of impact of second Covid-19 wave on finances, turn to money management apps

UK citizens who are “terrified” by the potential impact of a second wave of Covid-19 infections are turning to mobile money management apps to help them get their finances in order.

The use of mobile money management apps has accelerated during the lockdown as people prepare for the worst, according to research commissioned by global innovation foundation Nesta.

The research found that more than half (54%) of Brits now regularly use mobile apps to manage their money after take-up increases during the lockdown boosted confidence and trust.

According to the survey of 2,000 people carried out by Opinium, 36% now feel more comfortable using banking and money management apps and 23% trust online banking more since lockdown.

“With many struggling financially, the use of these apps is important to help people make the most of their money,” said Nesta.

The survey found that 39% of people are terrified about the

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