Lenovo launches new ThinkPad E14, E15 laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 processors

Lenovo ThinkPad E14

AMD continues being on a roll with its Ryzen processors, making inroads into the enterprise laptop segment in a way that eluded the chip producer in the past. Earlier this week it rolled out its new Ryzen Pro 4000 series for business portables, and Lenovo has just announced a pair of new ThinkPads that will take make use of the non-Pro version of AMD’s latest processors.

The new ThinkPad E14 and E15 will come equipped with up to the Ryzen 4700U chip, which despite not being in the Pro family, still features eight cores for superior performance. In addition to the new processor updates, the latest ThinkPad E models are redesigned with thinner bezels, so the screen to body ratio is improved to 85 percent. Security features include an integrated touch fingerprint reader that allows the user to turn on the laptop and log in at

Read More

Microsoft adds protection against Reply-All email storms in Office 365

Image: Microsoft

Microsoft rolled out this week a new feature to Office 365 customers to help their IT staff detect and stop “Reply-All email storms.”

The term refers to situations when employees use the Reply-All option in mass-mailed emails, such as company-wide notifications.

If the number of recipients in the email chain is large, and if multiple employees hit the Reply-All button, then the ensuing event generates massive amounts of traffic that usually slows down or crashes email servers.

Such events happen almost all the time, and, at one point or another, a company is going to have email servers go down because of employees participating and amplifying Reply-All storms as a prank.

Microsoft, too, has suffered two such incidents already, the first in January 2019, and a second in March 2020. The Microsoft Reply-All email storms included more than 52,000 employees, who ended up clogging

Read More

Contact-tracing app fails to protect privacy and human rights

The committee said the app had not been subject to in-depth parliamentary scrutiny, as was the case when state powers of surveillance and data collection have been extended in the past, and that given its significant and widespread implications, should be re-examined by parliament as soon as possible.

“Assurances from ministers about privacy are not enough,” said committee chair Harriet Harman. “The government has given assurances about protection of privacy so they should have no objection to those assurances being enshrined in law.

“The contact tracing app involves unprecedented data gathering. There must be robust legal protection for individuals about what that data will be used for, who will have access to it and how it will be safeguarded from hacking,” she said.

“Parliament was able quickly to agree to give the government sweeping powers. It is perfectly possible for parliament to do the same for legislation to protect privacy.”… Read More