Laptops with the best battery life: Top choices for remote workers and students

With many schools choosing to offer remote learning this fall, either full or part time, 2020’s back-to-school shopping season is very different than in years past. As ubiquitous as laptops seemed in classrooms and on campuses before, they will become even more pervasive in students’ lives as they rely on them for virtual learning. Students who don’t wish to be chained to their desks throughout the school day will need to consider the value of solid battery life as one of the critical factors in choosing a laptop, as it will give them the ability to move from room to room without needing to hunt for a power outlet.

A laptop with good battery life used to be mean a skinny, under-powered notebook that sacrificed performance to squeeze every extra minute out of a charge. Obviously the more powerful a system is, the more power it draws, and the less

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Accenture selected for key role in Bank of England core settlement system replacement

Accenture has been chosen as the technology delivery partner to coordinate the replacement of the Bank of England’s 24-year-old Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system.

The project, due for completion in 2025, will see the replacement of the core system it uses to settle payments between banks, which is a critical part of the UK’s payments infrastructure, with a system harnessing the latest digital technologies. On an average day, the system settles about £685bn worth of transactions.

The initial research phase of the replacement project established five broad goals – higher resilience, broader access, wider interoperability, improved user functionality and strengthened end-to-end risk management.

In May 2017, the bank came up with a blueprint that set out the main goals of the new RTGS system.

The Bank of England published a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union in February 2019, inviting potential providers to express their

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How the FBI tracked down the Twitter hackers

Image: Volodymyr Hryshchenko, ZDNet, Twitter

After earlier today US law enforcement charged three individuals for the recent Twitter hack, with the help of court documents released by the DOJ, ZDNet was able to piece together a timeline of the hack, and how US investigators tracked down the three suspected hackers.

The article below uses data from three indictments published today by the DOJ against:

  • Mason Sheppard, aka “Chaewon,” 19, of Bognor Regis, in the United Kingdom [indictment].
  • Nima Fazeli, aka “Rolex,” 22, of Orlando, Florida [indictment].
  • Graham Ivan Clark, believed to be “Kirk,” 17 of Tampa, Florida [indictment, courtesy of Motherboard].

According to court documents, the entire hack appears to have begun on May 3, when Clark, a teen from Tampa, but living in California, gained access to a portion of Twitter’s network.


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BT takes Covid-19 hit but claims strong first quarter

Despite Covid-19, BT claims to have delivered a strong operating performance in the first quarter of its financial year with what it called a “relatively resilient” set of financial results.

For the quarter ended 30 June 2020, BT Group posted revenue of £5.248bn, down 7% annually, primarily due to the impact of Covid-19, including reduced BT Sport revenue and a reduction in business activity in its enterprise units.

Reported profit before tax was £561m, down 13%, due to reduced EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation), higher interest expense, and higher depreciation and amortisation charges partly offset by the gain on disposal of the firm’s Spanish telco operations.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was £1.813bn, also down 13%, driven by the fall in revenue and continued investment in customer experience. This was said to be partly offset by Covid-19 mitigating actions and savings from BT’s transformation programme.

As it

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