Software

BlackBerry resisted announcing major flaw in software powering cars, hospital equipment

The back-and-forth between BlackBerry and the government highlights a major difficulty in fending off cyberattacks on increasingly internet-connected devices ranging from robotic vacuum cleaners to wastewater-plant management systems. When companies such as BlackBerry sell their software to equipment manufacturers, they rarely provide detailed records of the code that goes into the software — leaving hardware makers, their customers and the government in the dark about where the biggest risks lie.

BlackBerry may be best known for making old-school smartphones beloved for their manual keyboards, but in recent years it has become a major supplier of software for industrial equipment, including

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Adobe is acquiring collaborative video software maker Frame.io for $1.275 billion

Adobe announced on Thursday that it’s acquiring the company behind popular collaborative video production software of the same name, Frame.io, for $1.275 billion. Adobe says it tried to create its own collaboration software on its own, but settled on buying Frame.io because some customers were already using it in their workflows, Bloomberg reports.

Frame.io takes the frequently time consuming process of reviewing edits and footage, and makes it asynchronous and on the web, Google Workspace-style. Editors, clients, and whoever else can use the company’s cloud-based software to store and view footage, and leave feedback on edits, just by

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Ethereum software upgrade activated; ether reverses losses, trades up

  • Upgrade part of batch of adjustments called London
  • Software upgrade to reduce ether supply
  • Ether rallies, bitcoin remains down

NEW YORK, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Ethereum, the second-largest blockchain network, went through a major software upgrade on Thursday, which is expected to stabilize transaction fees and reduce supply of the ether token.

After initially trading lower going into the upgrade, ether regained momentum, last up 2.6% at $2,796. .

The adjustment, called Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP) 1559, changes the way transactions are processed on Ethereum by providing clear pricing on transaction fees in ether paid to miners to validate transactions

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Business leaders’ cluelessness about software development is costing them a bundle

If you needed any proof about the lingering disconnect between business and information technology departments, the data is in. We often associate the disconnect to a failure to communicate changing business requirements, but business leaders also are off the mark when it comes to assessing the productivity or performance of their software teams. Almost nine in ten (89%) executives in a recent survey believe they can accurately measure the performance of software engineering teams, but in reality, they don’t have a handle on what’s going on. For starters, many still consider lines of code produced to be an accurate measure

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Apple is opening a Pandora’s box with its upcoming software update

Apple has announced it will install a program on iPhones in the United States that will persistently scan users’ photos and flag those its algorithm believes to be related to child abuse.

Flagged photos will then be reviewed by humans to determine if they violate any laws. Once implemented, the measure will affect roughly one-third of people in the U.S.

Although the goals of this initiative are noble, its implications are dire. We learned last month that the federal government is actively advising social media platforms on what constitutes disinformation, sometimes even going as far as to single out

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The best chat software for Linux, macOS and Windows isn’t Slack

Everyone chats. Everyone chats with different apps and services. But which is the best? You might be surprised at the conclusion Jack Wallen draws.

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Finding the best chat software is a complicated mess. Why? Because everyone and every company uses a different service for team collaboration, messaging and even chatting with clients/customers. Some use Slack, others use Hangouts or Microsoft Teams. You might prefer Android Messages or iMessage. What about Twitter or Facebook messages?

SEE: The future of work: Tools and strategies for the digital workplace (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

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Pegasus spyware political fallout: What’s up with this phone surveillance tech


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It’s a doozy of a digital spying technology case. Security researchers have found evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus, software made by an Israel-based cybersecurity company, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. The activists and others appear to have been targets of secret surveillance by software that’s intended to pursue criminals and terrorists.

It’s been a politically explosive issue that has put Israel under pressure, not just by activists, but also by governments worried about misuse of the software from NSO Group. France and the United States have raised concerns, and NSO has

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GitHub Copilot is ‘unacceptable and unjust,’ says Free Software Foundation

GitHub Copilot, a Visual Studio Code extension that uses artificial intelligence to help developers write code, has drawn the ire of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which is calling for white papers that address legal and philosophical questions raised by the technology.

GitHub Copilot is “unacceptable and unjust, from our perspective,” the FSF wrote in a blog post calling for white papers on the implications of Copilot for the free software community. The reason is that Copilot requires running software that is not free, such as Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE or Visual Studio Code editor, the FSF contends, and constitutes

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California smog check will now look for modified ECU software

Starting this month, California’s smog check inspection is specifically going to look for modified engine-control software. OEM and CARB-approved aftermarket ECU tunes should be OK, but vehicles found to have unapproved ECU software will fail. According to the CA.gov website: “Beginning July 19, 2021, vehicles with software not provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or approved through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) will fail smog check.”

Note that the mere presence of non-conforming software is enough to fail. The inspection does not have to prove that the non-conforming software results in higher emissions levels. However,

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Free Microsoft 365? Here’s how to use Word, Excel and more without paying


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Chances are you’ve been spending more time on your work or personal computer this year due to the pandemic, so you might be in need of some basic tools like Microsoft 365. Formerly known as Office 365, Microsoft 365 is a service that adds more features to the traditional office software. But if you don’t want to shell out the money, there are a few ways you can get the service and its popular apps for free. 

Microsoft’s suite of productivity software — including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint — typically

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