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Tesla has been instructed to recall some 158,000 cars. This is due to some identified safety concerns, which have come to light post-manufacture. The discovery highlights a quality control weakness.

Op-Ed: Super-intelligent AI ‘uncontrollable’ — Define the risks, idiots

Research has indicated that a truly intelligent artificial intelligence would be “uncontrollable”. Risks are described as potentially catastrophic. That’s hardly good enough. This clickbait terror isn’t exactly impressive.

Smartphone giant Xiaomi reels as US ramps up China blacklist

Shares in Xiaomi collapsed on Friday after the United States blacklisted the smartphone giant and a host of other Chinese firms as the Trump administration aims to cement its trade war legacy against Beijing.

Q&A: Poorly written API presents new business risks Special

Businesses need to be increasingly careful about exposure of an organization's digital services and assets, especially given the current times of the major health crisis. Hackers are looking for new ways to cause service outages.

United Nations discloses new data breach Special

The United Nations has suffered a data breach, exposing 100,000 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) private staff records, stemming from exposed Git directories and credentials.

Op-Ed: Turning war into a video game — Happening, but slow with OMT tank

As old systems are retired, the question becomes what to replace them with. The problem is that the new systems are entering a very vaguely defined new environment. Replacing the M1 Abrams tank is a case in point.

A deep dive into the SolarWinds attack Special

The SolarWinds Orion network management platform became a targeted attack vector towards the end of 2020. With this, attackers injected malware into the SolarWinds application and this spread through many business and US government applications.

How will cybersecurity evolve during the course of 2021? Special

How sophisticated will cyberattacks become and what can companies do to minimize the growing number of attacks and the developing sophistication of the attacks.

Beware cold calling, the follow-up to ransomware Special

As more companies seek out backup and disaster recovery solutions due to the rise in cyber-attacks, hackers have moved on to cold-calling victims directly. This new kind of threat requires new business tactics, explains Russell Reeder.

Is a hybrid cloud strategy the best one for businesses?

A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that combines a public cloud and a private cloud by allowing data and applications to be shared between them. For many businesses this represents the balanced solution.

Super-sensitive and battery-free strain sensors developed

Scientists in Singapore have created a new range of type of sensors. The devices are ten times more sensitive for measuring the tiniest of movements. The sensors are described as ultra-thin, they are also battery-free.

Op-Ed: Baidu scares auto sector with new smart EVs initiative

Baidu intends to produce smart EVs using manufacturer Geely according to Reuters. This is major league level, and will hit the auto industry hard. Arguably worse is the fact that the buzz phrase “smart EV” will become unavoidable.

2 companies from Vaughan, ON set to distribute Covid-19 tech

With the spread of Covid-19 becoming worse and with no signs of stopping, these two companies located in Vaughan, Ontario are preparing to deploy innovative technology to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.

Expect further use of digital collaboration tools in 2021 Special

Collaboration tools have been firmly in the spotlight in 2020 helping businesses keep running and families stay connected, but what happens when the world begins to shift back to in-person communication? A leading expert offers some predictions.

Video calling is on the rise, but so are privacy concerns

The use of video calls and video apps brings many benefits, especially in the era of remote working. However, it does bring privacy concerns and many are unaware that they need to activate privacy features, rather than these being default settings.

New electrostatic anti-corrosion plastic film is compostable

A new form of plastic film has been developed which posses the ideal properties in terms of electrostatic discharge and which, although made from plastic, is fully compostable. The material breaks down within a few months under the right conditions.

Secret state? Surge in private VPN requests from journalists Special

Requests for virtual private networks (VPNs) increased ten-fold between 2019 and 2020, according to data collated by NordVPN. Many of the requests came from journalists working in repressive regimes.

Israeli firm in Gaza extracts drinking water from air

The densely populated Gaza Strip has long lacked sufficient drinking water, but a new project helps ease the shortage with a solar-powered process to extract potable water straight from the air.

Where next for ethical data and data privacy? Special

What will happen with ethical data usage and digital identities in 2021? Will we see portable digital passports, issued by governments or will corporations willingly hand back data to consumers? We look into the digital crystal ball.

Are we being overloaded by technology?

Is the rate of technological change happening too fast, especially for the typical consumer? During periods of lockdown due to the pandemic our reliance upon technology has significantly increased.

Op-Ed: AI marketing to extroverts — The rise of machine marketing

How would you define your personality? Would you use long-term or short-term indicators? Would you believe it? Research using AI is trying to predict the reactions of extroverts to marketing, and it’s a hoot.

Lessons are still to be learned from recent cybersecurity cases Special

Cyberattacks were a common, almost daily reported feature during 2020, along with other data breaches and system compromises. Digital Journal takes a look at some of the more significant incidents and impacted sectors.

Why e-commerce security is needed now more than ever Special

Shopping at a mouse click or via a screen swipe has become increasingly popular. Conversely, cybersecurity threats have attracted increased attention and made big news. We take some advice from a leading security expert.

Cyberattacks strike at COVID-19 vaccine cold chains Special

Adding to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, news has surfaced that bad actors have implemented an email phishing scheme aimed at global coronavirus vaccine supply chains.

States need to line up to challenge Advanced Persistent Threats Special

To challenge the most dangerous types of cyberattacks the state needs to take the lead, reflecting the fact that many of those who seek to steal data, disrupt operations or destroy infrastructure are sponsored by state actors.

How to avoid falling foul of New Year's Zoom cyberattacks Special

With lockdowns increasing throughout most countries, forcing family and friends to social distance, people have turned to Zoom beyond just business use to interact and connect with loved ones. This has led to a rise in cyberattacks.

Helping people gain control over their digital environments

Digital processes have become fundamental to most aspects of society and increasingly integrated to what people do and think. Yet this can lead to psychological issues, like stress and a feeling of loss of control. There are solutions.

Scientists look to satellites made of wood to reduce 'space junk'

Japanese logging company Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University are planting the seeds for a 2023 launch of the world's first satellite made out of wood.

Five work apps that will aid the return to 'business normal'

Making the business workplace safer requires appropriate technology to enable the workforce to be physically distanced. An equally important requirement is having apps that promote work efficiency. We profile some examples.

Is Apple's stance on privacy a change for good or bad? Special

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has criticised Apple for its upcoming privacy changes, as the feud between the two technology giants continues. Apple are seeking to make it easier for users to opt out of tracking activity across apps and websites.

Encrypting data is the key to a peaceful New Year Special

As businesses glide into 2021 they need to consider that cyberattacks will continue and probably at a faster rate. This means putting in security measures now. A key focus should be with encryption.

Gaming AR and VR Tools will shape the future of work Special

How will the workplace evolve following 2020's rapid adoption of digital technology? The drive will be towards augmented and virtual reality, according to a leading expert.

Mobile emulator steals millions from online bank accounts Special

A new form of cyber-crime has seen cybercriminals siphoning off millions from compromised bank accounts using mobile device emulators. This requires a new approach to protecting personal and business accounts.

Virtual idols take to the real-life stage in China

Liu Jun has long been a fan of a Chinese star called Amy, a teenage pop singer with red hair whose autograph he treasures -- and who only exists in the digital world.

Contradicting Trump, US justice chief fingers Russia in hack

US Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Russia was behind the massive hack of US government computer systems, contradicting President Donald Trump's suggestion that China could be involved.

Main cybersecurity challenges for 2021 identified Special

As New Year approaches there is far more uncertainty compared with years past, both in terms of health and the economy. But will 2021 be the end to such woes, pandemic and otherwise? Looking at security issues for 2021 is Kowsik Guruswamy.

The importance of passwords for maintaining cybersecurity Special

Password management remains essential for cybersecurity controls. As well as the importance of password management, there are risks around the use of passwords in public spaces. Some experts provide advice.

Canada's new 'Small Modular Reactor' action plan released

Nuclear power is essential to meeting Canada's climate-change goals, and developing portable mini nuclear reactors is a key part of that strategy, the federal energy minister, Seamus O'Regan said when unveiling the nation's new SMR action plan.

Will consumers see the value of virtual currencies in 2021? Special

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are set to increase in usage and the application of these digital technologies can help to address security concerns, according to Zac Cohen, COO of Trulioo.

How businesses can protect themselves from future Google downtime Special

This week Google has suffered an outage taking its services offline. How did this happen and what were the implications? More importantly, what can businesses do in terms of mitigating future risks?

Q&A: Berlin Wall history comes to life in Augmented Reality Special

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, The DDR Museum and VIRTUE have been able to recreate the wall in the popular game Minecraft Earth as part of a newly developed educational program.
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