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Managing cybersecurity in the age of artificial intelligence

Regardless of if it's computational propaganda, or fake news and videos, or private data leaks, artificial intelligence has increasingly become a real global security challenge.

Lying eyes: Google engineer developing tool to spot fake video

Vancouver - In an era replete with fake news stories, you might expect video evidence to provide a clearer picture of the truth.

Amazon to quiet Alexa's cackling

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday promised to keep virtual assistant Alexa from spontaneously cackling, giving people eerie feelings about what the artificial intelligence might be plotting.

New era of Internet monetization: Metered billing

Internet based billing is not simply about sending money from one party to another. The transaction allows for a rich stream of data to be collected, which is useful for companies. This is leading to software changes as well.

New software platform speeds up digital transformation: Interview Special

The company Workboard have produces a SaaS platform that helps enterprises iterate, measure and achieve strategy at market speed. To explore how this solution works in practice, Digital Journal spoke with Deidre Paknad, the company’s CEO.

AWS launches auto-scaling feature to automatically add resources

Amazon Web Services has announced full support for auto-scaling, making it significantly easier for cloud customers to dynamically grow their apps in response to demand. The service automatically adds more resources as required, optimising performance.

Booby-trapped messaging apps used for spying: researchers

San Francisco - An espionage campaign using malware-infected messaging apps has been stealing smartphone data from activists, soldiers, lawyers, journalists and others in more than 20 countries, researchers said in a report Thursday.

Barcelona Council abandons Microsoft for open-source software

The Spanish city of Barcelona has announced it will phase out its use of Microsoft software in favour of open-source alternatives. Over the next few years, the city will transition away from Microsoft's services to guarantee its "technical sovereignty."

Experimental Windows 10 feature adds a whole new way to work

Microsoft's announced an experimental Windows 10 feature that adds a tabbed interface to every app. First rumoured earlier in the year, "Sets" offers a structured way to work with different desktop activities by grouping app instances together in tabs.

Shale technology takes off as oil majors look for more profits

For the last decade small oil companies have led the way in shale technology, cutting costs by as much as half. Now, with oil prices static, the majors are adopting technology-based solutions in the oil industry to shale, as a way to increase profits.

Vivaldi gets power user tab features in dedicated 'Window Panel'

Vivaldi's announced its latest browser update which this time targets tab power users with a set of new features. The Window Panel lets you manage tabs in a dedicated sidebar, offering a way to navigate through open tabs and recently-closed windows.

Microsoft uses 'neural fuzzing' technique to find software bugs

Microsoft has announced a method for uncovering bugs and vulnerabilities in software using machine learning capabilities. Called neural fuzzing, the technique uses neural networks to complement regular fuzz testing, a common quality assurance practice.

Interview: How AI is revolutionising software maintenance

Artificial intelligence is transforming how programmers write and maintain their code. Developers are using AI to manage legacy software, allowing them to move forward and work on new projects.

Bug in software used by 130 airlines creates check-in chaos

A "network issue" caused worldwide flight delays on Thursday as a passenger management system used by dozens of airlines went offline. A technical problem with the software forced crowded airports to issue manual boarding passes, creating long queues.

Microsoft announces Office 2019 as alternative to cloud software

Microsoft has announced a new version of its Office desktop productivity suite that will arrive late next year. Office 2019 is likely to be the last perpetual Office edition as Microsoft pushes users to move to its cloud-based Office 365 workspace.

Energy storage — The need for reliable software modeling tools

One of the biggest issue facing grid-based energy storage today is its availability and one of the reasons it hasn't taken off at a more rapid pace is the bankability of energy storage technology.

How to eliminate social bias from artificial intelligence?

Boston - Artificial intelligence is being used to make more decisions that affect our daily lives: whether we get a loan, to mark an exam paper, to analyze evidence in a court case and so on. What happens if the software is socially biased?

Does Microsoft's massive Office 365 spell the end for startups?

Microsoft's efforts to make Office 365 the only cloud solution businesses could mean it's "curtains" for rival startups. The CEO and co-founder of data transfer company Egress said startups are being threatened by Microsoft's rapid cloud expansion.

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

San Francisco - Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached.

Pharmaceutical cleaning validation simplified with new software

Washington - The company Quascenta has simplified cleaning validation for active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturers through a new software package called eResidue. Cleaning validation is a key process, and it avoids cross-contamination.

Ergonomically intuitive software reduces office desk injuries

Austin - At work injuries can occur in unexpected ways. As well as ‘hard’ health and safety concerns, like going up a ladder, injuries can occur from adopting a poor posture at a desk. Part of this can arise from the types of software that people are using.

New software edits voices like text

A new type of software is set to revolutionize audio recordings of the human voice. The software allows the user to add or replace a word in an audio recording of a human voice.

New open software allows diagnosis of genetic diseases

Genetic diseases are difficult to diagnose and the accuracy (or otherwise) of the diagnosis impact upon patient health. To help with this a new open-source software tool called Mendel, MD has been launched.

Software detects sarcasm on social media

The American Technion Society reports on a novel piece of software designed to detect whether comments made on social media are 'sarcastic' or laden with irony. Such a tool could help those with learning difficulties.

Is your mobile device spying on you?

Technologists have reported that malicious websites and dubious installed apps can be configured to spy on users of mobile devices by high jacking information collected from motion sensors.

Google Docs phishing scam doused after catching fire

San Francisco - A 'phishing' scam that tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links was doused by the internet giant after spreading wildly.The purpose of the scam, and the culprits behind it, remained unknown late in the day.

Facebook looking at behavior to weed out fake accounts

San Francisco - Facebook said it has started weeding out bogus accounts by watching for suspicious behavior such as repetitive posts or torrents of messages.

Germany to use speech software to determine origins of refugees

Germany plans on using speech analysis software to help determine refugees' countries of origin. The software will be tested within the next two weeks.

Censorship tool built as Facebook eyes China: report

San Francisco - Facebook has built a tool for geographically censoring posts at the leading social network as it seeks a path back into China, The New York Times reports.

Russia targets Microsoft in latest anti-trust probe

Moscow - Russia's antitrust authority on Thursday said it had opened an investigation into Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominance in the antivirus software market.
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