Weekly Tech Update #390 - Twitter: Basically a Dumpster Fire

We have just posted up Episode #389 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Vizio doesn’t care about your privacy, Google steps up their privacy and Facebook pulls VR demos as people don’t care about it anymore. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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KasperskyOS Offers Secure Solution for IoT

While the USA is currently blaming Russia for hacking the election, Kaspersky is also working on an OS to help secure IoT device as well as other network security devices. While we do need more security, I'm not sure of the Russians are the ones that North America will trust right about now. There are some good details at the link below.

The chief executive was quick to emphasize that this package is viewed as a "project offering", not a boxed product, which means pricing will vary according to the needs and the extent to which customers apply the capabilities of KasperskyOS. Cited applications of the technology include IoT, telecommunication equipment, connected cars, as well as the aforementioned industrial control systems.

Source: Neowin

Horizon Zero Dawn

There are some pretty nifty open-world RPG games out there and I haven't had a huge love for any of them honestly. It seems that Horizon Zero Dawn is the game that may change that for many people. According to one reviewer, the 30 hour demo they were able to play wasn't near enough time to really enjoy the game. That is a good sign and we'll have to see how it all plays out as things progress.

Horizon is, in a word, seamless. It's massive, yet there are no loading screens peppered throughout the map (aside from fast travel and death), leaving Aloy's path open as she travels from village to village. There are plentiful side quests and save points (giant campfires) dotted along the way, and miles of mysterious wilderness for her to explore.

Source: Engadget

New Atom Chips Have 16-Cores

Just to prove that number of cores don't always mean more power, Intel has announced that their latest C3000 Atom chips will have a total of 16-cores and also include some "Pro" features. While many server chips don't even have 16-cores, the Atom's cores are not necessarily about computing power, they are about number of streams of data. While Hyperthreading works in theory, extra cores offer better performance in the real world and it is these cores that will help NAS arrays and other networking gear to handle loads better.

The Atom C3000 succeeds the older C2000 chips, which were originally targeted at microservers and networking and storage equipment. The Atom C2000 chips recently ran into trouble with a flaw that could crash servers and networking equipment. Intel has provided a temporary fix, but the company is working on a permanent fix.

Source: PCWorld

Cybersecurity "Experts"

A new poll has found the only 25% of candidates hired into cybersecurity jobs are actually qualified, and that's a stat that should scare pretty much everyone. Finding qualified security experts isn't an easy task due to the extreme shortage, however, it is also a good reminder once again that giving your personal information out online to sketchy outfits. If the big guys can't get qualified people to keep themselves and your data safe, chances are good that "Ed's discount cell phones" might not have the strictest data controls... DarkReading has more on this story.

Sobering news on the cybersecurity hiring front: More than 20% of organizations get fewer than five applicants for an open security job and more than half of all positions (55%) take at least three months to fill with a qualified candidate.

Of those who do apply, fewer than 25% are actually qualified for the posted job, according to a new ISACA report released at last week's RSA Conference in San Francisco.

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