First Automatic Bug Update To Macs Sent By Apple

First Automatic Bug Update To Macs Sent By Apple

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Apple has sent out its first automatic security update for Mac computers as researchers warn about new bugs.

Experts claim the bugs could mean hackers are able to gain remote control of machines.

Previously, Apple has released its security patches through its regular software update system which requires user approval.

The technology company has pushed out the software to fix critical security vulnerabilities in a component of its OS X operating system called the network time protocol (NTP).

NTP is used for synchronising clocks on computer systems.

"The update is seamless," said Apple spokesman Bill Evans. "It doesn’t even require a restart."

The bugs were mentioned in security bulletins on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security and the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.

Carnegie Mellon identified dozens of technology companies, including Apple, whose products might be vulnerable.

Mr Evans said Apple decided to deliver the NTP bug fixes because it wanted to protect customers as quickly as possible due to the severity of the vulnerabilities.

The company does not know of any cases where vulnerable Mac computers were targeted by hackers looking to exploit the bugs, he added.

Apple developed technology for automatically pushing out security updates two years ago but has never previously used it.

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Share some thoughts for the day.

Wanted to share a few thoughts and video for the day.

Firstly: I would like to share this leadership lessons video

“We all make the difference it’s not just about having a good boss is the first person leading”. Team and the support matters, Hope it hits a mark.

First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ

Second: Choosing to be bothered about the way we think about the IT Industry and cloud Technology

Just thinking about the possibility of deploying or using, technology, software defined data center or cloud solutions is no longer an option.

Embracing, implementing and using the software defined technologies or cloud for solutions from the simple aspects such as email service to more complex ERP or CRM platforms, software defined network or storage and beyond saves time, effort, money and delivers better quality deliverable, security and service levels that cannot not hoped to delivered by the average small medium standalone IT organisations with the same levels of investment that have been observed

Take thought that we spend a lot of time think about problems that are not that bigger a deal or problem compared to other things that make a great difference to humanity and society

Great video that sums this up well SolveForX moonshot thinking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uaquGZKx_0

All the very best for the festive season

Cisco Adds Big Data to Its ‘Internet of Everything’ Push

From Bloomberg, 11 Dec 2014 14:54:26
iWuuSoqIL5p4.jpg Cisco has said the trend toward connectivity, which it calls the Internet of Everything, will unleash $19 trillion in new profits and cost savings globally in the next decade. Photographer: Getty Images

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) introduced data-analytics software packages that are designed to help retailers and other large companies make better use of Web-connected devices, from smartphones to connected bathroom scales.

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BBC News: IT failure closes London airspace

I saw this story on the BBC News iPhone App and thought you should see it:

IT failure closes London airspace

All London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, European flight safety body Eurocontrol says.

Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30454240

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Charles

Bloomberg: Google’s Cloud Service Expands Support for Microsoft Software

From Bloomberg, 8 Dec 2014 08:00:00

Google’s Cloud Service Expands Support for Microsoft Software

By Brian Womack – 8 Dec 2014 08:00:00

Google Inc. (GOOG ▲ 0.43% 528.34)’s cloud service is expanding support for rival Microsoft Corp.’s software, as the Web-search company seeks to attract more business customers.

Customers of Google Cloud Platform will now be able to use the licenses that they already have for Microsoft server applications, including collaboration software Sharepoint, so that the services can be used together, said Brian Stevens, vice president of product management. Google is also making support for a Windows server product more broadly available for customers. The new Microsoft offering was enabled through a joint business and technical agreement.

“We’ve really been trying to make the cloud as usable as possible,” Stevens said in an interview.

The Mountain View, California-based company, looking beyond its core advertising business, is rolling out options to attract more customers to its cloud features, which lets users access computing power via the Internet. Last month, Google unveiled new networking tools for quickly accessing its features while also cutting prices.

Google, which doesn’t break out revenue for its cloud services, trails companies such as Amazon.com Inc. in the field. During the second quarter, it garnered less than 5 percent market share, lagging behind Amazon, Microsoft and International Business Machines Corp., according to Synergy Research Group.

Stevens, who joined Google from Red Hat Inc. earlier this year, said the new Microsoft updates show the company is filling out a lineup to help it make progress.

“We’re winding 2014 down on some really strong notes,” Stevens said. “We’re looking forward to 2015 as we scale and bring really the promise of cloud to developers and enterprises alike.”

Google Inc. (GOOG)’s cloud service is expanding support for rival Microsoft Corp.’s software, as the Web-search company seeks to attract more business customers.

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Bloomberg: #Hellastorm Disrupts Silicon Valley as Techies Deal With Rain

From Bloomberg, 11 Dec 2014 21:01:00
iw3TQPZ8y4Vs.jpg A pedestrian walks in the rain in San Francisco on Dec. 11, 2014. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Silicon Valley is grappling with the technology industry’s latest disruption: rain.

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Hackers Hit Banks as Everyone Spies on Everyone, Kaspersky Says

From Bloomberg, 10 Dec 2014 05:02:16
i4ik0OTGblcc.jpg “Hackers have become capable of carrying very advanced attacks,” Eugene Kaspersky, founder and chief executive officer of Kaspersky Lab., said during an interview at the company’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, Dec., 9, 2014. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr./Bloomberg

Hackers are increasingly stealing directly from banks and other companies and helping organized crime to operate more efficiently, according to the chief of cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.

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