Tech is flourishing in Vancouver. Here are 5 reasons why. – On the Issues

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster consortium

The supercluster, a consortium that includes some of the world’s most recognized names in tech, healthcare and natural resources, hopes to create 50,000 jobs over the next 10 years, boosting the regional economy in many sectors. Microsoft is one the more than 300 participants in this group. An initiative of the Canadian Federal government, the Digital Technology Supercluster was one of five winning recipients of a $950 million award nationwide, and is focused on accelerating growth by bringing some of the biggest names in the industry together to advance technologies.

According to its CEO, Sue Paish, one of the goals of the consortium is to create an environment that will help develop, grow and ultimately sustain innovation and talent in the area.

“In British Columbia, we have a long history of producing a lot of start-ups and lots of innovative minds,” she says. “If we can take some of these creative minds and their technologies and put them in an environment where they are surrounded by like-minded people and medium and large companies that have the expertise and resources to help redefine and refine ideas and bring it to market, that’s essential to their success. We need the shot putters, sprinters and the long-distance runners to make a track team.”

A training ground for augmented, virtual and mixed reality

The British Columbia Institute of Technology offers a first-of-its-kind Mixed Reality curriculum.

At the British Columbia Institute of Technology, students are being equipped with tools for the real world. Studies at this institute of applied education focus on integrating student learning with industry projects, applied research and entrepreneurship so graduates head out to the workforce with the right mix of skills to create breakthroughs in the field.

“We know that people and organizations will work very differently in the future, as technology evolves fast and furiously,” says Kathy Kinloch, president of BCIT. “As an applied education institute, BCIT believes that people will be the driving force of success through this disruptive change and their own evolving career needs. We provide young people and lifelong learners with a diverse set of the latest technical and human skills, as and when they need them, to create innovative leaders and resilient individuals.

BCIT students graduate with a broad perspective, making them the right people to advance the field of augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality. Microsoft has partnered with BCIT to develop a first-of-its-kind mixed-reality curriculum, with the goal of training students for careers in the field of digital media and entertainment. Graduates are also able to make an impact in their own communities as they don’t have to go too far to find work, whether in the city of Vancouver or further south along the Cascadia Corridor.

Micro Focus Data Protector gets Express, Premium treatment

A veteran data protection product has changed its focus.

Micro Focus Data Protector now comes in two editions: Premium and Express. Both are generally available.

Data Protector Premium is for virtual, physical and cloud workloads, while Express protects virtual environments. The sweet spot for Premium is the enterprise, while Express is geared toward SMBs and the enterprise, said Balaji Venkatraman, senior director of product management at Micro Focus, based in the U.K.

Micro Focus integrated Data Protector Premium with its IT operation tools, including its Business Value Dashboard and Operations Orchestration products. Native integration can speed the backup and recovery processes, and it provides common reporting and analytics.

Data Protector Express provides agentless protection for VMware and Hyper-V workloads, virtual machine recovery, and integrated reporting and analytics.

A ‘Focus’ on streamlining

Data Protector is part of Micro Focus’ IT operations management group. Micro Focus also has groups for DevOps, security and data management, and predictive analytics.

Features such as encryption, which were previously sold as stand-alone services by Micro Focus, are now bundled with Data Protector, Venkatraman said.

Those services that used to be “a la carte” are now part of a product set that’s reasonably priced and easy to understand, said Steven Hill, senior analyst of storage technologies at 451 Research.

“They’re trying to pull everything together,” Hill said.

Version 10.10 of Micro Focus Data Protector contains the two new products.

Micro Focus Data Protector dashboard screenshot
Micro Focus Data Protector contains several features previously sold ‘a la carte.’

Being able to pull off data protection across all platforms — virtual, physical and cloud — is tricky, Hill said, but Micro Focus offers all of the services a customer would need for backup.

Customers are looking for a simple way to deal with data protection and their infrastructure, Hill said, adding that Micro Focus Data Protector would be a good fit for any environment that involves a number of different platforms.

How Micro Focus Data Protector fits in the market

They’re trying to pull everything together.
Steven Hillsenior analyst of storage technologies, 451 Research

Data Protector has been on the market for more than 20 years, first under Hewlett-Packard, then Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and now Micro Focus.

The new Data Protector launch comes a year after Micro Focus closed on its acquisition of HPE’s software business for $8.8 billion. That merger brought HPE’s longtime Data Protector backup app over to Micro Focus.

Venkatraman cited Veeam, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup and Rubrik as top competitors to Micro Focus Data Protector. Veeam especially has been pushing its capability to protect virtual, physical and cloud workloads, a hallmark of the Data Protector Premium edition.

Data Protector Premium has capacity-based licensing, while Express features socket-based pricing. Customers can upgrade from Express to Premium, if necessary.

Venkatraman said Micro Focus will continue to support the prior product and pricing structure, although that product set will have an end of life. He said he didn’t know the exact date yet, but it’s typically four years out from general availability of the new product. In addition, Micro Focus offers a migration path from the previous iteration of Data Protector to Express or Premium.

Micro Focus claimed it has 6,500 Data Protector customers worldwide.

For Sale – Complete ‘gaming’ PC – VR ready

Hey, this PC has sat behind my TV for ages but I don’t get the time to play on it…it’s pretty good spec and I have used it with VR so ‘VR ready’ as it were

i5-4690K CPU
Gigabyte Z87N-wifi mobo
8GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
500GD Samsung 840pro SSD
1060 3GB GFX card

£560inc fully insured delivery

Razer Chroma keyboard £75

Buyer will not be disappointed, more than happy to demo/let buyer test if collected/delivered.

Am looking for £620 inc courier for both (personally delivered if within 50 miles of GU14 subject to deposit to cover costs) – open to offers within reason.

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What’s new in Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Microsoft Edge Dev Blog

Yesterday, Yusuf Mehdi announced the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the newest feature update for Windows 10. The October 2018 Update brings with it the best version of Microsoft Edge yet, with new features and enhancements, and updates the web platform to EdgeHTML 18.
You can get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update yourself by checking for updates on your Windows 10 device. For developers on other platforms, we expect to offer updated EdgeHTML 18 virtual machines on the Microsoft Edge Dev Site shortly, as well as updated images for free remote testing via BrowserStack. We’ll update this post as soon as those resources are available.
In this post, we’ll walk through some highlights of what’s new for end-users with the October 2018 Update, and the new capabilities for web developers in EdgeHTML 18.

The October 2018 refines the look, feel, and functionality of Microsoft Edge throughout the product, including a refreshed menu and settings interface, more customizability, and new ways to learn and stay focused.
We’ve highlighted a few of the most exciting features below – you can learn more about everything that’s new over at Microsoft Edge Tips! Web developers can skip ahead to the next section to see all the new developer features in EdgeHTML 18.
Control whether media can play automatically
Unexpected videos and sounds can be alarming and annoying, especially when it’s hard to tell where they’re coming from. We’ve heard a lot of feedback from users that want more control over when videos can play automatically on a page. Starting with the October 2018 Update, you can now control whether sites can autoplay media, so you’re never surprised.

You can find Media Autoplay settings in the Advanced tab of Microsoft Edge’s Settings menu

You can get started in Settings under “Advanced” > “Media Autoplay,” where you’ll find three options: Allow, Limit, and Block.

“Allow” is the default and will continue to play videos when a tab is first viewed in the foreground, at the site’s discretion.
“Limit“ will restrict autoplay to only work when videos are muted, so you‘re never surprised by sound. Once you click anywhere on the page, autoplay is re-enabled, and will continue to be allowed within that domain in that tab.
“Block” will prevent autoplay on all sites until you interact with the media content. Note that this may break some sites due to the strict enforcement – you may need to click multiple times for some video or audio to play correctly.

You can also enable or block autoplay on a case-by-case basis by clicking Show site information in the address bar ( or ) and changing the Media autoplay settings.

Use the Site Information panel to adjust Media Autoplay and other permissions on a site-by-site basis

Developers should refer to the Autoplay policies dev guide for details and best practices to ensure a good user experience with media hosted on your site.
Refreshed menus and settings interface
We heard your feedback that the Microsoft Edge settings were getting a little complex for a single page. In this release, we’ve made Settings easier to navigate, putting commonly used actions front and center, and providing more ways to customize the browser toolbar.
Your bookmarks, history, downloads, and more live in the redesigned Hub menu in Microsoft Edge. Just select the “Favorites” () icon by the address bar and choose Reading List, Books, History, or Downloads to see what’s new.

In the “Settings and more” () menu, options are now organized into groups, with icons for each entry and keyboard shortcuts (where applicable) for a faster and more scannable experience.

We’ve also added the much-requested ability to customize which icons appear in the Microsoft Edge toolbar – you can remove them all for a tidier look, or add as many as you like to bring your favorite functionality to your fingertips. Just select the “Show in toolbar” option in the “Settings and more” () menu to get started.
Stay focused with improvements to reading mode and learning tools
We’ve made a number improvements to reading modes and learning tools in Microsoft Edge to help you stay focused and get things done.
Now, when you’re browsing a web page in reading view, you can narrow the focus of the content by highlighting a few lines at a time to help tune out distractions. Just click or tap anywhere on the page, select Learning Tools () > Reading Preferences () and turn on Line focus.

Line Focus allows you to dim the areas of the page you’re not focused on, to help minimize distractions.

As you read, you can now look up definitions for key words in Reading View, Books, and PDFs, using the new dictionary function. Simply select any single word to see the definition appear above your selection, even when you’re offline.

You can adjust which documents and sites the dictionary works in by going to the General tab in Settings and selection options under “Show definitions inline for…”
And lots more…
Those are just a few highlights – there’s lots more to discover throughout Microsoft Edge, including design refinements, improved PDF handling, a more powerful download manager, and more. Learn how to use the new features at Microsoft Edge Tips, or see the full list of everything that’s new over at the Microsoft Edge Changelog.

The October 2018 Update includes EdgeHTML 18, the latest revision of the rendering engine for Microsoft Edge and the Windows platform.
Web Authentication
Microsoft Edge now includes unprefixed support for the new Web Authentication API (aka WebAuthN). Web Authentication provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to simplify authentication, enabling better and more secure user experiences by replacing passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials. The implementation in Microsoft Edge allows the use of Windows Hello, enabling users to sign in with their face, fingerprint, or PIN, in addition to external authenticators like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites.

For more information, head over to the blog post Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge.
New Autoplay policies
With the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft Edge provides customers with the ability to personalize their browsing preferences on websites that autoplay media with sound to minimize distractions on the web and conserve bandwidth. Users can customize media behavior with both global and per-site autoplay controls. Additionally, Microsoft Edge automatically suppresses autoplay of media in background tabs.
Developers should check out the Autoplay policies guide for details and best practices to ensure a good user experience with media hosted on your site.
Service Worker updates
For a refresher on what Service Workers are and how they work, check out the Service Worker API summary written by our partners over at MDN. We’ve made several updates to Service Worker support in EdgeHTML 18. The fetchEvent enables the Service Worker to use preloadResponse to promise a response, and the resultingClientId to return the ID of the Client that the current service worker is controlling. The NavigationPreloadManager interface provides methods for managing the preloading of resources, allowing you to make a request in parallel while a service worker is booting-up, avoiding any time delay. Check out the newly supported API properties for preloading resources with a Service Worker.
CSS masking, background blend, and overscroll
EdgeHTML 18 improves support for CSS Masking. This implementation further supports the CSS mask-image property with improved WebKit support, including webkitMask, webkitMaskComposite, webkitMaskImage, webkitMaskPosition, webkitMaskPositionX, webkitMaskPositionY, webkitMaskRepeat, webkitMaskSize, as well as more complete standards support, adding maskComposite, maskPosition, maskPositionX, maskPositionY, and maskRepeat.
Determining how an element’s background images should blend with each other also receives a standards-based update in this release, background-blend-mode will now be enabled by default.
CSS improvements can also be found in how Microsoft Edge handles what happens when the boundary of a scrolling area is reached, now supporting overscroll-behavior, including overscroll-behavior-x, overscroll-behavior-y, and overflow-wrap.
Chakra Improvements
EdgeHTML 18 includes improvements to the Chakra JavaScript engine to support new ES and WASM features, improve performance, and improve interoperability. Look for a separate blog post later this month recapping all the Chakra improvements in more detail.
Developer Tools
The latest update to Microsoft Edge DevTools adds a number of conveniences both to the UI and under the hood, including new dedicated panels for Service Workers and Storage, source file search tools in the Debugger, and new Edge DevTools Protocol domains for style/layout debugging and console APIs. We’ll be covering the improvements to the Microsoft Edge DevTools in more detail in a separate post coming soon – stay tuned!
Web Notification properties
Four new properties are now supported for web notifications: actions, badge, image, and maxActions, improving our ability to create notifications on the web that are compatible with existing notification systems, while remaining platform-independent.
Listening to your feedback
By popular demand, we’ve implemented support for several commonly requested APIs in EdgeHTML 18, including the DataTransfer.setDragImage() method used to set a custom image when dragging and dropping, and secureConnectionStart, a property of the Performance Resource Timing API, which can be used for returning a timestamp immediately before the browser starts the handshake process to secure the current connection.
In addition, no one likes enumerating the attributes collection, so we’ve added support for Element.getAttributeNames to return the attribute names of the element as an Array of strings, as well as, Element.toggleAttribute to toggle a boolean attribute (removing if present and adding if not).
Building on our major accessibility enhancements in previous releases, we’ve added support for three new ARIA roles to allow users of assistive technologies to get semantic meaning when traversing SVG elements that map to these roles (graphics-document, graphics-object, and graphics-symbol).
We’ve also added support for WebP images, improving interoperability with sites that serve them across the web.
Progressive Web Apps
Windows 10 JavaScript apps (web apps running in a WWAHost.exe process) now support an optional per-application background script that starts before any views are activated and runs for the duration of the process. With this, you can monitor and modify navigations, track state across navigations, monitor navigation errors, and run code before views are activated.
When specified as the StartPage in your app manifest, each of the app’s views (windows) are exposed to the script as instances of the new WebUIView class, providing the same events, properties, and methods as a general (Win32) WebView. Your script can listen for the NewWebUIViewCreated event to intercept control of the navigation for a new view:
Windows.UI.WebUI.WebUIApplication.addEventListener(“newwebuiviewcreated”, newWebUIViewCreatedEventHandler);
Any app activation with the background script as the StartPage will rely on the script itself for navigation.
Service workers
Service workers are now supported in the WebView control, in addition to the Microsoft Edge browser and Windows 10 JavaScript apps. All flavors of the Microsoft Edge webview (PWA, UWP, Win32) support service workers, however please be aware that the Push API is not yet available for the UWP and Win32 versions.
x64 app architectures require Neutral (Any CPU) or x64 packages, as service workers are not supported in WoW64 processes. (To conserve disk space, the WoW version of the required DLLs are not natively included in Windows.)
Win32 WebView updates
The EdgeHTML WebViewControl for Windows desktop (Win32) apps has been updated with several new features, including the ability to inject script upon page load before any other scripts on the page are run (AddInitializeScript) and know when a particular WebViewControl receives or loses focus (GotFocus/LostFocus).
Additionally, you can now create a new WebViewControl as the opened window from The NewWindowRequested event still notifies an app when script inside the WebViewControl calls as it always has, but with EdgeHTML 18 its NewWindowRequestedEventArgs include the ability to take a deferral (GetDeferral) in order to set a new WebViewControl (NewWindow) as the target for the

WebViewControlProcess wvProc;
WebViewControl webView;

void OnWebViewControlNewWindowRequested(WebViewControl sender, WebViewControlNewWindowRequestedEventArgs args)

if (args.Uri.Domain == “”)
using deferral = args.GetDeferral();
args.NewWindow = await wvProc.CreateWebViewControlAsync(
parentWindow, targetWebViewBounds);
// Prevent WebView from launching in the default browser.
args.Handled = true;

String htmlContent = “”;


We’re continuing to improve the interoperability and completeness of our WebDriver implementation, now passing 1222 of 1357 web platform tests (up from 783 in our June update).
WebDriver is now a Windows Feature on Demand (FoD), making it easier than ever to automate testing in Microsoft Edge and get the right version for your device. You will no longer need to match the build/branch/flavor manually when installing WebDriver, your WebDriver will automatically update to match any new Windows 10 updates.
You can install WebDriver by turning on Developer Mode, or install it as a standalone by going to Windows Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features. For more information, check out the WebDriver announcement on the Windows Blog site.

The October 2018 Update is now available for Windows 10 customers as an automatic update, rolling out to devices based on real-time feedback and telemetry and a machine-learning driven targeting model. If you have a device that you need to update right away for testing purposes, you can install the update manually using the Windows Update Assistant.
For developers who don’t have a Windows 10 device handy, we’re working on updating our free virtual machines from Microsoft Edge Dev to EdgeHTML 18 in the near future. We’ve also partnered with BrowserStack to offer unlimited remote manual and automated testing in Microsoft Edge—we’ll update this post once EdgeHTML 18 is available on BrowserStack.
We look forward to hearing what you think of this release! You can get in touch with our team directly via @MSEdgeDev on Twitter, or via the Feedback Hub app in Windows. And don’t forget to check out the latest on our roadmap over at, where you can help direct what we build next!
– Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge– Erika Doyle Navara, Senior Dev Writer, Microsoft Edge– Matt Wojciakowski, Dev Writer, Microsoft Edge
Updated October 4, 2018 1:03 pm

Windows 10 Tip: Update your tasks using ink – Windows Experience Blog

To help you keep track of tasks using whatever mode is most comfortable to you, you can now update your tasks using ink, thanks to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.
With your digital pen and a touch enabled Windows device, simply add a task to your list using ink, and then strike out when complete. By signing in with your Microsoft Account, your tasks are then conveniently synced with the To-Do app across iOS, Android and Windows and the web.
Check it out in action:

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Windows 10 accessibility in the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

At Microsoft, we believe our technology should reflect the diversity of the people that use our products.

We are excited to share how the Windows 10 October 2018 update delivers on that mission by giving you more accessibility features than ever before to enhance your personal computing experience. These features include Ease of Access updates to make Windows 10 easier to see, Narrator improvements to make Windows 10 easier to use without a screen, and Learning Tools and text suggestions updates to make it easier to read and write.

Ease of Access Updates

You now have more ways to see Windows 10 your way, with the addition of text size customization across the platform. From the “Display” page in Ease of Access settings or by typing “larger text” in the search bar, you can adjust a single global text size slider to make text bigger across Windows, efficiently making just the words bigger without affecting the entire visual layout. You can customize text size in conjunction with DPI scaling, otherwise known as the “Make Everything Bigger” setting. As the name implies, this feature makes everything on the screen larger, which can sometimes reduce productivity for users with low vision by requiring more panning or scrolling. By complementing DPI customization with text size customization, users now have more options to tailor their Windows 10 display.

We realize many users with low vision not only prefer more levers to customize their experience, but they also prefer using multiple tools together. The custom text size works great with Magnifier, which provides new ways for you to optimize your experience. You can choose to keep your mouse centered on the screen, which can be particularly helpful at higher magnification levels, so you do not lose your mouse or focus when trying to navigate. We have also added smaller increments of 5 percent and 10 percent for adjusting zoom level, so you can have even more control of your magnifier experience.

Narrator Improvements

We have continued to make Narrator, our built-in screen reader, easier to learn and use.

We have made narrator easier to learn with two key updates.

  • Narrator QuickStart: When Narrator launches, a new QuickStart tutorial experience will be available to teach you Narrator basics such as keyboarding, navigation and editing. At the end of the QuickStart there is a link to the User Guide where you can continue learning about Narrator.
  • Narrator screenshot

  • Improved and more familiar keyboard: Narrator now ships with a new keyboard layout designed to be more familiar to screen reader users. Differences in the keyboard layout are designed to improve keyboard ergonomics and usability, e.g. with improved mnemonics. Check out the Narrator user guide for more details on these changes.

We have also made narrator easier to use with improved navigation and efficiency.

  • Easier navigation: With Narrator Find, you now can search for specific text, which Narrator will then move to if found. Narrator can also now present a list of objects, such as links, headings, or landmarks that you can quickly filter to find what you want. Refer to the Narrator user guide for command mapping.
  • Increased efficiency: Narrator will now automatically read dialog boxes, such as the Word dialog box that appears when you try to close a document with unsaved changes. We have also made two key improvements to Scan Mode, a narrator feature that simplifies navigation by primarily using just the up and down arrow keys, to enable a more seamless experience:

o   Narrator stops on interactive elements like links so you can more easily interact with them, or you can continue reading with just a press of the down arrow.

o You have more options for selecting text while in Scan Mode including commands to copy an entire block of text without holding down the Shift key. Narrator’s selection commands will copy the format of the text being copied such as headings, lists and more. You can also now speak the selected text using a Narrator command. Refer to the Narrator user guide for additional information on Narrator selection commands or use the Show Commands List Narrator command by pressing Caps + F1.

Reading and Writing Improvements

In addition to Ease of Access and Narrator updates, the October 2018 Update also brings more ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension and author text.

Within Microsoft Edge, you now have more flexibility with web browsing and reading with new ways to customize your learning experience with Learning Tools. First rolled out in the Fall Creator’s Update a year ago, we added Learning Tools like read aloud to the web browsing experience. The April 2018 update then came with the addition of grammar tools, enabling you to break words into syllables and highlight parts of speech.

We are making Learning Tools even more powerful with the October 2018 update. With any ePub or webpage in reading view, you can customize the page theme color with Irlen colors that make it easier to decode text. You can also turn on line focus for a webpage in Reading view to help you concentrate. Additionally, you now have more ways to personalize grammar tools: you can customize the highlight color for parts of speech or turn on labels within the text if you find it difficult to disambiguate between colors. Should you run into words you are unfamiliar with, you can quickly look them up in the built-in dictionary that also works offline*.

Writing experiences are also improving. Text suggestions, which suggests the top three word candidates as you type, is now expanding to 50+ languages** since its debut in the April 2018 update.

Thanks and keep the feedback coming

Thank you to the many people who help shape the accessibility of Windows 10 experiences. Through channels like the feedback hub and the Windows Insider Program, we get your feedback that directly informs product development. That includes not only the features in this latest release but also throughout our work this past year in the Fall Creator’s Update and April 2018 Update.

Additionally, if you are a customer with a disability of any kind and need technical assistance, the Disability Answer Desk is there to assist via phone and chat. In the United States, we also have an ASL option for our customers with hearing loss: +1 503-427-1234.

Thanks again and please keep your thoughts coming! Whether you join the Windows Insider Program or activate the feedback hub by just pressing the Windows + F keys, we want to know what is top of mind so that we can continue to evolve the accessibility of Windows 10.

*Offline dictionary supported in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French

**Text suggestions languages include: Afrikaans​, Albanian​, Armenian​, Azerbaijani – Latin​, Basque​, Bulgarian​, Catalan​, Croatian, Czech​, Danish​, Dutch​, English (US, UK, AU, CA, IE, IN)​, Estonian​, Finnish​, French (CA, FR, BE, CH), Galician​, Georgian, German​, German (Switzerland)​, Greek​, Hausa (Latin), Hungarian​, Indonesian​, Italian​, Kazakh​, Latvian​, Lithuanian​, Macedonian​, Norwegian​, Polish​, Portuguese (Brazil)​, Portuguese (Portugal)​, Romanian​, Russian​, Serbian​, Serbian – Cyrillic​, Slovak​, Slovenian​, Spanish (Spain)​, Spanish (Mexico)​, Swedish​, Turkish​, Ukrainian​, Uzbek – Latin​, Filipino/Tagalog, Welsh, Icelandic, Maltese, Hawaiian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Xhosa, Zulu, Yoruba, Setswana, Maori, Turkmen (Latin), Bosnian (Latin), Mongolian (Cyrillic), Belarusian, Kyrgyz, Tajik (Cyrillic), Tatar (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Sakha

Updated October 4, 2018 4:53 pm

Lessons learned from the Facebook security breach

Facebook’s bad year just got worse.

The Facebook security breach that affected at least 50 million users could also cost the company up to $1.6 billion in fines under GDPR rules.

Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As” — a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else, the company said in an online post. This allowed the attackers to steal Facebook access tokens that could be used to take over user accounts.

These tokens — the equivalent of digital keys — allow users to stay logged in to their accounts without having to re-enter their passwords each time they use the app, explained Jessica Ortega, product marketing associate and member of the SiteLock research team. With unauthorized access to these tokens, attackers could log in to unsuspecting user accounts without credentials, she said.

“If continuous access is a feature that users demand, then businesses must be proactive in scanning and testing their application features for vulnerabilities to identify and address bugs before cybercriminals do,” Ortega said.

Details about the extent of user data affected by the Facebook security breach are yet to emerge.

The access tokens that were compromised would typically be limited to particular aspects of data within a user’s account, such as location, age or photos, explained William Knowles, security consultant at MWR InfoSecurity — a company recently acquired by F-Secure.

“This approach follows the security best practice approach of only granting the least privileges required for a particular action,” Knowles said. “It may be the case that … only a limited amount of data was exposed from other user’s profiles; however, it could equally be the opposite, and users will be unable to determine the extent to which they were affected until confirmed by Facebook.”

What businesses can learn from the Facebook security breach

Attacks on large sites to steal user account data have become perpetual, according to Vijay Pullur, CEO at ThumbSignIn.

“It is clear the future of security is in relying on ‘true identity’ by marrying physical possession of a device and digital access,” Pullur said. “Even though vulnerabilities on these sites exist, the user gets notified of breaches immediately, or even better, their accounts cannot be accessed at all through the use of biometrics, which grant permissions on a device in [their] physical possession.”

Bryce Austin, CEO of TCE Strategy, said the Facebook security breach is a prime example of how sophisticated cybercriminals have become.

The developers of computer systems can write good code that will keep out low- and midlevel hackers, but a high-level hacker will approach your system from an angle that developers never imagined.
Bryce AustinCEO, TCE Strategy

Austin believes the trick to fighting cybercrime is to hire white-hat hackers to try to find vulnerabilities before a real cybercriminal does.

“The developers of computer systems can write good code that will keep out low- and midlevel hackers, but a high-level hacker will approach your system from an angle that developers never imagined,” Austin said.

With behavioral cybersecurity detection systems getting more sophisticated, companies need to assume that cybercriminals will find their way into their systems and be proactive about it, he said. For example, the next generation of antivirus programs does not look for viruses based on a signature in their code and instead look for abnormal behavior to stop breaches that are in progress, he added.

Knowles believes businesses can also benefit from bug bounty programs that can help companies reduce their online attack surface.

Facebook has been an active participant in the rising popularity of bug bounty programs, where security researchers are given permission to actively search out vulnerabilities on the Facebook website and receive financial compensation for findings that are reported under Facebook’s responsible disclosure policy, Knowles said.

However, he added that these programs “should also be paired with traditional security assurance activities, such as having gated validations or technical assessments, at different stages of the development lifecycle in order to minimize the likelihood of high-impact vulnerabilities making it onto production systems.”

For Sale – Gaming PC

Hello Everyone,

I have for sale my Gaming PC which I no longer have time to use unfortunately, The spec is as follows:

NZXT H440 White Case (Window is scratched slightly)
2x 4GB Avexir Core Blue Series LED RAM DDR3
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Gold RAM DDR3
Asus Z97-K motherboard
Intel i5-4440 Processor
Corsair H100i Cpu AiO Cooler
Corsair AF140 White LED Fan
3x Corsair AF120 White LED Fans
Corsair RM750 Fully Modular PSU
1TB HDD with no OS

If you have any questions please do let me know.
Pictures will be posted tonight.

Price and currency: £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: West London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Windows 10 IoT delivers innovation and intelligence at the edge with the October 2018 Update – Windows Experience Blog

Windows 10 IoT powers commercial-grade IoT solutions.
From the factory floors of prominent auto makers to advanced medical equipment in hospitals, Windows has a strong heritage of powering intelligent devices in industries across the globe, helping them transition to a smarter, more capable and more connected Internet of Things. The innovation roadmap for Windows 10 IoT takes another major step forward with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, bringing edge intelligence with machine learning, industrial strength security, diverse silicon options and new monetization models for distributors and resellers.
Commercialize your devices with long-term servicingIoT solutions can be challenging to manage over their extended lifecycles. This release of Windows 10 IoT simplifies this challenge by offering support through two servicing channels: the Semi-Annual Channel which provides new functionality with twice-per-year feature update releases and the Long-Term Servicing Channel which provides only security and quality updates with no new features over a 10-year period.
For Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, the LTSC servicing option is available with Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 LTSC. For Windows 10 IoT Core, the LTSC servicing option is available with Windows 10 IoT Core Services. The long-term servicing model is ideal for commercial IoT devices, such as point-of-sale systems, ATMs and industrial equipment controllers, which typically require the highest levels of stability and security to perform a single important task and don’t need feature updates as frequently as other types of devices.
Windows 10 IoT Core Services is a new cloud service subscription that provides the essential services needed to commercialize a device on Windows 10 IoT Core. These include long-term OS support plus services to manage device updates and assess device health. With Windows 10 IoT Core Services, device manufacturers can lower their support costs and distributors can create business models that provide recurring long-term value for their customers.

10 years of OS support. Windows 10 IoT Core Services includes access to monthly updates from the Windows Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), providing 10 years of servicing for Windows 10 IoT Core. This enables device manufacturers to maintain security and reliability while minimizing changes to the base operating system that could impact device stability.
Control device updates. Using the new Device Update Center portal, device manufacturers can create, customize and control updates specific to each of their device models using the same content distribution network that’s used by millions of customers to manage Windows updates. These updates can apply to the operating system, device drivers and manufacturer-specific applications and files. With Device Update Center, device manufacturers have complete control over all updates that are made available to their devices.
Help secure your network and IoT devices. By leveraging hardware-level security, the Device Health Attestation service evaluates the trustworthiness of a device deployed in production and produces a report verifying that the device has not been compromised. This security report can be combined with a device management system such as Azure IoT Device Management to take corrective actions like reimaging a device, denying network access, or creating a service ticket.

Azure IoT Edge support and Windows Machine LearningWindows 10 IoT enables you to do more at the edge including machine learning, event processing, image recognition and other high-value artificial intelligence without developing it in-house. Seamless integration with Azure IoT Edge brings cloud intelligence and analytics securely to Windows 10 IoT devices at scale.

Move cloud workloads to the intelligent edge. Azure IoT Edge is a fully managed service that delivers cloud intelligence locally by deploying and running artificial intelligence (AI) workloads, Azure services and custom logic directly on Windows 10 IoT devices. Azure IoT Edge modules can be remotely deployed from Azure IoT Hub to an edge device running Windows 10 IoT Core or Enterprise.
Hardware-accelerated ML. Windows Machine Learning allows developers to use pretrained machine learning models in their applications. These models are typically trained in the cloud to be evaluated at the edge. Local evaluation on devices running Windows 10 IoT helps mitigate concerns of connectivity, bandwidth and data privacy. With Windows ML, developers can write machine learning models in the industry standard Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format and accelerate inferencing using the CPU or DirectX 12-capable GPU from any vendor, enabling lower cost hardware platforms from a variety of vendors.

NXP silicon supportCustomers are deploying IoT solutions into an increasingly varied set of environments, form factors and verticals, and they require a platform that offers an equally diverse set of silicon choices. To meet growing customer and partner demand for silicon diversity, Microsoft, in close collaboration with NXP, has added support for NXP i.MX 6, 7 and 8M series processors to Windows 10 IoT Core.

More hardware choices. The i.MX product portfolio is one of the most popular IoT processor families in the industry. Support for these processors enables Windows 10 IoT Core developers to create a broad variety of industrial-grade devices optimized for lower power and higher performance.
Create secure solutions. Windows 10 IoT Core uses the capability of NXP processors to enable trusted I/O which can ensure that malicious applications or rogue actors are unable to tamper with the physical control of a device, even if they infiltrate the operating system or application software.

Kiosk and assigned access improvementsDevices running Windows 10 IoT Enterprise can be built to serve a special purpose, such as a kiosk, digital sign, or an entertainment media tablet. Using assigned access, device manufacturers can customize the functionality exposed by kiosks and other fixed-function devices, providing a streamlined, intuitive user experience that is focused on specific tasks.

Enhanced status reporting. Kiosks and digital signs are often placed in public places where issues are widely seen by people. With built-in status reporting, device management systems are automatically made aware of problems and can issue corrective actions like restarting the device or dispatching a service technician.
Improved app management. Dedicated devices can be in diverse environments like airports, shopping malls and banks. Reducing deployment and management costs are key drivers of ROI. Windows 10 IoT Enterprise has improved features for managing multi-app kiosks, configuring the kiosk experience using a new wizard in the Settings app, and tailoring the Microsoft Edge browser experience for kiosk devices.
Exposing assigned access APIs. While device builders have great flexibility to configure assigned access using provisioning packages, the Settings app and mobile device management systems, some customers still need more. Using a new set of assigned access APIs, developers can now programmatically detect if their app is running in assigned access mode and then create a tailored kiosk experience accordingly.

More management optionsBuilding and deploying IoT devices are only the first steps in a journey toward realizing the benefits of a cloud-connected IoT solution. After devices are deployed in production, customers require a robust and scalable device management system. Windows 10 IoT meets this demand by providing turnkey support for both Azure IoT Device Management and Microsoft Intune.

Azure IoT Device Management support. Azure IoT Hub offers lightweight device management features and an extensibility model that enable device and cloud developers to build robust device management solutions. Integration with Azure IoT Device Management is now available for both Windows 10 IoT Core and Enterprise.
Intune support. Enterprises that use Microsoft Intune for device management can now manage Windows 10 IoT Core devices alongside their Windows 10 IoT Enterprise devices and other managed devices. This gives operators a consistent way to manage Windows 10 IoT devices using the same management interface and controls.

Servicing updates for Windows 10 IoT EnterpriseLast month, Microsoft announced we are changing our approach to provide even greater flexibility at no incremental cost for customers who need more time to test and deploy Windows 10 feature updates. While this communication focused on Windows 10 Enterprise and Education product versions, the changes announced also apply to Sem-Annual Channel (SAC) releases of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise. Specifically:

All currently supported feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases (versions 1607, 1703, 1709 and 1803) will be supported for up to 30 months from their original release dates.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases with a targeted release month of September (starting with 1809) will be supported for up to 30 months from their release dates.
All future feature updates of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise SAC releases with a targeted release month of March (starting with 1903) will continue to be supported for up to 18 months from their release dates.

There are no changes to the 10-year Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) support policy for LTSC releases of Windows 10 IoT Enterprise.
Case studies with partnersMicrosoft has deep relationships with partners who have a wealth of experience building IoT solutions across a broad range of industries. With the help of the right partner, Windows 10 IoT powers rich IoT experiences, reduces cost and supports insights to move business forward.

XOGO is one of our digital signage partners seeking to disrupt the signage industry by catering to small businesses and organizations without an IT support staff and being the leader in low cost, turnkey solutions. They have a simple philosophy: digital signs should be affordable and easy to use. XOGO has cloud-connected players you can plug in and turn any screen into a digital sign in just minutes.
Rockwell Automation is bringing its vision for industrial IoT to life by building new forms of intelligence to transform the petroleum supply chain. “By creating a compute platform based on Windows 10 IoT and Azure, we can place an application on the edge where the customer is comfortable and then drop that application just as quickly into the cloud tomorrow if it becomes advantageous to do so,” says John Dyck, software business development director for Rockwell Automation.
Redback Technologies uses built-in intelligence supplied by Windows 10 IoT Core to power their compact Smart Hybrid System, a solar inverter that collects power from the sun and uses it to run all kinds of home appliances. By controlling how systems collect, store and use solar power, Windows 10 IoT Core helps optimize energy use to deliver savings for Redback Technologies customers and shorten their return on investment.
Johnson Controls chose Windows 10 IoT Core to power GLAS, their groundbreaking smart thermostat that integrates cloud services and remote management from mobile devices to control ambient temperature as well as monitor air quality. For the Johnson Controls engineering team, it made sense to use Windows 10 IoT Core for GLAS because they wanted to focus more on user experience and design, while gaining the peace of mind that Windows security and updates provide.

Get Started TodayWith powerful intelligent edge capabilities and innovation baked into Windows 10 IoT, our partners and customers now have more ways to easily and securely build IoT solutions with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. To learn more about the latest release and get started building IoT solutions using Windows 10 IoT, please visit us at
Updated October 4, 2018 4:51 pm