Apple is still tending its walled garden

Apple has released public betas for the next big Apple Watch and Mac software updates. On the Mac, Big Sur (as the OS is called) has a ton of visual differences that I think will grow on you — they make macOS look just a little more like iOS. It also does a weird new thing with links — which also makes the Mac feel just a little more like iOS, too.

The link behavior popped up on Twitter yesterday: if you’re an Apple News Plus subscriber, clicking links to publications that are part of that subscription bundle will take you to the Apple News app instead of your browser. iOS 14 will do the same thing.

If you’re paying for Apple News Plus, this may be exactly what you want to happen. Instead of opening a page with a paywall, you just get the article you clicked on.

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FBI and CISA warn against surge in voice phishing campaigns

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a mass shift to working from home, resulting in increased use of corporate VPN and elimination of in-person verification, which can partially explain the success of this campaign. Prior to the pandemic, similar campaigns exclusively targeted telecommunications providers and internet service providers with these attacks but the focus has recently broadened to more indiscriminate targeting.”

The advisory was published shortly after Krebs on Security reported that a group of cybercriminals has been marketing a vishing service that uses custom phishing sites and social engineering techniques to steal VPN credentials from employees. While the agencies didn’t confirm the report, they said that cybercriminals started a vishing campaign in mid-July 2020. They also described a scheme similar to what Krebs reported: bad actors registered domains using target companies’ names and then duplicated their internal VPN login pages. The criminals used VoIP numbers at first but later

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Dad watched her birth from Iraq, now she’s an online student

Aubree Jurovcik, 11, (left to right) Mary Kay Jurovcik, Leah Jurovcik, 9, and Josh Jurovcik at their home on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

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Aubree Jurovcik, who’ll soon start sixth grade at Evergreen Middle School, sat outside on a summer evening chatting about Google Classroom, Zoom meetings and all the ways technology kept her learning after schools closed last spring.

Her sister, 9-year-old Leah, brought out a Chromebook at the family’s Everett home Thursday to show how she’ll tackle fourth grade at View Ridge Elementary when it starts next month. For their generation, portable computers are second-nature. And coronavirus closures have made online education a necessity.

What a difference nearly a dozen years make.

Aubree, now 11, was born Feb. 24, 2009, at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Pavilion for Women and Children. Two days later, Daily Herald readers learned

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Thursday Sector Leaders: Technology & Communications, Services

The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Technology & Communications sector, not showing much of a loss. Within that group, Synopsys Inc (Symbol: SNPS) and ServiceNow Inc (Symbol: NOW) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 6.6% and 3.4%, respectively. Among technology ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is up 0.9% on the day, and up 27.21% year-to-date. Synopsys Inc, meanwhile, is up 51.79% year-to-date, and ServiceNow Inc is up 60.13% year-to-date. Combined, SNPS and NOW make up approximately 1.5% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next best performing sector is the Services sector, losing just 0.2%. Among large Services stocks, L Brands, Inc (Symbol: LB) and PayPal Holdings Inc (Symbol: PYPL) are the most notable, showing a gain of 4.5% and 2.6%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Services stocks is the

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3GPP R18 Launches 5G Smart Grid Research, Unifies Global Standards, and Leads Industry Development

At the 3GPP SP-88-e plenary meeting held online, China Telecom, together with 27 other members including China Southern Power Grid, State Grid, global carriers, Huawei, and other vendors, submitted the 5G smart grid project. Successfully approved in 3GPP R18, the project will define the standard E2E architecture of 5G smart grids for the first time, laying a solid foundation for its rapid development.

Smart Grids Thrive on 5G Deterministic Networking

Communications infrastructure is key to the success of smart grids. Existing power grids offer a wide portfolio of services posing diverse communications requirements during power generation, transmission, transformation, distribution, and consumption. However, as the concept of Internet of Energy emerges, communications networks offering more enhanced capabilities are urgently required. 5G, with its high bandwidth, massive connections, low latency, and high reliability, interworks with innovative technologies such as network slicing and edge computing to satisfy the requirements of smart grids.


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Global Edge Computing Market by Component, Application, Organization Size, Vertical and Region

DUBLIN, Aug. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Edge Computing Market by Component (Hardware, Platform, and Services), Application (Smart Cities, IIoT, Content Delivery, Remote Monitoring, AR and VR), Organization Size (SMEs and Large Enterprises), Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast to 2025” report has been added to’s offering.

The Global Edge Computing Market is Projected to Grow from USD 3.6 Billion in 2020 to USD 15.7 Billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 34.1% During the Forecast Period.

Rising focus of enterprises on increasing speed, ensuring resiliency and security and eliminating outage issues in minimal time, to drive the growth of edge computing market

The edge computing market is growing rapidly with the growing adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)across industries; rising demand for low-latency processing and real-time, automated decision-making solutions; and the need for surmounting exponentially increasing data volumes and network traffic. However,

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National PTA and BAND Team Up to Support Family-School Communications

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — National PTA announced today it has teamed up with BAND to help facilitate and improve two-way communications among families, schools and PTAs—and increase family engagement in education. Through the alliance, BAND will also support National PTA’s Reflections program and the association’s celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week.

“Technology like BAND is helping to make it more convenient for families to be involved in their children’s education and strengthening family-school partnerships. This is more critical than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and many families and schools are continuing with remote learning,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “National PTA is pleased to team up with BAND to equip PTAs, families and schools with another tool to help them communicate and collaborate.”   

BAND can be a timely, modern, no cost solution for PTAs that need to virtually coordinate activities and events and

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5G Technology Market Size predicts favorable growth and forecast 2020 – 2026

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Aug 24, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
5G technology is efficient and low investment network compared to other technologies. The rising demand of higher speed rates of internet all over the globe is driving the 5G technology market, 5G networks can deliver data-access speeds up to 10 Gbit/s. 5G technology will be comprised of lowest possible latency i.e. 1-5 milliseconds which is an indulging factor for consumers. Distant learning, video conferencing, multi-user gaming and others applications will drive the need for higher performance from the network thus stimulate the 5G technology market. Enormously wide variation in the requirements is a restraining factor. Some of the telecommunication companies are to begin testing on 5G which have expected the speed to be 10 to 100 times faster than 4G standards which includes AT&T.

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The 5G

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Hardware as-a-Service (HaaS) Industry Growth Insights 2020-2025 – Featuring Navitas Lease Corporation, FUSE3 Communications, Ingram Micro, and Design Data Systems Among Others –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Hardware as-a-Service (HaaS) Market: Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020-2025)” report has been added to’s offering.

The Global Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) Market is anticipated to witness a CAGR of 26.2% over the forecast period 2020-2025.

Increasing need to adopt new IT solutions, increased digitization, increasing investment of small and large scale enterprises in the HaaS hardware and services, technical advancements and product innovation, and increasing load on cloud infrastructure are some of the major factors influencing the growth of HaaS market.

Market Highlights

  • HaaS model is emerging as a method of technology acquisition for businesses looking for new ways to serve customers in a competitive market, with minimal pressure on a company’s financial operations. The HaaS model is more cost-effective among businesses that frequently replace or upgrade their hardware.
  • This offering provides affordable, managed solutions with a rental agreement which also bundles maintenance and support along
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After initially focusing on small purchases, Pittsylvania County pursuing several large expenditures with CARES Act funding | Local News

During Tuesday’s finance committee meeting, the supervisors approved an allocation of $1.7 million to Pittsylvania County Schools that will cover the cost of 3,000 Chromebooks, the purchase of 1,000 internet hotspots with data included to be sent home with students, and bipolar ionization air scrubbers for the division’s elementary schools.

This allocation of nearly $1 million for Chromebooks is in addition to the purchase of 3,000 Chromebooks that was approved last month. Vanderhyde said those funds haven’t been spent yet, meaning that the school division still hasn’t purchased the devices. She worries about what happens if the school division isn’t able to find laptops to buy, which would leave nearly $2 million in funds that the county would have to give back to the federal government.

“What happens then?” she said.

Supervisors expressed concerns about the Virginia General Assembly potentially cutting funding during the special session in Richmond that started

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