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Microsoft and Google’s GHG emissions gains call viability of net-zero targets into question

The financial results of the world’s biggest three hyperscale cloud companies have seen Amazon, Google and Microsoft all credit growing customer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) services for boosting their respective profit, revenue and market share totals. The downside to this growth, particularly where Google and Microsoft are concerned, is that it appears to be…

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AI and cyber skills worryingly lacking, say business leaders

Tech companies across Europe are suffering from a worrying lack of skills in artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security, according to research by Computer Weekly. The annual Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT salary surveyasked IT workers the areas of their organisations where skills are lacking to a problematic degree, with cyber and AI topping the list. Almost…

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Challenges of deploying AI to run public services more efficiently

In its 2024 general election manifesto, Labour promised to support the tech and digital sectors through a new industrial strategy and set about planning rules to boost digital infrastructure.The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) has now issued a report, Governing in the age of AI: Reimagining the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), detailing how…

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Kubernetes at 10: When K8s ‘won’ and life now as a ‘surly teenager’

Kubernetes is 10! Mid-2024 sees the 10th birthday of the market-leading container orchestration platform. But, according to DataStax developer relations guy Patrick McFadin, the container orchestration platform is in a “surly teenager” phase, with some challenges in management efficiency still to be solved. He also recalls how Kubernetes, also known as K8s, overcame its early challenges…

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Updating agriculture: Can data analysis save farming?

Farming is one of the oldest industries in the world, with evidence of agriculture being found as far back as 21,000 BC. However, with an increasing population and environmental disruption through climate change, farming needs to find new solutions to improve food security. One way more food could be grown is through using data analysis…

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Apple releases new HomePod mini colorway with 100% recycled mesh fabric

Today, Apple announced a new HomePod mini color. Almost four years after its first release, Cupertino is revamping its midnight color with a tweak: It’s now made with 100% recycled mesh fabric. At just 3.3 inches tall, Apple says HomePod mini offers big sound in an impressively compact design.HomePod mini in midnight is available starting…

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Security in the public cloud explained: A guide for IT and security admins

Who is responsible for security in the public cloud? This is a question businesses need to consider as they increasingly deploy more workloads and use cloud-based IT infrastructure, platform services and applications. In Gartner’s How to make integrated IaaS and PaaS more secure than your own data center report, analysts discuss the benefits of adopting…

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Kubernetes at 10: Persistent storage matures, helped by Operators

Kubernetes is 10! Mid-2024 sees the 10th birthday of the market-leading container orchestration platform. It’s a decade that started with containers emerging as a novel way of virtualising applications but storage and data protection that was practically non-existent. Now, Kubernetes offers a mature container platform for cloud-native applications with all the functionality required for the…

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Best practices to beat container misconfiguration

While misconfigured containers are a major challenge in cloud security, this can often be traced to shortcuts to cloud and containerisation divorced from the overall strategy. Focus on technical and tactical migrations, or even managing revenues, can be to the detriment of risk management and business results, with Drew Firment, chief cloud strategist at learning…

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YouTube launches its own version of X/Twitter Community Notes

Finally, a Google-owned company is stealing something worthwhile. YouTube announced today that it’s begun experimenting with its own version of Community Notes, the feature that X/Twitter pioneered whereby the user community fact-checks and brings additional context to posts.Of course, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell these YouTube notes will on the whole be unbiased,…

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