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CMA: AWS and Microsoft deny cloud discounts have anti-competitive effect on market

Cloud customers are failing to see how the offering of committed spend discounts could contribute towards them becoming locked in to hyperscale cloud platforms, according to the interim findings of an anti-trust probe into the inner workings of the UK cloud industry.   The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the first of a…

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Four key impacts of AI on data storage

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest-growing enterprise technologies. According to IBM, 42% of firms with more than 1,000 employees now use AI in their business. A further 40% are testing or experimenting with it. Much of that innovation is being driven by generative AI (GenAI), or large language models (LLM), such as ChatGPT.…

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Rapidus to Get $3.9 Billion in Government Aid for 2nm, Multi-Chiplet Technologies

Rapidus, a Japan-based company developing 2nm process technology and aiming to commercialize it in 2027, will receive a huge government grant for its ongoing projects. The Japanese government will support Rapidus with subsidies totaling ¥590 billion yen ($3.89 billion). In addition to developing its 2nm production node and spending on cleanroom equipment, Rapidus will also fund…

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Environment Agency dumps Fujitsu as Post Office scandal takes its toll

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ended Fujitsu’s role in providing a flood warning system to the UK, two months after signing an extension of up to 12 months.  The move comes with Fujitsu under high levels of scrutiny in the UK, due to its role in the Post Office Horizon…

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CVE volumes set to increase 25% this year

The total number of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) reported in IT hardware and software products and services looks set to continue to grow in 2024, according to new figures published by active cyber insurance specialist Coalition, which predicts CVE volume will increase by 25% to 34,888 vulns, approximately 2,900 every month. CVE’s are the…

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Europe carves out niche in quantum computing

While quantum computers will never be used to perform mundane tasks, such as word processing or accounting, they will be able to solve certain problems that cannot be solved within a reasonable amount of time by conventional machines. A small number of those problems are so important that most countries in the industrial world are…

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Tech trends: what will be hot in 2024?

Technology is moving and developing faster than ever before. What do the next twelve months have in store? We like to look ahead at the end of every year, even if we don’t always get it right. Last year, we didn’t see generative AI coming (just like everyone else), although we did predict that it…

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Top 10 technology and ethics stories of 2023

As with 2022, Computer Weekly technology and ethics coverage continued with a focus on working conditions in the tech sector, looking, for example, at the experience of UK Apple workers attempting to unionise and the efforts of digital gig workers who train and maintain today’s much-hyped artificial intelligence (AI) systems. AI itself also took centre…

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VMware consolidates AI push at Explore in Barcelona

VMware Explore in Barcelona this week saw the virtualisation pioneer continue its push to go all-in on generative AI (GenAI) as a core capability for enterprises. This saw VMware extend its vision of a hybrid cloud and multicloud future built around generative AI and applications that can run in locations that include private cloud, public…

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NatWest taps IBM skills for generative AI

NatWest Bank is working with IBM to use generative AI (GenAI) to extend the capabilities of its virtual assistant. GenAI technology will be used by the bank’s virtual assistant, Cora, to enable it to offer more information to its customers through conversations with them. NatWest is tapping IBM’s data platform, as well as the IT giant’s…

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