Your Money. But Not As You Know It
As predicted, debit and credit card, and other cashless payment systems now make up most financial transactions, but could this mean a change in the understanding of the value of money in the young generation?
French Love Cheat Sues Uber After Getting Caught Out
A (now-divorced) French businessman is suing taxi-style operator Uber over the alleged role of its app in exposing evidence of his extra-marital affair to his wife.
No Gmail From December ... Via Chrome, In XP and Vista
From December this year, if you are still using Windows XP or Vista, you will no longer be able to access your Googlemail / Gmail account in anything other than basic HTML interface.
Upgrade a Familiar Story.
Since the introduction of Windows 10, and since the ceasing of support for previous operating systems XP and soon Vista, Windows users have become used to Microsoft’s message that an upgrade is necessary and inevitable. It’s no big surprise, therefore, that Google is also now singing more loudly from the same upgrade hymn-sheet.
56 Next Version.
Google will soon be upgrading from version 55 to 56 of its Google Chrome browser, and Google actually stopped releasing Chrome updates for Windows XP and Vista version 49 more than year ago. Windows XP and Vista users will also have noticed that Google Drive is now inaccessible via those Operating systems.
Nag, Nag, Nag.
So-called ‘nag screens’ are one of the main ways that we are reminded that applications and systems will soon no-longer be supported or accessible. Google will therefore be using nag screens to remind anyone running versions of Chrome below the current version 55 that GSuite apps will stop working soon in Chrome prior to 53.
What’s So Good About The New Version of Chrome?
The big changes and the real necessity for the upgrade order is the fact that Google Chrome will essentially have much better security, and should be more able to handle more of the demands that modern browsers face with today’s content. Version 56 of Chrome will use HTML5 as its default, and this will contribute greatly to improving the user experience of the browser. Version 56 will also not need many of the plug-ins that previous versions relied upon, and that contributed to many operational and security issues.
What If You Just Do Nothing?
If you’re going to stay with Windows XP or Vista user for now, and you’re planning to keep using you’re current version of Chrome, it won’t be long until you try and log into your Gmail account, and you will see the most basic of HTML interfaces that is likely to prove quite difficult, and frustrating to use.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
With all Windows Operating Systems prior to 10 being killed off, and moved the as-a-service model, and if you’re sticking with Windows rather than Apple, upgrading looks inevitable and helpful if you want to use many other many of the most up-to-date applications. If you use a Googlemail account and the GSuite apps as part of your business activities, and if you’re used to be using Chrome, and if you’d like to improve your online security, it looks as though an upgrade of your Operating System to 10, and of your Chrome browser to version 56 are decisions you may soon need to consider making.
Coop Bank For Sale
The Co-op Bank, which is 20% owned by the Co-operative Group, and was rescued by a US hedge fund bail-out, is now up for sale. Meanwhile, it appears that some customers may also be experiencing the effects of its IT system transformation.
Facebook Provides Secure Keys
Facebook’s 1.79 billion users can now benefit from new login security measures which use a security key alongside the password.
Tech Tip : Customise Quick Access
Quick Access allows you to immediately jump into your favourite folder and most recently used files in Windows 10.
Security Companies Exaggerating Hackers’ Skills?
The technical director of the UK's National Cyber Security Centre has said in a security conference speech that computer security companies may be exaggerating the abilities of malicious hackers.
FBI Given Access To Your Emails Stored Outside U.S.
Google have been told by a US magistrate that they must comply with an FBI search warrant that would allow US law enforcement agencies to access emails that are stored outside of the US.
The order, by Judge Thomas Rueter, refers to the fact that Google uses data centres around the world to store customer emails on. In essence, the order, if complied with, will require Google to move the emails back to data centres in the U.S.
Government CyberFirst Initiative Gets A Much-Needed Supporter
Lockheed Martin UK has announced that it is supporting the UK government’s CyberFirst initiative, designed to attract and fast-track tomorrow’s online security experts.