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Microsoft sounding red alert to Windows 10 users, CXOs keen on IoT but lack skills & More News

This week in tech news: Two critical vulnerabilities have been found on the Windows 10 OS, CXOs claim skills gap and the lack of infrastructure readiness hinders IoT adoption and

'smart' clothing can boost signals and save battery life on wireless devices says researchers.

 Tech news you need to know, in two minutes or less.



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Update Windows 10 Immediately, Warns Microsoft


Microsoft is sounding a red alert to Windows 10 users, warning them to update their operating systems immediately. The company, in a blog post Tuesday, warned of two "critical" vulnerabilities that rival the previous "BlueKeep" crisis. As with that bug, the new issues are described as "wormable," meaning hackers could use them to spread malware from one machine to another without any interaction from the user.


There are "potentially hundreds of millions of vulnerable computers," Simon Pope, Microsoft's director of Incident Response, wrote in a blog post Tuesday."It is important that affected systems are patched as quickly as possible because of the elevated risks associated with wormable vulnerabilities like these, and downloads for these can be found in the Microsoft Security Update Guide," he said.


article by TechWireAsia

CXOs keen on internet of things but lack skills and infrastructure


EMERGING technologies often find it hard to secure the buy-in of business leaders because they’re hard to understand. Be it blockchain or 5G, there’s just not enough clarity about how it can help a business get ahead of the competition or achieve (significantly) more than existing systems and processes. That’s not the case with the internet of things (IoT).


A new IDC study finds that despite 85 percent of businesses saying that they have a budget and appetite for IoT, the skills gap and the lack of infrastructure readiness hinder adoption significantly. “Across the IoT ecosystem industry, it is becoming plain that security is a complex topic with many layers across applications, network, data, and devices,” said IDC’s ANZ Practice Research Manager Monica Collier.


image courtesy of NUS Engineering

‘Smart’ clothing that boosts wearable tech connectivity and battery life by 1,000 times

Researchers in Singapore have invented ‘smart’ clothing they say can boost signals and save battery life on wireless devices, such as headphones and smart watches.

The invention called “metamaterial” allows radio waves like Bluetooth and Wi-fi to glide across clothing between wearable devices instead of radiating outwards in all directions.


Assistant Professor John Ho from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering and the NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology (NUS iHealthtech), and his team invented a completely new way for wearable devices to interconnect. Their invention aims to confine the signals between the sensors closer to the body to improve efficiency. This means sensors and wearable technology such as Apple Watches and AirPods can establish stronger connections faster and save energy, the scientists at National University of Singapore said.


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