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While it might sound like shooting fish in a barrel - Google Play is working with HackerOne on a bug bounty program to find vulnerabilities in "in-scope" applications distributed through the Play Store. The number of apps in scope is limited but is expected to expand over time and covers remote-code-execution vulnerabilities and corresponding Proofs of Concept that work on Android 4.4 devices and higher.

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IDC says spending on security hardware, software and services will hit almost $120B by 2021. That's good news for anyone working in the market who wants to ensure some career longevity. And spending on security products and services for 2017 will total $83.5 billion , an increase of 10.3% over last year.

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While smartphones have carved out a really useful space in our pockets, most of us have retained a desktop computer or notebook for "real" work. What if you could have a device that worked as both. Something you could slip into your pocket when you're out of the office but could easily dock and connect to a big screen and a mouse and keyboard. That's the promise of Samusng's DeX - and it looks like it's getting a hefty update to help realise that one device dream.

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, lead by Timothy Pilgrim received 114 breach notifications last financial year - up from 107 on the year before. Given mandatory notification doesn't start for a few more months, this could be the thin edge of the wedge as companies come to grips with the new regulatory regime.

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Microsoft has announced the release of Visio Online so you can open and edit diagrams from just about any device. Although it will cost you an extra US$5 per month (assuming an annual commitment), that's pretty decent value. It allows your to share Visio diagrams which can be viewed for free using the iOS or online viewers.

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The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2017 (Cth) which was passed on 23 August 2017 and the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill which was passed but the Parliament today are about ensuring large companies don't stifle competition and ensure that abuses of market power are stopped. The previous laws looked at the purpose of mergers, acquisitions and other actions whereas the new rules examine the potential affects of company activities, as well as their purpose.

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Dropbox is continuing its journey away from being simply a file sync service into one that businesses can use for collaboration and more sophisticated information distribution. While their free service remains popular, the company is continuing to push their business creditability with the new Showcase - the centrepiece of Dropbox's new Professional offering. I spoke with Dropbox's Daniel Iversen about the new products and services.

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Thanks to the tech boom, today's businesses are becoming more digital across every industry. As such, employers are likely to give your resume more consideration if you can demonstrate some level of understanding with today's top office software. Fortunately, a lifetime subscription to eLearnExcel + eLearnOffice is all you need to get there, and you can sign up for more than 90 percent off.

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I couldn't help but think back to the 1970s when Microsoft announced the new Surface Book 2 - memories of the opening titles from The Six Million Dollar Man came flooding back. The new Surface Book 2 boasts the latest processors from Intel, upgraded graphics and a massive 17 hours of battery life when playing back video. And Microsoft has one target firmly in their sights. Most of the comparisons Microsoft makes is with Apple's MacBook Pro, claiming to be better, stronger and faster.

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Patent-holding com nay VirnetX has been awarded almost US$440M in a long running patent dispute with Apple. A Federal Court judge in the Eastern District of Texas ordered the payment because of infringements relating to FaceTime and VPN on Demand. This is Apple's third loss in the matter, having lost and then won on appeal in previous cases. The four patents being disputed were purchased by VirnetX who have also had a crack at extracting cash from Microsoft and Cisco.

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I've been using an Apple Watch since the first unit was released. Back then, the device barely made it through a day between battery charges, wasn't waterproof, lacked an integrated GPS and had a confusing and cluttered user interface. Now, in it fourth hardware iteration and with watchOS 4, the Apple Watch Series 3 comes in cellular and non-cellular variants, has GPS, is waterproof and still has perplexing, but improving software.

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The WPA2-busting KRACK exploit can be patched. The flaw is serious and potentially effects almost every wireless access point and router in the market. It takes advantage of a vulnerability in the handshake between wireless connection points and client devices. But Apple has said they are testing a patch in the current beta releases of their four operating systems and I expect others to follow,

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I've all but given up with keeping business cards. My preferred tool for capturing business cards and other bits of paper that float around at meetings and events has been Evernote. The Premium subscription that I pay for lets me scan stuff. The app then performs OCR so the contents can be easily searched. Business card scanning has a nifty feature where it can automatically connect you on LinkedIn and/or send your contact details (a digital business card) over email. Microsoft has now updated their camera app for iOS, Microsoft Pix, so it can recognise documents, whiteboards and business cards.With this latest update, Microsoft has added the ability to recognize and scan blackboards - for students at hipster schools I guess.

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KRACK - or the Key Reinstallation AttaCK - looks like the new infosec word we all need to know. According to the authors of a paper that will be presented at conference in a couple of weeks, Mathy Vanhoef of KU Leuven and Frank Piessens say they have found a way to circumvent WPA2 security - one of the key tools used for protecting wireless networks. If KRACk proves to be true, all bets are off when it comes to stopping eavesdroppers from listening in to your wireless network.

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The command line (or Terminal for you Mac fans) is a throwback to a simpler age of computing, before mouse pointers and application windows and desktop wallpaper. Back when it was just you and a window full of text. Operating systems have long since evolved beyond the humble command line interface, but there's still no better tool for quickly disseminating complex information in your operating system -- and you can actually do some other pretty cool stuff with them, too.

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During the first week of November, the OpenStack Summit is coming to Australia for the first time. With sessions focussing on the needs of everyone from the OpenStack newbie through to seasoned professionals with years of experience, the Summit is a biannual event that takes place in different cities around the world. I spoke with Mark Collier, the of the COO OpenStack Foundation, to find out what we can expect from the Sydney event.