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PS4 System Software Update 8.00 Goes Live

October 14, 2020 | software | No Comments

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Sony’s latest PlayStation 4 software update is launching today, tweaking a host of existing features.

As the PlayStation Blog details, there will be updates to Party and Messages, bringing noticeable changes to the UI, streamlining them, and linking them more closely. Instead of having separate groups, both Party and Messages will now use the same groups for both voice chats and messaging.

In the Quick Menu, the update is also adding a rather self-explanatory Mute All Microphones feature, letting players, well, mute all mics while playing.

Sony is also adding new pre-set avatars, including ones from Bloodborne, Journey, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, The Last of Us Part II, The Last of Us Remastered, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, and many more.

The Parental Controls are being simplified by folding Communicating With Other Players and Viewing Content Created By Other

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Virginia’s voter registration website went down on Tuesday, the final day to register in the commonwealth ahead of Election Day, officials said.



a stack of flyers on a table: Virginia voter registration system goes down on final day to register


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Virginia voter registration system goes down on final day to register

The Virginia Department of Elections said Tuesday morning officials were alerted that a fiber cut was impacting data circuits and VPN connectivity for multiple agencies, impacting the citizen portal and the registrar’s office.

“Technicians are on site and working to repair; updates will be provided as work progresses,” officials tweeted as of 11 a.m.

An official with the Virginia Department of Elections was not immediately available for comment when asked for an estimate on when the registration website may be back up. The department did not offer an estimated time in

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Groundbreaking AI Software Highlighted by Gartner As “Bringing AI Closer to Human Learning and Intelligence”  

Company’s Stealth Mode Successes Include Tens of Millions in Revenue, Long-Term Contracts & Partnerships with the World’s Largest Consultancies & Fortune 500 Clients

BlackSwan Technologies launches as the world’s first enterprise AI operating system, enabling any company to leverage the most advanced artificial intelligence for an unprecedented level of operational efficiency and data-driven decision making. Since it began offering its technology to a limited customer base earlier this year, BlackSwan Technologies has generated tens of millions of dollars in revenue through multi-year contracts with many leading businesses. The company has also established a groundbreaking partnership with Deloitte to provide leading global banks an AI-powered platform that is already proven to increase revenue and drive efficiencies.

BlackSwan Technologies was recently recognized in Gartner’s 2020 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report as a pioneer in “bringing AI

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Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password since April, exposing “thousands” of calls between inmates and their attorneys. Anyone could read call logs and transcripts.

HomeWAV shut down the dashboard shortly after TC reported the issue. Company chief John Best confirmed the incident and said that a third-party vendor inadvertently removed the password restriction that kept the server private. He also promised to notify inmates, their families and lawyers.

It’s a particularly serious violation. While many US prisons record calls, they’re not supposed to monitor calls with lawyers due to attorney-client privilege — this suggests the calls were recorded in spite of that rule. And when

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Publishing such information violates the Convention of the Rights of the Child, a U.N. agreement to which Argentina is a signatory, that says a child’s privacy should be respected at all stages of legal proceedings, said Hye Jung Han, a researcher and advocate in the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, who was the lead researcher on the report.

Argentina’s embassy in Washington did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

On a visit to Argentina in May 2019, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy warned the Argentine government that CONARC’s database contained 61 children. By that October Argentina’s justice ministry said there was no children’s data in CONARC. But the report contends the practice continued after the U.N. visit, with 25 additional children added to the database.

An HRW review of CONARC also saw that the public information about the children was peppered

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Google is beefing up security on its products.


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Google on Wednesday unveiled a pair of online products designed to better protect the security and privacy of Google users’ information.

The company said it will soon introduce a redesigned critical alert to warn Google Account users when a serious security threat is detected, such as a suspected hack. Unlike alerts that arrive in your email or on your phone, the new alert will automatically be displayed in the Google app you’re using.

How Google’s new critical alerts will look.


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To provide an additional layer of reassurance, Google says the new alert is spoof-proof, so you don’t have to worry about whether the alert is legitimate.

Google is also rolling out a new feature for Google Assistant called Guest mode that will allow you to use the voice-activated AI without your interactions being saved to

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Scales Software Capabilities to Support Enterprise-Grade Businesses Globally with Features Driving Scalability, Operational management, Performance Analytics, and Service Availability

OpenDrives Atlas

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OpenDrives, the global provider of enterprise-grade, hyper-scalable network-attached-storage (NAS) solutions, announces today the availability of Atlas 2.1, the next version of its software platform and file system that powers all OpenDrives storage solutions. Atlas 2.1 enables a scale-out storage architecture to accelerate performance, power, and flexibility of OpenDrives’ storage lineup, including the recently released Ultra Hardware series. Customers are now able to overcome significant constraints within key functional areas, such as scalability, operational management, performance analytics, and service availability. 

“Many people think of storage as purely hardware. While it underpins the processes and interconnections within a storage solution, it’s the software that drives true performance,” said Sean Lee, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at

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Current figures show that, for each person who tests positive, tracers find three others who have been in close contact and who might be infected, amounting, in this case, to 47,523.

Research by Imperial College London shows that 20 per cent of people who have been in close contact with an infected person are infected, which would suggest around 10,000 contacts of the original cases may now have contracted the virus.

Old format caused spreadsheet glitch

The problem arose with a centralised spreadsheet created to automatically collect data logged by private companies carrying out swab tests, so results could then be fed into the Test and Trace system as well as into Government dashboards showing infection rates.

However, PHE used an old format for the spreadsheet, which could only record 65,000 rows of data, when modern versions can record millions. 

Because each positive test created multiple rows of data, the

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