Microsoft’s tactics to win cloud battle lead to new antitrust scrutiny

Aurich Lawson | Getty Images reader comments 18 with 16 posters participating Share this story Microsoft has escaped the recent backlash against the power and wealth of the biggest US tech companies. Despite a stock market value that has soared to more than $2 trillion on its dominance of various parts of the business software […]

These plastic batteries could help store renewable energy on the grid

Conductive polymers could wind up being a major player in grid storage, but whether that happens will likely depend on how quickly the company can scale up its technology and, crucially, how much the batteries cost, says Susan Babinec, who leads the energy storage program at Argonne National Lab.  Some research points to $20 per […]

The Download April 13, 2022: Russian hackers, and house-flipping algorithms

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 The world has clocked up more than half a billion known covid casesThe true number is likely to be far higher. (NYT $)+ Cases are rising again across the US. (NYT $)+ Experts are split over whether the US […]

House-flipping algorithms are coming to your neighborhood

Making sense of iBuyers’ erratic transactions means understanding not just how their technology works, but where they come from, explains DelPrete. Tech-led disruption of real estate is not the result of a couple of buddies in a garage, he explains: “There are no pure tech plays that are revolutionizing real estate.” The fuel is billions […]

ITP joins global tech body in condemning war in Ukraine

Elizabeth Eastwood, Contributor. 13 April 2022, 2:01 pm IT Professionals NZ agrees with the sentiments of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) in condemning the actions of Russia in Ukraine. ITP is an active member of IFIP, represented at IFIP Board Level by Elizabeth Eastwood and on technical committees and working groups by over […]

ITP Mourns the passing of past President Richard Donaldson

Victoria MacLennan. 13 April 2022, 12:07 pm Standing on the shoulders of giants – ITP Mourns the passing of past President Richard DonaldsonSadly Richard passed away last weekend. Richard was the president of the New Zealand Computer Society (ITP’s former name) from 2005-2007. I was lucky enough to work with Richard at Transpower throughout the […]

Russia’s Sandworm hackers attempted a third blackout in Ukraine

Getty Images | Sundry Photography reader comments 25 with 15 posters participating Share this story More than half a decade has passed since the notorious Russian hackers known as Sandworm targeted an electrical transmission station north of Kyiv a week before Christmas in 2016, using a unique, automated piece of code to interact directly with […]

Russian hackers tried to bring down Ukraine’s power grid to help the invasion

The document, which was written by the state-run Ukrainian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), describes “at least two successful attack attempts,” one of which began on March 19, just days after Ukraine joined Europe’s power grid in a bid to end dependence on Russia. After publication, Victor Zhora, Ukraine’s deputy head of the State Special […]

Money is about to enter a new era of competition

We now stand at the threshold of another era of upheaval. Cash is on the way out, and the digital technologies that are replacing it could transform the very nature and capabilities of money. Today, central-bank money serves at once as a unit of account, a medium of exchange, and a store of value. But […]