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Apple and air travel: iOS in the skies

Apple’s mobile devices have changed air travel, beyond passenger experiences they are changing how people fly and maintain aircraft, manage airports and more…
The travel experience When we plan our trips, apps are essential. While many emulate online services, some provide additional features to mobile device users. We find flights using apps like Skyscanner,Hopper or airline apps such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet. We check destinations with Trip Advisor, use loyalty schemes, and find places to stay with AirBnB. We can make these decisions anywhere we happen to be – even in the middle of the ocean if we use a satellite calling solution like Iridium Go.
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Microsoft to slash size of Windows 10’s monthly updates

Microsoft last week said that it will pare the size of Windows 10's monthly updates once version 1809 reaches customers' PCs this fall.
“We'll be bringing a new design for quality updates to the next major versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server,” wrote Maliha Qureshi, a Microsoft program manager, in an August 16 post to a company blog. “This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.”
The next “major” versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server will each be labeled 1809 in Microsoft's yymm format, which denotes their purported month of release. Ideally, the feature upgrade for both lines will debut next month, but Microsoft's cadence usually runs a month later.
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How to survive in the financial software business

Software startup is targeting banks as its customer base, so this pilot fish is sent to the initial customer to make sure everything is exactly the way the bank wants it to be.
“When not observing their processes or asking and answering questions, I sat at a big mahogany desk right in front of the bank's vault,” says fish.
“One evening well after the bank had closed, I was coding away at the desk when a guard confronted me with pistol drawn, demanding to know who I was and why I was sitting in front of the vault — which it turned out hadn't been locked, as it was supposed to be.
“A phone call later, I got to put my hands down.
“But that wasn't the last excitement in this job. A few years later, I was part of a team doing an installation at a bank in the middle of the country.
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Microsoft to slash size of Windows 10’s monthly updates

Microsoft last week said that it will pare the size of Windows 10's monthly updates once version 1809 reaches customers' PCs this fall.
“We'll be bringing a new design for quality updates to the next major versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server,” wrote Maliha Qureshi, a Microsoft program manager, in an August 16 post to a company blog. “This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.”
The next “major” versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server will each be labeled 1809 in Microsoft's yymm format, which denotes their purported month of release. Ideally, the feature upgrade for both lines will debut next month, but Microsoft's cadence usually runs a month later.
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If you have ambition, open source at scale is essential

When your job is to provide the cloud infrastructure to run analytics and workloads across three that are more than 100 miles apart datacenters, sucking 100-plus petabytes from each daily, it’s no longer an even remotely credible option to buy it from Megavendor X. These days, the only place to find such software is on an open source repository somewhere.
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Reevaluate “low-risk” PHP unserialization vulnerabilities, researcher says

LAS VEGAS — In cybercrime, as in most areas of crime (or business), the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The emergence of Petya/NotPetya and other virulent forms of malware have showcased how the best and most successful black-hat hacks are not entirely new—bad actors simply take older, more established approaches or attack vectors and add a new twist. And so it is with PHP unserialization attacks, as showcased at the Black Hat conference earlier this month by Sam Thomas, director of research for Secarma Ltd, an information security consultancy.
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