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Cloudflare Sets to Protect the IoT

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Cloudflare plans to extend security to the Internet of Things (IoT) with Orbit-- a service allowing IoT vendors to protect devices from attacks and deploy patches more quickly.

Cloudflare OrbitAs the company puts it, more IoT devices are becoming victims in DDoS attacks. For instance, one can recall the Mirai botnet hijacking webcams earlier least year. This points out a need for a service similar to the Cloudflare delivery network, only for the various connected devices making the IoT.

Orbit sits one layer before the device and acts as a security shield, protecting against exploits even if the device runs on an outdated software. Manufacturers can force devices to connect solely through the Cloudflare network, and in turn Cloudflare blocks exploits or prompts device owners for further authentication of attacks are suspected.

More Features in Bluescape Virtual Workspace

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The Bluescape virtual workspace gets a set of new features-- allowing users to group images, documents, video, text and more by attaching individual elements to each other.

BluescapeAttach allows users to stick elements, notecards, documents, images, video and more to each other, creating a group. Groups can be resized, moved, duplicated and presented as individual elements in the workspace, and can be detached when required. Attach preserves visual order and each layer is easily accessible. Custom templates allow one to organise content, track projects, design spaces and more.

The First Windows 10-Powered Smartwatch

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German OEM TrekStor is the company working on the first Windows 10-powered smartwatch-- a yet unnamed wearable device based on Windows 10 IoT Core able to run Universal Windows applications.

Windows 10 SmartwatchAnnounced in a Windows Blog post, the TrekStor smartwatch is primarily aimed at industry use, with applications such as retail inventory management, building automation, industrial automation, healthcare, asset management and fleet management. As Microsoft puts it, the device "allows various functions to be reported to the right place without any communicative detours, and messages can be transmitted silently in real-time or verbally via voice messages."

LaCie Adds Thunderbolt 3 to 2big Dock

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LaCie announces an evolution of the 2big 2-bay RAID storage solution-- the addition of Thunderbolt 3 makes it a "sleek yet powerful" docking station for modern laptops such as the latest MacBook Pro.

LaCie 2bigFeaturing a chassis designed by Neil Poulton, the 2big features a single cable to connect with laptops, SD cards, compact flash cards and other devices. It handles up to 20TB of storage (a 25% increase over the previous version), while Thunderbolt 3 allows transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s.

It has front-facing SD and CF card slots, a DisplayPort port for connection to displays and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports able to simultaneously power a laptop while daisy-chaining up to 5 additional Thunderbolt or x1 USB-C drive. Also included is a USB 3.1 port for compatibility with legacy devices (via adapter cable).

IDC: EMEA Traditional PC Market Returns to Growth

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The traditional PC market (desktops, notebooks and workstations) continues to stabilise in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- shipments show "modest" 1.6% Y-o-Y growth, reaching 17.4 million units.

IDC EMEA Q1 2017 PCs

Notebooks show the strongest performance, growing by 8.9% Y-o-Y across EMEA with 9.2% growth in W. Europe and 8.3% in CEMA. Commercial notebooks are up by 18.6% in CEMA and 11.2% in W. Europe, the result of a push to avoid price increases and favourable exchange rates against the dollar, while consumer notebooks are up by 8.1% in CEMA and 7.5% in W. Europe thanks to previous quarter backlogs.

Desktop shipments are still on the decline however, as EMEA shipments are down by -12% Y-o-Y.

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