Microsoft to stop Windows 7 support by Jan 2020 – Quick wrap

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 on Jan 14, 2020.

Here’s the announcement:

Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.

Accelerator invites next-gen companies

This article was 1st published on our sister Site, The Internet Of All Things.

Ireland based CorkBIC is looking for early stage disruptive companies in the wider security industry including Cybersecurity, Internet of Things (IOT), Health & Bioinformatics, Artificial Intelligence, Defence, Critical Infrastructure, Financial Services, Transport and Logistics, to be part of the 3rd Cohort of the International Security Accelerator.

The Accelerator, based in Cork, Ireland, is an intensive 13 week program of mentoring and in-depth workshops with a focus on the team, technology, business model, market opportunity and investor readiness. As part of the package, participants will get:

  1. Access to Corporate Partners and Customers
  2. Investment
  3. One-to-Ones with the Accelerator Tech Expert Group (AI, IoT, Security, IP and managing global tech teams)
  4. One-to-One’s in Sales/Go to Market (Market Entry, Partnering, Pricing)
  5. One-to-One’s on Investor Readiness (Focus, Valuation, Terms, Closing, Board etc)
  6. Access to International Investment Network for new funding
  7. Co-working space for 9 months


Applications open until May 31st at ISA.CORKBIC.COM

Accelerator starts in September 2019.


Alphabet launches Cloud service ‘Backstory’ – Quick wrap

Alphabet Chronicle

Alphabet company Chronicle has launched ‘Backstory’, a global Cloud service where companies can privately upload, store, & analyze their internal security telemetry to detect & investigate potential cyber threats.

How does it work? Chronicle built a new layer over core Google infrastructure where you can upload your security telemetry, including high-volume data such as DNS traffic, netflow, endpoint logs, proxy logs, etc., so that it can be indexed & automatically analyzed by our analytics engine. Your data remains private — it isn’t scanned by or available to anyone for other purposes, said Alphabet in this post.

It was just over a year ago that Chronicle, a company, focused entirely on enterprise cybersecurity, was setup.

Click here to read up on Backstory.

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3 IM cos including WhatsApp planning cryptocurrencies : Report

A New York Times report has said 3 major Instant Messaging companies – WhatsApp, Telegram & Signal are planning to launch cryptocurrencies from next year.

The aim is to allow users to send money to contacts on their messaging systems, it added.

One of the most secret ones is by Facebook. The company is working on a coin that users of WhatsApp, which Facebook owns, could send to friends & family instantly, said the NYT report.

Click here to read the report.


News service ‘Scroll’ partners with Mozilla – Quick wrap

Scroll partners with Mozilla

Yet to be fully launched news subscription service ‘Scroll’ has roped in another major player today for its efforts in dispensing news – Mozilla.

Scroll announced this on its blog today. Both will work to better understand how consumers react to ad-free experiences on the Web.

Said the post on the Scroll Mozilla partnership:

One of the companies we’ve always looked up to most has been Mozilla. From their inception they have been dedicated to the concept of an internet that puts people first. They’ve been at the forefront of driving forward user experience on the web as well as how we think about data and privacy online. In this, they have been an inspiration to all of us at Scroll.

We began talking to the Mozilla team late last year as both they and Scroll were wrestling with the common problem of how to build a web that puts users first without compromising on funding  the journalism essential to our democracy . From those early discussions, we’ve moved to a more formal collaboration where we’re going to be working together to understand consumer attitudes and interest around alternative funding models and consumer-driven ad-free experiences.

It’s early days for this partnership, but we want to be transparent from the get-go and are hugely excited about what we might learn as we seek a better web ecosystem together.

Image Credit: Scroll


Google Assistant coming to Messages soon – Quick wrap

Google Assistant in Messages Over the coming months, Google will deploy the Google Assistant within Messages for English users around the globe.

While announcing this on its official blog of Google Assistant in Messages, Drew Rowny, Product Lead, Messages, said the Messages app uses on-device AI to offer suggestion chips (similar to Smart Reply) relevant to your conversation, helping you quickly find & share information about 3 categories to start: movies, restaurants & weather.

Here’s the many things you will be able to do:

You can tap on the suggestion chip to learn more from your Assistant, & if you find the info is helpful, you can share the information in your conversation.

If you’re chatting about a movie, you might see a suggestion chip to learn more about that film. By tapping the chip, you can ask the Assistant to pull up a card with recent movie reviews or showtimes, which you can choose to share back into your conversation with just another tap. Of course, if you don’t choose to share that information, the other person won’t see it.

On another note, Drew writes: To improve the standard messaging experience on Android, we’ve been working with many of our ecosystem partners, including Samsung, Huawei, America Movil, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telenor, and Vodafone to make RCS (Rich Communication Services) more widely available. Google has helped to launch RCS with partners in 24 countries, bringing enhanced features in your conversations like group chats, read receipts, and high quality media sharing. We will continue to work to bring better messaging to every Android user, regardless of their device or carrier.

Image Credit: Google