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A long bet on DevOps: an interview with Paddy Power Betfair CTO Paul Cutter

When bookmaker Betfair merged with rival Paddy Power in 2016 to create one of the largest global online gambling businesses, Paul Cutter had already been CTO for two years. He joined Betfair from Sky where was director of software engineering; prior to that, he’d had the same job title at AOL. If he has a game plan it could be ... Read More »

Spotify is removing controversial artists from curated playlists

Spotify is implementing a new policy that removes controversial artists’ music from the streaming service’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, the company announced today, starting with music from RB artist R. Kelly. It’s part of Spotify’s new hate content and hateful conduct policy that will prevent controversial artists and those accused of crimes from being shown on any playlist owned by ... Read More »

EE accused of ignoring warnings over exposure of two million lines of system code

BT-owned mobile network EE has been accused of exposing two million lines of critical system code and ignoring a security expert’s exposure of the company’s lax practices – until it was publicly embarrassed. A hacker could, the security expert claimed, use the exposed code to analyse EE’s payment systems and find further security flaws “that could lead to [the] theft ... Read More »

Polk announces a Google Assistant speaker at the tail-end of Google IO

One of the key highlights from this year’s Google IO developer conference was the announcement that the first Google Smart Displays would be launching in July of this year. Smart Displays, with their built-in screens and Google Assistants, are Google’s answer to the Amazon Echo Show and an evolution of the voice-only Google Assistant speakers like the Google Home and ... Read More »

Marshall Major III Bluetooth headphones offer 30 hours of rocking tunes per charge

If Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel were to buy a pair of Bluetooth headphones, he’d probably opt for a pair of Marshall cans. And, if he’d fallen on hard times after the royalties on Lick My Love Pump had bottomed out, he may even set his sights on the affordable new Marshall Major III Bluetooth over-ears. Launching on May 8, they ... Read More »

EU NIS Directive to boost cyber security of essential infrastructure comes into force tomorrow

It may be less well-known than GDPR but the EU directive on the security of Networks and Information Systems (NIS Directive) could be just as impactful in certain critical sectors. The NIS Directive, which comes into effect on 10 May, concerns the security of nationally important infrastructure such as electricity and water supplies, transport and healthcare. It seeks to improve ... Read More »

The JBL Link Bar brings Google Assistant and Android TV together in a soundbar

Ahead of its Google IO 2018 event on May 8, Google and JBL have announced a new breed of soundbar that takes the best of both companies and mashes them together. The result is the JBL Link Bar, and it offers Android TV and Google Assistant all built into a unibody soundbar. Now, you might be wondering, why is that ... Read More »

Google and New Relic announce new Kubernetes services

Non-malware attacks and ransomware take centre stage This report looks at research from over 1000 organisation, representing more than 2.5 million endpoints, to understand the prevalence and growth of non-malware attacks. Download now to find out more. Download Read More »

Rejoice! You’ll soon be able to stream Spotify in the Middle East

If you’re a Spotify user and have to jump through a number of hoops to get it working in the Middle East, then we’ve got some good news for you. The company has posted two new job openings on LinkedIn as well as on its official job site, based in Dubai. The first is for a Senior Editor, while the ... Read More »

This app will scan your record artwork and find tunes on Spotify

Spotify has some great music recommendation systems, and its search is comprehensive too. But sometimes an album you’ve seen out might not have an obvious name on its cover – or you’re just too lazy to get typing. A new experimental app called Record Player allows you to take a photo of a record sleeve, have it be scanned and ... Read More »

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