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Week Ending: January 12th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Another interesting week in I.T. and tech has seen a controversial new ban in the Financial Services sector, a crucial Apple security update and a malfunctioning robot.

Our weekly roundup is here to provide you with the stories that you may have missed, in a simple and succinct fashion.

UK Financial Services employees no longer able to use their own devices

Those who work in Financial Services will no longer be allowed to use their own personal devices for work or external communication after the FCA inverted a MIFID II rule.

This has come somewhat unexpectedly, as MIFID II’s intended ban on employees bringing their own devices to work or in the office, was originally expected to be aimed only at investment firms.

In actual fact, the result has had a much wider ruling as the ban aims to tighten up security in the UK. This is a topic that is sure to result in heated debate as Financial Services companies discuss their security and how best to adapt to the change. Read more on the topic here.

Apple rolls out a crucial update to tackle Spectre vulnerability

Apple users, this one is an important one for you. Whilst it’s always worth keeping your devices up to date with the latest software to fix any bugs (and of course for new emojis), Apple has released a crucial update this week for iOS and macOS which deals with known security threats, Spectre and Meltdown, discovered earlier this month.

In short, update your devices as soon as possible to avoid the risk.

Apple says there have been no known instances in which cybercriminals have taken advantage of their flaw, however now is the time to act as a user, to ensure things stay that way.

All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.
These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems.

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A simple update is all that it will take so we’d really recommend this is done sooner rather than later.

Never work with animals, children… or robots!

Picture the scene: you’re an LG executive, career-driven, passionate about the company’s latest technology and the future of smart homes. It’s your time to give a keynote speech at CES and you are driving home points on the potential of the company’s new AI platform – specifically voice control.

What ties it all together? Your partner on stage, LG’s CLOi voice assistant robot, which (on a good day) can apparently tie together touchscreen fridges, rose gold AC units and washing machines. Apart from today, when your partner starts well but then completely lacks response as you repeatedly ask it different questions, generally making you a laughing stock in front of the beady eyes of the tech community. What’s worse is when its malfunction makes BBC news.

Yes, this really happened this week, meaning a bad day all round for LG and we have to really feel for the keynote speaker who does his best to stick to the script and make light of the robotic fail.


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