Week Ending: 4th September - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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With travel industry news monopolising the headlines this week, we wouldn’t be surprised if news from the world of tech and I.T. had passed you by.

But fear not, we will get you right up to date in no time with our trusty weekly roundup. This week, we discover how a University in Newcastle has been hit by a cyberattack, the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 worth nearly two thousand pounds, plus, how Apple is rumoured to finish the year with a launch of new products.

Northumbria University has been hit by a cyberattack

This week, Northumbria University in Newcastle was hit by a cyberattack where operational disruptions occurred across its networks and I.T. systems.

It has been reported that the University took immediate action to mitigate the impact and is working with external specialists who have launched an investigation. In addition, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the police have been made aware of the attack.

The attack has led to a number of problems including cancelled exams and the clearing line being disrupted. Students were also unable to access the campus. The student portal and other online platforms used in day-to-day studies was also switched off as a precautionary measure.

Northumbria University said in their statement about the cyberattack:

“The investigation is still at an early stage and we are currently assessing the scope of the incident.”

Along with Northumbria University’s cyberattack, Newcastle University, which is based on the other side of the city, has reported a number of operational issues. However, it’s unclear whether the two incidents are linked.

Find out more information about Northumbria’s cyberattack here.

Samsung introduces a new folding smartphone worth nearly two thousand pounds

South Korean giant, Samsung, launched its most expensive phone this week.

At its online event this week, the brand introduced its new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, worth a staggering £1,799. The phone boasts an array of features including a 6.2-inch screen on the front of the device and a folding display which opens out from within the phone, which overall makes the display screen 7.6-inches.

But this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Last year, the original Samsung Galaxy Fold was delayed after it was flawed by early reviewers for allowing dirt into its hinges which could damage the phone’s screen. However, this time around, Samsung has made specific updates to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the phone to ensure that this problem doesn’t happen again.

Now, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a hideaway hinge which uses sweeper technology to prevent dust from getting into the phone causing damage to the device’s screen. In addition to this, the improved hinge also means the foldable screen can be opened to multiple viewing angles, which is a first on a Fold device.

Samsung UK and Ireland corporate vice president, Conor Pierce, said:

“The journey to reach the next generation of smartphones is full of originality and innovation.

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, we listened closely to customers’ feedback to ensure we were bringing meaningful improvements to the device, while also developing new innovations to enhance the user experience.

Further strengthened by our industry-leading partnerships with Google and Microsoft, we’re reshaping and redefining the possibilities of the mobile device experience.”

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 will support 5G and will go on sale 18th September.

Discover more about the Galaxy Z Fold 2 here.

Apple is set to close 2020 with an array of new devices

An Apple launch event was leaked this week, which revealed that the global tech giant is set to launch an array of new devices by the end of 2020.

New products include the iPhone 12, the Apple Watch 6, and a brand-new iPad – which is suspected to be the iPad Air 4.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not certain when Apple will be launching its new products. However, rumour suggests that we’ll be seeing the Apple Watch 6, along with its budget buddy, the Apple Watch SE, making their debut next week or in just a few days.

News leaker, Jon Prosser, announced that the Apple Watch 6 and upcoming iPad will make their debut in September via a press release and he tweeted:

“I’m being told that *something* is happening on Apple’s website on Tuesday, September 8th. Between 9:00-12:00 EST.”

Furthermore, it has been noticed that Apple has recently been running a test feed on its YouTube channel which indicates that an event of some kind is set to happen Thursday, September 10th.

With all these suspicions and circulating rumours, we certainly think something big is going to occur for Apple next week. So, make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

Find out more here.

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