Low code: A promising trend or a Pandora’s Box? | VentureBeat

The bottom line is this: No one can see the big picture when individual departments just look at their own technology needs. In the absence of departmental collaboration, it’s hard to create the right context for focusing on customer experience and end-to-end process performance. Unless it is deployed with care, low code is not likely to promote a systemic view; instead, it is likely to reinforce short-term thinking.

https://venturebeat.com/2021/07/24/low-code-a-promising-trend-or-a-pandoras-box/

Microsoft acquires security start-up CloudKnox

Microsoft said Wednesday it’s acquiring CloudKnox, a start-up whose software helps companies reduce the amount of access they provide to their cloud resources. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/21/microsoft-acquires-security-start-up-cloudknox.html

Updates to Microsoft Teams meetings, Search, and more—here’s what’s new to Microsoft 365 | Microsoft 365 Blog

We believe the future of work is hybrid and that the leaders of tomorrow will be the ones that empower their people to collaborate and be productive from anywhere, at any time. Earlier this month, we shared several new innovations to Microsoft Teams Rooms, Fluid, and Microsoft Viva designed to help people connect, engage, and stay in the flow of work as we all navigate the new hybrid work world.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2021/06/24/updates-to-microsoft-teams-meetings-search-and-more-heres-whats-new-to-microsoft-365/

AI firm DeepMind puts database of the building blocks of life online | DeepMind | The Guardian

AlphaFold program’s prediction of nearly 20,000 human protein structures now free for researchers.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jul/22/ai-firm-deepmind-puts-database-building-blocks-life-human-protein-structure-free-online

Highly programmable quantum simulator operates with up to 256 qubits – Physics World

Physicists have demonstrated a large-scale, programmable quantum simulator, featuring a precisely-arranged two-dimensional array of 256 quantum bits (qubits). Designed by a team headed up at Harvard University, the system uses arrays of highly focused laser beams to trap individual atoms and drag them into desirable arrangements. The design, which the researchers describe in Nature, marks a key step forward in the global race to design larger, more reliable quantum computers, and could significantly improve their applicability in the near future.

https://physicsworld.com/highly-programmable-quantum-simulator-operates-with-up-to-256-qubits/

You’re not imagining it. Amazon and AWS want to hire all your friends, enemies, and everyone in between • The Register

Do you ever get the feeling that there’s a party going on and you’re not invited? Is that how you feel when you fire up LinkedIn and see yet another long-standing connection has been rewired into Amazon or AWS?

https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/21/amazon_aws_recruitment/

Have you updated your applications to use the Microsoft Authentication Library and Microsoft Graph? – Microsoft Tech Community

In 2020, we made a recommendation to developers to use the Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL) and the Microsoft Graph API when developing applications.  Since then, we’ve continued to add capabilities to both MSAL and Microsoft Graph, including improvements in performance, security, and reliability. We’ve also added hundreds of new APIs, including Continuous Access Evaluation-enabled APIs and Conditional Access authentication context to Microsoft Graph. These are now available for developers using MSAL and allow them to build Zero Trust-ready applications.

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-active-directory-identity/have-you-updated-your-applications-to-use-the-microsoft/ba-p/1144698

Fortinet’s security appliances hit by remote code execution vulnerability • The Register

Security appliance slinger Fortinet has warned of a critical vulnerability in its software that can be exploited to grant unauthenticated attackers full control over a targeted system, providing a particular daemon is enabled.

https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/20/fortinet_rce/