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Explore a digitized collection of doomed Everest climbers letters home

Collection includes three letters found on Mallory's body in 1999, preserved for 75 years.

Ars Technica 22 Apr 2024 4:31 am

Age of Mythology: Retold

Genre: Strategy Developer: World's Edge, Forgotten Empires, Tantalus Media, CaptureAge, Virtuos Games Publisher: Xbox Game Studios Release Date: 2024 From the creators of the award-winning Age of Empires franchise, Age of Mythology: Retold goes beyond history to a mythical age where gods, monsters, and humans collide. Combining the best elements of the beloved Age of Mythology with modern real-time strategy design and visuals, Retold is an epic and innovative experience... Read more

Digit 22 Apr 2024 1:33 am

Secrets of the Octopus takes us inside the world of these aliens on Earth

Dr. Alex Schell on the surprising things we're learning about these amazing creatures

Ars Technica 21 Apr 2024 11:56 pm

Nasa satellite's 'shocking' space junk near-miss was even closer than thought

Nasa's TIMED spacecraft and the defunct Russian spy satellite Cosmos 2221 experienced an alarmingly close encounter in orbit, space.com reported. Initial estimates suggested that the two satellites passed within 65 feet (20 meters) of each other. Currently, there are approximately 11,500 satellites orbiting Earth, with 9,000 of them being operational, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 3:37 pm

Artificial Intelligence has a measurement problem

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:06 am

You're holding your iPhone - and AirPods - all wrong. Try this

This, apparently, is the truly fashionable way to carry your mobile gear. Frivolous or functional? Perhaps it's in the eyes of the beholder.

ZDNet 20 Apr 2024 5:30 pm

Plastic production threatens 1.5 degrees Celsius limit, new study warns

Plastic production's rapid growth threatens the global carbon budget for limiting global warming. Reductions in primary plastic production are crucial to align with climate targets and prevent exceeding the carbon budget, as highlighted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study.

The Times of India 20 Apr 2024 2:43 pm

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I tested Acer's $799 AI laptop for a week and there's one feature I can't give up

The Acer Swift Go 14 (2024) is an ultraportable, AI-ready laptop with some solid performance capabilities at a competitive price point.

ZDNet 19 Apr 2024 8:45 pm

The best Linux laptops of 2024

The best Linux laptops are user-friendly with high-end components and great battery life. We tested models from Lenovo, Dell, and more to find the top options.

ZDNet 19 Apr 2024 8:30 pm

Facebook chatbot claims to have a child with 'unique needs and abilities'

Metas AI chatbot commented on a private groups post about experience with a gifted and disabled child.

Computing 19 Apr 2024 5:08 pm

EA Sports F1 24 Sets May 31 Release Date, Gameplay Features Revealed in New Trailer

Electronic Arts has revealed more details about its upcoming Formula 1 racing sim, EA Sports F1 24, with a new trailer. F1 24, first announced in February, will arrive earlier than previous games in the series on May 31 across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 3:46 pm

Stability AI cutting staff in the name of restructuring

Stability AI is preparing to lay off staff as a part of a restructuring process following the resignation of CEO Emad Mostaque, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Computing 19 Apr 2024 3:14 pm

Mozilla Thunderbird for Linux 115.10.1

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Mozilla Thunderbird for Mac 115.10.1

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Apple HomePod LCD Display Component Image Leak Hints at Arrival of Upgraded Model

Apple HomePod with a touchscreen display is reportedly in the works and a component for the purported smart speaker has now been spotted online. While the company hasn't announced plans to launch a new HomePod model, recent reports have suggested a new touch-enabled speaker is in development and could make its debut this year.

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 2:22 pm

Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 Announced With Visceral Reveal Trailer, Will Arrive Later This Year

Kingdom Come: Deliverance, 2018s meticulous medieval action-RPG, is finally getting a sequel. Publisher Plaion has announced Kingdom Come: Deliverance II, set for release in 2024 across PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X. Developed by Warhorse Studios, Kingdom Come: Deliverance 2 promises to be a true sequel to the first game, bringing visceral first-person melee co...

NDTV 19 Apr 2024 1:35 pm

Asian Tech Roundup: Apple's charm offensive

Welcome to Computing's fortnightly roundup of tech news in Asia. This time we look at Tim Cook's tour of Southeast Asia, an area where the tech giant is keen to grow; South Korea's AI chip plans; and NTT's AI warnings.

Computing 19 Apr 2024 1:22 pm

China's cities are sinking below sea level, study finds

China's major cities experience elevation loss due to subsidence. In 100 years, a quarter of urban coastal land may be below sea level. Robert Nicholls and researchers emphasize the significance. Manoochehr Shirzaei criticizes inadequate adaptation strategies. Zurui Ao, Xiaomei Hu, and Shengli Tao led the study.

The Times of India 19 Apr 2024 10:16 am

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Hospital prices for the same emergency care vary up to 16X, study finds

Hospitals' rauma activation fees are unregulated and extremely variable.

Ars Technica 19 Apr 2024 3:44 am

Brave search engine adds privacy-focused AI - no Google or Bing needed

Accessible in any browser, Brave's new 'Answer with AI' option provides an AI-generated summary - with sources - in response to your requests and searches.

ZDNet 19 Apr 2024 1:15 am

The best phones of 2024: Expert tested and reviewed

We tested the best phones (both iPhones and Androids) and found the top picks to satisfy power users, budget shoppers, foldable enthusiasts, and more.

ZDNet 19 Apr 2024 12:58 am

The 2024 Mercedes E 350 4Matic is the thriftiest luxury workhorse

We test out the refreshed Mercedes midsize sedan.

Ars Technica 18 Apr 2024 9:05 pm

The best Android phones to buy in 2024: Expert tested and reviewed

I've tested every major Android phone released over the last year and curated the best picks from Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and more.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 9:03 pm

I tested Lenovo's dual-screen laptop and it improved my productivity in profound ways

The updated Lenovo Yoga Book 9i gets a new processor and a Copilot key for quick access to AI features. It's still a pricey machine, but man is it fun to use.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 8:37 pm

Acer's new $399 Chromebook Plus may just be the best budget laptop right now

The performance-driven Acer Chromebook Plus 514 launches today, and aims to raise the bar while bringing AI-ready features.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 6:30 pm

This $400 Samsung phone is the handset most people should buy in 2024

The Samsung Galaxy A35 5G is affordable, has a fantastic AMOLED display and a large battery, and will support years of updates.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 6:30 pm

2K Said to Be Gearing Up for an Announcement on the Mafia Series

Mafia developer Hangar 13 has been working on the next game in franchise for a few years. Official updates and information about the new Mafia title have been scarce since its existence was confirmed in 2022. The game was initially rumoured to be a prequel, with reported plans to develop it in Unreal Engine 5. Now, after almost two years since the unnamed Mafia game w...

NDTV 18 Apr 2024 6:10 pm

More layoffs at Google, as company fires protesters

Google is planning to make more employees redundant to reduce costs, according to a report by Reuters.

Computing 18 Apr 2024 3:51 pm

Boston Dynamics All-Electric Humanoid Atlas Robot With Advanced Movement Capabilities Unveiled

Boston Dynamics unveiled the next generation of its humanoid Atlas robot on Wednesday. The announcement came just a day after the company retired the hydraulic Atlas robot. The new Atlas is fully electric and comes with several upgrades over the predecessor, including a superhuman range of motion. In a video, the slender and more athletic robot was shown moving in way...

NDTV 18 Apr 2024 3:39 pm

Hackers launch brute-force attacks on business VPNs and more

A wave of brute-force attacks targeting critical business systems has cybersecurity experts urging organisations to tighten their defences.

Computing 18 Apr 2024 3:00 pm

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Downloadcrew 18 Apr 2024 2:07 pm

Microsoft Unveils VASA-1, an Image-to-Video AI Model That Generates Eerily Realistic Results

Microsoft has introduced a new artificial intelligence (AI) model that can generate hyperrealistic videos of talking human faces. Dubbed VASA-1, the AI image-to-video model can generate videos from just one photo and a speech audio clip. The company says the created videos will have synchronised lip movements to match the audio as well as facial expressions and head m...

NDTV 18 Apr 2024 2:06 pm

Last chance to register for Cybersecurity Festival 2024

The Cybersecurity Festival is Computing's premier security event, with keynotes from end-user IT leaders, panel discussions and plenty of networking. Computing 's annual Cybersecurity Festival is just around the corner, offering IT leaders a unique opportunity to stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of digital security. Hosted at One Moorgate Place, London on 2nd May, the Festival promises a day filled with insightful discussions, innovative solutions and invaluable networking opportunities. Modern cyber threats continue to develop in both sophistication and frequency, posing a challenges to organisations in every sector. Now more than ever, it is crucial for IT leaders to remain informed and connected to effectively safeguard their systems and data. This year's Festival boasts an impressive line-up of speakers , including Dan Burns, head of information security at Next, who will deliver a keynote address on preparing for modern-day threats, and Computing 's John Leonard, who will shed light on the transition from prevention to prediction in cybersecurity, drawing on exclusive research insights. An additional highlight is a session by Sarah Armstrong, chief security advisor at Microsoft, exploring the evolution of generative AI and its impact on cyber attacks. Sarah will delve into the transformative power of AI and its potential to reshape the cybersecurity landscape, offering attendees a deeper understanding of emerging threats - and how to defend against them. Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in engaging panel discussions on topics such as diversity in the cybersecurity talent pipeline and business resilience post-cyber attack. The event also features networking breaks and exhibit stands, providing ample opportunities for collaboration and knowledge sharing. As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, it is essential for IT leaders to stay informed, connected, and equipped with the latest insights and strategies. Don't miss your last chance to register for the Cybersecurity Festival and ensure your organisation is well-prepared to navigate the challenges ahead. Click here and register now to secure your place at this essential event.

Computing 18 Apr 2024 1:30 pm

Microsoft injects $1.5 billion into UAE's G42

Microsoft has announced a $1.5 billion investment in G42, a leading AI company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Computing 18 Apr 2024 11:46 am

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Life-threatening rat pee infections reach record levels in NYC

Between 2001 and 2020, there was an average of 3 cases per year. Last year's tally was 24.

Ars Technica 18 Apr 2024 3:56 am

The best laptop deals of 2024

You can save hundreds of dollars on laptops suitable for study, entertainment, work, and travel from brands like Apple, Lenovo, HP, and more.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 1:59 am

Don't like your Linux desktop? Here's how to install an alternative

If you're not happy with the desktop environment your chosen distribution uses, you have plenty of options available to you. Find out how easy it can be to install here.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 12:57 am

How Humane can fix the AI Pin (before it's too late)

The innovative wearable assistant is getting slammed for performance and usability fails. Here are the improvements Humane needs to make before the likes of Apple, Amazon, and Google eat its lunch.

ZDNet 18 Apr 2024 12:44 am

Qualys announces trial to help organisations comply with UK NCSC cyber guidance

Qualys is offering free 30-day access to its SaaS TruRisk platform. This move aims to assist organisations in adhering to the UK National Cyber Security Centre's (NCSC) guidelines that recommend a 57 day window for patching vulnerabilities. The announcement was made by Sumedh Thakar, the CEO of Qualys, at the Qualys Security Conference in London on Wednesday.

Computing 17 Apr 2024 9:52 pm

DeepMind CEO: Google will spend $100+ billion on AI

DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis says Google's processing power exceeds rivals'.

Computing 17 Apr 2024 3:46 pm

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Gen AI training costs soar yet risks are poorly measured, says Stanford AI report

Cost and safety issues are part of a burgeoning industrial market for AI taking over from a research community of AI scholars.

ZDNet 16 Apr 2024 9:06 pm

NASA says it needs better ideas on how to return samples from Mars

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is losing its grip on managing NASA's next flagship mission.

Ars Technica 16 Apr 2024 7:23 pm

PC Game Deals

This thread is for offers/discounts from online stores from where you can purchase PC games. I will be updating the downloadable ones, others are free to add deals on DVDs etc (and digital deals too ). The opening posts are brief introduction to some of the sites I use, along with some details of where to, when to look for a deal in that particular site and the deals currently active. We will start with Steam. 1) Steam :- The most popular service, so I will... Read more

Digit 16 Apr 2024 7:14 pm

Google's Next Foldable to Be Reportedly Called Pixel 9 Pro Fold

Google unveiled the Pixel Fold in May last year, marking its first foray into the foldable space. The Pixel Fold 2 is said to be in the pipeline with a new design and hardware upgrades. However, a new report hints that Google could change the naming convention for its foldable smartphone. The tech giant will reportedly launch the next foldable with the Pixel 9 Pro Fo...

NDTV 16 Apr 2024 6:09 pm

The best AirTag wallets of 2024: Expert tested and recommended

Lose your wallet often? ZDNET went hands-on with wallets specially designed to hold an AirTag so you can find your cards and cash with ease.

ZDNet 16 Apr 2024 5:30 pm

Why Blink home security cameras are perfect for first-time users

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BGR 16 Apr 2024 5:13 pm

Sunnier skies ahead? Cloud giants dial down the greenwash

2024 cloud sustainability research reveals positive changes in some of the environmental data provided by big three cloud vendors. Hyperscale cloud service providers market their services on the basis that not only are they more cost-effective than the on-premise datacentres of old, but that this efficiency makes them greener by default. To some extent this is true, but datacentres are sucking up ever greater quantities of electricity and water to power and cool these gigantic buildings and that's after the carbon expended used to build them in the first place. If you're one of the 84% who told our Tech Trends survey that sustainability matters to them and their businesses, how do you decide which cloud offers the best combination of cost efficiency and sustainability? An obvious first step is ESG reports, but these often run to 100 pages. Unvarnished data has to be hunted down (usually in an appendix), and getting details involve navigating multiple footnotes and references to supporting documentation. It's not surprising that fewer than 10% of those in our survey said they read ESG reports in detail. When we asked what CIOs wanted from vendors to help them make informed cloud decisions, we found that almost everyone wanted the same thing good quality data that was easy to compare from one vendor to another. They wanted transparency, clarity, and metrics they could understand. To this end, Computing compiled the first Sustainability Matrix in 2022, consisting of four separate quadrants. Each quadrant is made of up to eight criteria we score the cloud giants against. The quadrants are: Standards & Policies: Do the tech giants' environmental pledges reflect their size and power? Do they use that power to encourage higher sustainability standards for suppliers, partners and customers? Energy, emissions and water: These criteria compare the data on GHG emissions, energy and water efficiency with ambitions and pledges. Waste/Circular Economy/Recycling: This is where we determine the extent to which cloud vendors are squeezing waste out of their value chain, recycling and refurbishing server components and networking equipment and closing the recycling loop. Transparency: The final quadrant assesses the transparency of carbon accounting and GHG reporting and overall data accessibility. The results have been reported as a series of vendor head-to-head comparisons, like this one from last year. This article is our first report from our 2024 findings, with more to come. Every year we apply the knowledge we've gained from interviewing those in the datacentre industry, or experts in certain aspects of cloud sustainability and the tech community, to update the matrix with new or amended criteria, and remove metrics that no longer offer a meaningful comparison. You can find detail of this years' matrix here. There are 50 points available in total. And the winner is.. For two years running, Microsoft Azure was judged the most sustainable cloud, but its margin of victory over second-place Google Cloud Platform (GCP) narrowed last year. This year, Google Cloud Platform is the winner , beating Azure into second place. AWS retains third place in our sustainability rankings. The visualisation below shows the maximum score available in each category, and the score each vendor obtained this year underneath it. The final set of bars sets out the overall scores. In our third year of research, some of earlier Computing's calls - such as those for cloud services data to be disaggregated from the rest of the businesses, better data on waste and circular economy, and greater transparency more generally - have been partially heeded. This applies to all three companies to varying degrees, but to Google in particular. Google has made considerable progress in data quality and transparency. It breaks datacentres out from the rest of its operation, breaks down data by individual datacentre, and is even trying to get to grips with the environmental impact of third-party datacentres. Microsoft too breaks down data by region, and Amazon continues to innovate and enable renewable energy projects on an extraordinary scale. There is notably more effort across the board to provide useful information. Standards and Policies GCP and Azure scored almost identically here, taking 9 and 8 points respectively out of a maximum of 10. A differentiator in this quadrant is the Science Based Targets Initiative . Microsoft and AWS made commitments to SBTI several years ago, but have since had them removed, meaning that they pledged a target but then failed to provide the detail of how they intended to get there. Both Amazon and Microsoft were invited to comment about this. Amazon referred us to a statement published last August and Microsoft to one published in March this year. AWS scores badly across multiple metrics in this quadrant. The company provides next to no detail on how it aligns and furthers the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has a less developed toolset than its competitors for its customers to assess the impact their use of AWS has on their carbon footprint. When Computing asked Amazon to comment, the company said it is currently assessing how indirect emissions can be incorporated into this tool. Environmental reporting standards for Amazon suppliers are less stringent than those of Google and Microsoft, although Amazon has committed to ask suppliers to report on carbon emissions from next year. Emissions and water This the most heavily weighted aspect of our analysis, with 20 points available. Interestingly, all three hyperscalers score almost equally, with GCP and Azure scoring 10 points and AWS 9. The biggest difference is in the criterion of GHG emissions reduction against targets, where Google picks up four of the available five points. The organisation has cut its scope 3 carbon emissions , to less than they were in 2018, despite growing as a business. Crucially, the company managed to reduce its location-based scope 3 emissions. See here for a detailed explanation of the difference between location- and market-based emissions. Google was less successful at reducing its scope 1 (which doubled due to the company including a source of emission that hadn't previously been included) and scope 2 emissions, which are primarily made up of emissions related to electricity consumption. Microsoft only picked up three points here because all emissions categories grew, but by less than expected relative to company growth. The growth in scope 3 emissions was also partially explained by more reporting accuracy. This picks up emissions that have previously been unreported, so whether it represents genuine emissions growth is a moot point. The company purchased sufficient offsets to present this a small reduction in emission - more on this later. In common with Microsoft, Amazon's reporting presents a narrative of slightly reduced overall footprint despite much higher company growth. Like its closest cloud competitor, Amazon's emissions have grown; the impression of a reduction has been enabled by means of offsetting, mainly of scope 2 emissions. Crucially, Amazon doesn't provide a reason for increased emissions, which is why it only scores 1 point out of the available 5. AWS picks up points on built emissions and innovation. AWS has pioneered the use of recycled steel and lower carbon concrete in its datacentre construction, and this will scale. Given the fact that these foundational industries account for around 20% of global CO2 emissions, a company of Amazon's size and scale de-risking the use of more sustainable building materials could prove to be a genuine driver of global emissions reduction. Amazon's Graviton-3 chip could also be a game changer by enabling much more efficient computing. AWS also picks up a point against its competition in the water metrics, although only by providing a Water Usage Efficiency (WUE) rating, which neither Microsoft nor Google provide. However, Amazon does not reveal overall water consumption. Google chooses to provide this data in gallons rather than litres. Google datacentres consumed 5.2 billion gallons of water in FY22. Microsoft's water consumption over that year is given at 6,399 megalitres. When you convert Google's gallons into megalitres (one megalitre = one million litres), you arrive at 19,759 megalitres. Google's vast water use is likely to relate to datacentre cooling, an area where Google provides less information than either Microsoft or Amazon. In terms of our research, it's Google's biggest weakness. The decision to publish in gallons rather than litres looks cynical. We reached out to Google for comment on the topic of water use and a spokesperson responded: We constantly look for more efficient ways to use water, using data through our water risk framework (released December 2023) to understand local hydrology and engaging with local experts to find the best solution for each community. We also invest heavily in our datacentre systems and operations, which we're continually reviewing and improving, to maximise efficiency with the water that we do use. And wherever we use water, we are committed to doing so responsibly. This includes using alternatives to freshwater whenever possible, like wastewater, industrial water, or even seawater. We utilise reclaimed or non-potable water at more than 25% of our data centre campuses. Circular economy Google wins this quadrant hands down. The company earns points by providing data on the proportion of their datacentre equipment, which consists of refurbished stock (21%), and on having a high landfill diversion rate. Google provides more evidence of circularity within its operation than its competitors, and both Microsoft and Amazon provide limited data on waste, particularly electronic waste. There is narrative from both companies about efforts to recycle components, but insufficient data to make a judgement. Both Microsoft and Amazon were asked for comment. Microsoft did not offer any additional comment, and Amazon provided an absolute number of 379,635 components used in datacentres coming from refurbished stock in 2023. This is good, but as we are unable to judge the proportion of overall components this constitutes (given AWS's size it is likely a vanishingly small proportion of the total) it has not changed Amazon's score in this metric. Transparency Here, Microsoft and Google both take 7 points out of an available 10, while Amazon takes 4. Amazon's data is harder to access than its competitors'. Finding data on location-based carbon emission involves finding assurance letters in the main report appendix, and then finding the appendix of those letters where the calculations are shown. None of this is signposted from the main data tables in the report the reader must seek them out. Microsoft also loses points on carbon accounting, because the company admits to having used unbundled renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset their increased emissions. This is carbon accounting at its most cynical. Unbundled RECs are contractual instruments, but separated from the unit of renewable energy that once accompanied them. They are disconnected from the supply of renewable energy, so cannot credibly be used to offset demand. Microsoft says within its report text that it plans to phase out the purchase of unbundled RECs, presumably because the company is aware of this credibility gap. What is disappointing is that it's using them at all. Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) are a much more credible offset because they drive additionality. All three of the big cloud providers show a gap between their stated ambitions to be carbon neutral (or negative) and water positive in their operations by 2030 (2040 in Amazon's case) and the reality of their environmental impact. Microsoft has even pledged to have neutralised all historical carbon emissions by 2050. The sustainability gap varies in size from cloud to cloud, but this year, Google has unquestionably made the biggest leap forward in terms of progress towards target. Computing will publish articles on specific areas of the sustainability matrix in the coming weeks including standards and policies, emissions, renewable energy, water and circular economy.

Computing 16 Apr 2024 4:30 pm

Norway mulls datacentre licencing in bid to kick out cryptomining

Norwegian government ministers have put forward proposals to regulate datacentres in the country.

Computing 16 Apr 2024 4:24 pm

Digital Technology Leaders Awards deadline is this Friday

The entry deadline for the Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2024 is almost upon us - we'll no longer be accepting entries after this Friday. The awards honour the work of IT professionals, who are under ever greater pressure as technology and the world evolve. The event, attended by the cream of the IT crop, offers a unique platform to showcase your expertise and innovations. You have until 5pm on Friday to submit your entries, which will be judged by a panel of Computing editorial representatives and other industry experts. They include fractional CIO Ian Golding; Netskope CIO - EMEA Ilona Simpson; and Huseyin Seker, professor of computing sciences at Birmingham City University. Why should you enter? The Digital Technology Leaders Awards have something for everyone : from Best Automation Project and Most Successful Environmental Project, to Best Place to Work in Digital and Digital Transformation of the Year. And, of course, there are the personal excellence prizes the event is really all about: categories like Digital Team of the Year, Young Digital Professional of the Year and CDO of the Year. Everyone on the shortlist also receives a boost to their brand awareness with an article highlighting their achievement on Computing , and the winners gain even more exposure after the event. Don't wait - enter the Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2024 today.

Computing 16 Apr 2024 4:21 pm