Google to offer blockchain as part of cloud service

Google has announced the second of two partnerships that will allow it to offer the financial services industry and others a cloud-based platform on which they can develop and run blockchain-based applications.In a blog post ahead of its Google Cloud Next ’18 conference this week, the search giant said it is partnering with Digital Asset and BlockApps to enable customers to “explore ways they might use distributed ledger technology (DLT) frameworks on Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP).”To read this article in full, please click here


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2018’s “Board Game of the Year” award goes to… Azul!

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This past weekend, we looked at the shortlisted nominees for the Spiel des Jahres, board gaming’s biggest annual award. This morning at a press conference in Berlin, the awards—complete with large wooden pawns for the winners—were handed out.

Warsch and Kiesling accepting their awards in Berlin. (credit: Spiel des Jahres)

The main award, which traditionally goes to a lighter, family-style game, went to Azul, a gorgeous tile-laying game from designer Michael Kiesling. A second award for slightly more complex titles (the “Kennerspiel des Jahres”) went to Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, Wolfgang Warsch’s press-your-luck game about building dubious potions with ingredients drawn blindly from a bag. Both Kiesling and Warsch had multiple nominations on the two award shortlists; in the end, each designer went home with one of the coveted pawns.
Azul is one of those games that’s so simple and elegant in its mechanics yet deep enough in its play that it


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None of Google’s 85,000 Employees Have Been Phished in More Than a Year After Company Required Them to Use Physical Security Keys For 2FA

Google has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of passwords and one-time codes, the company told KrebsOnSecurity. From the report: Security Keys are inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log in to a Web site using something they know (the password) and something they have (e.g., a mobile device). A Google spokesperson said Security Keys now form the basis of all account access at Google. “We have had no reported or confirmed account takeovers since implementing security keys at Google,” the spokesperson said. “Users might be asked to authenticate using their security key for many different apps/reasons. It all depends on the sensitivity of the app and the risk of the user at that point in


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ReactOS 0.4.9 Officially Released with Self-Hosting Capabilities, New Features

 softpedia: The most exciting new feature of the ReactOS 0.4.9 release is the self-hosting capabilities, which promises to allow users to build ReactOS on top of a ReactOS installation.


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High-Availability Storage with GlusterFS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Glusterfs is a scalable network filesystem with capabilities of scaling to several petabytes and handling thousands of clients. In this tutorial, I will show how to set up a high availability storage server with GlusterFS on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver). We will use 3 ubuntu servers, 1 server as a client, and 2 others as a storage.


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Now Alexa can adjust your Echo’s EQ

Alexa is finally getting an equalizer feature, letting users adjust EQ settings with commands like “Alexa, decrease the treble.” It’s nice feature that I’m honestly a bit surprised the company didn’t introduce a while back. After it rolls out over the next couple of days, you’ll be able to satisfyingly tell your Echo, “Alexa, turn up the bass.”
The full features are only coming to the U.S. for the time being, making it possible to adjust different bands between -6 db and 6 db on the standard Echo, the Dot, Plus, Show and Echo Spot.
The company is also offering up the feature for developers and has provided it to third-party speaker manufacturers, for use on products like the Polk Command Bar and Sonos Beam. That, at least, is part of the company’s push to get Alexa on as many non-Echo devices as possible, as it looks to compete with premium smart speakers


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