Technology Industry News Roundup - July


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Welcome to the Technology Industry News Roundup. Where we take a look back at June's industry news, current live jobs, career advice, and much more! 


In July's Technology News Roundup we cover the surge in cyrpto following Amazon's Bitcoin job ad, a high percentage of software engineers suffering from burnout, fake windows 11 installers injecting malware into PC's and more.  


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Amazon Bitcoin job ad boosts cryptocurrency surge

The price of some cryptocurrencies has surged, after retailer Amazon revealed it was hiring an expert in the field. It advertised for a "digital currency and blockchain product lead" to look at "how Amazon's customers pay". The value of popular cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin have fallen sharply recently but Bitcoin rose from $29,000 (£21,000) to more than $39,000 per coin on Monday, its largest growth in several weeks. Amazon has not confirmed any plans to accept cryptocurrency payments, despite the speculation.

Read more here (BBC News)


83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, made worse by COVID-19

A report on the wellbeing of UK software engineers (developers and DevOps professionals) found 83 per cent suffering from some degree of burnout, with most agreeing that COVID-19 was partly to blame. The respondents were 26 per cent pure software developers, 30 per cent operations (such as DevOps or reliability engineering), and 44 per cent software engineers who do elements of both. The survey was conducted last month (June 2021) by Survation on behalf of DevOps company Haystack.

Read more here (The Register)


Fake Windows 11 installers are injecting malware into PCs

Kaspersky researchers have warned against downloading fake Windows 11 installers that could inject maleware, adware and other malicious programmes on unsuspecting users' PCs. They have seen several malware-riddled fake installers online in recent days, targeting keen Microsoft fans who have been impatient to try the firm's new OS. Microsoft hasn't yet released Windows 11, but its preview versions are available for Windows Insider Program members and developers.

Read more here (Computing)


DeepMind creates map of human proteins drawn by artificial intelligence

AI research lab DeepMind has created the most comprehensive map of human proteins to date using artificial intelligence. The company, a subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet, is releasing the data for free, with some scientists comparing the potential impact of the work to that of the Human Genome Project, an international effort to map every human gene. Previously, determining the structure of a protein relied on expensive and time-consuming experiments. But last year DeepMind showed it can produce accurate predictions of a protein’s structure using AI software called AlphaFold.

Read more here (The Verge)


Apple releases new iOS to patch a zero-day flaw under active attack

Apple has released an updated version of the iOS mobile operating system which patches a vulnerability active attack. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2021-30807, affects IOMobileFrameBuffer, a kernel extension for managing the screen framebuffer on Apple devices. In a security update, Apple says the vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. The bug is the 13th zero-day addressed by Apple in 2021. In the latest versions of macOS Big Sur 11.5.1, iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 memory handling has been improved to patch the latest vulnerability.

Read more here (Computing)


Tech giants' profits soar as pandemic boom continues

With more people at home and glued to their technology devices during the pandemic, tech giants have reported soaring profits due to a consumer increase in upgrades and cloud storage. Apple's profits nearly doubled to $21.7bn (£15.6bn) in the three months to 30 June as customers bought pricier 5G iPhones. Microsoft saw a $16.5bn profit at the same time - up 47% year-on-year, due to demand for cloud services and games. Analysts warned that the figures may lead to calls for tech company curbs.

Read more here (BBC News)


Tips to master the video interview

Recruiters and clients are turning to online video platforms to conduct their interviews. During these trying times, it’s important to stay connected and keep going despite the challenges. Video interviews are one of the best ways of doing this! If you’ve got an interview video coming up, we’ve got you covered with some simple tips so you can master the video interview.

Read more here


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