• UK contact-tracing app set to miss official launch date as Google, Apple release API

    The saga of the development of a contact-tracing app to aid the UK’s fight against Covid-19 has taken another step with the news that just as senior members of the UK government concede that the official launch date of 1 June 2020 will not be met, health officials in Northern Ireland and Scotland look to be moving away from the official national strategy.

    The UK’s track and trace programme is due to begin, as assured by prime minister Boris Johnson, on 1 June, but a key element of this – the contact-tracing app – is still only in test phase.

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  • Three players in a market that’s here to stay

    Ask most people about mainframes and they’re likely to think they’re a thing from the past. In a way they’re right, of course. The mainframe has been around for half a century or more.

    But mainframes are still very much alive and kicking, because they can handle massive amounts of heterogenous processing tasks, reliably and with great redundancy, and are in use at 92 of the world’s top 100 banks, 23 of the 25 top airlines, all of the world’s top 10 insurers, and 71% of Fortune 500 companies.

    So, what about mainframe storage? What’s special about it? What makes

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  • Cyber security magnate Kaspersky launches travel accelerator

    Eugene Kaspersky, founder and CEO of global cyber security firm Kaspersky, has launched a Russia-orientated travel accelerator programme to help tourism startups affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    The stated goal of the Kaspersky Exploring Russia accelerator is to help gather the most interesting and promising tourism projects together in one place, which will then be supported with funding and resources from Kaspersky as a company.

    “The coronavirus pandemic has not only become a tragic international experience, but also a time of unity, mutual assistance and support,” said Kaspersky. “In addition to continuing to maintain security in cyber space, this

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