• Yearly expectations smashed with £105bn spent on mobile apps in 2020

    2020 accelerated mobile adoption as never before, as consumers used their mobile devices to connect, work, learn, play and escape despite – and because of – Covid-19, restricting their way of life. That’s according to App Annie’s yearly appraisal into mobile’s impact across industries and the global economy.

    The State of mobile 2021 report found that consumers spent £105bn on mobile apps in 2020, an increase of 20% compared with 2019. Top markets driving this spend included China, the US, Japan, South Korea and the UK.

    As much as £55bn was invested in mobile companies over the year, up by

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  • Cloud DR from the Big Three: Who’s best at what?

    The “superscaler” cloud computing companies – Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure – are now significant players in enterprise data storage, archiving and backup.
    The big three service providers also offer cloud disaster recovery (DR) options.

    Before the cloud, DR meant either buying and running duplicate servers and other hardware in a secondary datacentre or using the services of a specialist outsourcer.

    The public cloud offers the potential of a flexible and cheaper service. The DR specialists are focused on large enterprises in industries with low tolerance of outages. But a business can spin up a cloud

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  • Mimecast latest security firm to be compromised

    Approximately 10% of customers of email and web security specialist Mimecast may be at risk of compromise by malicious actors, after a company certificate used to authenticate various services to Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Web Services has been compromised by “a sophisticated threat actor”.

    Mimecast disclosed the incident today after being informed of the issue by Microsoft. The affected products are Mimecast Sync and Recover, Continuity Monitor, and IEP (Internal Email Protect).

    The firm said that it had seen indications that a low single-digit number of its customers’ Office 365 tenants were targeted through the intrusion.

    In a

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