Stories by Rohan Pearce

SKA team completes design for world’s most powerful supercomputer

Australia’s CSIRO, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are part of an international consortium that has completed a five-year effort to design supercomputing infrastructure that will help process the masses of data generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

Much ado about what to do: Microsoft wants Azure to help decide

Microsoft has used its Build developer conference to announce a new Azure Cognitive Services category: ‘Decision’. The category groups together Azure’s Content Moderator and Anomaly Detector services, as well as a new service called Personalizer, which is currently in preview.

Microsoft ‘doubling down’ on blockchain

​Microsoft has unveiled Azure Blockchain Service, which the company’s head of corporate communications, Frank Shaw, said “simplifies the formation, management, and governance of consortium blockchain networks, allowing businesses to focus on workflow, logic, and app development.”

Check Point finds ultrasound machine trivial to hack

Check Point has warned that medical devices used by major healthcare providers could have gaping security holes, with researchers at the security firm revealing they were able to easily hack an ultrasound machine and retrieve and alter records stored on it.

Huawei sues US government over 5G ban

Huawei will challenge the constitutionality of a law being used to prevent it from providing 5G equipment to US telecommunications carriers through a ban on government use of its products and services.

Facebook CEO says future lies in ‘private, encrypted services’

Facebook founder and chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg says the future of social networking isn’t in “open platforms” but in private and secure intimate communications. The CEO said that increasingly people want to be able to connect in the “digital equivalent” of their living room.