Software giant Microsoft has come together with London-based tech company Kano to introduce an 11.6-inch touch-enabled tablet designed for kids to assemble with the help of a storybook.
The Kano PC is available for pre-order at $300 and 300 euros on Kano’s website and the Microsoft Store in the US and UK on October 21.
The computer appears to have a keyboard cover similar to those in the Microsoft Surface series and is preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode as well as programmes such as Minecraft: Education Edition, CNET reported on Thursday.
The S mode in Windows 10 is streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience.
The kid-friendly PC includes 4GB RAM, 64GB of eMMC storage, expandable through a microSD card, two USB ports, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.
The PC also comes with an app called “How Computers Work” to give them a primer in the making of the machine.
Kano has a number of kid-friendly computer and coding kits already, which have previously included a Harry Potter-themed coding kit with wand and a computer Running on a Kano operating system (OS). (IANS)
Microsoft has notified nearly 10,000 customers in the past year who were targeted or compromised by nation-state attacks originating from three countries — Iran, North Korea and Russia.
According to Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Consumer Security and Trust at Microsoft, 84 per cent of these attacks targeted its enterprise customers, and about 16 per cent targeted consumer personal email accounts.
“While many of these attacks are unrelated to the democratic process, this data demonstrates the significant extent to which nation-states continue to rely on cyber attacks as a tool to gain intelligence, influence geopolitics or achieve other objectives,” Burt said in a blog post late on Wednesday.
The company has seen extensive activity from the actors it calls Holmium and Mercury operating from Iran, Thallium operating from North Korea, and two actors operating from Russia it calls Yttrium and Strontium.
“This data has been compiled by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center which works every day to track these global threats,” said Burt.
Since the launch of Microsoft “AccountGuard” last August, the company has uncovered attacks specifically targeting organisations that are fundamental to democracy.
“We have steadily expanded AccountGuard, our threat notification service for political campaigns, parties, and democracy-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to include 26 countries across four continents.”
Microsoft has made 781 notifications of nation-state attacks targeting organisations participating in AccountGuard.
This data shows that democracy-focused organisations in the US should be particularly concerned as 95 per cent of these attacks have targeted US-based organisations. Many of the democracy-focused attacks target NGOs and think tanks.
“As we head into the 2020 elections, we anticipate that we will see attacks targeting US election systems, political campaigns or NGOs that work closely with campaigns,” warned Microsoft.
The company demonstrated the first voting system running Microsoft ElectionGuard technology at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, on Wednesday.
“ElectionGuard can enable a new era of secure, verifiable voting. It is also possible to make voting more accessible for people with disabilities and more affordable for local governments while increasing security,” said Burt.
“ElectionGuard” is free and open-source and will be available through the repository GitHub as a software development kit (SDK) later this year. (IANS)