Tech and Hosting News Round-Up

Tech and Hosting News Round-Up

24-08-2021-BLOG

Welcome to our latest round-up of news from the technology and hosting world. Here’s what we’ve discovered this month.

eukhost offers all-in-one SEO tool

eukhost has teamed up with SEO tools developer, marketgoo, to offer our customers a new, all-in-one SEO tool. Designed for those with little expertise or time on their hands to carry out search engine optimisation, this easy-to-use platform provides customised advice and a suite of useful tools to help businesses improve search engine ranking and drive more traffic to their websites.

With built-in SEO expertise, marketgoo lets you generate detailed, site-wide SEO audits, download progress reports, get real-time dashboard updates and carry out customised SEO plans, prioritised for the needs of your own site. Covering both technical and on-page optimisation, it assists with indexing issues, backlinks, keyword ranking, mobile-friendliness, website speed and more.

Available in Lite and Pro versions, marketgoo features include a user-friendly dashboard, customised SEO plans, progress over time analytics, Google Analytics integration, tools to grow traffic and inbound links, competitor tracking, mobile optimisation recommendations and monthly SEO reports. For more information visit eukhost.com/seo-tools.

All rise for the legal robot

While everyone assumes that robots will be used to replace labour-intensive manual jobs, few would have predicted them to be able to carry out specialised professional services, like those of a lawyer. Thanks to AI, that looks set to change.

Today, legal firms and a rising number of sector disruptors are increasingly making use of artificial intelligence. One of these, the DoNotPay app, helps people draw up legal letters. Using a chatbot, users explain their legal issue in their own words and the app transforms their argument into a legal one, using the correct legal terminology.

AI can also help lawyers save enormous amounts of time trawling through case documents. Luminance, a UK developed AI solution used by over 300 legal companies in 55 different countries, helped one client analyse 10,000 documents £50,000 cheaper and a month quicker than it would have taken a real lawyer to do.

Ransomware – an insider job?

As cybersecurity gets better at defending businesses against ransomware, criminals have had to seek out new ways to infect their victims’ systems. According to researchers from Abnormal Security, it now seems that the latest ploy is to bribe employees to install the ransomware for them.

Criminals from the DemonWare ransomware group, it appears, have been emailing employees with offers of up to $1 million, paid in Bitcoin, to install their ransomware on the company’s computers or Windows servers. Those who are tempted and respond are given links to an executable file that they can download and install. However, whether the accomplice ever gets paid is another question.

Microsoft 365 price hike

Millions of users of commercial Microsoft 365 products will see their monthly bills increase substantially from March 2022 in what is the first major price rise since the product’s launch a decade ago. Products at the cheaper end of the scale, such as Business Basic, will see costs increase by up to 20% while enterprise versions of the suite, such as Microsoft 365 E3, will have to pay over 12% more. The rises will be introduced globally and will be rounded up or down for different currencies.

The new pricing takes into account ten years’ worth of development put into Microsoft 365, including over 1,000 features and over 20 new apps.

Qualcomm system heralds drone age

For years now we’ve been told to expect drones being used by businesses, but as of yet, the skies remain relatively empty. One of the reasons for this is the lack of an automated transport system that drones can use. In response, Qualcomm has now developed the world’s first drone automation platform using a combination of AI and 5G.

The Flight RB5 5G Platform provides AI-enabled computing together with 5G and long-range Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to provide customers with connected flight capabilities and is designed to improve the development of commercial and industrial drones while empowering businesses to innovate drone-based operations.

With high performance and low power consumption, the platform can offer the edge AI and machine learning capabilities drones need to work autonomously while 5G and Wi-Fi 6 enables drones to fly safely and reliably over long distances. Qualcomm expects the system to be used in a wide range of sectors, including retail, defence and security, film making and entertainment, emergency services, and remote inspection and mapping.

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