NEWS DIGEST 28.11.2021: Developments in IoT & quantum computing; El Salvador buys the Omicron bitcoin dip

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The UK government has today introduced new legislation to Parliament that aims to better protect consumers’ IoT devices from hackers. The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill places new cybersecurity standards on manufacturers, importers and distributors of internet-connectable devices, such as phones, tablets, smart TVs and fitness trackers. The legislation will also apply to products that can connect to multiple other devices but not directly to the internet, like smart light bulbs and smart thermostats. The legislation comes amid the surging use of IoT devices, with an average of nine in every UK household. Dr. Ian Levy, NCSC technical director, stated: “I am delighted by the introduction of this bill which will ensure the security of connected consumer devices and hold device manufacturers to account for upholding basic cybersecurity”UK Introduces New Cybersecurity Legislation for IoT Devices (info security Magazine – News)

Honeywell Quantum Solutions and Cambridge Quantum Computing recently announced a partnership to form the world’s largest standalone quantum computing company, looking to take the lead in what the companies project will become a $1 trillion industry over the next 30 years. A team led by the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms recently made progress toward large-scale quantum machines, developing a programmable quantum simulator capable of operating with 256 quantum bits, or “Qubits,” reported the Harvard Gazette. A team of researchers in China recently unveiled the latest fastest quantum computer, called Zuchongzhi, which they said bested a calculation record held by Google’s Sycamore quantum machine. Along with the race to quantum leadership, the race to develop protections against quantum hacking is heating up. Oxford Quantum Circuits also has developed a platform that uses quantum computing to generate cryptographic keys that it says can’t be hacked – Keeping Up With Quantum (Forbes)

The first post is from Colleen Chesebro who shares her reviews for the entire series The Vindlanders Saga by Frankie Robertson. Head over to discover the other 8 interesting facts about W.D. Kilpack. The next post is actually from around this time last year but I came across it and Part B when looking through one of my favourite dessert sites – Eat Dessert First Greece. So in our new Christmas article we will get a taste of Christmas food and sweets from different countries of the world, we will get to know Royal Bee, a new Greek company from Chalkida that operates in the honey industry, and we will make with their honey our delicious Greek melomakarona to prepare for the upcoming holidays. If you are looking for a meat-free alternative to have over Christmas or to make a change from all the rich foods on offer, here is a recipe from Carol Taylor that looks delicious – Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – November 28th 2021 – #Reviews Colleen Chesebro, #Guestpost Marcia Meara, #Christmas Eat Dessert First, #WATWB D.G. Kaye, #MeatFree Carol Taylor (Smorgasbord Blog Magazine/WordPress)

JOHANNESBURG: The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday. The World Health Organization identified on Friday the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations – 32 – which possibly makes it more transmissible and dangerous. “It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home,” Coetzee said. The official noted that hospitals have not been overburdened by Omicron patients and that the new strain is not been detected in vaccinated persons. “We will only know this after two weeks. Yes, it is transmissible, but for now, as medical practitioners, we do not know why so much hype is being driven as we are still looking into it. We will only know after two to three weeks as there are some patients admitted and these are young people aged 40 and younger,” Coetzee added. Following the reports about the new variant, the United States, the European Union, Canada, Israel, Australia, and other countries have restricted travel from several southern African nations over the health concerns – South African medical association says Omicron variant causes ‘mild disease’ (The Times of India – World – Rest of World)

The Central American country of El Salvador has added 100 more bitcoins to its treasury despite a recent warning by the International Monetary Fund, bringing the total number of bitcoins purchased to 1,220. El Salvador has taken advantage of the Friday sell-off and purchased 100 more bitcoins as reports of a new coronavirus variant spread. The Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele, tweeted on Black Friday that his country has bought the dip. El Salvador made bitcoin legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar on Sept. 7. Since bitcoin became legal tender, El Salvador has purchased 1,220 BTC altogether, according to announcements by Bukele. The day before the country’s bitcoin law went into effect, El Salvador purchased two sets of 200 bitcoins. El Salvador bought 420 more coins on Oct. 27, bringing the total purchase to 1,120 coins – El Salvador Buys 100 More Bitcoins Amid Crypto Sell-Offs and New Covid-19 Variant Scare (Crypto Mining U – Bitcoin News)

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