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Start a new career as a cloud practitioner with this AWS training


This skill can help you get a raise this year
Mastering AWS can earn you a fat(ter) paycheck this year.
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Whether you want to learn a new language, get fit or start a whole new career, make 2021 your year to do something new. If you’re looking to learn a highly profitable skill from the comfort of your home — and all on your own time — BitDegree Academy’s AWS Online Courses & Practice Exams is just the ticket.

Amazon Web Services is the world’s most prominent cloud platform. And if you learn how to use it, you can improve your chances of earning a full-blown career or even boosting your annual earnings in other development roles.

Amazon and Super Micro also want retraction of spy chip story


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Tim Cook previously asked Bloomberg to retract story.
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The CEO of Amazon Web Services and the CEO of Super Micro have joined Apple CEO Tim Cook is asking Bloomberg to retract its recent spy chip story.

All three companies were named in a recent Bloomberg Businessweek article claiming that Chinese spy chips had been embedded into hardware supplied by Super Micro. Since the story first broke, Super Micro lost more than half its value in a single day. Unsurprisingly, it’s not happy about it. And clearly neither is Amazon.

‘Highly plausible’ Apple servers could be infected with spy chips, says former Apple hardware engineer


Instrumental founder and CEO Anna Katrina Shedletsky
Instrumental founder and CEO Anna Katrina Shedletsky, who is using her experience as an Apple product design engineer to bring AI to manufacturing.
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Despite Apple’s denials, it’s “highly plausible” that secret spy chips could have been planted on the company’s servers, said a former Apple hardware engineer.

Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, who spent nearly six years at Apple helping build several generations of iPod, iPhone and Apple Watch, said spy chips could have been slipped into the design of servers used for Apple’s iCloud services, as alleged in a Bloomberg Businessweek story.

“With my knowledge of hardware design, it’s entirely plausible to me,” she said. “It’s very highly plausible to me, and that’s scary if you think about it.”

Apple denies its server hardware was infected by Chinese spy chips [Updated]


This isn't actually Apple's data center, but it's close.
Did the chips really make it into Apple's data centers?
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Update: Apple and Amazon both issued lengthy statements Thursday concerning the Chinese spy chip allegations. We updated this post to include those statements.

Apple denies that Chinese spy chips infiltrated its iCloud server hardware after claims that motherboards used by Apple, Amazon and dozens of other tech companies contained microchips used for surveillance purposes.

Cupertino insists the story is “wrong and misinformed.” Apple also says Chinese spying had nothing to do with the company’s decision to cut ties with a supplier.

It’s not just you, iCloud is down now for some users


iCloud is down.
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Are you having a hard time backing up files to iCloud or listening to songs on Apple Music? You’re not alone.

It appears that Apple’s iCloud services are currently impacted by a major Amazon web services outage that has crippled the internet on the East Coast. It’s unclear what is causing the problem but Apple says only 0.04 percent of users are effected by “slower than normal performance.”

Here are all the Apple services that are down:

Apple plans to build its own cloud with ridiculously named project


Apple can only benefit by building its own data centers.
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Apple is looking to decrease its reliance on data infrastructure that it currently outsources to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Dubbed “Project McQueen,” the new project is meant to speed up Apple’s cloud services, like moving photos and videos onto your iOS devices.

Pump up your resume with these top-flight certifications [Deals]


Arm yourself for the CompTIA-IT certification test with this bundle of 6 courses, clocking in at over 42 hours.
Arm yourself for the CompTIA-IT certification test with this bundle of 6 courses, clocking in at over 42 hours.
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In an age of increasing specialization, stepping up a career means showing certification. That’s especially true in the realm of information technology, and the CompTIA certification is one of the most widely recognized in the business. This CompTIA A+ test prep bundle and will make sure you’re ready to knock it out of the park. Normally going for thousands of dollars, right now you can get access to it for just $59.

Amazon’s Web Services rule the net, here’s a chance to learn all about them for just $19 [Deals]



Netflix, Instagram, Airbnb, Vine, the list on major web outfits that build at least part of their operations on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is as long as it is impressive. Knowledge of how Amazon’s cloud hosting platform works is invaluable to any web developer or IT professional, and this course bundle — going for 93% off — is a great opportunity to get caught up and certified for just $19 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Save up to 97% on 5 certification bundles to give your skillset and resume a boost [Deals]



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As the job market gets tougher, your resumé had better be doing the same. To help give you the edge in getting an interview, we’ve collected five certification courses that’ll maximize your marketability, all going for a fraction of the usual price. From learning the ins and outs of servers, to the secrets of wall street trading and project management, upgrade your skills and knowledge to make the next career step that much more of a sure thing.

Master Amazon’s web services from the ground up with this bundle for 89% off [Deals]


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Finally, a boot camp where you’re encouraged to get your head in the clouds…er, the cloud. If you’re trying to establish any kind of cloud-based service, for yourself or a client, Amazon’s Web Services takes away the massive problem of actually having to build a server farm. That simplifies the work of setting up any service or application, and can help save (or make) you a lot more money, but only if you know how to use it. To help get your rear in gear, Udemy is offering the Amazon Web Services Engineer Bootcamp Bundle, a set of four critical courses. Clocking in at 24 hours’ worth of instruction on how to tap the potential of Amazon’s cloud, right now it’s 89% off the usual price — but like a vapor, this deal will disappear before long.