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Supply Chain Attacks

With GDPR on the way, it is more important than ever for companies to protect themselves from online attacks via a 3rd party in their supply chain. What’s The Risk? Many companies have professional relationships with 3rd parties in their supply chain / value chain...

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HP Laptop ‘Keylogger’ Security Risk Discovered

HP is reported to have issued patches for 450+ commercial workstations, consumer laptops and other HP products after a keylogger was found to have been hidden in a driver. What Is A Keylogger? As the name suggests a keylogger / keystroke-logger usually refers to...

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$80m Bitcoin Hack

Slovenian-based bitcoin mining marketplace NiceHash has reported that it has become the victim of a highly professional attack with sophisticated social engineering that has resulted in the theft of bitcoin to an estimated value of $80m. The Hack The 4,700 bitcoin(s)...

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Stick and Carrot Measures To Deal With GDPR

A report by Veritas Technologies has said that since 91% of most companies lack a strong data management culture they will be considering a number of ‘carrot and stick’ motivators to bring about the changes needed to help them to implement and comply with GDPR. GDPR...

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Facebook Dopamine-Addictive, Admits Ex-Exec

Former Facebook Vice President Chamath Palihapitiya has made the headlines following apparently negative comments that he made at an event about Facebook’s effects on society. Guilt While speaking at a Stanford Graduate School of Business event, Mr Palihapitiya...

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Tech Tip – Windows 10: Fix Search

If Windows Search can’t find files that you know are there somewhere, then you have the option to rebuild its index. Here’s how: Click on Start. Type index. Click on Indexing Options. On the Control Panel entry that opens, go to Advanced > Rebuild. Try searching...

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Facebook For Children Launched

Facebook has launched ‘Messenger Kids’. The standalone app on a ring-fenced network is targeted at young people for use on their tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Challenge The challenge identified by Facebook is that young...

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Police Web & Phone Snooping Powers Curbed

The need to comply with a European Court Ruling has meant that senior UK police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise snooping on personal phone and web browsing records. What Ruling? This latest development is the upholding of a ruling (after an appeal)...

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Barclays Drops Kaspersky Over Security Fears

Barclays bank has emailed its 290,000 online banking customers to say that it will no longer be offering Kaspersky Russian anti-virus because of information and news stories about possible security risks. Long-Running Rumours and concerns about Kaspersky’s possible...

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Tech Tip – Get Microsoft Edge on Android

With the Microsoft Edge browser for Android you can Sync passwords, favourites, and exchange data between your PC and Android phone. Here’s how to set it up: Download the Microsoft Edge App e.g. from Google Play Store or get a download link from...

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Serious Bug In Apple Mac OS Discovered

Apple is reported to have released an urgent software update on Wednesday, days after Turkish developer Lemi Ergin publicly reported a simple but serious bug in its Mac Operating System. MacOS High Sierra Affected The bug was discovered in the most recent version of...

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GDPR Could Increase Hackers Ransoms

A researcher has suggested that the GDPR fine structure could lead to cyber-criminals being given price points to set their ransoms at because now they know how much money they should be asking. GDPR The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force...

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Bitcoin Value Tops $10,000

The crypto-currency Bitcoin has now reached a record high of $10,000 (£7,462) after only trading at $1,000 at the start of the year, with some experts saying it’s got further to climb. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the...

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Small Businesses Get New OS MasterMap® Data

The government has announced that its new £40m Geospatial Commission will start its strategy of releasing more of the location data held by public bodies to help businesses and boost economic growth, by giving small businesses free access to OS MasterMap® data. The...

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Smartwatches – Spying on Kids

German Telecoms regulator the Federal Network Agency has banned the sale of smartwatches to children and asked parents to destroy any that they already have. Danger To Children - Spying and Tracking The reason why the regulator has taken the step is over concerns that...

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Your Keystrokes Being Tracked

A new study from Princeton University has suggested that your keystrokes, mouse movements, scrolling behaviour, and the entire contents of the pages you visit may be tracked and recorded by hundreds of companies. What?? The study revealed that no fewer than 480...

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Xmas Toys – Security Concerns

With Christmas just around the corner, consumer watchdog Which? has asked retailers to stop selling some popular internet-connected toys which have "proven" security issues that could allow attackers to take control of the toy or send messages. Toys At Risk Consumer...

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Huddle Leaked Business Documents

A flaw has been discovered in the collaboration tool Huddle that is believed to have left private company documents able to be viewed by unauthorised persons. What is Huddle? Huddle is cloud-based and ‘secure’ software system for collaborative work, file sharing and...

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Google’s Scary Hack Stats

With more than 15% of Internet users reporting takeovers of their email or social networking accounts, new research by Google and the University of California, Berkeley has shed light on how passwords are stolen and how accounts are hacked. Tracking Black Markets The...

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1 In 4 Law Firms Ready For GDPR

A report by managed services provider CenturyLink Emea, shows that despite the threat of up to €20m fines or 4% of annual global turnover for serious data protection failings, only 25% of more than 150 legal sector IT decision-makers said their firms were GDPR ready....

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Bad Broadband? Get Automatic Compensation…

Ofcom has announced that broadband and landline customers will be automatically able to get money back from their providers when things go wrong, without having to make a claim for it. Review Brings ‘Automatic Compensation’ Agreement After a review and intervention in...

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Fake WhatsApp – 1 Million Downloads

A fake version of WhatsApp, the free, cross-platform instant messaging service for smartphones, was downloaded from the Google Play store by more than one million unsuspecting people. Discovered By Reddit Users Keen-eyed users of Reddit, the US-based social and web...

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Supermarket Voucher Scam Via WhatsApp

WhatsApp is being used by ‘phishing’ fraudsters to circulate convincing links for supermarket vouchers in order to obtain your bank details. How Does The Scam Work? The WhatsApp messenger app is being used to send messages purporting to be from well-known supermarkets...

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Cuts Mean Fewer ATMs But More Cashless Payments

Banking industry group LINK has warned that a plan to cut the fees that fund their cash machines could mean that more ATMs will be axed. What Fees? The 38 Card issuers (banks and building societies) have proposed a cut in funding (the interchange fee) that they pay to...

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Tech Tip: Android: Clear App Defaults

If a link opens in a certain app rather than in the browser e.g. a link to Facebook page or a Tweet, you could find yourself waiting around while your phone shuts down Chrome before it loads something else. You can avoid this by: Going to Settings > Apps Finding the...

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AI Cracks Captcha

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm has been developed that can fool the Captcha website security check system by mimicking how the brain processes images and visual clues. CAPTCHA Most of us will be familiar with the Captcha system that requires us to prove...

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Half Of Us Don’t Check Contactless Amount

A new study by money management app Yolt has found that nearly half of UK shoppers (48%) don’t always check the amount before they tap to pay via contactless. Switch To Contactless The implications of the findings of the study are so significant because the UK has...

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Businesses Use Facebook Collaboration In Droves

Not only has Facebook’s Workplace Collaboration Tool exceeded expected take-up numbers by businesses, but it now getting a desktop app for group chats. What Workplace Tool? Facebook's Workplace platform app was introduced in October 2016 to enable businesses to have...

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New System To Collect Biometrics Of All EU Visitors

The European Parliament is reported to have approved the introduction of a new system which will collect biometric information about all non-EU visitors to the EU. EES Under the EU’s newly approved entry/exit system (EES), which is also part of ‘Smart Borders’...

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Tech Tip – Android: Enable Smart Lock

If you want to keep your phone and data secure but don’t want the hassle of needing to input a code every single time you pick up the phone, Android’s Smart Lock feature is for you. You will find Smart Lock in your security menu and it can offer different methods of...

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Russia Hit By Ransomware

A new type of ransomware dubbed "Bad Rabbit", similar to WannaCry and Petya, has been spreading across Russia, Ukraine and into other countries. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a form of malware that typically encrypts important files on the victim’s computer. The...

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Changing Faces With AR and AI

The combination of Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has led to a cosmetics chain enabling customers to experiment with virtual make-up, and the animation of single still images into photos with moving facial expressions. Virtual Cosmetics App...

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Southend … The ‘Smart City’

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is reported to have signed an agreement with tech company Cisco to deploy its ‘Kinetic for Cities’ platform in order to share the benefits of new digital technologies with its businesses and citizens, thereby making it a ‘Smart City’....

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eBay And Amazon Sellers VAT Warning

MPs have warned Amazon and eBay that their platforms may not be doing enough to prevent many sellers from not charging VAT on their sales, thereby potentially contributing to £1.5bn lost tax revenue for the government. Report The VAT loophole was highlighted in a...

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4 Out Of 10 UK Businesses Not Ready For GDPR

A study by DMA group, formerly the Direct Marketing Association, has revealed that more than 40% of UK marketers say their business is not ready for changes in the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). What Is GDPR? GDPR will come into force in May...

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Tech Tip: Android: Use Your Phone By Voice Alone

If you want up to set up voice search so that you can use your Android phone hands-free here’s how: Open the latest version of the Google App. Top left, tap Menu, Settings, Voice, then OK Google Detection. Make sure that “From the Google App” and “Always on” are...

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Major Wi-Fi Security Risk

Researches have uncovered a major flaw in Wi-Fi connections dubbed as Krack, which could be putting homes and businesses at risk from hackers. The Flaw Researchers from Belgian university, KU Leuven, discovered that there is a critical flaw in the authentication...

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Cortana Integrated With Skype

Microsoft has added its talking digital assistant ‘Cortana’ to Skype to provide ‘contextual assistance’, which could help Skype users in their online chats. What Kind of Assistance? The idea is that the digital assistant can use its AI to pick up on what is being said...

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Alexa Now Recognises Multiple Voices

Amazon’s Alexa AI digital assistant is now able to tell the difference between the voices of different users in the same household, thus enabling the Amazon Echo to handle multiple-user profiles in a convenient way. Following Google This latest development from Amazon...

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Drone Hits Passenger Aircraft

A remotely piloted drone struck a Skyjet turboprop passenger plane as it made its approach to land at Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec, Canada last Thursday. What Happened? The drone craft, which was being operated by a person as-yet unknown, was reported to have been...

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Staff Sue Morrisons Over Personal Data

5,518 former and current Morrisons employees are suing the company in the High Court over failing to protect their personal data after it was posted online by a rogue employee with a grudge. What Happened? Back in 2014, Andrew Skelton, who was an auditor at the head...

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Cash From Cloud Bigger Than Expected

A Gartner report shows evidence that revenues from the public cloud look likely to grow by 18.5% this year, and could top $260 Billion. Public Cloud The ‘public cloud’ refers to the service whereby companies / individuals can access virtual machines (VMs),...

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Tech Tip: Android: Device Manager Locates Your Phone

If you’ve put your phone down somewhere in the house or office but can’t remember where, you can use Android Device Manager (Find My Device) to help you locate it. Here’s how: You can access Device Manager via the web on a mobile device or computer. Find My Device is...

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How Your Phone Can Depress You

Research by Nottingham Trent University has revealed that mobile phone alerts can have a negative impact on your mood, especially if they're work-related and or non-human notifications. App Research The research, which was carried out to study the way people interact...

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Are You Unwittingly Making Crypto-Currency?

Scammers are secretly installing 'mining code' in websites so that they can use the computers of website visitors to help them generate digital cash or 'crypto-currencies'. What's Happening? Hackers are operating a popular scam which involves installing 'mining...

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Legal Threat From GDPR

Speaking at the recent IP Expo in London, Irwin Mitchell solicitors warned businesses that focusing too much on consent as a basis for data collection could mean that they miss other options and issues, and leave themselves open to the risk of fines from the UK...

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Google’s DeepMind To Monetize AI

After years of astonishing AI developments and expensive R & D and staffing bills, Google now plans to finally monetize its DeepMind AI by embedding it into a host of Google products and services. Losing Money Up until now, the expense of AI development work by...

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Crackdown On Tax Payments By Online Businesses

The European Commission is using the rulings of two cases involving Apple and Amazon, and reforming the way VAT is collected to make sure that all online businesses pay their taxes. The Apple & Amazon Cases The rulings on cases involving Apple’s operations in Ireland,...

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Augmented Reality Maps

The Ordnance Survey augmented reality (OS) Maps app will allow users to see signs identifying UK landmarks in the area they’re looking at through their phone or tablet’s camera view. Augmented Reality Maps The new version of the OS Maps app uses ‘augmented reality’...

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Tech Tip: Android Phone: Snap A Screenshot

If you see something on the screen of your android phone that you want to save and share, there’s an easy way to do it. Press your phone's power and volume-down buttons at the same time to capture a screenshot. Share via the notification that appears on your device or...

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UK Moves To Subscription Economy

A recent YouGov survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK, sponsored by subscription software firm Zuora has revealed that the average monthly spend by UK adults on subscription services of all kinds has tripled in the past year. Why? A challenging global economy,...

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E-Currency A Real Possibility For Sweden

A year after launching an investigation into the viability of introducing an e-currency, Sweden’s central bank looks likely to introduce the ‘e-krona’ as a government-guaranteed means of payment and a digital complement to cash. Why? In November last year, Sweden’s...

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Google’s Shopping Ads Change

After receiving a €2.42 billion fine from the European Commission back in June, Google is now letting other comparison shopping services (rather than just its own Google Shopping) place ads at the top of its search results. What Happened? Back in June, Google was...

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Rudd’s ‘War’ With Techies Over Encryption

After making critical comments about unhelpful techies while answering questions at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference, Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing criticism from technical commentators about her apparent lack of understanding about the...

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US Government Wants Your Data

Reports from Apple and Google indicate that there has been a dramatic increase in the last year in the number of requests by the US government for user account details. Requests To Google Hits Six-Year High Requests to Google are reported to have reached a six-year...

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EC Pushes Tech Companies To Remove Hate

Technology companies are coming under renewed pressure, this time from the European Commission (EC), to take measures to rid their platforms of hate speech and terrorist materials, or face the threat of legislation. Propaganda Surge According to the EC, despite a...

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Tech Tip : Remove Clutter From Your Search Results

If you ever find that you're getting unwanted search results, you can quickly and easily narrow down the list by using the minus sign. Here's a classic example; let's say that you're interested in natural history and wanted to know more about a jaguar. However, the...

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Cops Get Younger, Windows Gets Older

Via a freedom of information release, the BBC has uncovered some embarrassing information about the technology used by some of our boys in blue. With regards to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP), they discovered that around a fifth of the force are still trying to...

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The Battle For Delivering Groceries

A new, "hyper-convenience" delivery service is being trialled by US giant Wal-Mart. They're testing the market viability of delivering goods directly into consumer's refrigerators. This bold move is seen as a direct challenge to online retail heavyweight Amazon. King...

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Two Hours Or Less To Remove Terrorist Content

Speaking at the United Nations, Prime minister Theresa May said technology companies must go "further and faster" in removing extremist content. Given the recent increase in terror-related incidents in London and Manchester (and other European cities), it's likely her...

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Uber Loses London Licence

Taxi-booking giant Uber will lose its licence to operate in London at the end of September. The ruling, made by regulators at Transport for London, was because they deemed Uber was "not fit and proper". London Mayor Sadiq Khan publicly endorsed the decision.Uber has...

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Equifax… Spoof Site

Equifax, the firm beleaguered by a record hack which compromised millions of sensitive, personal details (multi-nationally) has made yet another world-class slip-up. Wrong URL Tweeted Further to the recent revelations that over 143 million people had been compromised...

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China Bans Bitcoin: Value Falls

The value of Bitcoin has taken a tumble on worldwide currency markets after China ordered exchanges to cease trading in the cryptocurrency. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the need for central banks and uses highly secure...

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Government Could Share Data To Reduce Immigration

In order for the government to cut net migration numbers to the UK post-Brexit, it has been reported that three government departments will be sharing data on citizens so that immigration status checks can be made more easily. Departments It has been reported that the...

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Parking Chatbot Could Help You Sue Equifax

In the wake of the recent, massive Equifax hack, a well-known chatbot developed to overturn parking fines has been modified to help victims file legal claims against Equifax. What Happened? A vulnerability in the Equifax website was reportedly exploited by unknown...

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Tech Tip: Access Cortana’s Secret Calculator

Sometimes the calculator on your computer can come in very handy, and Cortana in Windows 10 gives you access to a full featured calculator via the search box. Here’s how. With Cortana enabled: Tap the Windows key. Type your calculation into the search box. Cortana...

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AI Can Tell Your Sexuality From A Photograph

An AI algorithm developed by researchers at Stanford University has been able to identify men and women as gay or straight just by studying photographs, with up to 91% accuracy. Why? The study by Stanford’s Michal Kosinski and Yilun Wang used AI to test a theory that...

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Google Drive To Be Replaced With Drive File Stream

Google has announced on its blog that it will be replacing Google Drive with a new (and less bandwidth and hard-disk space-hungry) desktop app called Drive File Stream. What Is Google Drive? Google Drive has been Google’s file storage and synchronization service for...

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WhatsApp For Business Announced

It has been announced that a standalone ‘for business’ version of Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform will soon be made available. WhatsApp Business Although many businesses have used WhatsApp for communications with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders, the...

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China To Stop Selling Fossil Fuel Cars

The world’s largest auto market, China, is reportedly planning to ban the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles to help tackle pollution and to develop the market for electric and hybrid vehicles. Near Future China’s vice-minister of industry and information technology,...

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Phone App Detects Cancer

A new app called BiliScreen, developed by Researchers at the University of Washington, uses eye-scanning technology to detect early stage pancreatic cancer, thus increasing the chances of successful treatment. Surgery Early Is Best Option Relatively little real...

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Smartphone Danger For Teenagers

A new book by an American Psychologist highlights her research findings that young people who spend more than an hour a day on smartphones are more likely to be unhappy, lonely, depressed, and have more risk factors for suicide. Title Says It All The new book by Dr...

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Six UK Regions Get Full Fibre Broadband Trials

The UK government has announced the six regions of the UK that will host trials of full fibre broadband for businesses, schools and hospitals as part of a £200m scheme by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Which Six Regions? The DCMS has...

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New 400GB MicroSD Card

SanDisk's parent company ‘Western Digital’ has announced at the 'IFA 2017' in Berlin that it is launching the world's largest storage capacity (400GB) microSD card. What Is MicroSD Card? A microSD card is a small (fingernail size or less) removable flash memory card...

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CEX Hacked – Two Million Customer Details Stolen

The second-hand electronics and video game store CEX have reportedly been hacked, and as many as two million customer details may have been stolen. What Happened? Hackers breached online security for CEX’s WeBuy.com online shop and were able to steal two million...

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Tech Tip: Customise Your Start Menu

One of the features of Windows 10 is that it allows you to customise your start menu so that it has your most used software to hand, and it has a look and layout that you are happy with. Here’s how: To blend the traditional interface with the Live Tiles - right-click...

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Autonomous Lorries To Be Tested On UK Roads

The government has announced that ‘platoons’ (mini-convoys) of self-driving, partially autonomous lorries will be tested on UK roads before the end of 2018. Platoons The so-called ‘platoons’ will take the form of several lorries driving closely together in a line in...

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Digital Life After Death

Advances in technology have meant that a whole new industry is emerging around helping us to leave extensive digital records of our lives to our descendants, and perhaps even a digital avatar self that can continue living online. Not Much Of Ourselves The challenge...

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Tech Tip: Easier On The Eyes With ‘Dark’ Theme

Looking at bright window backdrops and bright white backgrounds when you open folders can be tough on the eyes. Windows 10 offers your eyes some relief with ‘Dark’ theme. Here’s how it works. To switch to black folder backdrops which are easier on the eyes: Click on...

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