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Russia Suspected of Hacking Campaign

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security have warned that Russia may be behind a broad hacking offensive targeting millions of machines that direct data around the net. Networking Equipment Targeted US and...

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UK Launched Major Cyber Attack Against ISIS

GCHQ’s new director has revealed that last year, the UK has conducted a large-scale cyber-attack against ISIS that was designed to suppress online terrorist propaganda and hinder ISIS's ability to coordinate attacks. Growing For A Decade Confirmation that the...

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Phishing Attack Simulator : Microsoft Goodies

Microsoft has announced a set of business security tools, including a phishing attack simulator, that make it easier and more affordable for businesses to identify and fix vulnerabilities before they become an issue. Attack Simulator One of the key tools announced to...

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Facebook … Face Recognition Woes

Facebook is in the news yet again, this time for having to face a class action lawsuit for allegedly gathering biometric information without users' explicit consent, via facial recognition technology. What Facial Recognition Technology? A facial recognition...

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Tech Tip – Emails : ‘Undo Send’ … !

If you use a Gmail account, and if you’ve ever sent an email and then experienced the terror of immediately wishing that you hadn’t, you could find the ‘Undo Send’ feature very useful. The Undo feature allows you to set a buffer / cancellation time period between the...

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Facebook Notifies People Affected By Scandal

Facebook has begun notifying any of those users whose data is known to have been harvested and shared with data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. On Your News Feed If you are one of the 87 million people whose data has been shared, 1 million of whom are in the UK, when...

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Digital Number Plates

Dubai is once again in the news for being an adopter of new technologies after an announcement that it will be hosting a trial of digital vehicle number plates next month. Smart Plates The ‘smart plates’ will have digital screens, GPS and transmitters, and according...

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1 In 10 Fooled By Social Engineering Attacks

A new report by security firm Positive Technologies shows that 1 in 10 employees would fall for a social engineering attack. What Is A Social Engineering Attack? Social engineering cyber-attacks rely upon the element of human error e.g. convincing / fooling a person...

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Killer Bot Boycott

Reports that the state-run university-based ‘Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’ (KAIST) has been working on military robot research with defence company Hanwa have resulted in threats of a boycott by more than 50 AI researchers from 30 countries....

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Wearable Tech Could Help Solve Murder

Police in Australia are reported to be using data recorded by a murder victim's Apple smartwatch to help catch her killer. Murder The victim and owner of the smartwatch was Grandmother Myrna Nilsson, who was found dead in the laundry of her Valley View home in...

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Half Of Households Have Broadband Problems

A survey by consumer watchdog ‘Which?’ has revealed that more than half of UK customers across 12 providers, are having problems with their broadband service or price. Which Providers? The survey looked at the experiences of 1,900 customers of providers that...

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UK Universities Are Cryptojacking Targets

The latest attacker behaviour industry report by automated threat management firm Vectra shows that UK higher education institutions are now prime targets for illicit cryptocurrency mining, also known as ‘cryptojacking’. Cryptocurrency Mining ‘Cryptocurrency mining’...

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Tech Tip – Track Changes To Your Word Documents

If, as so many businesses do, you use Microsoft Word, and you have shared documents that others can make changes to, you may find the ‘Track Changes’ feature very useful. By turning on ‘Track Changes’ you can see who has made changes to your document, you can choose...

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‘See In The Dark’ Phone Camera

Chinese electronics company Huawei is heading to the European market with a smartphone that uses a long exposure and AI to take photos in near-dark conditions without a flash. How? The revolutionary phone camera is able to gather enough light to take a photo in near...

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Contactless ‘Pay to Pray’

The Church of England has announced that it will be able to accept contactless card payment for donations at 16,000 churches, cathedrals and religious sites. Why? The Church of England raises a whopping £580m every year in donations, but in today’s society,...

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£870 Million Super-Cyber-Crook Captured

The suspected leader of the criminal gang behind the Cobalt and Carbanak malware campaigns that targeted banks and netted £870 Million has been arrested in Spain. The Carbanak & Cobalt Malware Attacks Cobalt and Carbanak are names of the different generations of...

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Facebook Revamps Privacy Settings

In a move that Facebook says was due to happen before the recent personal data harvesting scandal, the social media giant has updated its privacy tools to make users more informed and in control. 50 Million Profiles Harvested The high-profile outcry that followed...

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Your Computer Data Stored … On DNA?

British scientists believe they have developed a technique that will enable them to store computer files in DNA code. Why? Data storage takes up a huge amount of space. It is estimated that there is now 3 zettabytes (3000 billion billion bytes) of digital data, with...

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Tech Tip – Google Keep

If you need to jot down ideas and to-dos and share them with team members, you may find ‘Google Keep’ a useful tool. With Google Keep can: - Record voice memos within Google Keep on your Android or iOS device. - Transcribe text from pictures, so you don’t have to...

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Camelot Hack – ‘It Could be You’

Lottery operator Camelot has announced that 150 customer accounts have been affected by a hack that took place prior to Friday’s £14-million draw at 8.30pm. Low Level The company has described the hack as ‘low level’ and has stressed that no money was stolen, and that...

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Huge UK Increase In Demand For AI Professionals

A study by job website 'Indeed' based on job postings on its site since 2015 has found that demand for skills in AI and machine learning has almost tripled in 3 years. Demand - AI Boom With the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector booming in the UK, and with...

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First Direct Customers Can Pay By Siri

First Direct customers can now make voice-activated payments to existing payees or mobile contacts via the Siri tool on their Apple iPhones, without logging into online banking or using their password. Following Barclays First Direct’s move to voice-activated payments...

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Fighting Exploitation Via Blockchain and Coke

Coca-Cola, the US State Department, and 2 other companies are working on a project to used blockchain to fight forced labour worldwide. What Is Blockchain? Blockchain is an incorruptible peer-to-peer network (a kind of ledger) that allows multiple parties to transfer...

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Tech Tip(s) – Browser Security

Your Internet browser is one of your most-used applications, so it makes sense that you should make yours as secure as possible. Here are a few tips to help you do just that : Use browsers that have built-in protection features such as Chrome, Firefox, Apple and...

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Voice Recognition ‘Sexist’

Delip Rao, CEO and co-founder of start-up R7 Speech Sciences has brought the issue back into the spotlight that voice recognition systems struggle more with female voices. Not New The issue has been known about for some time and has been brought into sharper focus...

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Accountants To Use AI For The ‘Boring’ Stuff

A study by Sage that identified how 83% of clients would like their accountants to extend their services has seen 50% of accountants looking to solutions like AI to allow them to free up the necessary time to do so. Off-Load Repetitive Tasks To AI With accountancy...

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Eight New Cyber Threats Every Second

The latest McAfee Labs threat report shows that in the last quarter of 2017, organisations faced 8 new cyber threats a second as there was an 18% increase in the number of reported security incidents across Europe. 478 New Cyber Threats Every Minute The report makes...

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New Threat From Fileless Powershell Exploits

Businesses now face the growing threat of fileless hacking and fileless malware attacks facilitated by the PowerShell scripting language that is already built-in to Windows. Surge Reported The latest McAfee Labs threat report shows what an emerging and dangerous...

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Facebook Ads That Target Your Beliefs

In a new trial involving a small number of users in the UK, Facebook has said that it will be testing the targeting of adverts based on users’ specific political and religious beliefs. Why? According to Facebook, the trial will help the social media platform to...

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Location Based Marketing … Creepy?

MoviePass CEO, Mitch Lowe, has caused controversy by telling the Hollywood audience at the Entertainment Finance Forum that his MoviePass app can track and gather information about users before and after their trip to the movies. What Is MoviePass? MoviePass, based in...

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One Hour To Take Down Illegal Content

New measures by the EU will mean that technology companies will have as little as just one hour to take down illegal and terror content, or face penalties under new legislation. Why Only One Hour? The new measure, which has reportedly been met with dismay by the big...

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Dropbox Integrates With Google Cloud and G-Suite

Dropbox has announced that it is now one step closer to delivering a unified home for work by forming a new partnership with Google Cloud that will integrate G-Suite in its cloud storage. What Was The Problem? Dropbox had been looking for ways to respond to the need...

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Blockchain Used To Reduce Child Labour

Blockchain Used To Reduce Child Labour Blockchain, the same technology that powers the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, is being tested in a pilot project between car-maker BMW and start-up Circulor with a view to eliminating battery minerals produced using child labour. What...

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Facebook Shooting Game Gaffe

Facebook has faced criticism this week after news that it promoted a virtual reality shooting game set in a public train station, on its stand at a US conservatives’ event. Bad Timing Clearly, in the light of the latest mass school shooting incident in Florida where a...

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Fight For DPOs With Introduction of GDPR

Technology and employment commentators are predicting that with the already high demand for skilled and talented Data Protection Officers (DPOs), the introduction of GDPR may see businesses having to compete to recruit the right one. What’s A Data Protection Officer?...

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Tech Tip – Find Files By Date

If you have produced and stored many files on your computer over time, in multiple folders, it can sometimes be difficult to find the file you need. One way to narrow the search in Windows 10 is to search by date. Here’s how: Choose the folder, drive, or library you...

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A Quarter Of Councils Have Been Hacked

A freedom of information request by privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has revealed the shocking statistic that a quarter of all UK councils have had their IT systems breached in the past five years. 37 Attempted Cyber Attacks Every Minute The ‘Cyber Attacks In...

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GDPR Extortion Prediction

A report by Security Company Trend Micro has predicted that, as cyber-criminals are now focusing more on maximising financial return, the introduction of GDPR this year could give them potentially lucrative extortion opportunities. How? The point that this report is...

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Belgium Says No To Facebook Tracking Code

A court in Belgium has told Facebook to stop using tracking code to follow and record internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with the country’s own privacy laws. What’s The Problem? According to Belgium’s privacy watchdog, the Belgian Commission...

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Postcards To Combat Election Interference

Following disclosures of how Facebook was used by advertisers who may have been seeking to influence the US election result, Facebook has suggested that in future in the US, those backing candidates with advertising campaigns will receive a ‘snail mail’ postcard sent...

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Facebook In Authentication Spamming Row

Facebook is facing criticism for allegedly using sign-ups to 2 factor authentication as an opportunity to send spam SMS notifications. What 2FA? Facebook has been allowing users to sign up for SMS-based two-factor authentication to mitigate the risk of phishing...

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Tech Tip – Windows 10: Near Share

One helpful feature to look out for in the Windows 10 update this Spring will be ‘Near Share’ whereby nearby Windows 10 devices can share files and URLs with you via Bluetooth. This feature is similar to Apple's AirDrop, and it works in the following way: Apps...

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Adopt ‘HTTPS’ Or Face Being Penalised by Google

Google has announced that websites without ‘HTTPS’ in front of their domains will be labelled as ‘Not Secure’ in version 48 of Chrome, starting this July. What Is HTTPS and Why Does It Matter? HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. It is the secure...

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UK Government Unveils Online Extremism Blocker

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has unveiled the UK government’s new tool for detecting and blocking online extremist and jihadist content. Publicly Funded The new tool was developed by artificial intelligence company ‘ASI Data Science’ based in London, and was funded using...

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Cryptojacking Discovered On Government Websites

A UK security researcher has discovered that cyber criminals have been using public sector websites, including that of the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office for cryptojacking. What Is Cryptojacking? Typically, cryptojacking involves hackers / scammers installing...

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X-Day February 15th – Prepare For GDPR

Network services provider EfficientIP has warned businesses that, in reality, February 15th is the last day that organisations can ensure their real-world compliance with GDPR. I Thought May 25th Was The Deadline? May 25th is the actual date that companies and...

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10 Gbps Home Broadband Speed Achieved In Test

Broadband operator Hyperoptic is reported to have achieved home Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) in a recent test. Hyperoptic? ‘Hyperoptic’ is the company name in this case, but the term hyperoptic generally refers to the kinds of super speeds...

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Technostress

The results of a survey by Microsoft indicate that constant contact with technology such as emails, messages and notifications in the workplace can reduce productivity, make workers less productive, and increase stress levels. It’s All Down To The Company’s ‘Digital...

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Firefox Users Advised To Update

Cisco’s security team has advised Firefox users to install Mozilla’s latest update for its web browser after a potentially serious security vulnerability was discovered. Malicious Code Danger According to Cisco’s researchers (and confirmed by Mozilla), the...

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Bitcoin Battered

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin’s value has now dropped to $6,000, a fall of $13,000 since November 2017. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the need for central banks and uses highly secure encryption to regulate the currency units...

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Virgin Credit Cards : No To Crypto

Shortly after Lloyds Bank announced that it would be banning customers from buying crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin using their credit cards, Virgin Money is now adopting the same policy. Why? The volatility of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have led Lloyds, and...

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Facial Recognition Arrest Claims Via Twitter

South Wales Police have taken to social media to announce news of the latest arrests made using Automated Facial Recognition (AFR) technology. First Used At Champions League Finals Week The AFR system was first used by South Wales Police last June at the Champions...

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Tech Tip – Timeline For Windows 10

Currently being tested and likely to come out soon in an update is a browser history for your Windows desktop known as ‘Timeline’. This feature will allow you to search through files, apps and sites you've previously had open, and jump back and pick up what you were...

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Tech Tip – Malware Protection With Windows 10

As the Malwarebytes annual State of Malware report shows, malware is a popular tool used by cyber criminals. With this in mind, “Windows Defender” on Windows 10 can help you to adopt a multi-layered approach to protect your systems. Windows Defender is a security tool...

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Amazon Announces SMS Messaging Via Alexa

Amazon has announced that it is introducing a service that will allow users of Alexa devices to send text messages to any contact via the digital assistant using just their voice. Builds Upon Alexa Calling The new service builds upon the Alexa Calling service...

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Facebook Pushes Local News

  In a move to improve the quality and trustworthiness of content, and to increase civic engagement, Facebook has announced that it will be focusing on local news sources. Misleading News Problems Even though Mark Zuckerberg has been keen to promote the view that the...

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UK’s Digital Snooping Powers Illegal

A legal challenge by Labour MP Tom Watson against the UK government’s own digital mass surveillance legislation laws introduced in 2014 has led to a court deciding that the laws were illegal. Legislation The legislation that was successfully challenged in court was...

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Military Bases Exposed By Fitness App

A user activity ‘heat map’ published by fitness tracker Strava has unwittingly revealed the location and structure of military bases in other countries. How? The app, made by San Francisco-based Strava, uses a mobile phone’s GPS to track a subscriber’s exercise...

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UK Most Targeted Region For Cyber Threats

The Malwarebytes annual State of Malware report has revealed that the UK is now the most targeted region in the world for cyber threats. Big Rises The UK has been elevated to the unenviable position at the top of the targets table after a huge 165% increase in UK...

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Nominet To Walk Away From Own Charitable Trust

Questions about Nominet Trust’s direction and accountability have led to Nominet announcing that it is withdrawing from its own charitable foundation that it set up over a decade ago. What Is Nominet Trust? Nominet Trust is the charitable foundation that was set up by...

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10% of Cryptocurrency ICOs Are Stolen

A report by Ernst & Young has highlighted the fact that 10% of all funds raised through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are stolen by hackers using techniques such as Phishing. What Is An ICO? An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a controversial way of start-up companies...

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WhatsApp For Business Launches in UK

The new business-focused version of WhatsApp for Android is now available for download in the UK. Small Business Needs The new WhatsApp Business can be downloaded for free at Google Play, and is specifically aimed at the needs of small businesses, which account for...

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Amazon’s ‘No Checkout’ Grocery Store Opens

Amazon has opened a revolutionary checkout-free, bricks-and-mortar grocery store called ‘Amazon Go’ in Seattle, after more than a year of testing. How Can It Have No Checkouts? The Amazon Go store uses infra-red ceiling-mounted cameras and electronic sensors to track...

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Ford Doubles Investment in Electric Cars

The Ford Motor Co has announced its plans to more than double its previously announced target of $4.5 billion investment in electric cars to $11 billion by 2022, and the company is aiming to have 40 mainstream, hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model line-up....

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OnePlus Accused Of Credit Card Fraud

Chinese Android Phone company OnePlus is at the centre of a storm of complaints after many customers said that their credit cards had been used for fraudulent transactions after they purchased products from the OnePlus web store. What Happened? After receiving...

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New macOS Too Secure?

The new security called 'System ‘Integrity Protection' (SIP) behind macOS High Sierra is proving so secure that it appears to be stopping users from being able to delete (third-party) apps with ease. What’s The Issue? The process behind the SIP was first introduced to...

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New Law Tackles Digital Ticket Touts

The UK Government has announced that cyber touts caught using specialised software called ‘bots’ to purchase tickets in bulk for re-sale at inflated prices on secondary websites, could soon face unlimited fines. Bots Ban This Year The UK Government stated at the end...

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‘Ripple’ Takes Second Place To Bitcoin

As investors look for alternatives to the volatile bitcoin bubble, crypto-currency Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system, followed by ethereum and litecoin. Bitcoin Bubble Fear Means Ripple Looks Attractive The media has been full of reports...

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Dodgy Apps in Google Play

Security researchers have discovered 36 fake and malicious apps for Android that can harvest your data and track your location, masquerading as security tools in the trusted Google Play Store. Hidden The 36 malicious apps were, on the surface, the kind of security...

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Tech Tip – Currency Converter In The Calculator

If you haven’t already spotted it, the Windows 10 Fall Creators update from last year means that a helpful currency converter is built into the calculator on a Windows 10 PC. The calculator also now includes converters for time, power, and temperature, so you can...

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iPhone Deliberate Slowdown : Apple Apology

Tech giant Apple has apologised after it confirmed that long-held customer suspicions that it deliberately slowed down older iPhone models to encourage an upgrade turned to be true. What Happened? Some customers had been sharing their concerns online for some time...

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Lie Detector App

A UK company has developed a lie-detecting app that could be used interviews or other situations where high levels of honesty in (initially) completing forms is required. Video Combined With Analytics The London based company, called ‘Human’, founded by Yi Xu, a...

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Extremism Tax

UK Minister of State for Security, Ben Wallace, has said that Britain may impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down any material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare terror...

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Justice Too Slow With Data Requests Says ICO

The UK’s Secretary of State for Justice has been hit with an Enforcement notice by the Information Commissioner’s Office over backlogs and poor handling of requests for personal records made under data protection laws. Subject Access Requests In the UK, under the Data...

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Tech Tip – Battery Saver In Windows 10

If you need to squeeze the most out of the battery charge of your laptop or tablet, try the Battery Saver feature in Windows 10. This feature disables unnecessary background functions such as live tile updates and email and calendar syncing. It can also auto-dim your...

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Miscarriage Risk From Wi-Fi And Smartphones

A U.S. study has found a link between high levels of magnetic field (MF) non-ionizing radiation such as that emitted by Mobile phones and Wi-Fi transmitters, and a 2.72x higher risk of miscarriage. What Is MF Magnetic Field Non-Ionizing Radiation? Radiofrequency...

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Beware Android Phone-Melting Malware

A type of crypto-currency mining malware has been found to overload an android phone with so much constant traffic that its battery physically bulges and bends the phone cover. Malware Causing Physical Damage The Android phone-wrecking Trojan malware, dubbed “Loapi”,...

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Kaspersky Tries To Overturn U.S. Directive

Embattled Moscow-based cyber security firm, Kaspersky Lab, is appealing against a U.S. Government’s ban on its software on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, and that there is no technical evidence. What Directive? Back in September, The U.S. Department of...

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No More Chrome Apps From Next Year

Google has announced that Chrome apps for Mac and Windows will no longer be available from the Chrome Web Store by early next year and that they will be replaced next year by Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Why? Google has had Chrome-browser supported stand-alone apps on...

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