Saturday, July 21, 2018

Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says

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Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says
Singapore personal data hack hits 1.5m, health authority says
The attack by hackers on a health database has affected about a quarter of the population.
Hackers net almost $1m in Russian bank raid
The theft is the latest in a series by the MoneyTaker gang which has targeted Russian banks
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Instant Pot Max Review: Not Quite Instant Success
Instant Pot Max Review: Not Quite Instant Success
Don't replace your existing multicooker just yet.
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The Pain and Potential of Making a 180-Degree Policy Shift
Photo-hosting service Photobucket in May quietly restored third-party hosting of photos, reversing its unpopular year-old policy that required users to pay nearly $400 in subscription fees for hosting privileges. Many irate users claimed their photos were "taken hostage." Hosted photos on blogs, forums and other sites were replaced by an image of a dial indicating the hosted data quota had been surpassed. Users were not given advance notice. Instead the company sent out emails with the message, "Some features on your account will be disabled."

Friday, July 20, 2018

What's Really Behind Apple's New MacBook Pro Keyboard

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What's Really Behind Apple's New MacBook Pro Keyboard
What's Really Behind Apple's New MacBook Pro Keyboard
iFixit performs surgery on Apple's new silicone-padded keyboard.
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Samsung's Foldable Smartphone Slated for Next Year: Report
Samsung plans to launch a foldable-screen smartphone early next year, according to reports, possibly priced around $1,500. Samsung's foldable phone will resemble a book, with the main display inside the covers, said Ken Hyers, director of the emerging device strategies service at Strategy Analytics. The exterior will have a smaller notification display on the front, and a camera, or cameras, on the back. The main display will have a 7.3-inch screen. The foldable smartphone may have a 3,000 mAh battery or larger.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Microsoft's New Skype Could Be Risky Gamble

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Microsoft's New Skype Could Be Risky Gamble
Microsoft has announced a new version of its Skype messaging app, along with a warning that previous versions of the software will be disabled after Sept. 1. "As we roll out improvements, there comes a time when we must shut down older services and application versions," wrote the Skype Team in an online post. "This is done to ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that there are no quality or reliability issues resulting from old technology and new technology interoperating."

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Roku Speakers Offer Sophisticated Audio for Smart TVs

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New Roku Speakers Offer Sophisticated Audio for Smart TVs
Roku has earned a reputation for making streaming TV products that are easy to set up and use, and that deliver above-average quality at affordable prices -- and that's the approach it has taken with its new Roku TV Wireless Speakers. The company unveiled the speakers on Monday, although it doesn't expect to start shipping them until October, when they will sell for $199.99. Eager consumers can preorder to take advantage of early bird offers. The speakers are designed exclusively for smart TVs that run Roku software.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit
The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Home, Outdoor, and Lifestyle: Instant Pot, Zojirushi, Fitbit
Pull your shattered life back together with our favorite home and outdoor deals this Prime Day.
The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals (2018): Home, Laptops, Echo, Kindle
The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals (2018): Home, Laptops, Echo, Kindle
Prime Day is finally here! We have the deals you're looking for.
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Emotional surveillance
Emotional surveillance
How facial recognition is being used to identify suspects in crowds and spot suspicious behaviour.
The artificial intelligence bot you make with a potato
The artificial intelligence bot you make with a potato
Smartibot is an artificial intelligence robot you can control from your smartphone.
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Could a Tech Collaboration Tool Fix Dysfunctional Governments?
Microsoft Inspire is taking place this week in Las Vegas, and a huge number of my personal friends and I were prebriefed on what the big announcements would be. Strangely, the embargo on the news lifted last week, so I'm not going to get in trouble for sharing some of the revelations. There are a number of interesting elements, including Microsoft's suddenly aggressive move to use Azure as an Internet of Things host, which suggests that in the future, many of our homes and businesses will be managed remotely in the Microsoft Cloud.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Aliens killed by spelling mistake in 2013 Colonial Marines game

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Aliens killed by spelling mistake in 2013 Colonial Marines game
Aliens killed by spelling mistake in 2013 Colonial Marines game
A typo in the code of a poorly reviewed game from 2013 is being blamed for one of its biggest problems.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

All the Gear You Need to Conquer Comic-Con 2018

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All the Gear You Need to Conquer Comic-Con 2018
All the Gear You Need to Conquer Comic-Con 2018
Brave long lines and massive crowds like a superhero with these essential items.
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Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity
Ghanaian boys use cassavas to generate electricity
Ghanaian brothers James and Kwesi Ansah use the root vegetables to power radios and mobile phones.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack

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Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack
Twelve Russians charged with US 2016 election hack
The dozen allegedly used spear phishing emails and malware and hacked voter data on a state website.
Facebook will not remove fake news - but will 'demote' it
Facebook will not remove fake news - but will 'demote' it
It says fake news is not against its "community standards".
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New MacBook Pros Get Major Power Boost
Apple has announced updated MacBook Pro 13- and 15-inch notebooks with a Touch Bar, 8th-generation Intel Core processors, support for up to 32 GB of DDR memory in the larger notebook, a True Tone display, and an improved third-generation keyboard for quiet typing. The 15-inch model comes with 6-core Intel Core i7 and i9 processors rated at up to 2.9 GHz -- with Turbo Boost, up to 4.8 GHz. It offers up to 4 TB of SSD storage. The 13-inch model has quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors rated at up to 2.7GHz -- with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz.
Fire Cubes, Home Theater Beams, and X-ray Cases
Amazon's latest gambit for taking over your living room is the Fire TV Cube. It works in much the same way as the Fire TV stick, but with the added impact this time around of stuffing in a smart speaker with the familiar tones of the Alexa voice assistant. You can use it to play whatever you want to see in up to 4K resolution from various streaming services. All the usual suspects are here, like Netflix and HBO Go, but sadly, there's no native YouTube app, thanks to a tiff between Amazon and Google.
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Electrolux Pure i9 Review: An Effective, But Expensive Robot Vacuum
Electrolux Pure i9 Review: An Effective, But Expensive Robot Vacuum
This small, bashful botvac that will win over your heart, if not your wallet.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Active defence

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Active defence
Active defence
How firms are using cutting-edge techniques to stop cyber criminals breaching their networks.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

BlackBerry Key2 Review: A Comfy Keyboard and Long Battery Life

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BlackBerry Key2 Review: A Comfy Keyboard and Long Battery Life
BlackBerry Key2 Review: A Comfy Keyboard and Long Battery Life
This keyboard-packing smartphone is the best kind of throwback. Our full review.
How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day
How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day
A company from Austin, Texas is building 800-square-foot houses from concrete pumped out of a giant 3-D printer.
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Stolen sensitive drone files sold on dark web
Stolen sensitive drone files sold on dark web
Tank tactics and drone details were up for sale by hackers who got them from military networks.
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New iOS Security Feature Ripe for Defeat
A new feature in iOS 11.4.1, which Apple released earlier this week, is designed to protect against unwanted intrusions through the iPhone's Lightning Port. However, the protection may be weak at best. The feature, called "USB Restricted Mode," disables data transfer through the Lightning Port after an hour of inactivity. A password-protected iOS device that has not been unlocked and connected to a USB accessory within the past hour will not communicate with an accessory or computer, and in some cases might not charge, according to Apple.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Polar Flow Fitness App Exposes Soldiers, Spies

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Polar Flow Fitness App Exposes Soldiers, Spies
A popular fitness app provided a convenient map for anyone interested in shadowing government personnel who exercised in secret locations, including intelligence agencies, military bases and airfields, nuclear weapons storage sites, and embassies around the world. The fitness app, Polar Flow, publicized more data about its users in a more accessible way than comparable apps "with potentially disastrous results," found investigators. Polar Flow provided functionality that combined all of a person's exercise sessions on a single map.
Crate.io Releases Commercial Machine Data Platform
Crate.io has introduced a commercial Machine Data Platform, along with a new version of its open source SQL database for the Internet of Things and machine data. The company also announced an US$11 M Series A funding round. The Machine Data Platform is Crate.io's first major commercial venture following last year's initial steps toward selling services around its free database, noted Andy Ellicott, chief product and marketing officer at the company. Crate.io has reached several critical fiscal and technical milestones since then.
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Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog
Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog
The social media giant failed to ensure Cambridge Analytica deleted users' data, UK watchdog says.
Uber executive resigns after race discrimination probe
Uber executive resigns after race discrimination probe
The ride-hailing firm's head of human resources has left after claims she mishandled complaints.
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Brava Smart Oven: Price, Specs, Release Date
Brava Smart Oven: Price, Specs, Release Date
Is Brava’s idea of the oven of the future just right or overdone?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'

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Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'
Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'
In a UK-first the system detects a phone is in use in a passing vehicle and triggers a warning.
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Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future
Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future
The latest Surface is Microsoft's smallest—and least expensive.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Best Xbox One Deals and Console Bundles (2018)

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Best Xbox One Deals and Console Bundles (2018)
Best Xbox One Deals and Console Bundles (2018)
Deals on the Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, along with some games and accessories you'll want.
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Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes
Hundreds of thousands more charge points could be installed under plans from the transport secretary.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Weekend Tech Deals: Breville, Ecobee, Ecovacs, SNES Classic

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Weekend Tech Deals: Breville, Ecobee, Ecovacs, SNES Classic
Weekend Tech Deals: Breville, Ecobee, Ecovacs, SNES Classic
Plus: Whether your PC needs zippy storage or you want to play your 16-bit Nintendo faves, we've got some deals for you.
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Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer
Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer
The technology to give people superhuman powers is being developed, but is it the right thing to do?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Campsite Cooking Gear: Combekk, Igloo, Coleman, Bialetti, Cuisinart

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Campsite Cooking Gear: Combekk, Igloo, Coleman, Bialetti, Cuisinart
Campsite Cooking Gear: Combekk, Igloo, Coleman, Bialetti, Cuisinart
Here's some choice equipment for cooking like a pro in the wild.
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Three YouTube vloggers die in waterfall plunge at Canada's Shannon Falls
Three YouTube vloggers die in waterfall plunge at Canada's Shannon Falls
Tributes have been paid to three members of the High On Life travel collective.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Huawei MateBook X Pro Review: About That Webcam...

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Huawei MateBook X Pro Review: About That Webcam...
Huawei MateBook X Pro Review: About That Webcam...
Huawei's MateBook X Pro is an incredible laptop with one unforgivable flaw. Our full review.
How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
How to Take a Screenshot on a Mac
Because in 2018, you need the receipts.
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Coder charged over stolen surveillance tools
Coder charged over stolen surveillance tools
The alleged thief tried to sell the code on the dark web and asked for $50m, say prosecutors.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

HTC U12 Plus Review: No Buttons, Mo Problems

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HTC U12 Plus Review: No Buttons, Mo Problems
HTC U12 Plus Review: No Buttons, Mo Problems
HTC reminds us why it's important to have actual buttons on your smartphone. Our full HTC U12 Plus review.
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MEPs reject controversial copyright law
MEPs reject controversial copyright law
Legislation aiming to bring copyright in line with the digital age is rejected in its current form.
Facebook finds Independence document 'racist'
Facebook finds Independence document 'racist'
Algorithms that seek out hate speech on Facebook remove parts of the Declaration of Independence.
New guidelines for 'revenge porn' crimes
New guidelines for 'revenge porn' crimes
Repeat offenders or those who set up fake social media accounts will face the toughest sentences.
Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition
Kim Dotcom loses latest appeal against US extradition
The internet mogul remains eligible for extradition to the US, a New Zealand Court of Appeal rules.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Fourth of July Drone Show Helps Military Families With Special Needs

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A Fourth of July Drone Show Helps Military Families With Special Needs
A Fourth of July Drone Show Helps Military Families With Special Needs
On Wednesday, Travis Air Force Base will host a light show by Intel's Shooting Star drones instead of traditional fireworks.
4th of July Tech Sales (2018): Osprey, Nest, iPad, V-Moda
4th of July Tech Sales (2018): Osprey, Nest, iPad, V-Moda
Don't want to wait for Amazon Prime Day? We have 22 deals on everything from drones to robot vacuums.
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Fourth of July: Aspen, Colorado swaps fireworks for drones
Fourth of July: Aspen, Colorado swaps fireworks for drones
Aspen, Colorado says it has altered its annual Independence Day festivities because of a wildfire risk.
Social media apps are 'deliberately' addictive to users
Social media apps are 'deliberately' addictive to users
Insiders tell a Panorama investigation that social media firms knowingly hook users to their apps.
Prostitution websites ban debated by MPs
Prostitution websites ban debated by MPs
Some claim the sites aid illegal sex-trafficking, but others say a ban would endanger prostitutes.