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Could Your Smart IoT Christmas Present Be A Trojan Horse?

December 23, 2016 by Mike

In this day and age a lot of leisure items and toys now have a ‘smart’ element to them. This is a huge amount of items which could be in your house right now from lightbulbs to kettles. Could these smart IoT devices that you are given this Christmas be hacked by cyber criminals in […]

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Blockchain in Dubai Could Transform Middle East

December 22, 2016 by Mike

Dubai has committed to putting all of its documents on Blockchain’s new shared open database system by 2020. This could help to cut through the middle eastern bureaucracy as well as speed up civic transactions and processes and finally could help to bring a positive effect to the entire region. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is […]

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Biggest Data Breach in History For Yahoo

December 20, 2016 by Mike

500 million users’ accounts being breached in 2014 wasn’t bad enough, yahoo has now just found that it is the subject of one of the biggest data breaches in history! In 2013 more than one billion user accounts have been compromised. Best to change your passwords! What Happened? Hackers have used a method which is […]

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BT Broadband Christmas No.1 For Complaints Says Ofcom

December 19, 2016 by Mike

BT Broadband has the dubious honour of making it to the Christmas no.1 spot…for customer complaints. Figures from Ofcom the 3rd quarter of 2016 make grim reading for BT and for other Broadband companies that it owns. How Many Complaints? BT, unfortunately, tops Ofcom’s list with a staggering 36 complaints per 100,000 customers. To put […]

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Just Pop To The Robot Shop.

December 16, 2016 by Mike

Amazon look set to launch a new type of high tech grocery shop next year that allows customers to use an app to record (and pay for) their purchases rather than having to go through a checkout. What’s So Different About The Amazon Store? The new Amazon store uses a combination of a special app […]

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Businesses Misusing Average IT Security Spending Figures

December 16, 2016 by Mike

Businesses Misusing Average IT Security Spending Figures Gartner have released a recent report which warns businesses that although they are spending on average over 5% of their overall IT budget on security. Comparing your spend on security to other firms in the same sector is not a substitute for accurately assessing your own companies security […]

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You Guessed It! (uhm, Your Credit Card Number)

December 15, 2016 by Mike

Researchers from the University of Newcastle have developed a credit card querying system that has exposed some loopholes in online payment systems. The query system might allow cyber thieves using a similar method to essentially ‘guess’ your credit card number. What is this system? One of the main goals of cyber thieves is of course […]

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100% renewable-powered data centres For Google by 2017

December 15, 2016 by Mike

Google made a pledge in 2015 that they will be able to offset all of the energy they use at its data centres and offices with new power that has been generated using renewable energy sources by 2017 which they have just announced they are still on target to meet this. Good, But How Significant? […]

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Obama Orders Election Review After Cyber Attacks

December 14, 2016 by Mike

After Russia was publicly accused over cyber-attacks against the democratic party organisations in the recent U.S. presidential election. The current president Barack Obama has ordered an entire intelligence agency review. Accused in October. Russia was formally accused by the U.S. government of launching cyber-attacks against Democratic Party during the 2016 election, back in October. Following […]

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Robot Passenger Planes Now Taking Off

December 14, 2016 by Mike

BAE Systems has announced that it will be carrying out 17 trial flights in UK airspace of an aircraft that has been specially converted to enable it to fly autonomously. We haven’t even got autonomous cars yet and planes are already starting to get tested. Technology moves quickly! From Lancashire to Inverness. The test flights […]

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Barcode Tracking for Dementia Sufferers

December 13, 2016 by Mike

A trial for a new barcode tagging system for tracking the location of elderly dementia victims who are at risk of becoming lost is currently under way in Tokyo. Toe Stickers. The new, free tagging system uses special 1cm (0.4in) square stickers which can be attached to a person’s toenail and are designed to stay […]

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Beware The Car-Key Jammers

December 13, 2016 by Mike

Police have warned that some recent thefts from vehicles which took place in 3 Berkshire service stations have involved the use of radio jammers. Remote Technology Used. Thames Valley Police have said that thefts from the Chieveley, Reading and Membury services on the M4 have involved the use of radio jamming devices. These devices can […]

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Don’t Be (Unwittingly) Tracked By Uber

December 12, 2016 by Mike

After it was revealed that an Uber update to its app allows users’ GPS signals to be followed after they have left the vehicle privacy campaigners have complained on behalf of concerned customers. Continues To Run In The Background. The change to Uber’s app in the U.S. means that it continues to run in the […]

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Capita Replacing People With Robots

December 12, 2016 by Mike

So-called economic ‘headwinds’ is one of the reasons for people losing their jobs in the UK currently. Being replaced by a robot is happening and happening in large numbers! 2,250 UK jobs gone and the robots make the gain. Automation Job Threat. One of the long-held worries about automation has been illustrated in a ‘futuristic’ […]

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Ofcom Rules To Separate Openreach From BT

December 2, 2016 by Mike

After a long negotiation, the UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has now reached a decision that it will be formally asking the European Commission to start the process of separating BT from its network infrastructure arm, Openreach. Why Is This Happening? Through Openreach, BT owns (and is responsible for providing) the vast majority of the UK’s […]

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Record Breaking Online Sales For ‘Cyber Monday’

December 1, 2016 by Mike

Just as the UK is getting over Black Friday, news comes from our friends over the pond, the U.S., about record-breaking online sales on the first day after the Thanksgiving break that has become known a ‘Cyber Monday’. Black Friday Vs Cyber Monday Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now the popular culture names for […]

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iPhone Users Hit By Spammers

November 30, 2016 by Mike

Up until recently, Apple products have been commonly known to be safe from viruses, spam and other unwanted online intrusions. iPhone users, however, have reported an increase in unwanted invitations turning up in their calendars, and unwanted photo-sharing alerts. What Kind of Spam Invitations? Some have reported receiving clearly ‘spammy’ offers relating to fake Black […]

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Facial Recognition Allows ‘No Hands’ Driving

November 29, 2016 by Mike

Details of a new ‘no hands’ smart cruise control that uses facial recognition technology to make sure that the driver is paying attention are reported to have been revealed in correspondence between The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and auto manufacturer General Motors Co (GM). Drive With No Hands On The Wheel. A […]

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Artificial Intelligence Now Reads Lips Better Than People

November 28, 2016 by Mike

A research alliance between Google’s AI company DeepMind and Oxford University is reported to have developed a new AI system that can read lips better than humans.

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Facebook Stamping Out Fake News

November 24, 2016 by Mike

The proliferation of so-called ‘ fake news ’ and its apparent ability to influence the outcome of globally important events such as the recent U.S election have meant that Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has been moved to publicly announce how Facebook intends to tackle the problem in future.

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Two Hackers Get A Shock They Won’t Forget

November 23, 2016 by Mike

A push-button door hacking demonstration at the Kiwicon hacking event in Wellington, New Zealand gave two of the featured hackers a shock in front of a crowd of 2,000 onlookers. Alive and Well. The two men involved in the incident were conducting a live demonstration and testing of a device which was supposedly to be […]

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How Businesses Could Use Autonomous Vehicles

November 22, 2016 by Mike

Autonomous vehicles and vehicles with autonomous elements are being tested and used successfully, both as part of the transport system and in closed site operations. It is still early days and there are still many as-yet untapped opportunities for their commercial application across the UK. Public Transport in Milton Keynes. Experts agree that the use […]

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Barclays Trial Contactless Cash Machines

November 21, 2016 by Mike

Barclays are taking steps to avoid the threat card skimmers pose with a new trial of a system that allows customers to withdraw money from ATM’s using just their smart-phones. The cardless withdrawal system is to be a simpler system than the one introduced by RBS four years ago which allowed customers to withdraw up […]

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BT Competition To Find Apps and Services For UK Market

November 18, 2016 by Mike

Small Businesses and start-ups in the UK will now have their opportunity to pitch ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to BT in a competition, the winners of which could receive expert mentoring as well as seeing their ideas rolled out to BT customers in the UK. BT say that the object of the competition, run by their […]

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Crackdown On Mobile Use While Driving Announced By Police

November 17, 2016 by Mike

Police in England and Wales have announced that they will be conducting a week-long campaign that is focused on catching and cracking down on drivers who are using hand-held mobile phones while driving. As well as the obvious motive to improve safety on the roads, the latest crackdown is part of a longer term plan […]

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Women in Technology Earn 9% Less Than Men

November 16, 2016 by Mike

According to data recently published by ‘Hired’, women working in the technology industry in the UK earn 9% less than men in the same jobs. Evidence of the Gender Pay Gap. Even more evidence of a long-acknowledged gender pay gap in the UK has emerged from the ‘Hired’ survey that analysed 10,000 job offers made […]

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U.S. Voters Crash New Zealand & Canadian Immigration Site

November 15, 2016 by Mike

It seems as though some U.S. voters were so horrified by the idea of living in a Trump America that they crashed immigration websites in New Zealand and Canada in their bid to find an alternative safe haven.

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UK Surveillance Concerns After Trump Win

November 14, 2016 by Mike

With Trump’s victorious campaign to become the next U.S. President has prompted the UK digital rights and freedom group ‘The Open Rights Group’ (ORG) to publicly express fears that UK citizens may now be the subject of greater surveillance. Link With GCHQ. A key concern and the foundation for the views expressed by the ORG […]

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The Admiral’s Plan Shot Down By Facebook

November 12, 2016 by Mike

Popular insurance company Admiral wanted to trial a scheme whereby the contents of Facebook profiles of young drivers would be used in order to judge their safety as drivers (and thereby influence their insurance premiums). This is crazy right? But luckily for young drivers, Facebook gave them the thumbs down. This could have made it […]

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Artificial Intelligence Is Being Added to Office 365

November 11, 2016 by Mike

Microsoft has a new addition to the toolkit called ‘Microsoft Team’ for Office 365. This new addition will use intelligent services in order to reinvent and better workplace communications and collaboration. So What Exactly Is ‘Microsoft Team’? The Microsoft Team add-on is said to be a chat-based workspace that should improve teamwork within companies. It […]

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New National Cyber Strategy Tough On IT Suppliers

November 10, 2016 by Mike

With a lot of media focus in recent weeks being on preventing and retaliating to state-sponsored cyber-attacks, one stand out point about the UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS) that has been for the large part, ignored, is how tough it may be on IT Suppliers based in the UK. So, What Is The NCCS? […]

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Stripe Launches New Payments Apps Directory

November 9, 2016 by Mike

Customers of payment services Stripe are to be given access to a new directory of roughly 300 compatible apps that can be integrated and used with their existing Stripe services to make ease of integration and to produce even more useful data. What Is Stripe? Stripe is a San Francisco based company, which is estimated […]

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Tesco Bank Online Thefts

November 8, 2016 by Mike

Tesco Bank is reported to be working with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to investigate an incident where suspicious transactions resulted in money being taken from thousands of customers current accounts. The Money Is Gone. In what was described by Tesco Bank as a ‘sophisticated’ attack, last weekend saw suspicious transactions spotted by Tesco’s automated […]

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Security Fears About Adobe VoCo That Can Mimic Your Voice

November 7, 2016 by Mike

After the reveal in a demo at the Max Conference in San Diego last week, Adobe’s Project VoCo audio (voice manipulation software) has been at the helm of some concern over its potential for misuse in many different aspects. So What Is Project VoCo? Well project VoCo dubbed the “Photoshop of speech” is an audio […]

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