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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.

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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’.

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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 regulator when GDPR comes into force next year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 basics of encryption.

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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.

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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.

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Tech Tip: Your Mobile: Accessing The Quick Settings Panel on Android

If you’d like a fast route to a place that offers one-tap toggles to some of your Android device’s most commonly used functions, try the Quick Settings panel. You can get there superfast by using a shortcut:

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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China Bans Bitcoin: Value Plummets

The value of Bitcoin has taken a tumble on worldwide currency markets after China ordered exchanges to cease trading in the crypto-currency.

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Embarrassing iPhone Face Recognition Blunder Explained

Apple’s on-stage demo of the new iPhone X in front of the world’s media last Tuesday suffered an unexpected glitch as its new face recognition feature didn’t work, and now Apple is offering an explanation of what went wrong.

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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.

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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.

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Online Hate Bans Appear To Work, According To Reddit

Contrary to concerns that social news platform Reddit would drive abusive user groups to other areas of the site by banning them, research has shown that bans have cut hate speech and bad online behaviour for the longer term.

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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:

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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.

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44 Million UK People Possibly Affected by Equifax Hack

US Credit Rating Company Equifax was hacked last Friday with 143 million customer details stolen, 44 million of which may have come from UK customers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tech Tip: Use The Action Centre To Customise Settings

Windows 10 offers you the chance to customise settings without having to go to the settings panel by using a one-stop shop called the action centre.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Microsoft and Amazon Join Forces For Voice First (AI) Dominance

It has been reported that since May of last year, Microsoft and Amazon have been working in partnership to enable their respective AI digital assistants ‘Cortana’ and ‘Alexa’ to work together.

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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:

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90% Of Businesses Open Doors To Hackers By Not Patching

The latest Fortinet Global Threat Landscape Report has found that not only are 9 out of 10 businesses being hacked through un-patched vulnerabilities, but that many of these vulnerabilities are 3 or more years old, and have patches available for them.

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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.

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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.

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Post-Brexit Data Protection & Data Exchange With EU

The UK government has published one of what is likely to be a series of policy papers that outline the government’s vision of what the exchange protection of personal data between the UK and the EU will look like, post-Brexit.

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Access To Machine Learning Tools Through Your Browser

Google has announced that we will be all be able to have access to (and to interact with) a powerful machine learning tools library via its browser, without the need for adding special coding, installations or a backend.

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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:

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Speech Recognition Now As Good As A Human

It has been reported that Microsoft’s speech recognition system has reached its lowest ever Word Error Rate (WER) of 5.1%, a rate that puts it on par with humans.

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Banned Neo-Nazi Website Causes Freedom of Speech Concerns

Google, GoDaddy, and Cloudflare’s decision to stop serving a neo-Nazi site has prompted a US-based digital rights group to express concerns about freedom of speech being compromised.

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Tougher Sentences For Online Abusers

The UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has said that the Crown Prosecution Service will treat online hate crime as seriously as offences carried out face to face, and will seek tougher penalties and sentences for online abuse on social media platforms.

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68% of UK Firms Not Trained Against Cyber Attacks

The annual Cyber Governance Health Check has shown that 68% of the UK’s top business board members have received no training in how to respond to a cyber attack.

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Less Than 10% Completing Computing A-levels Are Female

According to statistics on A-level results released recently, only 9.8% of those completing A-level computing courses are female.

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Closing Time For Lovefilm’s Postal DVD Service

Lovefilm has announced that it will be ceasing its postal DVD rental service on 31st October this year, as the format is being superseded by streaming services.

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Tech Tip: Two Handy Right-Clicks

There are two handy right mouse click tips on Windows 10 that can help you save time and personalize your desktop.

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Introducing Facebook’s New ‘Watch’ Video Service

Facebook might just give YouTube and some TV networks a run for their money with the introduction of new video service called ‘Watch’ that also offers all of Facebook’s basic functions.

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Cryptocurrency Scam Foiled By London Police

A scam which involved duping investors out of £160,000 by selling fake cyber cash has been foiled by London police and has resulted in the arrest of one man.

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Blockchain Links Students To Employers

A new Sony Global Education (SGE) service uses Blockchain to enable students to more easily share their qualifications with employers.

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Encoded DNA Used To Carry Computer Malware

Researchers in the US have used digitised human DNA loaded with malware to infect a computer as part of an experiment to demonstrate that open-source programs used by laboratories worldwide are vulnerable to hackers.

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Li-Fi Could Boost Wi-Fi

Upcoming wireless protocol Light Fidelity or Li-Fi could be used to complement and boost Wi-Fi by turning special LED light bulbs into network access points, and by co-existing in mobile devices to improve performance.

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Consumers Still Unaware of Current Account Switching Service

Recent research has shown that despite spending £750m on an IT system that has simplified and sped up the process of changing bank account providers, only 28% of us know that the Current Account Switching Service (CASS) exists.

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Tech Tip: Setting A Picture Or PIN As Your Password

As traditional passwords have become less secure options, Windows 10 offers you the chance to sign-in by using a picture (annotated by you), or a PIN as your password. Here’s how:

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New Windows Eye-Tracking Feature

Microsoft Windows Insiders are reported to have been trying out a new eye-tracking feature that enables users to type and even draw the shapes of letters just using their eye movements.

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BBC Developing AI Voice-Controlled iPlayer With Microsoft

In partnership with Microsoft, the BBC is developing its own iPlayer video service, powered by voice recognition and artificial intelligence capabilities.

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Bitcoin At Record High, And Splits Into Bitcoin ‘Cash’

The value of Bitcoin reached a record high value of £2,651 per coin this week according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index, while the new spin-off crypto-currency, Bitcoin Cash, is trading well below the peak price of £557 per coin.

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Your Amazon Echo Could Be Used To Spy On You

A British security researcher is reported to have said that malware can be installed on an Amazon Echo along with code that could allow the device to eavesdrop on your conversations.

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New UK Data Protection Laws Give You The Right To Be Forgotten

New UK data protection laws, designed to align UK laws with European laws (GDPR) for Brexit and beyond, will give people more control over how companies use their data, including the ‘right to be forgotten’.

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Tech Tip: Watch A Video or Carry On Your Skype Call While Using Another App

If you need to make maximum use of your time and watch a video or carry on your Skype call while using another app, mini view will allow you to do just that.

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