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Project Loon Sends Google Internet Balloons Around The World
According to Google’s official blog, the Internet giant has come to an arrangement with three of the biggest mobile operators in Indonesia, to bring Google’s balloon powered Internet to the next stage of development. The move will hopefully bring  the web within reach of 100 million Indonesians who currently... Read more
Statcheck Software Nabs Data Errors In Record Time
In the world of research, getting published is crucial to remaining in good standing with facilities, labs, and even universities that front some of the cost for their faculties. But as several historic, high-profile cases have shown, messing up your data in a published paper can be the end... Read more
New Software Mandates Put Children’s Identities At Risk
When the Lake Havasu Unified School District (Colorado) school board met recently to address the uproar over large-scale data collection of its students in grades K through 12, a statement from the board president reached heights of ignorance that aren’t often associated with privacy and data concerns. But that... Read more
Avira Takes Freemium.Com To Court
MUNICH, Germany (October 29, 2015) Avira, the world renowned antivirus and anti-malware tech giant, is taking to court for allegedly “…confusing users into installing unwanted programs that can compromise users’ privacy or weaken their computer’s security.” In a move widely being reported as the first of its kind,... Read more
US Senate Passes Controversial CISA “Surveillance Bill.”
The day before the EU Parliament chose not to enshrine Net Neutrality into European legislation, the US Senate struck their own blow to internet freedom by voting through the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, for short. That the vote has passed the Senate is even more surprising... Read more
Go Ahead, Jailbreak Your Car
In the US, matters of digital copyright legislation are overseen by the Library of Congress. And since the signing of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) way back in 1998 that covers these matters, not much has changed despite massive shifts in technology and consumer tech use since then.... Read more
Digital Classrooms: Is This Really Education?
If you need a little excitement in your life, walk into any faculty lounge or meeting room and announce that you think self-paced software is the wave of the future for education. You’re sure to find yourself swarmed by a mob of lesson planning critics who argue that technology... Read more
EU votes against Net Neutrality For Its Citizens
The European Parliament voted NO to new rules that would protect and safeguard ‘Net Neutrality’ in the European Union. MEPs ended up voting against the amendments that had been tabled to preserve and protect the notion of ‘Net Neutrality. The outcome of the vote could have a massive impact on... Read more
McAfee Labs: Dark Web Sells Credit Card Numbers For 55 Cents
So it turns out you can now buy stolen passwords for the princely sum of just 55 cents. That is according to a new report by Intel Security group, McAfee Labs who claim to have found login credentials and passwords on a video streaming website. That’s right, for less... Read more
Feds Demand Apple Unlock iPhone’s Passcode
Apple is taking heat from the US government again, but it’s not over ebooks, patents, or price fixing this time. In the latest battle between the tech giant and the government, now it’s federal law enforcement officials who are demanding Apple unlock an iPhone. Invoking the All Writs Act... Read more
YouTube To Launch YouTube Red Ad Free Subscription Service
YouTube, the Alphabet owned loss making video website has announced it is to launch an ad free subscription service calling it YouTube Red. While only available in the US to begin with, YouTube Red will cost subscribers $9.99 a month for the no adverts service. The new service is... Read more
Apple, Google, And Twitter Now Amongst 22 Tech Companies Opposing Cisa Bill
Twenty-two of the world’s top technology companies are firmly against the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) due to soon go to a crucial vote on the floor of the US Senate, according to a new poll by internet activists Fight for the Future. A major critic of the legislation, Democratic... Read more
Marks and Spencer Website Faux Pas: Accident Or Intent?
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or at least served publicly on your boss’ website in a way that a) can’t be traced back to you, b) looks completely innocent on your part, and c) brings maximum embarrassment to the company. At least, that’s the thought behind a... Read more
Undercover US DEA Agent Jailed For Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins
The agent who pleaded guilty in July to stealing $700,000 worth of bitcoin has been jailed for his crimes. US undercover Drug Enforcement Agent, Carl M. Force was handed a prison sentence of 6 and a half years for admitting to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice, and... Read more
Dridex Botnet Still Active Despite Admin Arrests
Just in time for Halloween, here’s a scary story for you: federal officials launched an investigation into a global cybercrime spree that resulted in the arrests of  botnet admins in Cyprus back in August. The botnet, dubbed the Dridex/Bugat botnet, was part of a global financial takeover that is... Read more
UK Government Looks To Open Source Software
Governments around the world are feeling the pinch of shrinking budgetary funds and burgeoning debt, but the UK is taking one important step in the right direction: open source software. With reports that the government will be abandoning Microsoft Office for all its government offices and departments and heading... Read more
Yahoo Mail Goes Password Free
So it looks like the next time you log in to your Yahoo Mail account from a smartphone, you might not need your password… Instead, you might just need “Account Key.” In the month that Yahoo Mail turns 18, users of Yahoo Mail can now check their email using nothing more... Read more
Google’s Software Suite Is Free To Win Over Office Fans
Google didn’t become as big as…well, Google… by doing anything small. The search engine giant and tech incubator has become the mainstay of industry-wide solutions in a lot of different areas by throwing caution to the wind and building on creativity. That intelligently reckless approach has served it well... Read more