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News For Windows Phones Not Good
It does indeed seem that the end is nigh for Windows Phone, in its current form at least. But now even Microsoft have sort of admitted it’s valiant push to become the third viable smartphone ecosystem has come to a close. Earlier in the week, according to a report... Read more
Faception Recognizes Criminals Before They Act
In the Hollywood-esque world of facial recognition software, the good-guy-gone-rogue tries to hide in plain sight in a crowded airport or a metropolitan area while bumbling law enforcement operatives try to seek him out. The end result, of course, is that our hero gets away despite the high-tech algorithms... Read more
What Happened To Acadine?
If there’s one thing that drives the tech industry more than anything–more than innovation, even–it’s got to be competition. That might sound like common sense, but when so many tech companies are in bed together when it comes to design features, capabilities, and even the parts components suppliers, consumer... Read more
BSA Global Software Survey: Companies Can Do Better
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has published the results of its 2015 Global Software Survey. While not surprising, the report does make for some very interesting reading. Carried out across more than 110 national and regional economies, from Kenya to the US, and from China to the EU, and... Read more
Google Wins Java Victory Against Oracle In US Court
Google has won a major 6-year long court battle in the US against Java owner Oracle. A jury found Google had not unfairly appropriated code associated with the Java programming language. Oracle had argued that Google had infringed its copyright by using 11,500 lines of code from Java when... Read more
Google Changes How AdWords Works
Google has made the announcement that its AdWords is getting a makeover, and has been rebuilt from the ground up, in order to fully accommodate the fact that for most of us, mobile devices are the way we access the World Wide Web. Essentially, they’ve decided to make a... Read more
Google Says Non, And Appeals France Censorship Ruling
Google has gone to France’s highest court in a bid to overturn a decision by the French Data Protection Authority over the ‘Right to be forgotten,’ to all of its domains. Google has filed an appeal with France’s equivalent of the Supreme Court, the Conseil d’Etat, to reverse the... Read more
Tesla Plagued By Highest Number Of Software Glitches
New information found that Tesla and co-owned brands Jaguar and Land Rovers had more software glitches than any other automakers. The world of software that drives the automotive industry (pun totally intended) has faced a lot of negative press. From the emissions cheating scandal that put millions of cars... Read more
WhatsApp Gold Offer Is A Scam
The link to download WhatsApp Gold is malware that installs data mining software on your computer or smartphone. WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular workload streamlining and communication apps, with more than one billion registered users worldwide. And the news earlier this month that WhatsApp was rolling... Read more
Chrome Stirs Controversy (Again) With Backspace Key
Sometimes, a tech company just can’t catch a break. Google’s unacceptable inability to please 100% of the tech users of the world has never been more apparent (and apparently, more poignant) than with the news that it will no longer allow Chrome users to use the “backspace” key on... Read more
Adobe Launches Spark For Dynamic Web Content
Adobe’s latest creation, an app called Spark, allows the creation of three different kinds of web-optimized content: Posts, Pages, and Videos. As a whole, software or apps that claim to produce professional results with nothing more than a drag-and-drop skillset have not always proven themselves to be trustworthy. After... Read more
LinkedIn Breach Results In Phishing Scams
Business-oriented social media platform LinkedIn posted an announcement this week that there’s been additional fallout from a four-year-old data breach. Back in 2012, the site suffered an unauthorized access attack in which the passwords of multiple accounts were compromised. Now, however, additional information that is believed to have been... Read more
Google Home Is A Game Changer…Sort Of
“Siri, give me directions to the stadium.” “Hey Cortana, what time is the movie playing?” “Alexa, turn up the lights.” When it comes to voice-activated virtual assistants, there are a few top dogs that are not only meeting tech consumers’ every whim (sort of), they’re also helping to build... Read more
117 Million LinkedIn Account  For Sale On Dark Web
As this story broke it was hard to know just who was in anyone’s professional network, especially if you haven’t changed your LinkedIn password in the last 4 years. This is the news that more than one hundred million LinkedIn login ids, complete with passwords are apparently being advertised... Read more
 2,500 year Old Greek Poem Perfectly Dated Using Astronomical Software
In a time where the scientific community can contribute to art and knowledge described in key ancient texts, researchers have utilized sophisticated astronomical software to precisely  date  the ‘Midnight Poem’ by lyric poet Sappho, that accurately depicts exactly how the night sky would have looked over Greece, 2,500 years... Read more
Apple Update Actually Bricks Some Users’ iPads
When a company launches an update or upgrade, the intended effect is a safer, more streamlined experience. Instagram, and Pinterest have all launched “facelift” updates in recent weeks, and the worst response has been that they take a little getting used to. Unfortunately, as the Windows 10 debacle has... Read more
Experimental AI Successfully Replaces Physicists In Experiment
A machine powered by Artificial Intelligence, AI, has successfully managed to replicate and run a complicated Nobel prize winning experiment, all by itself. The experiment, ironically developed by physicists working at the Australian National University, ANU, was an attempt to see how well, an AI controlled machine could be... Read more
Chrome To Kill Flash By Default In Future
For a few years now Google Chrome and Flash have had an interesting relationship to say the least. With flash providing so many security risks. Google has finally decided that they want to make browsing safer for their users, by getting rid of Flash altogether and instead directing focus... Read more