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Uber Tests Driver Behavior Tracking Software
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of riding in a taxi through metropolitan rush hour traffic, then Uber’s new driver tracking software may give you cause to smile…or at least breathe a sigh of relief. The ride-hailing service has faced harsh criticism–and has even had cities block the service... Read more
EU Referendum Petition Hijacked By Bots
An online petition that went viral over the weekend calling for a second referendum in the UK to decide definitively if the country should leave the European Union, has been abused by internet trolls using automated ‘bots’ to add tens of thousands of false signatures to the poll. The... Read more
Trump Resorts To Ad-Tracking, Targeted Messages
So much for the flop-haired candidate’s social media-only Presidential campaign. Donald Trump, who’s looking for all the world like the Republican party’s nominee for November’s election (in case you were still wondering what a “presumptive” nominee is), has taken a lot of heat for his hits and misses on... Read more
Microsoft Shells Out $10000 For Unwanted Windows 10 Upgrade
Microsoft has found itself in the position of paying a California woman $10,000 compensation over an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade, that left her computer unusable. Teri Goldstein took Microsoft to court after she said her Windows 7 computer automatically started updating itself to Windows 10… without her permission. The... Read more
Software Startups Declining In Number
New research shows that the number of software startups in the last couple of years has declined sharply. All good things must come to an end, it seems, and in the world of software, it seems to be true than ever before. The technology sector is no stranger to... Read more
AI And The Power Of Analogy
Teaching Artificial Intelligence to reason, learn like humans, and grow a conscience may be done best by using the power of analogy. At least that’s according to new research currently being undertaken by Ken Forbus at North-western University. Is this how Skynet starts? Probably not, but it could be... Read more
Software That Seeks To Improve Battery Life
Nextbit has already disrupted the smartphone industry, but the software powering its OS aims to disrupt how a battery works. We’ve all heard the little tips and tricks for increasing your battery life: turn off your wifi so your device isn’t searching for connections, close out any apps that... Read more
Even Facebook CEO’s cover their webcams….
If even the Facebook CEO covers his webcam with tapes, shouldn’t we all be doing it? When Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo earlier this week to mark Instagram’s 500th million user milestone, he probably didn’t imagine that what was going on in the background would garner more... Read more
iOS10 Is Unencrypted…On Purpose
Apple’s preview of iOS10 revealed something shocking: a lack of encryption on the kernel’s code. Uttering the words “Apple” and “encryption” in the same sentence might raise a few eyebrows, especially in the wake of the now-famous legal battle involving Apple being compelled by a US court to develop... Read more
Bloatware Free Windows 10 Courtesy of Microsoft?
Microsoft may be listening to the masses with their new clean Windows 10 install tool. Windows 10 power users have always found it a relatively simple process to remove all the bloatware that comes with Microsoft’s current Operating system thanks to their intricate knowledge and use of power shell... Read more
China Claims World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer 7th Year In A Row
China has been named the home of the fastest supercomputer for the 7th year in a row. But for the first time, and what makes this year’s choice unique, is the fact that this year’s winning computer has won using only Chinese designed processors. The computer based in the... Read more
Firefox Launches Multi-Identity Containers
Firefox now lets you browse and log into accounts under different identities in order to keep your accounts separate. It’s a pain to have to constantly log in and out of different internet accounts–say, your Gmail or your Amazon account. And if those separate accounts have a specific reason... Read more
Dell Sells Off Its Software Division
Dell is ditching its software division in favor of boosting its original gold mine, hardware. When a company starts piece-mealing out its different branches, it can often be taken as a sign that things may not be going well financially. Selling off acquisitions or proprietary patents can be a... Read more
Zemana AntiMalware: Antivirus Software That Blocks The Threat Before It Occurs
There are a lot of options when it comes to antivirus software, but Zemana offers real-time scanning and sandboxing, without limits on removal. Viruses and malware are more rampant than ever, largely due to the fact that they work. And it’s not just the fact that black hat programmers... Read more
US Spam Merchant Is Jailed For Two And A Half Years
A US man responsible for sending more than 27 million spam emails will be checking his friend requests from a jail cell for the next two and a half years. Spam King Sanford Wallace pleaded guilty to charges including criminal contempt and fraud relating to the use of electronic... Read more
Microsoft Get In On Marijuana Trade
Microsoft have expanded their horizons by getting in on the burgeoning US drug trade. Known better for producing operating systems and office software, the Redstone based company is helping out the newly (in some states) legalised marijuana industry. Microsoft has formed a partnership with a California-based technology start-up named... Read more
Hackers Steal DNC Confidential Information: But Was It The Russians?
First it was apparently the Russians that hacked the DNC, now maybe, maybe not. While the news just about who is responsible continues to change, one thing that can be confirmed; the Democratic National Committee’s server were hacked, and only time will tell what was and what was not... Read more
Facebook Is Not Deleting Your Photos
There’s a lot of talk going around that Facebook is deleting your photos, but that’s not the whole story. Facebook seems to be the social media platform that everyone loves to hate, yet everyone seems to use it. At least that’s the way it feels every time a new... Read more