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US DOJ Charges Chinese Companies With US Chipmaker Trade Secrets Theft 
US claims that Idaho based chipmaker Micron was systematically targeted over a sustained period of time.   The United States Department of Justice has charged a state-run company in China of the theft of trade secrets from an American based semiconductor company that specializes in making DRAM.  The announcement came on the same day that the DOJ revealed... Read more
Facebook Removes Almost 9 Million Child Nudity Images In Three Months. 
Facebook has announced that its moderators have removed some 8.7 million images of child nudity in just the last three months. The removal of the images was aided significantly by the use of previously undisclosed AI software Facebook has been using for the last 12 months that flags and removes such images automatically. Thanks to the use... Read more
Stephen Hawking’s Items To Be Auctioned Including Motorized Wheelchair 
Shoulders of Giants Auction To Begin on Halloween. Several items and artifacts belonging to the late world-famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, including one of his first motorized wheelchairs, are to be auctioned online The auction which will begin on Halloween has several items that are expected to sell for considerably more than their guide... Read more
Microsoft Open Sources 60,000 Patents To Help Out Linux 
Is this proof that MS really does like Linux? No, it’s not some bad taste late April Fools prank, tech giant Microsoft really has announced that it has opened 60,000 of its patents to the open-source patent organization the Open Invention Network. (OIN). While the news does mean that Microsoft has... Read more
Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies Aged 65 
Paul G. Allen, the less well-known co-founder of Microsoft and who played a key part in the personal computing revolution died last week in Seattle, 65 years old. Allen was responsible for naming the company Microsoft, as well as being the major driving force behind the company for the first... Read more
Google And Orange Team Up To Lay New Data Cable Between US and France 
Google and Telecoms giant, Orange have officially announced a new partnership to work on laying the ‘Dunant’ transatlantic submarine cable. The new 6,600-kilometer-long data cable will be laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and connect France and the United States. “I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a... Read more
Project Management Software For Construction
Whether you are building a log cabin, brick house, entire residential development or at an industrial level, there’s software that can help. If you already work in construction then you know that in ever more turbulent times the very essence of the industry is changing. Labor costs can rise and fall, materials cost... Read more
Walmart Files Patent For Shopping Cart That Tracks Shoppers Heart Rates 
Walmart, the US shopping giant has quietly patented a new type of shopping cart called the “System and Method for Biometric Feedback Cart Handle.” The new type of cart would see Walmart shopping carts fitted with sensors akin to smartwatches fitted on special handles, that would then transmit that data to Walmart’s servers.... Read more
Google Challenges Record $5 Billion EU Antitrust Fine 
Alphabet subsidiary, Google, has appealed the record $5 billion fine EU regulators imposed on the tech firm earlier this year. “We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU,” Google said in an email to Reuters. Google’s main argument against... Read more
9 Million Broken, Old Wikipedia Links Restored Back To Life 
Internet Archive project alliance with Wikipedia means that you can browse Wikipedia the way you were always supposed to.  As any regular user of Wikipedia can attest to, the internet encyclopedia has something of a memory problem, or at least a dead link problem. The problem resides in the fact that the World Wide... Read more
Musk May Lose Tesla As SEC Sues For Fraud 
A series of tweets prompt the SEC to sue Elon Musk over ‘false and misleading’ statements. Elon Musk and Tesla are being sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for fraud over the company’s aborted plans to take the electric car company private, accusing him of securities fraud for making a... Read more
Three Great Alternatives To PhotoShop: Image and Photo Editors for Mac
Here are three great alternatives to Photoshop for Mac. Adobe Photoshop may have been the presiding force in photo-editing on Mac for the best part of 30 years, but it’s no longer the only show in town. In fact, a quick Google Safari based search shows that there are... Read more
macOS 10.14, Mojave Drops But Is It Any Good?
So, the new macOS “Mojave” has landed but has it lived up to expectations? The answer is yes, mostly.   All things considered, Mojave is a welcome addition to the pantheon of Mac OS… MacOS’s, and comes with a slew of new features and upgrades, but with a with a few things missing that should really have... Read more
Uber To Pay $148,000,000 Over 2016 Data Breach  
This brings an end to one of several high-profile legal battles Uber is currently involved with across the world. News has emerged that the ride-hailing firm Uber is to hand over $148 million to settle ongoing legal action over the 2016 cyber-attack the company tried to hide, and that exposed data... Read more
Working Apple-I Computer Sells For $375,000 At Auction 
An extremely rare working Apple-I logic board from 1976 sold for $375,000 on Tuesday this week.    The Apple-I is one of only a few fully functional models still known to exist. The Apple-I exists at a special point in history for personal computing. It was the first computer that was essentially plug-and-play (by the standards of 1976)... Read more
American Life Insurer Adds Fitness Tracking To All Policies 
Smart move, or the beginning of a privacy nightmare?  The North American life insurance company, John Hancock, has announced that it will no longer underwrite traditional life insurance policies, and instead only sell ‘interactive’ policies that include optional fitness tracking through wearable gadgets and devices. The move by the 156 year-old company follows... Read more
Mirai Botnet Creators Helping FBI Will Avoid Jail Time
The three young hackers expected to be sentenced to work for the FBI instead of jail time. The three notorious hackers behind one of the most powerful pieces of malware ever used on the open internet, the Mirai Botnet, have been working with the FBI for more than a year…according to documents filed in a... Read more
How To Improve Cybersecurity for your Small Business: A Quick 7 Step Guide 
If you own a small business it’s far more important than you might think to take some time to protect yourself from hackers and cyber-criminals. But we get it…It’s a hassle, and unless you are running some sort of IT related company, the idea of implementing effective cybersecurity might seem as... Read more