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New EU GDPR Rules All But Ends Unsolicited Email Marketing in Europe, and Everywhere Else
Europe’s new rules on data have had a devastating effect on businesses that rely on email marketing, according to a new report just published by CNBC. The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) hasn’t even been in effect for a month, but according to the newly published... Read more
Firefox Quantum Review: Is it time to make the switch?
Perhaps the better question is: Is it time to switch back to Firefox? One of our staff members takes the plunge and uses Firefox Quantum for a month to see what all the fuss is about. If you’ve never used Firefox before, or you jumped ship to another browser... Read more
People Using Facebook Less For News, New Study Finds
Compared to 2017 fewer people are using Facebook for news but are instead using other social media outlets to stay informed, according to the new 2018 Reuters Digital News Report. Now in its seventh year, the Digital News Report claims that users are more concerned about privacy, fake news,... Read more
IBM And Nvidia Unveil ‘Summit’ The World’s New Fastest Supercomputer
USA takes title back from China – Summit can process 200,000 calculations per second. Summit is the name of the US’s new supercomputer, and if initial reports are to be believed, the machine is more than twice as powerful as the current supercomputer champion based in China. Summit has... Read more
Students Use Google Machine Learning To Predict California Wild Fires.
Two students came together with a shared aim of creating a permanent solution to wildfire prediction and prevention. OK, so while news for big-tech in recent times has turned them from heroes into super villains, it’s important to remember that they do some good as well, and two students... Read more
Code Sharing Site GitHub Bought By Microsoft For Massive $7.5 Billion
After days of speculation it’s been officially announced that Microsoft will be acquiring the open-source code repository, GitHub in full by the end of the year for $7,500,000,000. That’s great! What’s GitHub? GitHub is based in San Francisco, and is essentially just an online platform that lets coders from... Read more
Bitcoin Takes Dramatic Price Hit In Aftermath Of Coinrail Exchange Hack
Hackers make off with over $40,000,000 and Bitcoin has once again made the news for all the wrong reasons. The news is also ironic, as it was other currencies and tokens that were stolen, and no bitcoin itself that was taken. The price of world’s most famous virtual coin... Read more
France And Germany To Fund EU Startups To Compete Against Global Tech Heavyweights.
Fears that the EU is lagging behind China and USA in developing its own technology companies has raised calls for Europe to invest in its own potential. Both France and Germany have begun pushing for an EU-wide initiative to help fund innovation and research in technology start-ups across the... Read more
Apple To Begin Publishing Global Government App Takedown Requests
…but not the ones it takes down itself. Apple has announced that it will soon start providing statistics for app takedown requests from governments around the world. The news comes in the tech giant’s latest Transparency Report that it publishes bi-annually. The aim of the report is to highlight... Read more
Twitter Blocks Users Who Were Underage When They Registered
The social media company is allegedly blocking all users who were under the age of 13 when they first signed up for an account. Twitter is apparently taking strong action against anyone whose self-declared date of birth means they were under the age of 13 when they first signed... Read more
Google Drops ‘Don’t Be Evil’ From Code Of Conduct
News has emerged that Google’s famous “Don’t Be Evil” motto seems to have been quietly removed from its code of conduct. Instead the phrase,which used to appear several times throughout Google’s code of conduct seems to have been replaced by rather more vague and ambiguous terms like “ethical business... Read more
Russians May Have Hacked Hundreds Of Thousands of Routers Worldwide
Reset your router and download updates now, urges FBI. The FBI has warned that Russian computer hackers are responsible for a global malware scheme that may have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could be harvesting massive amounts user information. The malware could also even... Read more
Ossic Headphones Kickstarter Pulls Plug Despite Raising Millions
Desptie attracting more than 10,000 investors, the ‘3D audio headphone’ project has come to an end.  After taking thousands of crowdfunded pre-orders on the Kickstarter website, for a high-end pair of Virtual Reality ready ‘3D sound’ headphones, the audio startup Ossic suddenly announced earlier this week that the company has ran... Read more
Avant Browser: Often Overlooked Genius Alternative To Internet Explorer 
Avant Browser is one of the most popular open source web browsers that most people have never heard of.  Avant is something a strange hybrid of a beast however, being that it is built on Internet Explorer. But you shouldn’t let that put you off because Avant has some nifty features under its belt. The best... Read more
Google Chrome To Remove ‘Secure’ Label From HTTPS Sites
Google has announced that it will shortly begin to phase out the green lock “Secure” indicator next to URLs on Chrome. According to Google, it’s no longer so important you know which web pages are secured by HTTPS, but that you know which ones are not. Essentially, Google’s new approach... Read more
Mugshots.com Website Owners Get Own Mugshots After Arrest
The four alleged owners of the US website Mugshots.com, that publishes the photos of people shortly after they have been arrested, and then charges individuals to remove their pictures from the website… have themselves been arrested. Anyone wanting to have their image removed from the website, whether the arrest... Read more
UK Police Facial-Recognition Software Is Wrong 98% Of The Time
A report published by the Independent newspaper has revealed that the expensive Facial Recognition Software being trialled by a UK Police Force is hardly ever accurate, and statistically is wrong almost 100% of the time. The Independent obtained the information using a Freedom of Infor­mation request, and reveals that... Read more
KMPlayer Review: Brilliant Versatile Lightweight Media Player 
Perfect for advanced users who want something different from the crowd, and a good choice for novices as well.   It would be easy to paint the latest release of KMPlayer from Pandora as just another free ad-supported media player, and that’s because in many ways that’s exactly what it is. But it’s also... Read more