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Employees Banned From Using USB Drives At IBM…
… and all other removable media. IBM has announced to its workers that they are no longer allowed to use USB sticks or any other form of portable data, including DVDs, SD cards, and even data stored on their phones. The ban will affect employees at every IBM facility... Read more
Google’s IoT Platform Android ‘Things’ Out Of Beta And Free For All Developers
Google goes all in to try and steal back market share from competitors. Google says it’s developer platform for Internet-Of-Things (IoT) devices, ‘Android Things‘ is now out of beta and version 1.0 is free to be downloaded. In a bid to attract as many developers and hardware manufacturers as possible,... Read more
New Microsoft ‘Your Phone’ App Will Mirror Features On Windows 10 PCs
Microsoft has unveiled its new ‘Your Phone’ app for Windows 10, at its Build developer conference. The app is designed to provide a mirror of users phones straight onto desktop Pcs running Windows 10, and will let them access texts, photos, and notifications from their computers without having to... Read more
Apple Pulls Plug On $1Billion Irish Data Center
Apple has announced that after three years of planning delays and numerous planning appeals, that it has canceled its plans for a $1 billion dollar data center it had hoped to build in Athenry, Ireland. Despite the fact that the new data center would have provided hundred of jobs,... Read more
Twitter Tweets Every User To Change Password
Some 330 million users urged to change passwords after apparent bug left data in plain site. In a series of tweets and a blog Twitter announced that due to a software glitch, millions of Twitter users passwords had been stored in plain text files without any encryption. The good news... Read more
Alphabet’s Sergey Brin Claims Tech Must Take Greater Responsibility
Tech industry ccan no longer hide behind its ‘wide-eyed and idealistic’ attitude. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google and president of Alphabet (Google’s parent company) has said that both the plethora of tech companies he owns, and the tech industry in general, must assume a greater sense of social responsibility... Read more
Cambridge Analytica Closes Doors After Facebook Data Harvesting Scandal
The data gathering firm at the epicenter of Facebook privacy row has closed its offices and started insolvency proceedings. Cambridge Analytica, has announced in a statement it is closing its business down after fighting months of accusations that it improperly obtained the personal information of thousands of Facebook users... Read more
Avast SecureLine review: Totally Secure VPN With Total Privacy Powered By AI
Stop worrying about hackers on public Wi-Fi, advertisers tracking everything you do online, and content blocks whenever you’re in the ‘wrong country’. Enjoy the internet your way, with Avast SecureLine. In short, Avast SecureLine is one of the best reasonably priced options out there for anyone considering using a VPN... Read more
Iran Central Bank Bans Banks From Cryptocurrency Dealings
The central bank of Iran has banned domestic banks and other financial institutions from dealing in cryptocurrencies, claiming that the digital currency is being used for money-laundering, and also in an attempt to halt an emerging currency crisis. The Iranian State News Agency, IRNA, reported the news two weeks... Read more
Facebook Moves Millions Of Users Data To US To Avoid European Privacy Laws
Zuckerberg’s promise to uphold ‘spirit’ of new EU data protection rules quietly put to the side just days after making it… The social media giant, Facebook has begun moving user data from its servers in Ireland back to the USA in order to avoid having to comply with new... Read more
Software Review PowerDVD18
Optimized for 4K DHR PowerDVD18 plays much more than just DVDs and Blu-rays. This year’s CyberLink PowerDVD is here, and as you would expect it’s still a fantastic solution for anyone wanting to play media at its highest quality. In essence, PowerDVD is the sort of premium media player... Read more
Microsoft Makes Moves Toward Quantum Computing Quantum Leap
Microsoft believes it may be closer to commercially-viable error free quantum computing, by using elementary sub-atomic particles known as Majorana fermions. If scientists at the tech giant are right, then Microsoft could find itself leaping past other rivals such as Google, IBM, and Intel, in the quantum computing race... Read more
Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ Mastermind Escapes ‘On PM’s plane’
Audacious escape by cybercurrency criminal like a movie plot. The alleged criminal mastermind behind the theft of 600 bitcoin mining computers in Iceland escaped from custody, and wrangled his was to Sweden on the same jet that was carrying the Icelandic prime minister. Sindri Thor Stefansson was one of 22 suspects... Read more
Weibo Reverses Gay ‘Clean-Up’ Ban After Online Public Backlash
Popular Chinese social media platform had targeted content that it deemed ‘illegal’ including ‘videos with pornographic implications, promoting violence or (related to) homosexuality’. Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media sites, stated that the new guidelines were solely put in place to “create a bright and harmonious community... Read more
Russia Blocks Millions Of IP Addresses In Battle To Ban Telegram App
Millions of Amazon and Google IPs allegedly blocked in botched attempt to ban privacy messenger. The Telegram messaging app was banned in Russia last week due to its refusal to turn over encryption keys to authorities.  Russia’s internet watchdog, Roskomnadzor, is accused of using using brute force internet blocking... Read more
SoundTap Audio Recorder Review: Record All Audio On Your Computer
This brilliant little audio recorder is a gem of a piece of software and is completely free for non-commercial users. SoundTap Audio Recorder is a tool that lets you freely record just about any audio played through your Windows computer into mp3 or wav files. Put simply, if it’s... Read more
Apple Now 100% Powered From Clean Renewable Energy
Equivalent to taking almost a 500,000 cars off the road annually, say Apple. Everything Apple owns, from data centers to retail stores, is now powered with clean energy. Apple CEO Tim Cook says the move is the culmination of years of work, and a significant milestone for the tech... Read more
Virgin Galactic Completes Rocket Powered Flight Test After 4 Year Break
Richard Branson’s dream of putting tourists into space is “back on track”. After a four year hiatus following an earlier test flight in 2014, in which one pilot died following a catastrophic mistake, Virgin Galactic successfully launched the VSS Unity into near orbit and had it return safely to... Read more