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Microsoft’s Weather app is displaying more ads Microsoft has made a server-side update to its Weather app. The desktop app, which is pre-installed in Windows 11, now displays multiple advertisements. This is not the first time that the Redmond company has made such a change, it did something similar last…

Adobe Acrobat Pro is the ultimate solution for increased productivity

Disclosure: Our team is always looking for things we think our readers will value. We have received compensation for publishing this article. Despite our many technological advances today, we still sit with situations where we open several apps for a task. You use one to compile a document, another one…

GOM Mix Max’s Big Launch

GOM & Company is releasing its newest video editing software, GOM Mix Max, with a big launch celebration. Focused on balancing high-quality and plentiful features, GOM Mix Max will be a powerful tool for new editors and veterans alike. Users who sign up now can get GOM Mix Max for free for…

Apple Audit Finds Underage Workers in China
Global technology giant Apple has unearthed more than 100 cases of child labor after an internal audit peeled back the layers of its supply chain. Apple’s 2013 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, which highlights its 2012 findings from 393 audits at all levels of its supply chain, found 11 facilities... Read more
UK Joins Cyber Resilience Plan
The United Kingdom is the latest signatory to join a global initiative which helps countries and companies fend off cyber attacks. By linking with the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Partnering for Cyber Resilience project, which aims to build secure, resilient digital networks, the UK now joins more than 70... Read more
Atari files for bankruptcy

Atari files for bankruptcy

News January 26, 2013

Video game innovator Atari has filed for bankruptcy in a bid to cut ties with its troubled French parent holding company. The US branches of Atari – Atari Inc, Atari Interactive Inc, Humongous Inc and California US Holdings, have jointly filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the... Read more
Scientists Look To DNA For Data Storage
Scientists have discovered a method to store data in DNA and say it is a sufficient alternative to hard discs. Although it may seem strange that a person’s DNA can actually store digital data inside it, the method lies in the way researchers translate their files from the hard... Read more
Sony to Appeal £250k ICO Fine
Sony has been slapped with a £250,000 fine after watchdogs found it had breached the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which promotes openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals, dished out the monetary penalty following a 2011 incident in which the Sony PlayStation Network... Read more
Apple Results Miss Target And Spark Drop In Shares
Apple sold nearly 50 million iPhones and revenue rose to a record $54.5bn in Q4, but the American technology giant’s results still fell short of Wall Street’s revenue forecast. For its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter, ended December 29 2012, the company’s record quarterly revenue rose by 8.2 billion... Read more
Kim Dotcom Launches Encrypted Cloud Storage
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has launched a privacy cloud storage service with user-controlled encryption – protecting users from third-party ‘spies’. New site mega.co.nz, provides cloud storage with an ‘always-on privacy’. Unlike the industry norm, where the cloud storage provider holds the decryption key, Mega’s User Controlled Encryption (UCE) allows... Read more
Microsoft To Replace Xbox LIVE Voice Chat With Skype?
Job adverts from Microsoft have fuelled speculation that its Xbox LIVE voice chat programme could be replaced by Skype. Hot on the heels of the company’s announcement to replace Microsoft Messenger with Skype in March, notices on its website confirm that popular software application Skype will be joining up... Read more
Google To Develop £1bn UK Headquarters
Internet giant Google has secured a prime spot of land in the heart of London to build its new multimillion pound HQ. The American multinational corporation struck a deal, thought to be worth as much as £1bn ($1.6 billion) when finished, with King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership. Google’s new... Read more
BBC Develops Mood-Based iPlayer
As the BBC plans to unleash the depths of its vast TV archives into iPlayer, researchers at the helm have been exploring a new ‘mood-based’ search option to help viewers with that all important decision of what to watch. While most TV shows tend to be dumped into basic... Read more
Fake Google Chrome Updates Return
What may seem a harmless Google Chrome update could in fact be malicious software in disguise – hoping to sink its infected roots into your computer and weed out your bank details. To coincide with Google’s official rollout of its Chrome 24 update, a malware bug, which ironically urges... Read more
Microsoft Security Essentials Fails AV Certification Test
Microsoft Security Essentials has failed to earn certification from AV-Test – the independent German institute best known for evaluating the effectiveness of antivirus software. During November and December 2012, a team from AV-Test continuously evaluated 25 home user security products using their default settings. The review focused on the... Read more
Phone and Smart Appliances Bill in One?
As the unpredictable and innovative world of technology continues to grow at an express rate, smartphone users could soon find themselves paying their phone provider for more than just their calls. It seems the ever-changing digital landscape has forced marketers to continually rethink content and come up with further... Read more
Wireless Mesh Networks Could Make Highways Safer
Car crashes and traffic jams could be avoided if vehicles were linked by Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs), according to industry boffins. When in transit, if cars were connected by a communication web of radio nodes, real-time information could be sent to drivers, making them aware of situations ahead. Some... Read more
Sony Xperia Z – the waterproof phone
Sony has launched its new flagship water-resistant ‘super-phone’, complete with five-inch screen and 13 megapixel fast-capture camera. The Japanese conglomerate highlighted its new Android smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in Las Vegas, and explained how it shares capabilities with Sony digital cameras. Sony also announced the Xperia... Read more
Nokia Axes & Outsources Jobs, Despite Profit Boost
Finnish mobile giant Nokia will slash hundreds of jobs and outsource even more, despite estimates of a profitable Q4. As part of Nokia’s ongoing quest to decrease its headcount and factory footprint, yesterday (Thurs) the company said it would reduce its global IT organization by up to 300 employees.... Read more
More Updates For Chrome 24
The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser, complete with speed, security and stability improvements, is now available for download. The Chrome team said it was excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 24 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame platforms. The upgrade offers 24... Read more
The Genius Ring Presenter Finger Mouse
A Taiwan-based PC accessory company has launched the world’s first ‘ring-style’ mouse. Genius, which also creates keyboards, speakers, headsets and webcams, among other products, said the lightweight touch cursor acts as a wireless wearable computer mouse. The Genius Ring Presenter, which slides over the finger, uses ‘touch control air-presenter... Read more