Category Archive: Technology

Judge refuses to quash arrest warrant for Julian Assange

A UK judge has refused to cancel a warrant for Julian Assange, meaning that the WikiLeaks founder still faces arrest if he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has taken up residence. The judge said that Assange “appears to consider himself above the normal rules of law and wants justice only if it …

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Google is bringing AMP to Gmail, promising dynamic emails with interactive content

Google has launched a developer preview of AMP for Email, bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages feature to Gmail. The aim is modernize email, allowing for the creation of messages with interactive, dynamic content. In practice what this means is that emails could be updated with new information if details change, and that it will be …

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The UK government reveals AI software that automatically blocks extremist content online

Continuing its drive to take control of the internet, the UK government has unveiled a new tool that it says can block extremist content “on any platform” with astonishing accuracy. The system — as yet unnamed — was unveiled by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and cost £600,000, paid for with public funds, and has been …

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Microsoft to bring Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and 8.1

Formerly a Windows 10 exclusive, Microsoft today announced that Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. That’s not to say that the older operating systems are set to gain the full benefit of ATP, however. Microsoft says that it is the Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality that …

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Android P will support iPhone X-style notches and feature a dramatic redesign

The number of people running Oreo may well be very small, but there’s already talk about the next version of Android — Android P. Reports about what has been named internally as Pistachio Ice Cream promise not only a design overhaul, but also iPhone X-style notch support. The Oreo successor is due for release later …

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German court says Facebook’s privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal

Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and now a German court has ruled that the social networks’ use of personal data is illegal. The court in Berlin also said that Facebook’s default privacy settings violate German consumer law. The case was brought by the federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV) which said Facebook failed …

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Low-cost Nokia 2 comes to the UK with two-day battery life

Nokia is a name — for more seasoned mobile users, at least — that’s synonymous with phones that seem to last forever between charges. Now HMD Global is bringing the Nokia 2 to the UK, complete with impressive two-day battery life. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 Quad-core processor, the Nokia 2 boasts a 5-inch …

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Tests show how much Meltdown fixes will hit Linux system performance

Now that the initial shock about the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities has died down, the focus is very much on getting the problems sorted. As has been noted already, there has been concern about the impact on performance that the bug fixes will bring. Intel has been eager to downplay any suggestion of major …

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Government websites in US, UK and Australia hacked to run secret cryptocurrency miner

Thousands of government websites around the world have been hijacked to mine the cryptocurrency Monero. A commonly-used accessibility script was hacked to inject the Coinhive miner into official sites in the US, UK and Australia. One security researcher described it as the biggest attack of its type that he’d seen. In the UK, websites for …

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Apple videos show how to get the most from its HomePod speaker

The launch of the Apple HomePod was delayed last year, but the iPhone-maker’s smart speaker was finally released a couple of days ago. Reviews are — generally speaking — positive, but early adopters have a few quibbles. Whether you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon, you already have a HomePod, or you just want to …

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