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Fake News Probe Could See Facebook, Twitter And Google Chiefs Face Questions From Government

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Social media bosses could be questioned over whether they are doing enough to stop fake news. The Commons Culture Committee is said to be on the verge of summoning the chiefs of Facebook, Twitter and Google to Parliament for an inquiry into the phenomenon, the Sunday Telegraph said. It is… Read more »

SpaceX Launch Video Shows Falcon 9 Rocket Ascend Into Space

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); SpaceX has launched its first rocket into space since an explosion rocked its operations last year. The Elon Musk-backed firm’s Falcon 9 rocket ascended into the sky from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. In September, a mishap saw the firm’s… Read more »

Wind Power Overtakes Coal For The First Time Ever In The UK

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It is not often we hear good news about the environment, but 2017 is starting on a high as renewable energy has already had its first win of the year. For the first time ever, wind farms in the UK are now providing more energy than burning coal, and not… Read more »

People Who’ve Deleted Facebook Reveal What Finally Made Them Do It

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Christmas is usually the time that tips most Facebook users over the edge, whether it’s pictures of your mates’ babies dressed as puddings, Christmas tree one-upmanship or the smug bastard that went to Barbados for the holidays. Either way, if you’re contemplating deleting the social media platform (for the umpteenth… Read more »

How The Internet of Things Is Transforming Societal Values?

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Internet of Things (IoT) has been predicted to become more popular for many years, especially in various business aspects, as one of them was discussed in the previous blog. However, the emergence of IoT has been held back by many issues – Is it the cost? No it’s the lifestyle,… Read more »

Can Social Media Data Save The Polls?

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The first known example of an opinion poll was in 1824, which was a local straw poll in Pennsylvania on the US presidential election. In 1916, The Literary Digest embarked on a national survey (partly as a circulation-raising exercise) and correctly predicted Woodrow Wilson’s election as president. Mailing out millions… Read more »

I’m Dreaming Of A Wifi Free Christmas

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During the Christmas and New Year period, many people choose to take regular breaks from the indulgences of food and drink popular at this time of year. Similarly, I’m hoping to cut back on another great addiction of our time: technology and the internet. Like much of the UK, I… Read more »

The Five Key Steps To Take After A Security Breach

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There’s much advice given about how to reduce the risk of an attack and the different preventative measures that organisations can put in place. However, with new technologies and routes of entry for attackers, preventive measures alone are not enough. In order to ensure all bases are covered, organisations need… Read more »

NASA’s Cassini Probe Returns Stunning Close-Up Photos Of Saturn

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NASA’s Cassini probe has returned stunning close-ups of Saturn’s atmosphere, after beginning its death defying journey through the gas giant’s iconic rings. Half a day before making its first flyby, Cassini returned the following image, which shows the planet’s hexagonal jet stream and its stormy centre. Over the next nine… Read more »

Google Will Be Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy From 2017

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Google has announced its data centres and offices will be powered entirely by renewable energy from 2017, setting the pace for the tech industry. The search giant is now the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy globally, according to a company blog. Urs Holzle,… Read more »

This Is How NASA Is Protecting The World Against Armageddon

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If the human race doesn’t manage to successfully destroy itself without help, don’t worry because our fragile planet is constantly being swarmed by giant fireballs which could wipe us all the face of the earth in a second anyway. But if devastating armageddon isn’t quite what you had in mind… Read more »

10 Modern Day Wonders Of The Green Energy World

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Nowadays, incredible design isn’t about the most striking architecture or unusual materials. The boldest and best new structures need to have far more than that going for them. The biggest draw? How sustainable, unconventional and educational they can be.  We all know the planet doesn’t have infinite resources, and we… Read more »

MacBook Pro Review

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The MacBook Pro has become a symbol of productivity. With its deceptively simple OS the Pro was the silent performer. It never shouted about what it was capable of doing but quietly, efficiently just got the job done. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a newsroom, media studio or architect’s office… Read more »

UK-Assembled Rover Could Be Heading To Mars In 2021

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A UK-assembled robotic rover could be heading to Mars in 2021 after European research ministers committed to plugging a funding shortfall. Costs have risen by €436m (£368m) after a series of delays.  Of the €436m extra funding, €339m comes from European countries and €97m from the ESA itself. Britain has pledged €82m (£69m)…. Read more »

Major Cyberattack Hits Post Office And TalkTalk Routers

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Post Office and TalkTalk broadband customers have had their internet access cut after the companies were hit by the same cyber attack. The two ISPs are the latest victims of a particular type of malware targeting equipment powered by Linux. It uses a modified form of the Mirai worm, which… Read more »

Physical Anti-Tech Products on the Rise!

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Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are on the rise, we can turn on the heating, lights and household appliances with our phones and pay for everything without any cash. The ‘internet of everything’ is showing us the real power of digital – and not just because there’s now the potential… Read more »

“Diamond Batteries” Could Harness Energy From The UK’s Nuclear Waste, Scientists Find

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A revolutionary “diamond battery” could transform thousands of tonnes of nuclear waste in the UK into a source of clean power, according to scientists. Researchers at Bristol University are developing the battery from radioactive carbon which can help generate energy for more than 5,000 years. In the UK, waste graphite… Read more »

Diesel Usage to Grow over the next 25 Years

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After many false starts, electric car sales are finally pulling out into the fast lane. The global fleet doubled to 1.3 million last year, battery costs are falling, and mainstream manufacturers now scrambling to introduce new models. This good news comes not a moment too soon. But it is important… Read more »

Parliament Must Debate The Investigatory Powers Bill Again

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On Saturday, a grassroots petition asking for the Investigatory Powers Bill to be repealed reached over 100,000 signatures on Parliament’s petition site. This means it will be considered for debate. This is fantastic news. It followed a week of press coverage warning how everyone’s website history would be recorded for… Read more »

Two In Three Internet Users Live Under State Censorship

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Internet freedom has fallen for the sixth year running after governments ramped up efforts to censor messaging apps, according to a damning report. Freedom House research reveals that two in three internet users now live in countries where criticisms of the state are routinely censored.  WhatsApp faced more restrictions than… Read more »

Facebook And Google Will Restrict Ads On Fake News Sites

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Facebook and Google are seeking to discourage the publication of fake news by banning rogue publishers from using their ad networks to generate revenue. The move come as the two services face mounting criticism for allowing the spread of misinformation during the US… Read more »

The Future Of Employment: The Automator And Automated

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Image via Shutterstock It’s 2030; Internet technology has become ubiquitous in its place in our society reaching a point where human and machine intelligence is indistinguishable. All but the most important jobs are taken over by artificial intelligence. The world is dominated by two categories of worker, those who automate… Read more »

Twitter Tackles Online Abuse With New Expanded Mute Feature And Improved Reporting

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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){‘undefined’!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if(‘object’==typeof commercial_video){var a=”,o=’m.fwsitesection=’+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video[‘package’]){var c=’&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D’+commercial_video[‘package’];a+=c}e.setAttribute(‘vdb_params’,a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById(‘vidible_1’),onPlayerReadyVidible); Twitter has unveiled a range of new tools which it hopes will help give users more control in fighting abuse on its platform. In a blog post, the social media site unveiled a new version of the ‘mute’ button which had originally allowed… Read more »

This Anti-Surveillance Coat Is A Fashionable Faraday Cage

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden famously asked reporters to place their switched off smartphones in the refrigerator of his minibar when they first entered his Hong Kong hotel room in June 2013.  It was the only place, Snowden explained, he could be confident the devices would be invulnerable to government snooping…. Read more »

Hive Active Heating 2 Review

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The smart home, it’s a phrase that almost all of us will have heard and while it’s proving quite hard to define there’s one gadget that’s at the centre of it all: The smart thermostat. The Hive smart thermostat is just one string in what is an increasingly large bow… Read more »

Smartphones At Bedtime Ruin Your Children’s Sleep, Study Finds

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Children who use their phones at bedtime are twice as likely to have a disrupted night’s sleep, according to a new study.  Researchers found that the mere presence of mobiles and tablets in the bedroom, even when they’re not in use, can also lead to poorer sleep. “One potential reason… Read more »

Social Engineering: Securing Workers In The Digital Age

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Modern-day fraudsters use every trick in the book when it comes to infiltrating a network. They are well prepared, well researched, and highly innovative. One of the most common tactics used to glean valuable information is social engineering, using techniques such as phishing or collecting data from social media. Sensitive… Read more »

Virtual Reality And Mental Health

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2016 has become the year of mental health awareness. With advances in technology making social media, blogging and vlogging more accessible than ever, the masses have taken to the platforms to share their experiences and opinions. Mental illness is no longer the secret illness, everyone is talking about it and… Read more »

Why Online Piracy Should Be A Topic For The Classroom

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As somebody who has worked in the film industry, and failed in the music industry, I’ve always felt sympathy towards modern creatives contending with the digital age. I came from the tail end of what you could call the “traditional market” and still have a firm attachment to physical products,… Read more »

Best Router 2016: How To Buy The Best Wireless Router To Protect Your Home

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Wireless routers aren’t sexy, they never have been. They’re usually a drab black box that sits surrounding by wires collecting dust in your living room. In today’s world though, that dust-covered box is essentially a hacker’s front door to your laptop, smartphone, TV and more. With the recent news that… Read more »