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Murdered Russian diplomat image removed from Batman game Murdered Russian diplomat image removed from Batman game
A photograph of assassinated Russian diplomat Andrei Karlov has been removed from a video game following complaints. It appeared in the latest instalment of Batman: The Enemy Within, made by Telltale. Telltale said it regretted the inclusion of the image of Mr Karlov, who was shot dead at an art exhibition in Ankara in December 2016. It was first spotted by video game YouTube vloggers Bro...
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Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug Apple Macs and PCs at risk from boot bug
Apple Mac computers are being exposed to security risks because core software is outdated, research suggests. Duo Security found that 4.2% of the 74,000 Macs it tested ran insecure versions of software that helps get the machines running. It said the figure was likely to be replicated in the global population of Macs and worse on PCs. Apple welcomed the research and said it was improving ...
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Tesla: World's biggest battery half-built Tesla: World's biggest battery half-built
Tesla has reached the half-way point in its plan to build the world's biggest battery, in South Australia. The plan to build the 100MW (129MWh) lithium battery grew out of a Twitter bet between Tesla boss Elon Musk and Australian software entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brookes. Mr Musk said Tesla would build the wind-charged battery in 100 days or the state would not have to pay for it. It is d...
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Bill Gates switches to Android phone Bill Gates switches to Android phone
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has revealed he uses an Android-powered smartphone, rather than a Windows one. "Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone," he said, speaking on Fox News Sunday. Microsoft's own Windows-powered phones have failed to make a significant impact on the smartphone market, which is dominated by devices running Google's Android operating system. However,...
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Google appeals against huge EU anti-trust fine Google appeals against huge EU anti-trust fine
Tech giant Google has lodged an appeal against the 2.4bn euro fine (£2bn / $2.8bn) it was ordered to pay by the European Commission in June. The regulator had ruled that positioning its own shopping comparison service at the top of Google search results was an abuse of power. The fine was the largest penalty ever issued by the regulator, which also said the firm could face more fines if it c...
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Chinese man charged over US hack attacks Chinese man charged over US hack attacks
A Chinese man has been arrested in the US for allegedly selling malware used to hack into American companies. US authorities claim in court papers that Yu Pingan bought and sold malicious software including the rarely used Sakula program. That malware has been implicated in the 2014 hack attack on the US federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Information on a huge number of US workers em...
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Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message
China has successfully sent "hack-proof" messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites avoids some limitations that groun...
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Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown Putin bans VPNs in web browsing crackdown
Vladimir Putin has banned virtual private networks (VPNs) and Tor in a crackdown on apps that allow access to websites prohibited in Russia. The law, signed by Mr Putin, was passed by Russia's parliament last week and will now come into force on 1 November. A second law to ban anonymous use of online messaging services will take effect on 1 January next year. It would make it easier for the sta...
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iPhone thieves ‘used van to rob moving truck’ iPhone thieves ‘used van to rob moving truck’
Five Romanian men have been arrested in the Netherlands on suspicion of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros ($590,000; £447,430) from a moving truck. They allegedly tailgated the vehicle before one of them climbed onto the bonnet of their van and broke into the truck in front of them. Boxes of iPhones were then passed back through the van's roof. The theft took place on the night of 24 July, o...
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Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store' Apple 'pulls 60 VPNs from China App Store'
The creators of several Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have criticised Apple's decision to remove their products from its App Store in China. So as many as 60 VPNs were pulled over the weekend. Apple said it was legally required to remove them because they did not comply with new regulations. It refused to confirm the exact number of apps withdrawn, but did not deny the figure. It added that d...
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