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4 myths -- and facts -- about online security 4 myths -- and facts -- about online security
Use strong passwords and don't go to sketchy websites, and you'll protect yourself online, right? Well... That's a good start. But it's not quite that simple. A new report from Pew Research details some of American's biggest misconceptions about cybersecurity. Myth 1. Emails are always secure Fewer than half -- 46% -- of people said they know email is not always encrypted. Encryption ensures...
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Whatsapp withdraws major new update Whatsapp withdraws major new update
Popular messaging app WhatsApp has decided to withdraw its latest update. Weeks ago, the messaging app launched a ‘stories’ feature whcih replaced text statuses. The feature brought WhatsApp in line with Facebook’s other major apps, which all now include the stories tool that was once Snapchat’s most famous feature. The Stories feature allowed users to post video and picture statuses that la...
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Apple, Samsung vow to fix flaws after CIA hacking report Apple, Samsung vow to fix flaws after CIA hacking report
Apple and Samsung vowed Wednesday to quickly fix any vulnerabilities in their products following WikiLeaks' disclosure of an alleged CIA hacking arsenal capable of breaking into iPhones and other devices. The archive released on Tuesday claims to show the CIA exploiting weaknesses it discovers in hardware and software systems -- without informing manufacturers of the flaws in question. “Whil...
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Facebook may soon broadcast original shows Facebook may soon broadcast original shows
New York: After the success of its Facebook Live feature, Facebook is looking for original TV-like programmes from various genres and may pay hefty amount for it, a media report said. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Facebook was interested in original content from a slew of different genres, from sports to science. Other categories include pop culture, lifestyle, g...
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SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018 SpaceX to send two tourists around Moon in 2018
MIAMI: SpaceX said on Monday two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever travelled to deep space. The United States has not sent astronauts to the Moon since Nasa’s Apollo missions of the 1960s and ‘70s. “We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late ne...
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Pakistani science enthusiast’s astronomical observatory wins $5,000 grant Pakistani science enthusiast’s astronomical observatory wins $5,000 grant
A Pakistani science enthusiast’s astronomical observatory has won a $5,000 grant at the National Science Week 2017, an initiative of the Government of Australia. The Southern Cross Outreach Observatory Project (Scoop) is a domed observatory mounted on a trailer and equipped with a computerised telescope. The aim of the observatory is to make astronomy more accessible to distant and remote commu...
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Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site Bletchley Park: 'Codebreakers school' planned for site
Bletchley Park, the site of secret code-deciphering projects during World War Two, could become the centre for a new generation of codemakers and codebreakers. There are plans for a training college to teach cybersecurity skills to 16-19 year olds at the Buckinghamshire site. Former home secretary Lord Reid said it had become vital to build up the "talent pool" for cyber-defence. The college, i...
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Convict-spotting algorithm criticised Convict-spotting algorithm criticised
An experiment to see whether computers can identify criminals based on their faces has been conducted in China. Researchers trained an algorithm using more than 1,500 photos of Chinese citizens, hundreds of them convicts. They said the program was then able to correctly identify criminals in further photos 89% of the time. But the research, which has not been peer reviewed, has been criticised ...
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UK revises safe flying drone code UK revises safe flying drone code
The UK's drone code has been revised and updated to help pilots of the unmanned craft ensure they fly the gadgets safely. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it wanted to raise awareness among people who may get a drone as a gift. Research carried out by the CAA suggests about 39% of owners know about the safe-flying regulations. The update comes after four near-misses between between drone...
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Five tips for spotting a bargain Black Friday and Cyber Monday: Five tips for spotting a bargain
Black Friday is now one of the UK's busiest shopping days. Retailers offer up a dizzying array of special offers and big discounts, with more deals added online on Cyber Monday. But how can you spot a genuine bargain? 1 Check the size of the discount Before you buy, it is always worth checking if the same product is cheaper somewhere else, experts say. Some specialist sites can tell you if th...
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