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Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption
Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users' communications from Tuesday. With end-to-end encryption, messages are scrambled as they leave the sender's device and can only be decrypted by the recipient's device. It renders messages unreadable if they are intercepted, for example by criminals or law enforcement. Whatsapp, which has a billion users worldwi...
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Are electric cars ready to go mainstream? Are electric cars ready to go mainstream?
Back in January, I visited the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California, to interview the firm's founder and chief executive, Elon Musk. The design team were welcoming, but nervous about what we filmed - and in the background, as we sat down for the interview, were a number of cars draped in black sheets. One key reason for the secrecy was that Tesla was just a couple of months from unve...
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Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports Tech Tent: VR, AI and eSports
On this week's edition of Tech Tent we look at two visions of the future of gaming, and we ask whether we should be worried or excited by the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Sony stakes its VR claim Finally, after all the hype and excitement, consumers are about to get their hands on virtual reality headsets - and we will find out whether there really is a market for this technolog...
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Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone Apple faces US appeal to force it to unlock iPhone
US authorities are appealing against a judge's decision not to order Apple to unlock an iPhone in a drugs case. The Justice Department is relying on the same law as the one in its fight with Apple over the encrypted phone belonging to the San Bernardino gunman. It has gone to a higher court after a Brooklyn judge said he had no power to give the order. Apple said the order would be the st...
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Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption Amazon reverses itself on Fire encryption
SAN FRANCISCO — Just a day after it became public that Amazon had quietly removed the option of encrypting its Fire tablets, the company reversed itself. “We will return the option for full disk encryption with a Fire OS update coming this spring,” the Seattle company said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday night. Amazon dropped encryption from Fire devices with the launch of its lat...
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A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep A creepy robot sensor that watches you sleep
Mother is a peanut-shaped robotic sensor hub that watches over you and your family. It measures how well you brush your teeth, it knows how much you drink and it watches you when you sleep. The idea behind Mother is that you can have everything in your home constantly monitored. Affix a sensor to your door, and it's a door alarm. Put a sensor on your grandmother's pills, and it will tell you if...
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Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data Baidu apps found to be 'leaking' personal data
Personal data is being collected and transmitted insecurely by thousands of apps using code from the Chinese net giant Baidu, say security researchers. Millions of Chinese people are believed to have been affected by the data leaks, said security experts at the University of Toronto. The data reveals where people are, search terms, sites visited and the ID numbers of devices they own. Bai...
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MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people's homes MWC 2016: Facebook uses AI to map people's homes
Facebook has announced it will make highly detailed maps of places where it believes people are living available to the public later this year. The social network has been using artificial intelligence software to scan satellite imagery and identify human-built structures. It hopes to use the information to determine where internet-beaming drones would best be deployed. But it suggests ot...
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MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 restores expandable storage MWC 2016: Samsung Galaxy S7 restores expandable storage
Samsung's latest flagship phones restore a couple of popular features dropped from the previous generation. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge both accept MicroSD cards, allowing their storage to be expanded, and can also be submerged underwater. In addition, they feature new gaming tech and a rear camera that should cope better in low-light conditions. Their overall design, however, is sim...
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John McAfee offers to unlock killer's iPhone for FBI John McAfee offers to unlock killer's iPhone for FBI
Anti-virus software creator John McAfee has said he will break the encryption on an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino killer Syed Farook. Mr McAfee made the offer to the FBI in an article published by Business Insider. Apple has refused to comply with a court order asking it to unlock the device, dividing opinion over whether the firm should be compelled to do so. Mr McAfee said he a...
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