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Apple iPhone X: The internet reacts. Apple iPhone X: The internet reacts.
When Apple chief Tim Cook declared the iPhone X "the biggest leap forward since the first iPhone" at his latest launch extravaganza, you couldn't help but wonder if he was referring to its features or its price. With the top-end model costing £1,149, customers are paying a premium to swap their fingerprint sensor for a facial scanner and the ability to make an animated monkey or poo emoji copy ...
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Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed. Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed.
Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed "a number of" stars' phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. The Facebook-owned social network has emailed verified members, usually prominent figures, to let them know. It said it believed "one or more" attackers had targeted high-profile stars to get their contact information. Instagram said passwords had not been stole...
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Estonia's crypto-currency concept. Estonia's crypto-currency concept.
Could a country issue its own crypto-currency such as bitcoin? Or would that be defeating the point of a form of money that is supposed to be free from government control? On my Tech Tent podcast this week, we hear about estcoins, a currency that could be launched in Estonia. We also discuss Samsung's new flagship phone and meet the young people who are hacking with hydrogen fuel cells. Estoni...
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How hackers are targeting the shipping industry. How hackers are targeting the shipping industry.
When staff at CyberKeel investigated email activity at a medium-sized shipping firm, they made a shocking discovery. "Someone had hacked into the systems of the company and planted a small virus," explains co-founder Lars Jensen. "They would then monitor all emails to and from people in the finance department." Whenever one of the firm's fuel suppliers would send an email asking for payment,...
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Amazon's race to make Alexa smarter. Amazon's race to make Alexa smarter.
Amazon's range of smart speakers and their artificial intelligence assistant Alexa have proved to be a huge sales hit. But the product is still a shadow of what the man in charge - Dave Limp - and indeed their owners, hope it will become. "We have thousands of engineers inside Amazon adding to [its] capability every day and then another tens of thousands of developers adding to the skills," ...
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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down
Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and ...
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Red surprises everyone with 'hologram' phone Red surprises everyone with 'hologram' phone
A holographic, virtual-augmented and mixed-reality-ready smartphone has been unveiled by Red, the company better known for ultra-high quality film cameras. Named Hydrogen One, the device comes cased in either aluminium ($1,195) or titanium ($1,595). It will be powered by Google’s Android operating system and was available to pre-order on Thursday. Industry experts were baffled by the unex...
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Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread
A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software, MEDoc, as the source of the infection, although the company denies it. Malware generally infiltrates networks via email attachments that users click on in error. Microsoft de...
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Microsoft unveils Xbox One X Microsoft unveils Xbox One X
Microsoft has unveiled the latest games console in its line-up, a more powerful version of the Xbox One called the Xbox One X. The tech giant touted the machine's specs, including its ability to run games in 4K ultra-HD, ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles. To be released on 7 November, the Xbox One X will cost $499, or £449 in the UK. One analyst said Microsoft was keen to keep att...
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US can ask visa applicants for social media history US can ask visa applicants for social media history
The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use. Consular officials can now ask for social media usernames going back five years via a new questionnaire. It also allows authorities to request email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information. This can be requested when "more rigorous national security securi...
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