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Roomba maker wants to flog maps of users' homes with Apple, Amazon and Google

Your lazy vacuum option may be a data nightmare soon VACUUM CLEANER COMPANY iRobot, responsible for the 'smart' Roomba vacuum, is considering doing something really dumb - selling user mapping data to companies that would hand over how your house is laid out. The latest Roomba models have a mapping feature. This makes it easier for the thing to make its way around the home sucking up crap and dust and probably anything that you have left on...
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Microsoft is bringing down 'Fancy Bear' hackers with IP lawyers

Microsoft is bringing down 'Fancy Bear' hackers with IP lawyers A TEAM OF Microsoft lawyers are using trademark law to sue Russian hacking group Fancy Bear off the web, for using domain names that infringe its copyright. The Daily Beast reports that Fancy Bear (aka Pawn Strorm, Stronium and Sofacy) have cyber squatted a bunch of domains that look quite a lot like those of big companies - Microsoft being a prime example. They then use them t...
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Google Updates: Glass 2, Note 8, SMB3

IT'S FRIDAY so it's time to review the week in Google. So, of course, the big news this week was confirmation that Google Glass II is definitely a thing. But there's also loads more happening. The company has launched its new AI-driven news feed in the search app which is based on your search history. Yeah. Start panicking. We also learned that as Jide packs in Remix OS , there are no direct plans for a desktop version of Android , though i...
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Google is now mapping the International Space Station

Google has mapped the ISS, handy in case you get lost in there GOOGLE, A COMPANY THAT PEOPLE THINK MAY HAVE TOO MUCH REACH ALREADY, had mapped out the whole of the International Space Station (ISS) and shared it online. It's not the Death Star's plans and we were perhaps being a little too sensationalist. Google has pretty mapped everywhere now, from Harry Potter Land to the streets of Stepney. It has even gone under water and up mountains....
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DarkHotel 2.0: Inexsmar attack targets politicians via target-specific phishing emails

DarkHotel 2.0: Inexsmar attack targets politicians via target-specific phishing emails SECURITY OUTFIT Bitdefender has uncovered a new high-level spear-phishing attack targeting political figures and senior business users. Dubbed 'Inexsmar', the attack appears to be operated by the DarkHotel group , which has been perpetrating similar threats since 2007. DarkHotel attacks often merge whaling with malware and other threat avenues, with both ...
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Nokia 9 price, release date and specs: Retailer points to an official launch on 31 July

The Nokia 9 will launch on 31 July, according to a loose-lipped retailer HMD GlOBAL'S MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS (MWC) press conference has been and gone, and there was no sign of the Nokia 9. Instead, the firm took the wraps off three affordable Android smartphones - the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 , alongside a new version of the  Nokia 3310 .  This means that the so-called Nokia 9, also referred to as the Nokia P1, likely will see its very own launch ev...
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Viking Technology launches 'world's highest-capacity' 50TB SSD

Viking Technology launches 'world's highest-capacity' 50TB SSD A COMPANY CALLED Viking Technology has introduced the 'world's largest' 50TB solid state drive (SSD). The mammoth SSD, which the company claims is the highest-capacity drive of its kind shipping today, is part of Viking's Ultra High-Capacity (UHC) Silo series . Unsurprisingly, it's not aimed at the consumer market, and instead, comes housed in a standard 3.5in form factor and a ...
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Porn firm introduces genital logins, calls it Dickometrics

The INQUIRER must remember to clear its web history tonight GOOD NEWS FOR THAT TYPE OF CHAP that likes to upload photos of his wang to the internet, there is an online bongo site that is offering you access to top shelf content with your genitals. Yup. The finger, face, thumb or password isn't quite right for this site, it wants a wang shot, and expects you as a chap to upload yours so that it can use it to judge you when you come back to v...
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Travel agency Flight Centre fesses to human error data flight

Flight Centre may have handed over some of your passport details POTENTIAL PATHWAY TO PARADISES, the travel agency Flight Centre has admitted to a customer data breach that it brought upon itself. Jeez guys. Give yourselves a break. It's probably easier to just say that someone hacked you these days. Everyone is at it. Still, it's your decision, and apparently, it's an official statement. At this stage, we do not have the official statement...
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China will completely block VPNs from February 2018

China will completely block VPNs from February 2018 THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT has ordered a complete block on virtual private networks (VPNs) in the latest stage of its campaign to prevent web users from circumventing the 'great firewall of China'. It has ordered the country's big-three telecoms and internet service providers, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, to block VPNs by February next year.   This is because millions of Chine...
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Chrome 61 will 'untrust' Chinese digital certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom

Chrome 61 will 'untrust' Chinese digital certificate authorities WoSign and StartCom GOOGLE'S UPCOMING Chrome 61 browser will 'untrust' two Chinese digital certificate authorities as punishment for failing to maintain the 'expected standards'. The punishment comes after evidence that WoSign "knowingly and intentionally mis-issued certificates in order to circumvent browser restrictions and certificate authority requirements", according to G...
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Google Updates: EU Samba in A Dark Room

THIS WEEK in Google we've already heard about the Press Association's grant from Google for robot journalist, that  Google Glass is coming back thanks to an Italian designer, and it looks like there's another anti-trust suit from the EU in the post. Plus, the DeepMind-NHS tie-up has been declared illegal. As for things you might have missed, Google has released a Samba client, but it only supports version one, which is the exact cause of th...
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Russian hackers are reportedly targeting US nuclear facilities

Russian hackers are reportedly targeting US nuclear facilities HACKERS HAVE BEEN TARGETING US nuclear facilities, their suppliers and manufacturing plants using phishing methods, US authorities have said. Last week the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI released a joint report into recent attacks, including one on Kansas-based nuclear power station operator Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. The report was obtained by the...
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Virgin Media slammed for 'under-delivering' on broadband speeds

Virgin Media slammed for 'under-delivering' on broadband speeds UK INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER Virgin Media is 'under-delivering' on broadband speeds, with some customers receiving 'only a fraction' of what they had signed up for.That's according That's according BBC Watchdog , which has accused Virgin of taking on too many customers in some regions, leading to 'issues relating to "over-utilisation."' Customers in those areas were finding it ...
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Ex-employee jailed for hacking private security firm

Hackers tend to have cold heads, hence the knitted hat A DUDE IN AMERICA has been sent to a government hotel for seven years after he left a firm officially but returned unofficially to hack it for his own profits. Seven years is a long time, but that is how long Jonathan Lee Eubanks, 29, of Davie Florida, has earned in chokey for making unauthorised credit card purchases, and a number of other mistakes of a criminal nature. The US Departme...
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Massive Linux 4.12 kernel release brings AMD Vega support

Return of the cat.... return of the cat... you knew that he'd be back ATTENTION YOU 'orrible lot! It is I, your leader,  Colonel Kitten the Kernel Kitten. I have spent the last seven weeks as a sleeper agent awaiting instructions from Commander Torvalds. Which basically means I found a sunbeam on a window sill and no one shouted at me to move. FALL IN TROOPS! I HAVEN'T GOT ALL DAY! We've had a Dossier for Operation Pittsburgh - Linux Kernel...
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Google Updates: Six years of G+, 13 Days of Life, 99p sales

ALREADY THIS week in the glut of fairly uncomfortable Google factoids, we've learned that Google will no longer trawl your Gmail for advertising purposes (for many of us, we also learnt that it did in the first place), that its been slapped with a  record antitrust fine from the EU , it's also preparing a search engine ballot for Chrome to comply with the Russians, and that not only is Google Home six times cleverer than its nearest rival, ...
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Canada orders Google to remove search results worldwide

Down with this sort of thing.... GOOGLE'S LEGAL woes continue, as a Canadian court rules that search results blocked under Canadian law must be blocked worldwide. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has cried foul at the Canadian ruling that it believes actually contravenes US law, besides which, Google had already agreed to remove 300+ listings at the behest of those being written about. Of course, we can't tell you what the listings ...
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IBM smashes emissions reduction target four years ahead of schedule

IBM meets emissions reduction target four years ahead of schedule BIG BLUE IBM has met its emissions reduction and renewable energy targets four years ahead of schedule, the company has confirmed. IBM announced late last week that has cut emissions associated with its energy consumption by over 38 per cent against a 2005 baseline, beating its target to cut emissions 35 per cent by 2020. The company also confirmed the reductions in emissions...
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AMD releases Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card, finally

AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Edition GRAPHICS OUTFIT AMD has finally released the first of its graphics cards based on its new Vega architecture, the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition However, rather than targeting the ultra-expensive card at gamers, AMD is resolute in claiming that it is intended for serious professionals, such as scientists, creators and developers. AMD claims that the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition graphics card will provide "unmat...
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Google Updates: A Glass, an Oatmeal Cookie and Jobs (no, not him)

SINCE WE last spoke, a completely random update to the presumed defunct Google Glass has arrived activating Bluetooth for the first time. Elsewhere, the company has pledged to use its AI to combat terrorist content on the web, and has issued a new security policy which it says is good for everyone. Meanwhile, we're only about five weeks out from the possible launch of Android "O" on Pixel handsets and it still doesn't have a name. Rumours h...
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Russian hackers are reportedly trading in UK MP's email addresses and passwords

Parliament has been pilfered for parliamentary passwords IF YOU THOUGHT THAT THE UK GOVERNMENT already had enough of the willies over international hackers, the internet and data, then you wait until they get a load of this. The Times reported on the breach and the Russian market first when it uncovered and reported two lists of parliamentary details on Russian hacking forums. Not only are our precious MPs being exposed, but so are ambassad...
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GhostHook threat dodges Microsoft PatchGuard to spook Windows 10 users

GhostHook did not put the willies up Microsoft SECURITY FIRM CYBERARK has issued an alert about GhostHook, an attack that swoops past Microsoft's PatchGuard protective layer. Once the thing has swanned past the Microsoft bouncer software it is free to take root control on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices. CyberArk reckons that it has caught itself a whopper here , claiming to have discovered the first attack to treat PatchGuard with so little ...
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Cisco's new network uses machine learning to detect threats in encrypted data

Cisco's new network uses machine learning to detect threats in encrypted data CISCO HAS HAILED its new network, as a "significant breakthrough" thanks to its ability to detect malware in encrypted traffic. The company says that this is ‘one of the most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking', and that the new network can anticipate actions, stop security threats and continues to evolve and learn. Rather than manually entering li...
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China's Sunway TaihuLight outranks US supercomputers in Top 500 list, again

China's Sunway TaihuLight outranks US supercomputers in Top 500 list, again THE 49TH EDITION OF the Top 500, the definitive run-down of the most powerful supercomputers on Earth, has been published and it contains some surprises. Most notably, the US has been knocked out of the top three by Swiss machine the Piz Daint, which recently had an update to its Cray XC50. The machine, based at the Swiss National Computing Centre, received some ext...
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