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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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Intel fixes dumb AMT flaw that let hackers easily bypass PC security

This Intel security problem sounds dumb, but is complicated INTEL HAS ISSUED A FIX for a ten-year-old problem with its Active Management Technology (AMT) business tools that would have allowed an attacker to bypass an admin password field and get their kicks from hacking the guts out of something. Now that Intel has issued its fix , an insecurity firm called Embedi has stepped forward with its hand up to tell us that it discovered...
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Ofcom lays out plans for opening up BT's Openreach to rivals

Openreach will have to make it easier for other companies to connect their services to homes and offices TELECOMS WATCHDOG Ofcom has laid out plans which it hopes will improve access to Openreach's infrastructure, making it cheaper and easier for BT's competitors to connect their own fibre broadband service to homes and businesses. After a long-running battle spurred on by rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, BT finally agreed to separate its...
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Grindr sued after spurned lover turns one man into an unwanting wang-magnet

"This Matt Herrick better be worth it..." PICTURE THIS, YOU ARE A MAN CALLED Matthew Herrick you work at a desk, an average desk with average days. Occasionally a man will turn up fully expecting to have sex with you, or they might turn up at your house with the same intention. Now, picture Matt Herrick getting a bit sick, not to mention the stick, from of all the activity and wanting to get rid of it quick. He worked out, somehow, that the...
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Google Updates: Google's not got game but does have Easter sale

SUCH IS our dedication to Google News that we're here on a public holiday to bring it to you. And we're not like other publications that might have pre-prepared it. Oh no. We're not that smart. So here's the stuff in brief and then we'll cover off the rest before heading back to the pub. But we've said too much. Google says Burger King food made of "rat's meat" (but not really) Let Google AI turn you into an artistic genius DeepMind AlphaGo...
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Oculus wants new trial against Zenimax over VR intellectual property

Oculus wants new trial against Zenimax over VR intellectual property VIRTUAL REALITY OUTFIT Oculus is looking to replay its trial against Zenimax, owner of Bethesda, by claiming that "the verdict is against the great weight of the evidence, [and] the damages award is excessive". That is according to a report by UploadVR.com  and comes after Facebook itself said that it would not let the decision rest. According to the report, Facebook, Ocul...
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Middle classes aghast as Aga cooker security breaches lead to overcooked veg

"It's because I used agar-agar isn't it" AGA COOKER owners are being targetted by an app that could give a hacker remote access to their oven. Ken Munro, of cyber security company Pen Test Partners, was in the process of upgrading his oven when he found some serious vulnerabilities in the code that allows remote control of the device. The iTotal Control system has been around for five years, but Mr Munro found that the text message system u...
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PC sales slump might be over, unless it isn't

PC sales slump might be over, unless it isn't DON'T LOOK NOW, but the longtime slump in PC sales might be coming to an end. The simple fact is, what we define as a PC has changed and when you look at the figures in that new light, the future is starting to look brighter. Take for example Chromebooks. At present, our usual market share source, Net Applications' doesn't include machines running Chrome OS in its stats. But they're as valid as,...
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Virgin Media blames Facebook server glitch for site access issues

Facebook is down for Virgin Media users across the UK VIRGIN MEDIA has confirmed that its broadband customers are now able to access Facebook after a DNS issue saw access to the social network restricted. "We're aware of an intermittent issue that's affected some of our broadband customers accessing Facebook and Instagram, a Virgin Media spokesperson told INQ in a statement. "We believe this was an issue with Facebook's servers, which we un...
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BlackBerry awarded £652m in patent royalties spat with Qualcomm

BlackBerry awarded £652m in patent royalties dispute with Qualcomm BLACKBERRY HAS BEEN awarded $814.9m (around £652m) in an arbitration settlement with Qualcomm.  That £652m sum, which will increase next month when legal fees and interest are added, was awarded to BlackBerry after an arbitration hearing concluded that Qualcomm had been overcharging the company for patent royalties between 2010 and 2015. This decision came after BlackBerry a...
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MPs make fast and loose 'hacking' claims over Brexit vote

Flagwaving for Project Fear? MPS HAVE been accused of scaremongering following comments made surrounding the online voter registration service which crashed in the run-up to last year's crucial Brexit vote. The service went down on 7 June, just two weeks before the referendum, and the government took the controversial decision to extend the deadline for voter registration. There was criticism at the time, but now MPs have suggested that the...
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Vodafone bins roaming charges in 40 countries

Vodafone bins roaming charges in 40 countries UK MOBILE OPERATOR Vodafone has scrapped roaming charges across 40 countries, just a week after the EU announced that the charges would be officially binned in June .  Vodafone's move, which sets its sights on Three's similar 'Feel at Home' offer, will allow customers to use their smartphone as they would at home across all of Europe, with some non-EU countries thrown in for good measure. The 40...
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