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Monday April 8, 2019. 12:39 PM
Concerns about Huawei's 'very, very shoddy' security could mean that the Chinese company's technology is barred from key parts of the UK's 5G mobile network. A UK watchdog has already said that Huawei poses a national security risk, but a statement from the technical...
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The UK is looking at hitting technology companies with financial penalties if they fail to do enough to counter 'harmful content' on their platforms. Jeremy Wright, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) secretary, says that tech firms need to be made to 'sit up and...
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Emsisoft has released a free decrypter tool for anyone who has been struck by the Planetary Ransomware, eliminating the need to pay a fee to the attackers. Before using the tool you are advised to ensure that you have removed the malware from your computer -- something you...
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Reddit has never been much of a stranger to controversy, and the site has faced mounting pressure from copyright-holders to do something about piracy. Moderators have been fighting a losing battle to keep illegal content in check, but with complaints still flooding in, the...
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Sunday April 7, 2019. 09:42 PM
Nintendo is the king of the 'Kart Racing' genre. While there are many imitators -- some of which are very good -- Mario Kart remains the best. And no, it is not just about mascots, although it does help having Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong and such. Actually, the real magic is...
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To safely remove or not to safely remove? That is the question... although another one might reasonably be, 'well, what difference does it really make?'. Since the arrival of USB drives, we have been warned that they need to be 'safely removed' using the correct method in...
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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into the business practices of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, partly in relation to the companies' online gaming subscription services. The CMA has voiced concern about what it says is the unfair...
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Saturday April 6, 2019. 05:07 PM
Citing 'technical limitations', Netflix has dropped support for AirPlay from its iPhone and iPad apps. Attempts to use AirPlay via the Control Center result in an error message, and Netflix has updated its support pages to indicate that the feature is no longer available....
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Having been slapped with antitrust accusations by the European Commission, Valve has responded to complaints about geo-blocking on its Steam gaming platform. After the Commission complained that Valve and five game publishers had come to arrangements between themselves to...
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Following a beta test of the feature Microsoft has doubled the number of people that can take part in a Skype chat from 25 to 50 for all users. The option of chatting with up to 49 other people applies to both video and audio chats, and it's something that is probably going...
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Friday April 5, 2019. 10:01 PM
Back in 2015, Shell launched an artificial intelligence-powered assistant for their lubricant service customers. Represented by digital avatars Emma and Ethan, the assistant assists customers with lubricant-related questions and concerns. It’s available around the clock,...
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Cloud storage is great. Seriously, folks, storing important files online is a great way to protect them from disasters, such as theft, fire, or flooding to name a few. When people tell me they have their own 'cloud' at home with an internet-connected NAS, I simply sigh....
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The European Commission has informed Valve that geo-blocking in Steam contravenes EU competition rules. Similar warnings have been issued to five games publishers. Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax have been told that 'European consumers should...
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A new survey of professionals in industries using industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) finds 90 percent of respondents say their environment has been damaged by at least one cyberattack over the past two years, with 62 percent experiencing two or...
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Three-hundred-and-twenty-nine in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. Microsoft made the decision to remove Books from the Microsoft Store making it the second...
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With a market capital of $73 billion and a stock price that has more than tripled in three years, VMware is one of the big hitters of the IT industry. The company has dominated the market since it introduced virtual machine server abstraction 19 years ago. But some industry...
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If you're signed up to the Xbox Insiders program, you can beta test an updated version of the Game Bar in Windows 10. Originally designed to allow for recording and broadcasting of game footage, The Game Bar now includes Spotify integration and cross-platform messaging. The...
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Google has announced that it is closing down its artificial intelligence ethics council following controversy about board members. The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was formed just a week ago, but there was strong criticism of the decision to appoint...
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Thursday April 4, 2019. 09:48 PM
I’ve already written one prediction about autonomous cars -- that they’ll be far later to the market than most pundits and autonomous car inventors are suggesting. Today’s prediction is about a tangentially-related technology -- aerial delivery drones. These drones are ...
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One of the most frustrating things for Windows users that switch to Linux is learning to install software. With Microsoft's operating system, you search the web for the software you want, download it, and install it. With Linux-based operating systems, however, programs are...
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