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Here’s how the ransomware attack was stopped – and why it could soon start again

The ransomware cyber attack that has so far affected around 300,000 computers in 150 countries could have been much worse. In fact, it still could be. The spread of the malicious software (malware), nicknamed WannaCry or WannaCrypt, has been halted several times by researchers who have identified flaws in the program known as kill switches. But cybercriminals are already fighting back by altering ...[Read More]

Why using AI to sentence criminals is a dangerous idea

Artificial intelligence is already helping determine your future – whether it’s your Netflix viewing preferences, your suitability for a mortgage or your compatibility with a prospective employer. But can we agree, at least for now, that having an AI determine your guilt or innocence in a court of law is a step too far? Worryingly, it seems this may already be happening. When American Chief Justic...[Read More]

Grow your own greens with Homefarm

Ever dreamed of a compact, app-controlled, hydroponics system you can use to grow your own greens (no, not that sort) at home? No? Just us then? Well, our dreams might just become a reality if local startup Homefarm can raise the fund it needs to bring its product to market. Homefarm is hosting its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo (it runs until 17 June 2017), and aims to raise $40,000. While th...[Read More]

Audi and Volvo will soon be turn out Android devices of their own

Okay, so maybe the headline is a little misleading. Technically both Audi and Volvo will be making their own Android devices but before you get too excited about an Audi smartphone (which we would totally buy, FYI), we’re referring to the two auto-makers including Android in upcoming vehicles. Yup, that’s a thing now. Has been for a while now, but Google snagging two of the world’...[Read More]

Is this what the Apple iPhone 8 is going to look like?

It’s nowhere near September yet (but it’s plodding along — we’re nearly halfway there) so we don’t have live images yet but several supposed renders of the iPhone 8 have pitched up online. The renders potentially give us our best look at the design choices that Apple will make for this year’s iPhone. Initial renders were made by website Engadget, being based on ...[Read More]

8 things you need to know about the HTC U11

HTC loves a gimmick for its flagships. Whether it’s putting massive ‘Ultrapixels’ in its camera, or cramming in two screens on the front, it’s always trying to cook up that special sauce which will make its phones irresistibly tasty. Does the new HTC U11 have that special sauce? Well it’s squeezable. And it has two voice assistants inside it. So that’s a good st...[Read More]

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 sells more than 5 million units (and there’s a lot of year left to go)

Samsung’s well on its way to complete its bounce-back from 2016, with their new Galaxy S8 handset selling in excess of 5 million phones since launch. We already knew that Samsung was having a good year but we didn’t have anything more than vague percentages to back that up. 5 million, though… that’s a serious number for a phone that has been on the market for about six week...[Read More]

Why installing software updates makes us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry,” which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates how hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries are running outdated software that leaves them vulnerable. The victims include Bri...[Read More]

The 10 best Nintendo Switch games – Got Nintendo’s latest? Then you’ll want to play the greatest

Before the Nintendo Switch came out, we all wondered whether there would be enough to play on it in the early months. Then we played Zelda and stopped caring what else was coming. But there’s more than just the astonishing Breath of the Wild to enjoy on Nintendo’s home-or-handheld device, and thanks to a mix of ports and sterling new indie games, the Switch has a rather appealing lineu...[Read More]

Five amazing ultrasound inventions set to change the world (and not a pregnancy scan in sight)

Ultrasound can do a whole lot more than create images of unborn babies. Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves so high-pitched that humans can’t hear them has found use in almost every branch of industry. The vibrations it creates can kill bacteria, weld plastics and even help to mature brandies in a matter of days rather than yea...[Read More]

Light Start — Apple camera advice, RIP MP3, Netflix without roots, and retro Knuckles

Apple wants you to get better at iPhone photography, posts lessons on YouTube Apple wants you to take more photographs using your iPhone 7 and they’re perhaps a little concerned that you’re not holding it correctly or something. So they’ve come out with a whole series of videos that are designed to improve your point-and-shoot skills. Covering everything from selfies to sunset, A...[Read More]

There is a darkness in the world unless we fight for privacy but tech can shine a light

Austin Kleon calls himself a “writer who draws” and has created modern-day poetry by blacking out all but a few words of a New York Times newspaper page to create seemingly random, but remarkably poignant poems. It’s a delightful, serendipitous kind of artistic process that yield surprisingly results, which he has previously joked: “The blackouts are like if the CIA did Hai...[Read More]

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