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Canadian expert probes whether prongs equal prangs A Canadian car safety expert has introduced the world to a surprising moral panic, warning that if people no longer have to drive their cars, they'll have sex in them instead.…

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Fears spark two-hour delay as nervous passengers disembark Australian airline QANTAS delayed a flight for two hours on Saturday after a passenger reported seeing a WiFi network named “Mobile detonation device”.…

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Braaaaaiiiins. Fat, rich, digital braaaaaaiiiins Qualcomm wants to stick a neural network in your hands, and has announced it will ship a software development kit (SDK) in the second half of this year to get the ball rolling.…

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Analysis of US government traffic trends suggests Androids sleep on weekends If you run online services, concentrate your efforts on making sure they can handle iOS devices on weekends.…

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Don't click on the links, don't click on the links, don't … A water and electricity authority in the US State of Michigan has needed a week to recover from a ransomware attack that fortunately only hit its enterprise systems.…

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Except for PCs, which will still be called 'Dell', and enterprise, which will be 'Dell EMC' Michael Dell has written to his staff to tell them that Dell will soon become known as “Dell Technologies”. Except for the bit of Dell that sells PCs, which will be called “Dell”, and the bit that sells to the enterprise, which will be called “Dell EMC”.…

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Microsoft slips to second in market share Google's Chrome displaced Internet Explorer as the top desktop browser by market share in April.…

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Software for simple gear given way too much control over locks and sensors Samsung has said there's nothing for owners of its SmartThings home security gear to worry about – after researchers showed numerous ways to commandeer devices and disable locks.…

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Judges say mobile software can't sell info like websites do A US judicial panel has greenlighted a lawsuit over the way mobile apps handle people's private information.…

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Hack the Planet uni club lands in court over 'white hat' MiFare probe WAHckon  University students in the Australian city of Perth have landed in hot water, with one charged by Police, after finding and exploiting severe holes to rewind travel charges incurred using the city's SmartRider public transport smart card.…

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01010110 01101111 01110100 01100101 00100000 01101101 01100101 In the race for one of California's two Senate seats, one candidate has hit on a novel way to draw attention to himself and his platform: binary.…

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Another month, another round of critical vulnerabilities patched by Google Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system.…

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We review season 3, episode 2 of HBO's tech satire Recap  If there was one standout moment from the latest episode of tech satire Silicon Valley it would have to be when our eponymous hero finds out he is being shafted by his new CEO while in the background a thoroughbred horse is literally shafted by a white stallion.…

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After swerving through the courts with lawsuits, tech giants call last-minute truce Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair.…

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Mark June 1 in your calendar Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2016 for Windows will go into general availability on June 1 and is positioning it against Oracle on cost, security, and speed.…

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Designers of brains inside your networking gear wheel out the 24-core Octeon-TX Cavium – the brains behind the chips in big-brand networking products – has plumped for the ARM architecture over MIPS in its next-generation network processors.…

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Note to industry: Must try harder Business Intelligence (BI) systems are designed to turn raw data into useful information, so why don’t they do the job properly? Why do most of them fail so completely to make use of the huge range of capabilities that the analytics world has to offer?…

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Can the Windows XP soufflé rise again and maintain its lead over Windows 8.1? Windows 10's business push may be slowing, at least according to data gathered from visits to United States government web sites.…

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Seventeen-character identifiers mean cloud can scale for 'new AWS regions launching in 2016' Amazon Web Services has extended use of a a new resource numbering scheme, after last year warning that without a new scheme it would “start to run low on IDs for certain EC2 and EBS resources within a year or so.”…

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Try turning it off and … The F-35 warplane still needs reboots to get the aircraft airborne, a US Senate committee has heard, and troubling problems persist in the project's security.…

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Book now to send 13,600kgs to the red planet in 2018 for the reasonable price of US$90m Elon Musk's SpaceX has started offering cargo haulage to Mars.…

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Governments relying on bad data will make bad decisions WAHckon  Manipulation of small amounts of data among huge data sets could be an unrecognised threat to scientific organisations, security man Craig Searle says.…

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Putting final polish on processor and smartwatch announcements Apple and Qualcomm will be doing a bit of looking-over-their-shoulder competitive analylsis: rising Chinese Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi is prepping a smartwatch and mobile processor.…

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It takes an hour to boot and you need to tickle the Watch with a stick while it loads A chap named Nick Lee has managed to run Windows 95 on his Apple Watch.…

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Use of mt_rand means there's free .flac for those who crack WAHckon  Users of popular audiophile torrent site What.CD can make themselves administrators to completely compromise the private music site and bypass its notorious download ratio limits.…

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