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Not-so-bright API means web pages can use a W3C idea to pop your phone or laptop Security researcher Lukasz Olejnik says it's possible to slurp sensitive data with the ambient light sensors installed in many smartphones and laptops.…

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Oh no, don't let data slurpers know we love Coldplay A chap in Chicago is suing headphone maker Bose after discovering how much personal information its app was phoning home to base – this slurped data includes songs listened to, for how long, and when.…

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NASA moving to 'Perseverance Valley' where we can see Martian erosion in action The thirteen year-old Opportunity rover is moving on from the region of Mars it's been exploring since 2014.…

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Let us level with you... Medical robots should be split into different categories of autonomy, just as driverless cars are, a group of academics proposed today in Science Robotics.…

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Olympic Council of Asia will award gold medals for fragging in 2022, helped by Alibaba Gold medals will be awarded to players of computer games at the 2022 Asian Games.…

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Because internet things should probably talk on secure virtual networks, not punter-grade WiFi Riverbed has acquired Xirrus for an undisclosed sum and will now try to build a software-defined WAN that stretches all the way to WiFi access points.…

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Billionaire dreamer to see your thoughts 'by 2019' F8 2017  Facebook sees such promise in virtual reality that it has taken to celebrating products and services that don't exist outside laboratory settings, like brain interfaces, augmented reality glasses, and "hearing" through one's skin.…

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Patent royalty check dings profits but nothing Snapdragon biz can't handle Qualcomm is blaming a $974m pile of cash it had to fork out to BlackBerry for huge drops in revenues in its second quarter.…

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Four-year study will bung patient records in the cloud Alphabet’s healthcare arm, and Google stablemate, Verily Life Sciences has today announced Project Baseline: a study that will glean massive amounts of healthcare records by monitoring thousands of patients over four years.…

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Yet more evidence that nbn™ just won't change its mind and build fibre-to-the-premises Yet more evidence, as if we needed it, that nbn™ has little interest in more FTTP nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has won membership of CableLabs, the global R&D body that develops technologies and standards that help cable operators deploy new services on existing hybrid fibre coax (HFC) networks.…

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Except we're not, of course, because that would be illegal A new factsheet by the NSA and FBI has laid bare ludicrous contradictions in how US intelligence agencies choose to interpret a law designed to prevent spying on US citizens, but which they use to achieve exactly that end.…

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Massive malware infection slurps customers' privates In February, Intercontinental Hotels Group alerted customers that some of its US locations had been infected with credit-card-stealing malware. Now it has admitted the cyber-outbreak is much worse than first thought.…

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Redmond-powered mobes don't deserve latest sign-in tool Microsoft has introduced a new authentication method for logging into its online accounts: rather than remember and type in a complex password, use an app on your smartphone to confirm it's really you logging in and not some miscreant.…

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That whole conversation-as-a-UI thing was just a big misunderstanding F8 2017  Facebook all but admitted the failure of chatbots last month – with the announcement that developers building Messenger bot can hide text input boxes and offer menu-driven conversations instead.…

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Water, check. Low radiation, check. Possible to get to... oh wait, darn Scientists have spotted a planet slightly larger than Earth orbiting a distant star that looks to be the best contender yet for hosting life as we know it.…

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Nasuni, Panzura and Avere all set for accelerated growth Helping organisations send and access stored data in the public cloud is good business for gateway supplier Nasuni, which is expanding its corporate waistline. As are competitors Avere and Panzura.…

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Python slithers in next to R Microsoft is due to announce what it's calling "the first RDBMS with built-in AI". In other words, a community technology preview of SQL Server 2017 with additional support for R and – for the first time – Python.…

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A beautiful David-Goliath tale EMC will probably have to change the name of its Unity array, now that a court has found in favour of Nexsan's use of the trademark.…

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Who gave marketing agency access to super-sensitive address database? London gun owners are asking questions of the Metropolitan Police after the force seemingly handed the addresses of 30,000 firearm and shotgun owners to a direct mail marketing agency for a commercial firm's advertising campaign.…

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Reverses 22 quarters of hardware decline Analysis  Despite falling server sales, IBM has reversed 22 quarters of decline in storage hardware revenue, offset by a leap in flash storage array sales. It's also, we think, number 3 in overall storage sales.…

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Phishing, ransomware remain most pressing concerns Phishing and ransomware remain the most pressing security threats for UK business, according to a government-backed survey out Wednesday.…

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No cash, slow answers, firm still blames man who quit a year ago Suppliers of Retro Computers Ltd are calling for the company to pay the royalties they claim it owes for bundling their games with its ZX Spectrum Vega console.…

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Cast-iron storage policies World backup came and went – did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible.…

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Consumer workhorse has the speed and capacity to thrill ya Toshiba has a new 8TB NAS disk drive with its fastest data transfer rate.…

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Hacker whizz and Veracode co-founder Chris Wysopal joins the crew this week to talk secure software

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