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Vague wording leads to legal uncertainty, says JCHR British computer hackers who severely damage the national security of any country could face life in prison under a new criminal offence proposed in the Serious Crime Bill, however the plan has been attacked for lacking legal certainty by MPs and peers.…

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Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good The first images of Comet Siding Springs, a celestial body deemed so menacing that humanity cocooned its very best robots, has turned out to be rather smaller than imagined.…

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Encryption: IBM and Australian spooks have heard of it, but aren't using it Anyone wanting to know the time world leaders arrive in Australia for the coming G20 summit need only listen to broadcasts from Aussie airports, researcher Ed Farrell has claimed at the Ruxcon conference.…

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Selling cycles across the Irish Sea Northern Ireland is to get what's touted as its first HPC service, courtesy of a deal between Fujitsu and HPC Wales.…

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Relax: it's just a patent... for now Apple has been granted a patent for an iKeyfob capable of unlocking doors, starting the engine and turning your car into a less good version of Kit from Knight Rider.…

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Healthy quarter marred by plunge in Russian sales and missed US federal deal You can tell a lot about how a company is going by listening to financial analysts' questions at the end of an earnings conference call. When things are good – as they were in VMware's Q1 earnings call – analysts can almost gush. If there's a hint of weakness or illogic, analysts can find all sorts of things about which to ask picky questions.…

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Dev kit for the auto sector Freescale is showing off in-car Ethernet infotainment technology inexplicably pitched as an “Internet of Things” solution.…

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It's been fixed, but hordes won't have applied the upgrade Someone's found (yet) another nasty security flaw in Android, by crafting a way to pack malicious software to look like images.…

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A slice of history: the GUI before the Apple The Computer History Museum in Mountain View has released another foundational piece of software to the world at large: some of the code that gave the world the Xerox Alto computer, which among other things helped inspire a couple of young garage developers, Steves Jobs and Wozniak.…

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Step 1: Don't get owned. Step 2: Use HTTPS. Step 3: ... NCC Group has published a set of security standards that you'll have to follow if you want to operate a .trust website.…

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Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired The internet is aflutter over the Kickstarter campaign for the Hendo Hoverboard, a magnetically levitating board that the firm promises will be available on October 21, 2015 – the same day that Michael J Fox programmed into the De Lorean for the second Back to the Future film.…

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'Gigabit' silicon should land in equipment in 2016 Broadcom has become the latest vendor to stake out its ground in the G.fast market, as the ITU's standardisation bods stretch their hands slowly towards the rubber stamp.…

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Company teams up with FIDO Alliance to support push-button security keys Google has announced support for a platform which will allow users to log into applications by pressing a button on a secured USB drive.…

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If your driver doesn't pull you out of the car and smash your phone first, that is Bay Area residents looking to get to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) received another option this week when Uber announced it had agreed with authorities on a plan to allow UberX and Lyft drivers to travel to and from the airport.…

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Encryption would lead us all into a 'dark place', claim G-Men The FBI director James Comey's bid to have Congress kibosh default encryption appears to have publicly failed after senators said the proposal would be rejected.…

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Tell 'em they're DREAMING, son The stage is set for another drawn-out battle over wholesale telecommunication service pricing in Australia, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) indicating it's going to rubber-stamp Telstra's request for a 7.2 per cent price hike.…

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Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone Less than three weeks after it debuted the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has shipped a comprehensive update to the pre-release OS that brings substantial changes, including some new features borrowed from Windows Phone.…

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GT to sell off factory to repay Cupertino loans if deal is approved Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, the materials company that was once slated to provide ultra-durable sapphire glass for iPhones and other Apple products, have agreed to an "amicable parting of the ways," according to sources with knowledge of GT's bankruptcy litigation.…

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VCE absorption tipped, but let's not forget Cloudfather Tucci's time is nearly up EMC has given US media less than 24 hours notice of an event at which it will announce a “new business development”.…

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Australia to spend AU$3.5m helping teachers to help kids think like computers The ”Coding across the curriculum” plan included in Australia's “Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda” is yet to be developed, and is yet to be targeted at particular students or schools.…

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Purple Palace finally tilts revenue upwards ... but income downwards Yahoo! is living in hope of a financial resurgence as the company logged a rare uptick in revenues.…

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Have a bit of sympathy, people: lawyers hold YOUR data and juicy stuff about big deals Law firms are among Australian businesses being targeted by at least 13 Chinese advanced malware groups in a bid to steal intelligence from big business, says forensics bod and Mandiant man Mark Goudie.…

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GPL language clone is 'a friendly nudge' to Cupertino A group of independent developers have launched a project to develop a free, open source implementation of Apple's Swift programming language.…

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Virtual insanity reality Vid  Google and a host of A-list venture capitalists have given more than half a billion dollars to Magic Leap, a mysterious tech startup that aims to "make computing more natural."…

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Chip shipments up 19% in Q3, but revenues missed British chip design firm ARM Holdings painted a rosy picture of its future growth on Tuesday, but it missed analysts' revenue expectations for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, reigniting old fears that slowing smartphone growth will hurt the firm's long-term profitability – even though it's looking just fine in the near term.…

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