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Snow Day or not a Snow Day

So the other day we had a little snow and could have been classed as a Snow Day, luckily it was at the time of year when a lot of people are off for Xmas, but what if was in say February? If you can’t get to your office can your business still run...

Xage emerges from stealth with a blockchain-based IoT security solution

Getting the myriad of devices involved in the industrial internet of things provisioned and communicating with one another in a secure way will be one of the great technological challenges facing companies in the coming years. Xage (prounounced Zage) emerged from stealth today with a blockchain-based security solution that could help simplify this. The company also...

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold engineer who conducted the experiment. The point of the experiment appears to have been purely to see...

Barclays axes free Kaspersky product as a ‘precaution’

Barclays has stopped offering free Kaspersky anti-virus products to new customers following an official warning about Russian security software. The bank emailed 290,000 online banking customers on Saturday to say the move was a “precautionary decision”. UK cyber-security chiefs are warning government departments not to use software from Russian companies for systems relating to national security....

Amazon’s Alexa heads to the workplace

The Alexa voice assistant has been Amazon’s remarkable runaway hit this past year. And as competitors such as Google and Apple try to catch up in the home, Amazon is pushing into a new market with Alexa for Business. Office workers will be able to use the firm’s Echo smart speakers to set up meetings with...

Black Friday weekend: Online the winner in sales frenzy

If you thought the shops were looking quiet last Friday then you were right. A whopping £1.4bn was spent on online sales in the UK on Black Friday – up some 11.7% on last year, according to online retailers trade body IMRG. But on High Streets, shopping centres and retail parks it was a...

Oxford and Cambridge club members face hard disk theft

Members of an exclusive club restricted to selected graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities are being warned that computer data containing their personal details is feared stolen. The Sunday Telegraph reported that the club believed a “back-up” hard drive had been taken from a locked room inside its London headquarters. The information stored on it is...

Predatory comments prompt YouTube ad suspension

Mars, Lidl, Adidas and others have pulled all advertisements from YouTube after some were found next to clips used by predators to target children. Investigations by the BBC and the Times found tens of thousands of “predatory” accounts have been used to leave explicit comments on children’s videos. Problems with the video-sharing site’s reporting system have been blamed for...

Russia’s Fancy Bear hackers’ UK link revealed

When Russia’s most notorious hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues behind, the BBC has discovered. The hackers used the computers to attack the German parliament, hijack traffic meant for a Nigerian government website and target Apple devices. The company, Crookservers, had claimed to be based in Oldham...

Broadband firms must ditch ‘misleading’ speed ads

Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year. Currently ISPs are allowed to use headline speeds that only 10% of customers will actually receive. In future, adverts must be based on what is available to at...