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Google loses ‘right to be forgotten’ case

A businessman fighting for the “right to be forgotten” has won a UK High Court action against Google. The man, who has not been named due to reporting restrictions surrounding the case, wanted search results about a past crime he had committed removed from the search engine. The judge, Mr Justice Mark Warby, ruled...

Blackberry modified to ‘help drug cartels’

The chief executive of a company that created highly-secure smartphones allegedly used by some of the world’s most notorious criminals has been indicted. Canadian-based Phantom Secure made “tens of millions of dollars” selling the modified Blackberry devices for use by the likes of the Sinaloa Cartel, investigators said. The charges marked the first time...

3D printing homes turn sludge into shelter

In Texas, tucked behind a house for the wealthy, perhaps lies some hope for the significantly less so. More than a billion people in the world go to sleep each night without reliable shelter. But a pair of companies working on solving that believes their model of quickly 3D printing a one-story house could...

Is your vendor being honest about AI?

Some vendors who claim their products use artificial intelligence or machine learning technology are really using rules-based engines. Here’s how to spot the lie. New technologies generate new buzzwords. Cloud, fabric, bitcoin, blockchain, containers, microservices, and so on. Artificial intelligence (AI) as a technology and term has been around for decades, but only recently...

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...