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Ransomware added to Oxford dictionary

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption New OED addition hangry means bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger Mansplaining, ransomware and hangry are among more than 1,000 words that have been added to the latest Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Also included are initialisms used on the online parenting forum Mumsnet such as TTC – […]

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Facebook 'no place' for young children

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Studies question how good social media is for children’s health More than 100 child health experts are urging Facebook to withdraw an app aimed at under-13s. In an open letter to Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, they call Messenger Kids an “irresponsible” attempt to encourage young children to use Facebook. […]

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Microsoft disables 'buggy' Intel patch

Image copyright Reuters Microsoft has disabled a flawed Intel software update that was causing some customers’ computers to reboot unexpectedly. Intel had issued its software patch to address a security issue affecting millions of its processors worldwide. But the software caused many machines to reboot or shut down and Intel later told people not to […]

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ColorFab: 3D printer can change colour of objects

Using their own 3D-printable ink that changes colour when exposed to UV light, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) can re-colour an object The ColorFab project, focused on plastics, could eventually enable clothes and other personal objects to be re-coloured bringing the prospect of a change of wardrobe without having to buy […]

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Robo news

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In the future, could most news stories be machine generated? Would you care if a story you read in a newspaper or online was “written” by a machine rather than a stressed-out hack? Would you even be able to tell the difference? Welcome to the world of “robo journalism” […]

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Fines up to £17m launched for firms with poor cyber-security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government has said companies that don’t protect themselves effectively from hackers could face fines Companies that fail to protect themselves effectively from cyber-attacks will face fines of up to £17m, the government has announced. Energy, transport, water and health companies are expected to have “the most robust safeguards”. […]

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TomTom ditches map updates for some sat-navs

Image copyright DDP Image caption The affected devices include older sat-navs, but some relatively recent models as well A number of customers with TomTom sat-navs have been told that their devices will no longer receive map updates. “Your maps will become out-of-date and as such navigation will be less accurate,” the firm told customers. “It […]

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YouTube caught out by coin-mining adverts

Image copyright Vichai Image caption Generating crypto-currencies involves lots of computer hardware YouTube has been briefly caught out by adverts that sought to mine valuable crypto-coins using visitors’ computers. The malicious adverts were spotted by security firm Trend Micro, which watches crypto-cash malware. The adverts included computer code that helped them mine the Monero crypto-currency. […]

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Fitness tracker Strava lights up military base

Image copyright Strava Image caption The movements of soldiers within Bagram air base – the largest US military facility in Afghanistan Military personnel around the world have been publicly sharing their exercise routes online – including those inside or near military bases. Online fitness tracker Strava has published a “heatmap” showing the paths its users […]