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  • AR’s future is more than just games, it will change the way we make decisions

    Jul 21, 2017 | 13:00 pm

    AR’s future is more than just games, it will change the way we make decisions According to research by Goldman Sachs, the virtual and augmented reality industry will become a $85 billion market by 2025. However, while a lot of the conversation surrounding VR and AR is focused on gaming and video, a huge part of the market value is being driven from non-entertainment use cases. The possibilities that these new computing platforms provide are much broader than hardcore gaming, cinematics or putting mustaches on your selfies. Here are some of the industries that already have a headstart in VR and AR. Real estate Choosing a new home or office can be a real pain,…[…]

  • Hacker remotely raises home temperature 12ºC (22ºF) on smart thermostat

    Jul 21, 2017 | 11:54 am

    Hacker remotely raises home temperature 12ºC (22ºF) on smart thermostat Smart home technology is increasingly commonplace. As tech-conscious consumers, we have embraced Internet-connected fridges, kettles, and thermostats feet-first. Although shiny, these often ship with significant security flaws, which can prove disastrous for users. The Heatmiser smart thermostat is one such example. Like the Nest, it allows you to regulate your home intelligently and remotely. A quick glance on Shodan shows the thermostat deployed worldwide in homes, workplaces, and schools. The thermostat offers a web portal. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly well-secured, with the login credentials available in plaintext within the source code of one page. Once you’ve obtained these, an attacker can…[…]

  • Why I’m holding off on getting my Aadhaar number for as long as possible

    Jul 21, 2017 | 11:23 am

    Why I’m holding off on getting my Aadhaar number for as long as possible While India is trying to get to grips with the notion of privacy as a fundamental right for its citizens, it’s simultaneously charging forward with its program to document all 1.3 billion people in a biometric database called Aadhaar, and enforcing the accompanying unique ID to things like your bank account and mobile phone numbers. The trouble is, Aadhaar isn’t nearly as secure as it needs to be. Rights advocates have screamed themselves hoarse about the dangers of creating a nationwide database that infringes on privacy, and becomes a massive target for hackers without a clear reason for the system…[…]

  • Asimov’s Laws won’t actually stop robots from harming us, so here’s a better solution

    Jul 21, 2017 | 11:21 am

    Asimov’s Laws won’t actually stop robots from harming us, so here’s a better solution How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down immediately when a human comes near. But this quick fix wouldn’t work for something like a self-driving car that might have to move to avoid a collision, or a care robot that might need to catch an old person if they fall. With robots set to become our servants, companions and co-workers, we need to deal with the increasingly complex situations this will create and the ethical and safety questions this will raise. Science fiction already envisioned this problem…[…]

  • Broadband deal of the week: Return of the £150 Reward Card with BT Infinity fibre

    Jul 21, 2017 | 11:17 am

    It's back - for one week only! BT will give you a £150 pre-paid Mastercard when you sign up for its Infinity fibre broadband plan.

  • Best shows on Netflix (July 2017): 50 great Netflix TV series

    Jul 21, 2017 | 10:13 am

    Make sure you are getting the best out of your account with the best Netflix TV series available.

  • Why we love to talk dirty to Apple’s Siri

    Jul 21, 2017 | 09:38 am

    Why we love to talk dirty to Apple’s Siri “If you say things that are particularly assholeish to Cortana, she will get mad,” Deborah Harrison says. As a writer for Windows’ female-voiced virtual assistant, she should know. At a 2015 tech conference, Harrison told delegates that “a good chunk” of user inquiries were about Cortana’s sex life, something Microsoft was working to curb. And it’s not just Cortana. Siri, Alexa, x.ai’s meeting-schedule bot “Amy” and even traffic update assistant Robin have all been subjected to the sexual advances of their male users. That there’s a market for virtual sex is unsurprising. And as MEL reported in January, Abyss Creations is releasing the first RealDoll…[…]

  • The best broadband and TV deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 08:30 am

    Get the best deal on a broadband and TV package with TechRadar's price comparison tool.

  • The best cheap broadband only deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 08:25 am

    If you're simply looking for the cheapest broadband deals, we'll show you the best prices for broadband only plans.

  • The best broadband deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 08:20 am

    We've found the best broadband deals from the likes of BT, Sky, Virgin Media and beyond...

  • The best BT broadband and Infinity deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 08:05 am

    Wherever you are in the UK, we'll point you towards BT's best ADSL and Infinity fibre broadband deals.

  • Forget ransomware – emails are what cybercriminals are really exploiting

    Jul 21, 2017 | 08:00 am

    Malicious scam emails targeted at employees are a far bigger menace than ransomware.

  • The best Virgin broadband deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 07:45 am

    Find out if Virgin broadband is available in your area - and how much it costs to buy...

  • The best Sky broadband deals in July 2017

    Jul 21, 2017 | 07:40 am

    We'll tell you the cheapest deals around for Sky broadband - plus internet, TV and phone packages.

  • Atari created a hat with built-in speakers and wants you to test it

    Jul 21, 2017 | 06:56 am

    Atari created a hat with built-in speakers and wants you to test it The weirdest news about Atari is not that it’s made its first video game console in 20 years, but that it’s now designed a hat with built-in speakers to promote the upcoming cyberpunk flick, Blade Runner 2049. I can’t believe I didn’t mistype something in that last sentence. Anyhoo, the idea is to fit high-fidelity Bluetooth stero speakers and a mic into a baseball-style cap so you can blast tunes from your noggin anytime, anywhere – and answer calls while you’re at it. I have no clue how Atari thinks it’ll pull that off, but the company thinks it’s on…[…]

  • How the US demolished the world’s largest dark web drug marketplace

    Jul 21, 2017 | 04:50 am

    How the US demolished the world’s largest dark web drug marketplace Earlier this month, we heard that AlphaBay – a marketplace for illegal drugs and falsified documents on the dark web – was facing a major outage, and it was believed that the incident was tied to plans of stealing users’ funds and vanishing into thin air. Now, the story has taken another dramatic turn. The US Department of Justice announced today that it’s now shut down AlphaBay, following the arrest and suicide of the marketplace’s creator and administrator, Alexandre Cazes. That’s a huge blow to the 200,000-odd dealers and consumers of drugs, hacking tools, stolen ID documents and firearms who…[…]

  • Bored programmer trains AI to rename all of the UK

    Jul 21, 2017 | 00:15 am

    Bored programmer trains AI to rename all of the UK Digital transformation consultant Dan Hon, trained an AI to generate British place names ー because why not? This isn’t the first time technology is being used to spew random names either. Thanks to neural networks, a rescue center’s guinea pigs have cute names, new paint colors exist, and most importantly, parents will have a new way to choose their baby’s name. But to come up with brand new British places, Dan had to compile a list of 50,000 real places in the UK, including Wales, Edinburgh, and Belfast. From there, he chose a multi-layer recurrent neural network to use and let fate take care of…[…]

  • Best Amazon Prime TV shows (July 2017): 50 great series on Amazon Prime Video

    Jul 20, 2017 | 22:42 pm

    The best shows on Amazon Prime Video UK you need to watch right now.

  • Google’s Motion Stills app lands on Android to make buttery-smooth GIFs

    Jul 20, 2017 | 21:58 pm

    Google’s Motion Stills app lands on Android to make buttery-smooth GIFs When Google launched Motion Stills on iOS last year, we lamented not being able to create the same buttery-smooth GIFs on Android. Fret no more: the app has now made its way over to Google’s own OS. The app defaults to shooting three second loops, which are stabilized to almost gimbal-like smoothness. If you want to shoot something longer, you can combine multiple clips together. You can also export your results as a video if you want a higher quality option. Then there’s another mode called “Fast Forward,” which is basically Google’s take on a hyperlapse. If you’re interested in reading…[…]

  • Google Maps now gives you a rare look inside the International Space Station

    Jul 20, 2017 | 18:06 pm

    Google is giving us Earthlings a closer look at a place most of us will likely never visit, 250 miles above.

  • Google is changing – but has it forgotten what made it popular?

    Jul 20, 2017 | 15:25 pm

    Chucking a load of links and options at us isn’t going to help.

  • Google’s search page is about to change forever

    Jul 20, 2017 | 14:53 pm

    Google is soon to change its homepage from Plain Jane to, er… Complicated Cathy?

  • Barcelona isn’t the new Silicon Valley – and that’s a good thing

    Jul 20, 2017 | 14:44 pm

    Barcelona isn’t the new Silicon Valley – and that’s a good thing In post-crisis Spain things are beginning to pick up. The country is the 4th destination for international tech talent and Barcelona, the second largest city after Madrid, is ranked at number 5 of 60 European startup hubs in Europe by the Mobile World Congress (MWC). Attracted by the lifestyle, a relatively low cost of living, and dozens upon dozens of co-working spaces, you’ll find many startups, “digital nomads” and European entrepreneurs operating in the city. Nevertheless, unemployment in the country is still hovering at 17.8 percent. Youth unemployment is at a staggering 38.6 percent – and this means that there…[…]

  • B2B Black Friday 2017: everything you need to know about business deals

    Jul 20, 2017 | 09:43 am

    Black Friday 2017 starts on November 24.

  • Slow NBN speeds: ACCC puts Aussie telcos 'on notice'

    Jul 20, 2017 | 02:27 am

    The Australian consumer watchdog has warned the country’s four big telcos that they could find themselves in court for not delivering promised NBN broadband speeds to customers.

  • Amazon now lets you pay at real-life stores using just your account info

    Jul 19, 2017 | 22:13 pm

    The online retail giant wants to be a bigger part of all your spending habits, even the offline ones.

  • Xiaomi’s 3rd-year-anniversary sale will offer the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and more for just Re 1

    Jul 19, 2017 | 12:37 pm

    Xiaomi is hosting a number of deals on its products through the official Mi website in India on the 20th and 21st of July.

  • Amazon is trialling a home-prep meal kit service [Update]

    Jul 18, 2017 | 18:13 pm

    Amazon is already offering meal kits to selected Amazon Fresh customers in the US.