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Trump’s New FCC Chairman Pushes To End Net Neutrality

After the Net Neutrality regulations from 2015 were partially overturned in May 2017, Donald Trump’s new chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pushing to end net neutrality after a final vote this month. What Is Net Neutrality? In short, Net Neutrality means that ISPs (who control the data...

Facebook For Children Launched

Facebook has launched ‘Messenger Kids’. The standalone app on a ring-fenced network is targeted at young people for use on their tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Challenge The challenge identified by Facebook is that young people are being given access to tablets and...

Amazon Targets Businesses With Voice Activated Digital Assistants

Amazon with its best-selling digital voice assistant now has its sights set on a role for Alexa in the workplace with its plans to launch Alexa for Business. Amazon Dominant Amazon’s Echo dominates the voice-assistant market with a more than 70% share. 11 million Alexa devices have already been sold...

Police Web & Phone Snooping Powers Curbed

The need to comply with a European Court Ruling has meant that senior UK police officers are to lose the power to self-authorise snooping on personal phone and web browsing records. What Ruling? This latest development is the upholding of a ruling (after an appeal) that was sent to the...

Barclays Drops Kaspersky Over Security Fears

Barclays bank has emailed its 290,000 online banking customers to say that it will no longer be offering Kaspersky Russian anti-virus because of information and news stories about possible security risks. Long-Running Rumours and concerns about Kaspersky’s possible links with the Russian state are not confined to Barclays. Moscow-based software...

Serious Bug In Apple Mac OS Discovered

Apple is reported to have released an urgent software update on Wednesday after Turkish developer Lemi Ergin publicly reported a simple but serious bug in its Mac Operating System. MacOS High Sierra Affected The bug was discovered in the most recent version of MacOS High Sierra. It has been reported...

GDPR Could Increase Hackers Ransoms

A researcher has suggested that the GDPR fine structure could lead to cyber-criminals being given price points to set their ransoms at because now they know how much money they should be asking. GDPR The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force 25th May 2017. As part of...

Bitcoin Value Tops $10,000

The crypto-currency Bitcoin has now reached a record high of $10,000 (£7,462) after only trading at $1,000 at the start of the year, with some experts saying it’s got further to climb. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the need for central banks and...

Government Could Use Blockchain To Verify Your Identity

A report by the educational charity and think tank ‘Reform’ has suggested that Blockchain technology could be used by the UK government as a more effective, efficient, and modern way to provide verification of the identities of citizens. What Is Blockchain? Blockchain is an incorruptible peer-to-peer network (a kind of...

Small Businesses Get New OS MasterMap® Data

The government has announced that its new £40m Geospatial Commission will start its strategy of releasing more of the location data held by public bodies to help businesses and boost economic growth, by giving small businesses free access to OS MasterMap® data. The Commission It has been announced that the...