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Android WARNING: Shock security risks discovered by Google, make sure you do THIS   

Android smartphone users are being warned after a series of dangerous security risks were uncovered by Google.

Android is one of the most used pieces of software in the world, with more than two billion active devices running Google's mobile OS every month.

But the leading OS has been subject to a number of high-profile security risks, the biggest of which being the Judy malware which hit Android.

Security experts said the nefarious malware was spread via the Google Play Store and could have infected 36.5million smartphones running Android

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Published on November 11, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
France first nation to sign new global ‘web contract’   

France has become the first country to sign a new "web contract" developed by Tim Berners-Lee, which aims to make the internet accessible, safe, and reliable worldwide on all platforms.

Mr Berners-Lee is known for being the inventor of the World Wide Web. He unveiled his contract plan at the 2018 edition of the Web Summit event which began this week.

Secretary of State Mounir Mahjoubi said: "We [France] are the first country to have signed."

The contract, which is set to be managed and implemented by the World Wide Web Foundation, is expected to lay out terms on issues such as the use of personal data, terrorism and extremist content, online harassment, and competitive commerce.

This could include measures such as a commitment to remove extremist and illegal content from the web as soon as possible, to help curb access to radicalising media.

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Published on November 9, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
BUG DELAY Microsoft claims Windows 10 file-deletion bug has been FIXED, but it still hasn’t released new update   

New Windows 10 flaws are still being discovered, and Microsoft can only say that a new update will be made available to the public in early November

MICROSOFT has made a new Windows 10 update available to testers, after it pulled a previous update that deleted users' files.

However, despite claiming that its latest fix resolves such issues, additional bugs appear to be preventing Microsoft from releasing the new build to the public.

At the beginning of October, Microsoft released update 1809 of Windows 10, but it was quickly removed from circulation after it emerged that it deleted the documents and photos of a small proportion of users.

Since then, other bugs affecting the update have emerged, including one that overwrites files without warning if a user tries to copy or move a .ZIP file with the same name as an existing file.

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Published on November 1, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Finally! The Venerable RISC OS is Now Open Source   

It was recently announced that RISC OS was going to be released as open-source. RISC OS has been around for over 30 years. It was the first operating system to run on ARM technology and is still available on modern ARM-powered single-board computers, like the Raspberry Pi.

To give you the history of RISC OS, we need to go back to the early 1970s. UK entrepreneurs Clive Sinclair and Chris Curry founded Science of Cambridge (which later became Sinclair Research) to sell electronics. One of their early products was a kit computer. Curry wanted to develop it into a full computer, but could not convince Sinclair to agree. As a result, Curry left Sinclair Research to found a new company with friend Hermann Hauser. The new company was eventually named Acorn Computer. (This name was chosen because it would come before Apple Computer in the phone book.)

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Published on November 1, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
New Mac mini ANNOUNCED by Apple - Release date, specs,   

Prior to today, the Mac mini had not seen a major refresh since 2014, meaning its internals were starting to show their age.

The desktop was renowned for giving the Apple faithful a cheap, but very capable, way of entering its macOS ecosystem.

The new Mac mini is five times faster than before and comes with a new space grey finish.

The new Mac mini can come with up to 64GB of memory.

Apple appears to be targeting professional users with the new Mac mini.

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Published on October 30, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
An overview of android pie   

Let's talk about Android for a moment. Yes, I know it's only Linux by way of a modified kernel, but what isn't these days? And seeing as how the developers of Android have released what many (including yours truly) believe to be the most significant evolution of the platform to date, there's plenty to talk about. Of course, before we get into that, it does need to be mentioned (and most of you will already know this) that the whole of Android isn't open source. Although much of it is, when you get into the bits that connect to Google services, things start to close up. One major service is the Google Play Store, a functionality that is very much proprietary. But this isn't about how much of Android is open or closed, this is about Pie.

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Published on October 29, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
IBM is Buying Red Hat for $34 Billion   

IBM and Red Hat have inked the deal. IBM is acquiring Red Hat for approximately $34 billion in order to become the number one hybrid cloud provider in the world.

If you think open source projects doesn't make money, it's time to think again. A few months back Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5 billion. SUSE Enterprise Linux was sold for $2.5 billion. Today IBM announced that it is buying Red Hat for approximately $34 billion.

Red Hat, the first billion dollar open source company is one of the strongest players in the containers and the cloud game. IBM has been lagging behind the likes of Microsoft and Google in the trillion dollar cloud market. So to strengthen their position in this field, IBM is acquiring Red Hat.

IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, which is approximately $34 billion. 

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Published on October 29, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
As thousands report being victims of vile 'ransomware' computer attacks, here's how to stay safe   

The new web crime involves emails from criminals claiming the recipient has been caught watching an adult websiteThey then state that this act has been captured on their computer cameraThere is then a financial ransom demand that must be paid in Bitcoins
Victims of vile 'ransomware' computer attacks are being urged to ignore the sick demands or face yet more blackmail threats.

Hundreds of readers have contacted The Mail on Sunday in the past few days to share their horror at receiving a twisted demand for money to avoid embarrassing details of their private life being exposed to everyone even though they have done nothing wrong. 

The vast majority of those targeted have ignored the unpleasant messages as they should but not everyone.

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Published on October 28, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Pay the ransom - or watch me wreck your life': Chilling new computer menace that is driving victims to suicide   

The 'ransom' email explains that you have been caught viewing an adult websiteThe email includes key private details, such as secret passwords for a bankCriminals are frightening victims into handing over £500 or more in Bitcoins

first, the message seems harmless an email pops up on your screen that could be from a friend or colleague. 

But click on it and your blood will run cold. Because what follows is a string of vicious threats to destroy your life unless you hand over money.

The 'ransom' email explains that you have been caught viewing an adult website captured on your computer's camera.

To add credibility to the sting, the email includes key private details, such as your phone number and secret passwords for a bank or shopping account.

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Published on October 21, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Turn Your Old PC into a Retrogaming Console with Lakka Linux   

If you have an old computer gathering dust, you can turn it into a PlayStation like retrogamingconsole with Lakka Linux distribution. 

You probably already know that there are Linux distributions specially crafted for reviving older computers. But did you know about a Linux distribution that is created for the sole purpose of turning your old computer into a retro-gaming console?

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Published on October 16, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
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