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UK unveils extremism internet blocking tool   

The UK government has unveiled a tool it says can accurately detect jihadist content and block it from being viewed.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC she would not rule out forcing technology companies to use it by law.

Ms Rudd is visiting the US to meet tech companies to discuss the idea, as well as other efforts to tackle extremism.

Thousands of hours of content posted by the Islamic State group was run past the tool, in order to "train" it to automatically spot extremist material.

The government provided £600,000 of public funds towards the creation of the tool by an artificial intelligence company based in London.

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Published on February 12, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Google Chrome users need to be aware of THIS major shake-up coming soon   

GOOGLE CHROME has a substantial change in the pipeline, which could see a slew of popular websites branded "unsafe" unless they switch-out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.

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Published on February 7, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Mobile Phones Do Not Cause Tumours Decide Scientists   

We all know that use of mobile phones can be damaging to our sleep and our general levels of productivity at work, but are they detrimental to our health?

Two new studies released today have gone some way to dispelling concerns about the link between mobiles and dangerous tumours, finding normal radiation levels aren't harmful to humans.

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Published on February 6, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Red Hat Acquires Container Startup CoreOS for $250 Million   

The billion-dollar open source company Red Hat is acquiring an open source startup CoreOS for $250 million. The move will further strengthen Red Hat's position in the enterprise world that has been fixated on containerization lately.

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Published on February 5, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Malicious Chrome Extensions Found in Chrome Web Store, Form Droidclub Botnet   

Trend Micro Cyber Safety Solutions team has discovered a new botnet delivered via Chrome extensions that affect hundreds of thousands of users. (The malicious extension is detected as BREX_DCBOT.A.) This botnet was used to inject ads and cryptocurrency mining code into websites the victim would visit. We have dubbed this particular botnet Droidclub, after the name of one of the oldest command-and-control (C&C) domains used.

In addition to the above features, Droidclub also abuses legitimate session replay libraries to violate the user's privacy. These scripts are injected into every website the user visits. These libraries are meant to be used to replay a user's visit to a website, so that the site owner can see what the user saw, and what he entered into the machine, among other things. Other researchers have raised the possibility that these libraries could be abused

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Published on February 4, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
LibreOffice 6.0 Released With Major Improvements and New Features   

The latest major release of LibreOffice brings better interoperability with Microsoft Office documents, ePub export, OpenPGP document signing, improved user interface and a number of other functional improvements. 

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Published on January 31, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
WARNING - Whatever you do, don’t download THIS Spectre patch for your PCIF you're worried about the Spectre security flaw, one of the best    

Spectre is a wide-reaching vulnerability that, alongside the Meltdown issue, was discovered this year and affects a host of major CPUs.

The bugs could allow hackers to steal sensitive information stored on affected devices such as passwords or credit card data.

Microsoft distributed Meltdown and Spectre fixes before pausing the rollout after reports that some PCs which installed the patch failed to reboot.

And now Intel are advising customers not to download a Spectre fix they pushed out as it may cause "higher than expected reboots".

In a statement, Intel executive vice president Neil Shenoy said: "We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors, and end users stop deployment of current versions on specific platforms as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behaviour."

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Published on January 23, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Wine 3.0 Release Lets You Run Windows Applications on Linux More Effectively   

The Wine team has announced the release of Wine 3.0. This comes after one year of development and comes with 6000 individual changes with a number of improvements and new features. 'This release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements'.

The free and open source compatibility layer, Wine lets you run Windows applications on Linux and macOS.

The Wine 3.0 release has as major highlights Direct3D 10 and 11 changes, Direct3D command stream, graphics driver for Android and improved support for DirectWrite and Direct2D.

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Published on January 20, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Security updates are now available for Meltdown and Spectre   

Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.

Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud. Depending on the cloud provider's infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.

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Published on January 18, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution   

For years Google used Goobuntu, an in-house, Ubuntu-based operating system. Goobuntu is now being replaced by gLinux, which is based on Debian Testing.

If you have read Ubuntu facts, you probably already know that Google uses a Linux distribution called Goobuntu as the development platform. It is a custom Linux distribution based on...(easy to guess)... Ubuntu.

Goobuntu is basically a "light skin over standard Ubuntu". It is based on the LTS releases of Ubuntu. If you think that Google contributes to the testing or development of Ubuntu, you are wrong. Google is simply a paying customer for Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage Program. Canonical is the parent company behind Ubuntu.

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Published on January 17, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
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