Why Your Days of Fearing Data Loss in the Cloud are Over

Why Your Days of Fearing Data Loss in the Cloud are Over

A five-year-old boy is now a Microsoft Certified Professional

A boy from England has become the youngest computer specialist in the world. Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old. The test is usually taken by people who want to become IT technicians. Ayan, now six, whose father is an IT consultant, has set up his own computer network at home. He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day. Ayan, who livesRead More

Russia’s presidential library wants to create a replacement for Wikipedia

Russia is planning an alternative version of the Wikipedia, the country’s presidential library has said. A statement said the initiative aimed to provide better information about Russia than is available on Wikipedia. Analysis had shown that Wikipedia “does not have enough detailed and reliable information about Russian regions and the life of the country”, it said. Some 50,000 books and documents had been collected, it said, to portray Russia “objectively and accurately”. Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30058048 Sourced by Roy W. Nash

A report from the Wall Street Journal claims US government planes are collecting phone data

According to the Wall Street Journal, devices that gather data from millions of mobile phones are being flown over the US by the government. The “dirtbox” devices mimic mobile phone tower transmissions, and handsets transmit back their location and unique identity data, the report claims. While they are used to track specific suspects, all mobile devices in the area will respond to the signal. The Wall Street Journal said it had spoken to “sources familiar with the programme” who said Cessna aircraft fitted with dirtboxes were flying from at leastRead More

NVIDIA has released the beta version of a huge update to their Linux drivers.

A new NVIDIA Beta Linux driver has been released, and this is one of the biggest updates in a long time. There are so many improvements in the driver that it’s hard to pick out the most important ones. For example, the VP8 video streams (usually found in Internet browsers) are now played through the NVIDIA GPU, nvidia-settings is now able to take advantage of GTK+ 3, the performance has been increased measurably, and the limit on the maximum number of OpenGL Framebuffer Objects has been removed. While only inRead More

CoSoSys: Android Lollipop’s Encryption By Default Feature Ensures Android Devices Are Safer

CoSoSys: Android Lollipop’s Encryption By Default Feature Ensures Android Devices Are Safer

A French health watchdog is warning against the use of 3D technology by children 6 and under.

A French health watchdog has recommended that children under the age of six should not be allowed access to 3D content. The Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (Anses) added that access for those up to the age of 13 should be “moderate”. It follows research into the possible impact of 3D imaging on still-developing eyes. Few countries currently have guidelines about 3D usage. According to Anses, the process of assimilating a three-dimensional effect requires the eyes to look at images in two different places at theRead More

German police have raided over a hundred homes to clamp down on piracy.

More than 400 police officers in Germany have taken part in a nationwide clampdown against piracy, Cologne’s Public Prosecutor has announced. They searched 121 apartments across 14 states in the hunt for people sharing music and films illegally online. Officials targeted members of a file-sharing forum called Boerse, who the prosecutor says have uploaded movies, music, software and e-books. The German police said some of the suspects in the latest raid were willing to cooperate. They added, “The investigating authorities are hoping to gain further insights into the piracy sceneRead More

The Home Depot hack that happened earlier this year also leaked around 53 million email addresses.

US retail giant Home Depot says hackers who stole payment-card details of millions of customers also stole 53 million email addresses. It said hackers accessed its network with a vendor’s username and password between April and September. The company had previously revealed that 56 million debit and credit card details were also stolen in the hack. Analysts say it is one of the largest data breaches on record, surpassing a similar incident at retailer Target. Home Depot insisted on Thursday that the file containing the email addresses did not containRead More

Microsoft is helping blind people “see” using 3D audio technology.

or millions of blind and visually-impaired people, venturing out of the house can be a dangerous and daunting task. Microsoft is aiming to change this with 3D Audio technology and a smart headset the software giant is trialling in the UK. Microsoft’s system works by creating a 3D-soundscape of audio that’s transmitted through your jaw bone. You wear a bone conduction headset that pairs to a smartphone that can pick up nearby beacons and guide you around. The bone conduction here is key, as it means you can still holdRead More