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The iconic all-in-one personal computer ‘Amstrad CPC 464′ turns 30 this month.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic ancestors of today’s tech gadgets, the CPC 464.

Launched in the spring of 1984 by British manufacturer Amstrad, the “color personal computer” (CPC) was a success in its home market and across the European continent.

An all-in-one personal computer (keyboard, monitor and data storage), the CPC 464 operated using the BASIC language. The model was equipped with a cassette tape deck, a Zilog Z80A processor running at 4Mhz, and 64KB RAM. The first devices came with monochromatic monitors (green), although color screens were soon introduced. Amstrad launched the computer to compete with the market leaders at the time, the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum.

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The FBI’s facial recognition system is being challenged over privacy concerns.

Campaigners have raised privacy concerns over a facial recognition database being developed by the FBI that could contain 52m images by 2015.

The civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained information about the project through a freedom of information request.

It said it was concerned that images of non-criminals would be stored alongside those of criminals.

The FBI say the database will reduce terrorist and criminal activities.

As well as facial recognition images the programme is being developed to include the capture and storage of finger prints, iris scans and palm prints.

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Virgin Media had a glitch with their mailing list that allowed users to send an email to everyone on their list by replying all.

Virgin Media has apologised after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.

Anyone clicking “reply all” to a recent customer services email was able to message everyone on the mailing list.

The email was sent to inform customers of changes to Google services.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said it was looking into an “alleged breach” of data protection rules before deciding if action was necessary.

Virgin Media said it was “investigating exactly what has happened”, and confirmed no more replies were able to be sent.

It said the problem related to a “sub set” of its virgin.net email customers, but it did not know the precise number affected.

Although customers’ addresses were not themselves shared, anyone pressing “reply all” and entering into the email chain exposed their own details to thousands of others – and the company urged people not to do so.

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LaCie has had a credit card and password leak in its online store.

French computer storage specialist LaCie has said credit card details and passwords of shoppers who used its site may have been stolen.

The hard-disk maker said the FBI had alerted it to “indications” of a hacker having used malware to copy details entered into its online store.

It added that the suspected breach was thought to have lasted from 27 March 2013 to 10 March this year.

Experts said it was unusual for such a problem to go unnoticed for so long.

A statement on LaCie’s website said that shoppers should check their bills for fraudulent charges and that they would need to change their logins when its store reopened.

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A smartphone battery that can be recharged in under 30 seconds has been revealed.

A battery that can charge in under 30 seconds has been shown off at a technology conference in Tel Aviv.

Israeli start-up StoreDot displayed the device – made of biological structures – at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference.

A Samsung S4 smartphone went from a dead battery to full power in 26 seconds in the demonstration.

The batteries are likely to be 30 to 40% more expensive to manufacture compared to traditional ones and the final product will be twice as expensive than those on the market today.

The battery is currently only a prototype and the firm predicts it will take three years to become a commercially viable product.

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Google has invested in another robotics company.

Google is taking a stake in a Silicon Valley-based robotics company that has yet to reveal its first product.

Savioke’s work may be under wraps, but it has announced plans to begin customer trials of a service industry-targeted machine this year.

Google has acquired eight other robotics companies outright over the past year.

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Say “Hello” to 4K video on Netflix!

Streaming 4K video is now available on Netflix after earlier announcements that the on-demand video service would be introducing ultra-HD content.

Early adopters of 4K may be unable to take advantage of the new feature as the decoder required to view Netflix 4K videos is not built into early 4K televisions.

There are currently few alternatives to overcome the problem.

Shows available include House of Cards and “some nature documentaries”.

It has been confirmed by Netflix via Multichannel News that 4K streaming is now live and available for a select number of programmes, including the second season of House of Cards.

Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has said that an average speed of 15.6 Mbps would be required to stream its 4K content.

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The U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass for battlefield use

The U.S. Air Force’s “BATMAN” research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio is beta-testing Google Glass for possible use on the battlefield. And so far, it likes what it sees.

The BATMAN evaluation group is part of the U.S. Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing and is one of the military’s most distinguished research and development groups.

The positive attributes with Google Glass “are its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a behavioral scientist on the BATMAN team testing the glasses.

The team is also prototyping proprietary software to enhance the Android OS platform that powers the technology.

The testing comes as the U.S. military attempts to move beyond using battlefield laptops in combat and intelligence missions and rely more on smart phones, tablets, and wearables, which are easier to use and maneuver in confined spaces and on the battlefield.

Source:  http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/08/u-s-air-force-is-testing-google-glass-building-apps-for-battlefield-use-exclusive/

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Finally–glow in the dark road markers.

Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

The paint contains a “photo-luminising” powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights.

Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to work on the idea.

The technology is being tested with an official launch due later this month.

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Microsoft’s XBox Live service was pwned by a 5 year old.

A five-year-old boy who worked out a security vulnerability on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service has been officially thanked by the company.

Kristoffer Von Hassel, from San Diego, figured out how to log in to his dad’s account without the right password.

The boy worked out that entering the wrong password into the log-in screen would bring up a second password verification screen.

Kristoffer discovered that if he simply pressed the space bar to fill up the password field, the system would let him in to his dad’s account.

Microsoft has fixed the flaw, and added Kristoffer to its list of recognised security researchers.

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