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Simplified connection sharing comes to Android with Instant Tethering

Take your phone with you wherever you go, and you can use it to get your laptop online thanks to the wonder of tethering. This seemingly simple technological marvel is a delight for people working away from the home or office, and Google is now making things easier than ever with Instant Tethering. The new feature is rolling out to some Android devices now, and it takes the 'hard work' out of creating a hotspot with your phone to which your other devices can connect. As the name suggests, the aim is to make the connection instantly. As reported by… [Continue Reading]

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Apple sues Qualcomm for $1 billion over excessive royalties

Apple is not happy with its longtime partner Qualcomm, as it has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the chip maker for allegedly being charged "royalties for technologies [that Qualcomm has] nothing to do with." This is the second major lawsuit filed against Qualcomm this week, with the US Federal Trading Commission announcing on Tuesday that it is taking the chip maker to court for "monopolizing key semiconductor device used in cell phones." The two lawsuits are related. The FTC claims that "Qualcomm has used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose onerous and anticompetitive supply… [Continue Reading]

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Microsoft to stop updating the original Windows 10 release after March 26

Windows 10 has changed quite a lot since its original release in July 2015. The November Update and Anniversary Update both introduced new features and major changes, making it a much better and more rounded OS. But the problem with having different versions of what is essentially the same operating system is that supporting multiple branches isn’t feasible. Microsoft has said previously that it will only update two Current Branch for Business versions of Windows 10 at a time, and come March 26 it will stop updating the original release, known as 1507. Businesses that haven’t updated will still be… [Continue Reading]

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Bypass annoying 'Error 404' web pages with WayBack Machine for Chrome

You’re busy online, browsing your way through some old web site, when you find a critical link, click it, and: Error 404 -- Not Found. Annoying, isn’t it? WayBack Machine is a free Chrome extension which detects HTTP 404 and other "missing page" error codes, checks to see if an archived copy is available at the WayBack machine and offers you a "click here to see the archived version" link. This won’t work in every situation. If the site detects and handles the error code itself, maybe to give you a custom 404 page, WayBack Machine won’t see any problem… [Continue Reading]

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Meitu pleads complete innocence against spyware claims

You may have seen our story earlier today about the worrying permissions used by photo app Meitu -- and you have almost certainly seen the disturbing images created in the app and shared on Facebook. The company behind the app -- also called Meitu -- has jumped to defend itself, insisting there is nothing sinister going on. The company insists that there is a very good reason for asking for so many permissions on iOS and Android. It insists there is a very good reason for gathering so much information about users. It insists this data is stored securely and is… [Continue Reading]

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AI-powered chatbot helps combat cyber attacks

The key to defeating cyber attacks lies in being able to make the correct response in a timely manner, but frontline security staff may lack the skills or resources to spot problems early. Endpoint security company Endgame is launching an intelligent assistant built to automate security operations analyst actions and guide users of any skill level to detect and respond to advanced attacks. Called Artemis, the software uses machine learning and natural language processing techniques that enable it to anticipate priorities for security teams and detect patterns in malicious behavior before the analyst knows to look for it. The company… [Continue Reading]

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From spoofing to iris scanning -- the future of biometrics

As we enter the first part of the new year, we’re setting our resolutions (or perhaps already breaking them), and reflecting on 2016. We witnessed many highs and lows last year, and it seems it’s trendy right now to bemoan everything that happened. This is no different in the security world. We saw some of the biggest -- and highest profile -- breaches of all time (DMC and Yahoo, just to name a few) and nearly all of them involved compromised, weak or reused passwords. Everyone can agree that passwords are no longer adequate for protecting information online: even the… [Continue Reading]

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