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Why we’re so obsessed with zombies

The zombie invasion is here. Our bookshops, cinemas and TVs are dripping with the pustulating debris of their relentless shuffle to cultural domination. A search for “zombie fiction” on Amazon currently provides you with more than 25 000 options. Barely

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When crapware becomes malware

A widely disliked habit of PC vendors is their bundling of all manner of unwanted software into brand new computers – demo software, games, or part-functional trials. Faced with shrinking margins, vendors have treated this as an alternative income stream, going so far

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Avoiding Vint Cerf’s ‘digital dark age’

“The Internet is forever.” So goes a saying regarding the impossibility of removing material – such as stolen photographs – permanently from the Web. Yet, paradoxically, the vast and growing digital sphere faces enormous losses. Google has been criticised

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Big upgrade promises much speedier Web

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is a key component of the World Wide Web. It is the communications layer through which Web browsers request Web pages from Web servers and with which Web servers respond with the contents of the page. Like much of

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Real whodunnit in hard drive malware case

It sometimes seems that whenever security researchers discover some new exploit or malware that allows the monitoring of remote computers, the finger is quickly pointed at the US intelligence agencies. Security firm Kaspersky has revealed a complex

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Why I’m taking a one-way ticket to Mars

I have always been in awe of the night sky, trying to comprehend the vastness of space and the countless wonders it contains. But I have always felt a certain dissatisfaction with only being able to see it at a distance. One day I imagine that

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Privacy, the new disruptive force in technology

Did you recently buy a Samsung smart TV? If you are worried about privacy, you may be wondering how smart that decision was following the manufacturer’s warnings that its voice-activated televisions may record personal information – that is, your

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Ubuntu phones: will consumers bite?

A new arrival into an extremely competitive market, the first Ubuntu-powered phone has finally gone on sale in Europe — two years after a failed attempt to generate crowdfunding nevertheless raised US$12m. A sleek, polished rectangle, it appears much like other

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