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It’s time to kill off the Sim card

The small microchips known as “subscriber identity modules” or Sim cards that are required for mobile phones to log on to a phone network will soon be 25 years old. While mobile phones and network technology have progressed in leaps and bounds, Sim cards are still

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What the great Sim heist means for you

Is it true spies hack technology companies? Can governments really listen to your phone calls? Should we care? The latest details of NSA and GCHQ intelligence agency activities to come from files leaked by Edward Snowden are of the apparently massive theft of mobile


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


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


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


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


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


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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