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US, UK in cyber war games

The financial institutions of the City of London and Wall Street are to take part in a series of “war game” exercises aimed at testing their resilience to cyberattack. The announcement comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron travelled to the White House to

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Google metes out tough love

Google’s announcement that it will not provide security updates for older versions of its Android mobile operating system means that more than a billion users face growing security risks to their phones or tablets

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Talk takes over typing

With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company Wit.ai, all four major players in the post-PC market – Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook – now have a significant infrastructure for hands-free communication with your device. But what will that

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Has Bitcoin run its course?

Bitcoin was dubbed the worst investment of 2014. As predicted, however, 2015 has seen the continued fall in value of the currency that was supposed to fuel the digital age. In the last 10 days alone, it has

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Why David Cameron’s wrong on encryption

British Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that the UK government will look at “switching off” some forms of encryption in order to make society safer from terror attacks. This might make a grand statement

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Internet hoaxes flourish on Facebook

With somewhere in the region of 1,3bn users, Facebook is the largest ever Internet social engagement phenomenon. With so many people interconnected through the site, information can speedily propagate around the world – without any clear indication whether

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The appeal of analogue in a digital world

Everyday objects with network connections that can collect and share data or be remotely controlled – the Internet of things – promise to transform the way we interact with the world around us by fusing the physical and digital into what is gradually being referred to

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Innovation perhaps, but to what end?

The annual International CES consumer electronics show running in Las Vegas this week has highlighted what industry, at least, believes is our technology-enabled future. This year, it seems to lie totally with the

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The Imitation Game: history, drama or myth?

The acclaimed new movie The Imitation Game is based on the too-short life of Alan Turing, the British mathematician and “father” of computer science. But how true-to-life is it and what can we learn from it? The movie concentrates on the code breaking

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Twisted light will boost your broadband

Your home Internet connection works in one of two ways. One involves using a copper wire, probably your telephone line to send electrical signals from the Internet provider to your home and back. This technology hasn’t changed much since the days of the telegraph

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