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Windows ATMs: how safe is your money?

How safe is Microsoft Windows? After all, the list of malware that has caused major headaches worldwide over the last 15 years is long – viruses, worms and Trojans have forced computers to shut down, knocked Korea offline and even overloaded Google’s servers. Now, how safe

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Your phone’s screen just won the Nobel Prize

You’ve probably got the fruits of this year’s Nobel laureates’ handiwork in your pocket. In fact, if you’re reading this on your phone or a relatively recent flat-screen monitor, you’re more than likely staring at some of them right now. But what is a light-emitting diode? Fundamentally, the simplest

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Bitcoin’s value is that it’s useful

The price of bitcoin has crashed to below US$290, its lowest since November 2013, and far below its all-time-high of $1 242 later that same month. For about three hours the price sat below $300. This relatively mundane observation is actually merely the tip of the iceberg for bitcoin

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Tech firms turn to fashion for profits

The profits generated by some technology firms are awe-inspiring, serving as beacons for those at less fortunate enterprises. Devices have accounted for a large part of that success, particularly smartphones. But challengers trying to follow this route to profits are likely to be disappointed

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Apple critics eat humble pie

It’s interesting to see the storm of pique and indignation Apple’s watch has generated. Some critics have dismissed it as nothing more than a fashion accessory. Even the BBC, that staid bastion of technical neutrality, had two articles pushing a general disbelief that the watch

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Windows 10: what’s in a number?

The name came as a surprise, although it wasn’t the surprise watchers had been expecting: the latest version of Microsoft Windows had been codenamed Threshold, and it was thought this would become its official name, rather than the more predictable Windows 9

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Nintendo, still games master at 125

In the world of videogames, few companies have as long or vivid a history as Nintendo, which turns 125 years old this week. Founded in 1889 as a producer of toys and playing cards, the company is quite distinct from the typical perception of Japanese firms that have become global players

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Shellshock bug: what you need to know

A first and quite reasonable thought readers may have will be to wonder: what is bash? When you use a computer you probably interact with it through a point-and-click, visual interface such as Windows or Mac OS. More advanced users or specific tasks might require a text-only interface, using typed commands

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Method in U2’s madness

On 9 September, U2 released their new album, Songs of Innocence, but not quite in the normal style: they are offering it as a free download to all 500m iTunes users. Lead singer Bono described the release as “kind of mind blowing”. He said: “The most personal album we’ve

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Smartwatches: a solution in search of a problem

Apple’s September 2014 keynote was highly anticipated and #applelive supplanted #indyref, #Ukraine and #ISIS from the Twitter trending leaderboard. A huge part of the hype surrounding it was Tim Cook’s announcement that Apple would be launching an entirely new gizmo

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