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The text message is celebrating its 30th birthday – the first was sent to a mobile phone by a Vodafone engineer in Berkshire in the UK on 3 December 1992.
High-ranking members of Europe’s central bank said that trading the world’s most-used cryptocurrency is more like gambling.
A clear win for setting workplace boundaries.
If you’re asking remote employees to come in for a meeting, make it worth the commute.
A Bank for International Settlements working paper also notes that people dive into crypto not because of decentralised delas, but because of rising prices.
Only 30% of respondents from other industries are as concerned about the risks associated with their IT staff.
Embattled cryptocurrency exchange FTX has filed for bankruptcy in the US, seeking court protection as it looks for a way to return money to users.
The teleconferencing company is also providing direct access to popular third-party email and calendar tools, coming one step closer to serving as your all-in-one productivity platform.
Binance, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, has walked away from a bailout deal of its smaller rival FTX.
The digital assets market has been rocked by the near-collapse of one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, FTX.
Some of those who are being asked to return were laid off by mistake. Others were let go before management realized that their work and experience may be necessary to build the new features Musk envisions.
Changes have already hit some users, but communication and timing are muddled.
What cybersecurity practitioners have long suspected is true: 67% of employees would try to circumvent security controls that block access to unsanctioned SaaS applications at work.
One of the most interesting things about the pandemic, at least from an employment perspective, is that productivity didn’t suffer as a result of remote work.
The fax machine is about to be pushed closer to the dustbin of history.
EU hopes DMA will force Big Tech platforms to break open their walled gardens.
Apple has given its most direct confirmation yet that a USB-C-equipped iPhone will happen now that the European Union is mandating that all phones sold in its member countries use the connector if they have a physical charger.
The US Postal Service just issued a commemorative stamp to remember the service of some 11,000 women cryptologists during World War 2.
How to best boost your brain power, including one or two ways you probably know about, but don’t use enough.
The venture capital industry doesn’t have the best track record when you’re talking about ethics.
The workplace experiment in the United Kingdom has reached its halfway point after three months and some of the firms even plan on making the change permanent.
When Florida-based Chetu hired a telemarketer in the Netherlands, the company demanded the employee turn on his webcam. The employee wasn’t happy with being monitored “for 9 hours per day,” in a program that included screen-sharing and streaming his webcam. When he refused, he was fired.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission said the reality TV star had received $250,000 for advertising the cryptocurrency, without disclosing she had been paid to do so.
Morgan Stanley, which bills itself in its website title tag as the ‘global leader in financial services’, and states that ‘clients come first’, has been fined $35,000,000 by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)… for selling off old hardware devices online, including thousands of disk drives, that were still loaded with personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to its clients.
Workers from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta are paying $75,000 to be taller. The Las Vegas surgeon can lengthen patients’ legs via a painful months-long process. He breaks the thigh bones and inserts nails that are extended every day for three months.
If you’re asking remote employees to come in for a meeting, make it worth their commute.
Even as 4G was rolling out, engineers were already laying the groundwork for its successor: 5G, the fifth-generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks.
Canva is a great little service for those creating design elements for YouTube videos and social media. You’ll never believe what they’re doing next. It’s called Visual Worksuite.
Crustacean shells could provide a crucially biodegradable material for batteries
The second biggest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, is about to switch over to a new operating model that uses 99.9% less energy. Ethereum currently uses as much energy as a medium-sized country.
After 70 years on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II had become an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. We’re accustomed to seeing her portrait, profile and coat of arms on letters, in our loose change and on cereal boxes – so what will be different now?
“It’s very hard to concentrate for a full 5 hours at a time. None of us can do that,” HR consultant says.
Users will be required to give information about their medical history, smoking status and demographics and record some respiratory sounds, such as coughing and reading a short sentence.
The Los Angeles Lakers arena sponsoring and Matt Damon-endorsed cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com accidentally transferred $10.5 million AUD (~$7.2 million USD) to an Australian customer instead of issuing a standard $100 AUD (~$68 USD) due to a pretty unfortunate typo.
Japan’s digital minister has ‘declared war’ on floppy disks and other retro tech used by the country’s bureaucrats.
Ransomware: Most attacks exploit these common cybersecurity mistakes – so fix them now, warns Microsoft
Over 80% of ransomware incidents can be traced back to misconfigured cloud services, untested security tools, and the enablement of macros.
The specialist subject that suddenly popped up twice this week is: resonance.
Meta’s new prototype chatbot has told the BBC that Mark Zuckerberg exploits its users for money.
Microsoft has detailed a serious bug in Windows 11 and Windows Server 2022. Due to the issues outlined in Knowledge Base (KB) article KB5017259(opens in new tab), its says users of its newest desktop operating systems could experience data damage.
SoftBank posted one of its biggest losses at its Vision Fund investment unit for its fiscal first quarter, as technology stocks continue to get hammered amid rising interest rates.
The service is operated by a company going by the name of Illusory Systems, Inc. Unfortunately, when it comes to cybersecurity, the word illusory seems to fit rather well.
Just under a year ago, the US arm of telecoms giant T-Mobile admitted to a data breach after personal information about its customers was offered for sale on an underground forum.
She pulled off one of the largest hoaxes ever seen on the platform.
We answer the most common travel questions that people either [a] worry about instead of informing themselves before they set off, or [b] don’t think about at all until it’s too late.
Ideas for donating, recycling, or even repurposing your old devices, gadgets, and appliances.
Celsius made headlines a month ago after freezing customer accounts, blaming “extreme market conditions” and joins a list of other high-profile crypto bankruptcies.
A triple catastrophe has left chefs and ordinary shoppers scrambling to source the prized condiment
Heathrow Airport has told airlines to stop selling summer tickets, as the UK’s biggest airport struggles to cope with the rebound in air travel.
A global investigation revealing how Uber broke the law, duped police and regulators, and secretly lobbied governments across the world.
Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be charged with fraud by false representation following an investigation into overseas assets believed to be worth more than £400m.
President Xi Jinping has urged public bodies to “defend information security” after a hacker offered to sell stolen data of one billion Chinese citizens.
Elon Musk is seeking to end his $44bn (£36bn) bid to buy Twitter, alleging multiple breaches of the agreement.
Did you know that Microsoft has a dirty little secret? It is not responsible for backing up the data you share and manage across its various services.
Vauld, a Singapore-headquartered crypto lending and exchange startup, has suspended withdrawals, trading and deposits on its eponymous platform with immediate effect as it navigates ‘financial challenges,’ it said Monday.
A confused pigeon has turned up thousands of miles away in the US after getting lost racing back to Tyneside.
Advertising breaks on UK television channels could get longer and more frequent as part of a review of broadcasting rules by regulator Ofcom.
For many, after-work drinks are a common way of relaxing after a busy week. But one worker in Japan could be nursing a protracted hangover after he lost a USB memory stick following a night out with colleagues.
How to best boost your brain power, including one or two ways you probably know about, but don’t use enough.
Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather among those being sued, but prosecuting fraud in the crypto arena is notoriously difficult.
Privacy campaign group warns against government’s proposals to move to an ‘opt-out’ model.
Japan’s parliament on Monday passed legislation making “online insults” punishable by imprisonment amid rising public concern over cyberbullying sparked by the suicide of a reality television star who had faced social media abuse.
Blake Lemoine says system has perception of, and ability to express thoughts and feelings equivalent to a human child.
Emma Haruka Iwao has seen further than any previous human into the never-ending number.
Eating a salad at your desk may not be the most memorable kind of lunch, but at least you can get some work done. In France, that’s forbidden.
Thousands of UK employees will work 80% of the traditional work week while maintaining 100% of their salaries.
How do they do it? In theory, the crooks can (and do) use any and all of thousands of different attack techniques, in any combination they like.
The UK government says it is not “currently considering” copying European Union plans for a common charging cable.
The days of hunting through cables to find the right charger may be coming to an end.
The UK’s first city mayor to declare a climate crisis has been questioned for flying nine hours to attend a conference to urge leaders to cut CO2.
In the current climate, it’s never been more difficult to attract and retain tech talent. Nearly 75% of digital workers have their eyes on new positions, with advancing their careers the main driver for 63% of those planning to move on.
Facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than £7.5m by the UK’s privacy watchdog and told to delete the data of UK residents.
Several nations – including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand – have already put restrictions on the firms.
Business email fraud just keeps getting worse for victims and cryptocurrency transfers have exploded.
An NFT and cryptocurrency company that had sponsorship deals with Rangers and Hibernian and was endorsed by three top Premier League players has ceased trading tokens after their value crashed.
Capturing carbon by increasing forest cover has become central to the fight against climate change. But there’s a problem. Sometimes these forests exist on paper only – because promises have not been kept, or because planted trees have died or even been harvested.
The Central African Republic (CAR) has approved Bitcoin as legal tender – just the second country to do so. CAR is one of the world’s poorest countries, but is rich in diamonds, gold and uranium.
‘The Digital Services Act will re-shape the online world’
In Argentina, there are traces everywhere of distrust and even trauma related to the economy.
QNAP, the makers of Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices that are especially popular with home and small business users, has issued a warning about not-yet-patched bugs in the company’s products.
Netflix has hinted it will crack down on households sharing passwords as it seeks to sign up new members following a sharp fall in subscribers.
The buyer of a non-fungible token (NFT) of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet says he “may never sell it” after receiving a series of low bids.
A new ‘three peak’ working day is on the rise. But is this more efficient or more likely to burn you out?
As developers, we all like to believe we’re more than just “code monkeys” — those interchangeable, expendable cogs in the software-making machine.
The Treasury has announced that it will regulate some cryptocurrencies as part of a wider plan to make the UK a hub for digital payment companies.
An average employee of a small business with less than 100 employees will receive 350% more social engineering attacks than an employee of a larger enterprise.
A new technique could enable a robot to manipulate squishy objects like pizza dough or soft materials like clothing.
Interesting results from O’Reilly’s survey.
Thousands, if not millions, of people could have lost money in the second largest crypto hack in history.
31st March 2022, and the last day of March is World Backup Day… which is a good time for us to remind you of a little saying that we like.
The White House is urging organizations to shore up their cybersecurity defences after new intelligence suggests that Russia is preparing to conduct cyberattacks in the near future.
Meta says it has temporarily made allowances for some violent speech, like “death to the Russian invaders,” that would usually break its rules.
Popular “smart” device follows commands issued by its own speaker. What could go wrong?
Beyond malware detection and mitigation, Microsoft is also combatting “state-sponsored disinformation” by removing content from Russian state media.
With companies reaping increasing amounts of data from consumers and firms, the EU is looking at wrestling back access to that digital information under a Data Act proposed Wednesday by the European Commission.
Credit Suisse has hit out after a massive data leak has brought to light the hidden wealth of several clients of the bank.
A spelling mistake on thousands of pieces of Platinum Jubilee merchandising, calling it the “Platinum Jubbly”, is proving a challenge for souvenir sellers.
The New York Times has purchased the popular word game Wordle for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.
A US appeals court has overturned the convictions of two former Deutsche Bank traders who were prosecuted for rigging interest rates.
New UK laws will be passed to deal with misleading crypto-asset promotions, the UK Treasury has announced.
Lots of people “run Linux” without really knowing or caring – many home routers, navigational aids, webcams and other IoT devices are based on it; the majority of the world’s mobile phones run a Linux-derived variant called Android; and many, if not most, of the ready-to-go cloud services out there rely on Linux to host your content.
Kosovo has banned the mining of cryptocurrencies to curb electricity use as it grapples with an energy crisis caused by soaring global prices.
The Kyoto University in Japan has lost about 77TB of research data due to an error in the backup system of its Hewlett-Packard supercomputer.
Key services, including network provisioning, will shut down January 4th.
Many LastPass users report that their master passwords have been compromised after receiving email warnings that someone tried to use them to log into their accounts from unknown locations.
It is not only a real Fisher-Price product, released in the second decade of the 21st century, but is also officially not a toy!
…and local officials won’t let him retrieve it.
Meta has released its social virtual reality space, Horizon Worlds, after more than a year in private test mode.
The crypto market has entered a period of “extreme fear”, according to one metric, after the price of bitcoin and several other leading cryptocurrencies suffered a severe crash at the end of last week.
Two weeks ago, after three software audits and three months of live testing, a cryptocurrency startup called MonoX introduced what it described as ‘the premier bootstrap decentralized exchange, Monoswap’.
The Joy of Cryptography is a free undergraduate textbook that introduces students to the fundamentals of provable security.
Australia will introduce legislation to make social media giants provide details of users who post defamatory comments, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.
India is set to go ahead with its plan to ban most cryptocurrencies in the country under a long-awaited bill.
The people behind a failed bid to buy a rare original copy of the US constitution are facing an avalanche of refunds – up to $40m for 17,000 donors.
When relationships end it might be because the spark has disappeared, or maybe you just can’t make time for one another.
El Salvador plans to build a Bitcoin city at the base of a volcano, with the cryptocurrency used to fund the project, its president has announced.
The online bank Atom Bank has introduced a four-day work week for its 430 staff without cutting their pay.
Web hosting company GoDaddy Inc said that email addresses of up to 1.2 million active and inactive Managed WordPress customers had been exposed in an unauthorized third-party access.
Apple has announced a ‘self-service repair’ programme so “customers who are comfortable” can fix their own devices.
A crowd-funded effort to buy a rare 1787 copy of the US constitution at auction claims to have received more than $13m (£9.6m) worth of cryptocurrency donations.
Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand.
This one is being sent to Channel Islands law firms – be vigilant!
Major [UK] phone networks have agreed to automatically block almost all internet calls coming from abroad if they pretend to be from UK numbers, Ofcom has confirmed.
Canon USA is being sued for not allowing owners of certain printers to use the scanner or faxing functions if they run out of ink.
Microsoft is shutting down its social network, LinkedIn, in China, saying having to comply with the Chinese state has become increasingly challenging.
Cryptocurrencies need regulation as a ‘matter of urgency’, according to Bank of England deputy governor Sir Jon Cunliffe.
A Banksy artwork which shredded itself at a previous auction has fetched a record £16 million.
British broadcaster Sky is launching a TV that streams content via the internet, removing the need for a satellite dish.
“Facebook can’t be down, can it?”, we thought, for a second.
A tanker driver has told how he was tailed by about 20 drivers who were dismayed to discover he was not transporting petrol.
The top entry on Microsoft’s Bing search engine is for its rival Google, Google has said.
A UK start-up says it has made one of the world’s smallest quantum computers.
China’s central bank has announced that all transactions of crypto-currencies are illegal, effectively banning digital tokens such as Bitcoin.
Artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be the inventor of new patents, the UK Court of Appeal has ruled.
Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission.
Consumers should throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has warned.
Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, who popularised the home computer and invented the pocket calculator, has died at his London home aged 81.
Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called “zero-click” spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads.
Microsoft president Brad Smith describes the chaos inside the tech giant during the SolarWinds hack.
Quantum computers become ever more powerful, but how can we be sure that the answers they return are accurate?
Angry protests, technological glitches and a plummet in value marked the first day of El Salvador adopting Bitcoin as legal tender.
The pandemic prompted a surge in the use of workplace surveillance programs – and they’re not going away any time soon.
There is growing scepticism in El Salvador as the country prepares to be the first in the world to recognise Bitcoin as legal tender on 7 September.
Back in 2011, Microsoft introduced Windows Thin PC to help customers repurpose their PCs as thin clients, thereby driving down the cost of VDI.
A colourfully worded ad becomes a jumping-off point for older workers to discuss their experiences.
Another week, another cryptocurrency catastrophe.
China’s National People’s Congress on Friday officially passed a law designed to protect online user data privacy and will implement the policy starting November 1, according to state-media outlet Xinhua.
Sam Zeloof isn’t your ordinary teenager. While still a senior in high school in 2018, he made the first homemade (lithographically-fabricated) integrated circuit.
Copyright scams aren’t new – we’ve written about them many times in recent years.
A 15-year-old from Sri Lanka has spent his Covid lockdown building a solar-powered tuk-tuk. The best part is that Suntharalingam Piranawan used scraps for his homemade vehicle – and it works.
The deal comes just as ransomware is becoming a big issue.
According to reports from researcher at Juniper, cybercriminals are already probing the internet for vulnerable devices. So, if you’re affected by this bug, or think you might be, we urge you to check for updates as soon as you can.
A firm that sells nuisance call-blocking systems is itself nursing a £170,000 fine from the UK’s data watchdog, ironically for cold calling almost 200,000 people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
Hackers have stolen some $600m (£433m) in what appears to be one the largest cryptocurrency heists ever.
Nearly half the money the UK is spending on IT goes on supporting legacy IT systems – to the tune of £2.3bn a year.
Graphing calculators have always been a fun way to get started with programming, though mostly in the form of games and cheat sheets. But now Texas Instruments is introducing a new TI-84 graphing calculator that supports programming in Python.
Amazon.com Inc. faces the biggest ever European Union privacy fine after its lead privacy watchdog hit it with a 746 million-euro ($888 million) penalty for violating the bloc’s tough data protection rules.
Some older Kindle e-readers will soon no longer be able to connect to the internet to download new books, Amazon has said.
The No More Ransom project celebrates its fifth anniversary after helping over six million ransomware victims recover their files and saving them almost €1 billion in ransomware payments.
A study by consumer watchdog Which? has found that branded printer ink remains ‘staggeringly’ more expensive than third-party alternatives.
The $27.7 billion acquisition has closed.
Do you answer emails outside work hours? Do you send them? New research shows how dangerous this can be
The creep of digital communications into our entire lives is not as harmless as we think.
Microsoft has announced a new “cloud PC” product where users can stream a Windows device from anywhere. It is being sold to businesses to begin with, as many firms move to a mix of office and remote working.
A new colour e-paper display could bring LCD-style quality but without the need for a power-hungry backlight.
Please excuse the geekiness of this one, but the page the link takes you to is actually running on a Casio fx-9750GII calculator.
Donald Trump Jr. mocked for trying to crowdfund legal fees for his dad to sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google
Donald Trump Jr. was mocked after he asked followers to donate money to support his father’s class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and Google.
When a ransomware victim hands over a largely anonymous, mostly untraceable quantity of Bitcoin, for example, to pay off a multi-million dollar blackmail demand in the hope of recovering their unusable files… what happens to that money?
According to US court documents, the star was snapped queuing at an airport in February 2019 and later shared the shot with her fans ‘without permission or authorisation’.
Microsoft’s new OS on Microsoft’s old phones.
Former US president Donald Trump has announced plans to sue tech giants Google, Twitter and Facebook, claiming that he is the victim of censorship.
A second massive LinkedIn breach reportedly exposes the data of 700M users, which is more than 92% of the total 756M users. The database is for sale on the dark web, with records including phone numbers, physical addresses, geolocation data, and inferred salaries.
Binance, the world’s biggest crypto-currency exchange, has been banned by the UK’s financial regulator.
Android apps will run natively on Windows 11 and will be downloadable from Amazon’s Appstore, via the new Windows store that’s included in the operating system.
Bitcoin has fallen below $30,000 for the first time in more than five months, hit by China’s crackdown on the world’s most popular cryptocurrency.
A town council has held a meeting in a car park after legislation which allowed it to meet virtually expired.
Cardboard boxes being stored in people’s garages is continuing to cause shortages of the material, the boss of a major packaging company has said.
The capital of Turkmenistan in Central Asia has been named as the world’s most expensive city for foreign workers.
Research shows that five work hours a day can improve productivity and bolster wellbeing. There’s only one thing holding companies back
A French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of €1m (£860,000; $1.2m) after the Swedish furniture chain was found guilty of spying on staff in France.
Half of accounts compromised in phishing attacks are manually accessed within 12 hours of the username and password being leaked, as cyber criminals look to exploit stolen credentials as quickly as possible.
Donald Trump has called for the United States government and other administrative bodies to go back to using paper records in an effort to stop the growing cybersecurity attacks.
AI is just software and data, and like other software and data, it can be attacked for profit and malice. As the importance of AI to an organization goes up, so do the stakes for security problems.
El Salvador may soon become the first sovereign nation in the world to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender, Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele announced Saturday.
I assumed there was very little I couldn’t do with my Apple Watch given it has its own well-stocked app store, but Nick Bild has shown me the error of my ways with this delightful Commodore 64-themed C64 Watch that not only has a retro-inspired watch face but a built-in BASIC interpreter too for coding on the go.
The changes to the operating system that powers millions of iPhones around the world include new notification settings, improvements to Messages, changes to Photos, and more. Here are the biggest changes coming to your iPhone with iOS 15.