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It has been years since the intercom began falling out of style, but thanks to Raspberry Pi and Google – it might be making a comeback… sort of. True to his passion to bring vintage and modern technology together, recreational tinkerer Martin Mander decided to convert an antiquated 1986 Radio Shack intercom he copped for a puny £4 into a legitimate wall-mounted Google voice assistant. To put this quirky smart speaker together, Mander removed the old parts from the box and replaced them with a Raspberry Pi board and a Google AIY (like DIY, but for AI) kit. While the parts did…

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Author: Mix
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:39 am

The 19th of August 2016 was marked as a very exciting event for Samsung and the fans of Samsung’s higher-end devices but, at the same time, also marked a devastating moment in this brand’s life. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched last year came with brand new features that got everyone excited. Thousands rushed to get their hands on this new device. Just as people started to enjoy the new features introduced by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, however, problems also started to develop that not only caused concern amongst the millions of Samsung fans but also gave them…

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Author: Vivian Michaels
Posted: July 20, 2017, 10:57 am

The act of withdrawing money from an ATM has largely remained the same, ever since Barclays Bank introduced the first “Hole in the wall” in London, way back in 1967. But now it’s about to see a radical update with CashDash — a range of ATMs launching in London where your debit card is your smartphone. To withdraw cash, you first need to download the CashDash app, and top up your virtual wallet with funds. When you get to the ATM, you key in your phone number, and authorize the transaction on your phone. The machine will then spurt out…

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Author: Matthew Hughes
Posted: July 20, 2017, 10:03 am

Time and again, we hear of incidents involving identity theft, stealing of account passwords, installation of malware from web sources, and even ransomware. All of these security breaches have a certain attack vector in common, and that is social engineering – when you’re tricked into clicking on a link you’re not supposed to, and when you open files or applications from dubious sources. It’s an easy mistake to make, especially when the website looks legitimate, but it’s also easy to avoid — if you know what SSL is. If you think about it, you’ll probably recall that there’s a green…

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Author: Daan Pepijn
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:48 am

Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment? It comes down to the question of what a robot really is. While science fiction has often portrayed robots as androids carrying out tasks in the much the same way as humans, the reality is that robots take much more specialised forms. Traditional 20th century robots were automated machines and robotic arms building cars in factories. Commercial 21st century robots are supermarket self-checkouts, automated guided warehouse vehicles, and even burger-flipping machines in fast-food restaurants.…

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Author: Jeff Morgan
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:38 am

Yael Eisenstat has an interesting past. She ‘came out’ as a long term CIA employee in January 2017 after Donald Trump delivered a poorly received speech in front of the C.I.A. Memorial Wall. She didn’t intend to be sensationalist or release state secrets like some previous ex-secret service employees who revealed their identity, rather she had had enough of Trumps stream of insults to her country and hoped that her actions could make a difference. She has advised vice-presidents and major corporate companies and now works at New York University as an adjunct professor. Whilst at the eccentric and eclectic Tech…

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Author: Chris Ward
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:33 am

Since last August, India has been championing its Unified Payments Interface (UPI), a simplified system that lets people pay for purchases and transfer money instantly via mobile across banks. And now, Uber’s taking advantage of it by allowing users to pay for rides using UPI. That’s huge, because it negates the need for passengers to add a credit or debit card, and also takes digital wallets – a growing phenomenon in India, with major players like PayTM, Freecharge and Mobikwik – out of the equation. With that, Uber is the latest major global player to adopt UPI; Truecaller introduced a…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: July 20, 2017, 9:01 am

If the recent cyber attacks have taught us anything, it is that most people are dangerously unprepared for them. Cyber security should be at the forefront of virtually every industry yet it is often treated as an afterthought. Small businesses are in a particularly disadvantaged position. Even so, many are unaware of the dangers they are already facing. The truth is that an estimated 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses, so there are many lessons to be learnt here. 1.Attacks are random and unpredictable Cyber-attacks cannot really be predicted, unless we are talking about very specific targets which constantly…

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Author: David Geer
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:51 am

Emergency averted. Following reports from concerned users experiencing abrupt reboots when dialing the emergency hotline 911 from their all-new OnePlus 5 handsets, the Chinese phonemaker has managed to promptly patch the glaring bug. “We have been in touch with the customer and have tested a software update that has resolved the issue,” a spokesperson for OnePlus told TNW. “We will be rolling out the software update shortly,” he assured. The issue first became apparent after one OnePlus 5 owner took to Reddit to warn users about the vulnerability. Following his post, many other users reported being able to reproduce the…

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Author: Mix
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:07 am

In an effort to keep Android users safe from malware on their phones, Google is rolling out its Play Protect security features to all devices running Google Mobile Services 11 and up. Google says it’ll automatically scan apps from the Play store that are installed on your phone to ensure there’s no funny business; apps that don’t play nice will be blocked or removed from your device. The service was first announced in May, but it’s now becoming more widely available. It’s good to have it around because, thanks to machine learning, it can spot new attacks that have only…

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Author: Abhimanyu Ghoshal
Posted: July 20, 2017, 7:24 am