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No straight answer on encryption from Europe’s incoming digital chief – TechCrunch

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mariya Gabriel, who is currently the EC’s commissioner-designate for the digital economy and society portfolio, was fielding questions from the European Parliament today, as part of the process to confirm her in the role. She faced questions across a range of tech-related topics during the 2.5-hour session — including requests from MEPs for a clear position on encryption. Yet no straight answer was forthcoming. Encryption has been rising up the political agenda…

Don’t tell Apple: AirBar turns your MacBook Air into a touchscreen laptop – Mashable

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Spend enough time using a touchscreen — any touchscreen — and you’re sure to try using gestures on every screen you encounter, even ones without touch. I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for work, an iPad Pro at home and the iPhone in my pocket. I live in a touch world, except when I use a Mac. Apple will never make a touchscreen Mac because, as they told me…

Cell phone users have a right to know – Newsday

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

For better or for worse, cell phones have become an indispensable part of most Americans’ everyday lives. In recent polls, about half the country said they couldn’t imagine living without their phones. In one pocket-size package, phones have become our navigators, photo albums, video cameras, music libraries, organizers, and the way we stay connected to our friends and loved ones. For most, our cell phones are an indispensable part of…

You’re sharing your cell phone number too frequently – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Protect yourself.(Photo: Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images) No matter what Americans do to protect their digital privacy, especially on our handheld devices, it’s impossible to keep up with new threats. Now, there’s a new risk to our privacy and security: Our cell phone numbers are being used increasingly by information brokers as the window to personal information that’s kept by nearly all corporations, financial institutions, and, yes, social media networks….

Dickson educators move toward more lenient cell phone policy – The Tennessean

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dickson County Schools seal.(Photo: File) The Dickson County School Board is moving toward revamping the school district policy for middle and high students’ cell phone usage. Weeks said education leaders would like the policy for kindergarten to fifth grade to remain unchanged. The policy currently states that students may have the phones but the devices must remain in their backpacks, pockets, purses or some other personal carry-on and can’t be…

You’re sharing your cell phone number too frequently – USA TODAY

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Protect yourself.(Photo: Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images) No matter what Americans do to protect their digital privacy, especially on our handheld devices, it’s impossible to keep up with new threats. Now, there’s a new risk to our privacy and security: Our cell phone numbers are being used increasingly by information brokers as the window to personal information that’s kept by nearly all corporations, financial institutions, and, yes, social media networks….

Nokia completes Withings rebranding with launch of two new digital health products – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Earlier this year at Nokia’s event in Mobile World Congress, the company announced that Withings’ connected health devices would be transferred to the Nokia brand. Today, the rebranded line has completed the transition to Nokia, and it’s now available with some notable differences. For starters, there are now two new products. The new Nokia Body scale is $59.95, while the original Withings Body has been renamed to “Body+.” The Body…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

I need the right KnowHow to fix my son’s laptop – The Guardian

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Back in January 2016 I bought a HP laptop for my son from Curry’s/PC World for £440. Since then I have been paying £5.50 a month for its KnowHow service agreement. When, after six months, it stopped working I took it in for repair. It came back wiped of all his schoolwork – the repair docket stated the problem was caused by a corrupted operating system. Three months later the fault…

More terrorists gaining the knowledge to build laptop bomb – CBS … – CBS News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CBS News has learned that U.S. officials are increasingly concerned about the possibility of terrorists targeting commercial airliners. An official with knowledge of the threat says it is evolving rapidly, and more terrorists are gaining the knowledge necessary to build a laptop bomb. CBS Evening News Terror groups developing laptop bombs that can evade security, feds say U.S. intelligence officials tell CBS News that terrorist groups such as al Qaeda…

Move Over, Bitcoin. Ether Is the Digital Currency of the Moment. – New York Times

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Even though most of the people buying Ether and Bitcoin are individual investors, the gains that both have experienced have taken what was until very recently a quirky fringe experiment into the realm of big money. The combined value of all Ether and Bitcoin is now worth more than the market value of PayPal and is approaching the size of Goldman Sachs. Investors buying Ether are placing a bet that…

More terrorists gaining the knowledge to build laptop bomb – CBS News

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CBS News has learned that U.S. officials are increasingly concerned about the possibility of terrorists targeting commercial airliners. An official with knowledge of the threat says it is evolving rapidly, and more terrorists are gaining the knowledge necessary to build a laptop bomb. CBS Evening News Terror groups developing laptop bombs that can evade security, feds say U.S. intelligence officials tell CBS News that terrorist groups such as al Qaeda…

The best cheap mobile phone deals in June – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moto G5:£14.50 per month with 500MB of data, 500 minutes and 5,000 texts with Tesco Mobile. iPhone SE: Free upfront from £14.99 per month with 500MB of data, 300 minutes and 5,000 texts with iD. Wileyfox Swift 2: Handset £139.97 from Amazon. This month’s best SIM only deals: iD: 1.5GB of data with 250 minutes and 5,000 texts from £5 per month. Sky: 500MB data with unlimited minutes and texts from £5 per…

Microsoft now lets Surface Laptop owners revert back to Windows 10 S – The Verge

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Microsoft is now allowing Surface Laptop owners to switch back to Windows 10 S after they’ve upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. While the upgrade path from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro on the Surface Laptop is quick and easy, going back to Windows 10 S isn’t straightforward. Microsoft is offering special software restore images for Surface Laptop devices, and you’ll need to wipe the entire machine to get…

Accenture, Microsoft team up on blockchain-based digital ID network – Reuters

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

NEW YORK Accenture Plc and Microsoft Corp are teaming up to build a digital ID network using blockchain technology, as part of a United Nations-supported project to provide legal identification to 1.1 billion people worldwide with no official documents. The companies unveiled a prototype of the network on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York during the second summit of ID2020, a public-private consortium promoting the UN 2030 Sustainable…

Best cheap mobile phone deals for June – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Moto G5:£14.50 per month with 500MB of data, 500 minutes and 5,000 texts with Tesco Mobile. iPhone SE: Free upfront from £14.99 per month with 500MB of data, 300 minutes and 5,000 texts with iD. Wileyfox Swift 2: Handset £139.97 from Amazon. This month’s best SIM only deals: iD: 1.5GB of data with 250 minutes and 5,000 texts from £5 per month. Sky: 500MB data with unlimited minutes and texts from £5 per…

Microsoft has a full lineup of computers that all rival Apple’s Macs — here’s how to choose among them – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Microsoft Surface Studio is a cool, gigantic, touchscreen Windows 10 PC.Darren Weaver/Business Insider When Microsoft released the first Surface tablet, it was mainly trying to show computer makers what a touchscreen PC might look like and what it could do. Now, though, the company has turned the Surface into a full business, offering a lineup of four devices. And the computers are so good, even Apple is following Microsoft’s lead….

THE PAYMENTS DISRUPTION REPORT: How digital is upending payments worldwide and what it says about the future – Business Insider

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

BII This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. European and North American countries with advanced economies often serve as bellwethers for the payments industry when it comes to introducing new and disruptive technologies. However, some of the greatest examples of digital payments disruption can be found in developing nations. In some cases, these countries not only adopt certain aspects of…

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: a USB-C short of the best Windows 10 laptop – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

The Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s first true Surface-brand notebook – following the company’s Surface Pro tablet and the Surface Book laptop-tablet hybrid – but there’s something very unMicrosoft about it: great design. Functionally, it’s about as standard as a notebook gets in 2017. There’s a full keyboard and precision trackpad and a small array of ports. The screen doesn’t detach but it is 10-point multi-touch and it works with the…

Digital technology ‘is Scotland’s fast-growing sector’ – BBC News

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Scotland’s digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall in the years to 2024, a new report has claimed. Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish government-backed Digital Technologies Skills Group said it was the economy’s fastest-growing sector. Their report found that it accounted for 5% of Scotland’s total business base. It also suggested that the sector now employed 2%…

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