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CCTV Cameras
CCTV Cameras 

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter said that when he came into the job he was shocked that out of the 433 principal local authorities, just 2% complied with the recommended standards for camera surveillance.

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Windows 7 Vs Windows 10

Windows 10 is here and largely it’s a big improvement over Windows 8, but what if you’re still using Windows 7? Microsoft may be offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, but should you take it or should you stick with what you know?

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Intel Reduced Profit
Intel reports a better than expected profit, but hefty cost cutting impacts chipmaker’s bottom line
Intel has posted a mixed set of quarterly results, as shareholders took fright as the company struggled with the ongoing PC decline, slowing data centre demand, and a painful headcount reduction.
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Equinix Admits To Power Failure
Equinix’s Telecity LD8 data centre in London’s Docklands suffers brief outage, in turn affecting BT’s services from LINX
Data centre operator Equinix has admitted that a power failure in one of its data centres this morning is to blame for taking down BT’s broadband services for many customers in the UK.
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IBM Reports Cloud Growth

IBM’s profits have fallen nearly 30 percent, as reported in the company’s second quarter financial results this week. The decline marks the 17th straight quarter of revenue decline for IBM, but there was some solace to be found in its cloud and cognitive computing divisions.
For the quarter, IBM made $20.2 billion (£15.3bn) in revenue, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2015. IBM’s cloud and analytics businesses grew revenue 12 percent year-over-year, however.

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ARM And Symantec Team Up
ARM, Symantec and others address Internet of Things security challenge with new protocol
A number of companies have grouped together to develop the Open Trust Protocol (OtrP), in order to tackle the security implications posed by the increasing growth of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Those involved include British chip designer ARM, security firm Symantec, as well as
digital identity specialist Intercede, and telecom and mobile security specialist Solacia.
Other firms such Sprint, Beanpod, Sequitur Labs, Thundersoft, Trustkernel and Verimatrix are also involved.
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BT Broadband Suffers Second Day Of Outages
BT’s broadband network is suffering a second consecutive day of outages with many customers across the UK unable to access the Internet.
According to DownDetector, the number of reported problems spiked in between 06:00 and 09:00 – around the same time yesterday’s problems started – but there is no direct link between the incidents.
Yesterday’s problems were caused by a power failure at one of Equinix’s data centres in London’s Docklands. The Telecity LD8 data centre, acquired by Equinix in its £2.3 billion takeover of Telecity last summer, houses equipment for the London Internet Exchange (LINX), which is a BT supplier.
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iOS And Mac Users Urged To Update Immediately

iPhone, iPad and Mac users are being urged to download the latest version of iOS and Mac OS X in order to protect themselves from a vulnerability that could allow malicious code to be executed on their device simply by downloading a dodgy image file.

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8 things you need to know when buying a Chinese smartphone

In March of this year a list of the world’s top phone vendors was published. Twelve names were on it, and of those a stunning eight were Chinese.

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iOS 10 release date, news and features

Apple’s iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad lives up to its milestone software version number, with the first official details announced at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco last month alongside watchOS 3.

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The Reasons You Need Strong Passwords and How to Create Them

Hackers cause a lot of problems online, and making it harder for you to remember your password is one result of them. The main reason you need strong passwords is due to hackers. They use software to figure out your password, and then they use the information they get to break into your account to steal your information and even your identity. It’s just not worth it. If you want to prevent that from happening, here are some tips to help you create strong passwords that you can remember.

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Andriods New Useful Tracking

After you’ve placed a call to the emergency services, the way you describe your location can be the difference between life and death – but Google wants to take away human error and make it easier for the police, ambulance and fire services to find you

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How to download Android 7.0 Nougat right now

You can get Android Nougat now on your Google-powered phone and tablet, even though the official launch isn’t for a couple more weeks, according to search engine company.
That’s good news because Android is the most popular operating system in the world, installed on over a billion active devices, from smartphones and tablets to smart appliances such as TVs and fridges.

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Mobile and cloud computing: Today's center of innovation?

Consultant Bob Egan says that companies need to spend money on mobile cloud not just because it’s beneficial to productivity but because it’s required to keep up with competitors.

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Government tests use of social media accounts for verifying online user identity

Online public service users may be asked to allow access to their Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts to help prove they are who they say they are

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Windows 10 in 2016 finally respects our common sense

Remember how Windows 7 (and Windows 8 … and Windows 10) would ask you whether you really wanted to install that app you just downloaded, like a passive aggressive parent to their twenty something kid’s every decision? Well, Windows 10 still does that by default.
But! But, with the massive Anniversary Update landing on August 2, Microsoft’s operating system (OS) will have come leaps and bounds to respect our common sense in nearly every marquee feature.
That’s because it took a lot – and we mean a lot – of input over the past year to get here.

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Google Phone app gets a spam fighting upgrade

Spam calls are one of the biggest annoyances that can come with having a phone glued to you at all times, but now Google is taking a stand against them, by adding spam protection to its Phone app.
The feature is available with the latest version of the app on Nexus and Android One devices and once activated it adds on to the existing Caller ID system to bring up a red warning box saying “suspected spam caller” whenever a nuisance call comes through.
As well as giving you advance warning that you might not want to pick up, it also gives you the option to block the number so you’ll never have to deal with it again, or whitelist it if you don’t consider it spam.

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Google Maps' sleek new look isn't the only change it's making

The modern traveler wouldn’t be caught dead without Google Maps. From finding restaurants to plotting routes, the triangulation, navigation, and direction app is standard on many a smartphone and web browser.
Thanks to an upcoming update to the wayfinding service, the latest version of Google Maps on iOS, Android and desktop touts an easier-to-read interface and color scheme to make finding your bearings a breeze

Samsung may have solved the next big problem facing foldable phones
Samsung has been making a big push into curved screens and it looks like it’s paying off, as the company is thought to be ditching flat screens altogether for the Galaxy Note 7.

But curves are just the start – the next step is flexible, foldable screens, and a new pair of patents could bring the company one step closer to making them a reality.
One of the big challenges of a foldable phone is not making the display itself fold – prototypes with foldable screens have existed for years – but making it fold without damaging any components. These patents address exactly that.

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Edward Snowden is making an iPhone case to prevent government spying

Edward Snowden hasn’t owned a smartphone since he began leaking classified NSA documents that exposed the United States government’s global surveillance program. That may change soon, as Snowden is now working on a cellphone case that would detect and fight against government snooping.
The case, which Snowden refers to as an “introspection engine,” would work by using a phone’s SIM slot to monitor and shut down a phone’s radios in the event of unauthorized access. The phone case would feature a simple monochromatic screen that alerts users when their phone is broadcasting any signals it isn’t supposed to. The case will even be able to disable all radios on a phone to prevent governments or blackhat hackers from finding your location.

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Artificial intelligence takes centre stage in cyber security
Artificial intelligence takes centre stage in cyber security

Artificial intelligence-led cyber security technology has been in the spotlight at two major industry conferences in Las Vegas, signalling a firm trend in cyber defence research

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900 million Android devices vulnerable to attackers
900 million Android devices vulnerable to attackers

Enterprises and individuals need to install security updates for all devices with vulnerable Qualcomm chip drivers if they want to ensure attackers can‘t take control of them, warns Check Point

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Mitel and Polycom merge to form $2.5bn cloud unified communications firm
Communications and collaboration suppliers Mitel and Polycom pool their resources to form a $2.5bn unified communications (UC) powerhouse

Unified communications (UC) supplier Mitel has announced it will buy video-conferencing specialist Polycom in a $1.96bn (£1.38bn) deal to create a $2.5bn cloud communications organisation.

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Google boasts of security as Pokémon Go invades Google accounts
Google boasts of security as Pokémon Go invades Google accounts

Google claims it is notifying customers of the 4,000 state-sponsored cyber attacks a month amid security concerns about Pokémon Go, developed by Google spinoff Niantic

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Intel to acquire AI firm Nervana Systems
Intel to acquire AI firm Nervana Systems

Chip maker Intel is to acquire artificial intelligence firm Nervana Systems in a bid to take AI to the next level based on its Xeon and Phi processors

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Microsoft hails cloud security breakthrough with encrypted data
Microsoft hails cloud security breakthrough with encrypted data

Microsoft researchers talk up cloud security breakthrough that allows encrypted data to be processed without prior decryption

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Half of vehicle cyber vulnerabilities could give hackers control, study shows
Half of vehicle cyber vulnerabilities could give hackers control, study shows

Half of vehicle vulnerabilities could allow cyber attackers to take control of a vehicle and 71% are easy to exploit, according to a three-year study by IOActive.

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Robot Wars: Team Storm uses modern IT to breathe new life into legacy machines
Robot Wars: Team Storm uses modern IT to breathe new life into legacy machines

Robot Wars’ Team Storm is applying the principles of DevOps, IoT and real-time data analytics in advancing the design of its machine, while setting out to inspire a new generation to get into robotics.

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