Information Technology

The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?
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Will the Science Museum’s new gallery keep the kids quiet this Xmas? Exhibition Review  The Science Museum’s new Information Age gallery opened in October to great fanfare. Most of that fanfare, however, was concerned with an elderly lady having sent a tweet, rather than the substance of the exhibition itself.…

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​Sony hackers offer to suppress pilfered employee information
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The cyber group that claims to have hacked Sony Pictures and has been publishing the information on the Internet says studio’s employees have a chance to keep personal data private. It says more releases are coming.

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UK spy agency makes an Android app—but it won’t spy on you
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GCHQ has released its own “fun, free, educational” Android app to teach secondary school students about cryptography. The Cryptoy app, which has no permissions to access confidential information on Android devices, helps children understand basic encryption techniques and create their own encoded messages. The government hopes the app could help find the next generation of […]

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Hollywood's Secret War With Google
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cpt kangarooski writes: Information has come to light (thanks to the recent Sony hack) that the MPAA and six major studios are pondering the legal actions available to them to compel an entity referred to as ‘Goliath,’ most likely Google, into taking aggressive anti-piracy action on behalf of the entertainment industry. The MPAA and member […]

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No Respite for Sony
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Since the hacker group calling itself “Guardians of Peace” announced its attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last month, things have gone downhill for the company. After confidential documents were leaked to the Internet over several days, a denouement of sorts was reached last week, when a security company examining the stolen data discovered nearly […]

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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications
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Prune writes Congress has quietly passed an Intelligence Authorization Bill that includes warrantless forfeiture of private communications to local law enforcement. Representative Justin Amash unsuccessfully attempted a late bid to oppose the bill, which passed 325-100. According to Amash, the bill “grants the executive branch virtually unlimited access to the communications of every American.” According […]

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends ‘don’t sue me, bro’ memo
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Attack ‘unprecedented’, claims Mandiant security Criminals are picking through gigabytes of leaked personal information from Sony Pictures’ ransacked computer network, triggering identity theft alerts, staff have told The Register.…

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Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note
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Xiaomi Redmi NotePrice: Rs 9000 After the runaway hit Mi 3 and Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has rolled out the Redmi Note in India. Sold exclusively via Flipkart, the phone’s first batch was sold-out in a matter of seconds. For Rs 9000, the device offers impressive specifications. On paper, it seems like the best phone you can […]

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Target can't dodge lawsuits from banks after huge data breach
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When Target was, well, targeted by hackers in search of customer payment information late last year, legal backlash from banks was probably one of the last things the company’s brass was worried about. They’ve got to be singing a different tune now, …

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