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Nest Secure (4 hours old)

The smart home titan's new security system is looking good so far

The best mobile phone deals - September 2017 (8 hours old)

Hunting around for a new phone? Here are the best deals on the hottest phones: iPhone 8 Plus £48/m w/ 18GB, Note 8 £39/m w/ 5GB, OnePlus 5 £41/m w/ 3GB, S8 £32.99/m w/ 5GB, iPhone 7 £34/m w/ 8GB and 100GB SIM £25/m

6 of the best Uber alternatives (9 hours old)

Uber could soon be over in London, but these alternative apps are ready and waiting to step in

The 25 best TV box-sets on Netflix (12 hours old)

From glossy US space operas to gritty British dramas, Netflix is stuffed with great shows. We've rounded up 25 favourites

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are out today - here are the best deals (13 hours old)

Keen on the new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Searching around for the best deals? You've come to the right place

9 of the best augmented reality apps and games for iPhone and Android (14 hours old)

Augment your smartphone fun with these AR diversions

The 8 best accessories for the Apple iPhone 8 (15 hours old)

Get the best out of your next iPhone with these ace add-ons

Sony Xperia XZ1 (17 hours old)

3D scanning smarts can’t save this merely functional flagship

Asus ZenFone 4 (1 day old)

Zen and the art of smartphone design

The ZenFone 4 is an Asus take on the dual-camera flagship phone (1 day old)

Priced to butt heads with the OnePlus 5


Verizon Backtracks Slightly In Plan To Kick Customers Off Network (1 hour 41 minutes old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Verizon Wireless is giving a reprieve to some rural customers who are scheduled to be booted off their service plans, but only in cases when customers have no other options for cellular service. Verizon recently notified 8,500 customers in 13 states that they will be disconnected on October 17 because they used roaming data on another network. But these customers weren't doing anything wrong -- they are being served by rural networks that were set up for the purpose of extending Verizon's reach into rural areas. Today, Verizon said it is e[...]

Walmart Wants To Deliver Groceries Straight To Your Fridge (2 hours old)

New submitter Rick Schumann writes: Walmart has a new marketing idea: "Going to the store? No one has time for that anymore," Walmart says. They want to partner with a company called August Home, who makes smart locks, so a delivery service can literally deliver groceries right into your refrigerator -- while you watch remotely on your phone. Great, time-saving idea, or super-creepy invasion of your privacy? You decide. Here's how the company says it would work: 1. Place an order on Walmart.com for groceries or other goods. 2. A driver for Deliv -- a same-day delivery service -- retrieve[...]

Adobe Security Team Accidentally Posts Private PGP Key On Blog (3 hours old)

A member of Adobe's Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) accidentally posted the PGP keys for PSIRT's email account -- both the public and the private keys. According to Ars Technica, "the keys have since been taken down, and a new public key has been posted in its stead." From the report: The faux pas was spotted at 1:49pm ET by security researcher Juho Nurminen. Nurminen was able to confirm that the key was associated with the psirt@adobe.com e-mail account. To be fair to Adobe, PGP security is harder than it should be. What obviously happened is that a PSIRT team member exported [...]

Passwords For 540,000 Car Tracking Devices Leaked Online (3 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: Login credentials of more than half a million records belonging to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentially exposing the personal data and vehicle details of drivers and businesses using its service. Just two days ago, Viacom was found exposing the keys to its kingdom on an unsecured Amazon S3 server, and this data breach is yet another example of storing sensitive data on a misconfigured cloud server. The Kromtech Security Center was first to discover a wide-open, public-facing misconfigured Amazon W[...]

Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 (4 hours old)

rastos1 writes: Oracle has announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform Specification, which was recently approved together with Java EE 8 in the Java Community Process (JCP). Java SE 9 provides more than 150 new features, including a new module system and improvements that bring more scalability, improved security, better performance management and easier development to the world's most popular programming platform. [...]

Move Over Connected Cows, the Internet of Bees Is Here (5 hours old)

A new project is aiming to bring bees online by putting them in tiny "backpacks" so that scientists can track the threatened insect's behaviour and help its survival. From a report: Bees in Manchester initially will be connected to the internet using technology from Cisco to help researchers track their migration, pollination and movement, and eventually, across the UK. Sensors in hives located at a new 70,000 sq ft tech accelerator hub in the northern city called Mi-Idea, will measure the bee environment such as temperature, while the bees themselves will be tagged with RFID chips that look l[...]

Nestle Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For (5 hours old)

Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, has been bottling water since 1843 and has grown into the largest seller of bottled water. But a detailed report on Bloomberg uncovers the company's operation in Michigan, revealing that Nestle has come to dominate in the industry in part by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws. It makes billions selling a product for which it pays close to nothing. Find the Bloomberg Businessweek article here (it might be paywalled, here's an alternative source). Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Major Cyber-Attack Will Happen Soon, Warns UK's Security Boss (6 hours old)

Alex Hern, writing for The Guardian: A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has warned. According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response. Speaking at an event about the next decade of information security, Levy warned that "sometime in the next few years we're going to have our first category one cyber-incident." The only way to prevent suc[...]

Anatomy of a Moral Panic: Reports About Amazon Suggesting 'Bomb-Making Items' Were Highly Misleading (7 hours old)

Maciej Ceglowski, a Polish-American web developer, has demolished a news story from earlier this week in which a British outlet Channel 4 suggested that Amazon's algorithm-driven suggestions were helping people find items that are required to make bombs. Multiple credible news outlets picked the story, including The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, and CNBC. We ran an excerpt from the New York Times' article, which included a newsworthy response from Amazon that it was reviewing its website, on Slashdot. In reality what was happening was, Ceglowski wrote, the items Amazon suggested would help hig[...]

This Guy Is Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games (7 hours old)

An anonymous reader shares a report: UK-based gaming journalist and blogger Chris Scullion is on a mission to preserve his collection -- and maybe your collection, too -- of these old video game VHS tapes. In the 80s and 90s, video game companies and trade magazines made these tapes to accompany popular titles or new issues with bonus material or promotional footage, giving a glimpse into how marketing for games was done in the industry's early days. Scullion has 18 tapes to upload so far, and plans to provide accompanying commentary as well as the raw video as they go up on his YouTube channe[...]

The Register

Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Doesn’t stop them trying to put the frighteners, tho DerbyCon Security vendors are inserting language into their products' terms and conditions that attempt to silence critics, folks attending this year's DerbyCon conference were told on Friday.…

Facebook U-turn: React, other libraries freed from unloved patent license (1 hour 54 minutes old)

Hybrid BSD pact will be replaced by MIT deal for some projects Faced with growing dissatisfaction about licensing requirements for some of its open-source projects, Facebook today said it will move React, Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js under the MIT license next week.…

Want to get around app whitelists by pretending to be Microsoft? Of course you can... (2 hours old)

...And here's how DerbyCon A sprinkle of code and an understanding of the Windows digital certificate process is all that's needed for a miscreant to sneak malware past Microsoft's application whitelist within a corporate environment.…

For Facebook, ignorance is the business model: Social net is shocked – SHOCKED – that people behave badly (3 hours old)

See no evil, hear no evil, speak of no evil Analysis No one at Facebook had any idea anyone might use its ad tools to target "Jew haters," said COO Sheryl Sandberg earlier this week.…

Aw, not you too, Verizon: US telco joins list of leaky AWS S3 buckets (4 hours old)

Now is a good time to go check your own Amazon settings. It's OK, we'll wait Yet another major company has burned itself by failing to properly secure its cloud storage instances. Yes, it's Verizon.…

NBD: Adobe just dumped its PRIVATE PGP key on the internet (5 hours old)

Change the name to A-d'oh!-be An absent-minded security staffer just accidentally leaked Adobe's private PGP key onto the internet.…

Super Cali goes ballistic, Gatorade app is bogus: Even the sound of it is something quite atrocious (6 hours old)

And who's going to stand up for the Arnold Palmer? In what might well be the most California thing ever, America's golden state has settled a lawsuit against sports drink maker Gatorade for sullying the good name of water.…

If you need to replace anything other than your iPhone 8's battery or display, good luck (9 hours old)

And things are looking even worse for the X iFixit’s teardown of the new iPhone 8 confirms that the screen and battery remain relatively replaceable, despite the addition of Qi-compatible wireless charging coils in the unit.…

IoT botnet Linux.ProxyM turns its grubby claws to spam rather than DDoS (9 hours old)

I don't know which is worse An IoT botnet is making a nuisance of itself online after becoming a conduit for spam distribution.…

UK.gov lays down rules for cross-Whitehall data slurps (10 hours old)

Consultation opens on codes of practice for Digital Economy Act The UK government has offered more detail on how public authorities can pass around the data they hold on citizens – a mere five months after the Digital Economy Act passed into law.…

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BBC News - Technology

Bees 'go online' in Manchester (7 hours old)

Rory visits a beekeeper in Manchester who is gluing wireless chips to his bees.

Uber London loses licence to operate (8 hours old)

Ride-hailing app Uber is "not fit and proper" to operate in London, the transport regulator says.

Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises (11 hours old)

A fitness app promising cash rewards for eating well pays up over accusations that it broke promises.

Hijacked software used to target tech giants (13 hours old)

Hackers who hijacked security software also used it to infiltrate hi-tech firms, say Cisco researchers.

Gamers give their verdicts after being among the first in the UK to try the Xbox One X (20 hours old)

Gamers have been trying the Xbox One X for the first time in the UK at the EGX expo in Birmingham.

Fake website fools Equifax staff (1 day old)

Equifax mistakenly directed some customers to a fake website via Twitter.

'Payment by vein' trialled in supermarket (1 day old)

The company behind the technology hopes the new way to pay for goods will appeal to millennials.

Deliveroo accounts reveal huge losses (1 day old)

"Gig economy" firm Deliveroo publishes accounts revealing huge losses.

WhatsApp and YouTube terror video man jailed (1 day old)

The 21-year-old radical Islamist filmed himself calling British soldiers "baby butchers of the Muslims".

Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal (1 day old)

The tie-up marks the latest push by Google to boost its hardware business.

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