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UK slips further down global broadband league table

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Openreach is hiring 3,500 engineers to roll out ultra-fast fibre to 3 million more premises in the UK The UK has slipped from 31st to 35th place in the global broadband league tables, behind 25 other European countries, research suggests.Analysis of 163 million broadband speed tests across 200 countries indicates Singapore ranks as the world's fastest country, with Yemen the slowest.Average speeds in
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Mobile phone warning road signs ‘a UK first’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Phones being used via a vehicle's Bluetooth system or hands-free will not trigger the warning system A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in a UK first.Despite being unable to pick up whether the driver is using the phone, it is hoped it will act as a deterrent to people making calls
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Nazi-themed goods found on Amazon marketplace

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amazon should be more active in policing its store, rights groups say Amazon is helping hate groups profit by letting them sell Nazi-themed goods on its store, a report suggests.The study found many hate groups were selling goods on Amazon's store branded with Nazi imagery, including clothing, jewellery and replica military regalia.Some hate groups were also selling music and books celebrating their views via
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Twitter ‘shuts down millions of fake accounts’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bots on Twitter are easy to spot and can be quickly shut down, say experts Twitter has shut down up to 70 million fake and suspicious accounts since May, according to the Washington Post.The suspensions and shutdowns were part of a concerted effort by Twitter to clear up the platform, said the paper.Many of the accounts are thought to be used by trolls or
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Smart home gadgets in domestic abuse warning

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A list offering guidance to those affected by smart home devices being used to control or harass them within abusive relationships has been published online.It is largely aimed at women.A recent report by the New York Times detailed examples of "technology-facilitated abuse".This involves devices being activated remotely in order to cause fear or confusion - such as remotely altering the temperature or locking doors.A woman
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Glenn Burrows: Illegal Sky TV device trader jailed

[ad_1] Image copyright Norfolk Police Image caption Glenn Burrows was jailed at Norwich Crown Court on Friday A man whose streaming device allowed several thousands to watch premium Sky TV content illegally has been jailed.Glenn Burrows, 33, operated under the names "Ooberstick" and "Oober media" and his device allowed customers to view Sky without a valid subscription.Burrows, of Princes Street, North Walsham, Norfolk, was jailed for 22 months on Friday
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Exoskeleton that allows humans to work and play for longer

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Would exoskeletons allow people to achieve previously undreamt of physical feats? Would you put on an exoskeleton that meant you could run for an entire day without getting tired?What about one that would allow you to stay on your feet longer at work?The technology to give people superhuman strength is currently being developed but the ethical questions about whether we should be developing
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Banks ordered to show tech back-up plans

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK banks have been told to explain how they would cope with a technology failure or cyber-attack.The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority have given financial firms three months to detail how they would respond if their systems failed.Some TSB customers were left unable to access online banking for more than a month following a botched systems upgrade in April.Banks could be ordered
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Dark web sting leads to arrest of alleged spyware thief

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption NSO software is believed to have helped get past security measures on Apple iPhones A programmer who allegedly tried to sell stolen surveillance tools worth $50m (£38m) on the dark web has been caught and charged in Israel.The software was reportedly stolen from a security firm called NSO Group, known for creating surveillance software. The former NSO developer is believed to have stolen the
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E-waste mining could be big business – and good for the planet.

[ad_1] Image copyright UNSW Image caption Professor Veena Sahajwalla's e-waste factory could be profitable within a couple of years, she says. Many millions of tonnes of televisions, phones and other electronic equipment are discarded each year, despite them being a rich source of metals. But now e-waste mining has the potential to become big business. Professor Veena Sahajwalla's mine in Australia produces gold, silver and copper - and there isn't