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Computing GCSEs slump prompts skills fears
The number of year 11 students taking one of the two computing GCSEs which are currently available, ICT and computer science, has slumped, according to figures released by Ofqual.Despite a 3% increase...
How e-cigarettes can be used to hack computers
With only minor modifications, the vape pen can be used by attackers to compromise the computers they are connected to - even if it seems just like they are charging.Giving a presentation at BSides London,...
iMac Pro first look: the most powerful Mac computer ever made
The new iMac Pro proves Apple wasn't holding back at WWDC 2017, announcing what it calls 'the most powerful Mac ever made.'That's a strong statement, but the new all-in-one desktop computer has top-of-the-line...
BA computer woes leave flights cancelled and passengers stranded
If you're trying to take off on a British Airways flight from London today then you might not be in the best of moods - a serious computer malfunction has left planes on the tarmac, with all flights from...
Computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests uncovered
An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen to circumvent US and European emission tests over at least six years before the Environmental Protection Agency...
Why the emerging ransomware threat's next target could be your smartphone or tablet
A massive cyberattack that struck 300,000 computers in 150 countries earlier this month has begun to slow, but experts warn there is more to come — including the ability to hack fingerprint readers. "It...
Rise in screen time 'risking children's health'
Data for England, Wales and Scotland shows that more than three-quarters of children aged 11 to 15 spend two or more hours using electronic devices on weekdays.Experts say this is reducing the amount...
How the WannaCry ransomware attack spread around the world
On Friday morning, somewhere in Europe, an unwitting user opened an email attachment or clicked a link allowing the ransomware “WannaCry” to infect their computer. The virus spread rapidly, infecting...
Europol says Global Cyberattack Affects 150 Countries
Europe's police agency Europol says a global cyberattack has affected at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, with data networks infected by malware that locks computer files unless a ransom is...
Global Cyberattack in Brief: Ransomware, a Vision of Future?, Seeking Culprits
In what is believed to be the largest attack of its kind ever recorded, a cyberextortion attack continued causing problems Saturday, locking up computers and holding users’ files for ransom at dozens of...
Ransomware Attack Could Herald Future Problems
Tech staffs around the world worked around the clock this weekend to protect computers and patch networks to block the computer hack whose name sounds like a pop song — "WannaCry" — as analysts warned...
Worldwide Cyberattack Spreads Further in Second Day
A cyberattack against tens of thousands of data networks in scores of countries, all infected by malware that locks computer files unless a ransom is paid, spread further in its second day Saturday, with...
What You Need to Know About Ransomware
An aggressive wave of cyberattacks hit companies and public institutions around the globe Friday, causing international havoc and bringing many services to a standstill. Computers were locked up and users’...
Massive Cyberattack Hits Organizations Around Globe
An aggressive wave of cyberattacks has hit companies and public institutions around the globe, causing international havoc and bringing many services to a standstill. The cyberextortion attempt appeared...
Prosecutors explore options with Uber
When dealing with a federal grand jury investigation, a company learns quickly that almost any document can be obtained and that prosecutors have broad authority to look into just about every dark corner...
'Seeing' bionic hand created with 99p camera
The hand was developed by bioengineers at Newcastle University who modified a standard NHS myoelectric hand with a cheap camera to provide upper-limb amputees with a more functional prosthetic.Myoelectric...
Louisiana Tech University patents file folders, then goes trolling
USPTO reader comments Share this story The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hoping that the saga of US Patent No. 8,473,532 will serve as a reminder that many universities aren't doing what they can...
Apple is building 'completely rethought Mac Pro,' new iMacs and Apple displays
The Mac Pro isn't dead. Apple confirmed Tuesday it is building a new "modular" version of its high-end desktop computer. The Mac Pro hasn't been updated since December 2013, leaving most pundits to believe...
Synthetic humans help computers understand how real people act
Human behaviour is a perennial challenge for techKaren Bleier/AFP/Getty ImagesBy Timothy RevellWe are difficult for computers to understand. Our actions are sufficiently unpredictable that computer vision...
Forget the sonic screwdriver – Micro Bit will defeat Daleks in interactive lessons
Sonic screwdriver? Pah! In the BBC’s latest brainwave to get school kids excited about programming, it’s the Beeb’s own Micro Bit computer board which is the gadget to save the day against the Daleks’...
The Raspberry Pi is now the third best-selling computer of all time
The Raspberry Pi is now the third best-selling general purpose computer of all time, MagPi magazine says, edging out the Commodore 64 in the all-time rankings. Over 12.5 million DIY boards have been shifted...
This computer model can predict when you want your phone to interrupt you
Sometimes you don't want to be distracted by your phone. Other times it's perfectly okay. But unless you take the trouble to manually switch on and off your notifications, your device doesn't know the...
First hint of how DNA calculators could supercharge computing
DNA might hold the secret of computing as well as lifealengo/GettyBy Matt ReynoldsBy making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster...
Best online backup services for business in 2017
Price: $50 (£40, AU$65) per computer per yearBackblaze has been delivering easy, low-cost backup services to consumers for years, so it's no surprise that its business products have the same focus on...
US programmers may have made more money had there been less tech work visas: Report
The salaries of US-born computer scientists might be higher were it not for the influx of high-skilled immigrants into the tech industry, a new report suggests. According to a working paper published...
“Take your sweet time”—how I scammed a tech support scammer for nearly two hours
Tech support scammers in India got trapped on the phone with me for nearly two hours, and all they got was a revocation of their remote access software ID.Aurich Lawson reader comments Share this story...
Gallery: MAGFest offers up four wild nights of gaming-themed parties and passion
Enlarge / A number of us watching this huge Snorlax walk the halls wondered how he got into elevators or through doors. reader comments 0 Share this story Of all the gaming conventions I go to every year,...
Sprout Pro All-in-One, EliteBook x360 Top HP Computer Lineup at CES
HP made a splash at this year’s Computer Electronic Show 2017 with help from a bevy of new computers. The vendor unveiled desktops, notebooks and hybrids that should hold appeal for both consumers and...
Vensmile K8 Mini PC
Geekbuying sent us the Vensmile K8, an entire computer that is about the size of a standard keyboard which is foldable and costs just over £137 (around $170, AU$230) – not a bad price for what you get...
Safer, less vulnerable software is the goal of new computer publication
We can create software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities than we do today, according to computer scientists. To get there, they recommend that coders adopt the approaches they have compiled in a new...
"Extreme" downpours could become much more common
Extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times...
Japan is about to build the world's fastest computer
Japan has announced its intention to climb to the top of the international supercomputer rankings by building the fastest computer in the world by 2018.At the moment there are two main players when it...
Japan creating world's fastest computer
The country will spend 19.5 billion yen (£139m) on the computer, which should make 130 quadrillion calculations per second.That is 130 petaflops in scientific parlance. Image Caption: Shinzo Abe wants...
Presidential Medal of Freedom awards go to top computer scientists
Margaret H. Hamilton led the team that created the on-board flight software for NASA's Apollo command modules and lunar modules. A mathematician and computer scientist who started her own software company,...
Computer Software Reads, Translates Brain Signals Into Speech
Degenerative diseases like ALS can rob victims of their ability to move and communicate. But Stephen Hawking is proof that inside an immobile body, there can be a beautiful mind. Now a computer technology,...
PoisonTap Hacking Tool Compromises Computers via USB Stick
If you step away from your computer, an attacker could quickly insert a USB stick and take control using a series of vulnerabilities. The device costs only $5. While most people know not to leave their...
Mouse-maker Logitech finds success by moving beyond PC legacy
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Pioneering computer mouse maker Logitech isn't ready to walk away from the personal computer business just yet, even though its chief executive spends all his time these days thinking...
Meet PoisonTap, the $5 tool that ransacks password-protected computers
EnlargeSamy Kamkar reader comments 0 Share this story The perils of leaving computers unattended just got worse, thanks to a newly released exploit tool that takes only 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading...
Facebook shows off a feature it says is a big breakthrough in artificial intelligence
But Facebook has managed to pack AI into its app, which allows people to add filters to their videos in real-time, meaning that computing tasks that once required large data centers can now be done on...
Why the New Apple MacBook Pro Might Disappoint Prospective Buyers
Apple is scheduled to release the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar mid-November. The computer, which Apple introduced at a media briefing in October, offers several improvements over the previous model, including...
Dell just showed off its crazy vision for desktops
It looks like Microsoft isn't the only one looking to turn your desktop into an all-in-one studio.Dell appears to be working on its own take of a computer for creatives called the Smart Desk, which features...
British parliament members urge Obama to halt hacking suspect’s US extradition
EnlargeThe Courage Foundation reader comments 13 Share this story Further ReadingLauri Love to be extradited to the US to face hacking charges, court rulesThis week, culture minister Matt Hancock and more...
Fiber optic racetrack makes for an excellent computer
Enlarge / The future of computing?DOE reader comments 5 Share this story Many Ars readers love to argue the details of different computer architectures. Cache implementations, pipelines, and other minutiae...
Micro Bit has mega-plans as mini-computer goes global
The Micro Bit compact computer board is going global, and will be available throughout Europe in the next few months, and will subsequently arrive in the US and other countries next year.The BBC's Raspberry...
Latest Tech Support Scams Integrate Ransomware, Malvertising
Fraudsters are branching out into ransomware and malvertising with the goal of installing scareware on computers and then charging victims for fake services. Tech support scams used to involve cold-calling...
First-ever computer music recording restored
The huge computer, which filled most of the floor at a laboratory in Manchester, is said to have paved the way for modern electronica and synthesisers.God Save The King, as the national anthem was back...
In depth: Can an uploaded brain live forever?
Will we ever be able to map the brain?As speedy as today's supercomputers are, they're still nowhere near the complexity and power of the brains sitting inside of our heads. But the rapid rise of computing...
Yahoo hackers may seek intelligence, not riches
If a foreign government is behind the computer attack that compromised a half-billion user accounts at Yahoo, as the company says, the breach could be part of a long-term strategy designed to gather intelligence...
Police warn of shady USB drives appearing in mailboxes
Some people just want to watch the world burn.A person or a group of people have been dropping malicious USB sticks in mailboxes around Victoria, Australia. The State Police on Wednesday issued a warning,...
How Microsoft plans to ‘solve’ cancer
Microsoft has revealed a series of healthcare initiatives designed to solve cancer. MICROSOFT says cancer is like a computer virus and can be solved by cracking the code. The tech giant has revealed details...
How do we create a Quantum Internet?
Introduction and quantum computingIs life analogue or digital? We live in a digital age, so the answer might seem obvious. Think again. Reality is not digital – it's quantum. Modern computers are only...
Chatterbots bid to show their human side
A series of chatterbots will attempt to fool judges - including me - into thinking they are also human.No computer has ever triumphed at the Loebner Prize - a version of the Turing Test, first proposed...
Computer program beats physicians at brain cancer diagnoses
A computer program has been developed that uses radiomic features found in routine MRI scans to distinguish between radiation necrosis and recurrent brain cancer. In a comparison, the program was nearly...
Raspberry Pi sells over 10 million computers
Wired reader comments 24 Share this story Four years since it first went on sale to eager developers, the credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer has sold an impressive 10 million units. It remains the...
Raspberry Pi has now shifted 10 million units
The Raspberry Pi has now shipped 10 million units in total across the various incarnations of the tiny computer.That's not too shabby to say the least, and in fact RS Components and the Pi Foundation –...
HP Pavilion Wave Takes Home PC Design Beyond the Boring Old Box
HP Inc. on Aug. 31 unveiled a new computer called the Pavilion Wave. The desktop PC, which will launch later in September, comes in a small triangular package that's designed to deliver immersive audio...
Revealed: Google’s plan for quantum computer supremacy
Superconducting qubits are topsUCSBBy Jacob AronSOMEWHERE in California, Google is building a device that will usher in a new era for computing. It’s a quantum computer, the largest ever made, designed...
The tech support scam that could kill your computer
Stacia Gates was on her computer one day when something strange happened.“This pop-up came up and it said it was from Microsoft,” she described. Stacia Gates fell victim to an old phishing scam that’s...
Silicon Week: 10 biggest moments in computing history
Then and nowThere have been huge advancements in computing technologies since the early 1900s, when calculators and typewriters were 'new-fangled' contraptions. And, in the 70 some-odd years since the...
Artificial Intelligence Can Spot, Map Poverty, Researchers Say
A new technique using artificial intelligence to read satellite images could aid efforts to eradicate global poverty by indicating where help is needed most, a team of U.S. researchers said Thursday. The...
Cramer: This market is scared of Amazon, and it's fighting back
In a market that has plenty to worry about, whether it be the Senate health care bill, retail's demise, or impending deflation, Jim Cramer says it is preoccupied by one thing only: Amazon. "I think the...
Amazon aims to charge $2.8 million for NFL ad packages: Sources
For each game, Amazon can sell 10 30-second spots, one of the sources said. The spots run on the live-stream while local ads air on network TV. Under the terms Amazon is offering, buyers also get to run...
We now have a closer look at how Alexa will look on the Echo Show screen
Thanks to an Amazon developers kit, we now have a good idea how Alexa will look on its new smart speaker/screen the Echo Show.The developer kit has been released so that developers can start programming...
Amazon Fire 7 (2017)
We’ve built up some pretty straightforward expectations for a new Amazon Fire 7 tablet. Each iteration is going to be a solid but basic mini tablet that acts as a 7-inch window onto the sprawling Amazon...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark