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Kodi users can now access Plex for free
Savvy techies who want all their media ready to go for the big screen have probably heard of Kodi, and those who want to take the highly customizable home theater software a step further have definitely...
Jaguar’s steering wheel of the future uses AI and isn't shaped like an actual wheel
Right now, the only reason you’re likely to remove your steering wheel from your car and carry it around with you is grievous error, but in the self-driving future it could be a very different story.Jaguar...
Aussies beware: phone scammers are now posing as NBN reps
NBN-related complaints may have hit an all-time high with consumers not being delivered the speeds they were promised, but the NBN’s notoriety has made it a popular cover for scammers.Fraudsters pretending...
Canada lags as Britain moves to give citizens more control over personal data
The British government has proposed a bill that would allow individuals to ask for their old childhood posts to be completely erased from social media websites. Story continues below The Data Protection...
New UK data protection laws: everything you need to know for your online life
In an effort to move with the times, the UK government is updating its policy about data protection. The newly announced Data Protection Bill builds on the Data Protection Act of 1998, and the EU General...
Web law offers 'right to be forgotten' online
The Data Protection Bill will make it simpler for people to control how companies use their personal details.The information watchdog has been given extra powers to issue huge fines to companies who fail...
Uber boss Travis Kalanick quits after revolt
He agreed to leave his post at the taxi app firm after receiving a letter demanding his resignation from some of its top investors.The shareholders joined forces just a week after Mr Kalanick announced...
Google makes it easier to find your own stuff from the search box
Google has begun rolling out a new Personal tab on its search results page, so users can quickly switch to looking through their own stuff rather than the web at large: items from Gmail, Google Photos...
McDonald’s Canada cyberattack exposed 95,000 job-seekers’ personal information
If you applied online for a job at McDonald’s in the last few years your personal information may have been compromised.“The McDonald’s Canada career website was recently subject to a cyberattack,” reads...
Senators question whether Trump's use of personal phone may be a national security risk
Is President Trump still using an insecure smartphone? If he's been given a secure device for his personal use, is he actually using it? And what security measures are in place to protect his personal...
10 robots that are changing the world
Whether they’re taking our jobs, acting as our own personal butlers or planning mankind’s ultimate robopocalypse downfall, we’ve been obsessed robots for centuries. From clockwork automatons to cutting...
ZeeMee App Helps Students Show Colleges a Personal Side
The college application process is complex and stressful for many students. Colleges not only look for students who do well academically, but also pursue passions and interests outside of school. A new...
President Trump's official Twitter profile is linked to a potentially insecure Gmail account
This comes as The New York Times reported Trump is still using his Android phone device, despite objections from at least some of his aides. If the Twitter account is linked to a personal Gmail account,...
Ars looks at the future of aviation, live from the White House
Kevin Baird reader comments 6 Share this story Further ReadingFAA chief to impatient drone industry: “Sorry we’re so slow”Drones are changing the way people think about aviation, and around the nation...
6.6 million plaintext passwords exposed as site gets hacked to the bone
Reusing four-year-old passwords from MySpace for GitHub? ABC Photo Archives / Getty Images reader comments 19 Share this story Plaintext passwords, usernames, e-mail addresses, and a wealth of other personal...
Google co-founder Larry Page is secretly building flying cars
Previously known patents registered by Zee.Aero show a craft that matches this description, with a thin central fuselage and twin rows of propellors like outriggers. The patent, filed in 2012, says the...
Googling your name will now show you personalized privacy controls
SAN FRANCISCO – Soon, all you’ll need to do is Google yourself if you’re wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your digital life.In coming weeks, a shortcut to personal account information...
Personal data of Chinese elites purportedly leaked on Twitter
BEIJING (Reuters) - The purported personal details of numerous Chinese business moguls and politically-connected elite have been posted to an anonymous Twitter account, an embarrassing leak for authorities...
Zuckerberg spent $19m on personal security over past three years
At Facebook, security is a top priority — security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, that is. The social-networking giant spent more than $6.5 million last year on bodyguards and other measures to protect Zuckerberg...
Facebook wants you to post more personal updates
You probably check your Facebook News Feed and see it populated with lots of updates from friends, family and acquaintances, but the social network apparently is concerned that they're not posting enough...
Watch the first crewed flight of the world’s first “flying car”
Mirror, signal, lift-off. A crewed flight of what many are calling the world’s first flying car took place on 30 March at an airfield in Germany, it emerged today (see video above). The Volocopter is...
Microsoft to Ship Windows 10 Anniversary Update This Summer
Microsoft announced a variety of new features to enhance the "personal" in personal computing in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update. SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft announced that it will be delivering...
Tokyo trial for two-wheeled Toyota
Toyota's two-wheeled personal mobility vehicle, the Winglet, is to be trialed on public sidewalks in the Tokyo Waterfront City district Japan's capital city. Unveiled in 2008, the Winglet is similar to...
How technology is changing the way we use banks
March 23, 2016, 8:35 AM|Technology continues to make personal banking easier. By 2014 more than half of smartphone owners were using mobile banking. In an age when you can transfer funds with a fingerprint,...
Personal software agents versus the rise of the bots
Back in the 1990s there was much talk about Software Agents -- autonomous software that would be running around the Internet, all working on behalf of the individual and not a corporation.Today the Internet...
Directional speaker delivers personal sound, sans-headphones
As the world goes crazy about portable audio, Akoustic Arts engineers have taken a different approach to delivering sound. The directional "A" speaker transmits sound using ultrasonic waves, allowing...
Digital Assistants Fail Abysmally in Crisis Situations
Personal digital assistants are of little benefit for people experiencing a serious personal crisis, such as sexual assault or thoughts of suicide, according to a study published Monday. The research looked...
Personal Digital Assistants Not Always Helpful in Emergencies: Study
While personal digital assistants can help users find stores and services, new research suggests these devices shouldn't be used to find help in emergencies. Distraught, suicidal or injured smartphone...
Tandem is a fitness-focused live video platform
Another live streaming startup is hoping to grab its share of eyeballs. Tandem is a bootstrapping fitness-focused platform aiming to offer a low friction outlet where personal trainers, fitness teachers...
Apple exec: Don't "turn back the clock" on iPhone security
Apple's top software engineer is weighing in on the continuing dispute between Apple and the FBI over unlocking an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Craig Federighi, the company's...
Thousands of apps running Baidu code collect, leak personal data: research
SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of apps running code built by Chinese Internet giant Baidu have collected and transmitted users' personal information to the company, much of it easily intercepted,...
MWC 2016: Mark Zuckerberg on AI: we're nowhere near understanding how intelligence works
When Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage today at MWC 2016 for the Facebook keynote, he talked again mostly of his excitement for VR. He also discussed the future of 5G, Free Basics and a growing focus on...
Marketers use of mobile phone data erodes consumers' trust - survey
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Most consumers feel they lack control over personal information on their phones, are suspicious of attempts to use it for marketing appeals and many think the problem is getting worse,...
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn to play kingmaker for new robotics firms
More robotics Research alliance announces moonshot: Reverse engineering the human brain Over the next five years, computer scientists at several prestigious research institutions hope to unlock the secrets...
Canadians are guilty of oversharing on dating sites, survey finds
If you are looking for love this Valentine’s Day you might be tempted to download Tinder, or sign up for OKCupid. But before you start swiping right and composing an alluring biography, there’s something...
IRS website attack nets e-filing credentials for 101,000 taxpayers
The US Internal Revenue Service was the target of a malware attack that netted electronic tax-return credentials for 101,000 social security numbers, the agency disclosed Tuesday. Identity thieves made...
How to seamlessly use two numbers on your iPhone
Welcome to the gig economy. Today, more than one in three employed Americans are working as freelancers. The jobs they do take many forms--independent consultant, small business salesperson, journalist,...
Boon + Gable Hopes To Bring Personal Shoppers To The Masses
Online shopping continues to rise in popularity, but it’s still tough to know if the items you pick out on a website will work as an outfit in real life. New startup Boon+Gable hopes to change...
This app lets you remix Massive Attack's new material before it's released
Massive Attack are back with a new tour and a promise of new material, some - if not all - of which is now available to hear through a new 'sensory remixer' app called Fantom.The app, which was co-developed...
Court agrees, company can fire employee for Yahoo messaging after fair warning
Phil WhitehouseThe European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that companies are allowed to monitor employees' Internet activities, including online chats, provided they have been warned beforehand...
Are Americans concerned about privacy? "It depends"
In a hyper-connected, social media-fueled age where digital "sharing" is a fact of daily life, how do Americans feel about protecting their privacy? How much are consumers willing to reveal, and how worried...
U.S. official: Clapper's personal online accounts hacked
WASHINGTON -- Just months after reports that someone was hacking CIA Director John Brennan's personal email, a U.S. intelligence official confirmed that online personal accounts linked to Director of...
US spy chief's personal accounts hacked
US spy chief James Clapper's personal online accounts have been hacked, his office confirmed Tuesday, a few months after CIA director John Brennan suffered a similar attack. Clapper's Office of the Director...
US intelligence director's accounts next on the hacking block - CNET
Enlarge ImageHacker allegedly rerouted calls from James Clapper's home phone to the Free Palestine Movement. © Corbis/Splash News/Corbis Just months after breaching the CIA director's email account, hackers...
ICO orders Alzheimer’s Society to improve data protection
The Alzheimer’s Society faces prosecution if it fails to make changes and improvements to the way it handles personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office has given the charity six months to comply...
CES 2016: World's first human-carrying drone is the closest we've come to a flying car
Personal mini helicopters that get us from A to B seem like a far away innovation of the future, but we might be closer than that.At CES 2016, Chinese drone manufacturer Ehang Inc has revealed its new...
‘We want a robot in every home’
One giant leap forward ... Segway wants a personal robot in every home in the near future. Picture: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson THE future promised by The Jetsons might be just months away after personal...
Mark Zuckerberg’s 2016 challenge: To build an AI for his home
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:January 4, 2016 9:39 am Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to build his own AI this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has set himself the task of building a personal...
I have five digital 'personal assistants' and still can't get anything done
Screenshot composite of Cortana app There comes a point in every adult’s life when one stops and thinks: I could really use a personal assistant. I know I could. The Washington Post’s budget, however,...
8 forward-thinking vehicles to propel us into 2016
The continued minituarization of electronics, advances in materials technology, a growing emphasis on clean, sustainable modes of transport and imaginative thinkers with out-of-the-box ideas have converged...
The online personal finance tool LearnVest provides free tools for tracking your spending habits, determining your financial goals, and budgeting your money. It's a great solution if you also happen to...
Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says fan site security leak fixed
HONG KONG (AP) — The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the famous character that compromised the personal information of 3.3...
How I upgraded Office 365 Personal to Office 365 Home for $10 - CNET
Enlarge ImageBring Home home for an extra $9.99. Microsoft Microsoft Office is a need for some, a preference for others. In both cases it's an expensive proposition, with the one-user Office 365 Personal...
Uber looks to get commuters out of their personal cars with new fixed route option
You hail an Uber for a night out on the town. But to get to work, you're probably still driving a car. Now, Uber's widening an experiment to get your personal car out of the picture. On Tuesday, the San...
Popular free apps compromise your personal information and security
Many of the apps we download for free can be a way for marketing companies to profit from our personal data or even a gateway for thieves to steal our personal information.Sophos security expert Chester...
Students build battery-powered personal flying machine - CNET
Enlarge ImageThe Snowstorm in flight. National University of Singapore The day approaches, slowly but surely, when we can all sail gracefully over the full moon, a la Elliott and E.T. In the mean time,...
Researchers establish the world's first mathematical theory of humor
How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humour? University of Alberta researchers have developed a mathematical method of doing just that—and it might not be quite as personal as we t...
How the CIO can get on message
Sampling the customer experience The IT industry is not alone in “eating its own dog food”, where employees are encouraged to use the organisation’s products in their personal lives. At the Forrester CXEurope...
How much is your personal data worth?
Older people are also less likely to sell their data than younger ones – with 32pc of those 45 years and above describing their data as priceless, compared to 24pc of those aged 16 to 24. Those between...
Australia’s biggest emerging cybersecurity threat
Your computer is locked until you pay this ransom. IMAGINE a hacker stealing your personal information or taking over your computer and holding it ransom until you deliver them a requested amount of money....
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