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  • Avvo settles New York probe, to reform lawyer ratings

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s attorney general on Monday said U.S. lawyer review website Avvo had agreed to reform its rating system and improve disclosures after a probe revealed shortcomings in how it presented information to consumers seeking to hire lawyers. Attorney General Barbara Underwood said Avvo, a Seattle-based unit of Internet Brands Inc, […]

  • Code-cracking WW2 Bombe operation recreated at Bletchley

    Image copyright AFP Image caption The Enigma machine scrambled messages to make them much harder to decipher Computer historians have staged a re-enactment of World War Two code-cracking at Bletchley Park. A replica code-breaking computer called a Bombe was used to decipher a message scrambled by an Enigma machine. Held at the National Museum of […]

  • Social media saves lives in Syria's Civil War

    Social media saves lives in Syria The new smartphone and computer app Sentry acts as an early warning alert system using data from human observers and remote sensors to warn of Assad regime attacks. As the Syrian Civil War drags on, one American company is hoping to harness the power of social media to help […]

  • The Future of Open Source

    By Jack M. Germain Sep 19, 2018 5:00 AM PT Linux and the open source business model are far different today than many of the early developers might have hoped. Neither can claim a rags-to-riches story. Rather, their growth cycles have been a series of hit-or-miss milestones. The Linux desktop has yet to find a […]

  • Amazon Has Big Plans for Alexa in Homes, Cars

    Amazon will unveil eight new Alexa-powered devices for the car and home before the end of the year, CNBC reported Monday. They include a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer and an in-car gadget. Amazon is expected to reveal some of the devices at an event later this month. All the devices will […]

  • U.S. Justice Department probes Musk statement on taking Tesla private

    (Reuters) – Tesla Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating Chief Executive Elon Musk’s public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric carmaker private, the latest and biggest threat to Musk and his leadership of the electric car maker. The Justice Department asked Tesla for documents about Musk’s […]

  • Google admits changing phone settings remotely

    Image caption Android Pie is the latest version of Google’s operating system. Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. The battery saver affects how often apps update and work in the background. The firm took to discussion website Reddit to explain […]

  • Iran accuses Twitter of shutting down legitimate accounts – CNET

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accuses Twitter of deleting accounts belonging to real people.. Sean Gallup / Getty Images Iran’s government has accused Twitter of closing accounts belonging to “real” Iranians while allowing anti-government bots to flourish. The charges were leveled Sunday in a series of tweets sent by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad […]

  • 8 clever ways that tech can reveal a cheating spouse

    (Credit: iStock)  (ShaneKato) People cheat. Not everyone, not all the time, but extramarital affairs are downright common. Even now, in the age of serial divorces and polyamory, when marriage is as flexible – and even disposable – as it ever has been, devoted husbands and wives succumb to temptation. When looking for evidence, partners usually […]