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Twitter moves non-US accounts to Ireland away from the NSA
Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your account is controlled by San Francisco-based Twitter Inc, but if you're elsewhere in the world (anywhere else) it's handled by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland. The changes also affect Periscope.
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Google cleans up URLs in mobile search results with breadcrumbs
Google is revamping the way URLs appear in search results on mobile devices. Smaller screens have a tendency to truncate lengthier URLs, and even when this doesn’t happen diminutive screen size can make addresses difficult to read.
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Instagram is OK with a little nudity, preferably at a distance
Photo-sharing site Instagram has updated its community guidelines to make it clear what sort of images are acceptable. If you were hoping to use your account to supply your followers with a stream of pornography pics, you're out of luck, sadly. Nudity is -- for the most part -- out (we don’t allow nudity on Instagram), including
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Lost your phone? Just Google it
Becoming reunited with your lost phone just got a whole lot easier. It doesn’t matter if you're alone and don't have access to another phone to ring your cell to see if it has slipped down the back of the sofa. To make life a little easier, Google is rolling out a feature that enables you to conduct a Google search for your phone.
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It's your own fault phishing scams are successful
There is no need for cybercriminals to launch sophisticated attacks, or exploit vulnerabilities, to gain access to valuable information; a simple phishing email is all that's needed to convince a worrying number of people to hand over their login credentials. This is just one of the findings of a new security report due to be published by Verizon.
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Pixel pushing -- what's the point in Sharp's 5.5 inch 4K 806ppi screen?
It is a given that whatever technology you see if front of you will be bettered if not next week, then next month or next year. Processors will get faster, hard drives bigger, laptops thinner and... well, you get the idea. In the realm of mobile devices there was a time when size meant everything. Mobile phone screens grew larger and larger, but then focus started to switch.
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Office Universal apps preview coming to Windows 10 for phones very soon
Microsoft comes under fire quite often for seeming to favor Android and iOS over its own mobile platforms. Apple and Google's mobile operating system have been first in line for all manner of Microsoft apps and services, and it was much the same story with the mobile versions of Office.
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Zuckerberg says Internet.org is not anti-net neutrality... but it is
A few days ago Mark Zuckerberg conducted a Q&A on Facebook. Despite tens of thousands of comments, very little of interest came out of the session -- he works 50-60 hours a week, likes Oculus (surprise, surprise), and he stands behind his Internet.org project which is providing internet access to people all over the world, including those in remote and developing locations. As is to be expected from a Q&A session, Zuckerberg also found that he ha...
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Microsoft makes mobile image searching a (nearly) typing-free experience
Microsoft thinks that typing on a mobile device is difficult. At the same time it understands that
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Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, considers selling HERE
Following on from yesterday confirmation that Nokia was in talks with Alcatel-Lucent regarding a possible buyout, the Finnish company has now gone ahead with the purchase. Nokia is paying €15.6 billion ($16.6 billion) for the French telecoms equipment manufacturer. The deal is expected to be finalized in the first half of 2016, subject to shareholder approval.
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Windows remains vulnerable to serious 18-year-old SMB security flaw
A serious security hole leaves millions of Windows users open to attack, making it possible to extract encrypted credentials from a target machine. Researchers at Cylance say the problem affects
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Watch Game of Thrones for free on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One
The wait is now over for fans of Game of Thrones. After a slight break, the first episode of season five aired last night and there were plenty of ways to watch it: HBO NOW for Apple users, Sling TV to name two legal options, or you could opt to grab a torrent of the first four episodes after they leaked online.
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Mark Wilson is a software fiend and a fan of the new, shiny and intriguing who has been using computers since long before the Start menu existed. Never afraid to get his hands dirty with some full-scale geekery, he’s always trying out the latest apps, hacks and tweaks
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Twitter moves non-US accounts to Ireland away from the NSA
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Twitter has updated its privacy policy, creating a two-lane service that treats US and non-US users differently. If you live in the US, your

Google cleans up URLs in mobile search results with breadcrumbs
betanews.com

Google is revamping the way URLs appear in search results on mobile devices. Smaller screens have a tendency to truncate lengthier URLs, and

Instagram is OK with a little nudity, preferably at a distance
betanews.com

Photo-sharing site Instagram has updated its community guidelines to make it clear what sort of images are acceptable. If you were hoping to

Lost your phone? Just Google it
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Becoming reunited with your lost phone just got a whole lot easier. It doesn’t matter if you're alone and don't have access to another phone

Windows remains vulnerable to serious 18-year-old SMB security flaw
betanews.com

A serious security hole leaves millions of Windows users open to attack, making it possible to extract encrypted credentials from a target m

Pixel pushing -- what's the point in Sharp's 5.5 inch 4K 806ppi screen?
betanews.com

It is a given that whatever technology you see if front of you will be bettered if not next week, then next month or next year. Processors w

Watch Game of Thrones for free on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One
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The wait is now over for fans of Game of Thrones. After a slight break, the first episode of season five aired last night and there were ple

Unlock a secret dark theme in Windows 10 with a registry hack
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Build 10056 of Windows 10 Technical Preview -- which leaked online in the last few days -- has a hidden dark theme. If you have grabbed a co

Fujitsu and Microsoft announce IoT and M2M partnership
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Much of the focus of talk about the Internet of Things surrounds what the IoT can do for home users. A clever cooker is great, but move up t

Microsoft and Miele team up to cook up an IoT revolution
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When people talk about the Internet of Things, there are often semi-joking references to fridges that know when you've run out of milk and o

Microsoft looks after the environment and your wallet with Xbox One ener...
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Anyone setting up an Xbox One will be presented with the option of enabling the console's energy savings. At the moment, it is the Instant-o

Apple thinks Apple Watch customers are completely stupid
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Today Apple started taking orders for Apple Watch, and the world is agog. It's online only this time around, so there are no amusing article

Windows 10's unified Store includes apps, movies and music for all devices
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As we get further and further down the road to Windows 10, Microsoft today reveals there will be a major overhaul to the Store. A single uni

Microsoft announces integration between Dropbox and Office Online
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Back in November, Microsoft and Dropbox joined forces to bring Office editing capabilities to iOS and Android users. Now the two companies h

Facebook Messenger breaks away into a brand new dedicated website
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Today Facebook launches a new standalone website for its Messenger service. The separate interface means that it is now possible to chat wit

Intel's RealSense 3D camera could be in your next smartphone
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Intel has managed to shrink its depth-sensitive RealSense 3D Camera to the extent that it could be used in the next generation of cell phone

Google is too slow at clearing crap from the Chrome extension store
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Malware is something computer users -- and even mobile and tablet owners -- are now more aware of than ever. That said, many people do not g

Microsoft and Getty Images bury the hatchet after legal action and form ...
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Late last year Getty Images hit Microsoft with a lawsuit for using its images without license in the Bing Image Widget. Getty had complained

Google reported to FTC for 'unfair and deceptive' ads in YouTube Kids
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A number of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC suggesting that Google is targeting children with

Turkey blocks Facebook, YouTube and Twitter; Zuckerberg caves in, Google...
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Today Turkey blocked access to a number of websites including YouTube and Twitter. The ban came after the sites published images of a prosec