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Microsoft tip leads to child porn arrest in Pennsylvania

Microsoft's terms and conditions say it has the right to scan images in users' accounts

A tip-off from Microsoft has led to the arrest of a man in Pennsylvania who has been charged with receiving and sharing child abuse images. It flagged the matter after discovering that an image involving a young girl had been allegedly saved to the man’s OneDrive cloud storage account. According to court documents, the man was subsequently detected trying to ...

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Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

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A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security – a US firm specialising in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the “largest data breach known to date”. It claimed the stolen information came from more than 420,000 websites, including “many leaders in virtually all ...

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Somotex GH launch LG mosquito repellent air-conditioner

IN THE PHOTO : FROM LEFT TO RIGHT – Mr Ashok Mohinani – Executive director (Mohinani Group) , Mr. Alexander Kwaning (Director – RSIN – MESTI) , Mr. Nii Ayi Hyde (Executive Director – Somotex Ghana limited) , and Mr Pranab Mohanty (Vice President – Somotex Ghana limited) cutting the Air conditioner cake at the Launch of the new LG Air conditioners.

Somotex Ghana Limited, the sole authourized distributor of LG Electronics in Ghana, on August 1, 2014, launched Ghana’s 1st mosquito repellent air-conditioner at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Accra. Specifically designed and built for the Ghanaian & African market, the new air conditioner incorporates an impressive function that uses ultrasonic waves to combat mosquitoes. The successful “Mosquito Away” comes with ...

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IBM wins $66m contract with Fidelity Bank Ghana

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International Business Machines Corp has won a $66 million, five-year contract with Fidelity Bank Ghana to manage IT infrastructure and services, the two companies said on Tuesday. The announcement was made at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, part of a three-day Africa summit that has brought together political leaders, officials and business executives in Washington. Fidelity Bank Managing Director Edward Effah said ...

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Microsoft sues Samsung over Android patent fees

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Microsoft is suing Samsung in a dispute over Android patent fees. Microsoft says the South Korean firm failed to pay it on schedule for the use of its inventions and has begun legal action in New York. In a blog, the US firm said Samsung had used Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s handset unit “as an excuse to breach its contract”. Samsung has ...

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New update for Nokia x family users

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Microsoft devices has announced, customers using the Nokia X family of affordable smartphones will soon enjoy brand new features of the Nokia X with the introduction of a new software. The Nokia X, X+ and XL will be boosted with improved features such as the new App Switcher, which makes it easier to jump between using different apps, Outlook and ...

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How to charge your phone with apples, potatoes

A man uses apples and potatoes to charge his phone

Intrigued Londoners looked on as a smartphone’s battery was charged by a strange contraption made of 800 apples and potatoes connected with hundreds of nails and lengths of copper wire. The art installation was created outside the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush, essentially just a large-scale version of the classroom science experiment where a single potato is used to ...

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Wearable users tracked with Raspberry Pi

Scooping up data broadcast by wearables is "trivial", security researchers say

People who use wearable gadgets to monitor their health or activity can be tracked with only $70 (£40) of hardware, research suggests. The work, carried out by security firm Symantec, used a Raspberry Pi computer to grab data broadcast by the gadgets. The snooping Pi was taken to parks and sporting events where it was able to pick out individuals ...

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Display screen technology could correct vision problems

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Engineers have developed a prototype tablet display that compensates for an individuals’ vision problems. The system uses software to alter the light from each individual pixel on the screen, based on the person’s glasses prescription. The researchers also added a thin plastic pin hole filter to enhance the sharpness of the image. The team say the technology could help millions who need ...

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Russia enacts ‘draconian’ law for bloggers and online media

Russia's parliament has voted through a series of internet laws

A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia. It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform to the regulations that govern the country’s larger media outlets. Internet companies will also be required to allow Russian authorities access to users’ information. One ...

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