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Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

Better for your lungs, worse for your hard drives, e-cigarettes can potentially infect a computer if plugged in to chargeE-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a spec

Google Contributor: can I really pay to remove ads?

Google’s new Contributor service is an experiment to see if users paying up to $3 a month for content can replace adverts on websitesGoogle is launching a new service that allows browsers to pay a monthly fee to avoid the adverts on sites that use Google’s advertising services.The Google Contributor service is an experiment to see whether websites can be funded by small payments from reade

Nine new emojis for 2014

No wifi? Growing a hipster tache? Now you can express the finest first-world problems with a single keystroke Continue reading...

Women 'belittled, underappreciated and underpaid' in tech industry

More than 600 people working in tech industry responded to Guardian poll revealing:*73% of both men and women believe the industry to be sexist*52% say women are paid less than men for the same job*Structural and cultural sexism widespreadA survey of Guardian readers working in the technology sector has revealed that almost three quarters of women respondents say the industry is sexis

As Firefox dumps Google for Yahoo, is the clock ticking for Mozilla?

Firefox users in the US will now see Yahoo as their default browser, but Google may have allowed itself to be outbid Firefox users in the US will no longer see Google from December when searching on the browser, but will be offered Yahoo as their default search engine which outbid Google for the deal.It is not clear if Firefox was looking to end its 10-year-relationship with Google. But it

Four arrested in UK RATs anti-spyware raid against webcam malware

Search warrant issued for 19-year-old in European-wide crackdown on remote access trojans Four UK residents have been arrested and a search warrant issued for another as part of a European-wide crackdown on malware that silently hoovers up people’s data and watches them over their webcams.Two men aged 33 and one 30-year-old woman were arrested in Leeds, and a 20-year-old man was apprehende

Grand Theft Auto 5: does it really look best on PlayStation 4?

Reviewers have suggested that the refreshed version of GTA V looks as good on both machines, but possible differences are now emergingGrand Theft Auto V has been finally been launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and fans have so far been thrilled with the visually overhauled version of 2013’s smash hit. Initial responses remarked on the parity between the consoles, with both machines be

UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage

UK to take action to close down Russian website streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors and those in gyms and bedroomsThe UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.The site features live feeds from households and businesses across the world, inclu

Webcam 'creepshot' pictures viewed and shared on Reddit

Russian site Insecam, and others, were scoured for shots of women in private security camera feedsCommenters on the discussion site Reddit pored over compromised security camera feeds linked from the Russian website Insecam, screenshotting and sharing pictures of naked or half-dressed women.The website, which has been live since September, is just the latest of a string of sites which expl

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review: curved screen is more than a gimmick

The Note Edge is Samsung trying something a bit different, the first smartphone with a curved screen that’s actually usefulSamsung’s latest phablet is a modified Galaxy Note 4, but the Note Edge’s has one crucial difference: a screen that curves around the edge on the right hand side.It isn’t the first curved screen phone that Samsung has produced – the bowed screen Galaxy Round had that h

Q&A: Who is watching my home webcam?

The UK data protection watchdog warns that thousands of insecure CCTV cameras and baby monitors are broadcasting their streams to the internet without the owners’ knowledgeFootage from hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras and baby monitors is being live-streamed on the internet unbeknown to their owners, who think they are secure.A Russian website published thousands of these streams so t

Former Amazon employee set for hunger strike at Seattle headquarters

*Kivin Varghese claims he was wrongfully discharged*Protest seeks focus on internet retailer’s business practices Continue reading...

Far Cry 4 review

PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC; Ubisoft; £39.99 to £44.99 Continue reading...

This week’s games news

Watch Dogs | Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric | Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal | Minecraft: PS Vita Edition | Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor | Escape Dead Island Continue reading...

On the road: Kia Soul – car review

It’s big and chunky, but has the new Kia got soul? Continue reading...

European parliament set to call for break-up of Google in antitrust case

Draft motion seeks to serve as solution to Google’s dominance of search markets in Europe and is seen as drastic escalation of running antitrust case Continue reading...

New York taxi drivers' group calls for Uber to have license suspended

Move is latest in bitter feud between Uber and traditional cabs and comes after reports tech firm has been abusing access to passenger data Continue reading...

PlayStation Network and Windows Live hack could be a hoax, experts say

Hacking group claims to have leaked over 4,500 account details from PSN, Windows Live and 2K Games, but logins appear similar to previous hacks Continue reading...

Messaging apps' next threads: encryption, payments, media and ads

WhatsApp, Snapchat, WeChat and their rivals are placing big bets on what users want – and how to make money from it Continue reading...

Square's global launch needs to tighten up fast, or it's going nowhere

Jack Dorsey’s payment startup has launched globally – but the incomplete rollout gives competitors space to breath Continue reading...

Sir Paul McCartney launches new free virtual reality concert app

Watch ex-Beatle’s pyrotechnics-filled performance of Live and Let die in 360-degree 3D-stereoscopic experience with free app Continue reading...

Tate Worlds will turn real-world artworks into Minecraft maps

Starting with maps based on paintings by André Derain and Christopher Nevinson, with six more to follow Continue reading...

Google can now launch 20 Project Loon balloons a day – Open thread

Have your say on Google’s stratospheric internet initiative, as well as Rockstar lawsuit, Gorilla Glass 4 and more Continue reading...

Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos

Engineers also warn of danger of software defects as January trial of fully autonomous vehicles on British roads approaches Continue reading...

How should I equip my older parents with a smartphone and tablet?

Matt’s parents are comfortable with desktop computing and they are now keen to get to grips with mobile devices Continue reading...

Taylor Swift albums missing from YouTube Music Key streaming service

Contrary to Billy Bragg criticism, star is sticking to her policy of keeping her back catalogue off free on-demand servicesDespite criticism from fellow musician Billy Bragg that Taylor Swift had ‘sold her soul to Google’ by making her albums available on its new YouTube Music Key service, it has emerged that the star’s back catalogue will not be on it.With the first batch of invitations h

Why major US TV networks didn't show Obama's immigration address

*CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox stick with hit primetime shows*Spanish-language channel Univision did carry the address*Obama to unveil immigration plan that could shield millions*Live blog: Republicans hint at reprisals over immigration Continue reading...

Entrepreneurial UK: 10 things Britain has given the world

The UK has been named the most entrepreneurial country in Europe and comes fourth overall in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Index. Here are some of the best innovations invented in Britain Continue reading...

Amazon to offer Washington Post app for free to Fire tablet owners

WaPo app will be pushed to all Amazon-branded tablets for free trial period before charging $1 for the following six months Continue reading...

BuzzFeed recruits Sun Whitehall reporter and Telegraph assistant editor

Emily Ashton leaves News UK title to become website’s political correspondent, with Robert Colvile to be UK news director Continue reading...


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