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Linksys begins selling the WRT32X AC3200 MU-MIMO open source gaming router

Routers are getting more powerful and elaborate nowadays. What was once a device that a person would set up and then never pay any mind , has become much more. Ostentatious designs with multiple external antennas are not just for performance, but they can also make wireless routers focal points ...

Cyber-security is an investment, not a burden

CEOs across the UK are increasingly seeing cyber-security not as a burden, but rather an investment opportunity, a new study has claimed. The KPMG CEO Outlook 2017 report, based on a poll of 150 CEOs in the UK, found that 70 percent considered investing in cyber-security an opportunity to find new ...

Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.3 Ubuntu-based operating system now available

The perfect Linux distribution doesn't exist. Take it from someone that does a lot of distro-hopping -- you will find yourself searching forever. Instead, it is wise to find a Linux-based operating system that meets your needs and try to stick with it. After all, constantly fiddling with various ...

Android 8.0 Oreo is here, and as usual, your device will probably never get it -- hooray!

Look, we all knew Android 8.0 would probably be called "Oreo," and we now have confirmation. Today, Google releases 8.0 of its Android operating system and officially names it "Oreo" after the sandwich cookie. This is the search-giant's second time partnering with a brand for a dessert name, with ...

Hackers can disable your car's safety systems

Hackers could disable a modern car's airbags and other safety systems, putting the driver and the passengers at grave risk, according to a new warning. Researchers from security firm Trend Micro have revealed a flaw that could allow the controlling network of a connected car to be overloaded, ...

Xbox One X Project Scorpion Edition now available to pre-order

The Xbox One X will not hit store shelves until November 7, but, as you may know, it is slated to be available for pre-order well ahead of its big release. And, like expected, pre-orders for the Xbox One X just kicked off. On offer is a special edition of Microsoft's latest and greatest gaming ...

HTC Vive VR gets a significant price cut

Most consumers are either unfamiliar with VR headsets or not interested in owning one. Part of the problem, at least with devices like HTC Vive VR, is the high price, which is hard to justify when we're talking about a technology in its infancy. However, as the barrier of entry is lowered, VR ...

Barclays lets businesses view banking data in real-time

Small businesses struggling to keep track of all their data as they grow have been given a helping hand thanks to a new tool from Barclays. Designed for SMEs experiencing a surge in growth, SmartBusiness Dashboard offers a place for companies to view all real-time banking data and information ...

Intel's new 8th-gen Core processors promise massive performance gains

Intel today unveils a new generation of Core processors, promising a massive performance improvement over the Kaby Lake range announced nearly a year ago. Just how big of a gain can you expect? Intel says that the 8th-gen Core line is up to 40 percent faster over the previous generation. Compared to ...

Get 'Successful Time Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition' FREE for a limited time

If you always feel like there's not enough time in the day to get everything accomplished -- and we certainly do! -- this is the resource that can help change your workday and your life. Filled with insights into how the most successful people manage distractions, fight procrastination, and optimize ...

How network segmentation can help contain cyber attacks

Cyber crime continues to be a major problem globally and companies are seeking new ways of combating it. However, there are some older technologies that remain an effective defense. One of these is network segmentation, and network security specialist Tufin Technologies has produced an infographic ...

Online abusers face stiffer penalties as social media hate crime will be treated as seriously as face-to-face offenses

Online hate crimes are to be treated as seriously as abuse offenses committed offline as the UK's Crown Prosecution Service aims to crack down on abuse and harassment on the likes of Facebook and Twitter. New policies covering hate crime relating to race, religion disability, sexuality -- including, ...

Plex backtracks on controversial privacy policy change

Last week Plex upset a large portion of its userbase by announcing a change to its privacy policy. The change, which was due to take effect in late September, meant that it would not be possible to opt out of data collection. After a serious backlash, the company has changed its mind, backtracking ...

Data leak exposes 1.8 million US voters' private information

A supplier of US voting machines has confirmed a major data leak that has seen the details of more than 1.8 million voters in the state of Illinois exposed. The leaked data includes full names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers , as well as party affiliations. In some cases even ...

Plex backtracks on controversial privacy policy change

Last week Plex upset a large portion of its userbase by announcing a change to its privacy policy. The change, which was due to take effect in late September, meant that it would not be possible to opt out of data collection. After a serious backlash, the company has changed it mind, backtracking on ...

Plex updates its privacy policy -- and now you can't opt out of data collection

Plex -- the much-loved media server software -- has updated its privacy policy, and people are not happy with the changes. Included among the changes is a notification that future features may collect and share details about what you're streaming. Usage statistics are collected by many companies -- ...

Watch Microsoft's Xbox One X Gamescom presentation here!

Later on today you will be able to learn everything you could possible want to know about the Xbox One X. Microsoft is holding a press conference at Gamescom in Germany and you can watch it here, live. The presentation kicks off at 12:00PM PT / 3:00PM EST / 8:00PM BT / 9:00PM CET, and Microsoft has ...

Microsoft leaks upcoming Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition

At GamesCon later today, we're going to hear about Microsoft's Xbox One X but it's looking as though there's also going to be some news about the Xbox One S. Microsoft accidentally -- probably -- posted about an Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition on the Minecraft Facebook page. The video included ...

Amazon hands out $5 credits after accidentally making Echo Dot available free of charge

Anyone shopping for an Amazon Echo Dot a couple of days ago may have spotted that the online retail giant was making its second-generation assistant available free of charge. But the old adage "if it seems too good to be true, it probably is" turned out to be completely accurate. The $49.99 ...

Plex updates its privacy policy -- and now you can't opt out of data collection

Plex -- the much-loved media server software -- has updated its privacy policy, and people are not happy with the changes. Included among the changes is a notification that future features may collect and share details about what you're streaming. Usage statistics are collected by many companies -- ...

Facebook will protect your privacy... when you're dead

Facebook won't -- usually -- hand over your private messages to anyone after you die. The social network has used a new blogging series called Hard Questions to reveal just how it handles deaths of its users. The site's director of global policy management, Monika Bickert, says that Facebook aims to ...

YouTube introduces a breaking news section

To make it easier for people to access up to date information about what is going on the world, YouTube is adding a "Breaking News" section to its website and mobile apps. The new section takes the form of an additional video carousel, and it provides access to new stories from a number of sources. ...

Hackers share HBO social media passwords and threaten to leak Game of Thrones S07E07

A few days ago, HBO's latest humiliation was to have its social media accounts taken over by hackers, and the bad news just keeps on coming for the network. The "Mr Smith group" behind the huge data breach that has seen endless Game of Thrones leaks contacted Mashable with the login details for many ...

Google brings video previews to search results on Android

Google is undeniably the best search engine for results -- concerns about privacy be damned. Alternatives such as Bing and DuckDuckGo aren't terrible, but the optimal experience still comes from Google -- for now. Today, Google announces a cool new search feature for its Android operating system. ...

Box embraces Google Cloud Vision to boost image recognition capabilities

Box has revealed a major upgrade to its cloud content management systems thanks to a new partnership with Google. The online storage giant will now use Google's Cloud Vision platform to improve its image recognition capabilities, allowing enterprises a quicker way to identify key insights from the ...

Mobile payments rapidly growing in popularity

The UK is continuing to embrace mobile and contactless payments, with the total spend using such services booming in the first half of 2017, new research has revealed. The latest payment figures from Worldpay, the UK's largest credit and debit card payment processor. It found that the amount of ...

Can porn revive a beloved Netflix series?

"Sense8" is hardly Netflix's most popular television series, but it has developed a cult following and is beloved by many. After all, it was co-created by the Wachowskis -- writers and directors of the famous Matrix films. That is why its cancellation by Netflix after only two seasons was ...

Microsoft releases Skype for Desktop 8 Preview

We still use Skype. It's still a decent tool to be able to converse with a wide range of colleagues spread across the world and, frankly, most people we need to communicate with are on Skype . Recent changes to the mobile version caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised. Luckily we don't use the ...

Google unveils total solar eclipse site to count down to Android O launch

On Monday August 21, there are two big events to look forward to: the total solar eclipse, and the launch of Android O. Google is tying the two together with the launch of a new site counting down to the two events. With the launch of the eagerly anticipated Android O , another waiting game starts. ...

IT professionals need more security training for DevOps

New research has revealed that software developers are not receiving the training necessary to be successful at DevOps in their current positions. According to the 2017 DevSecOps Global Skills Survey sponsored by Veracode and DevOps.com, 65 percent of DevOps professionals believe that knowledge ...

The iPhone is still the smartphone to beat

If you look at the iPhone 7 and the Galaxy S8 and compare them to their predecessors, there is no denying that Samsung's flagship has made a bigger leap forward. It is arguably the more interesting smartphone of the two as a result. But, as always, that does not automatically translate into better ...

Customer service is key to a good app experience

A new survey reveals that 89 percent of Americans will recommend an app based soley on a customer service experience, but 47 percent will simply delete apps that are frustrating and don't provide any customer support. The research from customer support company Helpshift surveyed over 2,000 18+ ...

Microsoft reveals Azure Event Grid

Microsoft has revealed a new Azure feature aimed at helping developers that build event-based applications. Azure Event Grid is built to help devs that create event-based and serverless applications with a higher level of abstraction. That way, worrying about infrastructure, provisioning or scaling, ...

Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-forty-four in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days. Microsoft announced a new high-end edition of Windows 10 last week. Windows 10 Pro for Workstations expands hardware ...

Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN service is free, but Android users aren't happy with the permissions it requires

In a time when people are more concerned about privacy than ever, security tools such as VPNs are proving increasingly popular. Kaspersky Lab recently released a VPN tool for Android, and reviewers are voicing concerns about the permissions required by the app. Kaspersky Secure Connection: VPN ...

Facebook takes steps to stamp out clickbait videos

As any Facebook user will know, clickbait is rife on the social network. A very common technique used to drive traffic to ad-laden websites is to embed fake play buttons in images, or post videos that are actually static images. Facebook is clamping down on these practices in a bid to tidy up users' ...

Watch the solar eclipse live on Twitter thanks to the Weather Channel

On Monday August 21, people across the US will have the chance to witness a total solar eclipse. While there is a great deal of excitement about the phenomenon, viewers need to be careful to use special eclipse glasses or some form of projection technique to avoid serious eye damage. But perhaps the ...

Electronic Frontier Foundation speaks out in favor of free speech after neo-Nazi websites are blocked

Following the violence that took place in Charlottesville last weekend, technology companies have done everything they can to distance themselves from neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other right-wing groups. It led to numerous companies dropping right-wing sites such as The Daily Stormer, which ...

What you need to know about digital twinning

Formula 1 driving can be dangerous, as weather or malfunctions can cause fatal accidents. Teams are solving this problem by getting drivers to test racetracks in a virtual car. As automation is integrated into more factories, manufacturing has evolved to mix physical and virtual objects, just like ...

Microsoft buys Cycle Computing to strengthen cloud business

Microsoft has announced its plans to buy HPC company Cycle Computing in order to allow its customers to do more in the public cloud. According to the company, the deal will enable its users to use high-performance computing as well as other "Big Computing" capabilities that will improve how they ...

DockCase is a MacBook Pro protective leather sleeve with integrated USB-C dock

The MacBook Pro is a wonderful laptop. It offers excellent performance, a sleek design, and one of the best keyboards on the market. There really isn't much to complain about, other than a lack of ports. You see, Apple went all-in with USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports on its new laptop, meaning some users ...

Push authentication can replace the password

For a vestige of the past, the password has managed to hold on and remain alive -- even though some of the top people in computing said that it had already died over a decade ago. In one of his more famous predictions, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said that passwords were on the way out already in ...

Ransomware attacks almost double in first half of 2017

The percentage of ransomware attacks almost doubled in the first half of 2017 compared to the first half of 2016, from an average of 26 percent to an average of 48 percent of the main attack categories worldwide. This is according to a mid-year cyber attack trends report from threat prevention ...

Bitcoin price breaks $4,500

The price of Bitcoin has increased dramatically this year. The most popular cryptocurrency went from a low of $958 on January 1 to $2,000 on May 19, $3,000 on June 11, and, finally, $4,500 today. The effect? Its market cap rose from $15.5 billion to $73 billion, making it ...

Fastly adds the power of edge computing to Google BigQuery

Companies continue to be keen to exploit the power of big data analytics, and one of the most popular platforms for doing this is Google's BigQuery. Edge cloud platform Fastly is announcing a new integration that allows the real-time streaming of logs to BigQuery. This, the first of a number of ...

PowerPoint vulnerability enables malware spreading

Researchers have discovered that cyber attackers are exploiting a vulnerability that allows them to elude antivirus software to deliver malware via Microsoft PowerPoint. The flaw itself exists in the Windows Object Linking and Embedding interface and attackers have previously used it to deliver ...

90 percent of organizations will adopt VMware in the cloud by 2018

A new study from cloud data management company Druva shows a strong trend among businesses towards moving virtual workloads to the cloud. It reveals that in the VMware market 90 percent of companies are aiming to migrate their workloads by 2018, with a clear preference for AWS , followed by ...

72 percent of security pros say encryption backdoors won't stop terrorism

A new survey of information security professionals carried out at last month's Black Hat conference suggests that the majority think encryption backdoors are ineffective and potentially dangerous. The study carried out by machine identity protection company Venafi finds that 72 percent of ...

Google adds Q&A to search and Google Maps on Android

Android users now have a new "Question & answers" option in both Google Maps and search. This is not a general Q&A feature along the lines of Yahoo Answers, but a way to ask questions about businesses. This appears to be Google's attempt to draw people away from the likes of Facebook when ...

Download Google's experimental data-sipping Search Lite app

Technology companies are increasingly realizing that if they are to break into emerging markets, they're going to have to reduce the amount of data their apps use. Facebook Lite, Twitter Lite and LinkedIn Lite are just some of the less demanding apps to have been launched recently. Google doesn't ...