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May, 2016


May 24, 2016  12:27 PM

Norway live-streams Facebook’s terms of service

Alex Scroxton Alex Scroxton Profile: Alex Scroxton
Facebook, Norway

If you're at a loose end following last night's episode of Game of Thrones - and who would have thought Ned Stark turned out to.... [watch it. Ed.] - then for the next few hours at least, you...

May 19, 2016  8:56 AM

Google foolishly searches internet for inspiration about what to call Android N

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly
Google

After spending months toiling over the next release of the Android mobile operating system (OS), the brilliant and creative minds within Google’s development team can’t even be bothered to give it a name. Instead, the search giant has resorted to crowd-sourcing a name for the next iteration...


May 13, 2016  11:09 AM

PR incompetence mirth accidentally reveals nihilist view of the futility of the human condition

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff

There was much merriment at Downtime Towers last week as the PR – usually such an intuitively adept profession – of a famous search-engine (driverless car, cartography, Illuminati etc) company phoned, to say she couldn’t find a Computer Weekly story online. A quick straw poll revealed that...


May 6, 2016  9:27 AM

Safe sec

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Uncategorized

Yes it was World Password Day on 5th May and nonagenarian actress Betty White finds that passwords annoy the "f" "beep" out of you. Perhaps that's why the UK director general for cyber security at GCHQ recommends IT admins only set passwords "when they are really needed". Because that's how you...


May 6, 2016  9:26 AM

US TV network HBO branches out into tech journalism

Caroline Donnelly Profile: Caroline Donnelly

HBO has started publishing fictional tech news on Google; a move set to cause headaches for IT journos used to trawling the search giant’s news pages (or Computer Weekly, ahem) for their daily “scoops”. The US TV channel’s falsified news output is being churned out as part of the...


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