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Anti-Islam film ban lifted for Google


An appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that a US-produced film called Innocence of Muslims, which sparked global riots after its release in 2012, should not be banned from YouTube. A federal court ordered had Google to remove the controversial movie, which mocks the Prophet Muhammad, last year. Actress Cindy Lee Garcia had said […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

YouTube Kids app draws complaints about content


An app designed to make surfing on YouTube safer for children has come under fire for linking to “inappropriate” content. Two child advocacy groups have flagged up videos that they say “would be extremely disturbing for young children to view”. They have lodged a complaint with the US regulator Federal Trade Commission, according to the […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Protests grow against Facebook’s Internet.org


The backlash against Facebook’s “free mobile data” Internet.org scheme has spread across the globe. A total of 67 digital rights groups – including i Freedom Uganda, Ecuador’s Usuarios Digitales and Indonesia’s ICT Watch – have signed a letter to Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stating concerns about the initiative. They say the project threatens freedom of […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Apple and Google sign letter urging Obama to support encryption


Cryptologists join call for US president to resist pressure from FBI and surveillance agencies to build back doors in operating systems Apple, Google, other tech giants and a number of noted cryptologists have signed a letter to the Obama administration urging the US government to preserve strong encryption against pressure from law enforcement and surveillance […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Streaming music service Deezer adds 20,000 podcasts and radio shows


New CEO hints at further move into sports and says Deezer can survive against well-funded competition from Apple and Spotify Streaming music service Deezer is beefing up its spoken-word content, adding more than 20,000 podcasts and radio shows to its catalogue. The shows will be streamable on-demand alongside the 35m songs available through Deezer, initially […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

The code war: Russia plans to free itself from iOS and Android


Finland’s Sailfish operating system is the platform for Russia’s latest fight for independence from US technology The cold war may have ended in the 90s but Russia is still fighting to free itself from American influence over its technology sector, with the country’s minister for communications announcing plans to create a new mobile operating system […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Aviation experts dispute hacker’s claim he seized control of airliner mid-flight


Chris Roberts’s claim he accessed in-flight entertainment and flight systems from his seat is rubbished by Boeing and aviation experts Security and aviation experts have rubbished claims that a hacker gained access to a plane’s flight controls through the in-flight entertainment system. Hacker Chris Roberts claimed he was able to break into the in-flight entertainment […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

High price of ‘.sucks’ to be investigated


The authority that decides which letters a web address is allowed to finish with says it is concerned at the high charges for the new “.sucks” name. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (Icann) has asked the US and Canadian trade authorities to investigate Vox Populi, which secured the rights to sell the […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

Garmin unveils two new HD action cameras


Sat-Nav maker Garmin has unveiled two new HD action camera models. The Virb X and Virb XE will be priced at £239 ($349) and £319 ($466) when they are launched in the summer. Both models are waterproof to a depth of 50m without a case, and can capture “action data” such as speed and a […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »

US lottery security boss charged with fixing draw


The former security boss of a lottery in the US has been charged with fraud after allegedly hacking the computer that picks the winning numbers. Eddie Raymond Tipton was the security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association when he was arrested in January by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. Prosecutors said he had been […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Technology | Read More »