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James Walker

Editor-at-Large based in Crawley, United Kingdom, United Kingdom. Joined on Mar 30, 2014
Expertise in Social media, Video games, Technology, Internet

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Shipping industry at risk of cyberattacks by hackers and pirates

Hackers are increasingly targeting shipping firms to extract business information, attempt audacious frauds and steal goods from vessels. Members of the security industry warned shipping firms are often unaware of the dangers.

Skype's unpopular design overhaul makes its way to the desktop

Microsoft has launched a preview version of its new Skype app for Windows desktop PCs. It includes the new design, focus and features of the recently overhauled Skype mobile app. The revised look and feel has been met with a decidedly frosty reception.

Over half of Windows 7 PCs have no antivirus installed

Microsoft's latest security report contains several interesting statistics on Windows antivirus usage. Over half of all PCs running Windows 7 have no antivirus software installed or have it turned off. The situation's not much better on newer versions.

Reddit launches its own native video platform

Reddit has announced it's rolling out support for native video uploads to all its users and communities. The feature has been in beta for a while and is designed to simplify the Reddit experience. Previously, videos had to be uploaded to external sites.

Google creates AI algorithm that removes watermarks from photos

Google has created an AI algorithm that's capable of removing watermarks from images with almost flawless accuracy. The discovery could allow cybercriminals to steal stock photographs and professional images. Google provided advice to combat the issue.

Box hooks into Google's cloud to improve image search

Cloud storage provider Box has announced it has partnered with Google to bring the search giant's computer vision tech to its platform. The decision to link Box to Google's cloud will let users search through photos even if they're not explicitly tagged.

ASUS unveils upgraded family of ZenFone Android smartphones

ASUS has unveiled its new family of ZenFone smartphones comprising four handsets to expand the company's range. The devices are separated into two different series, including a dedicated "Selfie" range aimed at people looking for a social media device.

Microsoft creates gliders that fly themselves using AI

Microsoft has created an AI that allows a glider to fly itself. The artificial intelligence mimics how animals find thermal air currents to allow the glider to fly without a motor. It stays aloft by using complex algorithms to head to rising air.

Google's G Suite gets new collaboration features in latest update

Google has announced big updates for several G Suite apps that new collaboration and power user features. The company is adding more advanced co-authoring and version control capabilities to make G Suite more versatile in enterprise scenarios.

Nokia unveils its new flagship smartphone

Nokia has officially announced the Nokia 8, the company's anticipated flagship Android phone. Since the brand returned to the smartphone market this year, it has concentrated on the mid-range sector. It's now turning its sights towards a premium product.

Ubuntu's new desktop will have an always-visible dock

Canonical, the makers of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has started to release details of the upcoming desktop environment shift in Ubuntu 17.10. Months after the decision to drop its own Unity desktop was announced, the new GNOME look is taking shape.

Does Microsoft's massive Office 365 spell the end for startups?

Microsoft's efforts to make Office 365 the only cloud solution businesses could mean it's "curtains" for rival startups. The CEO and co-founder of data transfer company Egress said startups are being threatened by Microsoft's rapid cloud expansion.

Google will now let you know if there's high pollen in your area

Google has announced a new feature designed to help allergy sufferers stay aware of pollen conditions. The company said it had observed seasonal surges in search traffic about pollen levels, leading it to expand its weather info with allergy details.

Affordable zinc-air cells could be the future of battery tech

Researchers have developed a breakthrough method to create rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air cells are cheap to make and could become the preferred power source for future tech. They've previously been hindered by rechargeability issues.

Next year's high-end smartphones might have AR as standard

Qualcomm has unveiled a next-generation smartphone image processing module that includes support for depth-sensing cameras. The development makes it likely that augmented reality will become a first-class feature in next year's Android phones.

Snap shrugs off growth concerns as stock rebounds from record low

Snap might be on course to recover its position on the stock market. Employees can now trade their stock as the lockup period is over. Although analysts had thought this could cause a rush of selling, the price is up and Snap has started the week strong.

Microsoft aims to recapture power users with new Windows version

Microsoft has launched a new version of Windows 10 designed specifically for users of high-end workstation PCs. The company said it had listened to feedback from customers asking for a desktop operating system tailored to server-grade hardware.

Google buys startup that uses smartphones as health monitors

Google has acquired a startup that uses smartphones as medical devices capable of monitoring several vital stats. The company has created a series of mobile apps that use simple smartphone hardware, such as the camera and mic, to detect health issues.

Google Allo is finally available on the web… sort of

Google Allo now has a web version, almost a year after its launch. The long-requested site is rolling out now but only some users will benefit from it. The app's currently limited to Android devices and the Chrome browser, restricting its usefulness.

LinkedIn forced to allow AI bots to scrape its data

LinkedIn has been ordered to unblock a startup's access to its data, concluding a legal debate that sets a precedent for the future. LinkedIn sent a cease and desist letter when HiQ Labs started scraping its data. A court allowed the activity to continue.
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