Category: Internet

Senate agrees to new probe for My Health Record

After Greens, Labor push. The Senate has approved a push by the Greens for a fresh inquiry to be conducted into the government’s controversial My Health Record scheme. Greens Leader Richard Di Natale on Wednesday afternoon moved that the e-health record system be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee, gazumping a Labor push to […]

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For a mere £340,000 you could own your own flying Iron Man suit

ow cool would it be if, like, you could actually fly? We’re not talking about in a plane or paragliding, you smart alecs. But really, truly flying. Well, if you’ve got the cash, your dream of leaving us earthly landlubbers behind can be a reality because Selfridges is now selling a real-life, flying Iron Man suit for […]

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Facebook’s war on Fake News is having this unintended consequence

he way we access media and information has been changing at breakneck speed for years now. But the upheaval over the past 12 months or so feels like the most dramatic of all. Donald Trump has ushered a whole new phrase into the public consciousness – ‘Fake News’ – and Facebook, one of the most […]

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ACCC to devise bulk of consumer data right

Govt gives regulator ‘substantial scope’. Australia’s competition regulator has been handed “substantial scope” to devise the government’s impending consumer data right, which will give consumers unprecedented access to their banking, energy and telco data. An exposure draft of the legislation, published today, reveals that “key elements” of the new consumer data right will be governed by “consumer data […]

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GOOGLE NEWS: HOW DOES THE SEARCH GIANT’S HEADLINE AGGREGATOR WORK?

Google News is checked by millions of people on a daily basis looking for quick access to a range of coverage of a given event or issue. It was founded by software developer Krishna Bharat in 2002 in response to the scramble for news that followed the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September […]

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GOOGLE ACCIDENTALLY REVEALS NAMES OF RAPE VICTIMS DESPITE LAW

Google has been inadvertently revealing the names of rape victims that should remain secret. Searching for details of certain cases can bring up predictions that reveal details of those cases that are confidential. Victims in rape cases are supposed to remain confidential forever, even if the accused is found not guilty. A number of examples […]

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APPLE AND GOOGLE ASKED WHETHER THEY SECRETLY SPY ON USERS BY US LAWMAKERS

Apple and Google must tell users how much they are spying on them, according to US lawmakers. The Energy and Commerce Committee has written to the heads of both companies to demand they make clear whether iPhones and Android devices are collecting information about their users, and how that data is used. The letters suggest that […]

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How Microsoft became tech’s good guy

Once upon a time, Microsoft symbolized all that was wrong with the tech world: greedy, monopolistic, single-mindedly focused on profits while caring little about the public good. In the heyday of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, the company ran roughshod over competitors in its attempt to corral the worldwide market for both operating systems and […]

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Google Translate’s AI is doing something incredibly creepy and nobody is totally sure why

Never trust a computer for anything’ is a great piece of personal advice. Stick to analogue, where it’s safe and nothing can hurt you. Computers, they’re the scary ones – particularly when they’ve got a ghost in them and they are prophesying the coming apocalypse by spouting rambling religious doctrine. Which is what Google Translate […]

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How to sneakily delete unwanted Instagram followers without blocking them and making life awkward

Got someone that you don’t really want to have following you? Like, an ex or something, or a stalker, or your racist uncle who keeps commenting really bad things under all your posts? Well, sometimes a block just isn’t the right way forward – you see, when someone’s blocked, they know about it. This makes family BBQs […]

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