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'Serious' security flaws found on official UK tax site

'Serious' security flaws found on official UK tax site

[ad_1] Image copyright Oli Scarff Image caption Reporting the website flaws took far longer than finding them The UK tax office must improve its handling of website security problems, says an expert who spent 57 days trying to report a bug. The researcher, called Zemnmez, found two separate flaws on HMRC’s online tax service. He […]

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YouTubers condemned for jumping from driverless train at London's Canary Wharf

YouTubers condemned for jumping from driverless train at London's Canary Wharf

[ad_1] Two YouTubers who jumped off a train at a station in east London have been condemned by British Transport Police. Rikke Brewer leapt from the top of a Docklands Light Railway carriage after leaving Heron Quays in Canary Wharf. The video shows Rikke and a friend climbing on top of the driverless train before […]

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Inspiring inventors

Inspiring inventors

[ad_1] Image copyright Hannah Eachus Asked to name important inventors and you might start with Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell or Leonardo da Vinci. But what about Mary Anderson? Or Ann Tsukamoto? You might not know their names, but they are just two of the female inventors behind everyday objects and scientific innovations. BBC 100 […]

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'Pen' identifies cancer in 10 seconds

'Pen' identifies cancer in 10 seconds

[ad_1] Image copyright University of Texas A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, […]

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Money machines

Money machines

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Would you be better off with an automated financial adviser? Automated financial advice delivered by computer algorithm – often dubbed robo-advice – is a fast-growing business. But should you entrust your life savings to a computer? For many of us, talking about money is embarrassing – revealing our […]

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About 143m customers affected by massive Equifax cyber incident

About 143m customers affected by massive Equifax cyber incident

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed. Equifax said criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident. Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected. The […]

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'No fire risk' with new lithium batteries

'No fire risk' with new lithium batteries

[ad_1] Image copyright Jhi Scott, ARL Image caption The batteries produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire have been developed by scientists. The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but did not ignite – even when punctured repeatedly with a nail. […]

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'Dolphin' attacks fool Amazon, Google voice assistants

'Dolphin' attacks fool Amazon, Google voice assistants

[ad_1] Image caption Google’s Home, Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri all responded to ultrasonic commands Voice-controlled assistants by Amazon, Apple and Google could be hijacked by ultrasonic audio commands that humans cannot hear, research suggests. Two teams said the assistants responded to commands broadcast at high frequencies that can be heard by dolphins but are […]

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US judge dismisses email invention claim

US judge dismisses email invention claim

[ad_1] Image copyright MIKE CLARKE Image caption Modern email clients are based on the work of many different developers and programmers A US judge has dismissed a libel case that revolved around one man’s claim to have invented email in 1978. Shiva Ayyadurai sued news website Tech Dirt earlier this year after it published several […]

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Pensioners' view blocked by broadband boxes

Pensioners' view blocked by broadband boxes

[ad_1] Image copyright SWNS.com Image caption Donald and Rosemary Ferguson have been in a nine-month dispute with Virgin media A group of pensioners are in dispute with Virgin Media after the firm installed broadband boxes in front of their homes in East Renfrewshire. Donald, 88, and Rosemary Ferguson, 82, and their neighbour Betty McGrath, 83, […]

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