Category Archives: Technology

Telephone data surveillance may pose a threat to citizens

Stanford University researchers highlight threat to the privacy of ordinary citizensBig brother is listening

A recent study by researchers at Stanford University shows how details obtained from telephone calls as part of routine surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) may pose a threat to privacy of ordinary citizens.

Shockingly, despite only having access to anonymous ‘metadata’ on people’s calls and texts, and without seeing the contents of any of the communications, the Stanford scientists managed to ascertain individuals’ names, addresses and the names of their partners.

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Is the Honeymoon period over for tech companies?

Tech companies forced to face up to responsibilities

Where’s the glamour gone?

Up till recently, technology companies have enjoyed a privileged position in the commercial hierarchy. Think of software giants like Microsoft – riding to fame and fortune on the brilliance of their geeky founders, making money as easily as shelling peanuts and elevating tech innovations to the top of the cool list. All the messy compliance issues, environmental problems and pettifogging regulations that dog other, less glamorous, sectors didn’t concern this gilded league.

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Are we heading towards a cashless economy?

Cashless could be on the cards as banks weigh up the pros and consThat’ll do nicely

Could cash become obsolete? It seems unthinkable. Although advancements in technology mean we can now pay for even small purchases with a quick tap of the credit card, there’s nothing quite so reassuring as having a wallet filled with crisp $20 bills.

That said, banks and other financial institutions would prefer it if cash became a thing of the past. So far, central banks’ anti-crisis measures have included cutting interest rates to the bone and various quantitative easing (QE) programs. More recently, we’ve seen countries like Japan and Sweden imposing negative interest rates in order to further stimulate economic growth.

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Samsung in hot water over TV power consumption

Samsung under fire as allegations emerge over ‘gaming’ lab testsAre you switched on?

After the scandal surrounding the recent VW emissions episode, consumer confidence is being tested once again with the news that some Samsung TVs in Europe appear to record lower energy outputs during official tests than they do in real-world use. The alleged discrepancies were found in unpublished lab tests by EU-funded research group ComplianTV which logged consistently higher energy consumption rates for the company’s models in the field than in lab conditions.

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