Claire Woffenden

'Keep up the hard work and we'll freeze your eggs', say Apple and Facebook

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From serving up free meals to providing on-site massages, companies are always looking for innovative ways to recruit and keep talented staff. But is paying for women to freeze their eggs a step too far?

Facebook and Apple, it was revealed this week, will help their female employees in the US pay for the cost of freezing and storing their eggs.

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Stop poking us! Cops say Facebook arguments hinder crime solving

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Petty Facebook rows are preventing police from "reducing and detecting crime", according to a policing team in Wiltshire, UK.

A sergeant for the neighborhood policing teams of Wootton Bassett, Malmesbury and Cricklade has urged people not to call for help with Facebook incidents and rows unless it relates to domestic disputes/crimes or other serious issues.

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Roman goblet used to boost optical storage

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Ancient Roman glassware housed in the British Museum is at the heart of new research into expanding the storage capabilities of optical storage devices.

The Lycurgus cup, a goblet made in the 4th century during the Roman Empire, incorporates gold-silver alloyed nanoparticles into glass and changes color from green to red when light passes through it.

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XRay web tool to make online personal data more transparent

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It’s a given that internet companies gather titbits of our private lives in exchange for free services, but how much do we really know about what happens to our personal data?

Researchers at Columbia University have warned it is a mistake to gloss over the details we reveal online and describe the web as an “opaque black box” leveraging our personal info without our knowledge or control.

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Flappy Bird creator returns with tricky Swing Copters game -- watch out for rip-offs

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The pressure got to him last time, so how will developer Dong Nguyen cope if his new mobile game Swing Copters takes off?

Flappy Bird was downloaded more than 50 million times and was the number one free game in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store charts before Nguyen pulled it in early 2014 sparking petitions, suicide hoax stories and death threats.

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Can we still use Twitter without going psychotic?

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Can spending too much time reading and writing in 140 characters or less really send you crazy?

A quick glance at news headlines today would have been enough to send every Twitter user into hiding -- "Woman Hospitalised with Twitter Psychosis" and "Twitter can trigger psychosis in users" -- common headers.

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Can a Bluetooth penis pedometer pep up your sex life?

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Faster, Higher, Stronger? A new fitness tracker that measures performance between the sheets aims to help you become an Olympian in the bedroom.

SexFit, a wearable smart penis ring, is described by online adult retailer Bondara as the world’s first couple’s sexual fitness tracker.

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Wireless devices that don’t require any batteries

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Smart devices that lack a battery or wire connection but can still send data over Wi-Fi, have been created by computer scientists.

Experts from the University of Washington have developed a way of using radio frequency (RF) signals as a power source for smart devices and reusing existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide connectivity to them.

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Apple stays quiet on Chinese ban whispers

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China has stepped up its tough stance on foreign technology suppliers with reports it has banned government purchases of Apple products.

Apple has so far declined to comment on reports that China’s government has banned its agencies from buying Apple products including iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

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3D photo-editing tool lets you manipulate 2D photos

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In what will surely take photobombing memes to another level, university researchers have created a three-dimensional photo editing tool that lets you rotate and animate objects in two-dimensional photographs.

Students at Carnegie Mellon University say the tool will let people turn or flip objects in a single photo and even show bits of them that weren't captured in the original shot.

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Android users, beware -- a new Trojan may hold your files for ransom

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Security experts have discovered a new Trojan that scrambles the files on memory cards in Android devices and demands a ransom to open them.

Slovakian security company Eset claims it is the first discovery of file-encrypting ransomware for Android. Called "Simplelocker", the Trojan targets SD cards inserted into Android tablets and mobile phones, encrypts the files and demands payment in order to decrypt them.

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Flash! We’ve only got 336 hours to save the world from a powerful computer attack!

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Do we really have just two weeks before we're hit by a powerful computer attack?

According to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), internet users have a fortnight before the world’s nastiest cybercriminals will be ready to strike back after suffering a major setback this week.

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UK webhost 123-Reg in DDOS attack

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Businesses using 123-Reg's web hosting service were knocked offline on Wednesday evening following a reported distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

123-Reg is the UK's largest domain provider hosting over 1.4 million websites. The company said it was hit by a DDoS style attack that caused disruption to some customers on its shared hosting packages.

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Mind-reading headband to link with Google Glass

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Scientists at a Boston University have developed a mind-reading headband that will let humans communicate with computers through their thoughts and emotions.

Computer scientists and biomedical engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering  say their brain-scanning device lets a computer assess someone's mental state and know if they are bored, fatigued, or sharp, or when their brain is overloaded.

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The Flappy Bird files: is the truth out there?

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Death threats, inflated eBay auctions, clever marketing, lawsuits, app cloning, IP cloaking and bots -- the departure of Flappy Bird from app stores at the weekend has sparked an array of rumours, accusations and conspiracies.

A notoriously tricky and addictive game, Flappy Bird had been downloaded more than 50 million times since May 2013, and was the number one free game in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store charts.

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