Claire Woffenden

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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BT unveils Android smartphone -- but it's not a mobile

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BT has introduced a 3.5-inch touchscreen smartphone that runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, but it's designed to be used in the home.

The Home SmartPhone S comes with 2GB expandable memory for storing music and photos, a front-facing camera and Wi-Fi connectivity. Facebook and Twitter are pre-installed and you can download further apps via Google Play and Opera mobile store.

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10 ways Facebook has annoyed the world

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Facebook is celebrating its 10th birthday and will no doubt be looking back in glee at its meteoric rise and bountiful first decade. But it’s not all been clear sailing for the social network giant.

In the 10 years that Facebook has grown from a project in a student room at Harvard University to a multi-million-pound business with 1.23 billion monthly users, it has sparked controversy and mixed opinions.

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Android location app tackles snooping fears

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University researchers have developed an app that can reveal when others are tracking your location amid growing concerns that many people are oblivious to their data being accessed.

More than a third of Android apps can track and record your location yet some are doing so without disclosing it, security company Bitdefender has revealed.

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Internet Explorer wins browser battery battle

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Microsoft is asking us to rethink our opinion of Internet Explorer in its latest marketing blitz, and those with a Windows 8.1 device have been given further food for thought on which browser to use.

Internet Explorer has been named the browser that will squeeze the most life out of your Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet battery in a head-to-head study.

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Is a 'quantified self' the best way forward?

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Through smartphone apps and wearable technology we can monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, gathering information about our habits and tracking behavior to discover patterns and trends.

This so-called "quantified self" movement is seen as a clever and efficient way to enhance our lives -- getting one’s body, mind and behavior in their best possible shape.

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