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iOS 11: It’s gone from awful to awesome

Video: iOS 11 Beta testing: The checklist iOS 11 was introduced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 5, and the first public beta appeared at the end of the month. I made the decision to jump to the beta as soon as it was released, so I took the plunge and decided to run the operating system on… Read more →

Massive Equifax data breach exposes as many as 143 million customers

Equifax, one of the largest credit rating and reporting firm in the US, has become the latest company to reveal a data breach. The incident was discovered on July 29, according to a company statement released after market close on Thursday. The Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered company said that hackers had between mid-May through July exploited a vulnerability on its website to… Read more →

Embratel announces new satellite

Brazilian telecommunications firm Embratel has announced the launch of its 12th satellite, the largest ever made by the company. Due to be launched at the end of 2019, Star One D2 will be built to have a lifespan of more than 15 years. According to Embratel, international contractors hired to manufacture and launch the new satellite will be announced by… Read more →

Lyft launches self-driving car pilot in San Francisco

Lyft Lyft is partnering with Drive.ai to bring driverless taxis to the San Francisco Bay Area. On Thursday, the ride-hailing company said the partnership with self-driving vehicle startup Drive.ai aims to “radically improve the lives of millions” through autonomous technologies. While the announcement is light on details, the pair says Drive.ai will be using Lyft’s open platform to develop self-driving… Read more →

China is poised to dominate robotics markets sooner than expected

Faced with rising labor costs, China is making a strong move to establish itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of robots. The country is already the world’s largest buyer of industrial robots, but it’s lagged behind Japan, its perennial Asian market rival, when it comes to technology development. There are big signs that’s changing rapidly. According to a report from… Read more →

German election voting software riddled with holes, researchers warn

On September 24, the software will be recording results in individual polling stations for the Bundestag elections. Image: Frank Bach, Getty Images/iStockphoto When Germans go to the polls in their federal elections later this month, none of them will use computers to vote. It’s not legal in the country. But computers are used to tabulate and transmit the results. And,… Read more →

Russia sentences hackers from Humpty Dumpty ring

Russia has sentenced two members of a hacking group for compromising the devices of citizens and stealing their data. Screenshot via Twitter This week, the Russian Legal Protection Agency (RAPSI) said the threat group Shaltai-Boltai, otherwise translated as Humpty Dumpty, has been responsible for a string of information stealing crimes. Between 2013 and 2016, the group allegedly hacked computers, smartphones,… Read more →