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Simple answer is YES! Lots of us already own an Amazon Alexa, such as an Echo or Dot speaker and Google’s version, the Nest. There have been a quite few sceptical warnings telling us to be careful because ‘Alexa is always listening to us.’ Alexa can be like having an extra helping hand around the house with the voice commands that you give it, for example, turning on the light (you do need to purchase smart devices such as Philips Hue lightbulbs to enable Alexa to do this), playing a certain...

An artist from Berlin has created a performance art piece called Google Maps Hack. Simon Weckert created a traffic jam on an empty road by using only a trolley filled with 99 smartphones. In an attempt to trick Google Maps into 'turning a green street red', Weckert hauled the cart around the empty streets of Berlin, with each phone running the Google Maps app. For those not familiar with the app, Google Maps is an app that helps to plan out your journey. It shows you where to avoid being stuck...

A US company hit the headlines early in February 2020 but for all the wrong reasons. Clearview AI, the company in question, is a controversial Artificial Intelligence (AI) facial recognition technology company. It appears that Clearview AI has taken over 3 billion images from social media sites such as Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube. Consequently, the images have been made available to law enforcement agencies that use facial recognition software. Clearview AI uses Artificial Intelligence...

NHS Covid-19 App The NHS will soon be releasing an App, named NHS Covd-19 , that is anticipated will help during the lifting of the lockdown restrictions. The App is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight with expectations of it being rolled out across the UK by mid-June 2020. The aim of the App is to help trace anyone that has been in contact with someone showing symptoms of Covid-19, aka Coronavirus. The App is a digital tool based on a well-established manual method of controlling...

Thousands, if not millions, of people, have become more aware of something happening in our global skies at the start of 2020, building far more awareness by April. That something is SpaceX and the Starlink satellite launches, but what do they do and are they a blessing or a blight? Firstly, who is Elon Musk? Many have heard of Elon Musk but may not know the origins of what catapulted him into the public eye. Elon Musk is a quirky US billionaire who founded the company Space Exploration...

We live in an age where CCTV is on most corners, and we allow others to watch our lives via social media. But how much are we being watched at work too? Some employers are going to extraordinary lengths to surveil their employees. From CCTV and keystroke monitoring to wearable devices to track behaviour and location, surveillance is on the rise. This may include: CCTV Email monitoring Webcam Company mobile phones Company laptops Fitness trackers to track your location Voice recording Scanning...

As technology grows at a rapid rate, many of us feel we are getting ‘left behind’. This particularly applies to our knowledge of online security. First of all, there were passwords, then PIN numbers and now biometrics, of which facial recognition is just one factor. So, what is ‘biometrics’? Biometrics is simply a technical term for measurements and calculations of the human body. It is data that proves you are who you are. Under the umbrella of biometrics not only falls facial recognition but...

Over time, people have enjoyed predicting the future. The consequences of this are both eerily precise and utterly ridiculous! So, let's see some of the best in both categories. To begin, we will look at the wildly inaccurate quotes: In 1876, William Orton, the President of Western Union, had stated: “This telephone contains too many shortcomings to seriously consider it as a means of communication.” 13 years later, in 1889, Thomas Edison had decided that “fooling around with alternating...

Microsoft has announced that it would no longer be providing support for users of Windows 7 from 14th January 2020 and had already stopped mainstream support in January 2015. This meant that no new features were added and warranty claims were rendered invalid. From January 2020, there will be more changes, such as: Microsoft customer support service will not be provided for Windows 7 users. Some games will be discontinued, for example, backgammon and checkers. No more security updates or patch...