GOOGLE WHACK Philip Hammond will introduce a Digital Services Tax in crackdown on tax-dodging web giants
TAX-DODGING tech giants will be forced to stump up more under the Chancellor’s 21st-century blueprint to defeat Corbynism.Philip Hammond delighted Tory conference activists with his surprise vow to introduce a Digital Services Tax.The levy on international profits made from users in Britain by ­California-based giants such as Facebook and Google will recoup hundreds of millions of pounds.Mr Hammon... [Read More]
Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web | TED Talk
“What a wonderful gift Tim has given with this talk, and with his ongoing fight for online freedom. Tim shows us how we must first struggle against a complacent user base if the internet is to remain free. Hopefully enough of us do care enough to stand up!”Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neut... [Read More]
Image of Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian
Decentralisation: the next big step for the world wide web | Technology | The Guardian
The story that broke early last month that Google would again cooperate with Chinese authorities to run a censored version of its search engine, something the tech giant has neither confirmed nor denied, had ironic timing. The same day, a group of 800 web builders and others – among them Tim Berners-Lee, who created the world wide web – were meeting in San Francisco to discuss a grand idea to circ... [Read More]
Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web
Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym. After politely offering me a cup of coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room. At one end of a long table is a battered laptop covered with stic... [Read More]
Image of 5 Cities With Driverless Public Buses On The Streets Right Now: Dec 2015
5 Cities With Driverless Public Buses On The Streets Right Now: Dec 2015
Last week it was announced that the US will be getting its first driverless bus fleet in a Bay Area office park as soon as next year. But say you can’t wait that long. You want to see the future now. So why not hitch a ride to one of these cities where you can ride in a public, autonomous vehicle in 2015.They’re not fast—most go less than 15 mph—and with some exceptions, they don’t travel particul... [Read More]
Image of Global Web standard for integrating DRM into browsers hits a snag | Ars Technica UK
Global Web standard for integrating DRM into browsers hits a snag | Ars Technica UK
Days ago, Ars reported on a controversial decision by the industry trade group that oversees the global development of Web standards. The decision by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to back a standard for implementing digital rights management (DRM) for Web-based content is now under appeal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced Wednesday.    1. That the supposed benefits... [Read More]
Image of Implanted Microchip to Replace Credit Cards, Car Keys » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
Implanted Microchip to Replace Credit Cards, Car Keys » Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
A microchip embedded under the skin will replace credit cards and keys according to Stephen Ray, who has already overseen a program for Sweden’s largest state owned train operator that allows customers to scan their chips instead of using tickets.BBC News showcased the system in which Swedes are able to have their embedded chip scanned by a conductor who uses an app to match up their chip membersh... [Read More]
Image of DRM and HTML5: it's now or never for the Open Web | Technology | The Guardian
DRM and HTML5: it's now or never for the Open Web | Technology | The Guardian
A meeting next Monday of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will consider whether digital rights management should be part of the HTML5 web standard. But what's your opinion? The future of the Web is being decided at this very moment. While I'm speaking personally rather than for the W3C, the decisions made today by the W3C will build the Web of tomorrow, so these decisions will affect you. The q... [Read More]
Image of Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix • The Register
Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix • The Register
With tech companies abandoning the proprietary Flash and Silverlight media players for HTML5, it was inevitable somebody would try to inject DRM into the virgin spec.Microsoft, Google and Netflix are that “somebody”, having submitted a proposed modification to HTML5 to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for “encrypted media extensions”.Their proposed addition, detailed here and picked apart here,... [Read More]
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Windows 10 S FAQ
Details subject to periodic updating; check back here for the latest information.What is Windows 10 S?How does Windows 10 S compare to Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro?Who is Windows 10 S designed for?Which apps and hardware work with Windows 10 S?I bought an app on another Windows 10 PC. Can I use it on my Windows 10 S PC?Can I change my default web browser on my Windows 10 S PC?What happens if... [Read More]
Image of Windows 10 S won't let you change the default browser or switch to Google search - The Verge
Windows 10 S won't let you change the default browser or switch to Google search - The Verge
Microsoft introduced its Chrome OS competitor, Windows 10 S, at a special event in New York City today. The software maker was quick to reveal only Windows Store apps will run on Windows 10 S, and Windows chief Terry Myerson even revealed the new OS “will run any browser in the Windows Store.” While it’s true Windows 10 S can run any browser from the Store, Microsoft is restricting users from alte... [Read More]
Image of What is Windows 10 S? All you need to know about Microsoft's Chrome OS rival
What is Windows 10 S? All you need to know about Microsoft's Chrome OS rival
Microsoft has finally unveiled Windows 10 S (or Windows 10S, if you prefer) – here’s everything you need to know about the new Chrome OS rival, including the latest information on when you might be able to download Windows 10 S.Windows 10 S is a stripped-down version of Microsoft’s main desktop operating system, designed for schools. It's set to feature on a range of third-party devices, as well a... [Read More]
Image of AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals | Technology | The Guardian
AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals | Technology | The Guardian
Machine learning algorithms are picking up deeply ingrained race and gender prejudices concealed within the patterns of language use, scientists sayAn artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases.The findings raise the spectre of existing social inequalities and prejudices be... [Read More]
Image of Firefox is ending support for Windows XP and Vista
Firefox is ending support for Windows XP and Vista
Firefox version 52 will be the last complete update for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Security updates will be released, but no new features.Why is Firefox support ending for Windows XP and Vista users?Firefox is one of the only browsers to offer any support for Windows XP and Vista. Microsoft itself ended support for Windows XP in 2014 and will end support for Windows Vista in 2017. Unsupported o... [Read More]
Image of How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide
How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has for years engaged in a worldwide program to deceive the authorities in markets where its low-cost ride-hailing service was resisted by law enforcement or, in some instances, had been banned.The program, involving a tool called Greyball, uses data collected from the Uber app and other techniques to identify and circumvent officials who were trying to clamp down on the ride-... [Read More]
Image of Uber to stop operating in Denmark | TheHill
Uber to stop operating in Denmark | TheHill
Uber will discontinue its ride-hailing service in Denmark next month.The company is pulling out of the country as a result of a new law that requires drivers to have fee meters, it told Reuters.Uber said in a statement, however, that it’s still interested in operating there."For us to operate in Denmark again the proposed regulations need to change,” Uber said. “We will continue to work with the g... [Read More]
Image of Uber’s Latest Push Toward Driverless Cars
Uber’s Latest Push Toward Driverless Cars
You need more than car parts and a fancy computer to build a driverless car. A vehicle that drives itself also needs to know exactly where it is in real time. Self-driving cars need maps. Really, really good ones.“With autonomous vehicles, maps are going to be fundamental,” said Brian McClendon, a vice president at Uber and an expert in geospatial data visualization. “And the maps that are needed ... [Read More]
Image of China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program
China's secret plan to crush SpaceX and the US space program
China's breakneck economic expansion may be flagging, but the country's ambitions in space show no signs of slowing down. Alongside ongoing efforts to rival NASA by placing robotic landers, and eventually astronauts, on the moon and Mars, China's government is increasingly looking to its burgeoning space sector to rival U.S. companies like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX, which is t... [Read More]
Image of Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers  - WSJ
Elon Musk Launches Neuralink to Connect Brains With Computers - WSJ
Building a mass-market electric vehicle and colonizing Mars aren’t ambitious enough for Elon Musk. The billionaire entrepreneur now wants to merge computers with human brains to help people keep up with machines.The founder and chief executive of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has launched another company called Neuralink Corp., according to people familiar with the matter. Ne... [Read More]
Image of China has its own version of Windows 10!
China has its own version of Windows 10!
Microsoft has developed a special edition of Windows 10, a version exclusively designed for China. After years of tensions between China and Microsoft about the ending of the Windows XP support, they finally agreed to a partnership.Windows 10, yes but…Indeed, the Chinese authorities pressure Microsoft to keep the XP support going, even though Microsoft have decided 13 years earlier to end it meani... [Read More]
Image of Tech billionaire issues stark warning saying artificial intellIgence could DESTROY human race and people already 'part cyborgs' thanks to dependence on smartphones
Tech billionaire issues stark warning saying artificial intellIgence could DESTROY human race and people already 'part cyborgs' thanks to dependence on smartphones
By Zoe Nauman US Online ReporterTECH billionaire Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence could be catastrophic for humanity who are set to become a cyborg race which will have to grapple with 15 per cent of the global work force being without a job.The creative genius added a ‘universal income’ would have to be introduced for the global population because robots will do everything.Tech billiona... [Read More]
Image of PressTV-UK may lose access to EU’s GPS navigation
PressTV-UK may lose access to EU’s GPS navigation
Leaving the European Union would put the UK at the risk of losing access to the EU-wide Galileo satellite navigation, a super-accurate global positioning system (GPS) that is partly designed and implemented by British companies.After 15 years of cooperation between the EU and the European Space Agency (ESA), Galileo went live in December, ending European countries’ dependence on existing GPS solut... [Read More]