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Internet Porn: David Cameron Plans Crackdown

Internet Porn: David Cameron Plans Crackdown

  • Posted: Jun 22, 2013
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Every internet user will have to opt in to access internet porn and violent scenes showing simulated rape will become a crime.

Every internet user will be forced to opt in if they want to access internet pornography in a new crackdown spearheaded by David Cameron.

Possessing violent pornography showing simulated rape scenes will also be made a crime in England and Wales under the Prime Minister’s plans.

Mr Cameron has also set out steps to subject videos streamed online in the UK to the same restrictions as those sold in shops.

And he warned internet giants they could face tough new laws if they fail to blacklist key search terms for horrific images by this October.

In an emotive speech, the Prime Minister warned that access to online porn is “corroding childhood” and demanded tough action by search engines such as Google.

Under his plans, internet service providers (ISPs) will introduce a “default on” filters that will oblige homeowners to “opt in” to receive sexually graphic material.

Cameron's internet speech

David Cameron making his speech in London

The filter will be automatically enabled for new customers setting up broadband accounts or switching providers unless a request is made to disable it.

Mr Cameron said: “In the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

“I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence.”

The internet industry has already agreed to use a database to proactively scan, block and remove any unacceptable images wherever they occur.

But Mr Cameron says they have a “moral duty” to go further and need to work out further measures to block access to content by focusing on searches for particular phrases.

April Jones' killer Mark Bridger had accessed child abuse images before

April Jones’ killer Mark Bridger had accessed child abuse images before

April Jones’ killer Mark Bridger had accessed child abuse images beforeThe Government is “already looking at the legislative options we have to force action”, the Prime Minister said.

He added that firms could not just stand by and blame “technical obstacles” and urged them to use their “great brains to overcome them”.

Mr Cameron pointed out: “You are the people who have worked out how to map almost every inch of the earth from space, who have algorithms that make sense of vast quantities of information.”

He also called for warning pages which pop up if people try to access illegal content to spell out more explicitly the consequences of their actions.

In a statement, a Google spokesman said: “We have a zero tolerance attitude to child sexual abuse imagery. Whenever we discover it, we respond quickly to remove and report it.

Google says it has 'a zero tolerance policy' to child abuse images

Google says it has ‘a zero tolerance policy’ to child abuse images

“We recently donated $5m (£3.28m) to help combat this problem and are committed to continuing the dialogue with the Government on these issues.”

Women’s groups and academics who have campaigned to close the “rape porn” loophole welcomed the plans.

Holly Dustin, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said: “We are delighted that David Cameron has responded to the call by experts and women’s groups to ban pornographic images of rape that promote and eroticise violence against women.

“The coalition Government has pledged to prevent abuse of women and girls, so tackling a culture that glorifies abuse is critical for achieving this.

“The next step is working with experts to ensure careful drafting of the law and proper resourcing to ensure the law is enforced fully.”

Experts from Ceop will be given enhanced powers to examine secretive file-sharing networks, and a secure database of banned child porn images gathered by police across the country will be used to trace illegal content and the paedophiles viewing it.

Mr Cameron, who has faced criticism from Labour over cuts to Ceop’s funding, insisted that the centre’s experts and police will be given the powers needed to keep pace with technological changes on the web.

He also set out proposals to link the storage banks of illegal imagery held by police forces across the country to produce a single, secure database enabling officers from different areas to work together to “close the net on paedophiles”.

However, former Ceop chief Jim Gamble – who resigned in protest over its merger with the National Crime Agency – warned sex abusers would simply “laugh” at the plans and called for greater action.

“This Government has stood still for two years with regard to Ceop,” he claimed. “Ceop’s budget has in real terms decreased.

“There are 50,000 predators we are told by Ceop downloading images from peer-to-peer, yet from Ceop intelligence only 192 were arrested last year. That’s simply not good enough.

“We have got to get the balance right. The balance is attack the root cause, invest with new money into child protection teams, victim support and policing on the ground.

“Let’s create a real deterrent, not a pop-up that paedophiles will laugh at.”

UPDATE

BT is now blocking adult content by default

The UK government’s been pushing ISPs to enable adult content filters by default for quite some time, and today BT has fulfilled its commitments, joining other major providers like TalkTalk and Sky.

A new tool from the telecoms outfit, cleverly named “BT Parental Controls,” blocks unwelcome traffic at the router level — BT has provided similar services before now, but this improved effort will be more conspicuous, especially for new broadband subscribers.

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When setting up their connection, customers will have the option to turn off filters or run with one of the default presets, just like David Cameron wanted.

Existing customers will be notified of the new controls next year, and if they’re on board, will have three levels to choose from. Other features include a user-defined blacklist and timed filter periods.

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LG Will Launch The World’s First 55-Inch Curved OLED HDTV

LG Will Launch The World’s First 55-Inch Curved OLED HDTV

  • Posted: Apr 28, 2013
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We heard that the curved OLED HDTV prototypes LG showed at CES would be coming soon, and now it’s official.

A Korean press release indicates we can expect the 55EA9800 to launch in the next month, with shipments starting in June. According to the specs, its 4.3mm depth results in a weight of just 17kg, probably thanks to a carbon-fiber reinforced frame.

Like an IMAX theater screen, the edges are curved towards the viewer to provide a more immersive feeling. Given the fact that we’re still waiting for LG’s flat OLED TVs to see a wider release we doubt it will arrive on US shelves any time soon, but until then you can check out our in-person pics from CES below, and a video after the break.

Update: LG sent over the English press release, which confirms pre-orders start today at more than 1,400 retail locations with a price of 15 million Korean won ($13,500), a healthy bump over the standard version’s $10K MSRP. Release dates and pricing for non-Korean markets are coming “in the months ahead,” check after the break to read all the details first hand.

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Too Much Space Debris In The Atmosphere

Too Much Space Debris In The Atmosphere

  • Posted: Apr 22, 2013
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Today, scientists have announced that there is too much debris in space, and we have two find a safe way to destroy the debris and bring it back to Earth safely

Debris  has been accumulating over 60 years of rocket launches threatens satellites and astronauts as it orbits the Earth, prompting the European Space Agency to look at ways of cleaning up the night sky.

British engineers at the satellite company Astrium have developed a harpoon that could be launched from a chase satellite to catch junk, reel it in and then send it plummeting through the atmosphere where it would safely burn up.

They have a prototype system which has passed tests on an old rifle range. Fired at 60mph the harpoon punches through the aluminium panels used to clad satellites.

Inventor Dr Jaime Reed told Sky News it could begin space trials in just four years’ time.

“There’s a lot of stuff up there already that can – and will – come back to Earth,” he said. “New satellites pose a threat to future satellites, so it’s something we need to look at and address.”

Space debris can range from tiny fragments of metal to defunct satellites and spent rocket parts.

Nasa estimates there are 22,000 pieces the size of a cricket ball and another 500,000 the size of a marble orbiting the planet. Just a small lump smashing into a satellite at 35,000mph would blow it apart.

A telecommunications satellite was destroyed in a collision in 2009, while astronauts on the International Space Station are ordered into their escape pod every few months because of debris passing nearby.

Space junk will eventually get dragged down to Earth but it is difficult to predict where and when.

In 1979, the space station Skylab crashed into the Australian desert.

Dr Reed said large pieces of debris could be captured and fired through the atmosphere to land in the Pacific Ocean.

“When objects come down to Earth, they do so in an uncontrolled fashion, which means they could fall to the ground almost anywhere on the globe,” he said.

“The advantage of our system is that it allows us to send space junk into unpopulated areas.

“It’s a very robust and reliable method. We mustn’t create any more debris and we must have something that is very safe, and that’s the reason we’ve come up with the space harpoon.”

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Facebook ‘Likes’ Reveal More Than Users Think

Facebook ‘Likes’ Reveal More Than Users Think

  • Posted: Mar 12, 2013
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Cambridge University researchers say they have found a way of getting extra information about Facebook users from their “Likes”.

Facebook users’ online behaviour reveals intimate details about personality which could let strangers predict their sexuality, political views and religion, researchers have claimed.

Experts stated by pressing button Like, it is possible to predict accurately what a person is like in real life.

Whether it is drug users being more inclined to show approval for Big Momma’s movies or people with a high IQ showing a taste for curly chips, the patterns are not always immediately obvious to the untrained eye.

But Cambridge University researchers believe they can work out what lies behind the hidden clues.

“We believe that our results, while based on Facebook Likes, apply to a wider range of online behaviours,” said Michal Kosinski, operation director at the University of Cambridge’s Psychometrics Centre.

“Similar predictions could be made from all manner of digital data, with this kind of secondary ‘inference’ made with remarkable accuracy – statistically predicting sensitive information people might not want revealed.”

“Given the variety of digital traces people leave behind, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to control.”

 

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The ‘likes’ may be clues as to the user’s personalities.

The study, based on the Facebook profiles of 58,000 people in the US, found that online behaviour can be used to make surprising accurate predictions about users’ race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views.

After feeding Facebook preferences into an algorithm, they created models which were able to determine male sexuality with 88% accuracy, race with 95% accuracy, political leanings with 85% accuracy and religion 82% of the time.

But few users clicked “Likes” which explicitly revealed these traits.

For example, fewer than 5% of gay users clicked obvious links such as “Gay Marriage” and instead inference was drawn from more popular likes such as music and TV shows.

The finding could be used to direct personalised marketing to web users, but also highlights potential threats to privacy.

Mr Kosinski said: “I am a great fan and active user of new amazing technologies, including Facebook. I appreciate automated book recommendations or Facebook selecting the most relevant stories for my newsfeed.”

“However, I can imagine situations in which the same data and technology is used to predict political views or sexual orientation, posing threats to freedom or even life.”

“Just the possibility of this happening could deter people from using digital technologies and diminish trust between individuals and institutions.”

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Sky To Buy O2 Home Phone And Broadband

Sky To Buy O2 Home Phone And Broadband

  • Posted: Mar 01, 2013
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As new figures show 33 million Britons log onto the internet daily, Sky agrees to buy Telefonica’s O2 home telephony services.

Sky is to become the UK’s second-largest broadband provider after agreeing a deal to buy rival O2’s half a million customer accounts.

The satellite broadcaster, which is the parent company of Sky News, will pay O2 owner Telefonica £180m for the O2 and BE consumer broadband and home phone businesses.

The deal is due to complete by the end of April, subject to regulatory approval.

Approximately 3.6 million Sky customers will take the services: TV, broadband and home telephony.

The company said the acquisition will provide advantages of scale for its home communications business.

Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: “From a standing start in 2006, we have added more than 4.2 million broadband customers.”

“The acquisition of Telefonica’s UK consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony business will help us accelerate this growth.”

The company said O2 and BE’s broadband customers will be switched to its all-fibre network and that it might also pay up to £20m to Telefonica UK for the successful completion of the migration process.

Mobile phone business O2, which has more than 23 million customers in the UK, and is expected to concentrate on 4G services.

Telefonica UK chief executive Ronan Dunne added: “We believe this agreement is the best way of helping our customers get the highest quality home broadband experience from a leading organisation in the market.”

The news comes as official figures show that some 33 million adults in Britain logged on daily to the internet in 2012.

The Office for National Statistics said the number has more than doubled since 2006, when 16 million Britons used daily web services.

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PS4 Buzz Turns To Disappointment

PS4 Buzz Turns To Disappointment

  • Posted: Feb 21, 2013
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Sony launched a PlayStation 4 without showing anyone what it looks like.

Given the company lost £3.2bn in the last financial year, you’d have thought the successor to the 75m-selling PS3 would have been front and centre.

It is, far more important to consider what the PS4 can do, rather than what it looks like sat next to your telly.

And whilst nothing that was announced on Wednesday was particularly revelatory, gamers, particularly the PlayStation faithful, will have started to get butterflies.

Described by Sony as having “supercharged PC architecture”, the PS4’s X86 CPU, enhanced GPU and 8 GB memory, plus a new controller communicating with a motion-sensing camera on the console, promise a substantial technical leap forward from the six year old PS3 – if not an “exponential improvement on its predecessors” as Mark Cerny, lead PS4 system architect, hyperbolically commented.

“A PC in a box”, as one PS fan described it on Twitter. Not far off the mark.

But we didn’t get a price. Nor did Sony announce a firm release date, pointing to “holiday 2013”.

We did discover that it would not be “backwards compatible” – that it would not play PS3 games – save, perhaps, through the Gaikai cloud-sharing service Sony bought last year.

The rumoured “share button” did materialise – meaning the console will monitor and buffer your last fifteen minutes of gameplay, and allow you to share your achievements with your friends.

Despite all the buzz ahead of the launch there has been something of a lacklustre response from tech websites concerned, or perhaps annoyed, at a lack of substance.

“Talk is the cheapest thing there is,” commented Wired. “And that’s basically what Sony did today.

Gizmodo snarkily observed: “As the hours of demos and introductions dragged on, it became increasingly obvious that we weren’t actually going to see the PlayStation 4.

“Sony either isn’t ready for primetime, or Sony thinks the best way to get us interested is to play hard to get.”

CNet delivered perhaps the most crushing assessment: “The PS4 looks like it’s long on promises and big-picture dreaming, but currently short on clear, concrete reasons why anyone would be tempted to buy one.”

The launch was clearly an attempt to steal a march on the expected X-Box launch at the E3, the annual video games expo held in June.

But for interest to have been truly piqued, Sony needed to show a little more leg along with the ankle.

And perhaps the biggest question remains: who, Sony or Microsoft, will get to market first?

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Dutch Inventor Sue Facebook Over "Like" Button

Dutch Inventor Sue Facebook Over "Like" Button

  • Posted: Feb 19, 2013
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As everybody knows Mark  Zuckerberg has invented Facebook.

Now, it has come to light that the “like” button was created by a Dutch inventor who died in 2004.

Facebook is being sued over claims its ‘like’ button infringes technology patented by a Dutch computer programmer 15 years ago.

Rembrandt Social Media says the social networking site “bears a remarkable resemblance, both in terms of its functionality and technical implementation” to a concept invented by Joannes (Jos) van der Meer before his death in 2004.

As well as the like or ‘share’ button, it claims Mr van der Meer came up with the idea for a ‘wall’, ‘timeline’ and ‘news feed’ – three features that are central to Facebook.

Defence lawyer Tom Melsheimer said: “We believe Rembrandt’s patents represent an important foundation of social media as we know it, and we expect a judge and jury to reach the same conclusion based on the evidence.”

 Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2003 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in 2003

Mr Van Der Meer was the programmator that created the like button and was considered as “a pioneer in the development of user-friendly web-based technologies”, in 1998.

One patent “claimed a novel technology that gave ordinary people… the ability to create and use what Van der Meer called a personal diary,” court papers said.

Mr van der Meer set up a company called Aduna to commercialize his inventions, registered the surfbook.com website, and launched a pilot system, but died in 2004.

The inventor’s family, including his widow, enlisted the help of Rembrandt, which says it works to help inventors and patent owners enforce their fights against companies that use their inventions without paying for them.

The suit notes that one of Facebook’s own patents cited one of the Dutchman’s patents and so the company was aware of the infringement.

“Although Mark Zuckerberg did not start what became Facebook until 2003, it bears a remarkable resemblance, both in terms of its functionality and technical implementation, to the personal web page diary that van der Meer had invented years earlier,” court documents said.

Facebook has been targeted by a swathe of lawsuits for alleged intellectual property infringement, but few have been successful.

 

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Facebook Targeted In ‘Zero-Day’ Hack Attack

Facebook Targeted In ‘Zero-Day’ Hack Attack

  • Posted: Feb 16, 2013
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Hackers managed to break the website’s code but the company insists its user data was not compromised.

The site’s security was breached after a handful of Facebook employees unknowingly visited a website that had been compromised with malicious code.

When a suspicious file was discovered on the company’s computers, a forensic investigation was launched and the origin of the file was traced to an employee’s laptop.

A further search uncovered other infected computers, but Facebook insists there was no data and no passwords compromised.

The company said in a statement: “Facebook, like every significant Internet service, is frequently targeted by those who want to disrupt or access our data and infrastructure.

“Last month we discovered that our systems had been targeted in a sophisticated attack which occurred when a handful of employees visited a mobile developer website that was compromised.”

“After analysing the website we found it was using a ‘zero-day’ (previously unseen) exploit to bypass the Java sandbox (built-in protections) to install the malware”.

“As soon as we discovered the presence of the malware, we remediated all infected machines, informed law enforcement, and began a significant investigation that continues to this day.”

Recently, there have been other attacks on other social websites as Tweeter after attackers obtained access to their names and email addresses. Also, websites of The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal were also infiltrated by unknown hackers apparently targeting those papers’ media coverage of China.

Although Facebook claimed that no user data was compromised, the incident could raise privacy concerns about the vulnerability of personal data stored within the social network.

The company has experienced several privacy rows over the years for the way it handles user data, including a privacy investigation with regulators that was settled in 2011.

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Robotcar Latest Driver-Less Vehicle Unveiled

Robotcar Latest Driver-Less Vehicle Unveiled

  • Posted: Feb 14, 2013
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Technology has advanced in such a way that car manufacturers are now able to invent for the first time a robot car.

In other words, this car is able to drive it self go on local roots example the school run. It is worn that this will alarm in car insurance companies.

Prototype allows drivers to get around with their hands off the wheel.

Scientists have unveiled the latest prototype of a car that “drives itself” with the help of a tablet computer.

Acting like a plane on auto-pilot, it is designed to take over from humans in slow-moving heavy traffic or on a familiar route.

It is activated using an iPad on the dashboard – by tapping on a prompt, the driver can make the car’s onboard computer take the wheel.

Robotcar, which is being developed by Oxford University and Nissan at Begbroke Science Park in Oxfordshire, uses a combination of external sensors and computer power to calculate the correct direction and speed.

Professor Paul Newman said: “Instead of imagining some cars driving themselves all of the time we should imagine a time when all cars can drive themselves some of the time.

“The sort of very low-cost, low-footprint autonomy we are developing is what’s needed for everyday use.

“It’s easy to imagine that this kind of technology could be in a car you will buy.”

As people learn Google has been in the forefront of technology for years, it has become apparent to that robot cars are technically possible with technological advances by Google they have been testing this kind of technology for a number of years in the US.

In addition smart technology is already a part of new cars produced around the world, with motion sensors, guided parking and cruise control.

The technology used in Robotcar currently adds £5,000 to the cost of a typical vehicle, but researchers are confident prices will fall with mass production.

However, motoring writer Mike Rutherford cautioned that insurers might be reluctant to provide coverage for such vehicles.

“It’s difficult enough to get cars insured when you’re a driver with a decent record and you have no history of crashes or endorsements,” he said.

“Imagine contacting a comparison website and trying to explain that you don’t actually want to drive it, you just want to ride as a passenger in it and the car drives itself.”

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Facebook ‘Suffers December Traffic Dip As It Reaches Saturation Point

Facebook ‘Suffers December Traffic Dip As It Reaches Saturation Point

  • Posted: Jan 19, 2013
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According to a web traffic measurement firm, Facebook drops its audience in December with 600,000 suggesting it has reached saturation point.

It remained by far the biggest social networking service, with more than 33 million British visitors, or 53 per cent of the market. The way the figures are calculated means members who access their account from more than one device are counted separately on each computer, smartphone or tablet, however.

United States its been consider Facebook’s most developed market with 168 milion users folllowed  by Britain.

Like most websites Facebook normally experiences a slowdown in traffic over the festive period as people unplug from the internet. Among Facebook’s top 10 biggest markets, Britain was the only one where the number of visitors actually fell.

Social networking observers have long expected the service to reach saturation point at around 50 per cent, and have seized on SocialBakers’ December data as supporting evidence. Facebook’s growth curve has been slowing for several years.

Jan Rezab, SocialBakers chief executive, agreed Facebook was probably at saturation point in Britain but warned against seeing the December data as evidence it had begun to go backwards. He concluded that 15 per cent of the population are under 13 years old and not allowed on Facebook and 16.5 per cent are in the over-65 age bracket, which accounts for only 4 per cent of the 33 million British members.

“This effectively means that UK is inflecting in terms of numbers at near full penetration on Facebook,” he said.

“I can’t imagine their fans could grow by 10–20M new users, although this depends if they allow teens under 13 on the platform and furthermore largely depends on their mobile adoption.”

Mr Rezab declared that was quite chalenging to compare years due to rapid growth of social networks in recent years and hard to assess the impact of the Christmas season on Facebook traffic.

“The monthly active user count is statistically vulnerable to more casual users of the platform, users that don’t use it that often and might fall out of the 30-day range from time to time… my grandpa might sometimes not be an active user on Facebook, even though he is using it,” Mr Rezab said.

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