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  • Episode 623
  • August 28, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of August 28, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A ransomware strike took down 23 government agencies in Texas. - Walmart is suing Tesla's energy division, after solar panels on seven of its stores caught fire. - Researchers have found 85 Google Play apps with more than 8 million combined downloads that forced users to view fullscreen ads. - Mario Kart Tour was supposed to be available in March 2019 until Nintendo delayed its release to give it a bit more polish. Now, the gaming giant is finally ready to roll it out and has announced an official launch date.

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  • Episode 618
  • July 24, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of July 24, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Personal data belonging to nearly all adults in Bulgaria has been stolen in a massive cyber-attack on the country's tax agency. - Microsoft's future in Germany is in question again as the German state of Hesse declared the use of Office 365 to be illegal within its schools. - Some early adopters of the Raspberry Pi 4, released on 24 June, are running into heat issues, especially with the official Pi 4 case making no provision for a heatsink or fan. - The Facebook app to keep kids from talking to strangers online fails its one job.

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  • Episode 617
  • July 17, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of July 17, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - It's decided: Facebook will be fined a whopping $5bn over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. - The fully-interactive Doctor Who VR game ‘The Edge Of Time’ is arriving in September. - An artificial intelligence system created by researchers at the University of California has solved the Rubik's Cube in just over a second. - Intel has unveiled its new AI system, Pohoiki Beach. It's a neuromorphic computer capable of simulating 8 million neurons.

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  • Episode 611
  • June 5, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of June 5, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Researchers at security firm Intezer say they’ve discovered an advanced piece of Linux malware that has escaped detection by antivirus products and appears to be actively used in targeted attacks. - Effective immediately, flying drones in Canada without a licence could mean fines of $1,000 for recreational users and $5,000 for commercial users. - The Australian National University has fallen victim to a fresh breach in which intruders gained access to "significant amounts" of data stretching back 19 years. - Look out: RoboCop is already starting to think. Scammers who use dating sites to trick people into handing over cash are being spotted using artificial intelligence.

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  • Episode 610
  • May 29, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of May 29, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Chinese-made drones from DJI have the US government expressing 'Strong concerns' that they pose a threat to national security. - A 17-year-old Australian boy accused of hacking Apple twice in an effort to get a job has pleaded guilty to multiple computer hacking charges. - Nintendo wants to transform sleep into entertainment. - Samsung is taking deepfakes to a new level: their AI technology can create a video of anyone with a single photograph.

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  • Episode 609
  • May 22, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of May 22, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Remember Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" security update with all the critical security fixes? Sophos is telling its users to roll it back if they want to be able to boot their computer. - Baltimore's ransomware nightmare could last weeks more, with big consequences as houses can't be sold and bills can't be paid while city networks are shuttered. - South Korea wants to switch government computers to Linux based software, ditching Microsoft Windows in the process. - Google admitted Tuesday its paid-for G Suite of cloudy apps aimed at businesses stored some user passwords in encrypted plaintext.

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  • Episode 608
  • May 15, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of May 15, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - An open source bug poses a dangerous threat to sites running Joomla, Drupal or Typo3. - A Zero-Day Exploit in WhatsApp has been used in Targeted Spyware Attacks. - Surprise! Microsoft has sent out free remote-desktop security patches for antiquated systems, from Windows XP up to Server 2008 in an effort to prevent a possible WannaCry-like attack. - San Francisco is the first US city to ban facial recognition.

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  • Episode 607
  • May 8, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of May 8, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The UK "taxman" has fallen foul of the GDPR, agreeing to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs. - Did your Firefox browser break over the weekened? You're not alone. In fact, virtually everyone who uses Mozilla's popular browser encountered this issue, and we'll tell you why. - On Tuesday, Google began rolling out a new feature that allows you to configure how long it can save data from all of the Google services you use, like maps, search, and everything you do online. - Researchers have taken steps towards an iconic Star Trek medical device.

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  • Episode 606
  • May 1, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of May 1, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has reached its end of life, five years after it was first released. - Amazon's AI automatically tracks and fires warehouse workers who it determines to be unproductive. - Nintendo's hybrid Switch console now stands at 34.74 million units, which surpasses the sales of the incredibly popular N64. - Elon Musk has revealed his Neuralink startup is close to announcing the first brain-machine interface to connect humans and computers.

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  • Episode 605
  • April 24, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of April 24, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The last major Windows update broke some systems with particular antivirus software installed, and it’s seemingly getting worse. - Marcus Hutchins, the security researcher who stopped WannaCry, has plead "guilty" to the malware charges we reported in 2017. - Samsung has pushed back the launch of its highly anticipated folding smartphone after multiple reviewers reported the screens broke within days. - Microsoft's Azure machine learning tech is being put to good use in a grant program designed to give computing resources to scientists working on environmental sustainability programs.

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  • Episode 604
  • April 17, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of April 17, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp experienced outages on Sunday — which brought down their systems worldwide for over two hours. Now, single point of failure is being blamed, and we're looking at decentralized solutions like BitCoin for an answer. - Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook.com security breach was worse than the company initially revealed. - Sony has finally released the first details about its upcoming PlayStation 5 console. - We've got a sneak peek of the Nintendo theme park opening next year-- and yes, it has real-life Mario Kart!

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  • Episode 603
  • April 10, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of April 10, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A piece of malware has been found on both iOS and Android that has been stealing contacts, audio, location data and more for several years. - Sony has created a colossal 16K screen which will soon be on display in Japan. - A newly-discovered privilege-escalation flaw in the Apache web server allows malicious users to gain root access to the underlying OS. - Astronomers have revealed the first ever image of a black hole that exists in a galaxy called M87, 500 million trillion km away. - Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook.com security breach was worse than the company initially revealed.

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  • Episode 602
  • April 3, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of April 3, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content. - TP-Link's all-in-one SR20 Smart Home Router allows arbitrary command execution from a local network connection. - Office Depot and Support.com have settled out of court and coughed up $35m after they were accused of lying to people that their PCs were infected with malware in order to charge them cleanup fees. - Effective immediately, Microsoft is ending all ebook sales in its Microsoft Store for Windows PCs.

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  • Episode 601
  • March 27, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of March 27, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A taskforce led by Spanish cops has dealt TV piracy a heavy blow after shuttering a network of illegal sports streaming sites operating across Spain, the UK, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands and Cyprus. - Stadia, a brand new game streaming service from Google, has been revealed — and it’s powered by open source technology. - Apple has unveiled its new TV streaming platform, Apple TV+, at a star-studded event in California. - A self-driving shuttle service is to be deployed in New York City by the middle of the year.

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  • Episode 600
  • March 20, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of March 20, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. - There’s a critical vulnerability in a model of Fujitsu wireless keyboard that makes it easy for hackers to take full control of connected computers. - AI is going to be huge for artists, and the latest demonstration comes from Nvidia, which has built prototype software that turns doodles into realistic landscapes. - One of the world’s biggest producers of aluminum has been hit by a serious ransomware attack that shut down its worldwide network, stopped or disrupted plants, and sent IT workers scrambling to return operations to normal.

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  • Episode 599
  • March 13, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of March 13, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Billions of records have been breached and you may be part of it, even if you've never heard of the service that was compromized. - Efforts to recover millions in crypto-cash from the digital wallets of a man who died without revealing passwords to access them have hit a snag: The wallets have been found to be empty. - Sorry Amazon: Philadelphia has banned cashless stores. - Have a Windows update that is messing up Windows 10? Now it'll automatically remove and block itself to allow Microsoft to fix the problem.

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  • Episode 598
  • March 6, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of March 6, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Sony has officially ended production of its PS Vita games console. - Amazon has announced a new way for environmentally-conscious shoppers to help reduce emissions: a voluntary program that lets a Prime member schedule one specific day per week for deliveries. - Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices. - Linux Kernel 5.0 has been released, and we'll tell you what's new.

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  • Episode 597
  • February 27, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of February 27, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A nasty code-execution bug in WinRAR threatened millions of users for 14 years - Ready for another fright? Spectre flaws in today's computer chips can be exploited to hide, run stealthy malware - A pair of Hewlett Packard Enterprise servers sent up to the International Space Station in August 2017 as an experiment have still not come back to Earth, three months after their intended return. - Microsoft's HoloLens 2 has been announced for $3,500, and is available to preorder now to ship out later this year.

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  • Episode 596
  • February 20, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of February 20, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Research suggests thousands of websites are being hit by cyber-thieves who implant code to scoop up payment card numbers. - The no-fly zone for drones around airports is to be extended following the disruption at Gatwick in December. - A wakeup call as Quadriga's founder takes $135m of their customers' cryptocurrency to the grave. - A New AI is able to generates freakishly realistic people who don't actually exist.

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  • Episode 595
  • February 13, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of February 13, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A security vulnerability has been disclosed for a flaw in runc, Docker and Kubernetes' container runtime, which can be used to attack any host system running containers. - Canonical has released a new kernel update for Ubuntu systems to address a regression introduced by the last kernel security patch. - SpaceX is seeking US approval to deploy up to 1 million Earth stations to receive transmissions from its planned satellite broadband constellation. - Raspberry Pi has opened its first bricks-and-mortar store in Cambridge.

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  • Episode 594
  • February 6, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of February 6, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A consumer DNA testing company has given the FBI access to its two million profiles - Microsoft plans to expand Xbox Live to other platforms, including Nintendo Switch and mobile. - Google’s new Chrome Extension automatically checks that your passwords are still secure - Here's another story about Google -- but this one for mobile: their new Android apps could help the hearing impaired.

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  • Episode 593
  • January 30, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of January 30, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The Rasperry Pi Foundation has updated its Compute Module with better thermals, an updated application processor and more flash memory. - Facebook has revealed plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. - Apple says it’s banning Facebook’s research app that collects users’ personal information - IBM hopes 1 million faces will help fight bias in facial recognition

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  • Episode 592
  • January 23, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of January 23, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - GDPR is already making an example of Google: they've been fined 50 million euros over ads. - A massive list of compromised accounts has been leaked -- to the tune of 773 MILLION accounts -- and the Have I Been Pwned service got their hands on it. - Google Hangouts begins wind-down this year, but service will live on in Chat and Meet spinoffs - Microsoft has begun beta testing Windows 10 patches with actual beta testers.

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  • Episode 591
  • January 16, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of January 16, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A recently discovered ransomware group has netted almost $4 million since August by adopting a “big game hunting” strategy - Qualcomm's patent lawsuit against Apple has been dismissed as groundless by a court in Mannheim, Germany. - YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing “pranks” have been banned from the platform. - Nike has launched self-lacing trainers, which fit themselves to the shape of the foot and are controlled via a smartphone.

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  • Episode 590
  • January 9, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of January 9, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Apple has been ordered to remove some iPhone models from its stores in Germany over a patent dispute with chip giant Qualcomm. - Windows 10 Home edition will finally let you turn off automatic updates. - AI could reduce the tech in your smartphone - A hidden world in the NES ‘Legend of Zelda’ was just uncovered ... 30 years later

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  • Episode 589
  • January 2, 2019

Top Stories for the Week of January 2, 2019

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Several US newspapers suffered major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday following a cyber-attack. - India will ban ecommerce companies such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart from selling products from companies in which they have an equity interest. - The first autonomous freight train network is fully operational. - Elon Musk claims to be "on track" for a 2026 Mars colony mission – and reveals who will be on board the first trips.

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  • Episode 587
  • December 19, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of December 19, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Samsung has Patented a Phone Display That Projects Star Wars-Like Holograms - Fitbit has rolled out OS 3.0 for Versa and Ionic with new apps, more stats, and a bright future - Yay - More Facebook security woes: the latest bug exposed the private photos of 6.8 million users - Capture, an iPhone 3D scanner app, hints at the future of augmented reality

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  • Episode 586
  • December 12, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of December 12, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Google's parent company, Alphabet, will test its drone delivery service in Finland next year. - Microsoft Edge is Dead. Seriously. Microsoft is building its own Chromium browser to replace the default on Windows 10. - For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. - Google is Expediting the Closure of Google+ After Another Security Bug

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  • Episode 585
  • December 5, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of December 5, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - NASA is going back to the moon with plans for a space station to be built within 10 years, and they're tapping into private businesses to make it happen. - Microsoft has announced that it is enabling users to log into their Microsoft accounts without usernames and passwords. - Microsoft's own Surface Book 2 is afflicted by Blue Screen Of Death errors following the most recent software updates. - Nintendo has relaxed its rules for video-makers who share their gameplay on websites such as Twitch and YouTube.

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  • Episode 584
  • November 28, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of November 28, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Google has been accused of disregarding European data protection laws when it tracks users' locations. - A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. - Google’s making it easier to connect bluetooth headphones to Android phones - The US space agency Nasa has landed a new robot on Mars after a dramatic seven-minute plunge to the surface of the Red Planet.

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  • Episode 583
  • November 21, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of November 21, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Mark Shuttleworth has revealed that Ubuntu 18.04 will get a 10-year support lifespan. - A database leak exposed millions of two-factor codes and reset links sent by SMS. - NVIDIA stock has dropped to the worst it's been in 10 years. - NASA has successfully tested OSIRIS-REx's robotic arm ahead of its arrival at a giant asteroid millions of miles away.

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  • Episode 582
  • November 14, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of November 14, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Google data for search and cloud services went astray for more than an hour on Monday thanks to an "ugly" mistake by an African ISP. - Seagate and IBM are using IBM's blockchain tech to verify a disk drive's authenticity using its electronic fingerprint. - The flying motorbike is back in Dubai -- and you could see the police riding one in the not-too-distant future. - Samsung will soon test TVs that can be controlled with your brain: a technology enhancement perfect for people with disabilities.

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  • Episode 581
  • November 7, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of November 7, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - A side-channel leak in Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake chips allow attackers to pilfer crypto keys, and the issue probably affects AMD CPUs, too. - Iran apparently infiltrated the communications network of CIA agents who allowed their secret websites, used to exchange messages with informants, to be crawled by Google. - Several popular verified Twitter accounts have been hacked by scammers to promote an ad using Tesla boss Elon Musk's name and likeness. - One of our favorite SBC makers is now making an affordable Linux-powered smartphone and tablet with KDE Plasma--and we have the inside scoop.

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  • Episode 580
  • October 31, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of October 31, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The problems with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update just keep on rolling in as users are now complaining of faulty zip file extraction, broken fonts and iffy brightness controls. - Linux founder Linus Torvalds has returned from a month of "reflection" to his job as chief developer of the widely used operating system. - Dyson, the UK-based company best known for its vacuum cleaners, has chosen to build its new electric car in Singapore. - A 16-year-old boy from California was the surprise winner of the grand final of the Classic Tetris World Championship in Oregon.

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  • Episode 579
  • October 24, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of October 24, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Raspberry Pi's new TV add-on is out: But there's a catch for users in Canada and the US. - Running a VMWare server virtualization product? It's time to check for patches as a bug in the video system allows malicious code in VMs to leap out of their guest OS and execute code on the hosting server. - Eight D-Link router variants are vulnerable to complete pwnage via a combination of security blunders, and only two are going to get patched. - Hardkernel has unveiled the Odroid-H2: the first hacker board with an Intel Gemini Lake system on a chip.

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  • Episode 578
  • October 17, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of October 17, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - If you're one of the victims of the recently revealed hack of Facebook, you should be extra careful on the internet — and extra watchful of your other online and offline accounts. - Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers. - The UK Government wants to secure smart home gadgets. - Someone Used a Deep Learning AI to Perfectly Insert Harrison Ford Into Solo: A Star Wars Story

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  • Episode 577
  • October 10, 2018

Top Stories for the Week of October 10, 2018

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - The US federal government has just authorized its staff to shoot down any drone they consider a threat. - Google+ is shutting down after it was revealed that Google covered up a data-exposing bug. - Default passwords such as "admin" and "password" will be illegal for electronics firms to use in California from 2020. - Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. unveiled its first full-scale passenger capsule, offering the world a peek at the future of travel.

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