Category Archives: Other Tech News

EE stung by cost of new rules but 4G numbers rise

ee-4GBritain’s biggest mobile network EE now has over 2.9m customers signed up to its superfast 4G internet service and is aiming to exceed 6m by the end of the year.

Despite the growth in 4G, EE’s revenues fell 3.6 per cent to £1.55bn as the operator added only 123,000 new contract customers during the three months to March, compared to 166,000 during the same period last year, and the increased cost of regulation on the business.

“The regulatory impact is a big drag on our revenue and in particular some of these new potential regulatory measures like Ofcom’s proposed increase to our spectrum license fee will potentially Continue reading

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer flaw that could give hackers ‘complete control’

internet-explorerMicrosoft has warned users of security flaw in the company’s Internet Explorer browser that could allow hackers to take “complete control” of a user’s computer.

The glitch affects versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer, which collectively account for more than 50 per cent of global web traffic.

The company has issued a security advisory regarding the flaw and says that it is currently exploring ways to fix the vulnerability.

“On completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs,” wrote the company. Continue reading

Nike says Fuelband is here to stay despite Apple partnership rumours

Fuelband NikeSportswear maker Nike has said that it has no plans to ditch the Fuelband, despite speculation that the firm would ditch its hardware business and others claiming a planned tie-up with Apple.

It recently emerged that Nike was laying off staff in its digital sports division, the group responsible for making the Fuelband. Since then, speculation surfaced that Nike plans to ditch its hardware business altogether, and more recent rumours have claimed that the layoffs came as the firm looked to put its hardware resources into working with Apple on an upcoming wearable. Continue reading

Change Your Passwords: A Massive Bug Has Put Your Details at Risk

Change passwordInternet users are advised to be on the alert as security experts race to assess the damage done by Heartbleed – a newly discovered bug in technology that runs encryption for two-thirds of the Internet

A newly discovered bug in software supposed to provide extra protection for thousands of the world’s most popular websites has exposed highly sensitive information such as credit card numbers, usernames, and passwords, security researchers said.

The discovery of the bug, known as Heartbleed, has caused several websites to advise their users to change their passwords. Continue reading

Scientist let bees attack his body five times a day for research

Michael Smith subjected himself to several stings a day to his face, arms and genitals to map out what section of the body was most sensitive to the barbs.

After weeks of research Smith found that although stings to his penis and testicles were uncomfortable, the worst place for a bee to attack was the nostril.

His usual idea for the study came about when the bee enthusiast was discussing the problems of working with hives with his academic adviser.

‘We speculated it probably really would hurt to get stung in the testicles. Two days later, by chance, I did get stung there. It didn’t hurt as much as I expected it to,’ he told the Independent. Continue reading

Reversible USB cable design shown off for first time

Reversible-USBA new design for USB – a standardised connection for data transfers between electronic devices – has been shown off for the first time.

The new connector will be reversible, bringing an end to the everyday irritant of trying to force a USB cable in the wrong way.

The images were first published by technology news site The Verge.

The USB Implementers Forum anticipates the new designs will be finalised in July.

But rollout of new ports will take some time as manufacturers gradually incorporate them into their products. Continue reading