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Why some computer viruses refuse to die

14 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Be careful, malware that never dies is still roaming the net There are zombies on the internet – odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on. Most of these shambling data revenants are ...

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Fortnite: Ninja won't play with female gamers

Fortnite: Ninja won’t play with female gamers By Kamilah McInnis Newsbeat reporter 13 August 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Tyler “Ninja” Blevins has revealed that he doesn’t “play with female gamers” out of respect for his wife. The US gamer and husband of fellow streamer Jessica “JGhosty” Blevins has suggested that it could lead to rumours regarding him and the ...

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Nintendo cracks down on retro games downloads

Nintendo cracks down on retro games downloads 13 August 2018 Image caption Retro consoles such as the N64 can be emulated on modern computers EmuParadise, an 18-year-old website offering downloads of classic computer games, has voluntarily shut down following legal action by Nintendo against two similar online portals. All three offered a wide variety of old games in an unauthorised ...

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Video-calling 'owl' helps opioid addicts in US

Video-calling ‘owl’ helps opioid addicts in US 13 August 2018 Image copyright Owl Labs Image caption The Owl gets its name from its distinctive appearance Mental health experts in West Virginia, US, are turning to a video-calling “owl” to run opioid treatment sessions. The owl-shaped camera automatically focuses on the person speaking but also captures a panoramic view of everyone ...

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Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In

Ticketmaster to close resale sites Seatwave and Get Me In By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter 13 August 2018 comments Image copyright PA / Getty Image caption Little Mix are among the artists who have protested at the prices charged by secondary ticketing sites Ticketmaster is closing its secondary ticketing websites Seatwave and Get Me In, in a bid to ...

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Malicious faxes leave firms 'open' to cyber-attack

Malicious faxes leave firms ‘open’ to cyber-attack 13 August 2018 Image copyright Check Point Image caption A demo showed a malicious fax being used to take over a fax machine and display an image Booby-trapped image data sent by fax can let malicious hackers sneak into corporate networks, security researchers have found. Since many companies use fax machines that are ...

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Germany lifts total ban on Nazi symbols in video games

Germany lifts total ban on Nazi symbols in video games 10 August 2018 Image copyright Bethesda Image caption In Germany, there are no video game Nazis – and swastikas are banned from being shown Nazi symbols can now appear in video games in Germany, ending a long-running and frequently ridiculed censorship. Germany bans symbols belonging to unconstitutional groups, which has ...

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Gab user's anti-Semitic posts removed

Gab user’s anti-Semitic posts removed 10 August 2018 Image copyright Gab.ai Image caption Gab’s frog logo Two anti-Semitic posts have been deleted from fringe social network Gab after Microsoft, citing the content, threatened to take the site down. The posts were made by Patrick Little, who says he is running for US president and wants to remove Jewish people from ...

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Warning over satellite security bugs

10 August 2018 Image copyright Eyewire Image caption Vulnerabilities in some satellite systems could let attackers take over communications Satellite systems used on aircraft, ships and by the military contain bugs that could let hackers take control of them, a security researcher has warned. The worst bugs could let attackers overcharge satellite antenna to damage the equipment or harm operators. ...

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Can you speed-read these news stories?

The BBC is experimenting with a way of delivering the news more quickly on smartwatches. Technology reporter Chris Foxx took a look at the prototype and asked the BBC’s Cyrus Saihan whether the idea was practical. The experiment was developed with start-up Spritz, which aims to help publishers “tell a big story in a small space”. Source: bbc technology

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