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Apple have taken on the FBI and a federal district judge to say that its users have an interest, and a right to keep the data on their phones private and secure – even when they have potentially committed a heinous crime. In this particular case, the FBI have requested that Apple make it easier for them to access and decrypt data on a shooting suspect’s phone although Apple are claiming that what a magistrate is asking for is tantamount to a back door meaning that it would also make the device more vulnerable to criminals. The dispute between Apple…

Helpfulpeeps is a newly developed social networking site and app. Starting in Bristol but rapidly spreading, making appearances in 50+ countries thus far. It is a site that facilitates helping. You sign up for free and type in a message asking for help, whether music lessons or a lift to the doctors. If you don’t need any help then you can browse through the feed to see if there is anyone out there that could benefit from your help. At no point is money involved. The core values are that of community, sharing, human connections, and karma. Real old school.…

Valentine’s Day is a day for couples to show just how much they really mean to each other by showering each other with gifts and affection. Hearts lace school corridors and Cupid’s arrows fill the air as single red roses and anonymous cards are passed under desks. People wake up optimistic that their long term crush will confess undying love for them and restaurants are filled with happy faces that clink their glasses to the exciting future ahead of them, whilst playing ‘Footsie’ under the table. Meanwhile the single population fill their freezers with ice cream and make sure they have…

After about 12 hours, a Brazilian appellate judge on Thursday 17th December ordered the lifting of a 48-hour suspension of the services in Brazil of Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp phone messaging application, overturning an order from a lower court. The interruption of WhatsApp’s text message and Internet telephone service caused outrage in Latin America’s largest country, where the company estimates it has 100 million personal users, and led to angry exchanges on the floor of Congress. WhatsApp is installed on 92.5% of Android devices in Brazil, making it the most installed app in the country, according to SimilarWeb, an internet intelligence…

Ever wanted to learn to program but were worried about messing up your computer? Or maybe you’ve thought of developing your own game, or automating your home? Well the Raspberry Pi Foundation have recently come out with their latest iteration of the Raspberry Pi, the Zero. The Raspberry Pi Zero is a 1Ghz Single-core computer with 512MB RAM and a 40-pin header. Okay that probably means nothing to you, but it’s a computer less than half the size of a credit card which can run Linux for use as a server or to learn to programme. The Raspberry Pi Foundation…

Are you worried about invasion of privacy by someone flying their drone overhead or looking through your windows? We already know that people are using them illegally near airports and getting in the way of emergency services at disaster sites and flooding, but the Dutch police force have developed their own way of dealing with inconsiderate pilots. Dutch Police have announced that they will be training eagles to bring down Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAV’s or drones) in cases of emergency. You may have seen one or two videos of people shooting down UAVs, but this has the danger of hitting a…

Many of us on a student budget cannot afford the luxuries of a top-end phone with all the storage we need, especially when the operating system seems to be taking up more and more memory so that we are left with little space for our precious memories or music. Another problem many of us have is transferring files from one device to another, we do not always have a USB cable or it’s just not practical to store some files on our phones so what is there left to do? Well if you are on Android with a micro-USB connector…

Have you noticed when you hit the little cog when viewing YouTube videos with your mobile device there’s a “Cardboard” option? Well this is Google’s cheap and cheerful answer to affordable virtual reality for people at home. First launched at Google I/O 2014 this accessory has been partnered with a few select companies including Volvo, which, along with their Volvo Reality, let the user explore the XC90 without having to leave the comfort of their own home. For a while the pickings were slim with but a few custom apps and no real takeup until earlier this year. At Google…

Can you get enough of The Walking Dead? From the graphic novel to the TV Series everyone seems to be getting addicted to the creation of Robert Kirkman, but what about the gaming experience? There are a number of subpar apps out there unofficially touting this masterpieces name but few come up to scratch when you try to immerse yourself in the storyline, the only one I have found to be addictive and reflective of the original story is that of the Road to Survival. Although this app only received a limited soft-launch by Scopely on the Google Play store back…

FlightRadar24 is a flight tracking software that allows you to track aircraft all over the world, including some military flights such as RAF Valley’s Hawks. The software is available on PC, Mac, and all major smartphones. Although not one of life’s essential pieces of software, it is great fun and easy to use, allowing you to zoom in and out of specific locations, pinpoint a specific aircraft to see the aircraft and flight information, and it even has filters; allowing you to target specific aircraft, airlines, or flights. One of the latest updates allows you to point your smartphone camera…

With the fallout from the hacks of TalkTalk, Ashley Madison, Vodafone, and The Carphone Warehouse amongst many others there are major concerns surrounding cyber security. Symantec CEO Michael Brown has been quoted as saying that the global demand for cyber-security professionals is set to grow to six million by 2019 but there will be a shortfall of around 1.5 million, he continued to say that businesses in Wales will not escape the effect. Farida Gibbs, CEO and Founder of Gibbs S3, commented: “The range and severity of threats, coupled with the desperate shortage of skilled staff means that the majority…

In the modern world we live in, with the plentitudes of consoles available and with PC gaming easily accessible to all newcomers, it is often hard to look past those fancy graphics and great “pay respects” mechanics to more traditional gaming. Though there are still clubs and meet-ups for those who want to play Dungeons and Dragons or other RPGs, the good old-fashioned board games are often shunned by the wayside. Which is why it’s all the more important to find the shining examples of this medium whilst it’s still available. With Halloween approaching, it felt right to acknowledge a…

There has been an awakening, have you felt it? From the fanboys, and the “leet” Usually in an article like this I would spend some time discussing the storyline of a video game, but as this is only a beta focusing on the multiplayer aspects of this game, there’s really no point. Furthermore, if even three of you actually reading this article doesn’t know what Star Wars is, I will literally eat my own hat and record it for Seren TV; I don’t even own a hat, but I will buy one if you can prove your Lucas-based ignorance. Regardless,…

Being a gamer in university is notoriously difficult. With current releases selling for forty to fifty quid a pop, it’s easy to spend hundreds of pounds for less than a week’s entertainment. Thankfully, when you know what to look for, it’s not too difficult to find hidden gems that are nearly as fun as new games, and are often even more so. The game I found this month, for just over a pound in the local Game, is a classic from the Japanese games industry; Dark Souls (published in 2009 by From Software for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3) is…

Many of you reading the headline may be unaware of what Stagefright is, no it is not being scared before performing or of speaking in front of a crowd, it is much more scary than that! In July of this year Zimperium disclosed its discovery of a vast security floor in millions of android devices before discussing it in more depth at the  BlackHat conference in early August. The exploit in its most basic form is that a video is sent via MMS (or it turns out played from the web or a download) could be theoretically used to attack…

Tablets have become one of the main media consumption devices. Unfortunately a decent tablet can set you back well over £100 which is why the new Amazon Fire, now under £50,  may be of interest to you. The device itself is worth more than this so you may be asking why they are willing to sell below, or close, to cost of production? The answer is in the lock screen which will show a carousel of advertisements every time you turn the screen on. This can not be disabled but honestly, how often do you sit there staring at a…

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