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1984 eat your heart out: China has gamified government loyalty

Ah China, such a wonderfully helpful tool in discussing impeaches of privacy and personal liberty. It’s like the ball pit at the bottom of the slippery slope. The government there has created a tool that uses data collected from retailers, social networks and messaging applications, to rate a web user’s …

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AMD launches low-cost FX-6330 Black Edition CPU

It’s been a long time since AMD offered a credibly performing alternative to Intel’s high-end CPUs, but it’s always had a good range of cost-effective options at the lower end and it’s looking to continue that with its latest release. Although it hasn’t arrived with much fanfare, AMD has now …

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Bitcoin pyramid scheme fuels 24 hour boom and bust

Since its peak a couple of years ago, the price of Bitcoin has jumped around within a relatively confined range of values, often settling between two and three hundred dollars. However in the past 48 hours, it’s value has exploded, doubling almost overnight before starting to crash down again. This stupendous …

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Genetically engineered ‘double muscle’ dogs born in China

Of all of the ways humans have attempted to alter the muscle mass of themselves and animals over the past hundred or so years, from exercise, to steroids to growth hormones, nothing has quite had the same effect as myostatin inhibitors. Removing that particular protein from an animal increases their …

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Pepsi is making a line of smartphones

There are tons of companies out there that have attempted to jump in to the smartphone market, we’ve had Amazon try it, we’ve had Facebook try it and now Pepsi is making its own line of Android smartphones. Yes its own line… as in more than one. The Pepsi-made smartphone …

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China to start charging companies for pollution from 2017

China has revealed new plans designed to push back against pollution, by setting limits on the greenhouse gas emissions of companies and then charging them for going over that limit. The hope is that by discouraging companies from excessively polluting the environment, overall carbon emission levels will halve by 2030. …

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U.S. considering sanctioning Russia and China over hacking

The United States is said to be considering applying sanctions to both Russia and Chinese individuals and companies for conducting aggressive hacking attempts against U.S. targets, according to several unnamed U.S. officials. While no decision has been made one way or another just yet, they claim that the Obama administration …

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U.S. secretary of state believes China, Russia read his emails

It turns out that we aren’t the only ones assuming that every government out there is looking at our private communications; even high-ranking United States politicians don’t feel safe from hackers and foreign actors. In a TV interview, current U.S. secretary of state and one-time presidential candidate, John Kerry, admitted …

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Fake iPhone factory in China shut down

A factory in China responsible for producing over 40,000 fake iPhone handsets worth over £12 million in total has been shut down according to Beijing police, who shut down the operation this week. The raid resulted in the arrest of nine people, including a married couple who may have been …

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China announces an end to console sale ban in country

Considering the buzz that’s generated in Western countries when a new games console is launched, it seems strange to imagine a country as vast as China not joining in on that hype, but since the turn of the century, China has banned the sale and production of video game consoles …

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US personnel data breach was far worse than we thought

When the White House’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was cracked wide open by some unknown actors earlier this year, it was thought that as many as 4.2 million people had had their records copied away. That included their medical histories, employment details and potentially confessions made to help them …

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FBI wants encryption backdoor to combat ISIS

Another day, another leading public figure who’s calling for the breaking of encryption so that it can effectively track terrorist organisations. This time it’s the head of the FBI, James Comey, who said that his policing agency needed a “backdoor” to encryption standards so that the FBI could track the …

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China’s new digital security laws could increase censorship

A new draft law being considered by Chinese parliament could increase the censorship of its internet even more, making information harder for average citizens – without the knowledge of proxies – to access. It’s raising concerns among international businesses operating in the region too, as they would need to comply …

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White House Personnel Management hack exposes sordid secrets

Earlier this month, we learned that hackers – possibly from China – had infiltrated the White House Office of Personnel Management and had copied documents on millions of government employees. While there were concerns that financial and employment data, possibly even security clearance information had been compromised, it’s also shed …

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Millions of US government workers’ data stolen

In the battleground for the internet, armies lob digital shells at each other almost as often as the masses sling insults, as it looks like millions of US government worker details may have been stolen by a foreign party. While an investigation is ongoing, China is the earliest named potential …

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Apple pushes for new environmental schemes in China

China and Apple are two very different entities, but neither is particularly well known for their environmental practices. One has some of the highest pollution rates in the world and the other has regularly been found using unsafe chemicals and business practices in its production facilities – most often located …

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Uber offices raided again by Chinese authorities

Technology focused taxi-booking service, Uber, is once again under investigation by Chinese authorities, with another team of police sent to the company’s local headquarters. It’s part of a new investigation, though it’s not clear as to what crimes the authorities believe the firm has committed. Previously Uber was investigated for operating …

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Phytium to detail 64-core ARMv8-A processor for HPC in August

The U.S. government recently banned sales of Xeon Phi co-processors for high-performance computing applications to numerous supercomputer sites in China, slowing down development of local research. But perhaps, China will not need any HPC chips from the world’s renowned suppliers in the future as domestic companies are developing a number …

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Github hit by multi-day DDOS attack

The collaborative programming site GitHub has been hit by a sustained denial of service attack over the weekend, with suggestions that China may be behind it. While not entirely clear, it’s thought that the reasoning may be to shut down projects designed to circumvent Chinese censorship tools. At last count …

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Obama critical over Chinese net security terrorism laws

US President Barack Obama has criticised Chinese plans to implement new anti-terror laws which would see all tech firms doing business in the country forced to hand over encryption keys and to provide back doors in software to allow the military to gain digital access to whatever they want.  While …

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