Businesses beware — Avast says vast amounts of personal data and photos can be recovered from second-hand Android smartphones even if users have re-set them to factory condition.
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Jack Schofield spent the 1970s editing photography magazines before becoming editor of an early UK computer magazine, Practical Computing. In 1983, he started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian, and joined the staff to launch the newspaper's weekly computer supplement in 1985. This section launched the Guardian’s first website and, in 2001, its first real blog. When the printed section was dropped after 25 years and a couple of reincarnations, he felt it was a time for a change....
Google Plus has just celebrated its third birthday, but the service was virtually ignored in Google's I/O conference, and it's still not clear whether it has much of a future. The service may be less than the sum of its parts....
Containerization is cheaper than virtualization. Cloud customers could save money by running programs in auto-scaling containers instead of fixed-size virtual machines, according to ElasticHosts.
Malwarebytes has launched a lightweight exploit shield designed to prevent zero-day attacks and other unknown threats to Windows, including Windows XP. And the basic version is free….
A computer program that pretends to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy passed a Turing test at the Royal Society in London yesterday on the 60th anniversary of Turing's death.
The EU has launched "the world's largest civilian research and innovation programme in robotics", which it expects to create more than 240,000 jobs.
A paper on smartphone patent claims reports that royalties could cost more than $120 on a hypothetical $400 smartphone.
The UK's National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) held a competition for child visitors to build LEGO models of some of the computers in its display. This was the result...
The latest Fixya Report reveals the main complaints from the owners of the most popular smartwatches in the US, including Pebble, Samsung and Sony models
Amazon, Coco-Cola and Apple are the US companies with the best reputations, according to the 15th annual Harris Poll, and this is important when 60 percent consider a company's behavior before doing business with it
When Dartmouth College launched the Basic language 50 years ago, it enabled ordinary users to write code. Millions did. But we've gone backwards since then, and most users now seem unable or unwilling to create so much as a simple macro
Vic Gundotra's resignation has cast doubt on the future of Google Plus, the social networking site he launched in 2011. But despite forecasts of doom, the survival of Orkut suggests Google won't close it down.
Firefox is the only major browser that is written to serve users and the open web, and it's now more than a match for Google Chrome. And the new Australis version, due later this month, could be a good time to make the switch
The end of Windows XP support was almost as hyped as the Y2K bug, but it's hard to see any rational reasons why so many organisations stuck with an antique operating system long past its use-by date
Lookback lets developers do usability testing on iOS apps while users are doing real work, or travelling, rather than in a laboratory setting. And the Swedish start-up now has $2.2 million in seed funding to take it further
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- 5 Google tries to save the web from the curse of 'infinite scrolling'