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Google Wifi and Home to launch in the UK -- with a few hidden British treats

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:40
After launching in the US late last year, Google Home is making its way to the UK. Google's voice-activated rival to the Amazon Echo is powered by Google Assistant, and can be used to play music, control smart devices, and perform online searches. Also making its way to the UK is Google Wifi, the company's mesh Wi-Fi service that helps to ensure there are no wireless blackspots in the home. As well as giving uninterrupted internet access throughout the house, Google Wifi also features parental control options that can be used to stop kids from overindulging on their phones and… [Continue Reading]
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ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:34
Protip: Don't ask customers if they want to be contacted by email… by email

The Information Commissioner's Office is baring its teeth as we rocket towards the EU's General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect.…

Gerüchte zu iOS 11: So leistungsfähig soll Siri werden

MacTechNews.de - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:10
Es gilt als weitgehend sicher, dass Apple im Juni auf der Enwicklerkonferenz WWDC erstmals einen Blick auf iOS 11, das vermutlich im September 2017 auf den Markt kommt. Gerüchte rund um iOS 11 sind momentan noch dünn gesät. Aus den eindeutigen Warnungen, die Apple inzwischen für alte 32-Bit-Apps einblendet, lässt sich aber zumindest eine Entwicklung gut ablesen. iOS 11 wird wohl dem mobilen 32-...
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DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:01
Differentiating between commercial partners, coevolution and clutter

Opinion Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Four friends are sitting on a sofa, and one says to the others, “I’m hungry, I want to learn how to make pizza.”…

Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:56
Judge Brennan fines Eircom after litany of screwups

A judge has hit Irish telco Eircom with a €16,500 fine, after the former incumbent left a nursing home for retired nuns without phone service for weeks, then overcharged the sisters for the privilege.…

World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:25
That's 86% up on 2015... and it's mostly identity theft

Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before.…

Apple releases iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2 -- here's what's new

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:24
Apple has introduced updates for all of its major operating systems, releasing iOS 10.3, macOS Sierra 10.12.4, tvOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.2. The latest versions add new features, improve the user experience and fix a number of bugs. On the iPhone and iPad front, the biggest addition in iOS 10.3 is the support for locating AirBuds through Find My iPhone. The OS can display the current or last-known location and lets you play sounds through the earbuds to help you find them more quickly. Siri also gets some attention, as in iOS 10.3 it lets you schedule rides through ride… [Continue Reading]
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Google and pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:07
Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world

Avere, the filer and public cloud storage accelerator supplier, has scored a $27m E-round of funding, with Google proper providing some of the funds.…

Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:31
Corporate comms face-off

Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX.…

Chicago Agrees To Make Red Light Camera System Barely Less Corrupt By Increasing Grace Period By 0.2 Seconds

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 12:23

It's been well-established at this point that red light cameras, those devices that issue tickets and blinding lights to drivers not stopping on red, have always been less about safety and more about the revenue produced by the tickets. That really should be enough a story of corruption for anyone to cast a wary eye at cities implementing these cameras, but you really have to admire the brazen committment to corruption the city of Chicago displayed when initially contracting with the company Redflex for its camera system. The CEO for Redflex was brought up on federal charges for bribing city officials, including offering some condos and cars, because why mess around? Yet, even once we move past the corrupt manner the cameras were put in place, Chicago saw tons of its tickets tossed by a judge who noted that the city wasn't even following its own rules for due process on those tickets. Furthermore, the cameras were set to have a "grace period," the buffer time for which a driver could run a red light and still not be ticketed, of .1 seconds, even as other major cities' grace periods were three times that, and it was laughably clear how this system was designed entirely to bring in city revenue.

Well, rejoice Chicagoans, because the city has been dragged into extending that grace period to the .3 seconds shared by other major cities, making the whole thing barely less nauseating.

Under the new policy, which was announced Monday, the grace period for Chicago’s red lights will move from 0.1 seconds to 0.3 seconds. This will bring the Windy City in line with other Americans metropolises, including New York City and Philadelphia. In a statement, the city agency said that this increase would “maintain the safety benefits of the program while ensuring the program’s fairness.”

Except it really doesn't. This is the same system, no longer operated by Redflex due to the company's corrupt practices, but still born of that same corruption and forever tainted by it. Unaddressed thus far are the city's failings in due process, nevermind any valid analysis showing a safety benefit to any of this. Instead, the city has basically agreed to collect slightly less revenue in its traffic camera revenue program. This, by the way, is the city with the largest red light camera program in the nation. So... yay?

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