Poor security decisions expose payment terminals to mass fraud

Some payment terminals can be hijacked to commit mass fraud against customers and merchants, researchers have found. The terminals, used predominantly in Germany but also elsewhere in Europe, were designed without following best security principles, leaving them vulnerable to a number of attacks. Researchers from Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRLabs) investigated the security of payment terminals in Germany and were ... Read More »

How to fix Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update blunder

Microsoft pushed out yet another problematic Windows 10 update, and it erases customizations made to the ‘normal’ template in Word 2016. The company confirmed the issue, and though it hasn’t released an official fix, it offered a way to recover lost tweaks. It’s bad enough that Microsoft is so pushy about getting users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10. ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: Canvera, Doctor Insta, Planet Gogo, Cityfurnish, Kolabro

With the year coming to close, deal activity has tapered down to seed and angel level investments in startups engaged in online furniture rentals, online healthcare, networking platforms, news aggregators, and digital photography. Canvera Bengaluru-based online digital photography company Canvera, has reportedly raised Rs. 15 crores at a pre-money valuation of Rs. 75 crores from Info Edge. With its prior ... Read More »

When Santa Claus Came From the Moon

On Christmas Eve in 1968, millions around the world listened in a live broadcast to the book of Genesis that describes the creation of the Universe. The only difference was that the broadcast was being made from space – the Moon to be precise. Millions watched and listened as the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill ... Read More »

Thedress: ‘It’s been quite stressful having to deal with it … we had a falling-out’

Was it black and blue or white and gold? The internet was divided but for Cecilia Bleasdale, who bought the dress for her daughter’s wedding, going viral left her confused – and caused family friction ‘I’m not a public person’ … Cecilia Bleasdale, beside her partner Paul Jinks, holds the dress that divided the internet. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the ... Read More »

The five family rules for owning a games console

If you’ve just bought a new PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Wii U for your kids this Christmas, here are the things you need to know before handing it over Video games are a social activity, so keep the console somewhere everyone can play – and join in! Photograph: Finnbarr Webster / Alamy/Alamy So it’s Christmas and you’ve bought your ... Read More »

The problem with self-driving cars: who controls the code?

Should autonomous vehicles be programmed to choose who they kill when they crash? And who gets access to the code that determines those decisions? Google’s prototype self-driving car at the Google campus in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Tony Avelar/AP Wednesday 23 December 201512.00 GMTLast modified on Wednesday 23 December 201512.02 GMT The Trolley Problem is an ethical brainteaser that’s been entertaining philosophers ... Read More »

California approves TaxiOS as old school rivals take on Uber

Flywheel claims to be the world’s first and only regulator-approved, GPS-based taxi meter – and is stepping up competition against rivals Uber and Lyft Traditional taxi firms in California hope state-approval of the TaxiOS app will help them outperform unregulated rivals such as Lyft and Uber. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images California’s state regulators have approved TaxiOS, an app for ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload heyday is ancient history for the music industry

Entrepreneur may be facing extradition to the US, but in 2016, labels will be more focused on navigating the changing economics of streaming Kim Dotcom is facing extradition, but Music executives are also less likely to be fretting about piracy in 2016 than they are about streaming services. Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images You might expect champagne corks to be popping ... Read More »

YouTube star attacks ‘theft, lies and Facebook video’

Facebook video is growing fast, but does it have a piracy problem? Photograph: DADO RUVIC/REUTERS Facebook has ambitions to compete with YouTube in the online video world, but one of the latter’s prominent creators has criticised the social network’s strategy. Hank Green is one half of the Vlogbrothers duo, whose YouTube channel has more than 552m views and 2.6 million ... Read More »