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UK to bring in drone registration

UK to bring in drone registration The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures. There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced and the Department of Transport admitted that “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out”. The drone safety…

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YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos YouTube says it will redirect people searching for “violent extremist propaganda” and offer them videos that denounce terrorism. People searching for certain terms relating to the so-called Islamic State group will be offered playlists of videos “debunking its mythology”. YouTube said it wanted to help prevent people being radicalised. The company told the BBC that uploading IS propaganda was already against its terms and conditions. In a blog post, the video-streaming giant said it was implementing ideas from the Redirect Method, a campaign…

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Kodi magazine 'directs readers to pirate content'

Kodi magazine 'directs readers to pirate content' A British magazine is directing readers to copyright-infringing software, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) has said. Kodi is a free, legal media player for computers – but software add-ons can make it possible to download pirated content. The Complete Guide to Kodi magazine instructs readers on how to download such add-ons. Dennis Publishing has not yet responded to a BBC request for comment. The magazine is available at a number of retailers including WH Smith, Waterstones and Amazon. It was spotted on…

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and covertly monitored for a month before being deactivated. The agency said it believed the bust would lead to hundreds of new…

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OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch

OnePlus admits 911 emergency call glitch Phonemaker OnePlus has admitted a glitch in some of its devices prevented people making calls to the emergency services. The issue was highlighted on Reddit, where a customer showed their OnePlus 5 phone restarting when a 911 emergency call was placed. Others said calls to 999 in the UK and 112 in Europe were also affected by the glitch. OnePlus said it would distribute a software update to resolve the problem. The Chinese phonemaker promotes itself as a company that sells high-end smartphones at…

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Google to add 'news feed' to website and app

Google to add 'news feed' to website and app Google is adding a personalised Facebook-style news feed to its homepage – Google.com -to show users content they may be interested in before they search. It will display news stories, features, videos and music chosen on the basis of previous searches by the same user. Users will also be able to click a “follow” button on search results to add topics of interest to their feed. One analyst said the move would help Google compete with rivals. “Google has a strong…

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Instagram tops cyber-bullying study

Instagram tops cyber-bullying study Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests social media is making youngsters more anxious. Forty per cent said they felt bad if nobody liked their selfies and 35% said their confidence was directly linked to the number of followers they had. Instagram was highlighted as having become the vehicle most used for mean comments. Seven per cent of young social network users said they had been bullied on the Facebook-owned photo app. That compared to a figure of 6% for Facebook itself, 5% for Snapchat…

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Google Glass smart eyewear returns

Google Glass smart eyewear returns Google is to sell a revamped version of its smart glasses to businesses, more than two years after the original version of the product was cancelled. The company said Glass Enterprise Edition had improved battery life and felt more comfortable during long-term wear than before. However, it still resembles the original model, with a small see-through display and built-in camera. It will face competition from Microsoft’s HoloLens among others. Many had assumed the project had been cancelled after the executive in charge, Tony Fadell, resigned…

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Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018 A nine-month countdown to the introduction of compulsory age checks on online pornography seen from the UK has begun. The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement. But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised. Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed “unrealistic”. The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the…

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