AI cannot be named as an inventor… yet

By on September 17, 2021 in Blog, Miscellaneous, Topical

The UK’s Court of Appeal has ruled that AI cannot be the inventor of patents, as ownership must fall to a human.

The landmark case came after US inventor Dr Stephen Thaler lodged two patent applications naming his AI system – called Dabus – as the inventor. He claimed the idea for the patents (one for a type of food container and the other for a specific flashing light) came from the “creativity machine” and not himself.

EU to force smartphone charger standardisation

By on September 10, 2021 in Blog, Mobile devices

All smartphones sold in the European Union could soon come with a standardised USB-C charger, in a bid to reduce e-waste.

To combat the 11,000 tonnes of waste generated every year by charging cables alone, the EU has pledged to force all tech manufacturers operating across the bloc to use a universal system – thereby allowing consumers to re-use their existing cables.

Navigate teams in a flash with these handy shortcuts

If you’re one of the 250 million monthly users of Teams, you’ll be aware of its many options for meetings, chats and file sharing.

However, what you may not be aware of is the sheer number of shortcuts available to you from within the Command Box or through keyboard shortcuts. In fact, the Command Box at the top of the page does much more than just traditional searches, but responds to a whole array of different instructions for those in the know.

Get your business secure online with Cyber Essentials

By on August 23, 2021 in Blog, Security, Topical, Web privacy

A new government-backed scheme has been launched to help businesses keep their data safe from hackers and demonstrate a commitment to cybersecurity.

Cyber Essentials offers two levels of certification, so businesses can learn all about the most common attacks and ways of protecting themselves from becoming the next victims. The courses have been designed to protect firms against the typical attacks they’re most likely to face, rather than any large-scale, state-sponsored hacks – more the burglar trying your front door to see if it has been left unlocked than an Oceans 11-style heist.

Hacker steals $600 billion in cryptocurrency “for fun”

By on August 16, 2021 in Blog, Security, Topical, Web privacy

A hacker thought to be behind one of the largest cryptocurrency heists ever recorded has gone on record to explain why they did it – saying simply it was for fun.

Some $600 million was stolen from Poly Network – an American decentralised finance (DeFi) platform offering peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading without the need for middlemen – earlier this month. However, the company managed to quickly get $342 million back by pleading with the hacker for its safe return – a figure that has since gone up to $427 million. In return, Poly Network has sent a $500,000 bug bounty to the individual it dubbed ‘Mr White Hat’.

Landline cables to be cut by 2025

The copper wires that connect landlines across the country are to be replaced, with an internet alternative taking over within the next four years.

PTSN (the Public Switched Telephone Network) has, in one guise or another, been used for landline telephony for generations. However, the copper wire technology on which it relies has long since been superseded by fibre-optic cables, such as those which carry superfast broadband connections. Copper cables provide a much lower quality connection and the PTSN equipment is becoming increasingly costly to run and maintain – necessitating this change.