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Tech Insight : What is GitHub, GitLab Etc?

In this insight, we take a look at what GitHub and GitLab are, and why they are important in the world of software development.  GitHub, from GitHub Inc., is a not-for-profit website and cloud-based hosting service for open-source development projects – it is the largest open-source host. It helps developers, working on software projects, to store and manage their…

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Sustainability : Graphene For Greener Business?

In this article, we look at how super-strong Graphene can, and is being used to make projects and products more environmentally friendly.  What is Graphene?  Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb-style hexagonal lattice. Not only is it the building-block of Graphite, but it is also the thinnest material known to man and is…

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Security Stop-Press : GitHub Users Targeted With Malicious Copies Of Repositories

Cyber security researchers have warned that GitHub users are being targeted with similarly named but malicious copies (containing malicious code) of legitimate repositories. The copied repositories are designed to siphon user environment variables, steal API keys, tokens, crypto keys, and execute arbitrary code on affected endpoints. The advice to developers / GitHub users is to be especially careful when…

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Tech Tip – How To Send WhatsApp Voice Messages

If you need to instantly deliver important and time-sensitive information to contacts and groups in WhatsApp, you could use ‘voice messages.’ Here’s how to use this feature: To send a voice message – Open an individual or group chat. – Tap and hold the microphone and start speaking. – Once finished, remove your finger from the microphone. – The…

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Tech Insight : Spotting Fake Reviews And Dubious Ratings On Amazon

Tech Insight : Spotting Fake Reviews And Dubious Ratings On Amazon

Following Amazon suing the admins of more than 10,000 Facebook groups over an alleged co-ordinated fake reviews campaign, we look at how to spot fake reviews and dubious ratings on Amazon.  Why Use Fake Reviews?  On the site of one of the world’s largest retailers and the top online marketplace, large numbers of positive reviews and five-star ratings can…

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Tech News : 1976 Apple Expected to Fetch $500,000

A 1976 Apple-1 prototype, believed to have been owned by Steve Jobs and hand-soldered by Steve Wozniak is being auctioned and is expected to fetch around $500,000.  At $400,000+ Already!  The prototype is essentially a broken circuit board with a crack in it but at the time writing this, after 19 bids and with the auction not due to…

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Featured Article : Playing Video Games For Long Periods Isn’t Bad For You

A new Oxford University study involving 38,935 video-game players overs six weeks has concluded that there is little to no evidence for a causal connection between game play and well-being.  Why Do We Believe Spending Time Playing Video / Online Games Is Bad For Us?  A combination of previous research, social judgements, anecdotal evidence, online and media comments, and…

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Tech News : Chrome Cookie Removal – Delayed

Google has announced that due to the need for more time to evaluate alternatives, it is delaying (by nine months) its plans to rid Chrome of third-party tracking cookies.  Third-Party Cookies  A cookie is a piece of code (used for tracking) that takes the form of a small text file that is stored on the browser of someone who…

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Sustainability-In-Tech : Algae-Grown ‘Limestone’ For Cement Could Be Sustainable Solution

Researchers at the University of Colorado in Boulder have developed a net carbon neutral (or even carbon negative) method of producing Portland cement by substituting quarried limestone with limestone produced by microalgae.  The Problem With Traditional Portland Cement  The problem with traditional Portland cement is that it is made by quarrying limestone in large quarries and burning it at high…

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Security Stop-Press : Hackers Adapting Methods Following Microsoft’s Macro Blocking

A new Proofpoint report has warned that hackers, who used to use macro-enabled documents attached to messages to deliver malware are now adapting to Microsoft’s move to block XL4 and VBA macros by default for Office users. Proofpoint says that hackers have now switched to methods such as using container files like ISO and RAR, and Windows Shortcut (LNK)…

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