Monday, 23 April 2018

Martin Lewis to sue Facebook - to stop fake / scam adverts

Martin Lewis is the founder of the consumer help site and the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute charity, as well as presenter of ITV’s The Martin Lewis Money Show.

Today, in an individual capacity, he will issue High Court proceedings for a campaigning defamation lawsuit against Facebook and will be seeking exemplary damages. This is not being done for personal gain – he pledges any and all money paid out to him will be donated to anti-scam charities.

Within the last year, the social media site (Facebook) has published over 50 fake Martin Lewis adverts (sample images here), which are regularly seen, likely by millions of people, in the UK. These adverts are often for scams. Many have big pictures of Martin and his name, alongside a raft of false promises or endorsements – some then link on to fake articles which continue the theme.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Combine small boys toys & big boys toys: you get this!

Build an authentic LEGO technic replica of the high tech motorcycle.
Includes blue and black colour scheme, black spoke wheel with all-terrain tires, windshield and a detailed dashboard and exhaust.
2-in-1 model: Rebuilds into a concept model, created in collaboration with BMW motorrad designers.
LEGO technic building toys are compatible with all LEGO construction sets for creative building.
BMW R 1200 GS adventure measures 18 cm high, 33 cm long and 10 cm wide, alternative model measures over 12 cm high, 30 cm long and 20 cm wide.

I fancied one of these for ages but at £55 list, it stayed on the wish list. Yesterday, Amazon had it on offer: £36 - bargain! So now I have it, just have to find the time to put it together... It'll be a fine addition to my collection of bike models :0).

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Exertis IT trade show at Silverstone Circuit - what a great day!

"Plug in to Exertis, the channel technology event of the year! Come and discover the latest solutions and hear from industry experts, see what’s trending, what’s emerging and what’s right for your business. It’s the one event where you can simply immerse yourself in the range of technologies we offer – either extending your knowledge in areas in which you specialise or diversifying your interests into new, profitable markets. One day, one great location, bursting with technology solutions from the living room to the datacentre. So whether you are a new or existing customer this is the channel event for you!"

Brilliant day - well done Exertis! Silverstone - what a great venue! Really pleased to listen to the guest speakers: F1 legends: Mark Gallagher & David Coulthard a fantastic insight into their world. Excellent trade show. Definitely worth taking the day out of the office to attend yesterday. Went up on the bike & it was a beautiful day for it!

Microsoft Ports Anti-Phishing Technology to Google Chrome Extension

Microsoft has released a Chrome extension named "Windows Defender Browser Protection" that ports Windows Defender's —and inherently Edge's— anti-phishing technology to Google Chrome.

The extension works by showing bright red-colored pages whenever users are tricked into accessing malicious links.

The warnings are similar to the ones that Chrome natively shows via the Safe Browsing API, but are powered by Microsoft's database of malicious links —also known as the SmartScreen API.

An NSS Labs benchmark revealed that Edge (with its SmartScreen API) caught 99 percent of all phishing URLs thrown at it during a test last year, while Chrome only detected 87 percent of the malicious links users accessed.

To download the Chrome extension (browser plugin), click here.

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk has again been named the most complained-about broadband company in the UK, in the latest report from the telecoms regulator Ofcom.

For every 100,000 TalkTalk customers, about 31 made a complaint to Ofcom about the company's broadband services between October and December 2017.

Technical faults were the main reason for complaints, according to the report.

BT and Vodafone were the most complained-about mobile operators.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Chrome 66 arrives with autoplaying content blocked by default

Google today launched Chrome 66 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The desktop release includes autoplaying content muted by default, security improvements, and new developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in updater or download it directly from HERE.

With over 1 billion users, Chrome is both a browser and a major platform that web developers have to consider. In fact, with Chrome’s regular additions and changes, developers have to keep up to ensure they are taking advantage of everything available.

The biggest improvement in this release is that autoplaying content with sound is now blocked by default. This functionality was delayed - it was originally slated for January with the release of Chrome 64 - but now it’s finally here. Horrah - not a minute too soon!