Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. The technology was once one of the most widely used ways for people to watch video clips and play games online. But it also attracted much criticism, particularly as flaws in its code meant it became a popular way for hackers to infect computers. In recent years, much of its functionality has been offered by the…

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Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes

IRobot, the maker of the Roomba smart vacuum, could one day sell data drawn from the maps the devices build up of individual homes as they clean. The Roomba is an automated floor cleaner that can be activated via an app and find its own way around, using sensors and a camera. Founder Colin Angle said the data they gathered could be used to make other devices work better in a smart home. Nothing would…

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Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Elon Musk has accused Mark Zuckerberg of failing to understand artificial intelligence. It comes after the Facebook boss said that the doomsday scenario put forward by Mr Musk was unhelpful. Mr Musk tweeted: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” The pair represent two distinct groups, those saying AI’s benefits will outweigh its negatives and those saying it could ultimately destroy humanity. Mr Zuckerberg’s comments were made as part…

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Google SOS Alerts added to search results and maps

Google has begun rounding up information about unfolding natural disasters, terrorism and other crises within its Search and Maps tools. Visitors will be shown updates from authorities, news articles, emergency telephone numbers and other useful information in a single place. The SOS Alerts facility can also be set to trigger mobile notifications to those nearby to affected locations. However, it will apply to only a dozen countries at launch. The initiative builds on earlier emergency…

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Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to offer its graphics program Paint. In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed. Paint, renowned for its simplicity, has been part of the Windows operating system since its launch in 1985. Microsoft suggested it would not remain on Windows 10 by default but did confirm it would be available for free on the Windows Store….

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Rehab camp aims to put young cyber-crooks on right track

Media playback is unsupported on your device Teenagers caught carrying out hacking and cyber-attacks could soon be attending a rehab camp that aims to divert them away from a life of crime. The first weekend camp for offenders was held in Bristol this month as part of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) work with young computer criminals. Attendees learned about responsible use of cyber-skills and got advice about careers in computer security. If the trial…

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Alphabet profits rocked by EU fine

Profits at Alphabet, the parent company of search giant Google, have been hit by the record fine imposed by the European Commission last month. The firm said it saw strong growth in the second quarter, with revenues of about $ 26bn (£19bn), up 21% compared to the same period in 2016. But profits for the three months to the end of June were $ 3.5bn, more than 40% lower than they would have been without…

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