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Fast Fridays – 19th May 2017

19 May 2017 by Al McCloud

You made it! Another week successfully crushed. Here’s five links we thought were important in the world of tech, from the U.S. reversing their stance on net neutrality to, well, a kid dancing to Bruno Mars. That’s not strictly tech news, but what’s a Friday afternoon without a feel-good viral video?

Password on a CRT monitor

1. Cybercriminals aren’t paying enough for your stolen data

We crunched some numbers and worked out that a would-be hacker could be paying just £0.0002 for your breached email and password. We’d like to think they’d at least include a tip. Thankfully, you can curb this problem immediately by actually changing your password. Do it today! No really, read the blog and then change all your passwords!

UKFast Blog

voice recognition

2. Voice recognition might need a rethink

HSBC is using voice recognition software to identify and verify its customers, and just like any other form of new online security, someone’s found a loophole. A BBC reporter managed to fool the ‘voiceprint’ recognition technology over the phone. Unlike most of us though, he had a twin brother at hand to complete the breach – further proof that one twin is always evil. But which one?!

BBC Technology News

self-driving car

3. Hit the road, German self-driving cars!

A law has been passed In Germany allowing the automotive industry to start testing self-driving cars on public roads. Under the new law, drivers will be able to take their hands off the wheel and eyes off the road; as a result, the law says that any crashes will be the fault of the manufacturer. The UK has plans for a similar introduction, though that might not be for a couple of years, which is a shame because I could really do with a nap on the way home this evening.

net neutrality

4. Neutered net neutrality in the U.S.

America’s current net neutrality regulation looks set to be overturned. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to end net neutrality, which forces ISPs to provide all traffic at the same speed. If overturned, ISPs could decide to throttle video streaming and downloads or provide faster traffic to business partners. The FCC says this move will increase competition in the broadband market. Post-Brexit, similar discussions could be happening on our shores, which threatens the uninterrupted streaming of Stranger Things season 2, and that is NOT OK.

NPR News


5. Wait for it…

It’s Friday afternoon. Remain professional by all means, but we know how you’re feeling.