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  • Cisco's postal service needs some work

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 27 Mar 2015
  • Cisco has hit on a novel way to stop the US National Security Agency (NSA) from tampering with its networking kit by sending its customer orders to the wrong address. The shady US surveillance unit ...

  • Smartphones lack smart users

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 26 Mar 2015
  • Most smartphones lack smart users a survey by mobile security firm Lookout has revealed, with 52% of people who claimed to be security savvy admitting they do not read privacy policies for mobile ...

  • Kaspersky's sauna nights with the KGB

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 20 Mar 2015
  • When it comes to kicking back after work, most people open a bottle of wine, binge-watch a favourite show on Netflix and/or hit the gym to work off some of the day's frustrations. Not anti-virus ...

  • Smart ass watches

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Mar 2015
  • Here's a couple of things to do with your new smart watch:You can check if your heart is still beating during the 25th PowerPoint slide in your boss's presentationWhen you get mugged, you are now ...

  • Solar eclipse pings network

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Mar 2015
  • Downtime experienced the full effects of the solar eclipse today with its network inadvertently failing. Since London is all cloudy, the best views were those on the live stream from other parts of ...

  • Ashes to ashes, tweet to tweet

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 12 Mar 2015
  • Saga - that well-known organisation famed for its popular use in taunts against your over-50 friends - is encouraging its elderly audience to get into the social media mindset before it's too ...

  • The end isn't nigh, it's already here

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 26 Feb 2015
  • The BBC has recently launched a show on its maybe-soon-to-be digital channel BBC Three. The premise of the show, titled 'I survived a Zombie apocalypse', is that the launch of the superfast 5G ...

  • Will astrology solve the NHS crisis?

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 25 Feb 2015
  • Can you believe this man sits on the Science and Technology Select Committee?

  • No printers, exploding sockets, and a missing ' ' key

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 20 Feb 2015
  • A recent office move has left the Computer Weekly team's lack of practical technical knowledge tragically exposed.Not only are we apparently incapa le of networking a printer properly, we have also ...

  • Colossus gets the ultimate accolade - its face (sort of) on a stamp

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 20 Feb 2015
  • Britain's contribution to computer history has received its ultimate accolade - Colossus, the world's first electronic computer, designed at Bletchley Park to help break secret German codes in ...

  • Self destruction service

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 19 Feb 2015
  • If there is anything worse than waiting in the queue at the Post Office, it is using its new self service machine. First there are three staff - who would normally be behind the counter - keying in ...

  • Why I turned off voice recognition on my Samsung Smart TV, and it's not why you think

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 09 Feb 2015
  • I might have accidentally breached Starfleet protocols. Here's how...

  • Security quote of the week

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 05 Feb 2015
  • Here at Downtime, we seem to get inundated by people who give their two bit's worth whenever there there is something security related. Here's this week's Top Five:1. Lancope CTO, TK Keanini, on ...

  • Spin me do

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 05 Feb 2015
  • "As the leading manufacturer in the networking of driver, vehicle and the surrounding environment, the BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles."This is what the ...

  • Quick! Call 911, Facebook is offline!

    Caroline Baldwin - Business Editor 28 Jan 2015
  • This week the two social networking giants Facebook and Instagram went offline. Facebook is blaming an internal fault caused by engineers, while others are blaming a DDos attack. Whatever the ...