This morning brought a weird voicemail; the start is cut off, because presumably the computer making the call didn’t realise it was talking to another computer, but it appears to be claiming I have an expired Windows licence, and a penalty of £2,000 or four years in prison. I’m to call Microsoft technical support on… Read More Strange “Windows” phone call
I’ve written here before about politicians and technology, including the daft attempts by Theresa May to try and outlaw end to end encryption in the UK. If you need yet further proof that we suffer from nasty authoritarian politicians with little understanding of tech in the UK, look no further than the Tory manifesto, with… Read More UK censorship gets ever closer
Today computers across the world have been hit by ransomware – notably including the UK’s NHS, and Spanish telco Telefonica. Some initial comments suggested “well, $300 isn’t a very big amount, it’s probably not professionals.” But when you see the scope of this attack, $300 from a lot of those people is a huge amount… Read More $300 ransom? It’s the price of doing business
Earlier this summer, UK mobile network Three announced a massive expansion of their “Feel at Home” scheme, essentially adding all the missing European countries to the list. This means that, wherever you are in the EU, calls, texts and data are priced the same as when you’re at home. Three’s package also includes some other… Read More Feeling at home with Three?
There has been a fair amount of coverage in the news recently about the closing of what’s been called the ‘iPlayer loophole.’ This was a gap in the rules for the TV licence that said that you only needed to pay for one if you received live television, including over the internet. So, if you… Read More TV makers cause trouble for Auntie’s iPlayer loophole
In the wake of the UK’s referendum on EU membership, there has been a lot happening in politics. One of those things is the launch of a new movement – it’s not a political party – called More United. If the name sounds familiar, then that’s because it’s based on a phrase said by the… Read More Love tech, hate online voting
Don’t panic! Skype’s not going away. But it is transitioning to a new future. Where once it was based around a peer to peer architecture, for various reasons – explained in this article on Ars Technica – that’s not entirely practical in future. When it first appeared, one of the great benefits of Skype was… Read More A farewell to Skype