A recent report by ‘Hired’ has shown that the uncertainty surrounding Brexit has made UK employers less likely to seek migrant tech employees, and has made less overseas tech workers seek jobs in the UK.
The report (gathered data from over 20,000 foreign candidates, 200 UK candidates and 850 clients) focused on the attitudes of foreign workers towards UK’s decision to leave the EU.
The study discovered that the number of foreign candidates looking for work in the UK had dropped by more than 50% and that representation of foreign job-seekers in their total talent pool had decreased by over 60%.
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Your phone rings and you pick up. Instead of a warm voice on the other end, you get the cold, robotic tones of an automated message trying to sell you something you probably don’t want. So, how can you make sure that your mobile is protected from disruptive and potentially costly cold-calls?
Unsolicited sales calls are known as ‘cold calls’, and they are something that millions of mobile phone owners are all-too-familiar with.
One piece of recent news that may warm the hearts of anyone who has been plagued by calls asking about the details of a road accident that you may have been involved in is news that a record fine of £400,000 was issued to a company called Keurboom for making nuisance calls of that kind to nearly 100 million people!
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Israeli company StoreDot have reportedly claimed that their innovative Flash Battery technology means that five-minute charging smartphones could be on the market by 2018.
Minutes Rather Than Hours
On average it takes most of us anywhere between one to three hours to charge our smartphones depending on the size of the battery and the flow capacity of the charger.
Considering how pressed for time most of us are nowadays, five-minute charging may seem like a dream come true, although it may be a reality in 2018.
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Ransomware such as WannaCry is used to extort money from people and organisations who are told that their important data is locked away until they pay a ransom. If you become a victim of ransomware, should you pay? Even if you do, will you get all of your data back?
Experts Say ‘Don’t Pay’
The WannaCry global attack has reportedly led to over 126,000 ransomware infections worldwide. PC users have been advised to update Windows to ensure that they are protected.
When vital and possibly irreplaceable data has been “lost” through forced encryption, £230 may seem like a small price to pay, but the expert advice for those affected by ransomware is ‘don’t pay’.
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WannaCry is gone but is it gone for good? As organisations around the world recover and begin to count the cost of the biggest ransomware attack in history, cyber security and law enforcement agencies around the world have turned their attention to tracking down the perpetrators.
The irony of the WannaCry ransomware attacks is that it exploits a vulnerability that was identified by the US National Security Agency. The vulnerability is a hacking tool called ‘Eternal Blue’ that gives access to Microsoft Windows, and was originally developed by the NSA to access the computers of suspected terrorists.
It has been reported that security companies and agencies have analysed the malware and are tracking over 100 different ransom Trojan gangs, with no success as yet.
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The results of an online survey by YouGov, sponsored by credit reference agency Equifax have shown that 55% of British people think that 3 or fewer verification steps are needed to keep their bank accounts safe from criminals.
Cyber Crime and Bank Fraud Levels Still High
Office of National Statistics (OFT) figures show that in a 12-month period from 2015 to 2016 2.47 million bank and credit account frauds took place in the UK. These were part of a 5.8 million cyber-crime explosion, where 1 in 10 people in England and Wales became victims of cyber-crime.
The results of this latest YouGov survey appear to show that things aren’t improving, as of the 2,000 people asked, 21% said they had previously had either their social media or email account hacked.
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A new system called Electrick (developed by Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh) uses conductive spray paint and electrodes to turn any surface into an electronic touch sensor.
Electric Field Tomography
The revolutionary new system was created by Created by CMU Ph.D. student Yang Zhang and works using a technique known as electric field tomography (EFT), which exploits the interaction of a high-frequency electric field with a conductive medium.
How Does It Work?
In short, a surface or object is coated with a spray-paint application of carbon conducting paint. N.B. whole, solid or pliable objects can also be cast / moulded from carbon-conductive material (a mixture of carbon fibre and conventional silicone).
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A 10-week public consultation is to be held by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) about the advertised speeds of competing broadband services and whether they differ from real user experiences.
It has been reported that Research commissioned by the ASA has led CAP to believe that tougher standards need to be imposed on broadband providers to make them clearer, more transparent, and more realistic about exactly what they are offering, and what consumers can realistically expect from their services.
Also, since big changes in technology and the tech marketplace can happen quickly, and the current guidance on broadband advertising was introduced back in 2012, the advertising regulators think that it’s now time for the guidance to be updated.
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Ofcom is reported to be concerned about the high costs of calling directory enquiries- services, and this looks likely to lead to another examination of this area of the market.
Historically, up until the 1990s, by calling directory enquiries (for free) you could get a business or domestic telephone number. Directory enquiries was de-regulated in 2003, when calls to the service were charged at a flat rate of 40p.
The now paid-for service is offered by over 200 different providers who can be reached by dialling a six-digit number beginning with 118. These providers supply information from the Operator Services Information System (OSIS). This is run by Directory Solutions, a division of BT Wholesale. Continue reading “£23.97/min For 118 Directory Enquiries”
Scammers in the Greater Manchester area are using eBay to sell cars that have been stolen and cloned.
What Is Car Cloning?
Car cloning involves using the identifying details of another, legitimate car (e.g. the number plate of your car) to disguise a stolen vehicle or to avoid speeding fines, parking tickets or other offences. The new number plate is either stolen from a legitimate car or purchased online and car cloning scammers even go to the lengths of changing the chassis numbers and accompanying documentation of the vehicles that they are illegally trying to sell-on.
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