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 Monday, 23-February-2015  00:39:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Comms Alliance (an industry body representing some but not all Australian ISPs) have unveiled their draft anti-piracy scheme, which centres on a three strikes system. As of September 1, Australian internet service providers will be forced to send warning notices to alleged movie pirates, under a draft Copyright Notice Scheme industry code unveiled on Friday. Get caught three times in 12 months and rights holders can "facilitate an expedited preliminary discovery process" in other words ask your ISP to hand over your details.

Lenovo are in hot water, with some pre-installed malware called SuperFish on certain laptops. Anandtech have a good summary of why it's bad. Despite whatever good intentions Lenovo had behind the software, the implementation as well as the execution leave a lot to be desired, especially in a climate where security and privacy are key factors with their main user demographic. Lenovo have now provided an automatic Superfish removal tool to help customers get rid of the software, and Windows Update will get rid of it too. I'm reminded of this story from 2013 about Lenovo being blocked by international security services.

Telstra's CEO, David Thodey, has announced his intention to retire soon after six years at the helm. He will be replaced by Telstra's current chief financial officer, Andrew Penn. Penn will be based in Melbourne. Thodey will briefly stay on at Telstra following his retirement on May 1 to assist Penn's transition to the CEO role. He will completely exit the telco in "late August", according to a financial filing.

So, there's backdoors in HDDs and SSDs, malware shipping on laptops, zillions of dollars being hoovered out of banks around the world and now there's the NSA and GCHQ in your mobile phone. According to documents released by Edward Snowden and obtained by The Intercept, though, it was also the target of a covert, coordinated hack committed by NSA agents and allies at Britain's Government Communications Headquarters. Their goal? To quietly get their hands on the encryption keys that keep our phone calls and text messages private so they could tap people's communications without raising suspicions. More info here.

Gizmodo meanwhile think Microsoft are really turning it all around. It's tempting to think of Microsoft as some aging dinosaur. But it's wrong. Change has been building for almost a year now. Yes Windows 8 was a mess, and the Xbox One's early days were embarrassing, but Microsoft's been sharpening its game with impressive speed. And now it is once again, hands down, the most exciting company in tech.

NVIDIA however are copping more flak over GTX 970 performance. Gaming enthusiasts have been griping for months that Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 graphics chip doesn't operate up to snuff, and now someone has taken the company to court over it. Nvidia was hit with a class action lawsuit Thursday that claims it misled customers about the capabilities of the GTX 970, which was released in September. Nvidia markets the chip as having 4GB of performance-boosting video RAM, but some users have complained the chip falters after using 3.5GB of that allocation.

Photoshop recently turned 25. By the end of the decade, Adobe had sold more than 3 million copies. But more than that, they had created a powerful new verb to photoshop which entered the dictionary in 1992. Artist David Hockney was an early customer. Magazines realized they could use it to manipulate photos, and everything changed not least when TIME photoshopped a cover photo of O.J. Simpson in 1994 to make him look darker.

Could Apple be preparing to make an electric car within the next few years? Apple Inc., which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, people with knowledge of the matter said.



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