V3 readers were most interested last week in the news that Apple has introduced security measures in OS X Yosemite that can adversely affect performance if they have a third-party solid state drive (SSD) fitted in their Mac.
The issue concerns the Kernel Extension-signing capability intended to ensure that low level system drivers are approved and unaltered by malware, by blocking drivers without a valid signature. However, a knock-on effect of this feature is that it can stop the Trim driver for third-party SSDs from running. This driver is required in order to enable an SSD to effectively perform garbage collection processes and keep the drive performing at an optimal level.
In worrying news for anyone using CCTV or a webcam to protect their security or monitor activities, the UK privacy watchdog has uncovered evidence that a Russian site is hacking into the streams. The Information Commissioner warned that live streams are being broadcast ranging from CCTV networks used to keep large premises secure, down to built-in cameras on baby monitors, giving us all another good reason to update our passwords with a more complex term.
In more positive news, Tesco has teamed up with BT to offer free WiFi access across its UK stores, prompted by demand from shoppers wanting to compare prices online before making an in-store purchase, while BT has managed a successful rollout of broadband in the remote Isles of Scilly.
Apple security measures penalise OS X Yosemite users with third-party SSDs
Kernel extension signing prevents drivers from enabling garbage collection on non-Apple SSDs
Russians hacking into webcams, showing live footage from UK offices, shops and baby monitors
Information Commissioner warns the UK on CCTV hacker access
Tor users' anonymity at risk from network analysis attacks
Technique could identify over 80 percent of Tor users
Intel adds 10nm Knights Hill and updated interconnect fabric to Xeon Phi roadmap
Chipmaker moves to assure customers that Xeon Phi is a 'multi-generation' investment
ISPs need to come clean on true broadband speeds and upload performance
Which? wants ISPs to be clearer on the broadband speeds internet service providers can widely deliver
BT and Tesco roll out superfast WiFi to 900 UK and Ireland supermarkets
Shoppers can now get access to wireless connections with speeds up to 76Mbps
Chinese government defends web censorship rampage
Leaders at World Internet Conference argue the internet is a two-edged sword
Cisco releases Project Squared collaboration app for iOS, Android and web
Tool designed to meet enterprise demand for instant chat tools, but no Windows version
BT overcomes underwater challenges posed by Isles of Scilly broadband project
BT CEO Gavin Patterson and government unable to land on island to celebrate switch-on due to poor weather
Apple iOS 8.1.1 update speeds iPhone and iPad performance
Yosemite also updated to 10.10.1
Cotton seedling freezes to death as Chang'e-4 shuts down for the Moon's 14-day lunar night
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Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
New findings contradict conventional belief that Saturn's rings were formed along with the planet about 4.5 billion years ago