Exact figures on how much it is costing British firms vary but recent research from the UK government found that eight out of ten large companies had suffered a breach and most were seeing attacks on at least once a month.But nowadays it is increasingly attracting professional criminals.They can make good money from cybercrime and the risk of getting caught is low.Even if they do get caught the punishments are far less arduous than if you get caught robbing an actual bank or dealing drugs.The huge growth of Bitcoin and other alternative currencies have also made it much easier for the crooks to get paid.The traditional way of protecting a business against cyber-attack was to protect the perimeter.
The Pacific island of Tokelau reigned supreme.In 2017, its superiority has yet to fade.The number of .tk websites may have dropped from 31 million to 18 million, but the four square miles of land in New Zealand still has more domain registrations than almost any other nation or territory in the world.Tokelau is barely visible on standard world maps, but here it becomes a huge area in the southern Pacific.China, the world's most populous nation, is now first on the list with more than 20 million registered domains on .cn, followed by Germany (16 million on .de), United Kingdom (10.6 million for .uk and .co.uk) and Tokelau (18 million for .tk).Guinea Bissau (.gw), with just two.
Autonomous car manufacturers might start to look at the United Kingdom as a viable alternative to Europe or the U.S., thanks to proposed new reforms on insurance legislation that now covering autonomous cars.Announced in the Queen s Speech to Parliament earlier today, the reforms allow autonomous cars to be tested and purchased in the U.K.See Also: General Motors flags down Lyft to start autonomous taxi trialWe don t think this means fully autonomous cars are purchasable, but autonomous features will be allowed inside U.K. cars.This means things like Tesla s Model S autonomous lane switching or Ford s self-parking should be available in the next few years.Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover are testing autonomous cars in the U.K. already, in project cities like London and Milton Keynes, and will now be able to test the cars across the country.We suspect other European-based automotive companies may look at the U.K., which is less restrictive than other European countries on autonomous cars.
If the funds in the account go below an agreed limit, the band kicks in.It can also work with smart meter Nest to turn down the heating and save energy bills if funds are low.Chief executive David Webber told the BBC the idea was about consumer choice.He dismissed the idea that the concept is too controlling.The Pavlok wristband "shock" function can also be deactivated, Mr Webber added.'Road to hell'However Prof Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert from Surrey University, said the more connections which are made between devices, the greater the risk of a security weakness.
Android Pay is available for UK customers from today, allowing them to make contactless payments to shop terminals, travel around London's TfL networks and make in-app purchases via their smartphones.Apple Pay currently has around 12 million monthly users globally, making it by far the most-used mobile payment platform, following its initial release in the US during October 2014.Comparatively, Android Pay and Samsung Pay trail behind with around five million monthly users each, data from Bloomberg found.While Samsung Pay is limited to compatible Samsung devices, around 80 per cent of the world s smartphones run Android, compared to around 17 per cent for Apple s iOS system.In the UK, the Android/iOS split is around 59 per cent to 35 per cent, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphones
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK has already stopped paper licences and moved them online and is now trying to make them more digital.Photo: Getty ImagesImagine being pulled over by the cops while driving, being asked for your licence, and you pull out your … smartphone.For British motorists, this could soon happen following a sneak preview a new prototype for a mobile licence from the head of the country's driving authority.In a tweet last week, Oliver Morely, chief executive of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency DVLA tweeted a picture of an iPhone with a U.K. driving licence in Apple's Wallet app.1 prototype no timeline yet2 not replacement for photocard, an add-on3 security our priority4 possible because nomorecounterpartThe DVLA is trying to make driving licence more digital.And other pieces of identification are also looking to go digital.
Android Pay can be used in shops, to travel around London and for in-app purchasesGoogle's Android Pay is now available in the UK, allowing you to make quick contactless payments from your smartphone.The contactless payment system has partnered with supported banks to register your chosen debit or credit card to make payments on contactless terminals in shops, on London s TfL networks and for in-app purchases.Check if your bank is supporting the service from launch with our list below:Banks supporting Android Pay from launchLloyds BankNationwideBank of ScotlandHalifaxM BankHSBCFirst DirectMBNABanks yet to support Android PaySantanderNatWestBarclaysBarclaycardTesco BankTSBAmerican Expressboon.For amounts higher than £30, the owner must enter their security code, fingerprint or lock pattern.Works with both contactless and traditional payment terminalsRequires fingerprint authenticationExclusive to Samsung smartphonesIs there a limit?Lost or stolen phones can be located, locked and wiped remotely through Android Device Manager.
The Queen enters the House of Lords ahead of her speech Image: AP Every year, the Queen gives a speech about what the UK government will focus its attentions on over the coming twelve months.Today, she explained that, among other things, she wants the country to focus on autonomous cars and drones.During her speech, which takes place at the House of Lords in central London, she explained: My ministers will ensure the United Kingdom is at the forefront of technology for new forms of transport, including autonomous and electric vehicles.The Guardian points out that the bill is expected to bring about new legislation for self-driving cars and drones, as well as ushering in the possibility for the UK s first commercial spaceport.Elsewhere in her speech, Bloomberg notes that the Queen promised that measures will be brought forward to create the right for every household to access high-speed broadband to help make the United Kingdom a world leader in the digital economy.Of course, these ideas aren t dreamt up by the Queen but senior policy makers.
Android Pay is now available in UK allowing you to complete contactless payments from your Android phone.We got the chance to test out the tech at a coffee shop in Central London as well as on the London Underground – and the tech works great.Sadly there's no word on Android Wear support for Android Pay yet, something Apple has managed to include on its Watch device.Android Pay allows you to make payments up to £100 as well, but anything above the £30 limit will require you to enter your pattern, PIN or fingerprint.It's currently trialling a feature called Hands Free where you can walk into a store and just say "I'd like to pay with Google" to make your transaction.Google is also launching Android Pay Day, a service that offers exclusive codes and deals to customers who use the service.
After a seven month wait Google has now brought Android Pay to the UK, meaning you can finally use your Android phone to pay for your coffee in the morning.You'll need to be with a participating bank though, with options limited to Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society for now.NatWest and Santander have confirmed to techradar support will come at a later date, while those with Barclays can use the bank's own contactless payment app instead.Earlier this year Google launched a public trial - in Silicon Valley, of course - for a system called Hands Free, which will allow you to make payments by just saying "pay with Google".In the meantime, get yourself set up on Android Pay by download the app from the Google Play Store.Just remember you will be using real life money before you get carried away with swiping on every reader in sight.
'It cannot be certain' spending has increased at ALL – NAOThe Cabinet Office has lost its enthusiasm for prising open Whitehall's wallet and handing more cash to SMEs, according to a report by the Committee of Public Accounts today.But today the committee said: "It is not clear that SMEs are better able to compete with larger providers or whether they are actually getting any more government business than before."We continue to see larger providers dominating; for example, the Government s top five IT providers received over half of government s total spending on contracted out IT," said the report.The fact the government has changed its approach to measuring such spending in four of the last five years makes it impossible to properly assess performance.It s a simple point, but launching initiatives is not the same as delivering results."The government has failed to identify the areas of spending where SMEs could bring the most benefit and it remains difficult for SMEs to ascertain what bidding opportunities are available, said the report.
The WoW movie is slated to release on 10 JuneWarcraft: The Beginning - the upcoming World of Warcraft movie - arrives in the coming weeks and to help coax viewers to their local cinemas, Blizzard plans to offer the game for free to new players around the world.The offer includes all existing expansions for the game and a free month of play before new players must start paying the game's subscription.In addition, Blizzard is also handing out free transmogrifications - character and weapon skins - to all existing gamers who log in between 25 May and 1 August.International Warcraft fans are also being offered various promotional offers - which can be found over on Battle.net.The much-anticipated movie, is directed by Moon and Source Code's Duncan Jones and its cast includes Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell and Dominic Cooper.World Of Warcraft's upcoming expansion – Legion – is slated to release on 30 August.
Report authors call on gov.UK, business to up their spendLeaving the EU could mean UK universities lose a whopping £1bn research funding, according to report released by Digital Science today.Their data showed the UK was the fifth-largest producer of science and technical articles behind USA, China, Japan and Germany, despite receiving just 1.63 per cent from public and private sectors in research.Figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reveal that investment from UK companies contribute only 1.06 per cent of GDP toward research and development.This is below the average of many European countries and is almost 80 per cent lower than the R investment made by German businesses.Should the UK vote to leave next month, the report stresses that significant political efforts will need to be made to plug the funding gap and avoid long-term damage to the research and education sector .Ridley said that some of the biggest scientific organisations including The European Space Agency, The European Molecular Biology Organisation and CERN, were not EU-membership exclusive and was unfair if the EU parliament held the power to decide how money was spent.
The mobile wallet for Android-powered smartphones is opening for business in the UK — its first market outside the U.S. where it launched in September 2015 — starting out on NFC-enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4 or later.Tap to pay big in the UKNotably, American Express is not yet included in the card types supported it s available in the U.S. though so watch this space .Google last week gave a preview to journalists and analysts to show how Android Pay works, using an Android handset to tap to buy coffee at Holborn Grind and to travel from Holborn Tube station.That might sound sensible if you re a risk-averse consumer or retailer; but fiddly and time-eating if you re someone who is always looking for ways to do things quicker.Normally the Oyster system that TfL uses just charges you for the maximum cost of a ride when this happens; but if you use Android Pay you ll now get a warning when you pass the machines to remind you if you forget.It s possibly a mark of how Google wanted to make sure it gets the experience right from the start, lest the public or regulators find any other reasons to scrutinize the company.
Barclaycard research claims that managing returns is damaging profits for many British online businessesBritish online retailers are bearing the brunt of improved customer service, according to new research that found free return policies may be causing businesses to lose profits.Overall, nearly six in ten 57 percent of retailers said that dealing with the day-to-day cost of dealing with returns is negatively impacting their business, with one in five 20 percent even admitting to increasing prices to try and counteract the cost of returns.And more than a fifth 22 per cent of current high-street retailers are choosing not to sell online, because they are concerned about being able to afford the costs of managing the delivery and returns process.Time to changeonline shoppingThese solutions are grating against consumer habits, Barclaycard warns, as 30 percent of shoppers admitted to deliberately over-purchasing and subsequently returning unwanted items, safe in the knowledge they will be able to benefit from a range of quick and easy returns such as hourly courier services and local drop-off points.A similar proportion would like retailers to introduce technology to help them better visualise an item when shopping online, such as the ability to virtually try on clothing after uploading an image of themselves – a system currently being trialled by several big-name retailers.Today s time-pressed shopper expects the process to be fast, easy and free – and that applies to both buying goods as well as returning them, said Sharon Manikon, director of customer solutions at Barclaycard global payment acceptance.
Alphabet decided to update and re-brand the service last September after Apple launched Apple Pay in 2014 with a stronger business model due to some key alliances with banks.Android Pay's launch in the UK will arrive with support for Visa or MasterCard debit or credit cards from a variety of supported banks including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA, and Nationwide Building Society.Barclays said earlier this week that it is not planning on participating in Android Pay in the UK.Google is promising that businesses that already have contactless terminals need do nothing to accept payments from Android Pay.Finally, Android Pay will be launching a deal-focused program called Android Pay Day that will be exclusive to the UK, at least initially.To encourage sign-ups and continued use of the service, which already has quite a lot of competition in the mobile and contactless payment world, a new deal will be posted the week before pay day every month.
Microsoft says it has a long history with the UK and hints future investment could be affected if country votes to leave the EUMicrosoft says it wants the UK to vote to remain in the European Union In the upcoming referendum on 23 June, suggesting it would be less likely to invest in the event of a Brexit .Read More: Michael Van der Bel s IT LifeMicrosoft in the EUmichle van der belMicrosoft opened its first international office in the UK in 1982 and now has 5,000 employees working in support, marketing, gaming, communications, cybersecurity and computer science research and recently opened a global centre of excellence for artificial intelligence.At key moments in our international growth we have specifically chosen to invest in our capabilities here in the UK.Indeed, one third have no plan in place to cope with a Brexit, which could cause compliance and recruitment issues.The majority support the UK s membership because it makes the country more attractive to international investment, makes the UK more globally competitive and gives it a more favourable trading relationship with other members.A vote to remain is a vote to ensure the UK voice is at the heart of policies that support the UK s most innovative sector to continue to grow and create jobs.
It is claimed 1.5 million users are signing up for the service each month.Android Pay in the UKAndroid Pay 2American Express cards are not supported at launch despite working the US, while NatWest, RBS and Santander accounts are not compatible.The average number of journeys made on London s transport network using mobile devices has increased from 7,500 a day to more than 35,000, with more than 200,000 unique devices used to make trips in the six months leading up to February – an increase of 1,000 devices per day.A survey we carried out revealed 57 percent of Britons don t feel comfortable paying for goods and services through their mobile phones, and 45 percent are concerned about security and fraud.It ll take years not months to build trust in mobile payments among the mainstream and, while the openness of Android as a platform for developers might be a good thing for the user experience, just one data breach or financial hack could destroy all that trust and goodwill – so vigilance is key.Try our quiz!
The mobile payments solution will be available on all near field communication NFC -enabled Android devices running KitKat 4.4 and above.The application doesn't need to be open to make the transaction and does not require any user input for payments of less than £30.The technology will work anywhere that contactless payment is available now, including many commercial outlets and on public facilities such as the Transport for London transport network.Android Pay works with both MasterCard and Visa as well as banks including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, mbna and Nationwide.Barclays is notably absent from the list, having unveiled plans to launch its own contactless mobile payments solution in June.It is also a more secure way of paying than a card, as it can be used to add additional layers of authentication such as fingerprints.
Android Pay can be used at any wireless payment point so if it supports your contactless card or Apple Pay then you re good to go with Android Pay.Google s new contactless payment service joins an increasing number of apps and services including Samsung Pay and PayPal which are trying to encourage people to move away from using their conventional bank cards as a means of paying.Recently released Android smartphones should come with Android Pay pre-installed but if you think you re missing out you can always head over to the Google Play Store and download the app separately from there.While many of the big players are in there it s hard not to notice the glaring omission that is Barclays.If you have multiple Google Accounts in Android Pay: At the top left of the app, touch your name, then choose the account you want to add a card to.While both are equally secure not all Android phones have this hardware advantage that Apple s products do so Google had to find an alternative solution.