Google Chrome BLOCK will see cryptocurrency mining apps BANNED | Tech | Life & Style

Google is no longer accepting any new cryptocurrency mining extensions on its Chrome browser’s web store. The decision was announced in a new post on the Chromium blog today. Chrome extensions that use malicious code to hide cryptocurrency mining capabilities have been discovered in the Chrome web store. These leverage the computing power of your PC to mine for coins in the background. This can severely impact the performance of users’ machines. Chrome Extensions Platform Product Manager, James Wagner said: “Until now, Chrome Web Store policy has permitted cryptocurrency mining…

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New Alexa update might be the most worthwhile Amazon Echo feature yet | Tech | Life & Style

Amazon Echo owners can now make a donation to charity using only their voice. The heart-warming new feature was rolled-out to smart assistant Alexa in the United States this week. Echo owners can say, “Alexa, donate $20 to the American Cancer Society” and the assistant will pull the amount of money specified from the account linked to your Amazon Pay profile. Alexa asks users for a four-digit confirmation code to approve the transaction. This is said out-loud, and should stop other household members from sending your money to charities without…

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Joshua v Parker live stream WARNING – Millions at risk after piracy arrests and huge fines | Tech | Life & Style

There’s a huge night of boxing ahead as Anthony Joshua takes on Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The fight is being broadcast on Sky Box Office pay-per-view with the evening’s event costing £19.95 and it could be a price worth paying if you want to watch without fear of breaking of the law. With illegal streaming, via so-called Kodi boxes, on the rise fans may be tempted to bypass Sky’s fee and try and watch online for free. But doing so comes at a risk. Watching content…

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OnePlus 6 REVEALED? ‘Leaked picture’ emerges ahead of Android phone’s release date | Tech | Life & Style

The OnePlus 6 is one of the most highly anticipated Android smartphone releases of 2018. And OnePlus fans have now been given a glimpse into what the OnePlus 6 will look like and the features it will bring. Reliable tech tipster Evan Blass tweeted a picture he claimed showed the OnePlus 6. The Venture Beat reporter tweeted: “You’ve been **cough cough** good sports with this, so I suppose you do deserve /something/. Just remember: #yousawitherefirst”. The alleged OnePlus 6 picture showed the rear of the device and the bottom of…

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This Alexa update will change how YOU speak to your Amazon Echo | Tech | Life & Style

Amazon is testing a dramatic change to its Echo smart speaker range. The US retail company is said to be testing a new mode that would help replace its usual talkative responses with a series of beeps. A number of Reddit users have spotted a new Brief Mode inside the Alexa app. Toggling on this mode replaces spoken responses with a series of simple beeps when tasked have been completed. So, for instance, ask Alexa to turn-on the lights in your living room and the AI-powered smart speaker will beep…

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Katsuko Saruhashi honoured by Google: Who is the geochemist celebrated in today’s Doodle? | Tech | Life & Style

Saruhashi graduated from the Imperial Women’s College of Science in 1943 and in 1957 she became the first woman in Japan to earn a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Japan. She was the first to accurately measure the concentration of carbonic acid in water based on temperature, pH Level and chlorinity, which is known as Saruhashi Table today. Saruhashi worked at the Central Meteorological Observatory in Tokyo to develop a technique to trace the travel of radioactive fallout in seawater and in rainfall. In 1954 the US started…

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