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Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 11:24am
Eloking writes: Google and a San Francisco-based Aclima have equipped Google's Street View cars with environmental sensors in order to map urban air quality. The project aims to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities by measuring carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, Volatile Organic Compounds, and other pollutants. “We have a profound opportunity to understand how cities live and breathe in an entirely new way by integrating Aclima’s mobile sensing platform with Google Maps and Street View cars,” said Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, environmental health is becoming increasingly important to quality of life. Today we’re announcing the success of our integration test with Google, which lays the foundation for generating high resolution maps of air quality in cities.”

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Daisy completes Phoenix IT gobble

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 11:21am
Outfit marches on with £1bn revenue mid-market domination plan

Acquisition-ravenous Daisy Group has completed its gobble of tech services outfit Phoenix IT Group.…

Google to French data cops on .com RTBF: Baiser ma DERRIERE

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 11:04am
Maybe shouldn't have relied on Google Translate to check that one

Google says it will not comply with French data cops' demands to apply the European "right to be forgotten" worldwide.…

Moto G 2015 review

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:55am

Best sub-£200 phone on the market

UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:33am
Raspberry-powered stack thumbs nose at costly broadcast convention

Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.…

Google: Forget about a global Right to be Forgotten, we ain't complying

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:25am

Liberté cannot always be associated with égalité

Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 10:03am
Firm has to smarten up its act if it wants to avoid another Ofcom thrashing

It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator.…

Microsoft Windows 10 is already running on 14 million machines

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 9:56am

But there's a long way to go

Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 9:33am
I see no ships ... or boxen, come to that

The more I look at Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure, the more confused I get.…

Mobile malware packages hit one million, seven times growth in Q2

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 9:31am

Time to protect your smartphones and tablets, warns Kaspersky Lab

Cameron Tells Pornography Websites To Block Access By Children Or Face Closure

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 9:31am
An anonymous reader writes: Prime Minister David Cameron says that if online pornographers don't voluntarily install effective age-restricted controls on their websites he'll introduce legislation that will close them down altogether. A recent Childline poll found nearly 10% of 12-13-year-olds were worried they were addicted to pornography and 18% had seen shocking or upsetting images. The minister for internet safety and security, Joanna Shields, said: “As a result of our work with industry, more than 90% of UK consumers are offered the choice to easily configure their internet service through family-friendly filters – something we take great pride in having achieved. It’s a gold standard that surpasses those of other countries. “Whilst great progress has been made, we remain acutely aware of the risks and dangers that young people face online. This is why we are committed to taking action to protect children from harmful content. Companies delivering adult content in the UK must take steps to make sure these sites are behind age verification controls.”

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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 9:04am
Channelling some answers for Auntie

Breaking Fad  Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over.…

Silent Circle's Blackphone 2 will support Google Android for Work

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 8:49am

Business services supported, privacy upheld, punters protected

Open source Copyright Hub unveiled with '90+ projects' in the pipeline

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 8:27am
An internet that didn't rip you off? Who'd want a thing like that?

The web has grown up without letting people own and control their own stuff, but a British-backed initiative might change all that, offering a glimpse of how the internet can work in the future. Their work will all be open sourced early next year.…

Americans care more about EU data protection laws than the French

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 8:01am
Fewer than 10 downloads for draft comparison app in France

Around 800 people really do want to compare all the different versions of the EU’s proposed new data protection law.…

Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 7:28am
Adobe's scars make it ugly but tough. So tough it's being attacked more than ever

Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm.…

HP insists 'we don't have a global dress code' – while deleting one from its website

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 7:02am
Head of HR films video response for El Reg

HP Enterprise's head of HR says his company does not have a "global" dress code, while his minions quietly remove a webpage on workplace appearance from HP.com.…

Germany Won't Prosecute NSA, But Bloggers

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 7:02am
tmk writes: Despite plenty of evidence that the U.S. spied on German top government officials, German Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range has declined to investigate any wrongdoings of the secret services of allied nations like the NSA or the British GCHQ. But after plans of the German secret service "Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz" to gain some cyper spy capabilities like the NSA were revealed by the blog netzpolitik.org, Hange started an official investigation against the bloggers and their sources. They are now being probed for possible treason charges.

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Apple Pay on the Apple Watch

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 7:00am

How to set up and use the mobile payments system on your fancy new smartwatch

Comet 67/P CAKED in LIFE-GIVING RUBBLE, say astroboffins

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 6:27am
Science papers from Philae lander's brief burst of work appear for first time

When the Philae lander failed to touch down cleanly on Comet 67P/Churyumov­-Gerasimenko, the mission looked like a mess. But the probe's four bounces across the comet's surface turn out to have been a blessing in disguise because they've given us more close-ups of 67P than expected.…