Huawei leapfrogs Microsoft to become the world’s third-largest smartphone company

China-based company Huawei leapfrogged Microsoft in Q2 2015 to become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor, according to Strategy Analytics. The firm gained sales mostly at the expense of Microsoft, which saw weakness in its Lumia business.

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Google Glass is back! But now it’s for businesses

Head-mounted wearable computer is returning to the market, but this time aimed squarely at business users rather than consumers

Google has quietly resurrected its wearable computer, Glass, as an enterprise-focused device aimed at industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and energy.

The unannounced relaunch, reported by the Wall Street Journal, could be followed a year later by a new consumer version. But for now, the device is aimed exclusively at business customers who gain immediate value from having a head-mounted display, and bypass many of the issues experienced by consumer users, particularly the privacy concerns sparked by wearing a head-mounted camera in public places.

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Windows 10: Microsoft faces criticism over privacy

From personalised ads in Solitaire to an address book-reading personal assistant, some users are unhappy with Windows 10’s approach to privacy

Windows 10 is under attack over default settings which users say compromise their privacy, just days after the operating system’s successful launch saw more than 14 million installs in the first 24 hours.

Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft, use bandwidth to upload data to other computers running the operating system, share Wi-Fi passwords with online friends and remove the ability to opt out of security updates.

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Cyber attack hits RBS and NatWest online customers on payday

Banking group says Distributed Denial of Service attack prompted flood of complaints from customers

The RBS banking group has revealed it suffered a cyber attack on its online services that left customers struggling to log on for nearly an hour – just as monthly pay cheques were arriving in accounts.

The group, which boasts 6.5m customers under the NatWest, RBS and Ulster brands, said it was the victim of a deliberate surge in internet traffic, called “Distributed Denial of Service”. This floods a company’s site with millions of requests, potentially bringing it to a standstill. The “distributed” version of a cyber attack involves thousands of computers under the control of one attacker.

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