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Why have second-hand cars become so expensive?

It’s summer, and Ireland is once again on the move. With public transport still operating at reduced capacity, the roads are busier as more people return to work and venture outside their counties to visit family and take holidays. Cars are in demand, but the supply is not there. It’s due to a number of […]

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Shocking news: Gaming is good for your brain

Ireland has its own esports research lab that has produced some surprising discoveries It will come as a revelation to some but Irish research shows playing games is good for the mind. Even more shocking is that the researchers also found that stimulating the brain via an electrical current makes you perform better, producing quicker […]

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HSE cyber attack: Gang threatens to release data if ransom not paid by Monday

The criminal gang responsible for last week’s cyberattack on the HSE’s IT systems is threatening to release the stolen data online if the ransom demanded is not paid by Monday, May 24th. The gang asked for $20 million in bitcoin, according to The Irish Times, however, the Government and the HSE have both stated it […]

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New emergency text alerts to be trialled

A new emergency alert text system will be trialled this summer before being rolled out across the UK. Warnings will be sent directly to people’s phones in the event a risk to life, such as flooding or fire. Similar systems exist in other countries, including New Zealand, “where it has been widely credited with saving […]

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Cyber attack ‘most significant on Irish state’

A cyber attack on Irish health service computer systems is “possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state”, a minister has said. Speaking on broadcaster RTÉ, Ossian Smyth said the attack “goes right to the core of the [health] system”. However, he also said that it was “not espionage”. Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál […]

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Tánaiste ‘not aware’ of cyber attacks on other Government bodies

MON, 17 MAY, 2021 – 16:28NIAMH GRIFFIN, DANIEL MCCONNELL, VIVIENNE CLARKE, CIANAN BRENNAN & PA Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is “not aware” of any other Government agencies that have been hit by the cyber attack. A security briefing for party leaders is due to take place on Monday afternoon following the ransomware attack […]

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Google threatens to block search engine in Australia

Google has threatened to block Australians from using its search service unless the government changed landmark legislation to make it pay news outlets for their content. Google Australia managing director Mel Silva warned a Senate committee in Canberra that the world-first media law was “unworkable” and would undermine the functioning of the internet. “If this […]

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PayPal ‘reward’ email rapped for misleading

An email sent by payment giant PayPal which promised customers a reward of £10 for using their account did not make it clear enough that not everyone would receive it, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled. It upheld a complaint from a recipient of the email, an offer limited to the first 28,527 people […]

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Netflix content given age rating by algorithm

Netflix has labelled all of its content with a UK age rating generated by an algorithm.  The technology was developed with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which classifies films in cinemas. Netflix staff watched its entire catalogue, tagging sex scenes, depictions of violence and swear words, then fed this data into the algorithm. […]

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