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Facebook: educate yourself before choosing the nuclear option

In the wake of the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica data scandal, which saw 50 million Facebook users’ data skimmed off by an unscrupulous British firm and used to help politicians target voters in Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign, many users of the social network have woken up to the fact that their previously blasé attitudes towards what Facebook does with their data may need revising.

Like humans do: Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the use of software that interfaces with computer systems in the same way as humans would. It uses AI and machine learning capabilities to handle high-volume repeatable tasks that used to require humans to perform. Such tasks can include calculations, queries and maintaining records and transactions. The software agents that perform these tasks are known as software robots or bots.

Steve Wozniak launches Woz U

Cuddly Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is the figurehead of a new educational enterprise aimed at training the next generation of tech wizards and fast-tracking the most promising ones.

The human patch against ransomware

In the wake of May’s WannaCry crypto-ransomware attack which brought the UK’s National Health Service and many other large organisations to a standstill, a major provider of cyber security expertise and solutions has rushed out a 10-minute eLearning course it is calling ‘The Human Patch’. It is designed to raise awareness of ransomware and phishing attacks among the rank-and-file staff who use potentially vulnerable networked computers in their organisations.

New kid on the block: Minecraft Code Builder

Minecraft is a fun, blocky, Lego-like virtual environment in which to build anything you want, or play as a survival game. Each procedurally-generated world is a unique place to explore, mine for materials, and acquire ever more sophisticated tools. The catchy combination of immersive reality and alchemy has had child and adult geeks hooked since its first release in 2009.

Welcome to the All You Can Eat Coding Buffet

Still paying piecemeal for your coding classes? Locked into a long academic IT course? Get with it. A new style of pay-once-and-study-all-you-want training offer has hit the web, and here we’ll look at two examples that cost just $50 for a lifetime subscription. Welcome to the All You Can Eat Coding Buffet where you can come in any time you like and snack to your heart’s content, then come back again and again, all for a one-time payment of $50.