Scammers stole millions last Christmas. These six tips could keep you safe online this time around

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is urging people to be careful when shopping online in the run up to Christmas as cyber criminals step up campaigns to steal money, credit card information and more during the busiest time of year for retailers.

Last year’s Christmas shopping period, from November 2019 to January 2020, saw cyber criminals make off with a total of £13.5 million as a result of online shopping fraud – averaging out at £775 per incident across 17,405 cases reported by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

And with even more people expected to be doing their Christmas shopping online this year because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the NCSC, alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has launched a ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign.

SEE: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF

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For the Second Time Ever, an Asteroid Sample Returns to Earth

Early on Sunday morning, the skies above a secluded military complex in central Australia will be brightened by a fireball plummeting to Earth. It will be a flamboyant homecoming for the sample return capsule from Hayabusa2, a Japanese spacecraft launched almost exactly six years ago on a mission to shoot an ancient asteroid and steal some of its dirt. If the capsule survives its fiery descent, its payload of pristine space rock will help scientists understand the earliest days of our solar system, shed light on the mysterious origins of meteorites, and may even provide clues about the emergence of life on Earth.

By the time it lands under parachute in the Australian outback, the sample will have traveled more than 180 million miles from Ryugu, a diamond-shaped asteroid orbiting the sun between Earth and Mars. Scientists believe that Ryugu broke off from a larger parent body only a few

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Climate change: Why it could be time to cut back on new gadgets and HD streams

We need to cut global emissions, and fast – and in doing so, tech businesses are both part of the the problem – and the solution. A new report from the UK’s Royal Society finds that as technologies keep growing at pace, the onus is on the digital sector not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, but also to come up with innovative ways to reverse climate change globally. 

While there is no exact figure that sums up the impact of digital technologies on the environment, the report estimates that the sector currently represents between 1.4% and 5.9% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the industry is projected to make huge strides in the coming years: for example, the total number of internet users is expected to reach 5.3 billion by 2023, up from less than four billion in 2018. 

All this extra connectivity comes at

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After reaching $40B in revenue in record time, Amazon Web Services hints at its own reinvention

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy with a chart showing AWS revenue growth at the company’s virtual re:Invent conference this week. (Screenshot via webcast)

Kicking off the annual Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference this week, AWS CEO Andy Jassy pointed to a major milestone for the tech giant’s cloud division: AWS has officially surpassed $40 billion in annual revenue, and not at a leisurely pace. AWS added an incremental $10 billion in revenue in 12 months, faster than ever.

Jassy showed stats that put AWS’s share of the cloud infrastructure market at 45%, more than double its closest competitor, Microsoft Azure. But he sought to assure the virtual audience that AWS is not even close to its zenith, citing the 96% of the estimated $3.6 trillion in global IT spending that has yet to shift to the cloud.

“It means that there’s a lot of growth ahead of us,” he

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Perspectives: Pros, Cons Of Vaccine Rollout Plans; Time To Make Science Bipartisan Again

Opinion writers weigh in on these pandemic issues and others.

To Roll Out Covid-19 Vaccines, Vaccinate Everyone In Several Hot Zones

Dear CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca,
Thank you for rapidly mobilizing your scientific resources and your vaccine clinical trial networks. (We also thank Operation Warp Speed and others for organizing and underwriting your efforts to tame Covid-19.) Your vaccines are on the brink of crossing the finish line of approval, but the confusion surrounding the presidential transition has brought great uncertainty to the distribution plan. (Daniel Teres and Martin Strosberg, 12/3)

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Pokemon Go Kalos: Celebration event start time and region rewards | Gaming | Entertainment

Niantic is in the middle of a major revamp but is still dedicating plenty of time to new Pokemon Go events.

The latest celebration is a regional affair, with Pokemon Go from Kalos getting the rewards treatment.

The development team has confirmed that the Pokemon Go Kalos event will be kicking off later today, telling gamers:

“Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Alola, and Galar have appeared in Pokémon GO. And starting today, Pokémon originally discovered in Kalos—the region where Mega Evolution was first discovered—will also be appearing in the world of Pokémon GO! To celebrate their arrival, you’ll be able to take part in a special event.”


According to Niantic, the Pokemon Go Kalos event will be kicking off at 10am local time, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

The good news is that everything will be happening at 10am local time,

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What time is the Fortnite live event? Here’s when you can fight Galactus in Fortnite

If you’ve seen the recent hype building around it, you may be asking what time is the Fortnite live event – and the answer is soon my friend, very soon. During the current season the pending arrival of Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, to engage in the Nexus War has been an ever-present threat, and now the latest Fortnite live event is here to realise that danger before we move on to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5. Will Thor be able to rally the cast of superheroes and defeat this intergalactic menace, or is the world of Fortnite doomed to destruction? You can get involved to decide the island’s fate, so here’s everything you need to know about when the Fortnite live event is and how you can take part.

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Why spending a long time on your phone isn’t bad for mental health — ScienceDaily

General smartphone usage is a poor predictor of anxiety, depression or stress say researchers, who advise caution when it comes to digital detoxes.

The study published in Technology, Mind, and Behavior was led by Heather Shaw and Kristoffer Geyer from Lancaster University with Dr David Ellis and Dr Brittany Davidson from the University of Bath and Dr Fenja Ziegler and Alice Smith from the University of Lincoln.

They measured the time spent on smartphones by 199 iPhone users and 46 Android users for one week. Participants were also asked about their mental and physical health, completing clinical scales that measure anxiety and depression symptoms. They also completed a scale which measured how problematic they perceived their smartphone usage to be.

Surprisingly, the amount of time spent on the smartphone was not related to poor mental health.

Lead author Heather Shaw of Lancaster University’s Department of Psychology said: “A person’s daily

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This Device Can Charge Four Different Camera Batteries at the Same Time

Very rarely does a photographer only have one type of battery these days. From your camera’s battery, to rechargeable AAs, to drone batteries, it can be cumbersome to try and carry a charger for each when traveling. Bronine wants to change that with the Volkit.

The Volkit is a free voltage charging device with modular charging bricks that work with an assortment of brands and batteries. Bronine calls the Volkit an “AI charger” because it is able to analyze the battery that is attached to it and automatically adjust the correct voltage to charge it between 1 and 20 volts. Depending on the model, the Volkit can charge four of any combination of supported batteries at the same time while managing the voltage output to each individually. Bronine says that it has been working on the technology that allows the device to accurately determine the correct voltage automatically since 2017

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Giving Tuesday celebrated by The Tech Interactive with time capsule opening and virtual tour

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On Dec. 1, The Tech Interactive joins nonprofits from around the world in celebrating Giving Tuesday, the biggest day of the year for philanthropy. The Tech, which has been closed to the public since the beginning of the pandemic, is raising money to support its mission to inspire the innovator in everyone, both through virtual resources and as one of the world’s premiere science centers.

Donor support has helped The Tech launch and support its collection of at-home educational resources for families and educators. Donor support also helps The Tech provide free virtual labs to low-income schools.

The Tech Interactive At Home can be found here:

Information on The Tech’s virtual labs can be found here:

On Giving Tuesday The Tech will host a livestream event featuring:

  • A first look at a brand new exhibit — Solve for
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