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Dennis Publishing UK
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1 min.
from the editor

My first attempts at selling on eBay were disastrous. I signed up in 2000, a year or so after it launched in the UK, and listed all the junk I could find in my loft. It mostly comprised football programmes, seven-inch singles, and lots of tech in formats that had become obsolete. None of it sold. It took a lot of trial and error before I worked out the secrets of successful selling - choosing the right price, description, photos and end time. It didn’t make me rich, but I made enough money to buy more football programmes, seven-inch singles, and tech in formats that were about to become obsolete. We followed these tips when listing items for our Cover Feature - on Amazon Marketplace as well as eBay - and were…

2 min.
‘trusting’ charity workers at risk of being hacked

The trusting nature of people working for UK charities makes them “particularly vulnerable” to cyber-attacks and fraud, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. Intelligence chiefs have produced a guide (www.snipca.com/27168) with advice on spotting and blocking threats, saying charities must do more to ensure the safety of personal data. It’s aimed at smaller charities that lack the money and staff to set up an extensive security policy. The guide claims that a “culture of openness” makes charities soft targets, and that staff “may be more susceptible to being socially engineered into clicking ‘dodgy’ links within an email, which can then infect the computer with a virus”. In the guide’s introduction (www.snipca.com/27170), its author ‘Kate S’ warns charities that they aren’t immune from hacks just because they “do such good work”. The NCSC,…

1 min.
see bbc civilisations artefacts in your home

An Egyptian mummy (pictured), a sundial from the world’s first railway station and Rodin’s The Kiss sculpture are among 41 artefacts that you can see in augmented reality (AR) in a new app to accompany BBC2’s Civilisations series. The Civilisations AR app, available for free for Android and iOS, places 3D images on the view of the world that you see on your phone or tablet screen. This lets you see the objects as though they were in your front room. Using the X-Ray feature you can see ‘inside’ an artefact, revealing what’s hidden beneath the surface of a painting, for example. There are also audio guides, and a Restore tool that shows you what the object looked like when new. All the items come from museums and galleries across the UK. The…

1 min.
amazon: ripped off by delivery fees? contact us for refund

Amazon has urged customers to get in touch if they think sellers have ripped them off by promising free delivery across the UK, then charging for postage to remote areas. Lesley Smith, Amazon’s UK and Ireland director of public policy, told MPs that it’s “totally misleading” for sellers to display contradictory postage details – free and paid-for. She added: “Where it is at all possible to do so we intervene and we stop them doing that. If they have advertised free delivery, they have got to offer free delivery.” Ms Smith was giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster. It was told by Citizens Advice Scotland that online shoppers in the Highlands and Islands (such as on the Isle of Skye, pictured) pay on average 30 to 50 per cent more…

1 min.
french worker loses privacy claim over ‘personal’ porn on work pc

A French man has lost his legal claim that his human rights were breached when his bosses opened files containing porn on his work computer. Rail worker Eric Libert argued that his privacy had been infringed when French national rail operator SNCF discovered the files. He had worked for SNCF for 49 years until being suspended in 2007. When he returned the following year he was told that porn photos and videos had been found on his PC. He was sacked in July. Libert took his case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), after losing an industrial tribunal and further appeals in French courts. He claimed that because he had marked the files ‘personal’, French law prohibited SNCF from looking at them. He said it undermined his “right to respect for private…

2 min.
in brief

STOP USING ITUNES ON XP & VISTA Apple has said it will soon end support for the iTunes Store on Windows XP and Vista computers. From 25 May you’ll no longer be able to use those operating systems to make or re-download purchases from the store. You’ll still be able to use old versions of the store, but these won’t receive any further security updates from Apple. Read more on the company’s site: www.snipca.com/27120. NOKIA BRINGS BACK OLD ‘BANANA’ PHONE Nokia is to bring back another popular old phone, following the success of its 3310 last year. In May it will relaunch the 8110, which was much loved in the final few years of the 20th century. It was nicknamed the ‘banana’ phone because of the shape formed when the slider moved down.…