This month has seen the publication of two high-profile books that pose fundamental questions about the big data credo. Yuval Noah Harari, bestselling author of Sapiens, returns with Homo Deus. While his former book examined the history of humanity, this follow-up peers into our future. Harari argues the growing belief in the power of big data analysis could spell the end of democracy and free will, as we humans cede ever more control over our decisions to computer-based algorithms. He calls this credo ‘Dataism’.

In the previous part of this series on Bash scripting, we looked at what variables were and how they could be used in a script. In this article we’ll be looking at a special and possibly more complicated type of variable called the array.

Last year, the excavation of a remote site in the New Mexico desert revealed a long-forgotten treasure. Rather than Neolithic remains or fragments of medieval pottery, the excavation team in question exhumed a mound of Atari video game cartridges – buried in 1983, following a dramatic crash in global video game demand.

Database breach alert! Yet another high profile website that had its user account details leaked. How do we stay safe?

Of all the factors underpinning the global growth in streaming services, MPEG-Dash may be the most significant. Yet few people outside the streaming services industry are likely to have heard of this standardized codec. So what is MPEG-Dash, and why is it so crucial to the success of on-demand content?

When it comes to website loading, speed is of the essence. With modern high-speed internet connections, people generally expect instant results when they browse the web, and if your site loads too slowly then the chances are that they will click close and move on to the next one. Shall we fix this problem now?

Tech News Monday morning brings you: Yahoo Confirms Major Data Breach; Microsoft Launches ‘Project Bletchley’ Blockchain Fabric; CloudFlare Adds TLS 1.3 Support; Salesforce Launches Einstein Artificial Intelligence Platform; Swift, Angular Releases Not Backwards-Compatible.

When the Word Wide Web first burst into public consciousness in the 1990s, it was often likened to the Wild West – a new frontier where there were (as yet) no rules and everything was up for grabs. A quarter of a century later, as organizations grapple with the brave new world of digital transformation, the Wild West is once again proving a useful analogy, only this time as a model for ensuring you can maximize your chances of sharing in the spoils of any digital gold rush.