MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

MPs question UK’s cyber attack defences

Image copyright Thinkstock A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said ministers had taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of agencies tasked with stopping attacks. Cyber attacks are […]

Security firms ‘overstate hackers’ abilities to boost sales’

Security firms ‘overstate hackers’ abilities to boost sales’

Image copyright PA Image caption Senior GCHQ staff have moved to the National Cyber Security Centre Computer security companies have been accused of “massively” exaggerating the abilities of malicious hackers. Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, made the accusation in a speech. He said the firms played up hackers’ […]

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Apple to start making iPhones in India, says state government

Image copyright Reuters Apple is to start making iPhones in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, the state’s government has said. Ministers said Apple would start an initial manufacturing operation in the state, whose capital is the tech hub Bangalore, in April. The tech giant has a 2% share of India’s mobile phone market, well […]

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Amazon ordered to refund children’s in-app purchases

Image copyright Thinkstock A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014. Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017. It follows successful legal action by […]

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Amazon drivers ‘work illegal hours’

Image caption Amazon has a delivery depot in Avonmouth, in Bristol Amazon delivery drivers regularly work “illegal” hours and receive less than the minimum wage, it has been claimed. Drivers for agencies contracted by the internet giant told an undercover reporter they were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day. Some admitted breaking […]

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Image copyright Spotify Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing and rewriting data to some […]

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

BBC to debut virtual reality film The Turning Forest

The BBC has confirmed it will launch a new virtual reality film, The Turning Forest, next week. The fairy tale will be made available for free on Daydream, Google’s mobile virtual reality product. Daydream is a mobile headset which covers the eyes of the user and immerses them in the film they are watching. The […]

Google tries to resolve Pixel camera flare issue

Google tries to resolve Pixel camera flare issue

Image caption The halo effect can be seen in the corner of photographs Google is developing a software fix to address excessive lens flare on photographs taken with its flagship Pixel smartphones. A group of Pixel owners shared their pictures showing a bright halo or arc effect, on Google’s messageboard. Google’s advertisements say the Pixel […]

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops

Rat-scaring laser trial to protect crops

Image copyright Life Laser Fence Image caption Laser light could scare unwanted visitors High-powered laser light will be used to protect crops from pests in a trial funded by the European Commission. Researchers at Liverpool John Moores University hope a “fence” of laser light will scare rats and other pests, proving an alternative to poison. […]

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Facebook overhauls Trending feature after bias claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook said the changes would allow “our team to make fewer individual decisions” on topics Social media giant Facebook has overhauled the Trending feature on its site to make posts more automated after claims of left-wing bias. Facebook’s 1.7 billion users see news stories and topics picked using a […]

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