Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing

The CEO’s privacy is as vulnerable as ours, and the social network faces a regulation battle Zuckerberg put on back foot as House grills Facebook CEO over user tracking Mark Zuckerberg is...

Hacking a computer through DNA is now a reality, researchers claim

ci-fi becomes reality as University of Washington lab uses strands of DNA to hack into a computer, but experts say there’s no cause for concern Researchers from the University of Washington say...

Blockchain is this year’s buzzword – but can it outlive the hype?

The open-source ledger behind bitcoin is touted as revolutionary for everything from banking to health, but the jury is still out The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the...

How to make your bonfire night photos sparkle

To avoid spamming your Instagram with blurry, boring images of fireworks, take over your camera controls, turn off your flash, slow down your shutter and increase your film speed ... or...

Facebook removes hundreds of US political pages for ‘inauthentic activity’

Some accounts were fake or ad farms pretending to be forums for political debate, company says With less than one month left before the midterm elections, Facebook has announced it has removed 559 politically...

Facebook to stop allowing data brokers such as Experian to target users

Company to shut down Partner Categories feature to ‘improve people’s privacy’ but analysts question potential impact of change Facebook is shutting down a feature that allowed “data brokers” such as Experian and...

Twitter drops ‘egg’ avatar in attempt to break association with internet trolls

Twitter is abandoning its default “egg” avatar in a bid to shake its association with trolls. For the past seven years, new Twitter accounts have been assigned a profile picture of an...

Facebook can track your browsing even after you’ve logged out, judge says

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ activity, saying responsibility was on plaintiffs to keep browsing history private A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing...

Goa brings in ‘no-selfie zones’ on coast after spate of deaths

India has highest number of fatalities in the world from people trying for perfect shot The Indian state of Goa has identified 24 “no-selfie zones” along its coastline after a spate of...

Saatchi chairman and his wife defend crowdfunding for Instagram-star dog

The chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and his fashion designer wife have raised more than £5,000 to get their Instagram-star dog treated by a celebrity vet, after asking followers for donations...

NHS data loss: 500 patients may have suffered serious harm

Five hundred patients may have suffered serious harm as a result of the NHS mislaying 500,000 test results and letters over a five-year period, ministers and officials have admitted in parliament. The...

Old technology: NHS uses 10% of world’s pagers at annual cost of £6.6m

Report into NHS communications says it uses 130,000 pagers and it is surprising ‘legacy equipment is relied upon in emergency situations More than one in 10 of the world’s pagers is being...

‘Emojis enhance human interactions’ argues Royal Institution lecturer

Exclusive: Prof Sophie Scott will give the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas lectures on the evolution of language - and explain why gifs and emojis aren’t stupid Emojis enhance human interaction by putting...

Apple to buy ‘Netflix for magazines’ Texture

Virtual newsstand’ lets users read about 200 digital titles for a monthly subscription fee Apple is to buy the digital magazine service Texture, which lets users read titles for a monthly subscription...

Van Gogh’s sunflowers are wilting as yellow paint fades to brown

X-rays reveal light-sensitive paint used by artist will cause painting to lose vibrancy The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is reviewing how it displays the artist’s Sunflowers painting after a pioneering new...

CCleaner: 2m users install anti-malware program … that contains malware

Tool now owned by security firm Avast was hacked via a supply chain attack, an increasingly common method of infection More than two million users of anti-malware tool CCleaner installed a version...

With Prime Minister Theresa May’s government weakened by Conservative party infighting over Brexit, Labour...

UK home secretary ‘not afraid to take action’ as he pledges extra £21.5m to catch offenders Some technology firms are refusing to take online child sexual abuse seriously enough, the home secretary...

Apple unveils HomePod speaker to take on Amazon Echo and Google Home

Smart speaker announced along with new iMac Pro coming in December while iMacs and MacBook Pros get immediate spec bumps Apple is launching a smart home speaker called HomePod to compete with...

Elon Musk says Tesla planning ‘thorough reorganization’

Car company has faced questions about its production schedule Number of third-party contractors ‘has really gotten out of control’ Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, told employees on Monday the company was...

How to get a job at Nexmo: The company connecting Airbnb’s hosts and travelers

Nexmo is a Vonage API platform that bridges traditional voice and messaging services with cloud communications. It works with companies like Airbnb, WhatsApp and Snapchat to help them communicate with their customers all...

The GPS app that can find anyone anywhere

In common with perhaps 15 million South Africans, Eunice Sewaphe does not have a street address. Her two-room house is in a village called Relela, in a verdant, hilly region of...

Facebook U-turns on abortion pill page ban after claims it was stifling human rights

Facebook has reinstated the page of a pro-choice group that helps women access abortion pills hours after it was banned for breaking the site's rules. The social network blocked the Amsterdam-based Women on Web...

Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

Ride-hailing app to charge extra 15p per mile to help drivers pay for electric cars Uber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers...

MetaStock

When it comes to trading software, Metastock is certainly one of the big players in the industry. However, the fact Metastock remains the dominant and a well featured software program does...

Snapchat isn’t worth $25bn – but that won’t stop the technorati making it so

The irony of me – a 39-year-old untrendy luddite – writing a column about Snapchat has not escaped me. I do not want to take a picture of my face, use digital...

Internet use at record level but Britons are lax about web security

ONS says 89% of UK adults go online at least weekly but have lack of awareness over safety Internet use in Britain has risen to record levels but there is a worrying...

Police face legal action over use of facial recognition cameras

Campaigners say technology risks turning UK citizens into ‘walking ID cards’ Two legal challenges have been launched against police forces in south Wales and London over their use of automated facial recognition...

Zimbabwe is only one of many countries where China is acquiring an overseas empire...

“Robots are not taking over the world,” the diplomat leading the first official talks on autonomous weapons assured on Friday, seeking to head off criticism over slow progress towards restricting the...

Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries to be fully enacted after Supreme Court...

The Supreme Court has decided that President Donald Trump‘s most recent travel ban that targets six Muslim-majority countries can go into full effect, handing a victory to the President even as...

Share your experiences monitoring screentime with iOS 12

We would like to hear how new “digital wellbeing” services are affecting how you use technology Digital wellbeing tools built into the latest Apple mobile software aim to help people reduce the time...

Kim Jong-un all fingers and thumbs in bid for Instagram diplomacy

North Korean leader struggled to make ‘finger hearts’ gesture popular on social media Doing something “for the ‘gram” is not typically associated with international diplomacy, but this did not stop Kim Jong-un making a...

Hamas kills three men in execution partially streamed on Facebook

Three men executed by hanging and firing squad were convicted of involvement in killing senior military figure Mazen Faqha Hamas has killed three men in Gaza accused of assassinating one of its...

Oyster cards, passengers’ privacy and data protection laws

Lauren Sager Weinstein, Transport for London’s chief data officer, explains what happens to its customers’ information. Plus Jon Baines on the General Data Protection Regulation We take protecting the privacy of our...

Flickr bought by SmugMug as Yahoo breakup begins

Photo-sharing pioneer and web cultural beacon now part of independent, family-run firm One of the first and best-known photo-sharing services, Flickr, has been bought by the independent image-hosting firm SmugMug, as Verizon...

Java 9: Release date and new features

Java Development Kit (JDK) 9 will come packed with new features, including modularisation, ahead-of-time compilation, a read-eval-print loop and a memory-saving improvement. When is the Java 9 release date? Java 9 should be...

Facebook to expand inquiry into Russian influence of Brexit

Tech giant looks into spreading of disinformation after MPs criticised scope of first investigation Facebook has bowed to pressure from MPs and said it will deepen its investigation into whether Russian agents...

Airbnb hosts more likely to reject guests with disabilities, study finds

Guests with blindness, cerebral palsy, dwarfism and spinal injuries were refused at higher rates, sometimes when homes were advertised as wheelchair accessible Airbnb hosts routinely reject guests with disabilities, sometimes when they...

Russia suspected over hacking attack on Italian foreign ministry

Russia is suspected by Italian officials of being behind a sustained hacking attack against the Italian foreign ministry last year that compromised email communications and lasted for many months before it...

Yahoo says all of its 3bn accounts were affected by 2013 hacking

The company said last December that data from more than 1bn user accounts was compromised in the largest breach in history, but is now tripling that figure Yahoo said on Tuesday that...

New and upcoming tech IPOs in the UK

Tech IPOs could be heading for a quiet period. Many investors believe we’re set to see the market cool off, after a number of startup ‘unicorns’ (firms thought to be...

Sony buys EMI Music Publishing for $2.3bn

Deal will create world’s biggest music publisher with a catalogue of more than 4m songs Sony is paying $2.3bn to take control of EMI Music Publishing, cementing its place as the world’s...

HCL acquires Urban Fulfillment Services for $30 million

NEW DELHI: In order to bolster its capability in the area of BPO services and debt servicing, HCL Technologies has announced the acquisition of Urban Fulfillment Services, a provider of mortgage...

Silicon Valley shrugs off Julian Assange’s help – and questions his motives

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s pledge to help Silicon Valley technology companies patch the bugs outlined in leaked CIA files has been met with skepticism from the security community. Assange said he would...

‘A great item to have’: flamethrowers sell like hot cakes at Elon Musk sale

The tech billionaire urges buyers to act responsibly as dozens queue up to get their hands on the $500 weapons Some may think it the worst idea in the history of capitalism,...

Ford launches scrappage scheme offering at least £2,000 for any brand

Company joins other manufacturers, including Vauxhall and BMW, in seeking to get dirtier vehicles off UK roads Ford has announced a car and van scrappage scheme in a bid to get dirtier...

‘It’s a no-brainer’: are hydrogen cars the future?

In the mid-1990s, Hugo Spowers ran a Formula Three racing team. At the time, motorsport was in the pocket of big tobacco. Every weekend, Formula One cars emblazoned with cigarette brands...

Bigger than MTV’: how video games are helping the music industry thrive

The success of a booming video game industry, expected to generate $137.9bn in revenue this year, is music to the ears for bands, musicians, record labels and composers “Video games have not...

Pakistan asks Facebook and Twitter to help identify blasphemers

Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition. Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have...

Bill Gates gives $4.6bn to charity in biggest donation since 2000

Recipient of 64m Microsoft shares is a mystery, but is expected to be tech tycoon’s foundation Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, has donated $4.6bn (£3.6bn) in the Microsoft founder’s biggest gift...

Papua New Guinea bans Facebook for a month to root out ‘fake users’

Analysts will explore how fake news and pornography spreads, and assess whether country needs its own version of the platform The Papua New Guinean government will ban Facebook for a month in...

Google and Facebook face penalties if they don’t stop online hate

Theresa May and French president agree to create laws to punish failure to remove jihadist propaganda from websites Technology companies such as Google and Facebook must do more to curb the “poisonous...

Netflix tops 100m subscribers as it draws worldwide audience

US-based streaming service marks milestone with more than half of its 104m customers signed up outside America The remarkable change in the way the world watches TV has been underlined by new...

Faceblock campaign urges users to boycott Facebook for a day

Direct action planned in protest against company’s involvement in Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook users are being urged to stop using the social media platform for one day in protest against the company’s...

Apple, Google and Amazon named as most valuable brands in world

Facebook slips in top 10 but US tech firms dominate Interbrand’s ranking again Apple, Google and Amazon are the top three most valuable brands in the world, according to an annual report that underlines...

Government called on to let data breach victims force compensation

Consumer organisation Which? is calling on the government to create new rights for people who have been the victims of a corporate data breach. The group wants the data protection bill, currently...

China commends Theresa May for ‘sidestepping’ human rights

State-run media calls British PM pragmatic for ignoring ‘noise and nagging’ from ‘radical public opinion’ while on visit China’s state-run media has commended a “pragmatic” Theresa May for resisting calls to publicly...

WhatsApp, Facebook and Google face tough new privacy rules under EC proposal

Messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail will face tough new rules on the tracking of users under a revision to the ePrivacy Directive proposed by the European Commission...

Let’s inspire more young women to fall in love with engineering

Tomorrow, 23 June, is International Women in Engineering Day (Inwed). And on this day the UK desperately needs more engineers – 20,000 annually, according to Engineering UK figures. Equally worrying is...

Black Friday 2017: all the best UK deals in one list

Where to find the UK’s best Black Friday sale offers, from Amazon and Argos to John Lewis and Tesco Shoppers will splash out more than £2.5bn on Black Friday deals, as the...

Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

Former UK deputy PM says he ‘will no longer seek to play a public role’ in Brexit debate Facebook has hired Sir Nick Clegg, the former UK deputy prime minister, as its head...

GrowthEnabler set to disrupt Gartner model by scoring startups with algorithms

Investing in startups is a risky business when up to 90 percent of them are destined to fail. Industry analysts like Forrester and Gartner are reaping the benefits, attracting clients from 71 and 74...

Best kids’ apps 2016

48 best free and cheap apps for kids, toddlers and teens - best Android, iPhone and iPad apps for children that your kids will love Entertaining children isn't easy in these days...

Facebook apologises for search suggestions of child abuse videos

Searches starting ‘video of’ returned autocomplete suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content Facebook has been forced to apologise after it spent hours suggesting bizarre, vulgar and upsetting searches to users...

Foxconn backpedals on US factory plans: ‘It is not a promise. It is a...

Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn has appeared to back away from claims it is preparing to build a $7bn factory in the US. News of the plant, which could create some 30,000 to 50,000...

Apple HomePod review: Siri lets down best sounding smart speaker

It’s the wifi speaker to beat in terms of audio but being locked in to Apple services is frustrating and its voice assistant is lacking After much anticipation, and speculation that Apple...

Tesla shares drop as analysts divided on Musk’s future with the company

Share prices fell nearly 14% on Friday following a SEC suit accusing Musk of fraud and seeking to ban him from running a company What is Tesla without Elon Musk? That was the...

Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?

Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failures Half of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from...

Facebook suspends another analytics firm amid questions over surveillance

Crimson Hexagon suspended as concerns surface over company’s federal contracts and ties to Russia and Turkey Facebook has suspended a social media analytics firm from accessing user data while it investigates potential...

Facebook bans women for posting ‘men are scum’ after harassment scandals

Comedian Marcia Belsky’s 30 day ban for response to misogynistic abuse directed at friend prompts protest resulting in hundreds of suspensions In the wake of the multiple sexual harassment and abuse scandals...

New laser technology lets driverless cars see round corners

A new laser-based system could allow vehicles to ‘see’ obstacles before they come into view, scientists say Whether it’s a child running after a ball, a herd of cows or a broken-down...

Uber had special team to obstruct legal cases and spy on rivals, court told

Ex-employee says unit worked to ‘impede, obstruct or influence’ investigations Uber-Waymo trial delayed after revelations Uber withheld evidence Uber had a team of employees dedicated to spying on rival companies and...

Instagram founders quit amid suspected clash with Zuckerberg

Tension with Facebook may have prompted Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger to leave The co-founders of Instagram have announced their resignation from the company, amid reports that their departure might be due...

British cyber security firm ECSC targets £15m Aim float

British cyber security business ECSC, which counts 10pc of the FTSE 100 as its clients, has announced its intention to float on London’s junior market. The Bradford-based group hopes to raise around...

Australia lagging on electric cars and tax breaks needed to drive demand – report

Australia Institute wants free access to bus lanes after electric cars accounted for just 0.1% of new car sales in 2015 Tax breaks and free access to bus lanes should be used...

Sayfullo Saipov had 90 Isis videos on his phone. Has the fight against online...

The Islamic State’s last stronghold on the ground may have fallen, but the New York truck attack shows its success at building a digital caliphate The huge cache of Isis propaganda videos...

Don’t let the EU turn out the show lights

Bryan Raven adds his voice to the worry over a ban on much entertainment lighting, while Stephane Arditi says the directive can be amended. Plus letters from John Lincoln and ...

EU data protection law may end up protecting scammers, experts warn

WHOIS, one of oldest tools on internet for verifying real identities, at risk of being killed due to tough new GDPR regulations Sweeping new European data protection regulations may have the accidental...

Google to appeal against order to hand over user emails stored outside US

Google has said it will appeal a ruling by a US judge to hand over the emails of Gmail users stored outside of the country – which puts the privacy of...

Spam email operator’s faulty backup leaks 1.37bn addresses

One of the largest spam operations in the world has exposed its entire operation to the public, leaking its database of 1.37bn email addresses thanks to a faulty backup. As well as...

Sharescope

Sharescope is a stock market application with extensive analysis and data-mining capabilities. It provides many facilities designed to help the private investor make informed trading decisions, with the subscription-based data service providing...

Max Mosley threatens to sue papers over orgy story under data laws

Former Formula One boss says references to ‘private party’ breach Data Protection Act Max Mosley is threatening to sue Britain’s three largest newspaper groups, claiming they are in breach of the Data...

Dyson: industry experts cast doubt on electric car project

Dyson became the latest manufacturer to hop aboard the battery-powered bandwagon this week, revealing a £2.5bn investment plan to produce an electric vehicle by 2020. In doing so, British inventor Sir James...

Fortnite: season IV begins with a bang – and new locations

With meteors crashing into the landscape, the latest update for the smash-hit online shooter game has an apocalyptic superhero feel After weeks of hints, rumours and comet trails illuminating the lurid skies,...

Google is killing off Android’s emoji blobs

The divisive icons have become a mainstay of Android, but now they’re being retired in favour of more conventional smiley faces The best emojis on the market are no more: Google’s weird...

Ohio mother who taped son to wall on Facebook Live faces charges

An Ohio woman was charged with abduction on Thursday after she taped her two-year-old son to a wall and broadcast the episode on Facebook Live earlier this month. Police from Reynoldsburg, Ohio,...

Apple denounces neo-Nazis as Spotify bans ‘white power’ tracks

Technology companies join together to condemn white supremacists and President Trump in aftermath Charlottesville rally Apple, LinkedIn, Spotify and Twitter have joined a growing chorus of technology companies to hit out at...

Facebook shares user information with the police 80% of the time, warrant or not

Facebook shares users' information with the UK police 80 percent of the time when the situation is deemed an emergency, even if there is no legal warrant demanding they do so. The...

Bitcoin tools could make finance system safer, says IMF boss

Christine Lagarde believes revisiting crypto-assets could ‘harness gains and avoid pitfalls’ The advance of bitcoin and other digital currencies could make the global financial system safer despite the prospect of “inevitable” accidents...

Butlin’s data hack: up to 34,000 guest details may have been stolen

Holiday camp firm says payment details secure and it will contact those affected Butlin’s has said up to 34,000 guest records may have been accessed by hackers. The holiday camp firm said the...

Google set to release new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, insiders say

Sources speaking exclusively to the Guardian reveal details of new phones and a smaller Google Home Mini smart speaker ahead of October launch Google is set to release two new smartphones, the...

Revealed: the terror and torment of Turkey’s jailed journalists

Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other...

Mark Zuckerberg says extent of opioid crisis was biggest surprise of US tour

Speaking about his 30-state tour that sparked rumors of a presidential run, the Facebook CEO added: ‘We have a responsibility to remain optimistic’ The “biggest surprise by far” from Mark Zuckerberg’s listening...

Electric vehicle chargepoint policy leaning on a lamp-post adaptation

Minister Jesse Norman sees the UK surging ahead in low-emission technologies John Armitt is absolutely right to highlight the growing importance of a national, highly visible electric chargepoint network. As he will...

Apple scraps €850m Irish data centre after planning delays

Decision described as ‘hammer blow’ to west Ireland and comes before supreme court hearing Apple is scrapping plans for an €850m (£743m) data centre in Ireland after three years of planning approval...

Meet the brains at Uber, Spotify and Microsoft changing the world

Experts, who needs ’em? For many Britons who felt bombarded by warnings about economic doom ahead of the EU referendum, it’s become a dirty word. Economists had a rough ride last year,...

Australian advertising industry holds talks to protect brands against extremist content

The Australian advertising industry is holding talks this week aimed at curbing unsafe digital media advertising that damages brands amid a backlash in the UK against Google’s advertising practices. The chief executive...

Facebook, Google and Netflix not ready to enter Premier League TV rights battle Sky...

Sky and BT likely to remain major players between 2019 and 2022 • Amazon could submit bid for one of less attractive packages Facebook, Google and Netflix are not submitting bids for the...

Google fined £3.8bn by EU over Android antitrust violations

Firm to launch appeal because ‘Android has created more choice for everyone, not less’ Google has been hit with a landmark €4.34bn (£3.8bn) fine by the European Union over “serious illegal behaviour”...

Facebook to stop routing ad revenue via Ireland amid pressure over taxes

Company says it will book advertising revenue in countries where it is earned instead of through Dublin headquarters Facebook has said it will start booking advertising revenue in countries where it is...

The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work

Using what one expert calls a ‘Wizard of Oz technique’, some companies keep their reliance on humans a secret from investors It’s hard to build a service powered by artificial intelligence. So...

Grindr shared information about users’ HIV status with third parties

Company said sharing data with partners to test and optimise its platform was ‘industry practice’ Gay dating app Grindr has come under fire for sharing information about users’ HIV status or locations...

Trump adviser John Bolton worked with Cambridge Analytica on YouTube voter experiment

The new national security adviser appeared in videos for experiment targeting videos to different ‘psychographic’ profiles Donald Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton collaborated with the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica...

15 things we learned during Facebook’s 2017 F8 conference

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose this week at a difficult time for the company. The world is a thoroughly different place...

Facebook removes accounts associated with Myanmar military

Move follows UN report accusing army of genocide against minority Rohingya Facebook has removed 18 accounts and 52 pages associated with the Myanmar military, including the page of its commander-in-chief, after a...

Automation will affect one in five jobs across the UK, says study

Workers in shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s constituency face highest risk of being replaced by robots, says research Workers in the constituency of shadow chancellor John McDonnell are at the highest risk of...

David Carroll, the US professor taking on Cambridge Analytica in the UK courts

A case before the high court in London is seeking to recover personal information from the controversial data mining company An American professor who is using UK law to try to reclaim...

Tesla’s stock falls sharply after Elon Musk reveals ‘excruciating’ year

Musk says he has endured ‘the most difficult and painful’ time in emotional interview as confession wipes billions off Tesla value Elon Musk has said the past year of his professional life...

Dissidents disappointed but not surprised by WhatsApp security flaw

The exposure of a security flaw in WhatsApp has disappointed activists, diplomats and others who use it regularly for their work, but in a world of increasing surveillance and ever more...

Facebook asks users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn

In Australia pilot effort, company will ‘hash’ images, converting them into digital fingerprints that prevent any other attempts to upload the same pictures Facebook is asking users to send the company their...

Police made ‘appalling’ errors in using internet data to target suspects

Serious errors in obtaining search warrants led to innocent people being targeted in sexual offences investigations, report says Police have made serious errors getting search warrants for suspected sex offenders, leading to...

Facebook and Twitter: we can do more to protect disabled people

MPs question social media giants following criticism from Katie Price over abuse of son Facebook and Twitter have admitted they could do more to protect disabled people from online abuse, following criticism...

Alleged hacker held in Prague at center of ‘intense’ US-Russia tug of war

An alleged computer hacker being held in the Czech Republic is at the centre of an international legal tussle between the United States and Russia amid lingering disquiet over Moscow’s alleged...

Cryptocurrency boom stalls as regulators focus on ICOs

Initial coin offerings involve selling a number of crytographic tokens to investors at the launch of a project The latest cryptocurrency boom is beginning to stall as regulators worldwide turn their attention...

Logistics for startups: How to plan your supply chain

Logistics is an issue often overlooked by startups, yet an ingenious idea will dramatically lose its value if it doesn't arrive on time and as described. Failed deliveries are costing up to...

Facebook hires TV journalist Campbell Brown as media liaison after fake news fallout

Facebook has hired former CNN anchor Campbell Brown to help build better relations with news organizations in the wake of the fake news scandal. The social media giant already has a team...

Records come round again: Sony to open vinyl factory in Japan

Major label’s Japanese arm to build new vinyl-pressing plant to keep up with growing demand for reissues and new releases on retro format It has been dismissed as the niche domain of...

iPhone X: most expensive Apple smartphone sells out within minutes

Demand for new flagship iPhone causes month-long shipping delays, contrasting with muted iPhone 8 sales and reportedly causing Apple concern about supply Apple’s most expensive smartphone, the iPhone X, sold out in...

Russian trolls’ tweets cited in more than 100 URussian trolls’ tweets cited in more...

Posts from accounts identified in June add to those previously spotted in British media UK news organisations have cited tweets from Russian trolls more than 100 times, a Guardian investigation has found,...

thinkorswim

Thinkorswim offers one of the better trading platforms on the market right now. It's well designed, intuitive and customizable. Entering and executing orders is fast. It has many advanced features which...

YouTube: TV is our fastest-growing market

Broadcasters wary of Google’s platform as TV viewing grows 45% year on year in Europe After dominating video viewing on mobile phones, tablets and computers, YouTube is now setting its sights on...

Mail Online breached Prince Harry’s privacy with Jamaica photos, Ipso rules

Regulator rules publishing photos of the prince with Meghan Markle on private beach was unjustified intrusion Prince Harry’s privacy was breached by the Mail Online publishing photographs of him wearing swimming shorts...

Questions raised by an ageing population

As is usual in such discussions, Professor Sarah Harper’s analysis of the effect of stopping net immigration under Brexit (Brexit-led decline in immigration ‘will raise retirement age’, 16 January) has major...

Google’s solution to accidental algorithmic racism: ban gorillas

Google’s ‘immediate action’ over AI labelling of black people as gorillas was simply to block the word, along with chimpanzee and monkey, reports suggest After Google was criticised in 2015 for an...

Coworking grows up: Why startups should choose coworking spaces

The world of coworking is moving fast. As bigger players grab more of this increasingly established market, many have almost become clichés of the coworking lifestyle perception. It’s highly Instagram-able coffee bars,...

Is Snapchat the new Facebook?

Snapchat hopes its planned flotation in New York will value the five-year-old photo-sharing app company at up to $25bn (£20bn) and turn its 26-year-old founder, Evan Spiegel, into the world’s youngest...

Former Top Gear stars’ firm nets £7.6m profit from Amazon show

Chump Holdings paid nearly as much UK corporation tax as the digital giant last year The firm set up by former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May to produce...

Madrid names street after female inventor of mechanical ‘ebook’

Ángela Ruiz Robles came up with ‘mechanical, electric and air-pressure driven method for reading’ in 1949 Four decades after her death, a Spanish teacher who invented an ingenious mechanical forerunner to today’s...

Mercedes-Benz E350d All-Terrain preview: ‘A mud-squelching delight’

Mercedes has pumped up its E-Class to create a go-anywhere 4x4 estate to take the rough and the smooth in its stride Mercedes-Benz E350d All-Terrain Price £53,880 Top speed 155mph 0-62 6.2 seconds MPG 42 CO2 179g/km The...

Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets

Everybody lies. People lie about how many drinks they had on the way home. They lie about how often they go to the gym, how much those new shoes cost, whether...

Microsoft launches smaller, cheaper Surface Go to rival the iPad

New 10in Windows 10 tablet is half the cost of Surface Pro, aimed at Apple’s iPad and Google’s Chromebooks but running Office Microsoft has unveiled its direct challenge to Apple’s iPad, the...

Apple’s new ‘digital wellbeing’ tools aim to help reduce screen time

‘Screen Time’ app show how long you spend on each app and lets people set daily limits Apple has unveiled digital wellbeing tools to help people reduce the time they spend glued...

Spambot leaks more than 700m email addresses in massive data breach

Millions of passwords also contained in breach, a result of spammers collecting information in attempt to break in to users’ email accounts More than 700m email addresses, as well as a number...

Australia’s Fair Work Commission to decide whether retweet equals endorsement

Australian union asks workplace tribunal deputy president to recuse himself over retweet Australia’s Fair Work Commission has been asked to consider whether a retweet equals an endorsement, in a motion that accuses the...

Computers vs humans: Six times AI has beaten humans in competitions

This year has seen an artificial intelligence system beat professional poker players at a notoriously difficult game for machines to master. However this is just the latest round in the ongoing battle of...

The UK’s 19 most infamous data breaches

It's tempting to believe that important data breaches only happen in the US and the figures tend to bear that out – the US accounts for the overwhelming majority of the...

Twitter axes locked or suspended accounts from follower counts

Some of most popular users appear to lose millions of followers after crackdown Egos have been bruised on Twitter after the social network initiated a change to how it tracks followers that...

Tech’s terrible year: how the world turned on Silicon Valley in 2017

When Jonathan Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things, which dealt with the worrying rise of big tech, was first published in the UK in April 2017, his publishers removed its...

Intel facing class-action lawsuits over Meltdown and Spectre bugs

Plaintiffs claim compensation for security flaws and alleged slowdown that fixing computers will cause, while corporations count cost of corrections Intel has been hit with at least three class-action lawsuits over the...

Amazon raises minimum wage for US and UK employees

Company says it has ‘listened to its critics’ as it increases US rate to $15 and UK to £9.50 Amazon has raised its minimum wage for British and American workers, in a major...

Regulation of election campaigning via social media can be improved

Your editorial (Democracy needs transparency in the age of Facebook, 16 May) reflects a perception of election campaigning through social media as an unknown and unregulated field. This is not the case. Existing...

Social media stars face crackdown over money from brands

Instagram ‘influencers’ told to clarify paid-for ads, while health claims are taken down after advertising breaches Consumer protection bodies in the UK and US are increasing their crackdown on Instagram “influencers”, in...

Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment allegations

Uber has hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment after an engineer went public with claims that she repeatedly faced sexism and discrimination at...

How a bookstore owner turned a tech billionaire into a homelessness activist

Christin Evans’ Twitter conversation with Salesforce’s Marc Benioff led to his role as a key advocate for San Francisco’s Prop C It was a late-night Twitter argument that Christin Evans never planned...

Is Facebook replaceable? Tech investor launches bid to ‘start the process’

Jason Calacanis, an early investor in Uber, spearheads a contest to find a service ‘that is actually good for society’ Can Facebook be replaced? The prominent Silicon Valley investor Jason Calacanis, who...

VantagePoint

VantagePoint is an end-of-day charting package based on proprietary trading indicators. The indicators, based on L. Mendelsohn’s trading philosophy and strategies, have been refined since 1991. VantagePoint offers trading in stocks,...

GoCompare rejects ‘opportunistic’ takeover bid by Zoopla owner

Price comparison group says ZPG’s latest unsolicited offer of £420m fundamentally devalues the business and its prospects GoCompare has rejected an unsolicited takeover offer by the owner of Zoopla and uSwitch valuing...

Tesla battery ‘taking straw off camel’s back’ for South Australia energy demand

Expert finds pattern of battery charging up overnight to hit grid at peak times The big Tesla battery in South Australia is consistently working to serve the peak energy demand each day,...

Facebook lets rightwing site repost torture video after it was removed

A video showing the brutal attack of a young man with disabilities in Chicago that was broadcast on Facebook Live has resurfaced on the social media network, attracting millions of new...

Phones 4u founder John Caudwell ordered to pay £500,000 damages

Billionaire’s ex-financial adviser Nathalie Dauriac wins case involving constructive dismissal A former financial adviser to the billionaire Phones 4u founder, John Caudwell, has been awarded nearly £500,000 in damages after a court...

Mobile web or mobile apps – still hazy after all these years

Now that smartphone ownership has reached ‘perfect peak’ according to Deloitte, with 81 percent penetration in the UK alone, it is widely accepted that mobile has become an integral part of...

World’s richest 500 see their wealth increase by $1tn this year

The world’s 500 richest people have increased their wealth by $1tn (£745bn) so far this year due to a huge increase in the value of global stock markets, which are likely...

New BlackBerry smartphone with qwerty keyboard revealed

BlackBerry may have stopped making smartphones, but that hasn’t stopped BlackBerry smartphones from being made, with one expected to be called the BlackBerry Press to be announced at CES in Las...

WannaCry ransomware attack ‘linked to North Korea’

UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has linked recent attacks to the North Korean-affiliated hacking team Lazarus Group, according to reports Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly attributed the WannaCry malware,...

Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the...

Police face legal action over Luton airport terror detention

UK-based man, who is not religious and has denounced terrorism, was detained with son en route to holiday in Rome A man detained by the police on his way to a holiday...

Amazon launches Fire HD 8 tablet with new Echo-like dock

Company updates popular £80 tablet, improving camera and giving it new Alexa smart assistant capabilities Amazon is updating its popular £80 media tablet with an improved camera and new Alexa capabilities that...

Police face legal action over use of facial recognition cameras

Campaigners say technology risks turning UK citizens into ‘walking ID cards’ Two legal challenges have been launched against police forces in south Wales and London over their use of automated facial recognition...

Apple HomePod finally available to buy, three years after the Echo

Company’s delayed, £319 smart speaker pitched as music-first wireless speaker that can be voice-controlled via Siri Apple’s delayed £319 HomePod smart speaker will finally be available to buy on Friday in the...

James Dyson says tuition fees hit students with debt at ‘worst time’

Inventor was speaking at opening of his technology institute, where his firm will pay students £15,000 a year and their fees Sir James Dyson has said tuition fees and student loans are...

LA Times among US-based news sites blocking EU users due to GDPR

LA Times, Chicago Tribune and others redirect to pages saying sites are currently unavailable in most European countries The general data protection regulation, which has come into effect, has prompted a number...

US bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on flights

Passengers and flight crews will be banned from bringing Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights under an emergency order issued Friday by the Department of Transportation in response to...

RBS boss likens bitcoin to Dante’s Inferno as currency tops $15,000

Call from Sir Howard Davies to take action on digital currency follows warnings from other senior figures in finance Bitcoin has been likened to Dante’s Inferno by the chairman of the Royal...

Angry Al Franken hammers Facebook lawyer at hearing over Russian ads

Senator clashes with Colin Stretch over how tech giants apparently missed posts coming from Russia: ‘How could you not connect the dots?’ A top executive at Facebook struggled to answer on Tuesday...

Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying

Government’s internet safety green paper includes voluntary levy on web giants and social media code of practice Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures...

Apple inches closer to $1tn mark as Wall Street tech panic dissipates

Tech’s stock market dominance is no longer a Wall Street fear as Apple is close to becoming first company valued at $1tn Apple is just a couple of pips away from becoming...

We’re hardwired to sleep, not to work

Nick Boles MP states that “mankind is hardwired to work” (Tories should morally object to universal basic income, says MP, 29 December). This claim is based in ideology, not evidence. Some...

Amazon shares sink despite record profit of nearly $3bn

Company sees fourth quarter of profits greater than $1bn but revenue growth is lower than expected Amazon has announced a record profit for the last three months of close to $3bn. But the...

YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for film of man’s body in Japan

Outcry after American posts video in which he jokes with friends over apparent suicide victim they came across in forest The celebrity YouTuber Logan Paul has apologised after sparking outrage by posting...

Beauty spot or landscape blot? Computer trained to judge scenery

Computer trained to determine what makes places beautiful could help design new towns and decide which areas should be protected, say researchers Wordsworth found it in a host of daffodils; Nan Shepherd...

Who is Anthony Levandowski, and why is Google suing him?

The lawsuit filed by Waymo, formerly Google’s self-driving car unit, claiming Uber stole trade secrets has a lot of bad things to say about Anthony Levandowski. It accuses him of stealing 14,000...

Don’t throw web tax receipts at the BBC

The corporation is no good at innovation, says Derek Wyatt; while Stan Labovitch argues that the licence fee gives people a sense of ownership The BBC receives over £3bn in licence fees....

Netflix poses no mortal threat to cinemas

Ellen E Jones paints a picture of a cinema industry under mortal threat (Go fullscreen: can Hollywood ever fight back against Netflix?, G2, 24 March). Happily the facts tell a very different...

UK games sales hit record £5bn thanks to Nintendo Switch and VR

The UK games market broke the £5bn sales mark for the first-time last year as Nintendo’s new hybrid Switch console boomed and virtual reality headsets flew off the shelves. Gaming fans forked...

Why the net neutrality protest matters

Companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon will band together for a day of action against a threat to the open internet. So what’s the big deal? About 200 internet companies and...

Plague game up for health trust prize

As an entertainment, Winter Hall should be an unusual diversion for video game fans more used to glamorised violence and action drama. Players will live as characters connected by one unpleasant...

Squeezed out: widely mocked startup Juicero is shutting down

The company, which offered pre-sold packets of diced fruits and vegetables that users plugged into its $400 machines, launched only 16 months ago Juicero, a Silicon Valley juicer startup that raised $120m...

Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall

Demand for new phones appears to be waning with collapse in China market and Apple shipping 5m fewer devices The global smartphone market fell 9% in a year this quarter, the biggest...

Uber to sell south-east Asia business to competitor Grab

US ride-hailing firm will take 27.5% stake in Asia-based Grab and its CEO will join Grab’s board Uber is selling its south-east Asian ride-hailing and food delivery business to bigger regional rival...

Camelot lauded by campaigners for closing expensive 0844 lines

Fair Telecoms Campaign says councils should follow National Lottery operator in ditching numbers that charge up to £2.60 a minute Campaigners have praised the firm behind the National Lottery after it quietly...

Don’t use antivirus firms linked to Russia, cyber security chief tells Whitehall

The Kremlin uses cyberspace for ‘espionage, disruption and influence’, says Ciaran Martin in letter to government departments Government departments have been warned against using antivirus software made by technology firms with links...

Kim Dotcom seeks topnotch chef and counter-intelligence staff for new house

Dotcom, a German national with New Zealand residency, has moved from Auckland to the tourist hub of Queenstown Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing company Megaupload, is advertising for live-in staff in...

Nextdoor.com should do more to protect users’ details

MPs are not the only ones concerned about information being published that can identify where they live (MPs say watchdog risks identifying addresses, 11 February). Many people across the UK have been...

You will be amazed after knowing this 15 secret features of whatsapp…

Whatsapp has swiftly grown from a small startup to one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with over one billion users. While you may use it every day, you...

Google fined record €2.4bn by EU over search engine results

Brussels claims tech giant abused market dominance by manipulating its search engine results to favour its own comparison shopping service The European Union has handed Google a record-breaking €2.42bn (£2.14bn) fine for...

NHS cyber-attack causing disruption one week after breach

Hospitals slowly returning to normal after ransomware attack led to cancelled operations and diverted ambulances NHS trusts are experiencing disruption one week after a cyber-attack caused havoc in more than 150 countries. The...

Hacker sentenced to prison for role in Jennifer Lawrence nude photo theft

George Garofano, 26, one of four charged over illegal hacking of American actor and other celebrities A hacker was sentenced to eight months in prison on Wednesday for a scheme that exposed...

UK must be ready for rise of electric vehicles, says ABB chief

Charging point manufacturer’s CEO warns that UK power grid needs to handle expected 9m electric vehicles by 2030 The UK should speed up preparations for the rise of electric vehicles, according to...

Games reviews roundup: Tekken 7; The Surge; Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada

Tekken 7 PS4, Xbox One, PC, Bandai Namco, cert 16, out now ★★★★★ Now in its 23rd year, the latest episode in Namco’s 3D fighting series feels like a celebration of Tekken’s rich history....

Hackers target al-Jazeera as Qatar crisis deepens

Move targeting kingdom’s major broadcaster comes amid diplomatic standoff with fellow Arab states Pan-Arab satellite network al-Jazeera is fighting a large-scale cyber-attack but remained fully operational, a company source said on Thursday. “There...

The Guardian view of Snap IPO: a shareholding monarchy

It is a paradox that a country that sought freedom from a king, the United States, is today happy to crown monarchs in commerce. Snap, which calls itself a camera company...

Facebook patents system that can use your phone’s mic to monitor TV habits

System would allow Facebook to identify what adults and children are watching based on ambient noise Facebook has filed to patent a system that can remotely activate the microphone on someone’s phone...

Robots could destabilise world through war and unemployment, says UN

United Nations opens new centre in Netherlands to monitor artificial intelligence and predict possible threats The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters...

BT chief blasts ‘cynical’ Sky for downgrading broadband repairs as Openreach row intensifies

The head of BT’s consumer business has launched a scathing attack on Sky, accusing his rival of “cynicism”, "lies" and “sinking to a new low”, after it emerged it cut its...

Publishers call for rethink of proposed changes to online privacy laws

Warning that new regulations will give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data An alliance of news publishers has called on European regulators to rethink proposed changes...

Will Young: ‘Our podcast is a queer Woman’s Hour’

Will Young hasn’t been to a sexual health clinic before so our hosts at Manchester’s LGBT Foundation, a community charity near the city’s gay village, are keen to impress upon him...