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Ransomware 'here to stay', warns Google study

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:03:05 GMT

Cyber-thieves made at least $25m from ransomware in the last two years suggests research by Google

UK government drone report criticised

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:37:44 GMT

An alliance of drone manufacturers has called for the Department for Transport to release its methodology.

Jeff Bezos: Five things you may not know about Amazon's founder

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:51:19 GMT

Five things you didn't know about the man whose wealth overtook Bill Gates's for half a day.

Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:30:45 GMT

Cyber-experts need to concentrate on reducing harm not technical proficiency, says Facebook security head

Porsche to recall 22,000 cars over emissions software

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:22:49 GMT

Germany's transport minister orders move to remove what he says is illegal emissions-controlling software.

UK mobile coverage winners revealed in study

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:25:55 GMT

EE has best mobile coverage in England but Vodafone is better in Northern Ireland finds RootMetrics.

Google tests auto-play videos in search results

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:57:00 GMT

Some users are seeing movie trailers automatically start in their search results.

Amazon launches Prime Now in SE Asia

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:31:50 GMT

US e-commerce giant goes into its first head-to-head battle with Alibaba in the region.

Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:52:41 GMT

A judge more than doubles an existing fine after Apple fails to abide by the verdict.

Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:00:19 GMT

Players reported for constant "bad behaviour", such as verbal abuse or time-wasting, will be banned.

Facebook flush with advertising money

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:18:47 GMT

The social media company's profits jumped 71%, amid strong advertising spending and user growth.

Hack on Italy's largest bank affects 400,000 customers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:00:22 GMT

Data from 400,000 accounts belonging to Italy's biggest bank are thought to have been exposed.

Premier League wins anti-piracy court order

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:14:18 GMT

Ruling will allow the league to combat the illicit use of devices such as pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes.

Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:05:44 GMT

US crypto-currency investments or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are facing stricter regulation.

US Uber will charge for lost item return

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:25:10 GMT

Passengers will face a $15 (£11.50) fee if they want lost property returned.

Bitcoin fraud suspect Vinnik charged by US grand jury

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:11:33 GMT

He is said to be part of a gang accused of laundering billions through the digital currency.

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:30:07 GMT

Once the go-to plug-in for video, the technology has been usurped by more reliable and secure apps.

Nintendo posts strong profits driven by new console

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:17:32 GMT

The company's new console helped return the Japanese gaming giant to profit.

New diesel and petrol cars face 2040 UK ban

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:11:26 GMT

Ministers have also unveiled a £255m fund to help councils introduce steps to deal with pollution

Trump says Apple will build three 'big' new plants in US

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:21:03 GMT

President Trump says Apple is planning three new manufacturing plants in the United States.

Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:12:29 GMT

Musk has hit back at comments that his doomsday view of AI is irresponsible.

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:59:39 GMT

The graphics program will remain available on the app store, Microsoft says.

Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:57:14 GMT

The creator of the iRobot Roomba says it could help make homes smarter.

Google SOS Alerts added to search results and maps

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:40:14 GMT

Internet giant assembles helpful information about unfolding disasters in its Search and Maps tools.

India says no to driverless cars to protect jobs

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:40:33 GMT

Transport minister says the country will not be developing autonomous cars in order to protect jobs.

Alphabet profits rocked by EU fine

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:52:15 GMT

Google parent Alphabet reports revenues rose in the second quarter but profits drop by almost a third.

Park's 'Pokemon permit' plan blocked

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:03:05 GMT

Rules to stop Pokemon Go players "overrunning" parks in Milwaukee are suspended.

Electric Mini to be built in Oxford

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:30:54 GMT

A fully electric version of the Mini is to be built at the Cowley plant in Oxford, BMW says.

Wisconsin company Three Square Market to microchip employees

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:30:40 GMT

Three Square Market says 50 employees have already signed up for the $300 (£230) chip.

Sweden data leak 'a disaster', says PM

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:13:54 GMT

The Transport Agency exposed reams of sensitive data during an outsourcing process.

YouTube to redirect searches for IS videos

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:07:14 GMT

People looking for extremist Islamist propaganda will be shown clips denouncing terrorism instead.

C-Turtle: The landmine-detecting robot 'turtle'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:14:30 GMT

The disposable robot is made from cardboard and powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero computer.

Uber rival Grab to raise $2.5bn in fresh investments

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:53:44 GMT

China's Didi Chuxing and Japan's Softbank are backing the ride-hailing firm with extra funding.

UK electricity shake-up 'could save £40bn'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:13:22 GMT

New rules will encourage UK consumers to generate and store their own power, ministers say.

UK to bring in drone registration

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:07:41 GMT

Drone owners will also be required to pass a safety awareness test.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:31:12 GMT

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Inside Facebook's virtual reality chat room

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:38:34 GMT

Facebook hopes the feature will be the "most immersive" way for Oculus Rift owners to chat online.

How facial recognition could replace train tickets

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:02:16 GMT

A system designed to replace the need for tickets on trains is being tested in the UK.

Ransomware spike blamed on easy-to-use malware builders

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:02:05 GMT

Experts blame a spike in ransomware on user-friendly versions that are free to download.

Paying with Bitcoin? That'll do nicely

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:16:04 GMT

Visit the high-end art gallery in London that accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin as payment.

How easy is it to hack a cash machine?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:05:29 GMT

After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan Click asks if it could happen again.

World's first floating offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:28:03 GMT

Each wind turbine is taller than Big Ben and the farm can power 20,000 homes.

UK's first boot camp hopes to reform teenage hackers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:02:08 GMT

The National Crime Agency has started the UK's first 'rehab' course for hackers.

Dov Moran: The man behind the memory stick

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:49:43 GMT

Israeli inventor Dov Moran talks about the success of the memory stick and the sale of his company M-Systems in 2006.

YouTuber Jack Jones says sorry for racist and homophobic outburst

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:53:44 GMT

The star apologises to anyone who felt offended by his words and says he was just "lashing out".

This Tinder couple have finally met - after three years of messaging each other

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:14:14 GMT

Michelle Arendas and Josh Avsec, who messaged each other just 10 times in three years, finally meet in person.

Living dragonfly drones take flight

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:07:53 GMT

Researchers hope to use the insect to get to areas larger drones cannot reach.

The house being built by robots and 3D printers

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:02:02 GMT

A three-storey house is being designed, planned and built predominately by robots and 3D printers.

Driving a car made from biodegradable materials

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 02:18:49 GMT

The four-seater car is made from sugar beet, coated with flax and mixed with bio-plastic.

3D-printed structures change shape when heated

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 23:10:20 GMT

The 3D-printed structures that could be used for space missions or heart surgery.

Bitcoin goes arty

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:16:15 GMT

The global art market is not known for tech innovation, so why is Bitcoin proving increasingly popular?

Who is the laziest?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:05:47 GMT

How live streaming of player data is giving sports fans unprecedented levels of analysis.

Bitcoin battle

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:38:15 GMT

The Bitcoin community must agree how to tackle a slowdown in transaction times to avoid a schism.

Chatbot docs

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:28:24 GMT

Could health apps and AI-powered chatbots replace your traditional local doctor?

Overwatch's ambition

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:00:38 GMT

Activision Blizzard reveals who has spent about $20m to buy the first Overwatch League teams.

Liar! Liar!

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 23:22:10 GMT

False news stories have plagued the internet, but are apps and algorithms the best way to spot them?

Far from crude

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:25:36 GMT

How oil firms are using ever more ingenious ways to find and extract crude oil.

Net neutrality battle

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:10:18 GMT

Some internet giants and activists will participate in a day of action to oppose changes to net neutrality rules.

Countdown to D-Day

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:06:44 GMT

The EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) start next year, but many firms are ill prepared.

Intelligent energy

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:12:32 GMT

Future Energy: How artificial intelligence can be used to make power stations run more efficiently.

F1 tech for babies

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:04:53 GMT

F1 tech has influenced sectors from aeronautics to public transport - now healthcare is benefiting.

Courting new fans

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:19:36 GMT

Wimbledon looks to technology to reach new tennis fans.

Ukraine braces for further cyber-attacks

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:02:49 GMT

A month on from the NotPetya attack, many in Ukraine are ready for further cyber-strikes.

Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:03:10 GMT

User names, employee IDs and unique identifiers are found in a survey of data on corporate websites

Hiding out among the net's criminal class

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:38 GMT

Researchers who rub shoulders with cyber thieves talk about how they profile the gangs and scams.

China set to launch an 'unhackable' internet communication

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:13:24 GMT

China might not have the lead in research but its application of secure networks is leading the way.